Honolulu, Hawaii


RE: GOV. MSG. NO. 702




Honorable Donna Mercado Kim

President of the Senate

Twenty-Seventh State Legislature

Regular Session of 2014

State of Hawaii




Your Committee on Water and Land, to which was referred Governor's Message No. 702, submitting for study and consideration the nomination of:


Land Use Commission


G.M. No. 702


for a term to expire 6-30-2018,


begs leave to report as follows:


Your Committee has reviewed the personal history, resume, and statement submitted by the nominee and finds Edmund Aczon to possess the requisite qualifications to be nominated to the Land Use Commission.


Your Committee received testimony in support of the nominee from the Land Use Commission; Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism; Department of Labor and Industrial Relations; Department of Transportation; Agribusiness Development Corporation; Mayor of the County of Hawaii; Hawaii Laborers' Union; The Pacific Resource Partnership; George Hao & Associates; ILWU LOCAL 142, Hawaii Laborers-Employers Cooperation and Education Trust; Kai Hawaii; Hawaii Operating Engineers Stabilization Trust Fund; Hawaii Regional Council of Carpenters; Royal Contracting Company; S&M Sakamoto, Inc.; United Public Workers, AFSCME, Local 646, AFL-CIO; Hawaii Masons' Union; General Contractors Association of Hawaii; Nan, Inc.; Hawaiian Dredging Construction Company Inc.; Nalo Farms; SSFM International; Imanaka Asato, LLC; Pat Lee & Associates, LLC; Nordic Construction PLC; The Filipino Community Center; Shoi Construction, Inc.; Oahu Arts Center; and numerous individuals.


Edmund Aczon was educated in the Philippines, where he received instruction and training in construction-related fields. He is currently the Community Relations Director and Manpower Specialist at the Hawaii Regional Council of Carpenters, a position he has held since 2004. From 2003 to 2013, Mr. Aczon worked as a Field Representative for United States Senator Daniel K. Inouye. Mr. Aczon was also the President/Secretary/Treasurer of Aczon Construction, Ltd., and the owner of Aczon Construction, a masonry contractor. He is a member of and has served in various officer capacities with the Building Industry Association of Hawaii, National Association of Homebuilders, Build-PAC Hawaii, Hawaii Construction Industry Association, Hawaii Strategic Development Corporation of Hawaii, Oahu Workforce Investment Board, and other associations. Mr. Aczon is the recipient of numerous awards from local and national business and construction entities. Your Committee believes that Mr. Aczon's wealth of experience in the construction industry will enable him to deliberate and contribute to discussions regarding the complex land use issues before the Land Use Commission.


As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Water and Land 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 and Land,