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GOVERNOR IGE TO CONSIDER SIX LISTS OF JUDICIAL NOMINEES FOR FIRST CIRCUIT, INTERMEDIATE COURT OF APP


HONOLULU – The State of Hawai‘i Judicial Selection Commission has submitted six lists of judicial nominees to Gov. David Ige. The lists include nominees for five vacancies on the First Circuit Court and one vacancy on the Intermediate Court of Appeals.

Gov. Ige has 30 days to make his selections.

The nominees are as follows:

Intermediate Court of Appeals, State of Hawai‘i:

(This judicial office will become vacant upon the retirement of Associate Judge Lawrence M. Reifurth in Aug. 2019).

Rebecca A. Copeland

David M. Forman

Geoffrey K.S. Komeya

Karen T. Nakasone

John M. Tonaki

Clyde J. Wadsworth

Circuit Court of the First Circuit (Island of O‘ahu):

(This judicial office has been vacant since Circuit Judge Keith K. Hiraoka was elevated to the position of associate judge of the Intermediate Court of Appeals in Nov. 2018).

Karin L. Holma

Craig W. Jerome

James C. McWhinnie

Trish K. Morikawa

Kevin A. K. Souza

John M. Tonaki

Circuit Court of the First Circuit (Island of O‘ahu):

(This judicial office has been vacant since the retirement of Circuit Judge Virginia L. Crandall in Nov. 2018).

Lisa W. Cataldo

Karin L. Holma

James C. K. McWhinnie

Trish K. Morikawa

Kevin A. K. Souza

John M. Tonaki

Circuit Court of the First Circuit (Island of O‘ahu):

(This judicial office has been vacant since the retirement of Circuit Judge Rom A. Trader in Dec. 2018).

Karin L. Holma

Ronald G. Johnson

James C. McWhinnie

Trish K. Morikawa

Kevin A. K. Souza

John M. Tonaki

Circuit Court of the First Circuit (Island of O‘ahu):

(This judicial office has been vacant since the retirement of Circuit Judge Glenn J. Kim in April 2019).

Karin L. Holma

James C. McWhinnie

Trish K. Morikawa

Alvin P. K. K. Nishimura

Kevin A. K. Souza

John M. Tonaki

Circuit Court of the First Circuit (Island of O‘ahu):

(This judicial office has been vacant since the retirement of Circuit Judge Colette Y. Garibaldi in Dec. 2018).

Tracy S. Fukui

Karin L. Holma

James C. McWhinnie

Trish K. Morikawa

Kevin A. K. Souza

John M. Tonaki

The Judicial Selection Commission submitted the lists of nominees to the governor after careful evaluation and investigation into the backgrounds and qualifications of the applicants.

Gov. Ige has until Aug. 28 to make his appointments, which are subject to Senate confirmation.

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