Michio (Mitch) Yamasaki

Chair

Mitch Yamasaki is a Professor of History at Chaminade University and has been a member of our board of directors since 2014.

Colette Higgins

Vice Chair

Colette is the Dean of Academic Affairs for Humanities & Language Arts at Windward Community College. She has been a board member since 2017.

Kirsten Mollegaard

Secretary-Treasurer

Kirsten is Professor of English and Department Chair in the English Department at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo. She has been a member of HIHumanities board since 2015.

Maxine Yukie Tokuyama

Yukie is a retired educator and director of international education. She has been a member of our board since 2017.

Karla K. Silva-Park

Karla is the Title IX Coordinator at Windward Community College and she has been on our board of directors since 2016.

Todd Sammons

Todd is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. This is his second time as a board member, having returned to the board in 2016. He thrives as a long-time History Day judge, especially–and not surprisingly–of essays. He is also the perennial President of Children’s Literature Hawai‘i, an organization that gathers scholars, authors, illustrators, performers, and families together for conversation and learning about literature for children. He has served as a board member since 2016.

Janel Quirante

Janel is the Head Archivist of ʻUluʻulu: The Henry Kuʻualoha Guigni Moving Image Archive of Hawaiʻi at University of Hawaiʻi, West Oʻahu. She has been a member of our board since 2017.

Mary Therese Perez Hattori

Mary is the Scholarship Program Specialist at East-West Center and she has been a board member of HIHumanities since 2018.

Susan (Yim) Griffin

Sue is the Managing Editor of HIKI NO at Hawaiʻi Public Television. She has been on our board since 2015.

Colleen Furukawa

Colleen is the Vice President of Programming at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center. She has been on our board since 2016.

Amy Boehning

Amy is a National Board Certified Teacher in Social Studies, a teacher at Mililani High School, and a National History Day Teacher Ambassador. She has been a member of our board of directors since 2016.

Tisha M. Aragaki

Tisha is the Assistant Archivist at ʻUluʻulu: The Henry Kuʻualoha Guigni Moving Image Archive of Hawaiʻi at University of Hawaiʻi, West Oʻahu. She has been on our board of directors since 2017.

Mark Ombrello

Mark is an Instructor of History at Kauaʻi Community College. He is also a Hawaiʻi History Day Historian Consultant for the island of Kauaʻi and has been on our board since 2019.

Vincent Ryan Linares

Vincent is Professor Emeritus of English at University of Hawaiʻi, Maui College. He has been a board member since 2019.

Gary J. Cordova

Gary is the Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Mid-Pacific Institute and began serving on our board of directors in 2019.

Maja Clark

Maja Clark is the Executive Director of Donkey Mill Arts Center and has been a member of our board since 2019.

Nancy Aleck

Nancy has a background in and passion for the arts, community, education, and social justice. She was able to find a job that allowed her to combine them all and retired as the Executive Director of Hawaii People’s Fund in 2016. She became a board member for the HIHumanities in 2019.

Grant Yoshikami

Grant is the Vice President and Department Head of Corporate Banking at Hawaiʻi National Bank. He has served on our board of directors since 2016.