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Historic Ala Moana Pumping Station

Ballot for KIA Board Members

The ballot for 2022 Board members is attached. All KIA members may vote via email, fax or U.S. mail by December 31, 2021. Below is the list of Board members needing approval from the membership:

Jeffrey Chen - Howard Hughes Corporation

Gary Evora - Kamehameha Schools

Jared Kashiwabara - Bank of Hawaii

Kelton Kato - J Kadowaki, Inc.

Paul Kimura - City Fender & Body Service, Ltd.

Jon Lee - WCIT Architecture

Michael Libertini - Compass Home Loans

Terri Miyazu - Parallel Capital Partners, LLC

Kurt Murata - First Hawaiian Bank

Nicole Nakano - FirstOnsight Property Restoration

Sanford Ono - Central Pacific Bank

Peterson Rosario - dooplikit

Jeff Sandborn - Ohana Parking Systems

KIA Board Profile

A very knowledgeable member of the KIA Board is Gary Evora, who is the Commercial Real Estate Senior Asset Manager for Kamehameha Schools since February 2015. Gary holds a Hawaii real estate broker’s license and is responsible for the Kakaako, Windward Oahu, and Haleiwa areas. Prior to his working at Kamehameha Schools, Gary was the Senior VP Property Management Colliers International from 2011-2015, worked for Bishop Square Management from 2004-2011, and APCOA/Standard Parking from 1988-2004. Gary is a St. Louis High School and University of Hawaii Manoa, BS Political Science, graduate after attending college in San Diego; and was with the USCGR (United States Coast Guard). He was born in Kaneohe, lived on Kauai, in Massachusetts, Panama and New York before returning to Hawaii. Gary currently lives in Kailua with wife Gayla and son’s Blaise and Reef, while enjoying the game of golf, offshore fishing, surfing and maintaining cars, boat and house. “Better to have it and not need it, then to need it and not have it.”

KIA 2022 Renewal

All members of the Kakaako Improvement Association was emailed the 2022 KIA Membership Renewal form in November and early December. Mahalo to those who have already renewed but know that most will renew in January. Click here for the renewal form.

Save the Date

The first KIA General Membership Meeting for 2022 will be held on Wednesday, January 26th from 11:30am via Zoom. Presentations will be made by Craig Nakamoto of the Hawaii Community Development Authority (HCDA) and from TZ Economica, Paul Brewbaker. HCDA will discuss what has been happening in the Kakaako area, while Paul will talk about the 2022 economic outlook.

KIA Invitational Golf Tournament

Plans have begun for the 2022 KIA Invitational Golf Tournament…mark your calendar for Friday, May 20, 2022 at the Pearl Country Club. Proceeds from the tournament are earmarked for KCAA Muriel Preschool, located in the middle of Kakaako, serving keiko from two to five years of age. Any KIA member interested in being on the golf tournament committee should contact Sherry Goya, KIA Executive Director at

KIA Member News

The Children’s Discovery Center has lost a great leader and volunteer when Loretta Yajima passed away in November. She championed the Center from the ground up, loved seeing the keiki enjoying themselves throughout the Center, and always thought of ways to make the experience better for families. Sherry Goya, KIA Executive Director, has been a long-time member, taking her now ten-year-old granddaughter and soon to introduce her nine-month old grandson to the Center. Almost every time Sherry visited the Center, Loretta came down to visit. She will be missed by many who knew her. KIA members may make a donation on her behalf at

KIA News

The 7th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival will be held from October 28 to November 4, 2022. KIA member, Barbie Hee, wanted to share with KIA members. $3,100 per person will cover a chartered flight to Okinawa and includes accommodations, transfers, meals, sightseeing, and festival registration. Call Barbie at 808-375-7483 or email