Honolulu, Hawaii


RE: GOV. MSG. NO. 502




Honorable Donna Mercado Kim

President of the Senate

Twenty-Seventh State Legislature

Regular Session of 2014

State of Hawaii




Your Committee on Economic Development, Government Operations and Housing, to which was referred Governor's Message No. 502, submitting for study and consideration the nomination of:


Hawaii Community Development Authority (Kakaako District)


G.M. No. 502


for a term to expire 6-30-2015,


begs leave to report as follows:


Your Committee has reviewed the personal history and statement submitted by the nominee and finds Brian Tamamoto to possess the requisite qualifications to be nominated to the Hawaii Community Development Authority (Kakaako District).


Your Committee received testimony in support of Brian Tamamoto from the Hawaii Laborers-Employers Cooperation and Education Trust; Laborers' International Union of North America Local 368; Hawaii Construction Alliance; Hawaii Regional Council of Carpenters; The Pacific Resource Partnership; United Public Workers Union, AFSCME Local 646; Building Industry Association of Hawaii; ILWU Local 142; and five individuals.


Mr. Tamamoto is currently the Executive Vice President at Resort Holdings, LLC, and is responsible for oversight and asset management responsibilities for a golf course, hotel, property development, and other administrative duties. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Hawaii.


Along with his many accomplishments, Mr. Tamamoto was part of a leadership team that purchased Verizon Hawaiian Telephone Company for $1,200,000,000. Once the business purchase was made, he was transferred to Hawaiian Telcom and headed labor contract administration and supervised the business unit managers.


Mr. Tamamoto indicated in his personal statement that he hopes to use his range of professional experience to oversee the many rules and regulations from a broader perspective, to engage in community interaction, and to understand and be tolerant of differing opinions.


Your Committee finds that Mr. Tamamoto's past experiences, as well as his continuing commitment to issues relating to development in Kakaako, will be great assets to the Kakaako District Board.


As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Economic Development, Government Operations and Housing 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 Economic Development, Government Operations and Housing,