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Ige appoints Kai Kahele to late father's state Senate seat

Kaialii "Kai" Kahele (Image source: Office of the Governor) Kaialii "Kai" Kahele (Image source: Office of the Governor)

By MARINA RIKER
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii Gov. David Ige has appointed Kaialii "Kai" Kahele to fill his late father's state Senate seat.

Sen. Gil Kahele represented the Hilo area when he died on Jan. 26, 2016. Ige said Tuesday he selected Kai Kahele because he has "extensive community support and is committed to completing the work of his father."

Ige says Kahele "has a broad vision for the future of this district and for all of Hawai'i Island that will serve his constituents well."

Kahele currently lives in Hilo and serves as a major in the Hawaii Air National Guard and combat veteran C-17 instructor pilot. He's also a Hawaiian Airlines pilot and University of Hawaii-Hilo adjunct faculty member.

To retain the seat, Kahele will have to win a special election in November.

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