Honolulu, Hawaii
                                                     , 1999

                                   RE:  GOV. MSG. NO. 187

Honorable Norman Mizuguchi
President of the Senate
Twentieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 1999
State of Hawaii


     Your Committee on Labor and Environment, to which was
referred Governor's Message No. 187, submitting for study and
consideration the nomination of:


     G.M. No. 187       CHESTER C. KUNITAKE, for a term to expire
                        June 30, 2005; 

begs leave to report as follows:

     Upon review of the background information submitted by the
nominee, your Committee finds that Chester C. Kunitake holds a
Bachelor's degree from the University of Hawaii.  In 1997, Mr.
Kunitake was appointed to serve on the Hawaii Labor Relations
Board (HLRB).  Prior to serving on HLRB, Mr. Kunitake was a union
representative for the Hawaii Government Employees Association.
He serves on the Board of Directors of the Aloha United Way and
the Hawaii Foodbank.

     Testimony in support of the nominee was submitted by the
Chairperson and the Executive Director of the Hawaii Labor
Relations Board, the Chairman of the City and County of Honolulu
Council, the Hawaii State Teachers Association, State of Hawaii
Organization of Police Officers, the ILWU Local 142, and the
United Public Workers.

     Mr. Kunitake has served as a member of the HLRB since 1997.
His wealth of knowledge of the legal and practical aspects of

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public sector collective bargaining has contributed greatly to
the Board.  

     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your
Committee on Labor and Environment that is attached to this
report, your Committee, after full consideration of the
background, character, experience, and qualifications of the
nominee, has found the nominee to be qualified for the position
to which nominated and recommends that the Senate advise and
consent to the nomination.

                                   Respectfully submitted on
                                   behalf of the members of the
                                   Committee on Labor and

                                   BOB NAKATA, Chair

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