HONOLULU—A Hawaii agency says it told the wrong man he was nominated to the board of the Hawaiian Homes Commission, which manages land set aside for Native Hawaiians.

Hawaii News Now (http://ow.ly/uNqC6 ) reported Thursday William "Billy" Richardson was notified he was a nominee, so he told all his friends and started preparing for the confirmation process.

But state Boards and Commission Manager Jayson Muraki says a confirmation email was "inadvertently" sent to the wrong William Richardson.

The letter should have gone to the William Richardson who heads a venture capital firm and is the son of a former Hawaii Supreme Court justice.

Renwick Tassill of the Hawaiian Homes Commission says the mix-up shows the state places a low priority on Hawaiian issues.

Muraki says the agency is working to ensure it doesn't happen again.

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Information from: KGMB-TV, http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/