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Senate Updates Committee Assignments
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News Release from Hawaii State Senate, December 19, 2018

The Hawai‘i State Senate announces the addition of new members to committees.

Please find below the most current list of committee assignments and leadership positions.

Senate Leadership

  • President:                                       Ronald D. Kouchi
  • Vice President:                               Michelle N. Kidani
  • Majority Leader:                             J. Kalani English
  • Majority Caucus Leader:               Dru Mamo Kanuha      
  • Majority Policy Leader                   Les Ihara, Jr.
  • Majority Floor Leader:                    Kaiali'i Kahele
  • Majority Whip:                                Lorraine R. Inouye
  • Assistant Majority Whip:                Gilbert S.C. Keith-Agaran
  • Assistant Majority Whip:                Brian T. Taniguchi
  • Assistant Majority Whip:                Clarence K. Nishihara
  • Minority Leader / Floor Leader:     Kurt Fevella  

Agriculture and Environment (AEN)

Chair:              Gabbard, Mike

Vice Chair:      Ruderman, Russell E.


  • Rhoads, Karl
  • Thielen, Laura H.
  • Fevella, Kurt

Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health (CPH)

Chair:              Baker, Rosalyn H.

Vice Chair:      Chang, Stanley 


  • Keohokalole, Jarrett
  • Nishihara, Clarence K.
  • Ruderman, Russell E.
  • Thielen, Laura H.
  • Fevella, Kurt 

Energy, Economic Development,  and Tourism (EET)

Chair:              Wakai, Glenn     

Vice Chair:      Taniguchi, Brian T.


  • Inouye, Lorraine R.
  • Keohokalole, Jarrett 
  • Fevella, Kurt 

Education (EDU)

Chair:              Kidani, Michelle N.          

Vice Chair:      Kim, Donna Mercado


  • Dela Cruz, Donovan M. 
  • Kanuha, Dru Mamo 
  • Fevella, Kurt 

Government Operations (GVO)

Chair:              Thielen, Laura H.

Vice Chair:      Inouye, Lorraine R.


  • Baker, Rosalyn H. 
  • Kanuha, Dru Mamo 
  • Fevella, Kurt 

Hawaiian Affairs (HWN)

Chair:              Shimabukuro, Maile S.   

Vice Chair:      Kahele, Kaiali'i 


  • Ihara, Jr., Les 
  • Keohokalole, Jarrett 
  • Fevella, Kurt 

Higher Education (HRE)

Chair:              Kim, Donna Mercado 

Vice Chair:      Kidani, Michelle N.


  • Kahele, Kaiali'i 
  • Keith-Agaran, Gilbert S. C. 
  • Fevella, Kurt

Housing (HOU)

Chair:              Chang, Stanley          

Vice Chair:      Kanuha, Dru Mamo


  • Harimoto, Breene 
  • Moriwaki, Sharon Y.  
  • Fevella, Kurt

Human Services (HMS)

Chair:              Ruderman, Russell E.

Vice Chair:      Rhoads, Karl


  • Ihara, Jr., Les
  • Riviere, Gil 
  • Fevella, Kurt

Labor, Culture and the Arts (LCA)

Chair:              Taniguchi, Brian

Vice Chair:      Ihara, Jr., Les


  • Chang, Stanley 
  • Gabbard, Mike 
  • Fevella, Kurt

Judiciary (JDC)

Chair:              Rhoads, Karl

Vice Chair:     Wakai, Glenn


  • Gabbard, Mike 
  • Kim, Donna Mercado 
  • Fevella, Kurt

Public Safety, Intergovernmental, and Military Affairs (PSM)

Chair:             Nishihara, Clarence

Vice Chair:     Wakai, Glenn


  • Baker, Rosalyn H. 
    Thielen, Laura H. 
    Fevella, Kurt

Technology (TEC)

Chair:              Keohokalole, Jarrett

Vice Chair:     English, J. Kalani


  • Moriwaki, Sharon Y.  
  • Wakai, Glenn 
  • Fevella, Kurt

Transportation (TRS)

Chair:              Inouye, Lorraine R.

Vice Chair:     Harimoto, Breene

  • Members:        
    English, J. Kalani 
  • Shimabukuro, Maile S. L. 
  • Fevella, Kurt

Water and Land (WTL)

Chair:              Kahele, Kaiali'i

Vice Chair:      Keith-Agaran, Gilbert


  • Nishihara, Clarence K.
  • Riviere, Gil
  • Fevella, Kurt

Ways and Means (WAM)

Chair:              Dela Cruz, Donovan M.

Vice Chair:      Keith-Agaran, Gilbert


  • English, J. Kalani 
  • Harimoto, Breene 
  • Inouye, Lorraine R. 
  • Kahele, Kaiali’i 
  • Kanuha, Dru Mamo 
  • Kidani, Michelle N.
  • Moriwaki, Sharon Y. 
  • Riviere, Gil 
  • Shimabukuro, Maile S. L. 
  • Taniguchi, Brian T. 
  • Fevella, Kurt


News Release from Office of the Senate President, November 30, 2018

HONOLULU, Hawai‘i – The Hawai‘i State Senate today confirmed the Senate  Committee Chairs and Vice Chairs for the 30th Legislature.

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Senate Announces Leadership, Committee Chairs

News Release from Office of Sen Ron Kouchi, Nov 17, 2018

The following senators will take on the leadership roles for the Thirtieth Legislative Biennium 2019 through 2020.

  • President: Senator Ronald D. Kouchi
  • Vice President: Senator Michelle N. Kidani
  • Majority Leader: Senator J. Kalani English
  • Majority Floor Leader: Senator Kaialii Kahele
  • Majority Caucus Leader: Senator Dru Kanuha
  • Majority Policy Leader: Senator Les Ihara, Jr.
  • Majority Whip: Senator Lorraine R. Inouye
  • Assistant Majority Whip: Senator Brian Taniguchi
  • Assistant Majority Whip: Senator Gilbert S. C. Keith-Agaran
  • Assistant Majority Whip: Senator Clarence K. Nishihara

Committee Chairs:

  • Agriculture and Environment: Senator Mike Gabbard
  • Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health: Senator Rosalyn H. Baker
  • Education: Senator Michelle N. Kidani
  • Energy, Economic Development, and Tourism: Senator Glenn Wakai
  • Government Operations: Senator Laura H. Thielen
  • Hawaiian Affairs: Senator Maile S. L. Shimabukuro
  • Higher Education: Senator Donna Mercado Kim
  • Housing: Senator Stanley Chang
  • Human Services: Senator Russell E. Ruderman
  • Judiciary: Senator Karl Rhoads
  • Labor, Culture and Arts: Senator Brian T. Taniguchi
  • Public Safety, Intergovernmental And Military Affairs: Senator Clarence K. Nishihara
  • Technology: Senator Jarrett Keohokalole
  • Transportation: Senator Lorraine R. Inouye
  • Water and Land: Senator Kaialii Kahele
  • Ways and Means: Senator Donovan M. Dela Cruz  


Related: House Democrats Announce Committee Chairs  

MN: Maui senators retain leadership positions 

HTH: Three Hawaii Island state senators have been appointed to leadership positions for 2019


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