Honolulu, Hawaii


RE: GOV. MSG. NO. 582




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


State Board of Naturopathic Medicine


G.M. No. 582


for a term to expire 06-30-2020,


begs leave to report as follows:


Your Committee reviewed the personal history, resume, and statement submitted by Kristen Coles for service on the State Board of Naturopathic Medicine.


Your Committee received testimony in support of the nomination for the appointment of Kristen Coles from the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs; Oahu County Committee, Legislative Priorities Committee of the Democratic Party of Hawaii; and three individuals.


Upon review of the testimony, your Committee finds that Dr. Coles' background, experience, and dedication to the community qualify her to be nominated for appointment to the State Board of Naturopathic Medicine as a licensee member. Your Committee notes that Dr. Coles has been licensed in Hawaii since 2012 and is a naturopathic physician and licensed acupuncturist at the Steelsmith Natural Health Center, where she sees an average of sixty patients a week and oversees, runs, and operates an intravenous nutritional therapy clinic that specializes in chronic disease, anti-aging, and sports recovery. Dr. Cole is an active member of her profession and is a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians and the Hawaii Society of Naturopathic Physicians, where she worked closely with the Legislative Committee and previously served as the Secretary of the Executive Committee. Your Committee further finds that Dr. Coles has a thorough understanding of the role and responsibilities of board members and recommends that Dr. Coles be appointed to the State Board of Naturopathic Medicine based on her knowledge, experience, and commitment to public service.


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,