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Esther Kia'aina confirmed as asst. secretary for insular affairs

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 by Ken Quintanilla

Guam - She was born in Guam and is now officially an assistant secretary for insular affairs. According to a release from Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo, Esther Kia'aina was confirmed by the senate to be an assistant secretary for insular areas for the Office of Insular Affairs at the US Department of the Interior by voice vote. Prior to her nomination, Kia'aina served as the first deputy director of the Department of Land and Natural Resources for the state of Hawaii. She has also had a successful career on Capitol Hill including working as the chief of staff for former Guam congressman Robert Underwood. Bordallo today in a release congratulated Kia'aina saying she has a proven track record of working to advance Pacific islander issues adding "I am confident that she will be a strong advocate in the administration for our issues and I look forward to working with her as she assumes her new position." the position was previously held by former Guam resident Tony Babauta.

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