New information director appointed by governor

HONOLULU (AP) - A new director is taking over for Hawaii's agency responsible for openness in government.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie appointed Cheryl Kakazu Park as director for the Office of Information Practices last week.

Park was a staff attorney for the Nevada Supreme Court since 2003, and she previously was a partner at the Honolulu law firm of Watanabe, Ing & Kawashima before moving to Europe in 1992.

Park replaces Acting Director Cathy Takase, who issued an opinion contrary to Abercrombie's.

Takase had said that Abercrombie was required to release the names of candidates for a position on the Hawaii Supreme Court once the state Senate confirmed his nominee, but the governor refused to make the names public because he believed disclosure would be detrimental to attracting judicial applications.

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