STAND. COM. REP. NO. 3717

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

 

RE: GOV. MSG. NOS. 687, 688, 717, 738

 

 

 

Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi

President of the Senate

Twenty-Ninth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2018

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committee on Economic Development, Tourism, and Technology, to which was referred Governor's Message Nos. 687, 688, 717, and 738, submitting for study and consideration the nominations of:

 

Stadium Authority

 

G.M. No. 687

MICHAEL IOSUA,

for a term to expire 06-30-2022;

 

G.M. No. 688

ROSS YAMASAKI,

for a term to expire 06-30-2022;

 

G.M. No. 717

KEITH AMEMIYA,

for a term to expire 06-30-2022; and

 

G.M. No. 738

HUBERT MINN,

for a term to expire 06-30-2021,

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

Your Committee reviewed the personal histories, resumes, and statements submitted by Michael Iosua, Ross Yamasaki, Keith Amemiya, and Hubert Minn for service on the Stadium Authority.

 

MICHAEL IOSUA

 

Your Committee received testimony in support of the nomination for the reappointment of Michael Iosua from the Department of Accounting and General Services, Stadium Authority, SanHi Government Strategies, Hawaii Pacific Health, and seven individuals.

 

Mr. Iosua is an attorney and the Director of Government and Public Affairs for Imanaka Asato, LLLC and has also served as the Assistant Attorney General for the Government of Samoa. He is an experienced board member of the Stadium Authority having served since 2014. During his tenure as a board member, he has chaired the Audit and Internal Governance committees while leading transit-oriented development efforts with the State Legislature and Honolulu City Council. Mr. Iosua has been instrumental in the development of Aloha Stadium, played a role in the removal of deed restrictions, and contributed to major projects such as the Honolulu rapid transit project, transit-oriented development, health and safety capital improvement projects, and other issues regarding the redevelopment of Aloha Stadium. Your Committee finds that Mr. Iosua's legal background, business and budget experience, and demonstrated leadership qualify him for reappointment to the Stadium Authority.

 

ROSS YAMASAKI

 

Your Committee received testimony in support of the nomination for the reappointment of Ross Yamasaki from the Department of Accounting and General Services, Stadium Authority, and two individuals.

 

Mr. Yamasaki is a registered architect and an established design strategist with years of experience working on public and private projects in planning and design. He is currently the Vice President of Capitol Consultants of Hawaii. As Vice President, he is responsible for the firm's operations and development and also leads activities in the areas of sustainability, environmental quality, and green technology. Mr. Yamasaki is the current Chair of the Stadium Authority. According to testimony, Mr. Yamasaki has displayed exceptional leadership skills and has provided the necessary all-inclusive guidance to address the major challenges concerning the future of Aloha Stadium. Your Committee believes that with his experience as an architect, Chair of the Stadium Authority, and legislative experience qualify him for reappointment to the Stadium Authority.

 


KEITH AMEMIYA

 

Your Committee received testimony in support of the nomination for the reappointment of Keith Amemiya from the Department of Accounting and General Services, Stadium Authority, and SanHi Government Strategies.

 

Mr. Amemiya is currently the Senior Vice President of Island Holdings, Inc., where he is responsible for the company's risk management practices and also handles legal and regulatory compliance. He has extensive experience in the field of sports having served as the Executive Director of the Hawaii High School Athletic Association for nearly twelve years, where he led the Save the Sports fundraising campaign and created the two-classification state championship format. Mr. Amemiya has been a member of the Stadium Authority since 2015. He has played a signficant role in the removal of deed restrictions and overseeing the development of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation Guideway and Transit Station. Your Committee finds that Mr. Amemiya's management experience, specifically in sports, and his experience with the Stadium Authority qualify him for reappointment to the Stadium Authority.

 

HUBERT MINN

 

Your Committee received testimony in support of the nomination for the appointment of Hubert Minn from the Department of Accounting and General Services, Stadium Authority, and four individuals.

 

Mr. Minn has an extensive background working for the City and County of Honolulu, having served as Deputy Director for the Departments of Enterprise Services and Customer Service for a combined four years and has been a member of the Board of Education, including as its Chair from 1978 to 1979. Mr. Minn also has experience in the area of sports as the Chair of the World Boxing Council and North American Boxing Federation and as an International Ring Official Judge for the World Boxing Council. Your Committee finds that Mr. Minn's vast experience in public service and professional involvement in the sport of boxing at the international level will make him a valuable asset to the Stadium Authority and qualify him for appointment.

 

As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committee on Economic Development, Tourism, and Technology that are attached to this report, your Committee, after full consideration of the background, experience, and qualifications of the nominees, has found the nominees to be qualified for the positions to which nominated and recommends that the Senate advise and consent to the nominations.

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Economic Development, Tourism, and Technology,

 

 

 

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GLENN WAKAI, Chair