Grove Farm announced yesterday in a press release that Myles Shibata has been named president of Grove Farm Land Corporation, a subsidiary of the Puhi-based development and management company, effective May 15.
Shibata is currently the chief operating officer at Kawailoa Development, which owns the land under the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa and the Poipu Bay Golf Course.
A 17-year Kaua‘i resident, Shibata has been with Kawailoa Development for 16 years.
“Although I leave Kawailoa with a heavy heart, I am very excited to be a part of the Grove Farm team,” Shibata said.
Shibata will be responsible for overseeing various Grove Farm Land Company functions for the company that owns 40,000 acres from Wailua to Maha‘ulepu. He will report to Warren Haruki, Grove Farm president and chief executive officer.
“We are thrilled to welcome Myles to our Grove Farm family, and look forward to having him guide Grove Farm Land Corporation to the next level for the betterment of Kaua‘i,” Haruki said.
“Myles is a proven leader, and his commitment to the community and obvious love for the island make him a valuable asset,” said Haruki.
“With the financial backing of Steve Case, Grove Farm has steadily regained its financial footing over the past few years. Now, with Myles on board to lead GFLC operations, Grove Farm will continue to be responsive to change while contributing positive economic opportunities to or island community,” Haruki said.
Shibata was born and raised on O‘ahu, and attended Aiea High School and the University of Hawai‘i.
He sits on the board of the Kaua‘i Board of Water Supply, the Kauai Economic Development Board, Leadership Kaua‘i and the Kauai Junior Golf Association.
More information on Grove Farm is available at www.grovefarm.com.