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Hawaii’s Powerbrokers (List)

OVERALL

1) Walter Dods
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer,
Bancwest Corp.

2) Daniel Inouye
U.S. Senator

3) Linda Lingle
Governor, State of Hawaii

4) Calvin Say
Speaker of the House

5) Michael O'Neill
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer,
Bank of Hawaii Corp.

6) Constance Lau
President and Chief Executive Officer, American Savings Bank

7) Warren Haruki
Former President, Verizon Hawaii

8) Colbert Matsumoto
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Island Insurance Co. Ltd.; President, Island Holdings Inc.

9) Alvin Awaya
Trustee, Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation

10) Jeffrey Watanabe
Managing Partner, Watanabe Ing Kawashima & Komeiji LLP

 

BUSINESS

1) Walter Dods
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer,
Bancwest Corp.

2) Michael O'Neill
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Bank of Hawaii Corp.

3) Jeffrey Watanabe
Managing Partner, Watanabe Ing Kawashima & Komeiji LLP

4) Warren Haruki
Former President,
Verizon Hawaii

5) Constance Lau
President and Chief Executive Officer, American Savings Bank

6) Duncan MacNaughton
Chairman, The MacNaughton Group

7) Colbert Matsumoto
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Island Insurance Co. Ltd.;
President, Island Holdings Inc.

8) Bert Kobayashi
Chairman, Kobayashi Development Group LLC

9) W. Allen Doane
President and Chief Executive Officer, Alexander & Baldwin Inc.
Chairman, Matson Navigation Company, Inc.

10) H. Mitchell D'Olier
President and Chief Executive Officer, Kaneohe Ranch, Harold K.L. Castle Foundation

 

POLITICS

1) Daniel Inouye
U.S. Senator

2) Linda Lingle
Governor, State of Hawaii

3) Calvin Say
Speaker of the House

4) Robert Bunda
Senate President

5) Neil Abercrombie
U.S. Representative

6) Jeremy Harris
Honolulu Mayor

7) Harry Kim
Big Island Mayor

8) Walter Dods
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer,
Bancwest Corp.

9) Daniel Akaka
U.S. Senator

10) Colleen Hanabusa
State Senator

 

COMMUNITY

1) Walter Dods
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Bancwest Corp.

2) Alvin Awaya
Trustee, Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation.

3) Colbert Matsumoto
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Island Insurance Co. Ltd.;
President, Island Holdings Inc.

4) Constance Lau
President and Chief Executive Officer, American Savings Bank

5) June Jones
Head Football Coach, University of Hawaii

6) Kelvin Taketa
Chief Executive Officer, Hawaii Community Foundation

7) Duane Kurisu
Chairman, PacificBasin Communications
(PacificBasin Communications is the company that owns Hawaii Business)
Partner, Kurisu & Fergus

8) Ruth Ono
Vice President Emeritus, The Queen's Health Systems

9) Evan Dobelle
President, University of Hawaii

10) Wayne Cordeiro
Senior Pastor, New Hope Christian Fellowship

 

SEVEN TO WATCH

Richard C. Lim
Lim, the president and chief operating officer of City Bank, is known as the insider's insider, working behind the scenes to put together lasting coalitions. Lim is largely responsible for assembling CB Bancshares' powerful board of directors, which has so far resisted a hostile takeover by rival Central Pacific Bank.

Kitty Lagareta
Not only does the CEO of public relations firm Communications Pacific manage the messages of many of Hawaii's largest and most powerful companies, she also helped craft candidate Linda Lingle's call for change during last year's gubernatorial election. Her company maintains close ties to the new administration. Lagareta also has ties of her own, having recently been appointed by the governor to the University of Hawaii Board of Regents.

State Sen. Donna Mercado Kim
Some shook their heads when Kim, the chairperson of the State Tourism Committee, started asking common-sense questions about how state-supported agencies were marketing the Islands to the world. After a scathing review from the state auditor and the subsequent resignation of Tony Vericella, CEO of the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau, people aren't shaking their heads anymore.

U.S. Rep. Ed Case
The four-term Manoa representative shocked everyone when he nearly beat establishment candidate Mazie Hirono for the Democratic nomination for governor last year. In January he ran again and won a special election to fill a full, two-year term in Congress. Will insider Washington politics tame Mr. Outsider?

State Rep. Brian Schatz
The former executive director of Youth for Environmental Service, Schatz is a crusader for the environment and a tireless advocate for a diversified economy, especially the high-tech sector. As the economy grows and matures, Schatz may no longer be a voice in the wilderness.

Randy Roth
UH Manoa law professor Roth co-authored both the "Price of Paradise" series and the "Broken Trust" essay, documents that crystallized the public's growing dissatisfaction with Hawaii's political and social status quo. Now he's a policy adviser to Gov. Linda Lingle. Will Roth prove to be as good at solving problems as he is at identifying them?

Herman Frazier
Nothing lifts Islanders' spirits more than when their hometown team wins big. Frazier heads a $19-million-a-year athletic program, which seems on the brink of the big time. But it isn't just a matter of winning the hearts and minds of rabid fans. When the Warriors are winning, the state's economy scores.

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