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HEC Board of Governors Nominees for 2021 Announced

Posted Tuesday, September 22, 2020 12:00 pm

HEC Board of Governors Nominees for 2021 Announced

The Nominating Committee of the Hawaii Employers Council has filed with Corporate Secretary Sheri-Ann Lau Clark the names of 7 nominees for election to three-year terms on HEC’s Board of Governors, beginning in 2021.


Terrence Aratani, CEO, Ko’olauloa Health Center

Ed Hudson, SEVP, Chief People Officer, Bank of Hawaii

Derek Kanehira, Sr. VP, HR, Alexander & Baldwin

Vivian Yasunaga, Executive VP & CFO, Child & Family Service


Richard Chinen, VP of Store Operations, KTA Superstores


Warren Haruki, President & CEO, Grove Farm Co.


Harrilynn Kameenui, Sr. VP of Admin. & Legal Affairs, General Counsel, Pulama Lanai

The names of the Board nominees will appear on the proxy ballot that will be sent to members.  Election results will be announced at HEC’s 77th Annual Meeting on November 19th.

Candidate Bios


Terrence Aratani, CEO, Ko’olauloa Health Center. Terrence started with Ko`olauloa Health Center in late 2014. Prior to becoming the CEO of the health center, he worked over 25 years of public service at the Hawaii Legislature where he worked on various committees and other legislative positions including Chief of Staff for the Senate. He also worked at the Hawaii Insurance Division. At the insurance division, he was instrumental in establishing its health insurance section. Terrence currently serves on several boards: Honolulu Community Action Program, Liahona Youth Empowerment, Hawaii State FCU, Hawaii Primary Care Association, Epilepsy Foundation of Hawaii, and the Hawaii Board of Public Accountancy. He is a graduate of the University of Hawaii-Manoa, Pepperdine University School of Law and Georgetown University Law Center.

Ed Hudson, SEVP / Chief People Officer, Bank of Hawaii. Ed leads Bank of Hawaii’s People Services Group in building dynamic, forward-thinking, high-performing people leaders empowered to lead 2100+ talented employees into the workplace of tomorrow. Experienced in working for some of the most innovative, fast-growth, technology companies in the world, Ed has developed and led the HR function in large and small global organizations. He currently serves as a Board member for Blood Bank of Hawaii. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Human Resources Management from California State University – Long Beach and an MBA in Human Resources Management from University of Southern California – Marshall School of Business.

Derek Kanehira, Sr. VP, HR, Alexander & Baldwin. Derek is responsible for strategic oversight of all human resource and organizational development initiatives at Alexander & Baldwin. He has over 30 years of experience in Human Resources in various industries including banking, insurance, airline, food service, and a start-up IT company. Derek currently serves as Advisory Council Member for State of Hawaii Prepaid Health Care Advisory Council, Director for Hawaii Compensation Group (HICOMP), Advisory Board Member for State of Hawaii Workforce Development Council, and Executive Advisory Council Member for Ceridian.

Vivian Yasunaga is the Executive VP and Chief Financial Officer at Child & Family Service, a Hawaii nonprofit organization. She drives the organization’s strategy and manages administrative functions, including human resources. Vivian started her career in government, with the City of Boston. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a Master’s in public policy and administration and Bachelor’s in economics. She currently chairs the Audit Committee for Elemental Excelerator. Previously, she served as Treasurer for the Momilani Elementary School Foundation and Director for the Institute for Family Enrichment.


Richard Chinen, Vice President of Store Operations, KTA Super Stores. Richard has been employed at KTA Super Stores since 1975, the year he graduated from Hilo High. He holds a degree in Business Administration from Hilo College. Richard is a member of the Blue Zone Leadership Team in East Hawaii and was formerly a Board member of the Kailua Village Improvement District.


Warren Haruki, President & CEO, Grove Farm Co. Warren has served as the President & CEO of Grove Farm Company since 2005 and is expanding the company’s focus on developing sustainable communities on Kauai. Since May 2009, Mr. Haruki has also served as Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Maui Land & Pineapple Company, Inc. He is a former president of GTE Hawaiian Tel and Verizon Hawaii, where he had a 26-year career with Hawaii’s largest telecommunications firm. He serves on the boards of Pacific Guardian Life Insurance Company (a subsidiary of Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance) and several privately held entities. In addition, he serves on the National Geographic International Council of Advisors. He is also a trustee and past Chairman of the Blood Bank of Hawaii, past trustee and Chair of the Parker Ranch Foundation Trust, and is a past chair of both the University of Hawaii Foundation and The Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii. Warren is a graduate of Kapaa High School and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management from Purdue University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Hawaii. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).


Harrilynn Kameenui, Sr. VP of Admin. & Legal, Gen. Counsel, Pūlama Lānaʻi. Harrilynn serves as champion of Pūlama Lānaʻi’s culture, ensuring opportunities for inspiration, integration and improvement, and fostering a workplace environment consistent with their mission, vision and values. She directs the efforts of the Administration Team, consisting of the Human Resources, Safety & Security, Communications and Legal Departments, and oversees the following operational areas – Commercial Leasing & Residential Services, Hulopoe Beach Park, the Recreation Center and PUC Trucking/Warehouse. Harrilynn has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Washington and received her Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Hawaii, William S. Richardson School of Law. She currently serves as a board member on the Lanai Culture and Heritage Center Board and the Lanai High & Elementary School Foundation. She previously served as a member of the Disciplinary Board of the Hawaii Supreme Court and the American Red Cross – Hawaii State Chapter Board.


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