Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2002

RE: GOV. MSG. NO. 312



Honorable Robert Bunda

President of the Senate

Twenty-First State Legislature

Regular Session of 2002

State of Hawaii


Your Committee on Hawaiian Affairs, to which was referred Governor's Message No. 312, submitting for study and consideration the nominations of:


CRYSTAL K. ROSE, for a term to expire June 30, 2003; and

QUENTIN K. KAWANANAKOA, for a term to expire June 30, 2006,

begs leave to report as follows:

Upon review of the statements submitted by the nominees, your Committee finds that the nominees will work with compassion and commitment in serving on the Hawaiian Homes Commission. Your Committee also finds that the nominees have been appointed based upon their credentials, integrity, and a desire to assist the beneficiaries of the Hawaiian Home Lands Trust through their participation on the Hawaiian Homes Commission.

Your Committee received testimony in support of both nominees from the Chairperson of the Hawaiian Homes Commission. Numerous Hawaiian organizations, businesses, and private citizens testified in support of the nominees.

Your Committee notes the following information regarding the nominees.

Crystal K. Rose was born and raised on the Big Island and graduated from the Kamehameha Schools for Girls. After receiving her undergraduate degree from Willamette University in Oregon, she received her law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of Law. In 1986, she was one of the founding members of Bays, Deaver, Lung, Rose & Baba, a seventeen-member law firm that emphasizes commercial litigation, arbitration, and mediation. Over the past nineteen years, her practice has involved litigation in the areas of construction, real estate, and trust law. From 1986 through 1989, she also taught Construction Law at the University of Hawaii School of Architecture. Ms. Rose has been actively involved with the Native Hawaiian Bar Association, serving as its former vice president and president.

Quentin K. Kawananakoa is a former member of the State of Hawaii House of Representatives and an attorney licensed to practice law in the State of Hawaii. Mr. Kawananakoa possesses a bachelor's degree from the University of Southern California and a juris doctor degree from the Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Mr. Kawananakoa is also a member of the Native Hawaiian Bar Association.

To meet the challenges of the Hawaiian Home Lands program that lie ahead, the Hawaiian Homes Commission will need commissioners who can work together, and who have the best interests of the Hawaiian Home Lands Trust and its beneficiaries as their number one priority. Your Committee believes that Crystal K. Rose and Quentin K. Kawananakoa are such individuals.

As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Hawaiian Affairs 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 Hawaiian Affairs,