Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2002

RE: GOV. MSG. NO. 315



Honorable Robert Bunda

President of the Senate

Twenty-First State Legislature

Regular Session of 2002

State of Hawaii


Your Committee on Health and Human Services, to which was referred Governor's Message No. 315, submitting for study and consideration the nominations of:


MARTHA O. AQUINO, JOANNE H. KEALOHA, and LAURIE A.B. OISHI, for terms to expire on June 30, 2006,

begs leave to report as follows:

Upon review of the testimony and written statements submitted by the nominees, your Committee finds that the nominees have the necessary character, experience, and qualifications to serve on the West Oahu Subarea Health Planning Council ("Council").

Testimony supporting the nominees was received from the State Health Planning and Development Agency.

Martha O. Aquino is an Area Manager with Kaiser Permanente and her duties include serving as a staff nurse and supervisor. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Washington. Ms. Aquino possesses over twenty years of diverse experience as a nurse and has been employed as a nurse at the University of Illinois and Illinois Masonic Hospital.

Joanne H. Kealoha is a Social Services Coordinator with ILWU Local 142. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Hawaii and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of California Los Angeles. Ms. Kealoha's community activities include serving as a board member of the Aloha United Way, Oahu Workforce Investment Board, and Catholic Charities Community and Immigrant Services.

Laurie A.B. Oishi is a Director of Customer Field Services with Hawaiian Electric Company. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Radiography from Northern Arizona University. Ms. Oishi has also worked in the field of radiology with St. Francis Hospital and Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children. Among her community activities, she serves as Treasurer for the Wailua United Church of Christ Women's Group.

Based upon the foregoing and the testimony submitted, your Committee finds that the nominees have been appointed based upon their credentials, integrity, and a desire to improve Hawaii through their service on the Council.

As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Health and Human Services 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 Health and Human Services,