Gov. Neil Abercrombie announced Tuesday his nomination to the high court is Michael Wilson.
Abercrombie selected Wilson from the Hawaii Judicial Selection Commission's list of six nominees.
If confirmed by the state Senate, Wilson will replace retiring Associate Justice Simeon Acoba Jr.
Acoba is retiring in March, when he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 70.
Wilson is Abercrombie's third appointment to the five-member court.
The 60-year-old judge graduated from Kailua High School, University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Antioch School of Law.