Kamehameha board trustee sought


POSTED: Sunday, March 28, 2010

The state Probate Court has launched a search to fill a seat on the Kamehameha Schools board of trustees to be vacated when Nainoa Thompson's term ends June 30.

June 15 is the deadline for applications in the search process to be conducted by an executive search business and led by a court-appointed screening committee.

Thompson was one of five trustees named by the court 10 years ago after an overhaul of the governing structure of the state's largest landowner formerly called Bishop Estate. A former University of Hawaii regent, Thompson is an officer of the Polynesian Voyaging Society and master of non-instrument navigation used on oceangoing canoe voyages since 1976.

Trustees of the $7.7 billion estate of Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop were formerly appointed by the Hawaii Supreme Court and served for life.

But the new trustee will be named to a five-year term and might be eligible for a second term if approved by the Probate Court.

Trustees are paid $108,000 in annual compensation, with the chairman or chairwoman receiving $128,250.

The court seeks candidates with expertise in business administration, finance and investment, strategic planning or policy setting with a reputation of “;integrity and good character”; and community leadership, and “;outstanding personal traits including Hawaiian values,”; according to the announcement.

The screening committee will scrutinize applicants and provide three finalists to the court. The volunteer committee includes Robert Alm, Wendy Crabb, George “;Keoki”; Freeland, Francis Keala, Cheryl Kauhane Lupenui, Benjamin Matsubara and Michael Rawlins.

Applicants must submit a resume and a cover letter to Inkinen & Associates, 1003 Bishop St., Suite 477, Honolulu 96813. They also are required to write a statement on their view of the trustee role, their vision, goals and objectives for the estate and how they would attain those goals. For information, call Inkinen and Associates, 521-2331.