Honolulu, Hawaii



RE:    GOV. MSG. NO. 660




Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi

President of the Senate

Twenty-Ninth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2018

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Education, to which was referred Governor's Message No. 660, submitting for study and consideration the nomination of: 


Education Commission of the States


G.M. No. 660


for a term to expire 06-30-2022,


begs leave to report as follows:


     Your Committee has reviewed the personal history, resume, and statement submitted by Alan Oshima for service on the Education Commission of the States.


     Your Committee received testimony in support of the nomination for the appointment of Alan Oshima from four individuals.


     Upon review of the testimony, your Committee finds that Mr. Oshima is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Hawaiian Electric Company.  His professional work experience as an attorney, executive, and administrative professional within the electric, telecommunications, and transportation industry has garnered Mr. Oshima national recognition in the field of public utilities.  Mr. Oshima has an extensive history of service with organizations and bodies devoted to the benefit of Hawaii's public schools and students, including Hawaii 3R's, Hawaii Institute of Public Affairs, and the Governor's Every Student Succeeds Act Team.  In his personal statement, Mr. Oshima indicated that as a commissioner, he was able to share what he learned about other states' programs on early childhood development with the state executive branch and public school administrators and hopes to further share the Education Commission of the States benefits, data, and reports with the Hawaii education community.  Your Committee therefore finds that Mr. Oshima's professional background, as well as his dedication and commitment to the interests of Hawaii's public school students, will be great assets to the Education Commission of the States.


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