Regents approve appointments to Maunakea board

The University of Hawaii Board of Regents approved Thursday the appointments of six members of the community-based Maunakea Management Board.

Appointments include:


• Roberta Chu — Chu serves as senior vice president and manager of Bank of Hawaii’s Hawaii Island Commercial Banking Center.

• Julie Leialoha — Leialoha manages the Wao Kele O Puna Forest Reserve on Hawaii Island, a joint project between the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and the Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Forestry and Wildlife.

•Kepa Maly — Maly is principal of Kumu Pono Associates LLC.

•Alapaki Nahale-a — Nahale-a is a senior director of regional strategies for Kamehameha Schools on the Big Island.

•Doug Simons — Simons has been executive director of the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope on Maunakea since 2012.

•Barry Taniguchi — Taniguchi has been the chief executive officer and president of KTA Super Stores since 1989 and has been its chairman since February 2014.

The Mauna Kea Science Reserve Master Plan, approved by the Board of Regents in June 2000, established the MKMB, which is comprised of seven voting members representing the Hawaii Island community.


The two Board of Regents members from the Big Island also serve on the MKMB in a nonvoting, ex-officio capacity.

MKMBʻs current chair is Greg Chun.

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