Honolulu, Hawaii


RE: GOV. MSG. NO. 505




Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi

President of the Senate

Twenty-Ninth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2018

State of Hawaii




Your Committee on Transportation and Energy, to which was referred Governor's Message No. 505, submitting for study and consideration the nomination of:


Deputy Director of the Department of Transportation


G.M. No. 505


for a term to expire at noon on 12-03-2018,


begs leave to report as follows:


Your Committee reviewed the personal history, resume, and statement submitted by Roy Catalani for service as the Deputy Director of Transportation.


Your Committee received testimony in support of the nomination for the appointment of Roy Catalani from Governor David Ige; Department of Defense; Department of Transportation Harbors Division; Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism; Department of Accounting and General Services; Department of Budget and Finance; Hawaii Tourism Authority; Oahu Economic Development Board; The Pasha Group; The Wilhelm Group; Hawaii Harbors Users Group; Pacific Shipyards International; Saltchuk Hawaii; McCabe, Hamilton, and Renny Co., Ltd.; Hawaii Transportation Association; Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.; Chamber of Commerce Hawaii; SanHi Government Strategies; Radcliffe and Associates, LLC; Maui County Farm Bureau; Matson; Hawaii Farm Bureau; General Contractors Association of Hawaii; Young Brothers; Cades Schutte; Peters Communications; and ten individuals.


Roy Catalani is currently the Interim Deputy Director of the Administration Division at the Department of Transportation, a position he has held since January 2018. Just prior to holding this position, he was Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and External Affairs for Young Brothers, Limited, a position he held for twelve years. He has experience as a partner in several law firms: Goodsill Anderson Quinn and Stifel, LLP; Catalani Nakanishi and Caliboso, LLP; and Rush Moore, LLP. Mr. Catalani served as Chair of the State Land Use Commission for one year, member of the State Land Use Commission for eight years, and Deputy Director of the Office of State Planning for one year, and has served on various non-profit boards and committees, including the YMCA of Honolulu, March of Dimes, Oahu Economic Development Board, Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation, and National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Hawaii Chapter. The nominee received a Juris Doctorate and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Oregon, and attended Columbia University's Advanced Management Program.


Your Committee believes that the nominee, with his strong combination of experience in private practice and his public service with the State Land Use Commission and Office of State Planning, possesses the qualifications to serve as Deputy Director of the Department of Transportation. He has extensive knowledge of strategic, legal, regulatory, and governmental affairs, which is critical in managing a government agency. Mr. Catalani has also demonstrated the ability to complete facilities development and improvement initiatives, maximize operational efficiency, and perform operation expense reviews that help with cost control. Testifiers emphasized the nominee's legal background, experience with maritime operations, and managerial abilities as attributes that will lead to his success as the Deputy Director of the Department of Transportation.


Your Committee notes from the nominee's personal statement that the nominee views the mission of his position as administratively supporting the Director and Deputy Directors of the three operational divisions to meet their service goals and performance measures. In order to achieve these goals, Mr. Catalani will focus on matters such as filling vacant positions and addressing litigation issues so that the operational divisions can focus on their respective core missions.


As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Transportation and Energy 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 Transportation and Energy,