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Judicial Selection Commission Press Release – District Judge, District Court of the Second Circuit Nominees

Posted on Mar 13, 2018 in JSC Press Releases, Judicial Selection Commission

Under the Constitution of the State of Hawaii, Article VI, Appointment of Justices and Judges, Section 3: “The chief justice, with the consent of the senate, shall fill a vacancy in the district courts by appointing a person from a list of not less than six nominees for the vacancy presented by the judicial selection commission.”

The Judicial Selection Commission is pleased to announce a list of nominees for the judicial vacancy of District Judge, District Court of the Second Circuit (island of Maui), State of Hawaii. The judicial office has been vacant since the retirement of District Judge Keith E. Tanaka in August 2017.

The list of nominees selected by the Commission to fill the vacancy for the judicial office of District Judge, District Court of the Second Circuit are listed as follows in alphabetical order:

  • William C. Bagasol
  • Michelle L. Drewyer
  • Kirstin M. Hamman
  • Alvin K. Nishimura
  • Jennifer M. P. E. Oana
  • Bryant G. F. Y. Zane

The Chief Justice has 30 days from his receipt of the list today to make his appointment.


  • Total Applicants: 11; 4 Females; 7 Males
  • Government Attorneys: 6
  • Private Attorneys: 5
  • Per Diem Judges: 3
  • Age Range: 1 (31-40); 4 (41-50); 6 (51-60); 0 (61-70)
  • Years Licensed Range: 13 years to 33 years

For more information, visit the Judicial Selection Commission webpage or contact the Commission via email at

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