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Mayor and City Council Announce HART Members

Mayor and City Council Announce HART Members

(Mon., April 18, 2011)–Mayor Peter Carlisle and the Honolulu
City Council today introduced the mayor’s appointees and the
Council’s nominees to the Honolulu Authority for Rapid
Transportation (HART), which will oversee the rail transit project
connecting East Kapolei with Ala Moana Center.

Oahu voters decided via a charter amendment to create HART,
which will take effect on July 1, 2011. HART will be comprised of
three members appointed by the council and three others by the
mayor. The city and state transportation directors will also serve
on the authority, which will then choose its ninth member. The
director of the Department of Planning and Permitting is an
ex-officio non-voting tenth member of HART.

Mayor Carlisle appointed retired union representative William
Hong, current Corporation Counsel Carrie Okinaga, and First
Hawaiian Bank Chairman Don Horner.

“These three highly-qualified individuals, with years of
valuable experience in their respective fields, will keep politics
out of the rail project,” said Carlisle. “I am grateful they agreed
to serve the public by being part of HART, to ensure the project
stays on course to be completed on time and on budget.”

  • William “Buzz” Hong retired last year after serving the Hawaii
    Building and Construction Trades Council as its executive director
    since 1990. The Hawaii Building and Construction Trades Council is
    a chapter of the National Building Trades Council headquartered in
    Washington, D.C. His education includes an undergraduate degree in
    psychology from the University of Hawaii and an associate’s degree
    in police science from Chaminade University.
  • Carrie Okinaga was appointed Corporation Counsel in 2005 and is
    the chief in-house legal counsel for the City and its approximately
    10,000 employees. Her education includes an undergraduate degree in
    government/public policy from Pomona College and a juris doctorate
    from Stanford Law School. She took a primary role in the
    negotiation of the global consent decree with the Environmental
    Protection Agency, the Department of Justice, the State Department
    of Health, the State Attorney General’s office, Sierra Club,
    Hawaii’s Thousand Friends, and Our Children’s Earth Foundation
    regarding the City’s wastewater system. She will resign as
    Corporation Counsel on June 30, 2011.
  • Don Horner is chairman and chief executive officer of First
    Hawaiian Bank, the 60th largest U.S. deposit bank with over $15.0
    billion in assets. His education includes an undergraduate degree
    in business from the University of North Carolina, an MBA from the
    University of Southern California, and he is also an honors
    graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of
    Washington.  He served in the United States Navy from 1972 to
    1976. His current activities include board chair of the First
    Hawaiian Bank Foundation, Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau,
    and Hawaii’s Board of Education; board member and treasurer of
    Iolani School and board member emeritus of Mid-Pacific Institute,
    as well as board member of The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii, Crown
    Prince Akihito Scholarship Foundation, Hawaii Asia Pacific
    Association, Foundation for the Asia Pacific Center for Security
    Studies, Filipino Community Center, and Honolulu Festival
    Foundation. He also serves on the advisory committees for the
    National Financial Services Roundtable and the National Pearl
    Harbor Memorial Fund. 

Council Vice-Chair and Transportation Committee Chair Breene
Harimoto introduced the following nominees, subject to a Council
vote: attorney Ivan Lui-Kwan, strategic planner Keslie Hui, and
Damien Kim of the International Brotherhood of Electrical
Workers.

  • Ivan Lui-Kwan is an attorney and director with Starn O’Toole
    Marcus & Fisher. He is thoroughly familiar with City operations
    and finances, as he served as the director of the Department of
    Budget and Fiscal Services from 2003 to 2005. His wealth of
    business management and finance experience includes: executive vice
    president and COO of The Queen’s Health Systems; chairman and CEO
    of the Queen’s Development Corporation; and director of St. Francis
    Residential Care Community and St. Francis Development Corporation.
    Lui-Kwan serves the Hawaiian community as director and principal of
    Palau Grouper Farms, Inc., chairman of the Commission on Energy and
    Self-Sustainability for Sovereign Councils of Hawaiian Homelands
    Assembly, and managing member, Hokukahu, LLC, for-profit subsidiary
    of Hokupili Foundation, a Native Hawaiian not-for-profit, which
    serves the residents of the Hawaiian Home Lands Communities in
    Hawaii. Lui-Kwan served as a volunteer on the boards of numerous
    organizations.
  • Keslie Hui is experienced in strategic planning and
    construction. He is currently the development manager of Forest
    City Enterprises, where he is responsible for planning and
    development of a large master-planned community.
  • Damien Kim has 30 years of experience in electrical design and
    operation. He is the business manager and financial secretary of
    the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1186,
    where he manages over a half-billion dollars in trust fund moneys
    for the IBEW. Kim serves on the boards of several organizations,
    including Aloha United Way and Hawaii Dental Association.
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