Judges appointed by Neil Abercrombie
In Hawaii, the governor makes a judicial appointment after candidates are recommended by a judicial nominating commission. The nominee must be confirmed by the Hawaii Senate before she or he takes office.
The tables below list the governor's appointees to the courts across the state. These lists are updated automatically with new appointments.
|Sabrina S. McKenna||Hawaii Supreme Court||2011-2021||Judge, O`ahu First Circuit Court, Hawaii|
|Richard Pollack||Hawaii Supreme Court||2012-2020||Judge, O'ahu First Circuit (7th Division)|
|Michael Wilson||Hawaii Supreme Court||2014-2024||Judge, O'ahu First Circuit Court|
Intermediate Court of Appeals
The governor has not appointed any judges to this level of the courts.
|Christine E. Kuriyama||O`ahu First Circuit Court, Hawaii||2015-Present||Judge, O`ahu First Circuit Family Court|
|Rhonda I.L. Loo||Maui Second Circuit Court, Hawaii||2011-2021||Maui Second Circuit District Court|
|Joseph L. Wildman||[]||Former nominee, name withdrawn|
|Dean E. Ochiai||O`ahu First Circuit Court, Hawaii||2013-Present||O`ahu First Circuit District Court, Hawaii|
|Karen Nakasone||O`ahu First Circuit Court, Hawaii||2011-2021||Deputy Public Defender|
|Peter T. Cahill||Maui Second Circuit Court, Hawaii||2012-|
|Jeffrey P. Crabtree||O`ahu First Circuit Court, Hawaii||2015-Present|
Controversy over appointments
During Abercrombie's first term, he was sued by the newspaper The Honolulu Star-Advertiser following his refusal to release the names of candidates who applied for judicial vacancies. He was eventually forced to make the information public, based on the state's open records laws. To read more about the controversy, check out the following news articles on Judgepedia:
- UPDATE: Gov. Abercrombie must reveal judicial candidates, November 15, 2011
- Gov. Abercrombie reluctant to release names of candidates, February 4, 2011