Honolulu, Hawaii


RE: GOV. MSG. NO. 635




Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi

President of the Senate

Twenty-Ninth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2018

State of Hawaii




Your Committee on Hawaiian Affairs, to which was referred Governor's Message No. 635, submitting for study and consideration the nomination of:


Island Burial Council, Islands of Maui and Lana'i


G.M. No. 635


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 Johanna Kamaunu for service on the Island Burial Council, Islands of Maui and Lānai.


Your Committee received testimony in support of the nomination for the reappointment of Johanna Kamaunu from the Department of Land and Natural Resources; Office of Hawaiian Affairs; and Hoomana Pono, LLC.


Ms. Kamaunu has genealogical ties to Īao Valley, Waiehu, and Waihee Valley. She was an educator in the Department of Education's Hawaiian Studies Kupuna program for fourteen years. She also has experience doing genealogy and geographical research regarding the ahupuaa of Waikapū, Wailuku, Waiehu, and Waihee. Ms. Kamaunu has been actively participating in iwi preservation controversies on the island of Maui by attending and testifying at burial council meetings for seven years. Ms. Kamaunu has been serving on the Island Burial Council, Islands of Maui and Lānai since 2014 and is seeking to serve another term. Ms. Kamaunu's extensive experience and knowledge of Hawaiian culture and history makes her an ideal candidate for the Island Burial Council, Islands of Maui and Lānai.


As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Hawaiian Affairs 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 Hawaiian Affairs,