2017 Black Book: 326 Profiles of Hawaiʻi Executives

To diversify this list, we have included top honorees and executives from three major Hawaii Business programs.


Emile C Alano AIA, LEED AP BD+C
VP, COO, Principal, AHL #194
B. 1960;San Francisco, CA EDUC. University of California at Berkeley, BA Environmental Design; EXP. Joined AHL in ‘97. Promoted to Principal in ‘10 and COO in ‘15. More than 30 years of experience with extensive experience in hospitality, luxury resort, timeshare, high-rise, residential, retail, and commercial. BDS. AHL, American Institute of Architects Honolulu Chapter CLUBS American Institute of Architects; Urban Land Institute, International Council of; Shopping Centers, US Green Building Council, Hawaii Society of Business Professionals HOBBIES Spending time with my family, traveling, tinkering around the house trying to fix things, sketching NOTEWORTHY Notable projects include Aulani, A Disney Resort and Spa; Ka Makana Alii Regional Mall, Marriott’s Ko Olina Beach Club and Walgreens Keeaumoku, Kapolei Police Station.

Anacleto R. Alcantra Sr.
Pres., Group Builders Inc. #83
B. 1937; San Vicente, Ilocos Sur EDUC. BS, Civil Engineering; EXP. Exec. VP, Acoustic Insulation & Drywall Inc. BDS. Filipino Community Center CLUBS Hawaii Walls & Ceiling Industry Assn., Filipino Chamber of Commerce, Filipino-American League of Engineers & Architects HOBBIES Working FAM. Carmelita, Pres., Filipino Express Restaurant, 4 children NOTEWORTHY Focus on setting goals & remain positive especially during unexpected downturns. I believe in teamwork & sharing the rewards of team effort.

Edwin Barlongo
VP, Elite Pacific Construction, Inc. #208
B. 1969; Guam EDUC. Guam Community College/ Vocation High School; U of Hawaii; CERT. Licensed Civil Engineer EXP. I have worked in the construction business for 24 yrs.  First job was a field engineer intern with GW Murphy Construction, Co. Worked with EE Black (later became Morrison Knudsen Corp.), Fletcher Pacific (later became Dick Pacific Construction, Inc.) and then teamed up with growing Elite Pacific Construction, Inc. in 2007. CLUBS American Society of Civil Engineers HOBBIES hiking, trying new restaurants, fitness, training the two new family dogs FAM. Julie, Retired Navfac Civil Engineer, 1 child HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Brian Bowers
Pres., CEO, Bowers + Kubota Consulting, Inc. #145
B. 1959; Chicago EDUC. West Point; UH- MBA, Army War College-Strategic Studies CERT. Professional Engineer and Certified Construction Manager MIL. Retired Brigadier General EXP. Janitor, Draftsman, US Army Officer, Bowers + Kubota Consulting BDS. 2nd Congressional District Representative for USMA; Board of Governors National ESOP Assn; American Consulting Engineers Council of Hawaii Chair; Hawaii ESOP Assn; Aloha United Way Finance Committee HOBBIES Running, golf, tennis, beach, yoga FAM. Partner- Holly D’Agostino, 2 children NOTEWORTHY Honorary Chief on Ponape Micronesia

Charlie Buckingham
VP, Elite Pacific Construction, Inc. #208
B. 1976; Pensacola, Florida EDUC.  Iolani High School; Santa Clara U; CERT. Civil P.E. EXP. Vice President/Project Manager – Elite Pacific Construction, Inc. CLUBS General Contractors Association of Hawaii; Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. HOBBIES Paddling; Coaching Youth Basketball and Youth Paddling FAM. Nicole Buckingham, 3 children HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

George S. Ehara
VP, Division Mgr., Swinerton Builders #55
B. 1971; Manila, Philippines EDUC. Estancia HS; Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, BS, Construction Management, ‘94; CERT. LEED AP MIL. US Army Reserves BDS. Salvation Army Advisory Board, Swinerton Foundation Board of Directors; Child & Family Service Board of Directors; President of General Contractors Association of Hawaii – 2014 CLUBS Pacific Club HOBBIES Sailing, freediving, spearfishing FAM. Jeanette, 2 children, Ian & Collin

Lambert Kealiihoomalu Hoopii
COO, VP, Haleakala Solar, Inc. #152
B. 1975; Wailuku EDUC. Maui High; UH Maui Campus – 2 yrs. Trade Certified; CERT. Trade Certifications In Carpentry, Plumbing, Electrical, Roofing and Solar Hot Water. EXP. Started in the Shop, became an Installer. Did a few Trade School Certifications. Roofing, Carpentry, Electrical, Plumbing, Etc. That helped me to excel as a Technician. Did some Design Work, Sales and Management. 15 years later, C.O.O. of the Best Solar Contractor in the state. BDS. Jesus Is Alive Church Board Member HOBBIES Hiking, Camping, Backpacking, Reading and Spending Quality Time With Family and Friends. FAM. Summer L. F. Hoopii, Housewife, 2 daughters, 2 grand-daughters NOTEWORTHY I’m #10 of 11 children. Married for 21 yrs to my beautiful wife.

Norman G.Y. Hong AIA
Vice Chair, CEO, Group 70 International, Inc. dba G70 #167
B. 1947; Honolulu EDUC. University HS, ‘65; UH, BFA, Architecture, ‘69; BDS. Special Design Districts Advisory Board, C&C of Honolulu; Board of Elders, Kaimuki Christian Church CLUBS Plaza Club; Honolulu Country Club HOBBIES Gentleman farming, reading, classical guitar, golf FAM. Lorna, 1 child NOTEWORTHY Norman is Group 70’s specialist in resort time-share projects locally and abroad. He received the ARDA Circle of Excellence Project of Excellence Award, as Principal-in-Charge on The Grand Waikikian.

Lance M. Inouye
Pres., CEO, Ralph S. Inouye Co. Ltd. #105
B. 1944; Honolulu EDUC. Punahou School; UH & Stanford U; Stanford U & UH MIL. Lt., U.S. Navy, Division of Naval Reactors, Washington, D.C. EXP. Ralph S. Inouye Co Ltd, General Contractor; Tamotsu Tanaka, Attorney-at Law; Deputy Attorney General, State of Hawaii; Nuclear Engineer, Division of Naval Reactors, Washington, D.C. BDS. RSI; GCA; Multi-Employer Trust Funds HOBBIES Golf, tennis FAM. Jillian, Professor Emeritus, UH JABSOM, 2 children

Jay Iranon
Business Development Mgr., Swinerton Builders #55
B. 1958; Hawaii EDUC. Kamehameha; Pepperdine; Pepperdine EXP. 25 years in real estate development; 6 years stock and future trading BDS. Catholic Charities CLUBS Plaza Club HOBBIES Christian Ministries and activities, volleyball, canoeing, swimming, traveling, piano, spending time with family

Leslie K Isemoto
Pres., Isemoto Contracting Co. Ltd. #89
B. 1955; Hilo EDUC. Hilo High; UH, Business Management Program; EXP. Office Manager – 4 years; Project Engineer – 7 years; Project Manager – 3 years; President – 20 years
BDS. The Island of Hawaii YMCA, State Contractors License Board, Hawaii Island Contractors Association, General Contractors Association of Hawaii CLUBS Hawaii Island Contractors Assn. HOBBIES Deep sea fishing, skin diving FAM. Claire T. Isemoto, Account Clerk, UH Hilo

Justin Izumi
VP, RAM Corporation #81
B. 1975; Honolulu EDUC. Iolani School; Tufts U; BDS. RAM Corp, Building Industry Labor Assn., Pacific Resource Partnership, Hawaii Construction Industry Improvement Program CLUBS Waialae CC FAM. Lisa, 2 children


Glen A. Kaneshige
Pres., Nordic PCL Construction, Inc. #23
B. Honolulu EDUC. Iolani School; U of California, Berkeley, BS, Civil Engineering; U of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MS, Civil Engineering EXP. Pres., Exec. VP, VP/Operations, assistant VP, Project Engineer, Mgr., Nordic Construction Ltd. BDS. Hawaii Carpenters Health & Welfare Fund; Hawaii Masons & Plasterers Training Trust Fund; Hawaii Masons & Plasterers Vacation & Holiday Trust Fund; General Contractors Association of Hawaii; State of Hawaii Workforce Development Council; NAIOP Hawaii; American Heart Association; Teach For America; Child & Family Service CLUBS Oahu CC; World Presidents’ Organization; Lambda Alpha International HOBBIES Golf, fishing

Charles Y Kaneshiro
Pres., COO, Group 70 International, Inc. dba G70 #167
B. 1961; Honolulu EDUC. Iolani; UH Manoa, U of Michigan; CERT. AIA, LEED AP BDS. A4LE Hawaii CLUBS Oahu Country Club HOBBIES Travel FAM. Faye, 1 child NOTEWORTHY Former High School Math and Science Teacher

Nestor Lazo
Operations Mgr., Group Builders Inc. #83
EDUC. FAM. Regina, 3 children HB HONORS Top 250 Exec

Mathew Lee
Pres., Elite Pacific Construction, Inc. #208
B. 1960; Philadelphia, PA EDUC. Jamaica HS; Colorado State U, BS Civil Engineering; CERT. Professional Civil Engineer CLUBS Air Force Civilian Advisory Council; ABC; GCA; Pacific Club HOBBIES Wave sailing, swimming, skiing, hiking, travel FAM. Jacqueline, Artist HB HONORS  Top 250 Exec

Stephen T. Leis
Pres., Dorvin D. Leis Co., Inc.
B. 1954; Pasadena, CA EDUC. Pomona High School ‘72, ; Maui Community College; EXP. Dorvin D. Leis Co., Inc. Plumbing Apprentice through Company President. BDS. Maui Arts & Cultural Center Board of Directors HOBBIES Coaching Youth Baseball FAM. Sherry Leis, 3 children

Melanio Lorenzo
Director of Engineering, Group Builders Inc. #83
B. 1962; Philippines EDUC. FAM. Melinda, 3 children

Gerry Majkut
Pres., Hawaiian Dredging Construction Company, Inc. #14
B. 1959; Pittsburgh, PA EDUC. Steel Valley HS; BA, Economics / Clarion Univ. of Pennsylvania; MBA, Management and Marketing / Jacksonville Univ., Davis College of Business CERT. Executive Certificate, Strategy and Innovation / Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Business EXP. SVP Marketing & Engineering Hawaiian Dredging Construction Co.; EVP of Operations dck Worldwide; SVP Group Executive Dick Pacific; VP Dick Corporation BDS. Navy League, GCA of Hawaii CLUBS Society of American Military Engineers, General Contractors Association of Hawaii (past President), Plaza Club, AISE, AGC, Navy League HOBBIES Surfing, Swimming, Golf, Running, Cycling FAM. Cheryl, Teacher, 3 children NOTEWORTHY 2016 American Heart Association Heart Walk Chair, 2018 March for Babies Walk Chair

Bettina Mehnert FAIA, LEED AP O+M
Pres., CEO, AHL #194
B. 1964; Grevenbroich, Germany EDUC. U Trier, Germany, Graduate Degrees in Architecture and Computer Science; Kennedy Western U, Masters of Computer Science; Hawaii Pacific U, MBA CERT. FAIA, LEED AP O+M EXP. Previously VP, COO at Architects Hawaii Ltd.; Head of Marketing, IT and HR. BDS. YMCA, PBS Hawaii, St. Andrew’s Schools CLUBS Urban Land Institute, AIA HOBBIES Water sports, long distance running, snowboarding, photography FAM. Louis Johnson, 1 child NOTEWORTHY Bettina has a passion to give back to local communities and facilitated AHL’s inclusion in the national 1% Program, providing pro bono architectural services to local nonprofit organizations since 2006.

Gary Moura
Operations Mgr., Swinerton Builders #55
EDUC. Colorado State U; EXP. With over 30 years of experience, Gary has established himself as a leader in the construction industry.


Ryan K. Nobriga
VP Finance, Hawaiian Dredging Construction Company, Inc. #14
B. 1977; Wailuku EDUC. Kamehameha Schools; Boston College; EXP. VP, Finance, Hawaiian Dredging Construction Company, Inc.; VP, Seamount Insurance, Inc. (current) BDS. Board of Trustees, Treas., Marimed Foundation Director, Hawaii Captive Insurance Council

Francis S. Oda D. Arch., FAIA, AICP, LEED AP
Chair, Group 70 International, Inc. dba G70 #167
B. 1941; Honolulu EDUC. University Lab; Cornell U, B. of Architecture; UH, Doctor of Architecture CERT. LEED AP MIL. U.S. Army Reserve BDS. Apostle, New Life Church Honolulu, Chair Global Council Transform Our World; Dir., GreenPlace, Ltd.; Board Member, Hawaii Pastors’ Roundtable; Hawaii Public Radio; Feeding Hawaii Together, CLUBS Pacific Club FAM. Caroline Ward Oda, 2 children NOTEWORTHY Apostle of New Life Church Honolulu.

Nancy Leis Overton
Vice President, Dorvin D. Leis Co., Inc.
B. 1956; Pasadena EDUC. Henry Perrine Baldwin High School; BDS. Friends of the Children Justice Center Maui, Maui Contractors Women’s Auxiliary CLUBS Family Business Center of Hawaii HOBBIES Hiking, Travel FAM. Ralph W. Overton, President, Positive Solutions LLC, 4 children

Richard L Pennington, LEED AP
EVP, Dorvin D. Leis Co., Inc.
B. 1956; Rocky Ford, CO EDUC. Salida HS, ‘74; Western State College, ‘76 Colorado State College, ‘80; EXP. VP (‘98-05), Project Mgr. (‘89-98), Dorvin D. Leis Co. Inc.; Project Mgr. and Sr. Estimator, Craig Brothers Plumbing and Heating, (‘83-89); Apprentice, Journeyman, Master Plumber, Rodgers Millard Plumbing and Heating (‘80-83) HOBBIES Archery, family, traveling FAM. Kathy NOTEWORTHY Colorado Journeyman Plumber License, ‘81; Colorado Master Plumber License, ‘82

Lisa Rapp AIA, LEED AP
Sec., Principal, AHL #194
B. Honolulu, HI EDUC. Punahou School; MIT – B.S. in Art & Design; UCLA Grad School of Architecture & Urban Planning – Master of Architecture CERT. Registered Architect #AR-8389 EXP. Lisa Rapp joined AHL in 2004 as a Project Architect and was promoted to Principal in 2010. She has more than 25 years of experience in Architecture, Planning, and Design. She is experienced in all facets of the profession including Concept Design through Construction Documents and Construction Administration. BDS. AHL, Child & Family Service CLUBS American Institute of Architects, Hawaii Society of Business Professionals, Council of Educational Faculty Planners International HOBBIES Singing, dancing, watching movies NOTEWORTHY Noteworthy projects include: Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, Marriott’s Ko Olina Beach Club, Ritz Carlton Kapalua, Moana Surfrider, a Westin Resort, and Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa Renovations

Amado Sanchez
EVP, Group Builders Inc. #83
B. 1968; Bataan, Philippines EDUC. Mapua Institute of Technology; FAM. Donna, 3 children

Lane K. Uchimura
EVP, Nan, Inc. #30
B. 1953; Honolulu EDUC. Farrington HS; UH, BS, Civil Engineering, ‘76; Texas A & M, ‘93; Texas A & M, Const. Exec. Program EXP. Involved in construction work for over 43 years. BDS. President Na Pali Haweo Community Assn.; Vice President Hilton Grand Waikikian Owners Assn.; Director Mid Pacific Country Club CLUBS Mid Pacific Country Club; Honolulu Country Club HOBBIES Golf NOTEWORTHY Organized over 40 Charity Golf Tournaments for various organizations.

Lance K Wilhelm
Pres., The Wilhelm Group LLC
B. 1965; Honolulu EDUC. Kamehameha Schools; University of Hawaii; EXP. Kiewit Companies, Irongate, The Wilhelm Group BDS. Kamehameha Schools, Hawaii Pacific University, Island Pacific Academy, YMCA of Honolulu, Assn. of General Contractors of America; General Contractors Assn. of Hawaii, General Contractors Labor Assn. CLUBS Waialae Country Club HOBBIES Golf, guitar FAM. Marcy, 2 children NOTEWORTHY Past chair of YMCA of Honolulu

Russell Young
Pres., CEO, Albert C. Kobayashi Inc. #25
B. Honolulu EDUC. Iolani School, ‘68; UH, BS, Engineering; EXP. VP/Engineering, Albert C. Kobayashi Inc. (‘86-94); VP, Mgr./Construction, Kiahuna Golf Village (‘81-86); Estimator, Engineer, Hawaiian Dredging & Construction (‘74-‘81) BDS. New City Nissan; General Contractor’s Assn.; BILA; WI5 Community Assn.; Hawaii Carpenter’s Health & Welfare Trust Fund CLUBS Waialae CC HOBBIES Golf, tennis FAM. Amy, 2 children

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