Honolulu, Hawaii


RE: GOV. MSG. NO. 627




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


Hawai'i Medical Board


G.M. No. 627


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 Maria Chun for service on the Hawaii Medical Board.


Your Committee received testimony in support of the nomination for the reappointment of Maria Chun from the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs; John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii at Mānoa; and six individuals.


Upon review of the testimony, your Committee finds that Dr. Chun's background, experience, and proven leadership on the Hawaii Medical Board qualify her to be nominated for reappointment to the Hawaii Medical Board as a public member. Your Committee notes that Dr. Chun has an educational background in psychology and sociology and is currently the Associate Chair for Administration and Finance in the Department of Surgery at the John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii at Mānoa, where she has been involved with many aspects of the medical profession, including research, teaching, and developing the Department's clinical enterprise. Dr. Chun also has prior experience in various areas of state government, including previous positions at the Office of the Auditor, Office of the Lieutenant Governor, and Hawaii State Legislature. Your Committee further finds that Dr. Chun has been a member of the Hawaii Medical Board since September 2013 and has served as a holdover member since June 30, 2017, and her health care and government background, along with her insight from the public consumer perspective, continue to enhance the effectiveness of the Board. Your Committee therefore recommends that Dr. Chun be reappointed to the Hawaii Medical Board 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,