2023 Faces of Hawai’i

(Special Promotional Section) HONOLULU Magazine celebrates some of Hawai‘i’s prominent leaders and businesses who are making waves in their industry.



04 23 Faces Opener


The Face of

Catalyzing a Better Hawai‘i

Team members of HEI

L to R: Shelee Kimura, Scott Seu, Ann Teranishi, Paul Ito and Kurt Murao.


The HEI family of companies is guided by a common purpose: to create a better Hawai‘i — one that is thriving economically, environmentally, culturally and socially — where everyone in our community enjoys an abundance of resources and opportunities that enables them to achieve their hopes and dreams.American Savings Bank has been helping Hawai‘i’s families achieve their dreams and investing in our communities for nearly a century. Hawaiian Electric has provided the energy that fueled our islands’ growth and prosperity for more than 130 years, and they have ambitious goals of reaching 100% renewable energy and net zero carbon emissions from power generation by 2045.HEI’s top leaders each call Hawai‘i home. HEI president and CEO Scott Seu grew up in Makiki. Shelee Kimura, Hawaiian Electric president and CEO, and Ann Teranishi, American Savings Bank president and CEO, were both raised in Aiea. HEI’s executive vice presidents, Paul Ito and Kurt Murao, grew up in Kaneohe and Mililani, respectively. It’s no wonder this leadership team strives every day to make a positive impact and create a more sustainable future for all Hawai‘i.



1001 Bishop Street, Suite 2900, (808) 543-5662  |  HEI.com


The Face of

General, Cosmetic and Special Needs Dentistry


Hawaii Pacific Dental team members

L to R: Dr. Campbell and Dr. Patel.


Drs. Patel and Campbell began their joint practice over 13 years ago, offering complete sedation/sleep dentistry for the special needs and elderly populations, as well as sleep dentistry for patients of all ages. Their approach is the first of its kind in Hawai‘i and done in a safe, controlled environment where patients are closely monitored. They have mastered their techniques and have helped hundreds of patients successfully over the years with a nonjudgmental, caring and compassionate approach. Dr. Patel teaches on the Faculty at the University of Hawai‘i, School of Medicine and Boston University, School of Dental Medicine, and is the Hawai‘i President of Dental Lifeline. Dr. Campbell MD safely and compassionately cares for all his patients requiring or desiring full and complete sleep dentistry with state of the art and hospital quality anesthesia equipment.


Hawaii Pacific Dental Group
6700 Kalaniana‘ole Hwy Ste 216 Honolulu, HI 96825


The Face of

In Vitro Fertilization


Pacific In Vitro Team Members

L to R: Thomas S. Kosasa, M.D., Celia Dominguez, M.D. and Thomas Huang, Ph.D., HCLD, ELD.


As Hawai‘i’s first in vitro clinic, Pacific In Vitro Fertilization Institute has helped thousands of people realize their dream of starting a family. Led by a team of  board-certified physicians with decades of experience in IVF, obstetrics and gynecology and reproductive endocrinology, as well as an on-site Ph.D. embryologist, Pacific In Vitro Fertilization Institute is committed to providing the highest level of care for patients.

The clinic is open seven days a week to be accessible and responsive to patients’ needs. Free monthly Zoom seminars are held for those with questions about the in vitro fertilization process and other alternatives for couples and individuals with fertility concerns.


Pacific In Vitro Fertilization Institute
Kapi‘olani Medical Center for Women and Children
1319 Punahou Street, Suite 980 Honolulu  |  (808) 946-2226


The Face of

Wisdom Teeth Removal

Pacific Maxillofacial Team Members

L to R: Todd K. Haruki, DDS, MD and Neil Oishi, DDS, MD.



For most people, the removal of third molars (“wisdom teeth”) is necessary for the proper
alignment and long-term health of their remaining teeth. This is ideally done in the teenage years to minimize the risks and discomfort associated with the procedure. While most patients request to be asleep for their procedure, several anesthetic options are available based on each patient’s needs and desires. As oral and maxillofacial surgeons, Dr. Todd Haruki and Dr. Neil Oishi are uniquely qualified in treating wisdom teeth. The latest digital technology enables them to provide exceptional care in a safe and comfortable environment.


Pacific Maxillofacial Center LLC
Honolulu | 1060 Young Street, Suite 312, Honolulu | (808) 585-8455
Waipi‘o | 94-1221 Ka Uka Boulevard, Suite B204, Waipahu | (808) 676-9560


The Face of

Food Distribution in Hawai‘i

Sysco Hawaii Team Members

First Row, L to R: Maria Leiataua, Eric Colon-Butler, Janice Vierra, Karen Howard, Gail Tachibana, Lyn Gojobori, Cheryl Almeida, Sherie Lee, Russell Ige, Charlie McNicoll, Adell Flourry. Second Row, L to R: Kahealani Alohikea-Betham, Peter Cheng, Joel Abille, Gavin Kunimoto, Kris Fleming, Sara Shimada, James Kanda, Derek Woodruff, Corey Strickland, Jeremy Kiaha, Jim Sherman, Nofo Lilo and driver, Jimmy DeMello.



Sysco, a Fortune 100 company, is the global leader in selling, marketing, and distributing food and non-food products to restaurants, healthcare, and educational facilities, lodging establishments, the military, and other customers around the world. The largest foodservice distributor in the state, Sysco Hawai‘i employs over three hundred local associates, spanning five distribution centers across Hawai‘i and Guam. For over 50 years, the Sysco Hawai‘i ‘Ohana has been offering exceptional produce, custom cut meats, high-quality seafood, and global flavors to match the diverse cultures of Hawai‘i. We love living our purpose every day, “Connecting the World to Share Food and Care for One Another.”


Sysco Hawai‘i

716 Umi Street, Honolulu

(808) 843-3200



The Face of

Spine Surgery

Dr Darin Awaya and staff

Back Row, L to R: Cyrus Ikegami SA, Amy Dang RN and Jay Ann Kau RN; Front Row, L to R: Darin Awaya MD, Nadine Ayson MA, Cherry Bonilla MA and Sally Retuta RN.


A born and raised Kailua boy, Dr. Awaya is an Orthopedic Spine surgeon committed to treating diseases of the spine to ensure his patients can enjoy the best mobility possible. After completing his medical school education at the University of Hawai‘i at John A Burns School of Medicine, he finished his residency in Orthopedics at UC Davis in Sacramento, CA. He also completed a fellowship in spine surgery at UC Davis before returning home to Hawai‘i. Dr. Awaya specializes in all areas of spine surgery from minimally invasive decompressions to adult deformity. Practice locations and participation include Hawaii Pacific Health, Queen’s Health System, and Kuakini Hospital.


Darin Awaya MD, Inc.

405 N. Kuakini St. Ste 1105,
(808) 532-2056


The Face of


Endodontics Associates Team Members

L to R: Dr. Andrew Inaba, Dr. Adam Inaba, Dr. Craig Haga and Dr. Wade Nobuhara.



“As a local, three generational family practice, we take the extra steps to treat every patient like family, and to ensure they receive comfortable, patient-centered and the most up-to-date care,” says Dr. Craig Haga.

Founded in 1966 by Dr. Carl Haga, Hawai‘i’s first dentist trained in endodontics, Endodontic Associates, LLC uses state-of-the-art facilities and cutting-edge technology, including a microscope and a brand new laser, in a stress-free environment.

2023 Best Dentists Dr. Craig Haga (son of Dr. Carl Haga), nephews Dr. Adam Inaba and Dr. Andrew Inaba, and associate, Dr. Wade Nobuhara (who joined the practice in 2020 with more than 25 years of endodontic experience) are committed to staying at the forefront of the industry to provide you with the personalized treatment and excellent customer service you deserve.


Endodontic Associates, LLC serves patients at two convenient locations: the Ala Moana Building and the Mary Savio Medical Plaza in Aiea.

Endodontic Associates, LLC

Honolulu  |  Ala Moana Building

1441 Kapi‘olani Boulevard,
Suite 208  |  (808) 591-1515

‘Aiea  |  Mary Savio Medical Plaza
98-1247 Ka‘ahumanu Street
Suite 218, ‘Aiea  |  (808) 455-9051



The Face of

Solar and Smart Home Improvement


L to R: Eric Carlson, Chief Innovation Officer, David Gorman, President & General Manager and Josh Powell, Chief Executive Officer.



Locally owned and operated, RevoluSun is Hawai‘i’s most trusted solar provider. Since 2009, RevoluSun has been the solar contractor of choice for nearly 10,000 homeowners, and hundreds of Hawai‘i’s most loved and respected businesses. What’s next for the team? RevoluSun is collaborating with the utility to bring the grid of the future to your neighborhood. “We’re educating our clients about Virtual Power Plants (VPP) in Hawai‘i,” says Eric Carlson. Many homeowners are choosing to enroll into VPP programs to help support O‘ahu’s grid. In return, they’re compensated on their electric bill. “We couldn’t be more proud of the work our team has done for over 14 years and the important role our systems play in the future of VPPs on O‘ahu’s grid,” Carlson added. For more information, visit revolusun.com



660 Ala Moana Boulevard,
Suite 220A, Honolulu
(808) 748-8888  |  RevoluSun.com


The Face of

Trusts and Estates

YK Law Team

L to R: Randall M.L. Yee and Jared N. Kawashima.


When it comes to planning your future, expertise and reliability are of paramount importance. Unlike larger, general practice law firms, Yee & Kawashima, LLLP concentrates in estate, trust and probate law. Yee & Kawashima, LLLP takes pride in its many long-term client relationships with individual clients and family owned businesses. The firm’s commitment to this practice area offers the assurance that the firm will continue to provide the highest level of service for future generations.


Yee & Kawashima, LLLP

1000 Bishop Street,
Suite 908, Honolulu
(808) 524-4501  |  yklawhawaii.com