CEO of the Year 2021

December 9, 2021
The 2021 CEO of the Year is Ray Vara, Hawaii Pacific Health

Ray Vara is a leader who has navigated the challenge of a once in century crisis. His hard work and leadership are essential to Hawai‘i Pacific Health’s efforts to build a healthier Hawai‘i, both before and during the Covid-19 pandemic. He is an advocate and leader in helping the working poor throughout Hawai‘i achieve a better quality of life. He is the National Chairman of the American Heart Association and serves on several local and national boards.

During this event, we honored Hawaiʻi’s 2021 CEO of the Year Ray Vara, President & CEO of Hawai‘i Pacific Health.



Duane Kurisu
Chairman & CEO,


Ceo Of The Year Tan Karen HeadshotKaren Tan
President & CEO,
Child & Family Service


Ceo Of The Year MicahkaneMicah Kāne
President & CEO,
Hawaiʻi Community Foundation


Ceo Of The Year Peter Ho 2Peter Ho,
Chairman, President & CEO,
Bank of Hawaii


Steve Petranik, Editor of Hawaii Business MagazineModerator: Steve Petranik,
Editor, Hawaii Business Magazine



CEO of the Year
Thursday, December 9, 2021
3:00 – 4:15 PM

*Proceeds from the ticket sales were donated to the Hawai‘i Community Foundation Resilience Fund & American Heart Association Hawai‘i

This event was made possible by the generous support of our sponsors:


The 2021 CEO of the Year event is sponsored by CW Associates, UHA Health Insurance and Island Pacific Academy

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