December 21, 2016





HONOLULU – Junior Achievement of Hawaii, a volunteer-driven experiential learning program inspiring students to dream big and reach their potential through work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy education learned in schools throughout the Hawaiian Islands, has announced its 2016-17 Board Officers and Directors:


ChairmanKevin Sakamoto, Bank of Hawaii

Vice Chairman: Johnathan Choe, American Savings Bank

Secretary: Cid Inouye, Playdon O'Connor Guben

Treasurer: Emi Au, American Savings Bank


Board Members:

Tony Au, Central Pacific Bank

Reg Baker, Reg Baker, CPA LLC

Barbara Furugen, Alexander & Baldwin

Wade Gesteuyala, Aqua Hotels & Resorts

Robin Hadwick, Shidler College of Business

Susan Jaworowski, Kapiolani Community College

Nathan Kam, Anthology Marketing Group

Ashlee Kishimoto, Hawaiian Airlines

David Livingston, Ameriprise

Fred Lwee, Servco

Ben Nakaoka, Pacific Shipyards International

Shirley Robinson, Community Volunteer

John Strandberg, Hawaii Tech Support

Erin Takamine, KPMG

Marc Togashi, Hawaii Tourism Authority

Derek Wong, First Hawaiian Bank

Jerel Yamamoto, Nakamoto Okamoto & Yamamoto

Christopher Young, Morgan Stanley


Junior Achievement of Hawaii was founded in 1957 to educate and inspire young people to value free enterprise, business, and economics to improve their quality life. JA programs are offered in school curriculums across the Hawaiian Islands and the organization has operations on Oahu and the Island of Hawaii. With a mission to ensure Hawaii's youth learn about financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship, JA has created a working partnership among the business, military, and education communities. The Hawaii Chapter is proud to be part of an international organization that has become the largest and best-managed economic education partnership program in the world. Globally, the program reaches more than six million students throughout the United States and in nearly 100 member nations. Learn more at




Media Contacts:

Janel Denny                                        

Junior Achievement of Hawaii            

O: 808-545-1777, Ext. 106          


Nathan Kam

Anthology Marketing Group

O: 808-539-3471