Island Insurance Companies - Vice President, External Affairs
Prior to joining Island Insurance, Tokioka was Assistant to the General Manager at Atlas Insurance Agency. His prior experience also includes: National Mortgage and Finance Company, Daiwa Securities of America and E.F. Hutton.
Tokioka earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington and a Master’s in Business Administration from New York University Stern School of Business. He is a graduate of Punahou School.
Active in community organizations, Tokioka is also a board member of the CPCU Society Hawai‘i Chapter, the Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce, ‘Ahahui Koa Ᾱnuenue, and ‘Olelo. Tokioka was named one of Hawaii Business Magazine’s 20 for the Next 20: People to Watch 2012.
Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation – Deputy Executive Director
As Deputy Executive Director, Morioka assists in overall management of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation related to project planning, design, and construction, agency personnel and budget, and government and community affairs. Previously, Morioka served as Vice President with CH2MHill in the Honolulu Office working with the Transportation and Water/Wastewater Business Groups. Morioka served as the Director of the State of Hawai‘i Department of Transportation for three years after serving three years as the Deputy Director for the Highways Division. He has also served as the Executive Vice President for Shioi Construction, Inc. providing general contracting services as well as a former Senior Project Manager for URS Corporation. He is a licensed civil engineer in Hawai‘i and California.
Morioka received his Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley and completed his doctoral studies here at home at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. He is also a graduate of ‘Iolani School.
Professional Commercial Services - Owner/General Manager
Eugene Nishimura is an owner and general manager of Hokulani Kigyo, LLC dba Professional Commercial Services, a truck repair and general merchandise transportation company. With over 24 years of experience in the banking and finance industries, he most recently served as chief financial officer of David Deluz Enterprises and previously served as vice president/regional manager with Hawaii National Bank.
He received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Hawai’i and graduated from the Pacific Coast Banking School.
Nishimura is active in the community, serving organizations such as the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Hawai’i, Hawai’i Island Chamber of Commerce, East Hawai’i Hiroshima Kenjin Kai, Hawai’i Shima Kumamoto Doshi Kai, and the Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin Senior Young Buddhist Association.
Arcadia Community Services
The Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce (HJCC) appointed Howard Hanada as HJCC’s perpetual member representative to the JCCH board of directors. Born and raised in Wailuku, Howard earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering at Oklahoma State University and his MBA from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. Following his service in the U.S. Army, Howard worked at Grant Thornton LLP, a national certified public accounting firm, from 1976 and served in various positions including audit partner, office managing partner, and quality assurance partner. After retiring from Grant Thornton LLP, in 2010, he began working with Arcadia Community Services.
Bank of Hawaii – Senior Vice President and Commercial Banking Manager
Diane Murakami is Senior Vice President and Commercial Banking Manager of the Ala Moana Commercial Banking Center at Bank of Hawaii, providing commercial lending and deposit related services to business customers in the region. Murakami joined Bank of Hawaii in 2002 and has 19 years of experience in business, commercial real estate and corporate financing.
She received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.
Murakami currently serves on the board of the Kahala Business Association. She previously served as Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair for the Special Education Center of Hawai‘i for five years.
Servco Pacific Inc. – Senior Vice President, Automotive Distribution Operations
Glenn Inouye has been with Servco Pacific Inc. for more than 27 years. Prior to joining Servco Pacific, Inouye worked as Treasurer/Controller for the Hawai‘i Hotel & Restaurant Supply. He was also previously employed with Deloitte Haskins and Sells (now known as Deloitte and Touche) as Small Business Department Manager and earlier as a staff auditor.
Inouye received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and shortly after obtained his CPA certification.
On top of his service on the Cultural Center board, Inouye also serves on the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Honolulu Foundation.
Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert, Attorney, Director
Christine Kubota is a local attorney and director at Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert. Born and raised in Japan, she joined the firm in 1988 and immediately began building a practice in corporate, commercial, and real estate law, primarily with Japanese-speaking clients. To address the needs of her Japanese clients, her practice also encompasses immigration law, estate planning and employment matters.
Kubota graduated from Chaminade University with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Asian Studies and received her Juris Doctorate from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.
Kubota is a past director of Meritas, a worldwide affiliation of commercial law firms, which has members in over 270 cities. Damon Key is the exclusive Hawai‘i affiliate of Meritas. She was a past chair and currently serves as a board member for the Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce. She is also the immediate past-president of the United Japanese Society and actively volunteers with a number of community organizations including the U.S. Japan Council, Japan-American Society of Honolulu, Hiroshima Kenjinkai and Japanese Women’s Society Foundation. Kubota was a finalist for the Pacific Business News Women Who Mean Business in 2010 and was named the Best Corporate Lawyer in Hawaii for 2013.
After-School All-Stars Hawai‘i – Executive Director
Dawn Matsuyama Dunbar is the executive director of After-School All-Stars Hawai‘i, a non-profit that provides comprehensive after-school programs for middle school at-risk youth. The Hawai‘i chapter is part of a nationally recognized organization with 12 chapters spanning Los Angeles to Orlando. Born and raised in Hawai‘i, Dunbar has over 15 years of experience in marketing, corporate communications and community relations. Prior to her role at After-School All-Stars Hawai‘i, she was the Corporate Communications Director for American Savings Bank, Hawai‘i’s third largest financial institution.
A graduate of Punahou School, Dunbar received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature with a minor in Asian Pacific Studies from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California, and an MBA in Business Administration from Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business. Dunbar strongly believes in serving her community. She has been involved with several non-profit boards, as a director of The GIFT Foundation of Hawai‘i and ‘Ahahui Koa Ᾱnuenue, The University of Hawaii Athletics fundraising organization. She is a past Treasurer of the Public Relations Society of America – Hawai‘i Chapter and has volunteered on the Next Gen committee of The Nature Conservancy. She is a member of the Pacific Century Fellows Class of 2007.
PacRim Marketing Group – Chief Executive Officer and President
Dave Erdman founded PacRim Marketing Group in 1990 and its online marketing affiliate, PRTech, in 2004. In his consulting role at these firms, Dave specializes in helping his clients increase their share and spend of the Asian international market.
His thirty years of cross-cultural marketing experience include positions as senior consultant for Hill & Knowlton/Communications Pacific; vice president of marketing and sales at Tropical Rent-A-Car, for which he opened the Japan regional office; and a director of Suntrips.
Dave has lived and worked in Japan and is fluent in Japanese. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, where he majored in Asian/Japanese Studies and minored in Travel Industry Management and Marketing. He also majored in East Asian Languages/Japanese studies and business at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania.
Dave is active in the Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce; PATA (Pacific Asia Travel Association); SMEI (Sales and Marketing Executives International); the Retail Merchants of Hawaii; and Rotary Club of Honolulu Sunrise. He was the second Governor’s Retail Merchant Award recipient, and was awarded Direct Marketer of the Year by DRAMAH (Direct Response and Marketing Association, Hawaii), which he founded.
Hotel Wailea – Managing Director
Kyoko Kimura is Managing Director of Hotel Wailea, a luxury all-suite resort in Maui. She has 24 years of industry experience with over 10 years as General Manager.
Kimura received her Bachelor’s Degree in Art from Kobe College and went to Cornell University School of Hotel Administration. She also has Master’s Degree of Science in Translation and has worked as a simultaneous interpreter for the former President George H.W. Bush.
She served as a board member of Hawai‘i Tourism Authority. She was the Maui Hotel Association’s Chairman of the Board, President of Maui Japanese Chamber of Commerce, President of Japanese Cultural Society of Maui, and board member of Maui Arts and Cultural Center. Kimura also currently serves as Chair of Airlift Committee of Japan Hawai‘i Tourism Council.
Alexander & Baldwin, Inc. – Associate General Counsel
Michele Sunahara Loudermilk is Associate General Counsel for Alexander & Baldwin, Inc. and has extensive experience in negotiating, documenting, and closing purchases and sales of commercial, vacant, and residential properties. She also has extensive experience in commercial leasing on behalf of landlords and closing commercial loan transactions on behalf of institutional lenders. Prior to working at Alexander & Baldwin, Loudermilk worked at Cades Schutte LLP.
She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Bachelor of Arts degree in Romance Languages (French and Spanish) from the University of Oregon and her law degree from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa William S. Richardson School of Law. She is also a graduate of Punahou School.
Loudermilk currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Hawai‘i Nature Center and as Commissioner for the Real Estate Commission of the State of Hawai‘i.
Entrepreneurs Foundation of Hawai‘i - President
Leigh-Ann Miyasato is president of Entrepreneurs Foundation of Hawai‘i, a nonprofit organization that encourages entrepreneurial companies to engage in community service and philanthropy. She was formerly vice president of DragonBridge Capital, a merchant bank for Chinese technology companies, and Executive Director of HiBEAM, an accelerator for early stage Hawai‘i technology companies. Previously, she was an attorney concentrating on commercial and other civil litigation.
Central Pacific Bank – Vice President, Senior Corporate International Banking Officer
Noriaki Ken Niimura is Vice President, Senior Corporate International Banking Officer of Central Pacific Bank where he is responsible for managing and growing a portfolio of high valued clients in loan and deposit accounts. He is also responsible to help manage the International Banking Department, including management of staff and financial accountabilities.
Previously, he was president of Obun Hawaii were he was responsible for operations and strategic business planning for the printing company. He also served as Chief Marketing Officer for H&U Inc. were he managed marketing and operations. Prior to that, Niimura served as Chief Marketing Officer for The Pacific Bridge Companies; President & Chief Operating Officer for Ito En USA Inc.; Regional Manager for HOYA Corporation USA; and Senior Marketing Representative for Du Pont Kabushiki Kaisha.
Niimura received his Bachelor’s degree in Electronics Engineering from Tokyo City University and his Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Southern California.
He plays an active role in the With Aloha Foundation for Japan relief and is also a member of the Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce and the Nippon Club.
First Hawaiian Bank - Senior Vice President
Mitchell Nishimoto is Senior Vice President of First Hawaiian Bank and supervises the Kapiolani Banking Region. The Kapiolani Banking Center is a multi-line, full service branch within the First Hawaiian network and houses a full complement of personal, commercial and business banking, along with wealth advisory, private banking, and Japan personal banking services.
Prior to this, Nishimoto was the Maui Region Supervisor of First Hawaiian Bank, supervising the bank’s seven branches on Maui and one on Lanai with over 100 employees. He formerly held several other managerial positions including managing four branches within the Maui region.
Nishimoto is a graduate of Punahou School and is also an honors graduate of both the University of Southern California and the Pacific Coast Banking School in Seattle.
He currently serves on the board of Castle Medical Center. He formerly held board positions with the Maui Chamber of Commerce, Maui Memorial Medical Center Foundation, Maui Economic Development Board, University of Hawai‘i Maui Campus - Chancellor’s Advisory Council, Maui Visitors Bureau, Maui United Way, Finance Committee for the Montessori School of Maui, Maui Food Bank, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Maui, March of Dimes, Kiwanis Club of Maui, Alii Community Care, Kula Agricultural Park Committee, and the Carden Academy of Maui.
Hawaiian Airlines - Vice President/Controller
Shannon Okinaka is vice president/controller at Hawaiian Airlines. She has been with the company since 2005 and previously served as a senior director. Prior to joining Hawaiian Airlines, Okinaka served as a manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and before that as a senior auditor at Hawaiian Electric Co.
A certified public accountant, Okinaka graduated from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, earning a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in Management Information Systems and Accounting. She was raised on Hawai’i's Big Island and graduated from Waiakea High School in Hilo.
In addition to her service to the Cultural Center, she is a volunteer and board member for Ohi’a Productions.
Hula Inc. – Fashion Show + Event Producer
Lynne Hanzawa O’Neill was born in Hawai‘i but now holds a successful career in the competitive New York fashion industry, specializing in the niche field of fashion show production. She produces an average of 15 shows during America’s leading fashion event, New York Fashion Week as well as events for magazines and retailers; events with the Rolling Stones and Usher for Best Buy; fashion show consulting for CW’s Gossip Girl, Bravo’s The Fashion Show and Sex and the City: The Movie. O’Neill was the inspiration for Margaret Cho’s character in HBO’s Sex and the City episode, The Real Me.
Even though her work has taken her far from Hawai‘i, O’Neill still resides part-time in the islands. O’Neill grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from Culver City High School but spent her summers and holidays on O‘ahu with family.
IQ PR, Inc. - Co-Founder and Principal
Lori Teranishi is co-founder and Principal of IQ PR, Inc., a boutique communications firm with offices in Honolulu, San Francisco and New York and has provided marketing and PR counsel to emerging and Fortune 500 companies in a variety of industries.
Previously, Teranishi was Vice President of Product Development with VISA U.S.A., where she led a team of 60 developers, product managers and sales directors to launch a national loyalty rewards program for VISA credit and debit cards. Teranishi held a variety of positions with VISA including Chief of Staff to the Chief Operating Officer.
Prior to joining Visa, Teranishi was an Account Manager at Cunningham Communications, where she managed public relations programs for clients such as Novell and Hewlett Packard. She was also Director of Communications for Quaker State Corporation and began her career as Assistant Assignment Editor for KPIX, an ABC News affiliate.
She has been awarded numerous industry awards, including a PR Week Award for Best Small Business campaign, PR News Legal PR Award, a regional Public Relations Society of America award for crisis communications and several Effie Awards from the American Marketing Association.
Teranishi received an M.B.A. from the University of San Francisco, a B.S. in Mass Communications and a B.S. in Political Science from the University of Utah. She is a Girl Scout troop co-leader and has served on a number of non-profit boards.
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa - Professor and Chair of Anthropology
She has written several books, including Tears of Longing: Nostalgia and the Nation in Japanese Popular Song (2002), Crowning the Nice Girl (2006), and Airborne Dreams: “Nisei” Stewardesses and Pan American World Airways (2011). Airborne Dreams was also an exhibit that she curated for the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i, a portion of which is on display at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC.
Yano is originator and co-host of a radio show “Thinking Out Loud: Talking Issues, Taking Action” on KZOO radio AM1210, Mondays 6:30-7:30pm, broadcast in conjunction with the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i.