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For Immediate Release:
September 22, 2000
Contact: Harold Masumoto, 808-956-9905
|Seven named to Mauna Kea advisory board|
The University of Hawai'i Board of Regents today approved seven nominees to serve on the Mauna Kea Management Board, which will serve as an advisory group to UH Hilo Chancellor Rose Tseng in the management of UH-controlled land on the Big Island volcano. The members represent different facets of the Island of Hawai'i community, including environmental groups, scientists, native Hawaiians, recreational organizations, business people and the "landlord" (the state Department of Land and Natural Resources).
Appointments are effective Oct. 1. Terms on the board are four years, with the initial terms staggered as determined by drawing of lots. Members and their terms are listed below:
Barbara Robertson (through June 30, 2001) is principal of the Kamehameha Schools Hawai'i Campus in Hilo. She previously served as head of the Lower School at Hawai'i Preparatory Academy and established the school's Kona campus. Robertson grew up in Waiki'i on the slopes of Mauna Kea.
Arthur Hoke (through June 30, 2002) is president of Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs. A retired commander with the Hawai'i County Police Department, he served as a member of the Ahahui Ku Mauna, helping develop the Mauna Kea Science Reserve Master Plan, and is active in cultural activities and organizations.
James Kennedy (through June 30, 2002) is associate director for the Gemini North telescope on Mauna Kea and its twin, Gemini South telescope in Chile. He previously managed six automated solar observing stations in Arizona. A Big Island resident, he is active in community and civic organizations.
Robert Paceco (through June 30, 2003) founded Hawai'i Forest and Trail with his wife to conduct educational nature adventures and community service activities. A resident of Holualoa, he is president of Mauna Kea Activities Association, a group of commercial tour operators working to foster proper stewardship of the mountain.
Harry Yada (through June 30, 2003) is the Department of Land and Natural Resources district land agent for the Island of Hawai'i. Born at Laupahoehoe and a graduate of UH Hilo, he is responsible for management of public lands and resources on the Big Island.
Heather Cole (through June 30, 2004) is an environmental and cultural consultant commissioned by The Nature Conservancy to manage Hanamolio Preserve and other Big Island conservation and preservation projects. She previously worked with Hualalai Resort's cultural center and served on the Hawai'i Island Burial Council.
Barry Taniguchi (through June 30, 2004) is president and chief executive officer of KTA Super Stores. A UH Hilo alumnus and supporter, Taniguchi is active in business and community organizations. He previously worked as an accountant, comptroller and chief financial officer for Big Island businesses.