Honolulu, Hawaii


RE: GOV. MSG. NO. 503




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. 503, submitting for study and consideration the nomination of:


Small Business Regulatory Review Board


G.M. No. 503


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 Harris Nakamoto to possess the requisite qualifications to be nominated to the Small Business Regulatory Review Board.


Your Committee received testimony in support of Harris Nakamoto from the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism; Small Business Regulatory Review Board; Laborers' International Union of North America Local 368; ILWU Local 142; and two individuals.


Mr. Nakamoto is the Director of Labor Accounts for Kaiser Permanente and is responsible for a multitude of duties, including developing and implementing an annual strategic account management plan that targets business and membership growth serving local union health and welfare trust funds, managing overall client relationships, and actively engaging clients and consultants in meetings and events that lead to increased membership and the sale of additional benefits into the accounts. Previously, Mr. Nakamoto served as the Chief Operating Officer of Ohana Health Plan, a competitive Medicaid and Medicare insurance company. He also holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Redlands and has studied abroad at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan.


Mr. Nakamoto indicated in his personal statement that he believes his business background in owning and operating his own small business, as well as his experience in health care, will allow him to continue his work as an advocate of small business in Hawaii.


Your Committee finds that Mr. Nakamoto's past experiences, as well as his continuing commitment to issues related to small business in Hawaii, will be great assets to the Small Business Regulatory Review 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,