Honolulu, Hawaii


RE: GOV. MSG. NO. 606




Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi

President of the Senate

Twenty-Ninth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2018

State of Hawaii




Your Committee on Water and Land, to which was referred Governor's Message No. 606, submitting for study and consideration the nomination of:


Legacy Land Conservation Commission


G.M. No. 606


for a term to expire 06-30-2022,


begs leave to report as follows:


Your Committee reviewed the personal history, resume, and statement submitted by Kanoe Wilson for service on the Legacy Land Conservation Commission.


Your Committee received testimony in support of the nomination for the reappointment of Kanoe Wilson from the Department of Land and Natural Resources, one Council Member of the Council of the County of Hawaii, Molokai Land Trust, and two individuals.


Upon review of the testimony, your Committee finds that Ms. Wilson's experience as an Education Program Manager at Kamehameha Schools Hawaii, commitment to public service, and proven leadership qualify her to be nominated for reappointment to the Legacy Land Conservation Commission as a member knowledgeable about native Hawaiian culture. Your Committee notes that Ms. Wilson is a professional educator and a Hawaiian cultural practitioner with a strong passion and commitment for community-based land stewardship. She has previously served as an Education Officer at Kamehameha Schools Hawaii, a Legacy Land Education Specialist for Kamehameha Schools' Āina Ulu Program, a Program Coordinator for the University of Hawaii at Hilo's Kīpuka Native Hawaiian Student Center, and an Interpretive Park Ranger at the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.


Your Committee further notes that the testimony received in support of Ms. Wilson's nomination for reappointment to the Legacy Land Conservation Commission indicate that she communicates gracefully and compassionately with applicants for grants from the Legacy Land Conservation Program and helps her fellow commissioners and program staff better understand the deeper significance of the native cultural landscape and related community concerns. Ms. Wilson's knowledge and experience in ike Hawaii and āina-based education will continue to fill a valuable niche on the Legacy Land Conservation 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,