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Cream of the Crop

A look at the team that researched this year's data.

Hawaii Business’ partners in this inaugural Wealthiest Landowners issue are Bruce M. Nakaoka and Eric K. Martinson, principals of MN Capital Partners LLC, a boutique investment management and consulting firm. Together, Martinson and Nakaoka brought to the table more than 29 years of experience in analyzing and executing complex private investment transactions including venture capital, leveraged buyouts, mergers and acquisitions, equity real estate, mortgage instruments and credit enhancement facilities.

Prior to co-founding MN Capital in 1997, Martinson served in various investment management roles for Kamehameha Schools, including Director of the Financial Asset Division responsible for the direct management of Kamehameha School’s non-real estate investment portfolios. He served on the boards of directors and as corporate officer on numerous portfolio companies and on various investment advisory boards for several of Kamehameha School’s domestic and international investment partnerships and companies. Currently, he serves as a director on the HiBEAM business accelerator board, director of Na Pua a Ke Alii Pauahi, member of the Hawaii Venture Capital Association and administrator of the Matsuo Takabuki, Goldman Sachs, and William S. Richardson Commemorative Scholarship Funds. Martinson has a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Hawaii and a master’s degree in business administration from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.

Money Men: MN Capital's Eric K. Martinson and Bruce N. Nakaoka did the research for Hawaii's Wealthiest Landowners

Nakaoka was appointed Director of the Real Estate Investment and Appraisal Division at Kamehameha Schools in 1990, where he served through 1996. He managed its domestic and international real estate investment portfolio and administered the land appraisal department. He also served as president of six wholly owned subsidiaries involved in developing and marketing planned development communities and office/distribution parks. Nakaoka has a MAI designation from the Appraisal Institute and is currently a director of the Hawaii chapter. He also serves as a director on the HiBEAM business accelerator board, director of the McKinley High School Foundation, member of the Hawaii Venture Capital Association and administrator of the Matsuo Takabuki, Goldman Sachs, and William S. Richardson Commemorative Scholarship Funds. Nakaoka has a bachelor’s degree in real estate and management and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

MN Capital recently entered into a long-term strategic relationship with the Hawaii Strategic Development Corp. (HSDC) to form the HSDC Capital Fund LLC, a private equity fund-of-funds which holds limited partnership interests in other venture capital funds and backs managers active in developing Hawaii’s venture capital marketplace. We wish them well on this endeavor and look forward to working with them on next year’s study of Hawaii’s wealthiest landowners.

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