Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2002

RE: GOV. MSG. NO. 307



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. 307, submitting for study and consideration the nominations of:


JAMES S. KOMETANI and GARY I. KONDO, D.D.S., for terms to expire June 30, 2006,

begs leave to report as follows:

Your Committee received testimony in support of both nominees from the Hawaii Community Development Authority. Bank of Hawaii, Ronald N.S. Ho & Associates, Inc., and one individual provided testimony in support of Gary I. Kondo, D.D.S.

James S. Kometani was first appointed to the Hawaii Community Development Authority in April 2001, and has served as Vice Chair of the Authority since July 2001. He has brought to the Authority a broad understanding of real estate development, particularly with respect to the residential market. Mr. Kometani is president and principal broker of a real estate sales and property management firm specializing in residential project sales. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in finance from California State University, Long Beach, and his community activities include serving as trustee of Mid-Pacific Institute, a member of the Mid-Pacific Institute Alumni Association, a member of the St. Francis Hospital Hospice Committee, and a board member of St. Francis Healthcare Enterprises, Inc.

Gary I. Kondo, D.D.S., is an endodontist who has been practicing for thirty years, and is president and CEO of the Hawaii Family Dental Centers, the largest dental group practice in Hawaii with over fifty professionals and 160 staff members. He was educated at the University of Hawaii and received his D.D.S. and endodontic specialty training at the University of Detroit Dental School in 1972. He has served as past president of the Honolulu County Dental Society as well as past trustee of the Hawaii Dental Association.

Upon review of the testimony and written statements submitted by the nominees, your Committee finds that James S. Kometani and Gary I. Kondo, D.D.S., have the necessary character, experience, and qualifications to serve on the Hawai'i Community Development Authority.

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