Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities Board of Directors Elects New Members

HONOLULU—The Hawaiʻi Council for the Humanities (HCH) Board of Directors elected five new members at its July 23, 2016 meeting.  The new members are Amy Boehning, Colleen C. Furukawa, Joy Holland, Joseph Rothstein and Grant Yoshikami.  Each member will serve a three-year term, renewable once, for a potential six years of service.  The following are their individual biographies:

  • Amy Boehning (O‘ahu) teaches social studies at Mililani High School, and is a long-time participating teacher and consultant to the HCH Hawai‘i History Day program. She is a National Board Certified Teacher, serving as a Teacher Ambassador for National History Day in 2015 and 2016, and has been recognized as a NHD Teacher of the Year finalist, Behring NHD State of Hawai‘i Teacher of the Year, and HCH Hawai‘i History Day Teacher of the Year. She regularly advises the Hawai‘i State Department of Education on curriculum standards and benchmark reforms in social studies.
  • Colleen C. Furukawa (O‘ahu) is vice president of programming for the Maui Arts & Cultural Center, and has over thirty years of experience in the private and nonprofit sectors ranging from performing arts, business, hotel and travel industry, scientific research, public humanities, and educational programs. She is an active member of and has served as a peer review panelist for several local and national arts groups and special programs.
  • Joy Holland (Hawai‘i) is the executive director of the Kona Historical Society (KHS), and has a master’s degree in library science and an undergraduate degree in Classics. Before her current position at KHS, she was a preservation archivist at Hamilton Library, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, and has been active in several local historical, cultural and heritage centers, including serving on the board of the Association of Hawai‘i Archivists.
  • Joseph Rothstein (O‘ahu) is a private wealth advisor and financial planner for Azure Wealth Advisors, associated with Ameriprise Financial Services, is a long-time judge for Hawai‘i History Day, along with his wife Ann, and among other volunteer activities leads meditation practices in the prisons.
  • Grant Yoshikami (O‘ahu) is vice president and department head for corporate banking for Hawaii National Bank (HNB), has been an active volunteer for Hawai‘i History Day, representing HNB, which has donated medals for the History Day state fairs almost from the beginning of the program. He is actively involved in several local nonprofits, having served on the boards of the UH Alumni Association, UH College of Arts and Sciences Advisory Council, Goto of Hiroshima Foundation, YBA of Honolulu, Lyon Arboretum, and as a member of several others.

For more information about the Hawaiʻi Council for the Humanities, please visit hihumanities.org.