On June 13th, members and special guests joined Outgoing President Ka‘iu Kimura and Incoming President Mike Kaleikini at the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai‘i to install the 2016-2017 Officers and Board of Directors. The Induction of the 2016-2017 Board, was led by Randy Kurohara.
Joining Mike Kaleikini of Puna Geothermal Venture on the executive board are President-Elect Bill Walter of W.H. Shipman, Ltd.; Vice President Gordon Takaki of CU Hawai‘i Federal Credit Union; Treasurer Nathan Colgrove of Taketa, Iwata, Hara & Associates, LLC; and Immediate Past President Ka‘iu Kimura of ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center.
The One Year Directors are:
- Lincoln Ashida of Torkildson, Katz, Moore, Hetherington & Harris
- Chuck Erskine of First Hawaiian Bank
- Jason Fujimoto of HPM Building Supply
- Amy Honda of Bank of Hawai‘i
- Randy Kurohara of County of Hawai‘i
- Joseph Marsh of Business Insurance Services
- Stephanie Nagata of University of Hawai‘i at Hilo
- Donald Straney of University of Hawai‘i at Hilo
- Craig Takamine of Takamine Construction
- Toby Taniguchi of KTA Super Stores
The Two Year Directors are:
- Mauro Aguilar of Volcano House
- David Bock of Hawai‘i Tribune-Herald
- Russell Chin of MATSON
- John Cross of Ka‘u Coffee Mill
- Jackie De Luz Watanabe of Big Island Toyota
- Margaret “Peggy” Farias of W.H. Shipman, Ltd.
- Holly Ka‘akimaka of Hilo Medical Center
- Rhea Lee-Moku of Hawai‘i Electric Light Company
- Kimberly Pua of Wesley R. Segawa & Associates
- Doug Simons of Canada-France-Hawai‘i Telescope
- Loren Tsugawa of Isemoto Contracting Co., Ltd.
- Misti Tyrin of Coldwell Banker Day-Lum Properties
In his speech, Incoming President Mike Kaleikini emphasized the importance of the Thirty Meter Telescope or TMT and the opportunities it provides both economically and fundamentally. TMT will provide insight and will improve our knowledge and understanding about the Universe that we live in. Once completed, it will not only enable astronomers to study objects within our own solar system, but also objects within other galaxies and forming galaxies at the edge of the observable Universe, near the beginning of time. He states, “Sending a few Chamber members to show support, or sending a letter from the Chamber is not enough. Our Chamber will be collaborating with other business organizations and grass root groups that have similar goals and all focus on promoting the general well-being of our community… Let your voices be heard. In the end, what we get out of anything in life, is indeed a culmination of what we put in to it.”