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Elizabeth Hata-Watanabe

Granddaughter of the late Minoru & Shigeko Hata of Y.Hata & Co., Ltd.

Elizabeth Hata-WatanabeHaving children changed my life and gave me direction. It taught me to live a purpose driven life and it allowed me to expand a vision beyond myself. My family is my motivation and my faith is my inspiration. These blessings have moved me to dedicate my efforts to create social awareness and proactive support within our community.

I have had the honor and the pleasure to serve as a board of director for several organizations such as the Young Women's Christian Association, (YWCA) where I was able to support women's programs, issues and their challenges; the Manoa Valley Theater; the Hawaii Performing Arts Foundation and the Honolulu International Film Festival, (HIFF) where I was able to support the Arts within our community and beyond.

I founded the Women's and Children's Closets, both supporting organizations working toward the advancement of women and children. I intend to continue the vision of providing hope to our families and building a stronger community. And I am a proud member of "Mothers In Touch", (MIT) a mother's national prayer group seeking the betterment of education for our children and families.

It was an honor to be a selected in the Pacific Business News 2006 class of Forty under Forty which recognized 40 outstanding community leaders under the age of 40 and PBN's 2008's top 20 Women Business Leaders.

I was humbled to be selected as one of the Honolulu Star Bulletin's 2006's top 12 community leaders and the Honolulu Advertiser's 2008 Mother of the Year. In 2009 IN Magazine featured me as one of Honolulu's Real Housewives and it has been a pleasure to participate and support over 30 local charities and organizations.

I believe our voices were meant to be heard. I believe we all have the capacity and capability to make a difference.

I believe success lies not in how well-known you are,
But how well respected...
Not in the power you take,
But your willingness to give.
It is measured
By the height of your aspirations,
The breath of your vision,
The depth of your convictions.

Matthew Masao Matsunaga

Corporate Counsel

Matthew Masao MatsunagaBorn November 22, 1958, in Queen's Hospital, Honolulu, Hawaii to Spark Masayuki Matsunaga and Helene Hatsumi (Tokunaga) Matsunaga (both deceased) as the youngest of five children (Karen, Keene, Diane, Merle and Matthew). Lived in Palolo (1320-A 7th Avenue) and St. Louis Heights (1418 Kalaepohaku Drive). Attended pre-school in Honolulu (University Lab School).

Moved to Maryland when his father was elected to U.S. House of Representatives. Attended public schools in Montgomery County, Maryland (Kensington Elementary, Kensington Junior High and Walter Johnson High Schools). Played little league baseball (all-star second baseman) and touch football (all-star quarterback) in junior high school. In high school, lettered in varsity basketball, football, soccer and track. Senior year, was captain and point guard of basketball team that finished 21-5 and made it to State semi-finals. Named second team All-League guard. Graduated from Walter Johnson High School (Rockville, Md.) in 1976.

At Bucknell University (Lewisburg, Pa.), played intercollegiate junior varsity basketball freshman and sophomore years. Member of Sigma Chi fraternity, Carey International Studies House and John Marshall Pre-law Society. Majored in accounting and passed all four parts of C.P.A. exam on first attempt during senior year. Made Dean's list numerous times.

Moved home to Hawaii in June 1985 after graduating from Georgetown University Law Center. Passed Hawaii State Bar Exam on first attempt in August 1985.

Dr. Elisa Jimenez

Board Member, Granddaughter of Minoru & Shigeko Hata

Dr. Elisa JimenezBorn in Hawaii from Japanese and Latino Descent. Traveled extensively to the Middle East and through other countries. PhD in Psychodynamic Therapy from Mexico City and PhD in Clinical Psychology in California for the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

CEO of the Center for Attention for Woman in Mexico and CEO for California Mental Health Connection in California. Invited by the UN to create the law on Domestic Violence. Devoted to working with Complex Trauma with Victims of Violent Crime.

Specialized in Sexual Abuse, Domestic Violence and Substance Abuse. Profesor recognized for Work on prevention. Credentialed by the State of California as Administrator and as Direct Support Professional for Disabled population. Recognized by the Mexican Society of Writers for the books on Domestic Violence, Prevention of Sexual Abuse and Strategies for the Treatment of Substance Abuse. International conferee on the topic.

I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has had to overcome while trying to succeed.

- Booker T. Washington

Valerie Hata Ford - Honorary Member - Daughter of Frank “Jitsuo” & Emiko Hata of Y.Hata & Co., Ltd.
Valerie Hata Ford
Honorary Member - Daughter of Frank "Jitsuo" & Emiko Hata of Y. Hata & Co., Ltd.

Joyce Hata - Honorary Member - granddaughter of Yoichi & Naeko Hata of Y. Hata & Co., Ltd.
Joyce Hata
Honorary Member - Granddaughter of Yoichi & Naeko Hata of Y. Hata & Co., Ltd.

Janis Akuna - Corporate Financial Adviser
Janis Akuna
Corporate Financial Adviser
SR VP, Morgan Stanley

Kim Koga - Special Event Coordinator
Kim Koga
Special Event Coordinator

Ashley Logan-Jenkins - Executive Project Coordinator
Ashley Logan-Jenkins
Executive Project Coordinator
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