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Hawaiian Affairs office gets new operating officer

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October 21, 2013 09:53 AM EST | AP


HONOLULU — HONOLULU (AP) — The Office of Hawaiian Affairs is naming a new chief operating officer.

Kawika Burgess will take responsibility for running the agency's day-to-day operations at the end of the month.

The agency said Friday the 40-year-old previously worked in land management at Kamehameha Schools and the Trust for Public Land.

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs is the state's 13th largest landowner, controlling more than 27,000 acres.

The state last year gave the agency about 30 acres of Honolulu waterfront real estate to settle a decades-long claim on revenue generated by Hawaiian monarchy lands. The 10 parcels in Kakaako are estimated to be worth more than $200 million.