Foundation names new CEO

LIHUE — Hawaii Community Foundation announced Thursday the appointment of Micah Kane as its new chief executive officer beginning July 1.

“I’m humbled and honored to be entrusted as HCF’s new leader,” he said.

The appointment of Kane is a culmination of a five-month search which began in December when Kelvin Taketa said he planned to step down in 2017.

“While we were blessed with great interest and good candidates, Micah was the unanimous choice of the Board,” said Deborah K. Berger, chair of HCF’s Board of Governors. “For the past 19 years under Kelvin’s leadership, HCF has made an incredible impact in Hawaii. Now, as HCF moves forward into its next century, we’re confident that Micah’s proven leadership and deep knowledge of and passion for the organization and our community will lead HCF to new heights.”

Taketa will work with Kane on the transition over the next two months and will then serve as a part-time senior fellow, working on strategic initiatives for HCF.

Since joining HCF in January 2016, Kane has served as president and chief operating officer. He has held leadership roles in private and public sectors.

As chairman of the Hawaiian Homes Commission and Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, he oversaw projects to increase access to home ownership for Native Hawaiians. Kane has also served on a number of private and nonprofit boards including as a former HCF board member for seven years. Kane is a graduate of Kamehameha Schools and Menlo College, and he received his MBA from the University of Hawaii.

HCF is a steward of more than 800 funds, including more than 200 scholarship funds, created by donors who desire to transform lives and improve communities.

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