A LOOK AT WHO’S ON THE MOVE ON OAHU
AULANI KEKUNA steps in as regional sales manager at Accel Event Rentals & Design. Now leading a team of special-event coordinators with the company, Kekuna will be responsible for overseeing a growing portfolio of key accounts across Oahu. Her event background includes serving as vice president of business development at Pacific Event Services LLC. Kekuna attended the University of San Diego for her master’s degree and her bachelor’s degree is from Whitworth College in Washington.
DEAN SHIGEMURA, Bank of Hawaii’s (BOH) chief financial officer, moves up to vice chair of the bank’s managing committee. He has been a part of the committee since 2008, most recently serving as its senior executive vice president, and started at BOH in 1999 as vice president and investments officer. Shigemura has moved through several senior positions at the bank earning his most recent title in January. He holds a master’s degree in finance and management from University of Pennsylvania.
CATHERINE CRUZ joins Hawaii Public Radio (HPR) as the newest co-host of the network’s weekday talk program, The Conversation. She also will be reporting for HPR News. Cruz, an award-winning journalist, has been a local television reporter since 1983, serving more than three decades with KITV. She is the co-founder and former board member, as well as programming chair, of Pacific Islanders in Communications. Cruz earned a degree in broadcast journalism from San Francisco State University.
ENOCK FREIRE is the newly appointed vice president and senior financial consultant at Central Pacific Bank (CPB). He will now be responsible for providing customers with financial advice and wealth-management services, including training CPB employees in enhancing their knowledge of the bank’s strategic business plans. Freire holds 15 years of financial industry experience and served in senior positions at American Savings Bank prior to joining CPB.
THOMAS DELANEY of Hawaii Dental Service (HDS) advances to chief operating officer from director of information systems. In addition to managing information systems, he also will provide oversight and leadership for the company’s other operational activities, such as claims processing, member services and other areas. Delaney started with HDS in 1985 as a database analyst and concurrently served as vice president of the business’ subsidiary, Hawaii Client Services. Delaney is a graduate of California State University at Long Beach.
TINA TSUCHIYAMA now is an associate with Carlsmith Ball law firm, after participating in the firm’s summer associate program as a law student. Her specialties include real property, land use and Hawaii state and government issues. Tsuchiyama received her law degree from University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law, while simultaneously serving as research assistant to Professor David Callies, and a legal extern to the Honorable Mark Recktenwald of the Supreme Court of Hawaii.