In accordance with the provisions of Article V, Section 6, of the Hawaii State Constitution, the governor submitted three nominees for the Senate's consideration and confirmation to the State Land Use Commission. The Commission is responsible for state land use district decisions, effectively acting as the gatekeeper to all development in the State of Hawaii.
Two of the nominees currently serve on the Commission. Duane Kanuha, who is nominated for a term to expire June 30, 2013, and Kyle Chock, who is nominated for a term to expire June 30, 2014. Ronald Heller is a new nominee and would replace former commissioner Ruben Wong, for a term to expire June 30, 2014.
The Senate Committee on Water, Land, Agriculture, and Hawaiian Affairs will hold a hearing for public comment and participation on Wednesday, March 24, 2010. See http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2010/hearingnotices/HEARING_WTL_03-24-10_.HTM for more details.