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Wednesday, June 7, 2000

More than 200
apply for board
of Kamehameha

Two interim members join
those vying for five
permanent posts

By Rick Daysog


More than 200 people have applied for the five permanent Kamehameha Schools trustee positions, including two members of the current interim board of trustees.

The trustee screening committee, appointed by the probate court, said it has received applications from a cross-section of the local community for the five openings, whose pay has been capped at $97,500 a year.

A person familiar with the process said two members of the estate's court-appointed interim board of trustees were among the applicants. But the source declined to identify the candidates.

"We know from these many qualified candidates we will find finalists who are not only capable of running an internationally recognized trust, but who also share the princess's vision," said committee member Nona Beamer.

The committee will spend the next several months screening applicants' qualifications and community history and will come up with a list of seven finalists by September.

The public will then get the opportunity to comment on the candidates during a 30-day period, after which the probate court will select the five permanent trustees from the seven-member list.

The screening committee members include Beamer; Roy Benham, president of the Oahu region of the Kamehameha Schools Alumni Association; local business executive Kenneth Brown; Kamehameha School alumnus Mike Rawlins; attorneys Melody MacKenzie and Colbert Matsumoto, the estate's former court-appointed master; and Kelvin Taketa, a Hawaii Community Foundation executive.

The committee was appointed after all five of the estate's embattled former trustees resigned last year after the Internal Revenue Service threatened to revoke the $6 billion trust's tax-exempt status.

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