The Candidate Advisory Council (CAC) for the University of Hawaiʻi Board of Regents has presented a list of candidates to Govenor David Ige to fill one City and County of Honolulu seat, one At-Large seat, and one Kauaʻi County seat for 5-year appointments, beginning July 1, 2017, subject to confirmation by the Hawaiʻi State Senate.

The finalists

City and County of Honolulu

  • Simeon R. Acoba
  • Anthony J. H. Ching
  • Luanna H. Meyer


  • Kim Coco Iwamoto
  • Benjamin A. Kudo
  • Luanna H. Meyer

Kauaʻi County

  • Dileep G. Bal
  • Norma Doctor Sparks
  • Steven A. Hunt

Read the finalist biographies at the Candidate Advisory Council website.

The CAC began accepting applications to fill these vacancies in early fall by recruiting individuals and contacting and encouraging government, business and community leaders to nominate candidates. The council also placed print advertisements and issued news releases encouraging applications.

All applications were thoroughly and comprehensively reviewed and screened by all CAC members. The CAC is statutorily responsible for conducting recruitment efforts, accepting and screening applications, interviewing candidates and submitting to the governor the names of nominees willing to serve as regents of the UH System, which is a voluntary non-compensated public appointment.

Candidate lists are compiled after a comprehensive review and selection process, which is solely and exclusively merit-based and is conducted according to procedures set forth in state statutes and the council’s administrative rules.

“The Candidate Advisory Council members would like to express their sincere appreciation to all the individuals who took the time to apply to serve as a University of Hawaiʻi Regent,” said Chair Brigitte Yoshino.

The Board of Regents is the governing body of the UH and consists of 15 members. Representation includes seven from the City and County of Honolulu; two from  Hawaiʻi County; two from Maui County; one from Kauaʻi County; two At Large; and one UH student.

Members of the CAC serve voluntarily and are not paid.