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 Colleen Hanabusa

Colleen Hanabusa, CHAIR

Colleen Hanabusa is a returning member to the HART Board. She served from July 1, 2015 to October 2016, a portion of that time as the Chair of the HART Board. She was elected by the voters of the First Congressional District to serve in the remainder of the 114th and the 115th Congress of the United States. Colleen also served in the Hawai`i State Legislature, where she was the President of the Senate, the first woman to lead either chamber in Hawai`i; and the first Asian woman to lead any Legislative Chamber in this country. She also served in the 112th and 113th Congresses of the United States. For all the time Colleen was in Congress, she served on the House Armed Services Committee and the Committee on Natural Resources with specific duties as ranking member of the Subcommittee on Indian and Alaskan Native Affairs and Public Lands. In addition to her other committee assignments, upon her return to the 115th Congress, she served on now Speaker Pelosi’s Leadership Team, a member of the Policy Steering Committee and the Science Space and Technology Committee. Ms. Hanabusa is also an attorney who has earned numerous awards and recognitions. She is now practicing law and has taught a class at the UH Law School and the Political Science Department at UH Manoa. She holds the distinction of being the only member of the Board of Directors of HART that has signed the ceremonial Full Funding Grant Agreement with the FTA in December 2012. Ms. Hanabusa has also represented the Legislature as their attorney on an Amicus Brief filed with the Hawai`i Supreme Court.

Appointing Authority: Mayor

Term: 7/1/2021 - 6/30/2026

 Dean Hazama

Dean I. Hazama, VICE CHAIR

Mr. Hazama serves as the Business Management Officer for the State of Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA). He formerly served as Chair of the Honolulu Planning Commission, State of Hawaii Apprenticeship Council and Mililani Mauka/Launani Valley Neighborhood Board. Prior to working at DCCA, Mr. Hazama worked for 35 years as Resource Management Officer at various Department of Defense agencies. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.Appointing

Authority: City Council

Term: 12/09/2020 to 06/30/2025

 Hoyt Zia

Hoyt H. Zia

Mr. Zia is a seasoned public company executive with core experience in corporate and board governance, strategic planning, board audit and executive compensation, regulatory compliance, risk management, and executive leadership. From 2007 to 2016 he was Senior Vice President and General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Hawaiian Airlines where he was responsible for legal, regulatory, corporate governance and real estate matters. Previously from 2004 to 2007, Zia worked for PacificBasin Communications, LLC, which publishes Hawai‘i Business Magazine, the nation’s oldest regional business publication. From 1995 to 1999 he was chief counsel for the Export Administration under the U.S. Department of Commerce where he provided legal counsel to senior department officials. Zia earned his law degree from the UCLA School of Law in 1981, and a B.A. degree (Cum Laude) from Dartmouth College in 1975 with a special major in East Asian Studies. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1975 to 1978 where he received an honorable discharge with the rank of captain. He is a member of several charitable and professional organizations, including the Hawai‘i State Bar Association, Association of Corporate Counsel and the Consuelo Foundation.

Appointing Authority: Mayor

Term: 11/17/2020 - 06/30/2025

 Michele Chun Brunngraber

Michele Chun Brunngraber

Ms. Brunngraber is an executive acquisition and strategic leader with nearly 35 years of experience in the Intelligence Community. She has an extensive background in the full life-cycle development, procurement, and operations of multi-billion dollar national programs.  Michele retired from the CIA Senior Intelligence Service after a distinguished 30-year career. She is a recognized expert in government-industry contracting and strategic leadership and is COO of Nous Consulting. She has a BS in Electrical Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology and an MS in National Security Strategy from the National War College.

Appointing Authority: Speaker of the House of Representatives

Term: 01/01/2019 - 12/31/2021

 Kika Bukoski

Kika G. Bukoski

Kika has spent the last twenty-three years in and around local, state, and federal politics as a former State Representative, former Executive Director for the Hawaii Building and Construction Trades Council, AFL-CIO, former public policy advocate for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, and current Director of Government and Community Affairs for the Plumbers and Pipefitters, Local 675. He has previously served on the City and County of Honolulu Board of Appeals, Stadium Authority, State Procurement Code Review Task Force, State Charter School Review Panel, and Maui County Board of Ethics.

Kikaʻs prior professional career also included mid to senior-executive level positions with companies in some of Hawai`iʻs major industries including the Hyatt and Hilton Hotels, Matson Terminals, Inc., Meadow Gold Dairies, American Hawaii Cruises, Robertʻs Hawaii, and Browning Ferris Industries. He also served as the Managing Partner of a local waste management firm, the Principal of his own professional employer organization (PEO) outsourcing firm as well as several small businesses, and has been a licensed private detective since 2004.

Kika considers himself to be unconventional, a life-learner, and a staunch-believer in doing whatʻs right. Kika is a graduate of the Kamehameha Schools and attended the University of Hawai`i at Manoa and Hawai`i Pacific University, and completed his undergraduate degree in Business Administration at age 32 by attending night school while raising his two children as a single father on the island of Maui.

Kika understands the tremendous gravity of his role at HART, but also sees the tremendous benefit HART can offer the community at-large. He looks forward to contributing to, and supporting the efforts of HART while mindfully keeping the public’s trust and best interest at the core of all decisions. `A`ohe hana nui ke alu`ia ~ No task is too big if done together by all.

Appointing Authority: City Council

Term: 09/09/2020 - 06/30/2024

 Jade Butay

Jade Butay

Mr. Butay is the Director of the State of Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) which oversees 15 airports, 10 harbors, 2,500 miles of highways, and 2,600 employees.

Prior to the appointment, he was HDOT’s First Deputy Director since January 1, 2015, where he was responsible for the administrative functions of the department including personnel administration, programs and budgets, central computer services, business management activities, environmental compliance, civil rights, emergency management, and contract services. He functioned as the chief operating officer of the department, working closely with the Director in managing and directing the administrative operations and functions of the HDOT.

Prior to assuming the First Deputy Director position at HDOT, Mr. Butay was the Deputy Director at the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR) from 2013 to 2014 ensuring that the department ran smoothly, improved processes, resolved conflicts, and removed obstacles that hinder progress. He also served as the First Deputy Director of HDOT from 2011 to 2013 providing overall coordination on all administrative matters that involved the three Divisions (Airports, Harbors, and Highways).

Before working in State government, Mr. Butay previously served in various leadership positions in the private sector. He received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Hawaii and a Masters in Business Administration from Babson College. Mr. Butay is committed to moving the state forward and ensuring a safe, efficient, accessible and sustainable transportation system that enhances the quality of life for the people of Hawaii.

Appointing Authority:
Ex Officio Pursuant to the Revised Charter of the City and County of Honolulu

Term: End of appointment

 Jeoffrey Cudiamat

Jeoffrey S. Cudiamat, PE

Mr. Cudiamat, CEO of Structural Hawaii, Inc., is a licensed professional structural and civil engineer who oversees operation of the firm’s design and engineering personnel.  Engaged in design-build ventures, Mr. Cudiamat also owns and operates the contracting company Structural Builders Hawaii, Inc., working in collaborations with design firms on private sector commercial developments and residential projects.

Previously, Mr. Cudiamat served as Chief Engineer and Director for the Department of Facility Maintenance for the City and County of Honolulu.  In his capacity as Chief Engineer, he served on the Board for Honolulu’s Board of Water Supply and Waikiki Business Improvement District.  He has served on a number of non-profit boards, several of which he became president, such as the Structural Engineers Association of Hawaii, American Public Works Association, and a few other organizations.

Mr. Cudiamat continues to be involved as a business and community leader.  As president of the Filipino Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii in the 2020-2021 term, he worked vigilantly to help small businesses survive and prosper through challenging circumstances caused by the pandemic.  Involved in developing tomorrow’s leaders, he created the FCCH Fellows program for emerging leaders in our community.  Mr. Cudiamat also is Chairman of the Technology and Design Academy Board for Pearl City High School.  He continues to volunteer in the community as a coach for various sports and currently sits on a number of non-profit community boards.

Appointing Authority: Senate President

Term: 01/07/2021 - None Indicated

 Natalie Iwasa

Natalie Iwasa

Ms. Iwasa has over 25 years of experience in public accounting and is a CPA and Certified Fraud Examiner.  She specializes in compliance work and accounting and consulting services for nonprofits and small businesses in the firm she established in 2003.

She has been active in the community on various boards and commissions, including the Hawaii Kai Neighborhood Board, Honolulu City Council Real Property Tax Advisory Commission and the Stakeholder Advisory Committee for the Statewide Long-Range Land Transportation Plan.

Appointing Authority: Speaker of the House of Representatives

Term: 01/05/2021 - None Indicated

 Lynn McCrory

Lynn McCrory

Ms. McCrory is the Senior Vice President of Government Affairs for land and resource management company Pulama Lana'i. Before joining Pulama Lana'i, Ms. McCrory served as the President and COO of PAHIO Resorts on Kaua'i, where she managed multiple companies and development projects for timeshare resorts in Hawai'i, Washington, Oregon, and Colorado. 

Ms. McCrory has served on the Board of the Hawai'i Department of Land and Natural Resources, the Kaua'i County Board of Water Supply, the Child and Family Services Board, Zephyr Insurance, and the Hawai'i Nature Center. She also served as Chair of Wilcox Hospital, Director of Hawaiian Pacific Health, and trustee of the Public Schools of Hawai'i Foundation.  She currently serves on the Maui Economic Development Board and Mutual Housing Association of Hawai‘i.  Ms. McCrory's term runs through December 2021.

Appointing Authority: Mayor

Term: 11/10/2020 - 06/30/24

 J. Roger Morton

J. Roger Morton

Mr. Morton is serving as Director of the City and County of Honolulu, Department of Transportation Services (DTS).  Mr. Morton is a transportation professional whose Hawaii career spans over 40 years.  Prior to his appointment as DTS Director, Mr. Morton spent 15 years as President and General Manager of O‘ahu Transit Services, Inc., the operator of Honolulu’s TheBus and Handi-Van system.  He is a graduate of Kalani High School and has an undergraduate BA degree specializing in Economics from York University in Toronto and a graduate MSc degree in Community and Regional Planning specializing in public transportation from the University of British Columbia.  He has attended several executive management programs, including courses at Harvard, Carnegie-Mellon, and the ENO Center for Transportation.

DTS provides oversight over Honolulu’s multi-modal transportation system including TheBus, paratransit and Honolulu’s elevated rail system – the first driverless light metro system in the United States.  DTS also has responsibility for municipal parking facilities and parking policy, the implementation of complete streets and other mobility options such as walking, bicycles, scooters, and ride sharing.  DTS supports regional transportation planning and administration of federal and state transportation grants.  The department prepares energy conservation and emissions reduction plans, collects transportation related usage fees, and identifies new sources of revenue for the multi-modal transportation system.  DTS is also responsible for transportation and traffic engineering on City streets, the Island-wide traffic signal system and transportation technology.  The department is a lead agency responsible for coordination and operation of Honolulu’s Joint Traffic Management Center, which is a multi-agency collaboration to improve traffic management and public safety coordination across O‘ahu. 

Appointing Authority:
Ex Officio Pursuant to the Revised Charter on the City and County of Honolulu

Term: End of appointment 

 Joseph O'Donnell

Joseph V. O'Donnell

Mr. O'Donnell is serving as the Financial Secretary/Treasurer and Business Manager for the Ironworkers Union Local 625 and is a Trustee of all funds for the Hawaii Ironworkers Trust Fund. 

“Joe” is a former Member of the Hawaii State Commission for Community Service, former Chairman of the Honolulu Liquor Commission, currently a Member of the State of Hawaii Contractors Licensing Board, State of Hawaii HIOSH Advisory Committee and newly appointed Member of the HART Board.

Mr. O’Donnell has over 50 years of experience in the local Construction Industry and enjoys supporting local philanthropic activities for the community. 

Appointing Authority: Senate President

Term: 01/07/2021 - None Indicated

 Dean Uchida

Dean Uchida

Mr. Uchida is serving as Director of the Department of Planning and Permitting (DPP) for the City and County of Honolulu. Mr. Uchida was most recently, a Senior Project Manager in SSFM’s Strategic Services Group and provides real estate advisory and project management services to a wide cross section of private corporations and public agencies. 

Prior to SSFM, he was at D.R. Horton-Schuler Division and responsible for the Hoopili Development in East Kapolei.  He was also the Executive Director of the Land Use Research Foundation of Hawaii (LURF), which is a private, non-profit research and trade organization whose members are major Hawaii landowners and developers.  Prior to that, he was Administrator of the Land Division with the State Department of Land and Natural Resources.  Mr. Uchida has been involved, from both the private and public sectors, in real estate development, property management, land use law and land use planning in Hawaii since 1981.

Appointing Authority:
Ex Officio Pursuant to the Revised Charter on the City and County of Honolulu

Term: End of appointment

 Anthony Aalto

Anthony Aalto

Anthony Aalto is a British-born American documentary filmmaker and investigative journalist. He has reported from more than two-dozen countries around the world under the byline of Tony Jenkins, including stints as a war correspondent for The Guardian and The BBC. He’s a former Fellow of the Center for International Policy, twice elected president of the United Nations Correspondents Association, and for several years hosted a current affairs talk show broadcast on CNBC. He’s the co-founder and producer-partner of the Honolulu-based, award-winning documentary film company Green Island Films. Their first movie, Railroading Paradise, documented the early fight over the HART project, the rationale advanced by supporters, and the arguments of opponents. The film premiered at the Hawaii International Film Festival in 2013. Their next film, No Room In Paradise, about Hawaii’s homeless crisis was Emmy-nominated, broadcast nationally on PBS and led to significant policy impacts in Hawaii. Their most recent project, a trilogy of documentaries called A Climate For Change has enjoyed extensive broadcast runs on Hawaii News Now and has thus far garnered over a million views in Hawaii. Anthony served as Chair of the O‘ahu Group of the Sierra Club from 2012 to 2018. He is anxious to ensure that the HART project meets its goals to improve social equity, stimulate affordable, transit-oriented development and boost O’ahu’s resilience to disaster.

Appointing Authority: City Council

Term: 8/11/21 - 6/30/26

 

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