For Immediate Release
SIX NEW DIRECTORS JOIN
PBS HAWAII BOARD
The new directors will be part of a 23-member Board as Hawaii’s only public television station begins a capital campaign to raise funds for construction of a new home on Sand Island Access Road
Incoming directors are Gayle Harimoto, retired from the business side of education; renewable energy entrepreneur Darren Kimura; Jean Kiyabu, retired educator and former statewide president of the teachers’ service organization Alpha Delta Kappa Hawaii; real estate development business owner Patrick Kobayashi; broker Jackson Nakasone; law firm CFO and social justice advocate Shaunagh Robbins.
In acknowledgement of the departing Board members, President and CEO Leslie Wilcox said, “Ten years ago PBS Hawaii became a private nonprofit no longer receiving state taxpayer funding. We were fortunate to have Board members like Ron Hansen, Bill Mills, Hokulani Holt and others who helped guide us through the past decade so we could transition to where we are today. Going forward our Board will lead the way in building a new PBS Hawaii facility that serves our broadcast and broadband platforms and becomes known as a gathering place for community-based programs such as Hiki Nō (“can do”) – the nation’s first statewide student news network.”
PBS Hawaii Board members are unpaid and serve to help perpetuate the mission of Hawaii’s only public television station – to inspire, inform and entertain by providing high-quality programming and valuable services for our diverse island community.
ROBERT ALM (Chair) is Executive Vice President of Public Affairs for Hawaiian Electric Company. Alm is active in the community and serves as a board member for several nonprofit organizations, including The Friends of Iolani Palace, Bishop Museum and the Hawaii Nature Center. He also teaches a graduate course on leadership in the Public Administration Program at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
JASON FUJIMOTO (Vice Chair) is Vice President & Director of Corporate Operations for Hawaii Planing Mill, Ltd.
TIM JOHNS (Secretary) is President, Director and Chief Executive Officer of Bishop Museum.
THOMAS KOIDE (Treasurer) is Senior Executive Vice President & Manager Hawaii Branch Division for Bank of Hawaii.
Other members of the PBS Hawaii Board are:
ANDREW AOKI – 3Point Consulting
CAROLYN BERRY — Community Leader, Philanthropist
JIMMY BORGES – Entertainer
KEIKI-PUA DANCIL, PH.D. – Hawaii Technology Council & Institute
GUY FUJIMURA – ILWU Local 142
GAYLE HARIMOTO – Retired DOE Administrator
KEN HIRAKI – Hawaiian Telcom
ALAN HOFFMAN – Hawaiian Airlines
JOAN LEE HUSTED – Retired Executive Director of Hawaii State Teachers Association.
KAWIKA KAHIAPO – Musician
DARREN KIMURA – Sopogy, Inc.
IAN KITAJIMA – Oceanit Laboratories
JEAN KIYABU – Retired Educator
PATRICK KOBAYASHI – Kobayashi Group, LLC
JACKSON NAKASONE – Grubb & Ellis
CAMERON NEKOTA – D.R. Horton
SHAUNAGH ROBBINS – Robbins & Associates
MARISSA SANDBLOM – Grove Farm Company and
DAVID WATUMULL –Cardax Pharmaceuticals.
For More Information:
Linda Brock 808.973.1383 firstname.lastname@example.org
PBS Hawaii is a private, non-profit and Hawaii’s only public television station. As a member of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), the station is a community-supported, noncommercial public media organization broadcasting television programs throughout the state with online content available on the worldwide web.
The PBS Hawaii mission is to inspire, inform and entertain by providing high-quality content and valuable services for our diverse island community. Visit www.pbshawaii.org