Board of Directors

Steven Ai
Mr. Ai completed his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration at Whittier College and his Masters of Business Administration at the University of Denver. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute and the Hawaii Society of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Ai has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of City Mill Co., Ltd. since 1992. Prior to joining City Mill, he was with the consulting practice of KPMG in Honolulu and New York City, specializing in mergers and acquisitions and business valuations. He was also with the International Division of Union Bank in California and with the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Office. Mr. Ai is an active leader and member of numerous community and professional organizations. Mr. Ai was a director of Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children from 2003 to 2014, and has been a director of Hawaii Pacific Health since 2014.

Elisia Flores
Ms. Flores graduated from the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business with a Bachelor of Science, where she graduated magna cum laude. She holds an Executive Master of Business Administration from the University of California, Los Angeles. Ms. Flores is currently Vice Chair and Chief Executive Officer of L&L Franchise, Inc., where she is responsible for setting the strategic vision of the company and driving new growth initiatives. Prior to joining L&L, she was a Senior Finance Manager for General Electric Company. Ms. Flores is active in the community, currently serves on the board and as audit committee chair of American Savings Bank, and also serves on the boards of Diamond Head Theatre and the Hawaiian Humane Society. She is also a member of advisory boards for the Patsy T. Mink Center for Business and Leadership, Family Business Center of Hawaii and the Culinary Arts Program at Kapiolani Community College, and involved in numerous professional associations. Ms. Flores has been a director of Hawai‘i Pacific Health since 2019.

Michael Gibson
Mr. Gibson holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin and received his Juris Doctor degree from University of California, Hastings College of Law. Mr. Gibson, an attorney at Ashford & Wriston, began practicing law as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in 1974 and joined Ashford & Wriston in 1976. He has served as both Director and President of the Hawaii State Bar Association, Legal Aid Society of Hawaii and Hawaii Lawyers Care. Mr. Gibson is a member of the Board of Directors of Ponoholo Ranch, and is on the Board of Trustees of Parker Ranch. He is also a director of Providers Insurance Corporation. Mr. Gibson was a director of Straub Medical Center from 2002 to 2013, serving as Chair from 2011, and also served on the Straub Foundation Board. Mr. Gibson has been a director of Hawaii Pacific Health since 2013.

Kathryn Inouye
Ms. Inouye is a Senior Advisor of Kobayashi Group, LLC, where she recently retired as Partner and Chief Operating Officer. She has over 35 years of real estate development experience in managing the development of various public and private facilities, master planned communities, luxury resorts, and numerous condominium projects. Ms. Inouye was involved in executing initial phases of the master planned redevelopment of Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children as well as the design and construction of the University of Hawaii Cancer Research Center. She is an active member of the community, and has served on numerous public and community boards including Child and Family Service, the Girl Scouts of Hawaii, Chaminade University, Blood Bank of Hawai‘i, State of Hawaii’s Board of Land and Natural Resources and the Stadium Authority.  She has been the recipient of various honors and awards for her work in the business and non-profit sector.  Ms. Inouye has been a director of Hawaii Pacific Health since 2017.

Christopher Jordan, MD 
Dr. Jordan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Boston University and received his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Massachusetts in 1979. He completed his residency in General Surgery at Dartmouth and a fellowship in Colon and Rectal Surgery at St. Vincent Health Center in Pennsylvania. Dr. Jordan is board certified in general surgery and colon and rectal surgery. He is the former Chief of Staff of Wilcox Medical Center, and served on the Wilcox Medical Center Board of Directors from 2007 to 2013. Dr. Jordan has been a director of Hawaii Pacific Health since 2014.

Trinette Kaui
Ms. Kaui holds an Associate in Arts Degree from Kauai Community College and is currently attending the University of Hawaii – West Oahu studying business administration. She is currently the Area Manager – Broker in Charge at A&B Properties Hawaii, LLC where she works as a leasing agent and property manager for the company’s Kauai Portfolio. Ms. Kaui is an active member of the community and has served on numerous community boards, including as Past President of the Rotary Club of West Kauai and Community Chair for the Boy Scouts of America – Friends of Scouting. She currently serves on the Contractor’s Association of Kauai Board, as Chair of the Friends of Kauai Community College Board, Chair of the Kukuiolono Park Trust, Vice Chair of the Hawai‘i Self Help Housing Corporation, Treasurer of the Kauai Board of Realtors and as a member of the KIUC Charitable Foundation and Child and Family Services (Real Property Board). Ms. Kaui served on the Kauai Medical Clinic Board of Directors from 2002 to 2011, and has served on the Wilcox Health Foundation Board since 2011.  Ms. Kaui has been a director of Hawaii Pacific Health since 2016.

Stephen Lin, MD
Dr. Lin holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California, Berkeley. He attended medical school at the University of California, San Francisco and received his Obstetrics & Gynecology training from the University of Hawaii. Dr. Lin is board certified in Obstetrics & Gynecology and has been in private practice since 1986. He is the Immediate Past Chief of Staff at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children, and is a Medical Director and consultant at Hawaii Medical Service Association. Dr. Lin has been a director of Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children since 2008, and Board Chair since 2017. Dr. Lin has been a director of Hawaii Pacific Health since 2019.

Mark Magelssen, MD
Dr. Magelssen received his Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from the University of Hawaii, and his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine in 1986. He completed an OB-GYN internship at Letterman Army Medical Center in San Francisco, and his residency in emergency medicine at Madigan Army Medical Center in Fort Lewis, Washington. Dr. Magelssen joined Wilcox Health in 2003 and is board certified in emergency medicine. Dr. Magelssen has been a director of Kauai Medical Clinic since 2006, Board Chair since 2011, and a director of Hawaii Pacific Health since 2016.

Keith Matsumoto, MD
Dr. Matsumoto holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan and received his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine in 1979. He completed his internship and residency at the Harbor–UCLA Medical Center. He is board certified in general pediatrics. Dr. Matsumoto is a former President of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Hawaii Chapter and was previously a member of the Board of Trustees of HAPI.  He is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the John A. Burns School of Medicine and a pediatrician in private practice. Dr. Matsumoto was formerly a director of Kapiolani Health, and was Chair of the Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children Board from 2001 to 2013, and also served on the Kapiolani Medical Specialists Board from 2007 to 2018. Dr. Matsumoto has been a director of Hawai‘i Pacific Health since 2013, and Board Chair since 2018. He also serves on the Hawaii Health Partners Board of Managers.

Elliot Mills
Mr. Mills holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He is the Vice President, Hotel Operations for Disneyland Resort and Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa at Ko Olina, where he is responsible for the day-to-day management of all resort operations. Mr. Mills was previously General Manager of the Kauai Marriott Resort in Lihue and has extensive experience in hotel operations and condominium resort management. He is a Kamehameha Schools trustee, and also serves on the Boards of HMSA, the Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau and the Hawaii Community Foundation. Mr. Mills is a former director of Wilcox Memorial Hospital and Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children, and has been a director of Hawaii Pacific Health since 2014.

Beau Nakamoto, MD
Dr. Nakamoto holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Johns Hopkins University and received his Doctor of Medicine and Doctorate in Clinical Research degrees from the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine. He also holds a Master in Business Administration from Loma Linda University. He completed his residency at the University of Utah and his fellowship in neuro-ophthalmology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.  He is board certified in neurology and has been a physician with Hawaii Pacific Health since 2004. Dr. Nakamoto is a certified physician executive (CPE) and a Fellow in the American Academy of Neurology (FAAN), American Neurological Association (FANA), American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE), and American Association of Physician Leadership (FAAPL). He is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine. His research in HIV-associated cognitive impairment has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as principal investigator or co-investigator totaling over $8 million and resulting in 60 peer-reviewed publications. He currently has an h-index of 20. He is actively involved in leadership development nationally within the American Academy of Neurology. Dr. Nakamoto was a director of Straub Medical Center from 2011 to 2020, and has been a director of Hawaii Pacific Health since 2015.

Monica Price, MD
Dr. Price holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology from the University of Arizona and received her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Arizona College of Medicine. She completed an internship in emergency medicine at the Henry Ford Hospital in Michigan, and her residency in internal medicine/pediatrics at the Maricopa Medical Center in Arizona. Dr. Price is board certified in Internal Medicine and is currently Division Chief for Urgent Care for the Hawaii Pacific Health Medical Group. She received the Healthcare Hero Award in 2020 and is also the 2020 recipient of the George F. Straub Award, awarded annually to the physician who has demonstrated the highest level of achievement and excellence, in both professional and personal life, enhancing Straub’s contribution to the profession and community. Dr. Price served on the Board of Managers of Hawaii Health Partners from 2015 to 2018, has been a director of Straub Medical Center since 2015, and has been a director of Hawaii Pacific Health since 2018.

Raymond P. Vara, Jr.
Mr. Vara serves as President & CEO of Hawaii Pacific Health. His responsibilities include executive oversight of Straub Medical Center, Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children, Pali Momi Medical Center and Wilcox Medical Center on Kauai. Mr. Vara joined Hawaii Pacific Health in 2002 as Executive Vice President & CEO of Operations, and assumed the role of President & CEO in 2013. Prior to that, Mr. Vara served as CEO at Los Alamos Medical Center, a member of Banner Health System in Los Alamos, New Mexico. He was the center’s chief financial officer before being appointed CEO. Previously, Mr. Vara served as a U.S. Army Officer with various assignments including Assistant Administrator and Chief Financial Officer for Bassett Army Community Hospital in Fairbanks, Alaska, and the Deputy Chief Financial Officer for Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington and with the 9th Infantry Regiment, Fort Lewis, Washington. Mr. Vara holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Hawaii Pacific University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Alaska at Fairbanks. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and serves on several local and national boards to include: Lead Independent Director, Bank of Hawaii Corporation; Director, Hawaii Executive Collaborative; Director, Island Holdings, Inc.; Director, Island Insurance Co., Ltd.; Director, Tradewind Capital Group; Chairman-Elect, American Heart Association (National); Trustee, Hawaii Pacific University; Trustee, Mid-Pacific Institute; and Trustee, Blood Bank of Hawaii. He and his wife, Tiffany, have five children. Mr. Vara has been a director of Hawaii Pacific Health since 2013.

Richard Wacker
Mr. Wacker holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Missouri. He is currently President & Chief Executive Officer of American Savings Bank (ASB), which he joined in 2010, and also serves as a director on the ASB Board. Prior to joining ASB, Mr. Wacker was Chairman of Korea Exchange Bank, the fifth largest Korean commercial bank and prior to that, held a wide range of senior leadership positions at General Electric in the U.S. and Europe. Active in the community, Mr. Wacker serves and holds leadership positions on the Boards of several prominent organizations including the University of Hawaii Foundation (Chair); Hawaii Business Roundtable (Innovation Chair; Former Chair); Hawaii Executive Collaborative (CHANGE Innovation Economy Chair); University of Hawaii—Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship (Chair); Chaminade University (Board of Regents); Child & Family Service (Past Chair) and Hawaii Bankers Association (President). He is a founder of the Hawaii Curling Club. He is a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco’s Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council (CDIAC). Mr. Wacker has been a director of Hawaii Pacific Health since 2018.

Mark Yamakawa
Mr. Yamakawa holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master in Business Administration from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. He is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of Hawaii Dental Service. Mr. Yamakawa was previously Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the Queen’s Health Systems and has extensive experience in health care and in leading non-profit, mission-based organizations. He is also very active in the community, and currently serves on the boards of Child and Family Service, University Health Alliance, Hawaii State Federal Credit Union, Delta Dental Plans Association and Iolani School. He is also a member of the Hawaii Business Roundtable Executive Committee. Mr. Yamakawa has been a director of Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children since 2016, and has been a director of Hawaii Pacific Health since 2021.

Michael Yamane
Mr. Yamane holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He is a licensed professional engineer in the State of Hawaii and holds a commercial airplane pilot certificate. Prior to his retirement on January 31, 2020, he was the Chief of Operations & Technology for the Kauai Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC), and was responsible for the areas of transmission and distribution, production, engineering, IT, legislative and regulatory affairs. Mr. Yamane held many positions over his thirty years at KIUC (formerly Kauai Electric), including associate engineer, staff engineer, customer engineer in the Engineering Department, power systems engineer and substation operations engineer in the Transmission and Distribution Department, manager of the Information Services Department, manager of Regulatory and Planning, and manager of Engineering before being promoted to Chief of Operations. He also served on the Board of Governors for the Hawaii Employers Council from 2014 to 2019. Mr. Yamane has been a director of Wilcox Medical Center since 2014, and has been a director of Hawaii Pacific Health since 2020.


Directors Emeritus

 

John K. Tsui
Mr. Tsui received his Bachelor of Science from Pennsylvania State University and attended the Amos Tuck Graduate School of Business at Dartmouth College. He has served as the Chairman of Towne Development of Hawaii, Inc. since 2003. He retired from First Hawaiian Bank in 2002 as the President and Chief Operating Officer, which ended a storied career in banking that started in Philadelphia and New York. From New York, he later moved to Honolulu to join Bank of Hawaii, where he served as Vice Chairman before joining First Hawaiian Bank. Mr. Tsui is an active leader and member of the community where he serves as a director and trustee on numerous boards. Mr. Tsui was Chair of the Kapiolani Health board at the time of the merger. Mr. Tsui has been a director of Hawaii Pacific Health since 2002 and has served as a Director Emeritus since 2004.

 

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