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Liane Moriyama: Tireless Advocate for Hawaii and SEARCH

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We are saddened to announce the passing of Ms. Liane M. Moriyama on October 30, 2023. Liane served as SEARCH’s governor-appointed Member representing the State of Hawaii for 25 years and as Administrator for the Hawaii Criminal Justice Data Center for 25 years, until her retirement in June 2017. She was a committed and valued leader of SEARCH and the national justice information management community.

At SEARCH, Liane served on the Board of Directors, Planning Committee, Law and Policy Advisory Committee and as Chair of the Systems and Technology Program Advisory Committee. She also served in critical roles on the National Crime Prevention and Privacy Compact Council and other national groups and received a host of state and national awards to honor her contributions and service.

In recognition of her leadership at SEARCH, Liane received our top Membership honor in 2000, the Board of Directors Award for Meritorious Service (since renamed the Gary R. Cooper Award). Liane was featured in a 2008 SEARCH Member Profile and was also recognized by a SEARCH Board of Directors Proclamation on her retirement in 2017. At SEARCH’s 50th anniversary celebration in 2019, she was one of 33 of the organization’s “pioneers, leaders, and champions” who were honored for their key role in the achievements of SEARCH’s first five decades.

Liane helped convey SEARCH’s message and position at the federal level through meetings on Capitol Hill. Closer to home, she put tremendous energy into the implementation of Hawaii’s criminal history record information system and its automated fingerprint identification system, and she led development of the Hawaii Integrated Justice Information Sharing (HIJIS) program. She was known as a tireless advocate for the importance and value of state-based criminal identification systems, with keen insight into both technical detail and policy concepts.

Above all, Liane was a kind, patient, and warm person who inspired so many SEARCH Members over the years and generously shared macadamia nut candies at every SEARCH meeting. Liane is survived by her husband of 42 years, Glenn, and her children, Chelsea and Chad. Mahalo, Liane.

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