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Where Are They Now?

Where Are They Now?

In March 2007, Hawaii Business identified 25 people who we expected would help lead the state for the following 25 years. We caught up with them this fall, finding out what they are doing in a Hawaii beset by a difficult economy and political divisions.

Many Are Thriving:

Billy Kenoi, then an aide to Mayor Harry Kim
of the Big Island, has become mayor of his home island.

• We predicted Peter Ho, then vice chairman and chief banking
officer of Bank of Hawaii, would lead the bank, which, indeed,
he now is doing as president.

Taylour Chang, then a Punahou student and budding filmmaker, is now in her third year at Yale, where she studies film and drama and is president of the Yale Film Society.

Here is a look at the rest of the “25 for the Next 25 Years” that we picked in March 2007

Gene Awakuni
Then and today: Chancellor,
UH West Oahu

Christine Camp
Then: Managing Director, Avalon Development Group
Today: President and CEO, Avalon Development

Lee Cataluna
Then and today: Columnist, The Honolulu Advertiser,
and playwright

Ho‘ala Greevy
Then: President, “Pau Spam”
Today: President and CEO of Pau Spam
and related companies

Lea Hong
Then: Director, Trust for Public Land, Hawaii
Today: Attorney, director for the trust

Rob Iopa
Then: President, WCIT Architecture
Today: President, WCIT Architecture; trustee,
Historic Hawaii Foundation

River Kim
Then: Punahou School student and charity fundraiser
Today: College student

Bert B.J. Kobayashi
Then and today: President and CEO,
Kobayashi Group

James Koshiba
Then: Principal, 3 Point Consulting
Today: Co-founder, Kanu Hawaii,
which advocates sustainability and economic self-reliance

Kamani Kualaau
Then: Assistant vice president, Bank of Hawaii
Today: BOH vice president; trustee, Lunalilo Trust

Olin Lagon
Then: COO Chipin,
money-tracking service
Today: Co-director, Kanu Hawaii

Cathy Luke
Then: President, Loyalty Enterprises
Today: Same, plus officer at Federal Reserve Bank,
San Francisco

Cheryl Kauhane Lupenui
Then and today: CEO, YWCA Oahu

Louis Perez
Then: CEO, Pacific American Foundation
Today: Director, Akamai Capital, LLC; CFO,
Pacific American Foundation

Barbra Pleadwell
Then and today: Partner, Hastings & Pleadwell,
communications firm

Marcie Waialeale Sarsona
Then and today: Principal,
Ke Kula o Samuel M. Kamakau
Charter School in Kaneohe

Brian Schatz
Then: State representative,
candidate for Congress
Today: Chair, Democratic Party of Hawaii

Maile Shimabukuro
Then: Second-year state representative
Today: Moving up the leadership ladder at the Legislature

Dustin Shindo
Then and today: President,
Hoku Scientific

Scott Simon
Then: Associate general counsel, Hawaiian Electric
Today: Still with HECO

Kapua Sproat
Then and today:
Counsel, Earth Justice

Adam Wong
Then: Equity partner in Anekona
Real Estate Development
Today: Was still with Anekona
until recently

To read about some of the programs nuturing tomorrow's leaders, click here

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