The Judicial Selection Commission has submitted the names of four nominees for the judicial vacancy in Hilo Circuit Court, a position vacant since the November retirement of Circuit Judge Greg K. Nakamura.
The nominees are:
• Jeffrey Hawk, an attorney and per diem judge of the Third Circuit Family Court;
• William Heflin, a partner and attorney at the law firm of Alcain Naniole &Heflin;
• Peter Kubota, a private practice attorney with his own firm; and
• Jeffrey Ng, a senior trial deputy public defender with the state.
Gov. David Ige will interview each nominee and is seeking public comment on the governor’s website at https://governor.hawaii.gov/contact-us/contact-the-governor/. Ige has until March 15 to make his appointment, which is subject to Senate confirmation.