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Hawaii gov announces new homelessness coordinator

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii has a new coordinator to tackle homelessness in the islands.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie on Friday announced Colin Kippen as his new coordinator on homelessness.

Kippen replaces Marc Alexander, who stepped down for personal reasons in January after just one year on the job. Former vicar general of the Catholic Church in Hawaii, Alexander had left the priesthood to join the administration.

The 62-year-old Kippen is an attorney who served as the National Indian Association executive director in Washington, D.C., and was previously the executive director of the Native Hawaiian Education Council.

Abercrombie says that as a Native Hawaiian, Kippen brings a cultural sensitivity to the growing rate of Native Hawaiians who are homeless.

Abercrombie on Friday also signed legislation establishing an interagency homelessness council.

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