October 9, 2020 •
Hawaii Senate Confirms Judicial Appointments, Adjourns Special Session
The Hawaii State Senate confirmed eight judicial appointments on October 6 in its first special session of 2020.
First Circuit Court Judge Karen Nakasone was appointed to the Intermediate Court of Appeals. Karin Holma, Tracy Fukui, Bryant Zane, and Andrew Park were appointed to the District Court of the First Circuit. Additionally, Courtney Naso, Elizabeth Paek-Harris, and Thomas Haia were appointed to the District Family Court of the First Circuit.
Sen. Karl Rhoads, the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said the pandemic had caused a backlog in the courts and the appointees are eager to begin working.
The session then adjourned sine die October 6 after the Senate confirmed the appointments.
A lobbyist and employer activity report will be due within 30 days of adjournment sine die of the special session on November 5 for expenditures and contributions relating to legislative action considered during the special session.
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