Ford Fuchigami has been appointed interim director of the state Department of Transportation by Gov. Neil Abercrombie. His nomination is subject to Senate confirmation.

Fuchigami had been a DOT deputy director since 2010, overseeing the state’s 15 commercial and general aviation airports. He replaces Glenn Okimoto, who accepted a position at the University of Hawai‘i.

Prior to joining DOT, Fuchigami worked in the hospitality industry for more than three decades. He has extensive experience in business development, employee relations and operations management.

He graduated from Damien Memorial High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Hawai‘i at Mänoa.


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