GOVERNOR IGE APPOINTS FIVE TO THE BOARD OF EDUCATION
News Release from Office of the Governor, Mar 30, 2022
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HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige reappointed two members and appointed three new members to the State of Hawaiʻi Board of Education. The appointments are subject to approval by the Senate.
“The highly skilled people I’ve selected to be on the Board of Education bring a range of experiences that will contribute to a public education system that delivers results for the people of Hawaiʻi. They will continue to ensure that our public schools are places where students can unleash their curiosity and creativity and prepare to help us meet the state’s goals in renewable energy, locally grown food production, environmental stewardship and more,” said Gov. David Ige.
Damien “Kaimana” Barcarse is being reappointed to the Hawaiʻi County seat for a three-year term beginning July 1, 2022 and ending June 30, 2025.
Barcarse currently serves as catalytic initiatives for Kamehameha Schools and is also a DJ and program producer of Alana I Kai Hikina, a radio show which broadcasts entirely in ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi on KWXX-FM. He has over 18 years of experience in education, including formerly serving as West Hawaiʻi regional director for Kamehameha Schools, a Hawaiian cultural-based education department director for Kamehameha Schools, an ʻāina-based education department coordinator for Kamehameha Schools, and staff lecturer of ethno-zoology and voyaging and navigation for Ka Haka ʻUla o Keʻelikōlani, College of Hawaiian Language at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo. His experience also includes serving as the director of the exploration sciences and voyaging department at ʻAha Pūnana Leo, apprentice navigator on the Hōkūleʻa, captain on Hōkūalakaʻi, member of the Polynesian Voyaging Society. Board Member Barcarse has developed and instructed culture-based photography and video production classes, produced international and multi-lingual radio programming, and worked to develop the Indigenous Rights Radio program with the non-profit organization Cultural Survival. Board Member Barcarse received a B.A. in Hawaiian Studies and a M.A. in Hawaiian Language and Literature from the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo.
Bruce Voss is being reappointed to an at-large seat for a three-year term beginning July 1, 2022 and ending June 30, 2025.
Voss is a partner with the law firm of Bays Lung Rose & Holma, specializing in business, real estate, and employment law and litigation. He previously worked as a news reporter for Pacific Business News and KHON2 News. He is a graduate of Kalaheo High School and the Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaiʻi.
Makana McClellan is being appointed to the City and County of Honolulu seat for a three-year term beginning July 1, 2022 and ending June 30, 2025. She will fill the position currently held by Kenneth Uemura, who will complete his term on June 30, 2022.
McClellan is the director of business development and community relations at Shriners Children’s Hawaiʻi. Prior to this, she served as the public information officer at The Queen’s Health Systems and was a member of the community building team at Communications Pacific (now known as CommPac). She is a dedicated community volunteer, having served in leadership roles within various organizations like the Aloha Festivals and the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs, serves on the Board of Directors for MasterCare, and is a coveted communications and political strategist. A graduate of the Kamehameha Schools – Kapālama, McClellan earned a B.A. in journalism from Hawaiʻi Pacific University and is a mother to three young keiki, two of whom are enrolled in a DOE school.
Lauren Moriarty is being appointed to complete Lyla Berg’s three-year term in a City and County of Honolulu seat. The term began on July 1, 2021 and runs through June 30, 2024. Berg declined to continue in the position following the current Legislative Session. Berg will serve until sine die (May 5, 2022) and Moriarty will start May 6, 2022.
Moriarty is a former U.S. Ambassador, career diplomat, and Dean of Academics at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies. She lived and worked for twelve years in East and Southeast Asia, seven years in South Asia, and on multiple occasions in Washington, D.C. Moriarty served on the board of the International School of Beijing and has worked with non-profits, including schools and youth organizations in Taiwan, Bangladesh, and Hawaiʻi. Moriarty earned a B.A. in Economics from the University of Hawaiʻi, an M.A. in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, and an M.A. in Teaching from Chaminade University. She was the first U.S. Ambassador of Native Hawaiian ancestry.
“I am absolutely passionate about the importance of education and will be delighted and honored to serve on the Board of Education,” Moriarty said.
Ken Kuraya is being appointed to complete the three-year term of Catherine Payne’s at-large seat, which began on July 1, 2021 and ends on June 30, 2024. Payne declined to continue in the position following the current legislative session. Payne will serve until June 30, 2022 and Kuraya will start July 1, 2022.
Kuraya is an educator who served for 40 years in various roles within the Hawaiʻi State Department of Education (HIDOE) from the classroom to the administration. He has extensive experience in budgeting and expenditures, having planned and implemented processes and procedures to allocate and monitor over $1.8 billion to schools, complexes, districts and offices within the HIDOE. Kuraya earned a B.A. from Hawaiʻi Pacific University in Western History and Eastern Political Science and received a Secondary School Teacher Certificate and School Administrator Certification from the University of Hawaiʻi.
“’A ‘ohe hana nui ke alu ‘ia – “No task is too big when done together by all,” said Kuraya.
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GOVERNOR IGE APPOINTS TWO NEW MEMBERS TO UH BOARD OF REGENTS
News Release from Office of the Governor, Mar 30, 2022
HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige has appointed bank vice president Gabriel Lee and non-profit administrator Laurie Tochiki to the University of Hawaiʻi System’s Board of Regents.
Lee is currently the executive vice president of commercial markets at American Savings Bank. He was previously the vice president and commercial banking officer at First Hawaiian Bank, and vice president and pacific marketing director at Bank of Hawaiʻi. Lee attended graduate school at Dartmouth College, received a Bachelor of Arts in economics from the University of Hawaiʻi and is a graduate of St. Louis School.
If confirmed by the state Senate, Lee will fill the at-large seat currently held by Benjamin Kudo starting July 1. The five-year term expires on June 30, 2027.
Tochiki is the executive director of the non-profit EPIC ʻOhana – which aims to strengthen Hawaiʻi’s families and enhance the welfare of children and youth. She has also worked in various capacities at the William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaiʻi. Tochiki was lecturer from 2012-2014 and 2019, the director of child welfare projects from 2005-2012, associate dean for student services from 1999 to 2011, and adjunct and assistant professor. She has also served as a law clerk, and coordinator of Kids First with the Family Court of the First Circuit, a research analyst with the Hawaiʻi State Judiciary, and instructor at Kapiʻolani Community College.
Tochiki has a PH.D in education policy from the University of Hawaiʻi’s College of Education, a Master of Science in administration from Central Michigan University Hawaiʻi Campus, a Juris Doctor from the William S. Richardson School of Law, and a B. A. from Whitman College in Washington. She is a graduate of Waipahu High School.
If Tochiki is confirmed by the state Senate she takes the City & County of Honolulu seat now held by Simeon Acoba. Her five-year term starts on July 1 and ends on June 30, 2027.
The BOR is composed of 11 volunteer regents who formulate policy and have exclusive jurisdiction over the internal structure, management, and operation of the university. Board members are nominated by the Regents Candidate Advisory Council, appointed by the governor, and confirmed the state Senate.
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