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KĀKOU: Hawaiʻi’s Town Hall
Where Are The Workers?


PANELISTS FOR KĀKOU: Hawaiʻi’s Town Hall: Where are the Workers?”

  • DANENE LUNN-Owner/President, Manuhealiʻi
  • KEISHA TANAKA-Employed at a local non-profit, Kupu
  • GREG MAPLES-VP of Restaurant Services, Polynesian Cultural Center
  • NOLA MIYASAKI-Director of Human Services, City and County of Honolulu
  • RYAN TANAKA-President, Hawaiʻi Restaurant Association
  • ROSEANN VIERRA-SCHOENING-Pearlridge Store Manager, T & C Surf
  • ERIC GILL– Financial Secretary-Treasurer, Unite Here Local 5
  • JARED MATSUKI-Employed in Hospitality Industry
  • CELINE DACLISON – Unemployed graduate seeking work and possible career change
  • CARL BONHAM-Executive Director, UHERO (UH Economic Research Organization)
  • CARL HINSON-Director of Workforce Development, Hawaiʻi Pacific Health
  • ROBIN KOBAYASHI-Senior VP, Human Resources, Hawaiian Airlines
  • MELI JAMES-Co-Founder, Mana Up (Small business accelerator that supports local entrepreneurs reach full potential as well as creating high paying local jobs and networking to expand local brands)
  • JULIE MORIKAWA-President, ClimbHI (Inspires students to finish high school and proceed to post-secondary education or employment by exposing them to future career paths and steps necessary to achieve goals.)
  • KEALA PETERS– Executive Vice President, Education & Workforce Development, Chamber of Commerce Hawaiʻi (Works with Hawaii’s business community to develop their own talent pipeline of skilled, local workers).
  • KAWIKA RILEY-VP of External Affairs, Kupu (Since 2007 Kupu has been running programs for young adults, placing them in internships, fellowships and other opporutnities to gain experience in natural resources and sustainability-related fields.)