Learning to lead

Leadership is everybody’s business.

Leadership is about relationships.

Leadership is ongoing.

Leadership is learned.

Leaders aspire to do for the good of all.


Since 2003, Leadership Kauai has been dedicated to these principles and collaborative efforts to ensure a source of qualified and committed leaders ready to serve our island in the spirit of Aloha.

On June 6, the adult class of 2014 celebrated their accomplishments at the 10th graduation ceremony held at the Kauai Museum.

Mayor Bernard Carvalho, Jr. a graduate from the first class in 2005, delivered a message on leadership — the three Ds: Determining the solution in your mind, deciding what to do from your gut intuition, and delivering your decision from your heart. And most importantly – to lead with the spirit of aloha.

This year’s class members are Heather Kanoe Ahuna of Na Hoku Welo, Stefan Alford of Pacific Missile Range Facility, James Kealalio of County of Kauai, Tai-Li Kealamailelauli`i Medeiros of Syngenta Hawaii, Heath Allen Prow of Integrity Engineering, Brenda Ann Sameshima of Kuku’ula Development, and Dana Marie Shelit of Kauai Community College. The class community project is an informational sign for kamaaina and visitors that provides the history and culture of the Salt Ponds in Hanapepe.

Leadership Kauai was launched through the Kauai Chamber of Commerce in 2003. In honor of this long-standing relationship and in reaching this 10th year landmark and the centennial of the Chamber, Randy Francisco, president of the Kauai Chamber of Commerce co-sponsored with DuPont Pioneer, chamber member Heath Prow of Integrity Engineering, a rising leader in the business community.

“It was very appropriate and timely that the chamber participates in Leadership Kauai by investing and sponsoring one of our own members and young entrepreneurs,” Francisco said. “In recognition of the commitment of one of my predecessors, former president Mamo Cummings-Graham who led the effort to establish the Leadership Kauai program, that in our centennial year we recognize a member who would benefit from the knowledge and experiences learned, the relationships developed, and, thus, contribute to our island in the private, nonprofit and public sectors.”

Over the past 10 years, 173 adult and 114 youth graduates have incorporated the leadership ideals into their lives and work. These diverse, well-equipped and networked leaders developed a cultural understanding and sensitivity to inspire others to choose to lead. With passion, integrity and inclusiveness, they completed 37 community projects touching and improving the lives of over 35 percent of island residents and visitors.

Leadership Kauai is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit supported by private and corporate donations for programs and scholarship, as well as grants, tuition and fundraisers. Enrollment for the Class of 2015 is open. Orientation is Aug. 22.

Info: 246-8727 or www.leadershipKauai.org


Randy Francisco is president of Kauai Chamber of Commerce.


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