Honolulu, Hawaii
                                                     , 1999

                                   RE:  GOV. MSG. NO. 237

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. 237, submitting for study and
consideration the nomination of:


     G.M. No. 237       JOAN WHITE, W. ROY JOHNSON, GERALD
                        OKAMOTO, WILLIAM T. HONJIYO, DIANA ROSE
                        MACHA, NORMAN JANICKI, JR., and KAIULANI
                        DE SILVA, for terms to expire June 30,

begs leave to report as follows:

     Upon review of the statements submitted by the nominees,
your Committee finds that the aforementioned nominees are
volunteers, willing to serve without compensation, who will work
with compassion and commitment to assist in administering various
government functions.  Your Committee further finds that the
nominees have been appointed based upon their professional
credentials, integrity, and a desire to make Hawaii better
through their participation on the Hawaii School-to-Work
Opportunities Executive Council.

     Your Committee specifically notes the following:

     Joan White currently serves as the Vice President of
Healthcare Association of Hawaii and as state executive of the
American Health Care Association's Hawaii affiliate.  She holds a
Master's degree in Business Administration from Chaminade

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University and is a registered nurse in Hawaii.  Ms. White has
worked in the health care field in Hawaii since 1965.  As
Chairperson of the Farrington Health Academy Steering Committee
for four years, she has worked directly with preparing students
for employment in health care.

     W. Roy Johnson is a glazier with thirteen years experience
as Apprenticeship and Training Industry Training Coordinator with
Architectural Metal and Glassworkers.  He is a Journeyman
Graduate from the Glaziers Apprenticeship Program at Honolulu
Community College.  Mr. Johnson is a member and past President of
the Western Apprenticeship Coordinators Association and the
Apprenticeship and Training Coordinators Association of Hawaii.

     Gerald Okamoto is currently Human Resources Director at GTE
Hawaiian Tel, a position he has held since March 1996.  Mr.
Okamoto holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the
University of California at Santa Barbara and a Master's degree
in Business Administration from the University of New Haven.  He
is a board member of the Hawaii Business Health Council and a
past member of the 1998 Economic Revitalization Task Force on
Education and the 1997 Business Services Skill Standards Team
Project.  Mr. Okamoto also serves on the Honolulu District
School-to-Work Council.

     Testimony in support of the nominee was received from the
Director of Human Resources at Punahou School and the Honolulu
School District Superintendent of the Department of Education. 

     William T. Honjiyo is an independent consultant for matters
pertaining to commercial leasing and sales.  He also served as a
shopping center and properties manager for twelve years as Vice
President of Grove Farm Land Corporation on the island of Kauai.
He is President of the Kauai Vietnam Veterans Association and was
honored with the Veterans Small Business Advocate, State of

     Diane Rose Macha is currently a senior at Wallace Rider
Farrington High School.  She is a member of the Farrington Health
Academy, and Honor Roll student since 1995 with a grade point
average of 3.824.  Ms. Macha's career goal is to become a family
nurse practitioner in a hospital setting.

     Norman Janicki, Jr., currently serves as Director and
Lobbyist for Hawaii-LECET.  He graduated from Leeward Community
College in 1978 and has extensive experience as a union agent and
chief Contract Negotiator with the Laborers' Union Local 368.  He
also serves as Vice President of the Hawaii State Federation of
Labor AFL-CIO.  He is a member of Chamber of Commerce, serving on

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the Land Use/Transportation and Armed Services Committees.  He is
also a member of the Building Industry Association, serving on
the Legislative Committee.

     Kaiulani de Silva is currently Director of Education and
Consumer Affairs with Hawaiian Electric Company.  She holds a
Masters of Public Health from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
In her capacity at Hawaiian Electric, she serves on the Leeward
Partnership School-to-Work Council and the Honolulu District
School-to-Work Council.  Ms. de Silva serves on the Community
Scholarship Committee of the Hawaii Community Foundation and is
the Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Kalihi-Palama
Culture and Arts Society, Inc.  She is a former member of the
School-to-Work Transition Center Advisory Council.

     Testimony in support of the nominee was received from the
Honolulu and Leeward District Superintendents of the Department
of Education, and the Hawaii Business Roundtable.

     Your Committee diligently questioned the nominees who
appeared before the Committee about their role on the Hawaii
School-to-Work Opportunities Executive Council, the relevance of
their previous experience, and the goals they wish to accomplish
during their term on the board.  Your Committee believes that the
nominees adequately responded to the Committee's inquiries.

     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
nominees, has found the nominees to be qualified for the
positions to which nominated and recommends that the Senate
advise and consent to the nominations.

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

                                   BOB NAKATA, Chair

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