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20 for the Next 20: People to Watch 2013

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Linda Schatz

Photo: David Croxford

Development Director, Kamehameha Schools
Age: 38

Linda Schatz’s 8-year-old son, Tyler, once asked her, “Mom, do I have to go to college? If I do, can I come home after that and buy a house and live next to you?”

“Of course,” she replied, but admits to worrying whether Hawaii will be affordable for future generations. That drives her in her role at Kamehameha Schools, as she works to create a vibrant, affordable community for the future.

Schatz, whose focus is on master-planning efforts for KSBE’s 14 blocks in Kakaako, comes to the job armed with a degree in architecture and an architecture doctorate concentrating on transit-oriented development in low-income neighborhoods. Born and raised in Kaimuki, where her Chinese immigrant parents owned Kwok’s Chop Suey, she interned for Kamehameha Schools while obtaining her doctorate from UH-Manoa. That turned into a full-time job.

“I wanted to focus on areas with a lot of potential for people to have a good mix of housing,” she says.

Though her husband, former Lt. Gov. and now U.S. Senator Brian Schatz, will be living in Washington for much of the year, she and their children will continue to live in Honolulu.

Paul Quintiliani, senior director for Kamehameha School’s commercial real estate division, says Schatz’s passion is urban Honolulu.

“She really cares about this city. She really cares about what’s going on in the physical environment and what it takes to make people’s lives better,” he says.
Quintiliani says the work Schatz did with the home she owns with her husband exemplifies who she is.

“They bought this old house in Pauoa and she redesigned the whole thing,” he explains. “Linda used reclaimed materials and found unique ways to bring this house to life while keeping its integrity as an old house.”

Schatz brings those values to her work.

“Change is good, but not just for the sake of change,” she says. “The change being done in Kakaako can often be scary, but we need to ensure that we listen to everybody and learn from the past. We don’t want to leave anyone behind.”

Manu Boyd

Photo: David Croxford

Cultural Director, Royal Hawaiian Center at Helumoa
Age: 50

Manu Boyd believes in honoring the old, but embracing the new.

“There’s no reason why things Hawaiian can’t be cutting edge,” says Boyd. “We need to remind our people we have to be mindful of who we are and where we come from. My way of doing this is more in the social sense to make it a fun, lifestyle thing. Embracing culture doesn’t always have to be academic or museumlike.”

That’s the approach Boyd has taken over the past five years as cultural director of Waikiki’s Royal Hawaiian Center at Helumoa.

The shopping center, owned by Kamehameha Schools, is on the site of Helumoa, home from the late 15th century of Oahu’s alii. It has historical significance as a gathering place and the center of government where decisions were made.

Boyd’s job has been to develop strategies to support and ensure the accuracy of this cultural significance at the heart of the center’s activities.

“Our programming in performing arts is geared toward kamaaina, and not malahini,” he explains. “This is our party, if you will, and the reaction of visitors who come to enjoy it can best be described as: They don’t know what hit them.”

Boyd had led the Hawaiian musical group Hookena since 1986, but recently left after 25 years to pursue his own songwriting career. The 1980 Kamehameha Schools graduate was raised in Aina Haina and developed a keen interest in his Hawaiian culture at an early age.

“I began dancing with Robert Cazimero’s Halau Na Kamalei and, for 30 years, I have been a student of his in hula, music and life,” says Boyd.

Cazimero refers to Boyd as a “torch bearer” of the Hawaiian culture.

“Manu holds steadfast to the torch while his stance holds strong with perseverance, respect and pride,” says Cazimero. “He honors all people with his wit, intelligence and honesty, defining his humanity in praise of others, in his unselfish teachings and trust in the ike, the intuition of the people he loves and admires.”

Boyd says, in general, he looks at Hawaii as kulaiwi or “ancestral homeland,” and along with this ownership comes responsibility.

“People today claim everything is ‘mine, mine, mine,’ without a sense of giving back or contributing,” he explains. “Whether it’s honoring or contributing to the richness of our heritage or promoting a clean environment, we need to remind our people to be mindful of who we are and where we came from.”

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