§8-5 King Kamehameha celebration commission. (a) There shall be a commission to be known as the King Kamehameha celebration commission placed within the department of accounting and general services for administrative purposes. The commission shall consist of fifteen members to be appointed by the governor in the manner provided by section 26-34. The appointments shall be made from the following organizations, with one member from each organization:
(1) Royal Order of Kamehameha I;
(2) `Ahahui Ka`ahumanu;
(3) Hale O Nā Ali`i O Hawai`i `Ahahui Po`o;
(4) Daughters and Sons of Hawaiian Warriors Māmakakaua;
(5) Kamehameha Schools Alumni Association;
(6) Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs;
(7) Waimānalo Hawaiian Homes Association;
(8) Daughters of Hawaii;
(9) Kapahulu Music Club; and
(10) Papakōlea Community Association.
Each organization shall maintain a certificate of good standing issued by the department of commerce and consumer affairs and an active membership list. Each organization may recommend for appointment to the commission persons capable of providing administrative guidance to the commission with regard to knowledge of Hawaiian culture, history and protocols, legal issues, business, accounting, marketing, philanthropy, or public relations.
In addition, the governor shall appoint one member to the commission from each of the following islands: Kaua`i, Lāna`i, Maui, Moloka`i, and Hawai`i. Each of these members shall be a resident of the respective island that the member represents. The governor shall appoint persons capable of providing administrative guidance with regard to legal issues, business, accounting, marketing, philanthropy, or public relations.
(b) The terms of all appointments shall be four years. The governor shall appoint the chairperson of the commission from among the members.
(c) The members of the King Kamehameha celebration commission shall serve without compensation, but shall be entitled to reimbursement for travel and necessary expenses while attending meetings and while in discharge of their duties. The comptroller shall reimburse the members of the King Kamehameha celebration commission for all necessary expenses incurred during the discharge of their duties.
(d) The commission may appoint and dismiss an arts program specialist and a part-time clerk typist, without regard to chapter 76, who shall serve at the commission's pleasure, and whose salaries shall be provided through fees, public contributions, and private donations. The commission, by majority vote, shall appoint an executive director who shall be familiar with the people and culture of Hawai`i, and shall serve without regard to chapter 76 for a term to be determined by the commission. Except for matters undertaken by the comptroller pursuant to subsection (f), the executive director shall be responsible for all fiscal and administrative matters, including securing public contributions and private foundation grants or donations. The executive director shall also be responsible for developing and administering programs as the commission may direct. The executive director may be removed for cause at any time by a two-thirds vote of all commission members.
(e) The commission shall manage all arrangements for the celebration under its direction each year generally observed throughout Hawai`i Nei on June 11, and shall support any other events as it may approve to commemorate the memory of the great Polynesian Hawaiian warrior and statesman King Kamehameha I, who united the Hawaiian Islands into the Kingdom of Hawai`i, and is recognized as such under section 8-1. The commission may appoint committees and delegate powers and duties to the committees as it shall determine.
(f) The comptroller shall account for all moneys appropriated by the legislature, may raise funds to defray administrative costs, and may accept donations of money and personal property on behalf of the commission; provided that all donations accepted from private sources shall be expended in the manner prescribed by the contributor, and all moneys received from all sources shall be deposited into the commission's trust account.
(g) The commission shall be the coordinating agency for all commission-approved events as provided in subsection (e) and as designated by the commission to ensure that activities planned are timely and appropriate to commemorate the memory of King Kamehameha I. The commission shall be authorized to determine to whom and for which occasions permission is to be granted for the use of the statue of King Kamehameha I.
(h) The commission shall adopt rules pursuant to chapter 91 necessary for the purpose of this section. [L 1939, c 227, §1; RL 1945, §12935; am L 1949, c 87, §1; RL 1955, §14-6; am L 1957, c 152, §1; am L 1959, c 117, §1; HRS §8-5; am L 1970, c 193, §1; am L 1972, c 50, §1; am L 1974, c 57, §1; am L 1981, c 220, §1; am L 1984, c 227, §2; gen ch 1985; am L 1988, c 220, §2; am L 1993, c 280, §2; am L 1997, c 189, §1; am L 1998, c 193, §1; am L 2000, c 253, §150; am L 2018, c 83, §1]
Acting members of commission, see §26-36.
Commission placed within department of accounting and general services for administrative purposes, see §26-6.
Membership on other boards and commissions prohibited, see §78-4.
Quorum, see §92-15.