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Judicial Selection Commission Press Release – District Family Judge, First Circuit Nominees (Release Date: 08/24/2022)

Posted on Aug 24, 2022 in JSC Press Releases, Judicial Selection Commission

Under the Constitution of the State of Hawai`i, 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 office of District Family Judge of the First Circuit (island of Oʻahu), State of Hawai`i.  The judicial office has been vacant since the retirement of District Family Judge Sherri-Ann L. Chun Iha in June 2022.

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

  • Russ S. Awakuni
  • Timothy E. Ho
  • John Alberto Montalbano
  • Michelle K. Moorhead
  • Steven R. Nichols
  • Rochelle I. Vidinha (Cusumano)

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


  • Total Applicants: 24; 13 Females; 11 Males
  • Government Attorneys: 11
  • Private Attorneys: 11
  • Per Diem Judges: 7
  • Other Occupation: 2
  • Age Range: 4 (31-40); 10 (41-50); 8 (51-60); 2 (61-70)
  • Years Licensed Range: 7 years to 37 years

**Meetings held and decisions made in July 2022 with 7 Commissioners present.

Vacancy advertised for a total of 90 days

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

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