By CATHY BUSSEWITZ
HONOLULU (AP) - A Hawaii Senate panel is taking up Gov. David Ige's nomination of Carleton Ching to lead the Department of Land and Natural Resources.
The Senate Committee on Water and Land heard is hearing testimony on Ching's nomination Wednesday.
Hundreds of testifiers have submitted more than 1,000 pages of written testimony before the hearing. Most of the testimony is against the nominee because of his background in development.
At the hearing one retiree who had worked at the Department of Land and Natural Resources for decades says Ching's career track has been the polar opposite of the department's mission.
Ige says he sees Ching as a leader who wants to leave the state in a better condition than he found it. He says Ching is up to the challenge.