Honolulu, Hawaii


RE: GOV. MSG. NO. 232




Honorable Colleen Hanabusa

President of the Senate

Twenty-Fifth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2010

State of Hawaii




Your Committee on Water, Land, Agriculture, and Hawaiian Affairs, to which was referred Governor's Message No. 232, submitting for study and consideration the nomination of:


Island Burial Council, Island of Oahu


G.M. No. 232


for a term to expire 6-30-2013,


begs leave to report as follows:


Your Committee has reviewed the personal history, resume, and statement submitted by the nominee, and finds John S. K. Hoag Esq. to have the necessary qualifications to be nominated to the Island Burial Council for the Island of Oahu.


Testimony in support of the nomination of Mr. Hoag was submitted by one state agency and two individuals. Written testimony presented to the Committee may be reviewed on the Legislature's website.


Mr. Hoag presently serves as an interim member of the Island Burial Council for the island of Oahu, and represents developer and large property owner interests. He received his Bachelor's degree in Philosophy and Spanish Translation from Brigham Young University and his Juris Doctor from the University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law. Mr. Hoag is presently employed as the Director of Administration and Assistant to the President at Hawaii Reserves, Inc., a land management company on the windward side of Oahu.


Mr. Hoag is actively involved with the community, he is a member of Brigham Young University Hawaii Institutional Review Board and has served as a member of the Catholic Church's Hawaii Lay Compensation Committee and Director of the Koolauloa Educational Alliance Corporation. He understands that members of the Island Burial Council must balance the interests of proper respect and care for the iwi with modern activities. Mr. Hoag brings professional legal insight and understanding to the Council's process.


As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Water, Land, Agriculture, and Hawaiian Affairs that is attached to this report, your Committee, after full consideration of the background, experience, and qualifications of the nominee, has found the nominee to be qualified for the position to which nominated and recommends that the Senate advise and consent to the nomination.


Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Water, Land, Agriculture, and Hawaiian Affairs,