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HART  Board of Directors

Damien Kim, Chair


Damien Kim is business manager and financial secretary of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1186, where he manages more than $500 million in trust fund money for the IBEW. He has an associate's degree from Honolulu Community College and has been a licensed journeyman electrician for more than 20 years.His second term on the Board of Directors will run for five years beginning July 1, 2014.

Terrence Lee, Vice-Chair


Terrence Lee is a partner in the law firm Sullivan Meheula Lee with substantial experience in all aspects of investment and development projects. Terrence has also co-founded several successful businesses in Hawaii. He currently serves as a director of several large Hawaii companies, including Gentry Pacific, Inc. (land ownership and investments) and Roy's Holdings, Inc. His term on the Board of Directors will run for five years beginning July 1, 2015.


20160906 john henry felix

John Henry Felix has had a five-decade career in business, government, labor-management relations, community service, diplomacy and education.  He has led a number of organizations as a volunteer such as the Red Cross, March of Dimes, and the Salk Institute.  His broad government experience includes 16 years on the Honolulu City Council, chairmanship of various City commissions, as well as service in the U.S. Army.  He currently serves as the Executive Chairman, COO and CFO of Hawaii Medical Assurance Association. Mr. Felix holds a bachelors degree from Cal Western University, two M.A. degrees from Oxford University (Harris Manchester College), where he was also appointed to the university’s business faculty, as well as a PhD from Walden University in Public Policy and Administration.  He has a five-year term on the Board of Directors beginning July 1, 2016.

20170410 wes frystacki

Wes Frysztacki, Director-designate of Transportation Services, is a certified civil and traffic engineer with a wide range of experience working on Honolulu’s bus system, rail project, TOD plans and the recent Complete Streets Manual. He is a strong advocate for pedestrian safety and bicycle safety, traffic engineering innovations, and public transportation improvements.

Frysztacki served as president and CEO of Weslin Consulting Services, a transportation planning consulting firm, from 1987-2016. Prior, he served the Puget Sound Council of Governments as Director of Transportation and Regional Planning. He holds a Master of Civil Engineering with honors from Villanova University. 

Ford Fuchigami is the director of the State Department of Transportation and serves as an ex-officio, voting member of the board of directors.   

Terri Fujii, Audit Partner at CW Associates, CPAs, has over 27 years of public accounting experience, including ten years in the healthcare consulting practice of Ernst & Young during which she led audit engagements in the healthcare, nonprofit, education, retail, airlines, hospitality, and government industries, including their employee benefit plans. She also led internal audit engagements assisting clients with regulatory and compliance matters. She has a Master's of Accounting and a Bachelor's degree in Accounting from the University of Hawaii. Terri is a past President of the Healthcare Financial Management Association - Hawaii Chapter, HSCPA, Accounting & Finance Women's Alliance - Hawaii Chapter, and Easter Seals Hawaii. She continues to serve Hawaii's finest nonprofit organizations.  Her term expires June 30, 2018.

20161105 glenn nohara

Glenn M. Nohara, holds a bachelor of science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Hawaii Manoa.  During his 40-plus year career, most of which was spent at Hawaiian Dredging & Construction Co. and Koga Engineering & Construction, Inc., Mr. Nohara has earned a broad base of construction experience.  After retiring as President & COO of Koga Engineering in 2010, he remained with the organization as its Chairman of the Board of Directors.

20170518 ember shinn

Ember Shinn served as Honolulu’s managing director from January 2013 to December 2014 and retired in 2015.  She practiced law in California for nearly 20 years, as partner for a large law firm representing public and private entities and as general counsel for a major urban school district. Upon returning home to Hawaii, Shinn retired from practicing law and held various positions with the Hawaii House of Representatives, including Chief of Staff to the Speaker of the House.  Shinn graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific.  She will complete the last two years of a five year term, ending on June 30, 2019.

20170410 kathy sokugawa

Kathy Sokugawa is serving as Acting Director of the Department of Planning and Permitting (DPP) for the City and County of Honolulu, since January 2017. Her permanent role is Planning Division Chief for DPP, and will return to this position upon the appointment of a permanent director.  Mrs. Sokugawa has over thirty years of experience in city planning, with emphasis on zoning, community planning, affordable housing, and transit-oriented development (TOD).  She has been a Chief Planner (of various divisions with the former Department of Land Utilization and DPP) for 20 years, overseeing zoning regulations and permitting, long-range planning, and projecting long-range growth patterns for the City and County of Honolulu.  Current major projects of the division include the General Plan Update, the update of the remaining two of eight regional development plans, completion of the last three of eight TOD plans, and finalizing Important Agriculture Land maps.


20170623 hoyt zia 

Hoyt H. Zia is a seasoned public company executive with core experience in corporate and board governance, strategic planning, board audit and executive compensation, regulatory compliance, risk management and executive leadership. From 2007 to 2016 he was Senior Vice President and General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Hawaiian Airlines where he was responsible for legal, regulatory, corporate governance and real estate matters. Previously from 2004 to 2007, Zia worked for PacificBasin Communications, LLC, which publishes Hawai‘i Business Magazine, the nation’s oldest regional business publication. From 1995 to 1999 he was chief counsel for the Export Administration under the U.S. Department of Commerce where he provided legal counsel to senior department officials. Zia earned his law degree from the UCLA School of Law in 1981, and a B.A. degree (Cum Laude) from Dartmouth College in 1975 with a special major in East Asian Studies. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1975 to 1978 where he received an honorable discharge with the rank of captain. He is a member of several charitable and professional organizations, including the Hawai‘i State Bar Association, Association of Corporate Counsel and the Consuelo Foundation. 

HART Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation