Governor’s Office Press Release: Governor Ige Appoints Five to Lands and Resources Board
Posted on February 17, 2022 in Latest Department News, Press Room, Press Releases from the Governor’s Office
(HONOLULU) – Governor David Ige has named an Island of Hawai’i engineer, Kauai real estate leader, cultural museum vice president, climate change small business owner and active volunteer of Maui to serve on the State Board of Land and Natural Resources. All five appointments are subject to Senate confirmation.
- Wesley “Kaiwi” Yoon has served on the Land Board since 2019 and is in the process of being nominated for a second term, as general representative. His current term ends June 30, 2022. Yoon is Vice President of Operations, Planning and Project Management at the Bishop Museum. Previously, he worked at the Department of Lands and Natural Resources from 2015 to 2018 and served two terms with the Legacy Land Conservation Commission from 2007 to 2014. He is a graduate of Kamehameha Schools and holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
- Doreen Canto has represented Maui on the Land Board on an interim basis since July 2021. A native of Hawaii, she has served on numerous advisory boards to community organizations and governments. She served as Maui Commissioner for the Hawaiian Homelands Commission from 2014 to 2017 and served as Chair of the Maui Police Commission from 2005 to 2010. Canto is a graduate of Baldwin High School and holds an associate degree from the University of Phoenix. She currently works at Maui Grown Therapies.
- Aimee Keli’i Barnes Acting representative for the City and County of Honolulu on the Land Board since January 2022. She is the director of Hua Nani Partners, a small, woman-owned consulting firm that provides policy and strategic advice to nonprofits and philanthropy, focusing on climate change. She has worked on environmental issues for 20 years. She earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from Dartmouth College and a master’s degree in environmental science and policy from Columbia University.
- Karen Ono was the longtime association executive for the Kaua’i Board of REALTORS until last year, serving as the organization’s chief executive from April 1979 to December 2021. She served as a committee member of government affairs for the association from January 2018 to December 2021 and served as a representative for the Chamber of Commerce, Kaua’i Business Council and Rice Street Business Association. She holds an associate degree from Kaua’i Community College and was appointed by Governor Ige to represent the Garden Island.
- Riley Smith is nominated to represent the island of Hawai’i. He has been President and Chief Executive Officer of Lanihau Properties, LLC since January 2013. He has held executive positions with the company since 2009. Previously, he led the construction of the undersea fiber optic network that connects the five main Hawaiian islands. He has a long professional experience dating back to 1976 and has served on numerous boards and commissions, including the Na Ala Hele Advisory Council. Smith is a graduate of Kamehameha Schools and has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Southern California and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Hawaii.
“These five individuals have demonstrated leadership and performance in a variety of fields and contexts. Most importantly, they each have absolute love and respect for the natural and cultural uniqueness of Hawai’i,” Governor Ige said.
The Lands and Natural Resources Board has seven members: one from each district and two general members. The chairman of the board is also the chief executive of the DLNR. The council meets twice a month to act on ministerial submissions, including land leases and conservation district applications.
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Senior Communications Manager
Hawaii Department of Lands and Natural Resources
Deputy director of communication / press officer