Honolulu, Hawaii



RE:    GOV. MSG. NO. 617




Honorable Donna Mercado Kim

President of the Senate

Twenty-Seventh State Legislature

Regular Session of 2014

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Hawaiian Affairs, to which was referred Governor's Message No. 617, submitting for study and consideration the nomination of: 


Hawaiian Homes Commission


G.M. No. 617


for a term to expire 6-30-2018,


begs leave to report as follows:


     Your Committee has reviewed the personal history and resume submitted by the nominee and finds William Richardson to possess the requisite commitment, sincerity, dedication, and qualifications to be nominated to the Hawaiian Homes Commission as an Oahu representative.


     Your Committee has received testimony in support of this nominee from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs; Department of Hawaiian Home Lands; William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii at Manoa; Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism; Office of the Mayor, County of Hawaii; Sky Ohana; Oceanit; and three individuals.


     Mr. Richardson earned his Bachelor's degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in Economics and Sociology and his Juris Doctorate from Duke University, School of Law.  He is currently a general partner for HMS Hawaii Management Partners and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Hawaii's College of Business Administration and Richardson School of Law.  He also serves as a Trustee on the University of Hawaii Foundation, where he serves on the Finance Committee, which manages an investment portfolio of more than $300,000,000.  In addition, he is the Founder and President of HiBEAM, a virtual incubator, helping build Hawaii-based companies that make a significant contribution to the local economy.  As an attorney, he has practiced in securities, finance, and commercial law.  Mr. Richardson's extensive business, legal, and financial experience makes him an ideal candidate for the Hawaiian Homes Commission.


     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on 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 Hawaiian Affairs,