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Schatz Congratulates Hawai‘i’s Esther Kia‘aina On Presidential Appointment

Kia‘aina Named Assistant Secretary at Department of the Interior

Washington, DC — Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) announced Esther Kia‘aina’s Senate confirmation as Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas at the U.S. Department of the Interior.

“President Obama recognized a tremendous individual for this important post in Esther Kia‘aina,” Senator Schatz said. “Her confirmation is a testament to her distinguished career and expertise on Native Hawaiian issues and land management. Esther is an exceptional addition to the Department of the Interior and will serve well as Assistant Secretary.”

 The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs coordinates federal policy in the territories of American Samoa, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. The office also administers U.S. federal assistance to the Freely Associated States of the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Republic of Palau under the Compacts of Free Association.