Edwin Cadman, dean, University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine, and Dee Jay Mailer, CEO, Kamehameha Schools
“Kakaako” may mean slow or dull in Hawaiian, but with several condo developments in the works, a bustling shopping complex and the University of Hawaii’s new medical school opening soon, the 600-acre area is anything but. All this activity is the reason all eyes are on Dee Jay Mailer and Edwin Cadman, who, in their respective roles of chief executive officer of Kamehameha Schools and dean of the UH medical school, are sure to have a profound impact on the growth of Kakaako and the development of a new life sciences industry.
“The medical school being built is one of the most defining projects for Hawaii’s economic future, and much of that has to do with Ed’s vision and ability to work with people to make that happen. His vision is greater than the building itself. It’s really a concept that Hawaii can have an industry that’s globally competitive and, potentially, larger than tourism,” says David Watumull, president of Hawaii Biotech. “Kamehameha Schools owns a lot of land in Kakaako, so they also have a very strong leadership role in fostering the development of the industry, or they could have a very chilling effect on it. The role for Kamehameha Schools, with Dee Jay as a symbol for that, is going to be a very crucial one.”