The joint Senate-House Investigative Committee on the Bureau of Conveyances continued its investigation at a hearing this morning. It received testimony from Kent D. Pelt, Director and First Vice President of the Hawai‘i Land Title Association; Gerald T. Opedal, Vice President of Title Guaranty of Hawai‘i, Ltd.; Debra Pyrek, Title Guaranty of Hawaii Vice President.; and Sandra Furukawa, Title Guaranty of Hawaii Title Officer.
The committee's next meeting is this Friday, Sept. 28 at 10:00 a.m. in Rm. 325 where members will hear from Iris Watanabe, Unique Computer Systems, Inc. dba The Lange Group; Yolanda Lindsey, President of Unique Computer Systems, Inc. dba The Lange Group; and Carl Watanabe, Registrar of the Bureau of Conveyances.
The committee is looking into the management and operations of the state Bureau of Conveyances including security of recorded documents, private computer access and tampering of documents.
You can view the subpoenaed documents, hearing notices and presentations to the committee here at the Hawaii State Legislature website.
Sen. Jill Tokuda and Rep. Joseph Souki co-chair the committee. For background info, see SCR 226, which passed this session following the failed confirmation of the Chairperson of the Department of Land and Natural Resources.