Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2002

RE: GOV. MSG. NO. 301



Honorable Robert Bunda

President of the Senate

Twenty-First State Legislature

Regular Session of 2002

State of Hawaii


Your Committee on Economic Development and Technology, to which was referred Governor's Message No. 301, submitting for study and consideration the nominations of:


JOHN ISOBE and LORRAINE M. MENDOZA, for terms to expire June 30, 2006,

begs leave to report as follows:

Your Committee received testimony in support of both nominees from the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism.

John Isobe has served on the Community-Based Economic Development (CBED) Advisory Council since 1999. During his first term as a voluntary Council Member, Mr. Isobe has diligently worked with fellow members to assist communities plan and develop economic development projects that integrate a community's vision with the realities of economic viability. Mr. Isobe holds a real estate license and is a graduate of the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He has held numerous community service organization positions, including, Director of the Kauai Visitors Bureau, Kauai Chamber of Commerce, Kauai Economic Development Board, and ARC of Kauai, as well as President of the Kauai Northshore Business Council.

Lorraine M. Mendoza has served a distinguished first term with the CBED Advisory Council. Her duties involve assistance to conference principals in preparing and planning conferences, and program coordinator for various award winning University of Hawaii at Hilo programs. Ms. Mendoza holds an associate's degree in liberal arts from Hawaii Community College. Her community service includes serving as president of the Rural South Hilo Community Association, board member of the Hilo/Hamakua Community Development Corporation, and president of the Pepeekeo Filipino Association.

Upon review of the testimony and written statements submitted by the nominees, your Committee finds that John Isobe and Lorraine M. Mendoza have the necessary character, experience, and qualifications to serve on the Community-Based Economic Development Advisory Council.

As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Economic Development and Technology 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 Economic Development and Technology,


ROD TAM, Chair