Hawaii Tourism Authority dismisses cultural affairs director

Hawaii Tourism Authority dismisses cultural affairs director

HONOLULU (AP) - The Hawaii Tourism Authority is looking for a new director of cultural affairs after dismissing a woman approaching her decade anniversary there.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports (http://bit.ly/1UxEFsv ) that Native Hawaiian Keli'i Wilson built the organization's cultural program and was dismissed in a letter delivered to her by hand Jan. 8.

Wilson said she and the tourism authority's new executive team have fundamentally different values for the cultural initiative.

George Szigeti became president and CEO of the authority in May. Since then, five positions have been eliminated to meet a $1.3 million administrative cap and a brand manager resigned.

Szigeti says Wilson's dismissal was a personnel issue unrelated to the previous restructuring.

He said the organization will hire Hawaii staffing specialists Bishop & Company to oversee the search for Wilson's replacement.

Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, http://www.staradvertiser.com

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