Hermina Morita

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Hermina Morita
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Hawaii Public Utilities Commissioner
Incumbent, Chairperson
In office
February 4, 2011 - Present
Term ends
June 30, 2014
PredecessorCarlito P. Caliboso
Base salary$90,060
Elections and appointments
Appointed byGovernor Neil Abercrombie
Campaign $$135,770
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Hawaii House of Representatives
1997 - 2011
Office website
Personal website
Hermina Morita is the current chair of the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission. She was appointed to the position by Gov. Neil Abercrombie in February 2011.[1] Morita's term of appointment expires on June 30, 2014, but she has been asked by Gov. Abercrombie to postpone her departure from the PUC. In a March 2014 statement, Abercrombie announced that Morita would remain PUC chair on a "holdover basis" while she resolves business with the State Board of Land and Natural Resources, among other unspecified matters. “We are at a very critical juncture in developing our clean energy future and the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) needs stability to continue to address many of the important regulatory issues before it," the statement read.[2]

Morita previously served as a Democratic member of the Hawaii House of Representatives, representing the 14th District from 1997-2011.


Morita has worked as a Business Manager for the Kilauea Point Natural History Association, Kong Long Company, and Makawae Partners dba Kong Long Company.

She is a member of the Environment Hawaii Board, Hanalei Community Association, Kauai Children's Discovery Museum Advisory Board, and a volunteer interpreter with the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge.[3]

Political career

Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (2011-Present)

Morita was appointed to the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission by Gov. Neil Abercrombie in February 2011.[4]

Hawaii House of Representatives (1997-2011)

Morita previously served as a Democratic member of the Hawaii House of Representatives, representing the 14th District from 1997-2011.

Committee assignments

While in the House, Morita served on the following committees:

Elections & Appointments


Morita was appointed to the statewide post of Public Utilities Commissioner by Gov. Neil Abercrombie in February 2011.


See also: Hawaii House of Representatives elections, 2010

Morita won re-election to the 14th District seat in 2010. She had no primary opposition on September 18, 2010. The general election took place on November 2, 2010. Harry Williams ran on the Republican ticket for this seat.[5]

Hawaii House of Representatives, District 14 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Hermina Morita (D) 5,062 69.0%
Harry Williams (R) 1,600 21.8%


In 2008, Morita won re-election to the Hawaii House of Representatives from Hawaii's 14th District. Morita ran unopposed in the general election. She raised $6,850 for her campaign.[6]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Morita is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Morita raised a total of $135,770 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 9, 2013.[7]

Hermina Morita's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2010 Hawaii State House District 14 Won $23,817
2008 Hawaii State House District 14 Won $6,850
2006 Hawaii State House District 14 Won $7,125
2004 Hawaii State House District 14 Won $36,734
2002 Hawaii State House District 14 Won $25,232
2000 Hawaii State House District 12 Won $22,546
1998 Hawaii State House District 12 Won $13,466
Grand Total Raised $135,770


In 2008, Morita collected $6,850 in campaign contributions.[8] The two largest contributors to her campaign were as follows:

Donor Amount
Hawaii Association of Realtors $2,000
Eugene Eidenberg $1,000


Hawaii Grassroot Institute

See also: Hawaii Grassroot Institute Scorecard

The Grassroot Institute issued its 2010 Legislative Score Card that tallied the votes of Hawaii legislators and graded their votes based on the Institute's values of individual liberty, free markets, and limited government.[9] The Institute observed state legislators' votes on issues involving taxes, spending, scope of government, business climate, and raids on special funds. Morita received a total score of 2%. Here are the scores Morita received based on specific categories.

2010 Hawaii House Legislative Scorecard
Taxes Business climate Spending Individual liberty Raids Scope of government
0% 0% 0% 0% 14% 0%


Morita and her husband, Lance Laney, have two children named Mindy and Misha.[10]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Carlito P. Caliboso
Chair of Hawaii Public Utilities Commission
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Hawaii House District 14
Succeeded by
Derek Kawakami