Why Hasn't Hawaii Gov Filled Development Agency Seats?

Anita Hofschneider/Honolulu Civil Beat

Major decisions about new skyrises in Honolulu loom, but Hawaii’s state development agency may have to make them at a time when it is understaffed in a way that critics say favors developers.

The Hawaii Community Development Authority has been missing two members of its Kakaako board since May, prompting lawmakers to urge Gov. Neil Abercrombie to fill the seats in time for the Legislature’s special session next week.

But the governor’s spokeswoman said that’s not going to happen.

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