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From left, Sherry Menor-McNamara, Elliot Mills, Shannon Okinaka, Anthony Wong

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Shidler College of Business celebrated four distinguished business leaders and alumni at its 2021 Hall of Honor Awards held virtually on Thursday, October 7. The new inductees join Jay H. Shidler, founder and managing partner of The Shidler Group (2006 and 2015 Visionary Award Recipient); Eddie Flores, Jr., founder of L&L Drive-Inn (2005); and more than 100 others in the Hall of Honor. The honorees were selected based on their demonstration of business excellence in their professions, contributions to their community and dedication to the Shidler college.

The 2021 inductees are:

  • Sherry Menor-McNamara, JD/MBA ’05, president and CEO of Chamber of Commerce Hawaii
  • Elliot Mills, BBA ’93, vice president, Hotel Operations of Disneyland Resort and Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa
  • Shannon Okinaka, BBA ’96, executive vice president and CFO of Hawaiian Airlines
  • Anthony Wong, BBA ’83, CEO and founder of Creative Eateries Pte Ltd.

“During this difficult time when we can’t gather physically, it is uplifting to see so many business leaders, alumni, family and friends come together virtually to celebrate these four exceptional alumni,” said Shidler college Dean Vance Roley. “The honorees not only serve as stellar role models for our students, but they are also a testament to the world-class education we pride ourselves in.”

The 2021 Hall of Honor Awards raised approximately $294,500 and is the largest fundraiser held in partnership with the Shidler College of Business Alumni Association. The funds raised support student programs and scholarships, faculty research, alumni outreach and special programs. Shidler alumna and 2014 Hall of Honor recipient, Gina Mangieri, emceed the event. Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa and Bank of Hawaii served as contributing sponsors, and Pacific Business News was the event media sponsor.

If you would like to support the Shidler college, contact Kristi Bates, executive director of development, at or (808) 445-3164. Visit Shidler college’s website for more information and bios on this year’s honorees, and for a list of past honorees.

This event supports UH Mānoa’s goal of Enhancing Student Success (PDF), one of four goals identified in the 2015–25 Strategic Plan (PDF), updated in December 2020.