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Tokuda to take helm of Maui’s Nisei Veterans Memorial Center

January 7, 2019

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — The Nisei Veterans Memorial Center on Maui is naming former state Sen. Jill Tokuda as its new executive director.

The Maui News reports Tokuda replaces Deidre Tegarden, who has become Mayor Mike Victorino’s chief of staff.

The center documents the exploits of second-generation Japanese-American veterans from Maui during World War II. The center shares stories of their valor, values and sacrifice as lessons for others in the community.

Tokuda served in the state Senate for 12 years representing Kaneohe and other parts of windward Oahu. She was the chairwoman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee for part of the time.

She ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor last year.

Tokuda won’t be moving to Maui for the job.

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