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Notice of Petition for Retention – The Honorable Kelsey T. Kawano

Posted on Mar 5, 2014 in JSC Retention, Judicial Selection Commission

For immediate release: March 5, 2014


The Judicial Selection Commission announces that the term of the Honorable Kelsey T. Kawano as District Judge, District Court of the Second Circuit (islands of Maui, Molokai, Lanai, Kahoʻolawe and Molokini), State of Hawaii, will expire on August 28, 2014.

In accordance with article VI, section 3 of the Constitution of the State of Hawaii, Judge Kawano petitioned the Commission to be retained in judicial office and to be renewed for an additional term. The Constitution of the State of Hawaii empowers the Commission to determine whether Judge Kawano should be retained in judicial office for an additional term of six years.

The Commission invites interested persons to submit written comments and/or fill out an evaluation form on whether Judge Kawano should be retained in judicial office for a new term. All written comments and evaluations will be kept CONFIDENTIAL.

Please visit the Commission’s website and fill out form JS-P-081, the Judicial Evaluation Retention Form. Written comments and/or form JS-P-081 must be postmarked or faxed by June 3, 2014 to:

Commission Chair Doris M. Ching, EdD
Judicial Selection Commission
State of Hawaii
417 S. King Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
FAX: (808) 538-5205
JSC website:

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