Two of Governor Josh Green’s nominees to head key departments in the State were grilled by Senate committees on March 16th.
The Senate Committee on Hawaiian Affairs held a confirmation hearing to discuss Kali Watson, Green’s pick to head the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL).
Watson previously held the position from 1995 to 1998 and received support from many who testified in his favor.
However, concerns were also expressed regarding Watson’s non-profit development company, Makai, which some say could pose a conflict of interest.
Despite the lengthy discussion, the committee voted in Watson’s favor, with only one senator opposing the vote.
On the other hand, Chris Sadayasu, Green’s nominee to head the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism (DBEDT), did not fare as well.
Despite receiving a great deal of testimony in his favor, senators grilled him, questioning his leadership skills and past decisions.
All but one committee member voted against Sadayasu.
Both candidates’ nominations will move forward for a vote and final consideration by the full Senate.