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Historic Ala Moana Pumping Station

KIA General Membership Meeting

The second KIA General Membership Meeting of 2022, but the first in-person meeting since January 2020, will be held on Wednesday, August 31st from 11:30am at Kupu (see flyer attached). KIA will provide lunch which will be prepared by the Kupu staff. RSVPs will be taken in August, closer to the meeting date since plans may change in-between now and then.

A panel of three speakers will discuss: “Transportation Mobility in Kakaako,” as this area of Oahu has a number of options besides your vehicle, TheBus, or walking. Julie Yamamoto is General Operations Manager at Hui Car Share, and will talk about the innovative car share service from Servco Pacific Inc. The head of City Operations for Wheels, Brent Vigneault is responsible for bringing safe, reliable, and affordable rides to users in Kakaako. Todd Boulanger is an intricate part of Biki, the bike-share which has been in Kakaako a number of years.

KIA Invitational Golf Tournament

It was missed in the June KIA newsletter, but to add excitement to the golf tournament, First Hawaiian Bank donated the Hole-in-One insurance; alas, no one won the $10,000….maybe next time! Word around the course was that at Hole #1, where MD Restoration was a “tent sponsor,” good food and drink were provided to all golfers. A big Mahalo to these two very important sponsors.

Allen Akiona, Jr., KCAA Muriel Preschool’s Center Director, wrote to the KIA Board of Directors, in part, “On behalf of KCAA Muriel Preschool, I would like to thank your organization for donating to our school the generous sum of $10,000 at the annual KIA Invitational Golf Tournament. It was a great experience for KCAA staff member to work together with your volunteers as a team to make the Tournament such a success! The slide show including Muriel children and staff was a nice addition to the program.” In closing, Allen wrote: “We hope to complete our fundraising efforts for playground improvements with the next 18 months and will be proud to acknowledge KIA as a donor for the project.”

KIA News

Logos Bookstore of Hawaii is looking for long-term, part-time sales associates for three to four Saturdays a month for an eight-hour shift and possibly a one to four hour shift during the week. Applications are available at

KIA Board Profile

Every nonprofit organization is blessed with a Board of dedicated individuals and a president who keeps everything running smoothly throughout the year. KIA is no different, in that Nicole Nakano the 2022 KIA President.

For her “real job,” she is the Regional Sales Manager - Hawaii (Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Hawaii) for Flash, Inc., is in charge of building and maintaining strategic relationships with customers, vendors, and partners while improving efficiency and customer service for current FLASH customers utilizing FLASH's parking and mobility platform. Consumer expectations around parking have radically changed, especially in relation to real estate and hospitality. Between Nicole's deep relationships with the Kakaako Improvement Association and other commercial real estate organizations and FLASH's unique industry perspective, she is a leader in all things parking and mobility for Hawaii.

Previously, Nicole was the Vice President Regional Account Executive at First Onsite Property Restoration. Prior to joining First Onsite, Nicole worked in the leadership roles in business development for a parking operator and in the banking industry with a strong background in Sales and Marketing.

Nicole graduated from Maryknoll School, received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of San Francisco, a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Hawaii Pacific University. Nicole is also on the Board for BOMA Hawaii and is a BOMA Past President. During her free time, Nicole enjoys spending time with her family, golfing at Oahu Country Club, traveling, streaming and trying new experiences.