John Kim named Maui Prosecuting Attorney for Arakawa Admin
By Wendy Osher
Mayor-elect Alan Arakawa today announced the appointment of John D. “J.D.” Kim as Maui Prosecuting Attorney. Kim currently serves as Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, a post he has held for approximately 17 years.
Kim previously served for seven years as Deputy Corporation Counsel as well. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and his Juris Doctorate degree from Temple University School of Law.
Kim will team up with former Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Robert Rivera, whose appointment as incoming First Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, was also announced today by the Arakawa transition team. Rivera currently serves as a partner with Rivera & Martin, focusing on criminal, family and immigration law. Rivera earned his Bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University at Provo and his Juris Doctorate from J. Reuben Clark Law School.
“Robert and I are excited and look forward to undertaking our assigned task; moreover, we are humbled by this appointment,” said Kim. “We will seek to re-energize the office and, at this time, acknowledge the efforts of all the agencies involved in the criminal justice system. We intend to establish the important and cooperative working relationship in protecting our community in the administration of justice. That is our mission — to do justice,” said Kim.
In making the announcement today, Arakawa said, “J.D. and Robert have tremendous experience with handling criminal cases, including working with law enforcement and grand juries in prosecuting cases in Maui County.” He went on to say, “Their experience and fine leadership abilities should enable them to serve the citizens of Maui County well as the new heads of the Department.”
Kim’s appointment is subject to council confirmation.
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