Commissioner Bios & Staff

The Commission is a five member body created by the 1973 legislature under Act 185. Commissioners are appointed by the Governor from a list of ten nominees submitted by the Judicial Council. The appointments are not subject to senatorial confirmation. Commissioners serve on a voluntary basis for a four-year term and may be reappointed for a second four-year term.

Commissioners

G. William Snipes, Chair

After a 25-year career as an attorney in the U.S., Hong Kong, and Singapore, William Snipes became a private mediator in Maui. He is a member of the Panel of Mediators of the American Arbitration Association (AAA) as well as a volunteer at the Maui Food Bank. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of Maui United Way.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from St. Lawrence University in New York, and a J.D. from Stanford University.

His four-year term expires on June 30, 2015.

Tina (Pedro) Gomes, Vice Chair

Tina Pedro Gomes is an independent consultant specializing in data research and collection, statistical analysis, design study, and reports and presentations. She has assisted on various projects from substance abuse in troubled teens to the needs of elder care. Tina was a former educator at Lahainaluna High School coordinating and instructing several programs as well as a summer school instructor for Kamehameha Schools – Maui Campus.

She holds an A.A. in Liberal Arts from Maui Community College, a B.A. in Human Relations in Organizations from the University of Hawaii, and a M.S. in Criminal Justice Administration from the University of Cincinnati. She has worked with the Hawaii Government Employees Association and served an appointment as a Police Commissioner for Maui County.

Her four-year term expires on June 30, 2015.

Eldon M. Ching

Eldon M. Ching is a graduate of Iolani School, Loyola Marymount University, and Santa Clara University School of Law. He owns a store at Kahala Mall called “The Paperie” and is the Vice-President/Secretary of Diamond Head Memorial Park. He previously practiced law at Alcantara & Frame. Eldon is also the President and Director of the Kahala Business Association and has been involved with other community and corporate boards including Na Koa Football Club, Aloha Airlines, and Nuuanu Memorial Park.

His four-year term expires on June 30, 2016.

Gregory M. Shoda

Gregory M. Shoda was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and attended Roosevelt High School. He matriculated at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where he earned a BA in English, a MA in English literature, and a Professional Diploma in secondary education. He was drafted into the US Army and served in the field artillery in the Republic of Vietnam. Following service, he was employed with the federal government, mainly with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). At the VA he supervised veterans benefits counseling; outreach to the military and itinerant services to the neighbor islands, Guam, and American Samoa; fiduciary services to incompetent veterans, and liaison with schools approved for veterans training in Hawaii, Guam, and American Samoa. Since retiring, he has been a volunteer arithmetic tutor at Manana Elementary School.

His four-year term expires on June 30, 2016.

Adrienne S. Yoshihara

Adrienne Yoshihara is a partner with the firm of Chun Kerr where she practices in the areas of tax, commercial transactions and estate planning.  Prior to her career in the law, she worked for Lion Coffee as its marketing, operations and general manager for 13 years. She received her BA in International Relations from Claremont McKenna College, a JD from the William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii, and a LLM in Taxation from New York University. Adrienne has served on the boards of a number of community and charitable organizations.

Her four-year term expires on June 30, 2017.

Commission Staff

The Commission staff consists of an executive director, associate director, general counsel, administrative assistant and elections assistant.

Executive Director – Kristin E. Izumi-Nitao
Associate Director – Tony Baldomero
General Counsel – Gary Kam
Administrative Assistant – Ellen Kojima
Elections Assistant – Sandy Lee