Leaders Forum Plucks Talent From East Oahu

Hawaii Leadership Forum recently announced its picks for the 2014-15 Omidyar Fellows program, which include five area rising stars who already are immersed in community leadership roles.

Now in its third year, the latest 14 Fellows were selected through a rigorous application and interview process for a 15-month curriculum of training, executive coaching, dialogue with community leaders and more — all intended to groom leaders for Hawaii’s future.


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Brian Kealoha

East Oahu’s Fellows listed below will begin their training in October.

* Brian Kealoha of Aina Haina, regional manager of Chevron Energy Solutions, graduate Gonzaga University, on the board of Nuuanu YMCA and Diamond Head Classic

* Daniel Kim of Hawaii Kai, Bank of Hawaii senior vice president and regional manager, Loyola and UW graduate, board member Family Programs Hawaii, Hawaii Hotel and Lodging Association, Retail Merchants and Federal Law Enforcement Foundation

* John Leong of Kaimuki, founder of Pono Pacific and Kupu Hawaii, graduate University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, board member Trust for Public Land, YMCA Metro, Corps Network

* Kawika Riley of Maunalani Heights, chief advocate for OHA, graduate University of Northern Colorado and George Washington University, past senior aide to Sen. Dan Akaka, member U.S. Senate Press Secretaries Association

* Stephen Schatz of Niu Valley, assistant superintendent for state DOE’s Office of Strategic Reform, educational leadership awardee, past teacher and administrator at California schools, graduate UC Santa Cruz, Cal State Dominguez Hills

“We look forward to the Omidyar Fellows becoming a close, collaborative team of leaders who will improve our state, and the world, together,” said Kalei Stern, external relations director.

The program is supported by Hawaii Community Foundation, which received a $50-million commitment from local philanthropists Pierre and Pam Omidyar in 2009.