University of Hawaiʻi Regent Carl Carlson was honored by the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce with the Pualu Award for Lifetime Service. Carlson was recognized for his longstanding dedication to serving the best interests of Hawaiʻi, both the state and the island. As founder of Huʻehuʻe Ventures, he provides real estate consulting and agricultural property management services.
Carlson was a trustee of the Parker Ranch Foundation Trust and served on the boards of Parker Ranch and Waimea Wastewater. In the ranching realm, he also served as a board member of Hawaiʻi Meat Company, Kahua Beef Sales and Island Commodities Corporation.
Carlson has also served a term as chair of the County of Hawaiʻi Board of Ethics, served two terms on the Hawaiʻi State Board of Agriculture, is a former member of the Historic Hawaiʻi Foundation and the Hawaiʻi Chapter of the Nature Conservancy. From its inception, he served as vice president of the Kohala Center and currently sits on the advisory committee of the Kukio Community Fund, a charitable fund administered under the umbrella of the Hawaiʻi Community Foundation.
He is one of the founders and serves as facilitator of the Kona Water Roundtable. Carlson has twice served as chairman of the Hawaiʻi Leeward Planning Conference, twice been a board member of the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce, is a full member of the Urban Land Institute and is a member of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.
The chamber also recognizes Carlson for his seat on the University of Hawaiʻi’s Board of Regents, and his perseverance, dedication and commitment to bringing a new campus and a new level of higher education to West Hawaiʻi.