Honolulu, Hawaii



RE:    GOV. MSG. NO. 560




Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi

President of the Senate

Twenty-Ninth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2018

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health, to which was referred Governor's Message No. 560, submitting for study and consideration the nomination of: 


Statewide Health Coordinating Council


G.M. No. 560


for a term to expire 06-30-2021,


begs leave to report as follows:


     Your Committee reviewed the personal history, resume, and statement submitted by Joanne Kealoha for service on the Statewide Health Coordinating Council.


     Your Committee received testimony in support of the nomination for the appointment of Joanne Kealoha from the State Health Planning and Development Agency and four individuals. 


     Upon review of the testimony, your Committee finds that Dr. Kealoha's professional experience, knowledge, and background qualify her to be nominated for appointment to the Statewide Health Coordinating Council.  Your Committee notes that Dr. Kealoha is the Chair of Nursing and a full-time instructor at Argosy University, where she helped establish an RN-BSN program.  Prior to employment at Argosy University, Dr. Kealoha served as an advanced practice registered nurse at the Hawaii Baptist Academy, Hilo Medical Center, Department of Veterans' Affairs, and Hawaii Department of Health.  Dr. Kealoha also previously served as a Labor Relations Specialist for the Hawaii Nurses Association.  Dr. Kealoha looks forward to bringing her breadth of experience gained from thirty-four years of service as a nurse to the Council to help meet the healthcare needs of local residents from a diverse array of backgrounds.


     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health 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 Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health,