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Hawaii Business Magazine’s 20 for the Next 20: People to Watch 2012

20 emerging leaders in local businesses, nonprofits, government, education and law

(page 10 of 21)

Photo: Courtesy of Lynn Araki-Regan

LYNN ARAKI-REGAN age 41

Attorney, Araki-Regan & Associates LLC

friend once gave her the nickname, “Legally Brunette.”

Along with the fact that Lynn Araki-Regan takes her Chihuahua, the well-dressed “Chacha Gucci Regan” to work every day, there is another similarity between this Maui native and the movie character with a similar nickname: They both get things done.

As an attorney and a community leader, Araki-Regan seems to rise to every challenge that comes her way. Whether she’s serving on the boards of the Japanese Cultural Society and Maui Chamber of Commerce, or organizing the Kiwanis Club of the Valley Isle’s “Keiki Fest 2012,” she often provides a helping hand.

“As a visionary, Lynn possesses an insurmountable amount of energy and drive that allows her to accomplish her goals for the community,” says longtime friend Herman Andaya, who is chief of staff for Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa. “She has inspired many to follow her lead and strive not only to become leaders in their profession, but to equally strive to become leaders in our community.”

No project is too big or too small. When she, her husband, Keith Regan, Maui’s managing director, and Andaya realized that Maui needed an online community calendar, CalendarMaui.com quickly became a reality.

“We were so involved in a variety of activities that we would often find that organizations had conflicting events,” explains Araki-Regan. “Our intent was for them to publicize their events early so other groups could see what was already scheduled.”

She solicits submissions and every day updates the calendar, which is used by residents and visitors alike.

She says one of her most satisfying projects was helping victims of last March’s Japanese tsunami. Together, the Regans and two friends from California launched “The Aloha Initiative.”

“We raised $160,000 from scratch and reached out to residents of the Tohoku region who were deeply affected by the tsunami and radiation, and connected 100 of them with host families on Oahu and Maui for up to 11 weeks. The host families, volunteers and sponsors really made it happen. We just got the ball rolling.”

— SYH

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