Hawai‘i Department of Labor Director, Deputy Director Confirmed

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The Hawai‘i State Senate voted on April 12, 2019, to confirm Scott T. Murakami and Leonard Hoshijo as the director and deputy director of the Hawai‘i State Department of Labor and Industrial Relations.

Murakami is the 20th director of the department.

Murakami joins the Ige Administration from the University of Hawaiʻi where he has held a variety of leadership positions. Most recently, he was the director of Workforce Development in the Office of the Vice President for Community Colleges and before that the director of the Pacific Center for Advanced Technology Training at Honolulu Community College. Murakami holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and sociology, and master’s degrees in business administration and accounting from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.

“I am grateful to Gov. Ige for his trust in me to lead the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, and I thank the Senate for their vote of confidence today,” said Murakami. “I look forward to working alongside the men and women of the department as we work to modernize and make a positive contribution to improving the resilience of Hawai‘i’s economy in the global marketplace and strengthen Hawaii’s economic safety net.”


Hoshijo has been at the DLIR as Director and Deputy Director since 2015. Before joining the DLIR, he served in various roles with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Hawaii Regional Council of Carpenters.


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