Hawaii P-20 Initiative announces external affairs senior associate and fiscal officer appointments

University of Hawaiʻi
Posted: Nov 8, 2007

HONOLULU — The Hawaiʻi P-20 Initiative, a collaboration of the Good Beginnings Alliance, Department of Education, and the University of Hawaiʻi, has named Carl Takamura as senior associate for external affairs and Michelle Kau as fiscal officer.

As senior associate, Takamura will work to advance the P-20 agenda and advise the P-20 leadership in the areas of government relations, resource development, and communications.

Takamura most recently served as chief of staff to Congresswoman Mazie K. Hirono (2nd Congressional District). Prior to that, he was the Executive Director of the Hawaiʻi Business Roundtable for over 15 years, where he was primarily responsible for promoting the Roundtable‘s comprehensive program to strengthen and improve Hawaiʻi‘s public schools. He has also served as government affairs administrator for GTE Hawaiian Tel, special assistant to former Governor George Ariyoshi, and as an instructor at Windward Community College. Takamura was elected to the State House of Representatives in 1974 where he served for two terms.

Takamura received a master‘s degree in student personnel administration — higher education from Cornell University and a bachelor‘s degree in political science from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. He currently serves as a member of the UH Alumni Association Board of Directors and as chair of the College of Education‘s Advisory Board. He is a graduate of McKinley High School, and serves as president of the McKinley High School Foundation and chairman of the McKinley Academy of Finance Advisory Board.

As fiscal officer, Kau will be responsible for overseeing the contract development, fiscal administration, and budget management of various grants from state agencies, foundations, and federal funding agencies such as the U.S. Department of Education and the W. K. Kellogg Foundation. Kau comes to her position with over 15 years of administrative and fiscal experience in the public sector, including serving as the administrative assistant for the state Public Utilities Commission.

Kau has a bachelor‘s degree from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and is a graduate of Aiea High School.

The purpose of the Hawaiʻi P-20 Initiative is to address the challenges of the "educational pipeline" in Hawaiʻi, beginning with early learning, continuing with formal schooling from pre-K to postsecondary, and lasting throughout one‘s life. The Initiative‘s mission is to increase educational outcomes for Hawaiʻi‘s people by increasing the output of the educational pipeline and closing the "achievement gap" between groups that have been successful in the pipeline and those that have not. The Initiative is led by University of Hawaiʻi System President David McClain, Department of Education Superintendent Patricia Hamamoto, and Good Beginnings Alliance Executive Director Elisabeth Chun. For more information on the Hawaiʻi P-20 Initiative, visit www.p20hawaii.org.

For more information, visit: http://www.p20hawaii.org