The Slate of Nominees for the Board of Trustees
elected at the Annual Meeting, Saturday, April 22, 2017

New trustees elected for a first three-year term: 

Juliette Montague Cooke was appointed to the Board of Trustees in December and is eligible for election to her first three-year term. Recently administrator and director of nursing for a new hospice in Los Angeles, Juliette is passionate about studying the sacred arts of healing, especially in indigenous cultures.  She returned to care for her father, Sam, and has decided to make Hawai`i her home to promote the legacy of her parents based in a deep love for our unique Hawaiian culture and our precious resources (aloha `aina).

Richard Emery is a 43-year resident of Hawai`i and former owner of Hawaii First Inc., a local association management company that he sold to Associa in 2011.  He is currently Vice President of Government affairs for Associa. Richard serves on numerous local nonprofit boards including the Better Business Bureau and The Pacific Club. Richard was appointed to the Board of Trustees in December and is eligible for election to his first three-year term.

Malia Ane, Director of Hawaiian Studies K-12, Punahou School, began life as a young cub when her father played for the Detroit Lions. After graduating from Punahou in 1972, she returned to teach in 1978, and for thirty years was kumu to lower school students. In her current position, Malia spearheads the K-12 Hawaiian Language Program and oversees Hawaiian Studies, including mele, hula, oli, mo`olelo, culture, values, and history. 

James F. Hunnewell, Jr., AIA, is a LEED-accredited registered architect with over 40 years of professional experience, a majority of which involved the design of college and school facilities. Currently, he is working with several cultural non-profit institutions in the Boston area, specializing in historic preservation work. Jim is the great, great grandson of the James Hunnewell who served as the second mate on the Thaddeus, and who captained the Missionary Packet to the islands in the mid-1820s.

The Rev. Dr. David Hirano was appointed to the Board of Trustees in December and is eligible for election to his first three-year term.  Having served both in Hawai`i and on the mainland as a minister of the United Church of Christ, Rev. Hirano was the Conference Minister for Connecticut in 1993 when the family of Henry `Ōpūkaha`ia brought his ashes back to Napo`opo`o for reburial. Kahu David was the first non-Caucasian Executive Vice President of the United Church Board for World Ministries and is currently serving as Interim Team Senior Advisor at Kaumakapili Church in Honolulu although he and Sandra now live in North Carolina.

Ken Makuakane, Papa Makua of the Association of Hawaiian Evangelical Churches, Hawai`i Conference United Church of Christ, was appointed to the Board of Trustees in December and is eligible for election to his first three-year term. A musician and composer, Ken is a member of the Mele Planning Hui for the HMH series Na Mele o Ke Kai and is a successful innovator in producing and recording Hawaiian music. With over one hundred albums to his credit, he received a Na Hoku Hanohano Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015 after many other awards including Producer of the Year and Composer of the year for his solo religious album, “Conversations With My Heart.”

Wendy Rice Peterson was born on Moloka`i, graduated from Punahou School, and is an officer of the Fred Baldwin Memorial Foundation. With experience in development work, she is currently part of the Sotheby’s Realty Maui team. A sixth generation Mauian whose roots go deep in the community, she has a passion for encouraging in others an appreciation for the island, its people and its history.

Lucas Morgan, a Bingham and Cooke descendant, received his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, in 2015 and is currently working as a licensed clinical psychologist with the non-profit group I Ola Lahui Behavioral Health Services. Lucas focuses on mental health for older adults including helping families deal with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, training family caregivers and staff at elder-care facilities, and consulting on interdisciplinary geriatric teams. Having developed a passion for growing Native Hawaiian and Polynesian introduced plants since childhood, he has an extensive knowledge of Hawaiian ecology and ethnobiology. 

Re-elected

•      Sarah Richards was elected for her second three-year term.
•      Sherman Hee was elected for his third three-year term.
•      Paul Dahlquist was elected for his third three-year term.
•      John Laimana was elected for his third three-year term.
•      McKibbin Mist was elected for his third three-year term.

Trustees elected in 2015; term to expire April 2018

•     Puchi Romig was elected to her first three-year term.
•     Chris Abbott was elected for his first three-year term.
•     Peter Young was elected for his second three-year term.
•     Alan King was elected for his third three-year term.
•     Leilani Maguire was elected to her third three-year term.
•     Martha Morgan was elected to her third three-year term.
•     Bonnie Rice was elected to a three-year term.

Trustees elected in 2016; term to expire April 2019

•      Kahu Francine Park Palama, Ph.D. was elected to her first three-year term.
•      Lindsay Norcross Mist was elected for her second three-year term.

Trustees who resigned or rotated off the Board

•     Andrew Yani
•     Doug Sheehan 
•     Toni Bissen
•     Charles Black