Hawaii GOP chairman resigns

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii Republican Party Chairman Jonah Kaauwai has formally resigned as chair. That is according to the Hawaii Republican party Facebook page.

The Facebook post reads, "At about 10:15am this morning, Hawaii Republican Party Chairman Jonah Ka`auwai formally resigned as chair."

Vice Chair Beth Fukumoto will be the interim state chair.

In a statement released Monday afternoon, Fukumoto said:

"First and foremost, I want to acknowledge Jonah's resignation and thank him for his service to the Hawaii Republican Party.

During his term, Jonah worked to create a vital grassroots network within the Hawaii Republican Party. I personally have been intimately involved with many of these grassroots organizations, and Jonah's efforts to build them will be a good foundation.

 Now, as we move forward, I want to echo Jonah's statements that the Party membership works together to "ensure the longevity of the Party for years to come."

I feel it is imperative that we unite and continue building toward a better future for our party and the State of Hawaii. It is our responsibility as Republicans to make sure that the voters of Hawaii have a diversity of voices that will only lead to better government and a more prosperous Hawaii.

I look forward to working with my fellow Republicans to fulfill that responsibility to elect more Republicans in 2012 and beyond in order to have a meaningful two-party system."

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