Hawaii Senate Confirms First Appointed Board of Education

April 15, 2011, 2:45 PM HST · Updated April 15, 2:52 PM

By Wendy Osher

Senators congratulate the newly confirmed Board of Education members after they unanimously voted to confirm them. Photo courtesy, Hawaii State Senate Communications

Wesley Lo, the chief executive officer at Maui Memorial Medical Center was among the nine members confirmed yesterday to Hawaii’s first appointed Board of Education. Act 5, which was signed into law on March 14th, gives the governor the authority to appoint members.


The confirmation hearings lasted for seven hours and includes the following members:

  • Don Horner, chief executive officer and chairman of First Hawaiian Bank. Governor Abercrombie chose Horner to serve on the elected BOE to fill a vacancy on Feb. 9, and has designated him to serve as chair of the BOE
  • Brian De Lima, attorney and former Hawaii County Council Member
  • Wesley Lo, chief executive officer at Maui Memorial Medical Center
  • Kim Gennaula, philanthropy director at the Kapiolani Health Foundation
  • Jim Williams, administrator and CEO of the Hawaii Employer-Union Benefits Trust Fund (retired)
  • Nancy Budd, attorney and a member of the Kauai Planning and Action Alliance Public Education Action Team
  • Charlene Cuaresma, associate director of the UH Manoa Graduate Professional Access Program
  • Cheryl Kauhane Lupenui, former chief executive officer of the YWCA on Oahu
  • Keith Amemiya, executive administrator and secretary of the Board of Regents

“While each of the appointees are impressive in their own right and have talked about their vision and tangible plans for building upon our successes and making our school communities even better, I believe their real strength will lie in their ability to work together as a cohesive and committed group focused on bringing about real change,” said Jill Tokuda, chair of the committee.

The board, which is composed of all volunteers, has set their first meeting on April 26, 2011.


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