Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2002

RE: GOV. MSG. NO. 330



Honorable Robert Bunda

President of the Senate

Twenty-First State Legislature

Regular Session of 2002

State of Hawaii


Your Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection and Housing, to which was referred Governor's Message No. 330, submitting for study and consideration the nominations of:


SHEREE A. KON-HERRERA and JASON Y. UCHIDA, N.D., for terms to expire June 30, 2006;

begs leave to report as follows:

Upon review of the testimony and written statements of the nominees, your Committee finds that Sheree A. Kon-Herrera and Jason Y. Uchida have the necessary character, experience, and qualifications to serve on the Board of Examiners in Naturopathy.

The Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs testified in support Dr. Uchida. Fukunaga Matayoshi Hershey and Ching testified in support of Ms. Kon-Herrera.

Ms. Sheree A. Kon-Herrera is an attorney at law and is currently employed as an associate attorney with a private law firm. Her legal practice has included work on issues related to health care and the medical profession.

Dr. Jason Y. Uchida holds a doctor of naturopathic medicine degree from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine and has operated a private naturopathy practice since 1989. In addition, Dr. Uchida has volunteered his lecture services to various community groups and organizations. The nominee has served on the Board of Examiners in Naturopathy since June, 1998, and is currently its vice chairperson.

As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection and Housing 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 Commerce, Consumer Protection and Housing,