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Hāmākua CDP Action Committee

This page contains information on the Hāmākua CDP Action Committee and the Action Committee Members.

 

The following individuals were confirmed as members of the Hāmākua Community Development Plan Action Committee on August 21, 2019. 

Action Committee Members (9)

Brad Kurokawa Mr. Kurokawa was raised on Hawaiʻi Island and is a current resident of Honomū. After 29 years away attending school, living and working on the continental U.S. he returned home and has been a Hāmākua resident for 15 years. He is a Principal Landscape Architect at Ki Concepts LLC and an active member of his community. He served as the Deputy Director for the County of Hawaiʻi Planning Department from 2006 to 2008. Mr. Kurokawa also serves on several organizations and committees including the Mayor’s Active living Advisory Committee, the Wailea Village Historic Preservation Society, the Vision Zero Task Force and was chairperson of the Hāmākua CDP Steering Committee.
Carol Ignacio Ms. Ignacio is a lifelong resident of Hawaiʻi Island. She currently resides in Paʻauilo. Ms. Ignacio is a very active member of the Hāmākua community and has served on several boards and commissions as well as several community initiatives including the Food Basket, Hope Services Hawaiʻi, Hawaiʻi Public Housing Authority, Inter-agency Council on Homelessness, Affordable Housing Task Force, Hawaiʻi Community Foundation, County of Hawaiʻi Police Commission, and the County of Hawaiʻi Fire Commission.
Jeff McKnight Mr. McKnight is a 7 year resident of Hawaiʻi Island and currently resides in Paʻauilo with his wife Nedra McKnight. He has worked in communications since 2002 as a Senior Certified Solutions Consultant. Mr. McKnight is also an active member of his community serving as the president of the Olohana Foundation and has served on several other community organizations.
Susan Forbes Ms. Forbes has been a resident of the state of Hawaiʻi for the past 51 years and a resident of Hakalau for 8.5 years, where she currently resides with her husband Ken Forbes. She worked in the healthcare field from 1983 until retirement in 2010. Her focus was strategic planning and healthcare data development for use in improving quality, the healthcare delivery system, and the health status of the population. Ms. Forbes remains a very active member of her community serving as the president of the Hakalau Point Preservation Association and Treasurer of the Hakalau Jodo Mission.
Nicolette Hubbard Ms. Hubbard was born and raised in Laupāhoehoe, and currently resides in Hakalau with her husband Lucas Hubbard. She works as a loan originator and is an active member of her community. She served as a volunteer on the governing board for Laupāhoehoe Community Public Charter School as well as a volunteer music festival coordinator for the Laupāhoehoe Community Public Charter School.
Rhonda Pollard Ms. Pollard is a 10 year resident of Hawaiʻi Island and currently resides in Honokaʻa with her husband Mike Pollard where they own and operate a farming operation. She works as a business analyst and has experience working with city government in many facets including planning, public works, and engineering. Ms. Pollard is active in her community serving on the Board of Directors for Hawaiʻi Island Humane Society as well as serving as the president of the Friends of Waikoloa Village Dog Park.
Crystal Kua Ms. Kua is a lifelong resident of Hawaiʻi and currently resides in Pepeʻekeo with her husband, Brian Bikle. She works as a senior strategic communications consultant for Kamehameha Schools. Ms. Kua brings a broad knowledge base and experience working in communications and community relations with Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, The Good Beginnings Alliance and First Wind. She also spent 20 years as a news reporter with various media organizations including the Hawai‘i Tribune-Herald and the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Her volunteer work includes time spent as secretary on the Pepe‘ekeo Community Association board.
Robert Nishimoto Mr. Nishimoto is a 60 year resident of Hawaiʻi Island. He currently resides in Nīnole with his wife Ingrid Nishimoto. He worked as an Aquatic Biologist and Program Manager for the Division of Aquatic Resources of the DLNR for 32 years. Robert remains an active member of his community serving on the Laupāhoehoe Forest Research Reserve board, the Hakalau Point Preservation Committee as well as the Office of Planning, Coastal Zone Management Program, Marine and Coastal Zone Advocacy Committee.
Tawn Keeney Mr. Keeney is a 42 year resident of Hawaiʻi Island and currently resides in Honokaʻa. He has practiced as a physician in Hāmākua since 1977 and has also owned and managed the Honokaʻa People’s Theatre since 1991. He continues to be a dedicated member of the Hāmākua community and is passionate about scenic preservation, public access, and native forest restoration.
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