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President's Message

Aloha and welcome to the Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Hawaiʻi!

Since 1951, JCCIH has worked to make Hawaiʻi Island a better place to live, work, and do business through education, advocacy, and networking.

The business environment of Hawaiʻi Island is changing rapidly. The Chamber proactively addresses the challenges facing our business community. The Chamber supports economic opportunities and development of our island through our education, government affairs, and economic development committees and the collective voice of our members.

Our membership is the heart and soul of the Chamber. It is a tribute to our members, past and present, from small and large businesses, government agencies, non-profits, and volunteers that make this organization what it is today. By attending events, participating on committees, or volunteering to help, you help us build meaningful relationships while supporting our island community.

Thank you to our members for your continued support and involvement. We welcome new members to join our mission. We look forward to another great year.

Domo Arigato Gozaimasu!

Lincoln Ashida
President, 2021-2022
Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Hawaiʻi

Officers & Directors

Executive Officers lead JCCIH efforts to advance local business interests. The Board of Directors is the principal governing and policymaking body of the Chamber. The Board is as diverse as its membership and local business community, with more than 30 corporate and small business leaders from various sectors.

Executive Officers

President
Lincoln S.T. Ashida
Torkildson, Katz, Hetherington, Harris & Knorek

1st Vice President
Toby B. Taniguchi
KTA Super Stores

2nd Vice President
Kaʻiu Kimura
ʻImiloa Astronomy Center

3rd Vice President
Garth Yamanaka
G&H Appraisals

4th Vice President
Mitchell Dodo
Dodo Mortuary, Inc & Crematory

Treasurer
Susie Dill
Hawaiʻi Community College

Auditor
Ivan I. Nakano

Japanese Secretary
Naomi Menor
Naomi’s World Travel Service

Immediate Past President
Ross Birch
Island of Hawaiʻi Visitors Bureau

Board of Directors

ONE-YEAR DIRECTORS
(Term expires 6/30/22)
Renae Akau – Suisan Company, Ltd.
Russell M. Arikawa – Ginoza Realty, Inc.
Keene Fujinaka – Bank of Hawaiʻi
Charlene Iboshi
Michael Kaleikini – Puna Geothermal Venture
Michael Miyahira – Business Strategies
Marcia Sakai – University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo
Audrey Takamine – Takamine Construction, Inc.
Jasmine Tamanaha – Hawaiian Airlines, Inc.
TWO-YEAR DIRECTORS
(Term expires 6/30/23)
Jon Arizumi – Hawaiian Electric
Tommy Goya – JCCIH Past President
Janice Ikeda – Vibrant Hawaiʻi
Josie Kiyan – Hawaiian Electric
Phoebe Lambeth – JCCIH Past President
Dwayne Mukai – Mukai Investment Group, LLC
Darren Nishioka – CU Hawaiʻi Federal Credit Union
Arthur Taniguchi – Honorary Consul General of Japan at Hilo
Gina Tanouye – Allstate Insurance – Speegle Agency, LLC
Stephen N. Ueda – Suisan Company Ltd.
Jere Usui – JCCIH Past President
THREE-YEAR DIRECTORS
(Term expires 6/30/24)
Dan Brinkman – Hilo Medical Center
Dean Fuke – HMSA
Barbara Hastings – Hastings & Pleadwell
Ryan Kadota – Kadota Liquor
Yuko Kakazu – Subaru Telescope
Randy Kurohara – Creative Arts Hawaiʻi
Amanda Lee – Hawaiian Electric
James “Kimo” Lee – W.H. Shipman, Ltd.
Joy Madriaga – Hawaiʻi Petroleum, Inc.
Donn S. Mende – HFS Federal Credit Union
Allan Onishi – L.H. Gamble Company, Ltd.
Kimberly Pua – Wesley R. Segawa & Associates
Joseph F. Skruch
Rachel Solemsaas – Hawaiʻi Community College
Nimr Tamimi – Engineering Partners
James Tyrin – Business Insurance Services, Inc.
Dr. Michitoshi Yoshida – Subaru Telescope

Past Presidents

1951 – Dr. Sadaichi Kasamoto
1952 – Dr. Robert Miyamoto
1953 – James M. Hirano
1954 – Dr. Ernest M. Kuwahara
1955 – Richard M. Fujie
1956 – Norio Yamauchi
1957 – Richard R. Taniguchi
1958 – Tamotsu Aoki
1959 – Tom T. Okino
1960 – Susumi Yamashita
1961 – Teruo Togashi
1962 – Yoneichi Okamoto
1963 – Masaichi Uemura
1964 – Charles K. Skaguchi
1965 – Rex Y. Matsuno
1966 – Sidney H. Kusumoto
1967 – Tadashi Suzuki
1968 – Robert M. Yamada
1969 – David S. Ikawa
1970 – Shiro Murashige
1971 – Baron Ebesugawa
1972 – Tomoo Okuyama
1973 – Albert Nishimura
1974 – Masasahi Chiba
1975 – Jitsuo Niwao
1976 – Larry Tanimoto
1977 – Ted Sasamura
1978 – Stanley Abe
1979 – Tony Taniguchi
1980 – Benjamin Masutomi
1981-1982 – Minoru Shintani
1982-1983 – Roland Higashi
1983-1984 – Donald Yamada
1984-1985 – Tsuneo Akiyama
1985-1986 – Harold Ashida
1986-1987 – Larry Isemoto
1987-1988 – Yasuo Kuwaye
1988-1989 – Herbert Segawa
1989-1990 – Clifton Tsuji
1990-1991 – Thomas Hirano
1991-1992 – Glenn Hashimoto
1992-1993 – Yukio Takeya
1993-1994 – Rodney Oshiro
1994-1995 – Michael Ginoza
1995-1996 – Robert Bethea
1996-1997 – Keith Ideue
1997-1998 – Thomas Goya
1998-1999 – Michael Miyahira
1999-2000 – Janice Higashi
2000-2001 – Arthur Taniguchi
2001-2002 – Barry T. Mizuno
2002-2003 – Jere Usui
2003-2004 – Barry Taniguchi
2004-2005 – Ivan Nakano
2005-2006 – Dwayne Mukai
2006-2007 – Phoebe Lambeth
2007-2008 – Phoebe Lambeth
2008-2009 – Eugene Nishimura
2009-2010 – Allan Onishi
2010-2011 – Randall M. Kurohara
2011-2012 – Michael Kaleikini
2012-2013 – Jon J. Arizumi
2013-2014 – Carol A. VanCamp
2014-2015 – David A. Honma
2015-2016 – Darren H. Nishioka
2016-2017 – Russell M. Arikawa
2017-2018 – Audrey N. Takamine
2018-2019 – Stephen N. Ueda
2019-2020 – Donn S. Mende
2020-2021 – Ross Birch
2021-2022 – Lincoln S.T. Ashida
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