Hawaii Island Economic Development Board Announces New Officers and Board of Directors

The Hawaii Island Economic Development Board (HIEDB) is pleased to announce its new 2012-13 Officers and Board of Directors.

Dr. Greg Chun (Kamehameha Schools) continues as Chair of the Board of Directors with James Takamine (Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union) serving as Vice Chair, Mike Kaleikini (Puna Geothermal Ventures/ORMAT) serving as Secretary and David Honma (First Hawaiian Bank) serving as Treasurer. Roberta Chu (Bank of Hawaii) is HIEDB’s Immediate Past Chair.

Members of the Board of Directors include LeeAnn Crabbe (Queen Liliuokalani Trust), Richard Ha (Hamakua Springs), Richard Henderson (RSM, Inc.) Jay Ignacio (HELCO), Marvin Min (The Gas Company), Barry Mizuno (BTM LLC.) Patricia Provalenko Price (PATDI Inc.), Dr. Mike Sayama (HMSA), Barry Taniguchi (KTA Super Stores) and Bill Walter (W.H. Shipman).

“I am honored to work with this dedicated and inspired group of people whose main mission is to promote Hawai’i Island as an “Island of Opportunity,” stated HIEDB Executive Director Jacqui Hoover. “These individuals devote countless volunteer hours to make Hawai’i Island a better place to live, work and learn.”

HIEDB’s island-wide initiatives focus on Place (infrastructure planning and natural resources including environment, agriculture, energy and historic sites), People (education, community engagement, workforce development, innovation and community health) and Products (agriculture, innovation industries and tourism).

Place-based strategic focus areas include Saddle Road Phase III Alignment, Invasive Species Control, Food Security, Fuel Self Sufficiency and Heritage Corridor Interpretive Plans.

People initiatives include Huiana Internship Mentor Program, Robotics and Project EAST, Kama’aina Come Home, University of Hawaii Hilo and Kona campuses, Tourism—Educate to Innovate, Astronomy (Thirty Meter Telescope) and Promotion of Life Sciences through PBARC and NELHA.

Product initiatives include EPA Recycling, Consume Local Campaign, Agri-Tourism and an Innovation Sector Data Base.

The Hawaii Island Economic Development Board was formed in a time of economic turmoil in late 1983 during the County of Hawaii administration of Mayor Herbert Matayoshi. Stephen K. Yamashiro was the Council Chair at the time. During the early formation months of its inception HIEDB pursued a grant from the State Department of Planning and Economic Development to assist them and the Chambers in building a support mechanism based on surveying existing business to more clearly define the existing business climate as an important component of any business retention and attraction program. HIEDB has grown from these early years to partner today with many Federal, State, County and private enterprises to promote sustainable growth and development of Hawai’i Island.

For more information call HIEDB at 808-935-2180.

Big Island Press Club Announces New Board of Directors

From the Big Island Press Club website (Posted w/ permission):

The on again, off again website of the Big Island Press Club is live. We’ve got a new board of directors, a new president and a new presence on the web. So let’s first introduce ourselves again.

The Big Island Press Club was founded in 1967 to protect the public’s right to know. We are the oldest continuously active media organization in the state of Hawaii. Among our members are community leaders in the print, broadcast and new media, and supporters of a free and open press. We annually award scholarships totaling around $3,000 to students majoring in journalism or a related field. Our scholarships are funded by membership dues, endowments and investments.

We also fight to keep the public’s right to know. We highlight the best and worst examples of Sunshine Law compliance and violations through our Lava Tube and Torch of Light awards. We keep an eye on public officials to make sure they are acting in the open, under the gaze of the public. And when a violation is egregious enough, we have gone to court.

We’re also friends who enjoy getting together to celebrate life.

The members of our executive board are:

President Yisa Var, editor of Big Island Weekly

Vice President Nancy Cook Lauer, reporter for West Hawaii Today

Secretary John Burnett, reporter for the Hawaii Tribune-Herald

Treasurer Rod Thompson, reporter emeritus for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin

Past president Peter Sur, reporter for the Hawaii Tribune-Herald

Director Sherry Bracken, Lava 105

Director Bob Duerr, Hawaii Fishing News

Director Ilihia Gionson, Hiehie Communications

Director Patsy Iwasaki, faculty member of the University of Hawaii at Hilo

Stay tuned for more information about scholarships.

Robert Alm to Head PBS Hawaii Board of Directors

Robert Alm

Robert Alm

Hawaii’s only public television station, PBS Hawaii, has a new Board Chair—Robert Alm, Executive Vice President of Hawaiian Electric Company, succeeding longtime Chair Neil Hannahs.  Alm is also the new Board Chair of another nonprofit organization, Enterprise Honolulu, and teaches a graduate course in leadership at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Other members of the PBS Hawaii Board Executive Committee are Vice Chair, auto executive Ronald Hansen; Secretary, Timothy Johns, CEO of Bishop Museum; and Treasurer, Big Island building supply executive Jason Fujimoto.

In addition, four new members joined the PBS Hawaii Board of Directors: marketer Ian Kitajima, musical artist Kawika Kahiapo, governmental affairs specialist Ken Hiraki, and community development executive Marissa Sandblom.  PBS Hawaii Board members are unpaid and serve three-year terms.

PBS Hawaii, an educational media organization, is the home of high-quality television programs including Sesame Street , Nova, Na Mele, and many documentaries, which are broadcast without commercial interruption.

The viewer-supported organization, located in Manoa, bought a parcel of land along Nimitz Highway and plans to build its future home there.

The PBS Hawaii Board of Directors:

ROBERT ALM (Chair)  – Executive Vice President of Public Affairs for Hawaiian Electric Company

RONALD HANSEN (Vice Chair)   –  VP and COO King Automotive Group

TIM JOHNS (Secretary)   –  President, Director and Chief Executive Officer of Bishop Museum

JASON FUJIMOTO (Treasurer)  –  Vice President & Director of Corporate Operations for Hawaii Planing Mill, Ltd.

ANDREW AOKI – Co-founder of 3Point, a Hawaii-based firm that thinks strategically about the organizational, analytical, and political facets of creating public value

CAROLYN BERRY —  2003 recipient of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Jefferson Award and  a board member for Adult Friends for Youth, Diamond Head Theatre, Chaminade University and Hawaii Youth Symphony

JIMMY BORGES – Renowned entertainer and recipient of Na Hoku Hanohano Lifetime Achievement award

KEIKI-PUA DANCIL, PH.D. – Executive Vice President of Business Operations for Hawaii Chitopure

ROBIN PUANANI DANNER – Founding President & CEO of the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement

GUY FUJIMURA – Secretary/Treasurer of ILWU Local 142

KEN HIRAKI – Attorney and Government Affairs Director for Hawaiian Telcom

ALAN HOFFMAN – Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs for Hawaiian Airlines

HŌKULANI HOLT-PADILLA –   Director of Cultural Programs, Maui Arts & Cultural Center

JOAN LEE HUSTED – Retired Executive Director of Hawaii State Teachers Association

KAWIKA KAHIAPO –  Three-time Na Hoku Hanohano Award Winner, as a master of slack key guitar, composer, musician and member of the band Kaukahi

IAN KITAJIMA – Marketing Manager of Oceanit, a leading Honolulu-based international tech company

THOMAS KOIDE – Senior Executive Vice President & Manager Hawaii Branch Division for Bank of Hawaii

BILL MILLS – Chairman of The Mills Group.  Also serves on the boards of Grace Pacific Corporation, Iolani School , Hawaii Pacific University and St. Andrew’s Priory

CAMERON NEKOTA – Director of Kapolei Property Development, LLC, an affiliate of the James Campbell Company, LLC.

MARISSA SANDBLOM – Vice President of Kauai-based Grove Farm Company and President of the Grove Farm Company Foundation

DAVID WATUMULL – Co-founder, President & CEO of Cardax Pharmaceuticals.  Co-inventor of the initial Cardax technology