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Board of Directors




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. 




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.




KAI Hawaii - President/Founder
Ken Hayashida is the President and Founder of KAI Hawai‘i. With a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from Stanford University and over 28 years of experience in the field of structural engineering, he has managed various civil and structural engineering projects in California, Hawai‘i, Guam, Palau, and American Samoa. He has performed work for the counties in Hawai‘i, state agencies, U.S. Navy-Pacific Division, U.S. Navy-Public Works Center, U.S. Army Corps, the Republic of Palau, American Samoa Government, and numerous private developers and owners.

Hayashida has been recognized for his achievements and leadership both statewide and nationwide. He received the Engineer of the Year award by the National Society of Professional Engineers in 2007 and the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Hawai‘i College of Engineering in 2013.

Contributing to the community is an important factor for Hayashida. In gratitude for his volunteer work with the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i (JCCH) and the community, Hayashida was recognized by JCCH with the Celebration of Leadership and Achievement Award in 2010. He also served as the past President and National Director of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Hawai‘i and served two terms for the State of Hawai‘i Board of Registration of Professional Engineers, Architects, Surveyors and Landscape Architects.




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.




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.




Araki-Regan & Associates LLC
Born and raised in Wailuku, Maui, Araki-Regan graduated from H.P. Baldwin High School in 1988, and obtained a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Santa Clara University in 1992. She then received her law degree in 1995 from the University of Hawai‘i William S. Richardson School of Law. She continues to practice law with the firm of Araki-Regan & Associates LLC, is a realtor with Shore to Shore Realty, Inc. and is the founder of CalendarMaui.com. 

Araki-Regan currently serves on the board of the Collection Law Section of the Hawai‘i State Bar Association, Pu‘u Kukui Elementary School Student Community Council, Hospice Maui, the J. Walter Cameron Center, and Japanese Cultural Society of Maui. She is also a Den Leader in Cub Scouts Pack 40 as well as past president and a lifetime member of the Maui Humane Society.

Among her achievements, she was selected by The Maui News as one of the People Who Made a Difference in 2000 and 2011, by Pacific Business News as one of 40 outstanding young businesspeople in Hawai‘i in 2000, by U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as Maui’s Women in Business Champion in 2005, and 40 over the next 40 by Hawaii Business. Araki-Regan was also selected by Pacific Business News as the 2007 Woman Community Leader of the Year. She is a 2004 graduate of the Pacific Century Fellows Program. In 2012, she was selected as one of Hawaii Business News 20 of the Next 20.




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.




Tsukazaki & Associates - Director of Research
Hokama is the Director of Research at Tsukazaki & Associates where his work encompasses structuring retirement plan investment lineups, fund due diligence and monitoring for retirement plans. He is also responsible for fund selection, asset allocation and portfolio monitoring for institutional and private wealth clients. Prior to Tsukazaki & Associates, Hokama held investment related positions at Wellington Management, Aetos Capital, Bank of Hawaii and Lehman Brothers.

Born and raised in Hawai‘i, Reid graduated from ‘Iolani School. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley and his MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.




Edward Enterprises - President
Mark Ibara is President of Edward Enterprises (EE), an employee-owned, commercial printing company with direct mail services, integrated marketing resources and custom packaging capabilities. Ibara is responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the company and developing the company’s long-term, strategic business plans. Edward Enterprises was established in 1959 and is the largest locally-owned printing company in Hawai‘i.

Born and raised in Hawai‘i, Ibara has over 30 years of experience in the graphic communications industry having received many national awards and certifications from the Printing Industries of America and the Graphic Arts Technical Foundation for his past work. His area of expertise is print production and he was previously Digital Pre-Press Manager for Honolulu Graphics Arts, a division of California-based Colorgraphics.

He is active in the community and supports several nonprofit organizations. He currently serves as a Vice Chairman on the Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and was past Chairman for Hawai‘i’s Printers, a local trade organization.




Island Insurance Company, Ltd./Tradewind Capital Group - Vice President and Chief Investment Officer
Scott Kuioka is Vice President and Chief Investment Officer for Island Insurance Company, Ltd. and Tradewind Capital Group. He manages the investment portfolio for Island Insurance as well as oversees the investments for Tradewind Capital Group and Island Holdings, Inc.

Prior to joining the Island Family of Companies, Kuioka was Senior Vice President at Bank of Hawaii where he managed the team of portfolio managers in the Investment Services Group as well as oversaw the investment strategies and policies for trusts, institutions, and individuals. He has over 15 years of investment experience. Before returning to Hawai‘i in 2007, Kuioka managed over $10 billion in assets across equity and asset allocation strategies at Mellon Capital Management in San Francisco.

Kuioka is a board member of the Hawai‘i Council on Economic Education and CFA Society of Hawai‘i. He is also a Pacific Century Fellow and a member of the HAPA Young Leaders. 

He is a graduate of ‘Iolani School. He has a Bachelors of Science in Business from Northeastern University in Boston and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of San Francisco. 




Premier Restoration Hawaii - President

Darryl Nakamoto is President of Premier Restoration Hawaii, a company that specializes in emergency response restoration and reconstruction services for wind damage, fire and smoke damage and water and flood damage. In addition, Premier is an expert in remediating mold and indoor quality concerns.

Mr. Nakamoto is also a Partner of Island Flooring Company, the largest flooring contractor in the State of Hawaii, and a Partner of Kaiuli Energy, a company focused on developing a seawater air conditioning (SWAC) project for Waikiki/Ala Moana.

Previously, Mr. Nakamoto served as Chief Financial Officer for Hoku Corporation where he was an integral contributor in Hoku becoming a publicly traded company.

He currently serves as a mentor for the Student Global Leadership Institute – Punahou School and as a Ministry Committee Member for Central Union Preschool. In 2007, he was selected by Pacific Business News as a member of the Forty Under Forty class. In 2008, he was selected by Technology News Bytes as one of the Top High Tech Leaders.

Mr. Nakamoto graduated from the University of Washington with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Accounting and Finance.




First Hawaiian Bank - Executive Vice President & Chief Risk Officer
Mitchell Nishimoto is Executive Vice President & Chief Risk Officer of First Hawaiian Bank. As the Chief Risk Officer, he is responsible for the design, implementation and oversight of the bank’s risk management strategy and framework. 

Prior to this, Nishimoto was Regional Manager at Kapiolani Banking Center for First Hawaiian Bank. He also spent over 20 years on Maui managing branches and as Region Manager overseeing seven branches on Maui and one on Lanai.
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 and Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii. 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 - Executive Vice President/Chief Financial Officer
Shannon Okinaka is Executive Vice President/Chief Financial Officer at Hawaiian Airlines. She has been with the company since 2005 and previously served as Vice President/Controller. 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.




IQ 360 - Co-Founder and Principal
Lori Teranishi is co-founder and Principal of IQ 360, 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.




Hawai`i Community Foundation - Senior Kauai Philanthropic Services Officer
Darcie Yukimura is the Senior Kauai Philanthropic Services Officer for the Hawai‘i Community Foundation – the largest foundation in the state that works with individuals, families, foundations, government agencies, and organizations to transform lives and improve communities. Yukimura and her team administer over 40 charitable funds and are responsible for facilitating approximately $2.5 million into the Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau communities each year. 

Born and raised on Kaua‘i, she graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and a Master’s degree in Public Health. She returned to Hawai‘i to serve in the nonprofit sector both professionally and as a volunteer. Yukimura brings a deep understanding of the community to encourage philanthropy on Kaua‘i. Prior to joining the foundation, she held a position at the Hawai‘i State Department of Health as a Bioterrorism Preparedness Information Specialist and as the Director of Communications at Saint Louis School in Honolulu. Currently, Yukimura is a Boys and Girls Club of Hawai‘i, Kauai Advisory Board member and Youth of the Year Committee Chair. Her past board affiliations include the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Boys and Girls Club of Hawai‘i, and Winners Camp Foundation.