The Board of Trustees invites current Historic Hawai‘i Foundation members to attend the 2016 Annual Meeting on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 5:30 p.m., at Aloha Tower Marketplace/Hawai‘i Pacific University in Honolulu.

The annual meeting is the time for members to gather to hear the report of activities and finances from the prior year, to elect members of the board of trustees and president, and to vote on an amendment to the Bylaws.

The annual meeting will include a reception and an overview of the historic Aloha Tower and the development of the waterfront along Honolulu Harbor.

For those who cannot attend in person, a proxy ballot may be submitted by May 9 to Historic Hawai‘i Foundation, 680 Iwilei Road, Ste. 690, Honolulu, HI 96817.

The meeting is free for members. RSVPs or questions about the meeting or slate of candidates may be directed to 808-523-2900 or

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 5:30 p.m.

Aloha Tower Marketplace/Hawai‘i Pacific University
HPU Multipurpose Room 2

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RSVP/Proxy Ballot



Kamehameha Schools

Kevin Cockett is Vice President of Communications and Chief Communications Officer for Kamehameha Schools. Before joining the KS executive team in June 2015, Mr. Cockett was president of Cockett Communications and prior to that a senior vice president with Communications Pacific. For over 20 years he has worked in the communications profession, including executive and management roles. He has an MBA in marketing and strategic management from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management and a BA in journalism from the University of Minnesota School of Journalism. He is a graduate of the Kamehameha Schools. Mr. Cockett is nominated to a second term on the board. He has served on the Executive, Membership, Kama‘āina of the Year and Policy committees.

Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel LLP

LindaLee (Cissy) Farm is a Partner in the law firm Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel. Ms. Farm concentrates her practice in the area of commercial litigation. She has handled commercial and business disputes, professional liability defense, personal injury and wrongful death claims, products liability, employment practices liability, Native Hawaiian Rights, land use, and appellate advocacy. Ms. Farm earned her JD from the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, where she was a member of the Law Review. She is nominated to a second term on the board. She has served on the Executive, Kama‘āina of the Year and Policy committees.

Goo Design

Wayne Goo, AIA, is principal of the architectural firm Goo Design. Previously with WCIT Architecture, Mr. Goo has been the project manager and project architect for several large-scale commercial and residential projects, including the rehabilitation of the historic Royal Hawaiian Hotel. Mr. Goo has served as a non-faculty Architect Practitioner at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. He graduated in 1990 with a Bachelor in Architecture degree from the University of Oregon and has served on the AIA Honolulu Board of Directors. He is nominated to a second term on the board. He has served on the Preservation Honor Awards committee.

Kyo-ya Management Company, Ltd.

Jason Ito is Director of Administration and Planning for Kyo-Ya Management Company. The company is the owner of several historic hotels, including the Royal Hawaiian and the Moana Surfrider in Waikīkī, the Sheraton Maui in Kā‘anapali , and the Palace in San Francisco. Mr. Ito has over 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry. Involved initially as a technology service provider to the Kyo-ya/Sheraton Hotels, Jason joined the Royal Hawaiian Hotel in 1987. He worked through various departments and was appointed as the General Manager, Support Services, Starwood Hotels and Resorts Waikīkī for six years until leaving to join Kyo-ya in 2009. Jason serves as Kyo-ya’s Director, Administration and Planning. His responsibilities include labor and community relations, which is aligned with and perpetuates Kyo-ya’s core values of taking care of its employees, supporting and doing what is right for the community, and maintaining the long term legacy and stewardship of its assets. Mr. Ito is nominated to a first term on the board.

Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows

Rodney Ito is the general manager of the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows on the Kohala Coast of Hawai‘i Island. A seasoned hotelier and veteran executive in the hospitality industry, Mr. Ito was recognized for his emphasis on preservation of Mauna Lani’s cultural and environmental traditions, including the historic Kalahuiupua‘a fishponds and petroglyphs, and the hotel’s renowned cultural and historic tours. He previously was general manager and director of operations for Marriott International’s Waikoloa Beach and Waikīkī Beach properties, as well as Area Director of Operations for North Asia, Hawai‘i and South Pacific. Mr. Ito is nominated to a first term on the board.

Maui Architectural Group

Jim Niess, AIA, is Principal and President of Maui Architectural Group. As the owner of Maui’s oldest architectural firm, Mr. Niess has been a practicing architect on Maui since 1973. The firm has been active in the restoration and adaptation of many of Maui’s landmark buildings, from Kealahou School to Old Hāna School to Ka‘ahumanu Church. Mr. Niess is twice past president of the Maui Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and recently retired member of the Maui County Cultural Resource Commission that oversees Maui’s Historical Districts. He is a former trustee of the Maui Historical Society. For the past ten years he has been an adviser to the Wailuku Main Street Task Force assigned to study revitalization of the town’s retail and business core. Mr. Niess worked with the County of Maui to draft a Small Town Zoning and Development Code for Wailuku. The main purpose is to provide code relief that encourages the continued use or reuse of the town’s existing structures. He is nominated to a first term on the board.

Straub Clinic and Hospital

After attending Punahou School. Mr. Piper earned his BA in Anthropology (Historical Archaeology) from Arizona State University. Upon moving back to Honolulu, he worked for 12 years in both commercial and residential real estate. He currently serves as a major gifts officer at Straub, focusing on fundraising, development and individual giving. Prior to joining Straub as a Senior Development Officer, Mr. Piper worked at ProService Hawai‘i as the Senior Business Development Manager. He has served on a number of boards and was a co-founder of ART after DARK at the Honolulu Museum of Art. His interests include outdoor sports, art, cooking and enjoying what Hawai‘i has to offer. He is nominated to a second term on the board. He has served on the Activities and the Fundraising & Development Committee.

Group 70 International

Christine Mendes Ruotola, AICP, is a principal at Group 70, where she specializes in land use permitting for urban redevelopment projects. Her practice has primarily been focused on land use permitting for educational facilities and projects in Kaka‘ako and Waikīkī. She leads Group 70’s master planning services for the US Navy in Hawai‘i and throughout the Pacific Region, including Japan and Guam. Ms. Ruotola earned a Bachelor of Arts in economics and sociology from Duke University in North Carolina and a Master’s Degree in community planning from the University of Cincinnati in Ohio. She is a certified planner with the American Institute of Certified Planners, a member of the American Planning Association, and is a LEED Accredited Professional and member of the U.S. Green Building Council, Hawai‘i Chapter. She is a graduate of Punahou School. She is nominated to a first term on the board. She serves on the Preservation Honor Awards event planning committee.

Managing Director – Finance, Kamehameha Schools

Ben Salazar serves as Managing Director of Finance for Kamehameha Schools, overseeing the accounting, treasury & financial planning & analysis functions.  His other functions include, cash & debt management, real estate valuations & long-term financial modeling.  As a certified public accountant, Ben started his career as an assurance manager at KPMG LLP, specializing in and leading its insurance practice.  He has earned both his graduate & undergraduate degree from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.  Mr. Salazar has been a member of Historic Hawaii Foundation’s Finance Committee since 2012 and has been a member of the board since 2013.

PBR Hawai‘i

Tom Witten, FASLA, is chairman and principal at PBR HAWAII. A life-long resident of Hawai‘i with 39 years of experience in land planning and landscape architecture, Mr. Witten is intimately familiar with the planning and design issues affecting the future of the islands social, physical and environmental structure. Mr. Witten has been involved with the preparation of regional community plans, land management programs and site specific development plans with the related land use and permitting for various properties on O‘ahu, Maui, Moloka‘i, Hawai‘i and Kaua‘i. Mr. Witten is currently involved with several major land owners in the planning of their lands, including Grove Farm, Haleakalā Ranch, Knudsen Trust, and A&B Properties, Inc. He is nominated to a first term.


May 2016 – May 2017


Ms. Kawamoto serves as the audit director in audit enterprise and risk service for the accounting firm Deloitte & Touche. She also is the talent recruiting leader in the firm’s Honolulu practice. Ms. Kawamoto is a graduate of Punahou School and the University of Washington. She spent a few years in the Deloitte Seattle practice and then made her way home to the Hawai‘i practice. She has served on the Board of Trustees since 2012 and has been Treasurer for two years. She serves on the Executive, Finance, Kama‘āina of the Year, and Preservation Honor Awards Event Planning committees.


Article VI – Executive Committee

Section 1. Composition.

The Executive Committee of the Corporation shall consist of the Officers of the Corporation as designated in Article V, Section 1 and at least two (2) At Large Trustees elected by the Board, in a number to be determined by the Nominating Committee to be chosen at the first Board Meeting following the Annual Meeting in accordance with Article V. Section 2.

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