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Regent

Saedene Ota

Saedene Ota

Sae Design is a six-person graphics firm that focuses on strategic marketing and communication graphics. Ota is also the owner of Maui Thing, a lifestyle apparel retail company located in Wailuku, Maui. Besides supervising overall operations of the company, Ota oversees brand messaging and creative, social marketing and community events.

Ota’s community activities include board involvement with the Maui Board of Economic Development, Hawai‘i State Art Museum, Maui Young Business Round Table, Maui Memorial Medical Center Foundation and A Keiki’s Dream. She performs pro bono design services for organizations such as the Hawai‘i Department of Education, Hale Makua Health Services, Kidney Foundation Hawai‘i Chapter, Lanakila—Meals on Wheels, Maui Youth and Family Services, Maui Chamber of Commerce, Maui Coastal Land Trust, Maui Community College, Maui County Farm Bureau, Maui Equal Opportunity, Maui Farm, Women Helping Women and the Wailuku Community Association.

Ota studied at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, University of Washington and California State–Northridge while a UH Manoa exchange student. She received her bachelor of fine arts with honors at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif.

Select a regent to learn more about that individual. Regents serve through June 30 of the indicated year.

John Holzman, headshot
John C. Holzman
Chair
Honolulu County
Term ends 2014
Saedene Ota, headshot
Saedene Ota
Vice Chair
Maui County
Term ends 2015
James Lee, headshot
James H. Q. Lee
Vice Chair
Honolulu County
Term ends 2014
Jeffrey Acido
Jeffrey Tangonan Acido
Student Seat
Term ends 2014
Eugene Bal III
Eugene Bal III
Maui County
Term ends 2018
Carl A. Carlson Jr., headshot
Carl A. Carlson Jr.
Hawai‘i County
Term ends 2016
John Dean
John C. Dean
Honolulu County
Term ends 2017
Chuck Gee, headshot
Chuck Y. Gee
Honolulu County
Term ends 2015
Benjamin Kudo
Benjamin Asa Kudo
At-Large Seat
Term ends 2017
Coralie Chun Matayoshi, headshot
Coralie Chun Matayoshi
Honolulu County
Term ends 2016
Barry Mizuno, headshot
Barry T. Mizuno
Hawai‘i County
Term ends 2018
Randolph Moore, headshot
Randolph G. Moore
At-Large Seat
Term ends 2018
Jeffrey Portnoy, headshot
Jeffrey Portnoy
Honolulu County
Interim Appointment Term ends 2014
Tom Shigemoto, headshot
Tom H. Shigemoto
Kaua‘i County
Term ends 2017
Jan Sullivan, headshot
Jan Naoe Sullivan
Honolulu County
Term ends 2016