Duke Aiona leaving St. Louis School to reopen law practice

Published: Apr. 6, 2012 at 7:41 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Former Lt. Governor James "Duke" Aiona, Jr. announced Friday that he will resign from his post at Saint Louis School to reopen his private mediation, arbitration and consulting practice.

In a statement, Aiona says he plans on focusing on family law and will also serve on a panel at a dispute resolution firm.

"I'm excited about this new opportunity to bring people together," said Aiona. "I've been blessed to serve the people of Hawaii in different ways, and this is another challenge I'm looking forward to."

Aiona has been the executive vice president of Development and recruitment at Saint Louis School since January 2011. He is also a former judge for district family court and the First Circuit Court in Hawaii, and has served in Hawaii as a city prosecutor, city attorney, state judge, and for eight years as Lt. Governor.

His duties at Saint Louis included the restructuring of the school's development office and implementing a donor cultivation program. Aiona is also a graduate of the school.

"We're going to miss Duke, and we extend him our best wishes and support for his new endeavor," said Walter Kirimitsu, Saint Louis School president. "At Saint Louis School, Duke showed his leadership and character every day, helping our young men participate in a story we can all be proud of."

Aiona says he is ready for the challenges that lay ahead in his professional career.

"Being a small business owner provides me with the flexibility I need to take on different challenges that may arise," said Aiona.

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