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Chief Justice Seeks Public Comment on Judicial Nominees

Posted on Sep 23, 2015 in Press Releases

HONOLULU – Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald announced today that he is seeking public comment on judicial nominees for the current vacancy in the District Court of the First Circuit (Oahu) as a result of the retirement of the Honorable Faye M. Koyanagi. The names submitted for this vacancy by the Judicial Selection Commission, in alphabetical order, are:

Brian A. Costa
Thomas A.K. Haia
Timothy E. Ho
Chastity T. Imamura
Regan M. Iwao
James S. Kawashima
Linda S. Martell
James C. McWhinnie
John Alberto Montalbano
Scott M. Spallina

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 Hawaii
417 South King Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
Fax: 808-539-4703

Comments must be post-marked, emailed, faxed, or hand delivered no later than Friday, October 9, 2015. All comments will be kept confidential.

The individual selected by the Chief Justice is subject to Senate confirmation.

For more information, contact the Communications and Community Relations Office at 808-539-4909 or via email at

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