Rep. Dee Morikawa, Niihau, Lehua, Koloa, Waimea, has been tapped as chair of the House Committee on Human Services, where she has served as a member since first being elected in 2010. Morikawa succeeds Rep. Mele Carroll, who earlier this week resigned from the Hawaii State Legislature due to health complications.
The scope of the committee focuses on programs relating to financial assistance, medical assistance, vocational rehabilitation, social welfare services, and the general well-being of the state’s elderly and youth, including juvenile correctional services.
“First of all, my thoughts and prayers are with Mele and her family,” Morikawa said. “As chair, she did much to help us focus on helping those who need our compassion and assistance, and I look forward to carrying on her good work.”
Morikawa noted that her familiarity with the subject matter of the human services, housing and health committees should be valuable in her new position.