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Chief Justice Seeks Public Comment on Judicial Nominees

Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald announced today that he is seeking public comment on judicial nominees for three vacancies in the District Court of the First Circuit (Island of Oahu) as a result of the retirement of Judges Gerald H. Kibe, David W. Lo, and Barbara P. Richardson.

Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald

The names submitted for these vacancies by the Judicial Selection Commission, in alphabetical order, are:

Thomas J. Brady
Mr. Brady is currently employed as Assistant U.S. Attorney with the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the District of Hawaiʻi.  Brady is a graduate of George Washington University National Law Center and was admitted to the Hawaiʻi State Bar in 1987.

Brian A. Costa
Mr. Costa is currently employed at Costa & DeLacy, LLLC, and serves as a Per Diem Judge of the District Family Court of the First Circuit.  Costa is a graduate of the University of Hawaiʻi William S. Richardson School of Law and was admitted to the Hawaiʻi State Bar in 2001.

Jessi L.K. Hall
Ms. Hall is currently employed at Kleintop & Luria, LLP.  Hall is a graduate of Oklahoma City University School of Law and was admitted to the Hawaiʻi State Bar in 1999.

Jeffrey A. Hawk
Mr. Hawk is currently employed at the Law Office of Jeffrey A. Hawk, and serves as a Per Diem Judge of the District Family Court of the First Circuit.  Hawk is a graduate of the University of Hawaiʻi William S. Richardson School of Law and was admitted to the Hawaiʻi State Bar in 1997.

Darolyn H. Lendio Heim
Ms. Lendio Heim is currently employed at McCorriston Miller Mukai MacKinnon, LLP.  Lendio Heim is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law and was admitted to the Hawaiʻi State Bar in 1984.

Timothy E. Ho
Mr. Ho is currently employed as Chief Deputy Public Defender with the State of Hawaiʻi Office of the Public Defender.  Ho is a graduate of the University of Hawaiʻi William S. Richardson School of Law and was admitted to the Hawaiʻi State Bar in 1987.

Chastity T. Imamura
Ms. Imamura is currently employed as Deputy Prosecuting Attorney with the Department of the Prosecuting Attorney in Honolulu.  Imamura is a graduate of the University of Hawaiʻi William S. Richardson School of Law and was admitted to the Hawaiʻi State Bar in 2002.

Craig W. Jerome
Mr. Jerome is currently employed as Assistant Federal Public Defender with the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the District of Hawaiʻi.  Jerome is a graduate of the University of Hawaiʻi William S. Richardson School of Law and was admitted to the Hawaiʻi State Bar in 2007.

Tana K. Kekina-Cabaniero
Ms. Kekina-Cabaniero is currently employed as Deputy Prosecuting Attorney with the Department of the Prosecuting Attorney in Honolulu.  Kekina-Cabaniero is a graduate of the University of Hawaiʻi William S. Richardson School of Law and was admitted to the Hawaiʻi State Bar in 1995.

Trish K. Morikawa
Ms. Morikawa is currently employed at Gallagher Kane Amai and serves as a Per Diem Judge of the District Family Court of the First Circuit.  Morikawa is a graduate of the University of Hawaiʻi William S. Richardson School of Law and was admitted to the Hawaiʻi State Bar in 1995.

Kevin T. Morikone
Mr. Morikone is currently employed with Hosoda & Morikone, LLC, and serves as Per Diem Judge of the District Family Court of the First Circuit.  Morikone is a graduate of the University of Hawaiʻi William S. Richardson School of Law and was admitted to the Hawaiʻi State Bar in 2007.

Alvin K. Nishimura
Mr. Nishimura is currently employed at Alvin Nishimura, Attorney at Law, and serves as a Per Diem Judge of the District Court of the First Circuit.  Nishimura is a graduate of the University of Hawaiʻi William S. Richardson School of Law and was admitted to the Hawaiʻi State Bar in 1985.

Jonathan L. Ortiz
Mr. Ortiz is currently employed at Ortiz & Katano.  Ortiz is a graduate of George Washington University Law School and was admitted to the Hawaiʻi State Bar in 1978.

Rowena A. Somerville
Ms. Somerville is currently employed as a Hearings Officer with the State of Hawaiʻi Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs.  Somerville is a graduate of the University of Hawaiʻi William S. Richardson School of Law and was admitted to the Hawaiʻi State Bar in 1996.

Because the Chief Justice has the discretion to assign judges to the district or district family court calendar, comments about the qualifications and character of any of the nominees with regard to either calendar assignment may be sent, in writing, to:

Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald
Supreme Court of Hawaiʻi
417 S. King Street
Honolulu, HI 96813

Fax: 808-539-4703
Email: chiefjustice@courts.hawaii.gov

Comments must be post-marked, emailed, faxed, or hand delivered no later than Friday, February 24, 2017.  All comments will be kept confidential.

The individuals selected by the Chief Justice are subject to Senate confirmation.