The Hawaii Business 20 for the Next 20
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Photo: Courtesy of Cameron Nekota
Cameron Nekota, age 35
VP, D.R. Horton-Schuler Division
Cameron Nekota considers himself lucky: His job at D.R. Horton-Schuler Division makes him a key player in shaping the future of West Oahu, specifically the master-planned community of Hoopili, which will include 11,750 homes, plus businesses and open space, on about 1,600 acres.
“Breaking ground in this undeveloped portion of Oahu will allow Cameron and other regional planners the unique opportunity to start with a blank slate and to thoughtfully implement infrastructure, and take the lead in a new era of development,” says U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, a friend and political associate. Hanabusa says Hoopili will change the way Hawaii approaches smart development.
When Hanabusa was Senate president and Nekota was with the James Campbell Co., they worked together to secure state funding for the Kapolei Judiciary Complex. “Working with him, I saw his natural leadership abilities to successfully work with others and find mutual agreement between numerous parties,” says Hanabusa.
Nekota emphasizes that the Hoopili project has many hurdles before it launches, and years to go before it’s complete. That allows input from every part of the community, and the opportunity to get it right. That means a livable and sustainable mix of homes and businesses, with farms, gardens, parks, schools, rail stations and community-meeting spaces.
“We have an opportunity to create something no one in Hawaii has seen before,” says Nekota, who grew up in Mililani, and already appreciates planned urban spaces.
He graduated from UH's William Richardson School of Law in 2002 and discovered he most enjoyed the business side of law and helping plan growth.
In Hoopili, “You’ll see higher density centered around the transit stops,” says Nekota, “and single-family housing further away from those areas.” The plans also call for bike paths and walkways so residents can move around their community without driving.
1. Randy Baldemor
2. James Bennett
3. Kalei Cadinha-Puaa
4. Kainoa Daines
5. Matthew Delaney
6. Mark Duda
7. Charles Hew-Len
8. Michael Kaleikini
9. Daniel Leuck
10. Jennifer Li Dotson
11. Bryan Luke
12. Wesley Machida
13. Makani Maeva
14. Cameron Nekota
15. Robert Piper
16. Carol Reimann
17. Claire Sullivan
18. Michael Tresler
19. Raymond Vara, Jr.
20. Aulani Wilhelm
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