Speaker Date Topic
Trini Kaopuiki Clark Dec 01, 2022 11:50 AM
Make a Wish
Make a Wish

After 19 years on local television news as a reporter, weather anchor and host, Trini Kaopuiki Clark made the leap to nonprofit work to become the President and CEO of the Make A Wish Foundation in Hawaii. 

Kaopuiki Clark previously sat on the boards of the Laulima Giving Program and Honolulu Theater for Youth

Kaopuiki Clark leads a staff of 24, all of whom make wishes for children with serious illness come true. 

 

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Catherine Orlans, OVB Destination Mgr. Jan 05, 2023 11:50 AM
Shifting Tourism to Destination Management
Shifting Tourism to Destination Management

The O‘ahu Visitors Bureau (OVB) appointed Catherine Orlans as destination manager in September 2021 where she is responsible for implementation and oversight of the O‘ahu Destination Management Action Plan (DMAP), as well as O‘ahu’s Community Enrichment Program (CEP). She lends experience in the hospitality industry, sales and marketing, as well as sustainability to the position.

The Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, in partnership with the City and County of Honolulu and OVB, developed the O‘ahu DMAP with a 23-member steering committee and input from O‘ahu residents through community presentations and an online feedback form. With the goal of rebuilding, redefining and resetting the direction of tourism over a three-year period, the DMAP identifies areas of need and actionable solutions for enhancing the residents’ quality of life as well as improving the visitor experience.

Catherine is in charge of facilitating, implementing and managing the O‘ahu DMAP actions. Her role includes leading meetings and discussions with organizations and agencies involved in the DMAP, as well as engaging with the wider community on DMAP activities and updates.

Orlans holds a B.S. in travel industry management from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa with an emphasis in sustainable tourism and transportation management focusing on impacts to indigenous host cultures of destinations. Orlans, an O‘ahu native, is also an advocate for diversity and inclusion as a mother of a son with autism.

 

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Bob Huey Jan 12, 2023 11:50 AM
A Walk Through Time With the Lane Collection
A Walk Through Time With the Lane Collection

What started out as curiosity when shown pictures of Kobe, Japan, as a first grader in Seattle, Washington, morphed into a 35-year accomplished career in Japanese literature studies for Bob Huey.

 

After receiving his BA from Puget Sound University, Bob found himself teaching English in Japan. Shortly thereafter he achieved an MA and PhD at Stanford in Japanese Literature. He was hired at the University of Hawaii as  Professor of Japanese Literature in 1985 where he taught until his retirement in 2021. 

 

He is widely recognized for his expertise in classical and medieval Japanese poetry, Japanese culture in the Ryukyu Kingdom, and Okinawan studies. He has served as a member of the University of the Ryukyu Management Council since 2009 and is currently a Board member for the Urasenke Hawaii Foundation and Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship Foundation. 

 

Huey has authored many works including monographs, articles, and book chapters, among others. In 2014, he edited English translations of all entries in the Sakamaki-Hawley Collection database published on the University of the Ryukyu library website.

 

In 2019, Huey was presented the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon by Honolulu Consul General Koichi Ito for his “contribution to the development of Japanese studies in the United States of America and strengthening the friendly relationship and mutual understanding between Japan and the United States.”



 

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