The Pacific Century Fellows program announced the selection of its 15th class of Fellows, comprised of 36 men and women. This year’s class will include a member from Kauai.
The program identifies, encourages and helps to develop and strengthen island leaders. A goal of the program is to nurture relationships among individuals who are committed to exploring creative and constructive solutions to far-reaching challenges facing the state and nation.
Reiko Matsuyama, director of finance, Grove Farm Company, is the Kauai member.
Modeled after the White House Fellows Program and founded in 1996 by former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann, the Pacific Century Fellows are chosen on the basis of written applications and personal interviews conducted by a blue-ribbon panel of judges.
“With our 15th class of Fellows participating in this unique executive leadership program, we continue to build a cadre of bright, talented and energetic professionals who will make contributions to the betterment of Hawaii and the Pacific region in the years to come,” Hannemann said. “Many of our previous Fellows already have made a positive impact in our community, and this class will be no different.”
The program will begin with a two-day retreat on September 25-26, featuring a series of seminars and discussions, and participants will also have an opportunity to help plan their agenda and schedule for the upcoming year. During the year, fellows will take part in at least one day-long program each month to investigate critical issues facing Hawaii in such areas as crime, education, environment, quality of life, the military, and the economy.