Read About Past CEOs of the Year

Recent honorees include Micah Kāne, Bettina Mehnert, Mark Fukunaga, and Bob Harrison. Earlier CEOs successfully led Hawaiian Airlines, Hawaiian Telcom and Central Pacific Bank out of bankruptcies.
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Ray Vara of Hawai‘i Pacific Health is Hawaii Business Magazine’s 2021 CEO of the Year. You can read his profile here.



Now catch up on past CEOs of the Year.


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Micah Kāne, Hawai‘i Community Foundation

Kāne ensures the foundation focuses on both the long-term quality of life statewide and the immediate needs of people who might otherwise be forgotten …Read more



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Bettina Mehnert, AHL (Architects Hawaii)

Mehnert is as a nationally recognized architect and architectural leader, especially in sustainable design, and is a leader in helping Hawai‘i face the challenges of climate change …Read more



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Mark Fukunaga, Servco Pacific

He grew the family business by selling off sideline companies, focusing on core competencies and excelling on both customer service and employee satisfaction, all while constantly reinventing the company …Read more



Bob Harrison, First Hawaiian Bank

He transformed FHB into a publicly traded company after 15 years as a subsidiary of the Paris-based multinational banking group, BNP Paribas …Read more



Patrick Sullivan, Oceanit

Sullivan leads the pioneering Hawai‘i high-tech company that, in three decades, has created more than 300 products that are helping shape the future …Read more



Henk Rogers, Blue Planet Foundation

The foundation was a catalyst in Hawai‘i’s leading-edge climate change policies and his  business accelerator, Blue Startups, has invested in and nurtured young companies and entrepreneurs from the Islands and around the world …Read more



Art Ushijima, Queen’s Health Systems

Ushijima’s resolute leadership made the difference as Queen’s renovated and reopened the only hospital serving the growing population of Leeward O‘ahu and expanded operations on the Neighbor islands …Read more



Stanley Kuriyama, Alexander & Baldwin

Stanley Kuriyama did something all too rare for a CEO: He put his company’s success ahead of his personal interests ...Read more



John Dean, Central Pacific Bank

He came out of retirement in 2010 to help save the struggling community bank …Read more



Eric Yeaman, Hawaiian Telcom

Yeaman’s stamina and discipline help carry Hawaiian Telcom from bankruptcy and back to profitability, reliability and employee engagement …Read more



Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian Airlines

He has guided Hawaiian to become one of the world’s most profitable airlines, even while the rest of the industry struggled …Read more



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