Frequently Asked Questions

Who is organizing the 2019 Hawaiʻi Executive Conference?

The Hawaiʻi Executive Conference is now in it’s second year under the leadership of the aio Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit entity that supports programs that empower the people of Hawaiʻi.

Why did the aio Foundation take over the Conference from the Hawaiian Educational Council?

The aio Foundation, whose mission is directed at improving the welfare of Hawaiʻi’s children, saw purpose in continuing the Hawaiʻi Executive Conference’s 50-year old tradition of bringing together Hawaii’s leaders and decision makers with a renewed vision to raise awareness, inspire partnerships, collaboration and action to address our island community’s most pressing issues. This vision is rooted in the belief that Hawaii’s unique culture and values, built upon the foundation of aloha, is essential in cultivating leadership that dedicates itself to the care and nurturing of Hawaiʻi’s land and people.

Who is on the 2019 HEC Advisory Board and what is its purpose?
The Advisory Board is helping establish the overall vision for the conference. As leaders in our community, they bring together a diverse spectrum of business, government and nonprofit leaders. The 2019 Advisory Board includes:

Kamanaʻopono Crabbe, CEO, Office of Hawaiian Affairs
Bob Harrison, President and CEO, First Hawaiian Bank
Peter Ho, Chaiman, President and CEO, Bank of Hawaii
Corbett Kalama, Vice President-RE Investments & Community Affairs, The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation
Duane Kurisu, Chairman and CEO, aio Group
Yasunobu Kyogoku, Founding Partner of Innovation Global Capital
Colbert Matsumoto, Chairman and CEO, Island Insurance Co.
Ray Vara, President and CEO, Hawaii Pacific Health
Paul Yonamine, Chairman and CEO, Central Pacific Financial Corp.

Who will attend the 2019 Hawaiʻi Executive Conference?

The 2019 Conference is an invitation-only event for CEOs, decision makers and thought leaders from Hawaiʻi, U.S. mainland and Asia, with the purpose of addressing issues that affect Hawaiʻi and collaborating on solutions to move the islands forward.

What is the history of the Hawaiʻi Executive Conference?

The Hawaiʻi Executive Conference was originally established in 1963 to provide executives from Hawaiʻi and the Pacific with a forum for the exchange of knowledge and ideas. It evolved over the years into an interactive venue for discussion and learning among senior executives whose leadership was recognizable either by the position they held at the policy and strategy level of their organization or the influence they exerted in the community and on the opinion of others.

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A 501(c)3 nonprofit that supports programs that empower the people of Hawaiʻi.

1000 Bishop St., Suite 202
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
info@hec.org