Insights in Leadership Hawaii Institute for Public Affairs Insights in Leadership are short vignettes on the views and opinions Ho‘oulu Award Honorees on public leadership summarized from the discussions of seven very 2011 special leaders of Hawaii: Mark Dunkerley, J.N. Musto, Rose Tseng, Keith Amemiya, Gavan Daws, Jim Ed Norman, Ramsey Pedersen and BUSINESS Governor George Ariyoshi. Insights in Leadership provides a snapshot into their personal lives as they share their views on leadership, Mark Dunkerley mentoring, motivation, inspiration and success. These individuals were President and Chief Executive Ofﬁcer Hawaiian Airlines honored on February 24, 2011 by the Hawaii Institute for Public Affairs for their contributions and achievements in the ﬁeld of public policy LABOR and public affairs. Each received the prestigious “Ho‘oulu Award” J.N. Musto, Ph.D. which symbolizes their ability to inspire public leadership. Insights in Executive Director Leadership seeks to provide a sincere and genuine discussion on the University of Hawaii Professional Assembly essence of leadership as seen through the eyes of Hawaii’s very own. GOVERNMENT Rose Tseng, Ph.D. Chancellor Emerita and Professor Ho‘oulu Award University of Hawaii– Hilo The Hawaiian word “Ho‘oulu” means to grow, stir up, inspire and COMMUNITY excite. It is an appropriate name for HIPA’s leadership award— Keith Amemiya the Ho‘oulu Award—which seeks to celebrate the achievements of Former Executive Director those men and women who have made a signiﬁcant impact in the Hawaii High School Athletic Association public affairs and public policy arena. Ho‘oulu honorees exhibit CULTURE & ARTS strong leadership, determination and devotion to excellence in their MELE respective professions and occupations, and have made a positive Music & Entertainment Learning Experience and community-wide impact. Be it in business, government, labor,Co-founders: Gavan Daws, Jim Ed Norman, Ramsey Pedersen community, culture and the arts, or as a lifetime achievement award, Ho‘oulu awardees inspire in themselves and others excellence and LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT commitment to make Hawaii a better place. Governor George Ariyoshi
Mark Dunkerley Excellence in BUSINESS Reaching you from anywhere to Hawaii. “No It is the combination of long-term other major airline has a mission tied vision and day-to-day execution New Heights to a destination,” he explained. “Ours that has Hawaiian well positioned W hen you watch the grace is to continue to provide the inter- for a new era of growth into interna- and breath-stopping island service on which our State’s tional markets. maneuvers of aerobatics, economy and way of life depends Dunkerley is quick to emphasize you can’t help but marvel at the while we open up new markets to that the company’s exceptional pilot’s skill and nerves of steel. It is bring more visitors to the islands.” performance would not have been a demonstration of controlled risk in Under his watch, the airline focuses possible without its employees. The the extreme. Small wonder that this tirelessly on continuous improvement – sentiment may sound predictable but is Mark Dunkerley’s favorite form a discipline that has consistently is genuine. “I’m privileged to work of recreation. He is the man who earned Hawaiian top marks in its alongside these terrific employees brought Hawaiian Airlines out of industry for on-time performance, who, every day, deliver the best, most bankruptcy six years ago, and has service quality, and the gold stan- reliable and friendly service to the since built the business into one of dard: profitability. eight million customers who fly with the world’s most successful airlines us every year.” almost tripling its size and main- And while other airlines were drop- taining its profitability — a feat few ping routes and cutting schedules, One small way the company shows airlines have matched. And he did it Hawaiian added new routes to the its appreciation is to take employees in the midst of a deep recession. West Coast, the South Pacific and up for rides in its 81-year-old Asia – the most recent to Seoul, Bellanca Pacemaker, the original While the risks were less visually Korea. To accommodate this growth, aircraft that started Hawaiian in 1929. exciting than aerial maneuvers, they the company has committed to the He often pilots the plane. But perhaps were no less real on the ground. delivery of $7 billion in new state-of- more telling is the company’s support “In aerobatics, you need a clear vision the-art wide-body aircraft – thought for the community. “The commu- of what you want to achieve, and to be the largest private sector invest- nity is our raison d’etre,” Dunkerley then you work hard and diligently to ment in Hawaii infrastructure in said. “And our employees reflect the make the improvements to get there,” history and a calculated move that community, so we’re proud of the he said. “It’s the same with running started several years earlier as part fact that we are a major corporate the airline.” of the company’s plan to grow new supporter of local charities.” markets for Hawaii. His vision was crystal clear. Unlike As for Mark Dunkerley, he’s still other airlines, who promise to take “As routes opened up, we needed to reaching for new heights at Hawaiian, you from anywhere to anywhere, be ready to bid for them,” he said. enjoying the challenges and competi- Hawaiian’s sole mission is to take tion of the industry he loves.
J.N. Musto, Ph.D. Excellence in LABOR The Balancing Act blind society, and were working to integrate public accommodations. society to work. He took the job with the intention of giving it five years. I t was not just the talk on “Collective Bargaining in Higher Education” at the City University of New York that got the attention of University of Hawaii But the riots polarized the community and the dream died. Musto had his own personal dream of becoming a minister and had his Thirty years later, Musto is still the chief negotiator for UHPA, whose membership includes the faculties of seven community colleges, UH-Hilo, UH-Manoa, and UH-West Oahu. sights set on Yale Divinity School. faculty members in attendance. It However, his pastor intervened. “We Musto sees UHPA’s role as saving was the speaker J.N. Musto. He obvi- don’t need more ministers. We need higher education from becoming ously knew his subject, not just in parishioners like you who don’t totally politicized, by itself becoming theory, but also in practice. At the just profess their faith but act on politically active and using collec- time, he was executive director and it,” he told the young Musto. So tive bargaining as a tool. He cites his chief negotiator for the faculties of he changed course. He went on to favorite definition of higher education Central Michigan University and get a multi-disciplinary Ph.D. in by former UH President Al Simone’s. Ferris State University. The University law, education and business at the “Simone said higher education is ‘of of Hawaii Professional Assembly University of Michigan, and wrote the faculty, by the administration, for (UHPA) was sorely in need of a his thesis on “The impact of Title VII the students.’ Our job is to balance knowledgeable, seasoned negotiator. of the 1964 Civil Rights Act on Public what this means for the faculty in In 1971, Hawaii’s public employees Employment.” He had not lost his the overall equation, and at the had won the right to bargain, and by dream. He simply shifted his focus to same time do everything we can to 1974, of the 13 collective bargaining higher education, which he believes preserve the academic governance of units, UHPA was the only one is the best way to achieve economic the university.” without a negotiated contract. After and social advancement for all people unsuccessfully trying it on their own, – not just a select few. Enter UHPA they believed Musto was the man for with a job offer. the job. At first, he turned them down, but Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, became intrigued with Hawaii’s Musto learned first hand about the unified educational system and fight for economic and social parity. loved the idea of Hawaii not being a He lived through the race riots that race-based culture. The state’s lack wracked the city during the 1960s. of majority groups and its extreme Before that time, teenagers in his isolation in the middle of the Pacific church and fellow teens at black meant that people had to learn churches had a dream of a color- to make accommodations for the
Rose Tseng, Ph.D. Excellence in GOVERNMENT The Tseng Legacy If she sounds like an idealist, she is. Her sphere of influence extended to Y But she also is a realist. the community, where she worked ou can never use too many with community partners to build “I want to make things better for our superlatives to describe or expand resources like UH Hilo’s diverse community, better for people, Rose Y. Tseng, Ph.D., who University Park of Science and that’s what drives me” she explained. took a small, virtually unknown Technology. She founded the Office of “The best way to do that is to build liberal arts college on the island of Mauna Kea Management in large part teams and motivate others to work on Hawai‘i and turned it into a compre- to manage and protect the precious a common vision to improve life for hensive, internationally-recognized resources of the mountain as new everyone. That’s what I love doing.” university with nearly double the astronomy facilities are built such as student body as when she started. She comes by this ethos naturally. the Thirty Meter Telescope now in the She was born in Northern China to design stage at $1.2 billion. Tseng was chancellor at the parents who were trained doctors. University of Hawai‘i at Hilo from She also founded UH Hilo’s ‘Imiloa 1998 to 2010, and was the first Asian “We were poor, but my mom would Astronomy Center of Hawai‘i to inspire American woman to lead a four-year see poor patients, often charging young minds to explore science. She university in the country. them nothing,” she said. “My parents used her connections with NASA, the worked hard, always treating people National Science Foundation, the Before that, her career spanned 23 with kindness and compassion, and National Institutes of Health, and years at San Jose State University in that made a big impression that stays the US Department of Agriculture to California, where she rose through the with me today.” bring in faculty research grants. Under ranks as professor, founding chair of her leadership, UH Hilo became an the Department of Nutrition and Food With two years education in engineer- economic engine, with direct and indi- Science, and dean of the College of ing, degrees in chemistry and nutritional rect impacts exceeding $240 million Applied Sciences and Arts. Just before sciences, and minors in biochem- and 4,000 jobs. coming to Hilo, she spent five years istry and physiology, Tseng had the as chancellor of the 24,000-student academic credentials to guide UH Hilo So what’s ahead for Tseng? Post chan- West Valley-Mission Community to new levels of excellence. UH Hilo cellorship, she’s incredibly passionate College District in Silicon Valley. developed accredited programs in about leadership development, espe- teacher education, nursing, business, cially for women and minorities, and So, why UH Hilo? and Hawaiian language; six master’s she is involved in science, technology “I saw Hilo as the ideal place to programs in fields that target the and energy initiatives. develop a multi-cultural model for state’s social, economic and cultural We have not heard the last of uniting the world through education, issues; and doctorates in Hawaiian Rose Tseng. culture and technology,” she said in a and indigenous language and culture, recent interview. and in pharmacology.
Keith Amemiya Excellence in COMMUNITY Saving Sports myself, I love sports and know that Of course, the big kahuna of local I it’s just as important for the non- sports – football – is where Amemiya f his career path had followed its superstar athletes,” said Amemiya, stirred things up. He shelved the old expected course, Keith Amemiya who ran cross country and track at practice of naming the winner of the would still be practicing commer- Punahou School. “I also knew how Oahu Prep Bowl the state champion, cial litigation. Fresh out of the important high school sports is to and replaced it with a true Statewide University of Hawaii law school, he the entire state, and I felt it would be Football Championship playoff launched his career in 1991, spending a great way to get involved and help involving football schools from across the next seven years building a our youth.” the state. successful practice and earning a nice income. So, what was he thinking He quickly discovered the extent Perhaps Amemiya’s most high profile by giving it all up to take over the of the challenge. “Working for the win was the very successful 2009 leadership of the Hawaii High School HHSAA really opened my eyes to “Save Our Sports Fund” campaign, Athletic Association (HHSAA), the how much our high school athletic when a state budget crunch threat- state’s governing body for high school programs needed in terms of ened to shut down public high school sports? It was a move that surprised upgraded facilities and team funding,” athletics. He issued a plea to the busi- his friends and colleagues, especially he said. ness and general community and in since he wasn’t a star athlete, nor did record time raised nearly $1.5 million Amemiya wanted to expand athletic he know much about athletic adminis- to cover the expected shortfall. It competition to include more than the tration. Even more puzzling, he would was a truly amazing testament to the perennial favorites, and to diversify be taking a substantial pay cut. regard he enjoys in the state. opportunities for athletes of both To complicate matters, the HHSAA, genders across the state – meaning Amemiya has since hung up his which serves 95 public and private the neighbor islands. Today, there sports cap, and moved on to the high schools and over 33,000 student- are 42 annual state championships University of Hawaii Board of athletes statewide, had just become that include such lower profile sports Regents as its new executive adminis- autonomous from the Department of as air riflery, bowling, cheerleading, trator and secretary. Who could have Education, which meant that Amemiya judo, wrestling, swimming and diving, predicted that? He explained, would now be responsible for signifi- golf, tennis, and water polo. There’s “I was fortunate to have the opportu- cant fundraising. Perhaps you could also a second classification (Division nity to join UH’s leadership team to blame the move on youthful optimism II) for smaller schools. Under help them move our state’s higher – he was just 32 years old at the time. Amemiya’s leadership, Hawaii holds education initiatives forward for the the distinction of having the most benefit of hopefully many generations “The truth is, I was intrigued because, high school championships of any to come.” even though I’m not a star athlete state in the country.
MELE Excellence in CULTURE & ARTS They took the idea to Pedersen, who “There are some fifty career paths in embraced it. This was the genesis music and entertainment, creatively, of MELE, a music business program technologically, and on the busi- based at Honolulu Community ness side,“ said Pedersen. “Through College (HCC). MELE, graduates will learn how to create exciting music that is globally MELE – Music and Entertainment marketable.” Learning Experience is modeled on a Nashville program at Belmont MELE has received $1.2m in federal University’s Mike Curb College of stimulus money, plus support from Entertainment and Music Business, the Hawaii state Department of a nationally ranked industry school, Business, Economic DevelopmentThe business of Pictured above (l to r): Gavan Daws, Jim Ed Norman and Ramsey Pedersen with which Norman is connected. and Tourism, and close to half amusic in Hawaii “Nashville – ‘Music City’ – has been million dollars in private donations,W local and national. ho could ever forget the former chancellor of Honolulu a magnet to countless thousands of simple ukelele chords Community College, and Hawaii creative people for decades,” said Already MELE has been actively accompanying the sweet author Gavan Daws. Norman, noting that music is worth working to shepherd music from sounds of Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo‘ole more to Nashville than tourism is Hawaii onto the global enter- Daws was writing a history of Elektra singing his version of “Over the worth to Hawaii. “MELE can help to tainment scene. It is helping to Records, a division of Warner Music Rainbow”? So global is its appeal that bring these two communities together choose soundtrack music for “The Group, when he and Norman met. it has been featured worldwide in and create new businesses in Hawaii Descendants,” the upcoming To them, the IZ phenomenon has soundtracks for films, television shows for generations to come.” Hollywood feature film shot here, broader implications for Hawaii. and commercials. Seventeen years starring George Clooney, directed by Through Norman and Pedersen, MELE after its release, the recording still has Simply put: with the technology of Oscar winner Alexander Payne, and established a working relationship appeal, climbing to number one for the 21st-century music industry, music based on a novel by Hawaii’s Kaui with Belmont, which provides curric- nine straight weeks on the German from anywhere can go anywhere– Hart Hemmings. ulum to HCC via live interactive video, singles charts in 2010. It speaks to including music from Hawaii. with instructors from both institutions “This is a natural for MELE,” said the universality of IZ’s music, which, Norman and Daws knew that for the team-teaching the courses. Daws. “Local base, global reach – it’s while steeped in Hawaiian culture, local industry to thrive globally, it an example of how the program can“has the power to cross boundaries MELE now has 81 students pursuing must focus on the business of music. help generate export-quality music of language, geography and musical AA degrees in music business and It must develop a more robust infra- that can have an impact in the world genres.” (Mountain Apple Co.) audio engineering, with access to structure and support enterprises entertainment industry, to the benefit state-of-the-art recording technology Enter three men — Jim Ed Norman, to make music from Hawaii more of Hawaii.” at the new Mike Curb MELE Studios former president of Warner Bros successful and marketable worldwide – at HCC. Records Nashville; Ramsey Pedersen, to Hawaii’s benefit.
Governor George Ariyoshi LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT Our Young: His who was also the first Asian American governor in the entire nation. to be sustained with discussion in our schools, in government, in business Hope for the Future and in our community.” G His governing style became known eorge R. Ariyoshi never as “quiet but effective” – the emphasis His latest book, “Hawaii: The Past dreamed of being a politi- on “effective.” For example, a fiscally Fifty Years • The Next Fifty Years” has cian, much less governor of conservative Ariyoshi successfully resulted in many requests to speak to the state of Hawaii. He just wanted to guided the state through its first school students across the state. “The practice law. But in the early 1950s, a economic recession and with prudent future is theirs. So I dialog with them question from Governor John Burns fiscal policies, avoided a budget deficit. and encourage them to participate would change that. What, he asked The state never experienced a short- in the process,” he said. “I’ve been the young Ariyoshi, was the biggest fall during his administration. impressed with their energy and the issue facing Hawaii? Ariyoshi’s freshness of their ideas. They give me answer: Fairness. “In the good times, we should be great hope for Hawaii’s future.” looking ahead and change our Power was concentrated in the spending patterns so that we can He bemoans the low voter turnouts of hands of the Big Five, which meant weather the down times,” he said. recent years. A very small segment of that opportunities were non-existent the state’s population is making deci- for those outside the power struc- Another pressing issue for the sions for everyone – a strange reversal ture. Burns, who knew that change governor was Hawaii’s rapid popula- of the fairness he fought for. Now would have to come through political tion growth and what he saw as long- when all people have the right and action, encouraged him to run for term impacts of uncontrolled growth the opportunity to have a say in their office. So he did, and a long political on quality of life and the environment. future, they have defaulted through career began in 1954 when he was This was the basis for Ariyoshi’s apathy. His hope is that young people elected to the territorial House of Hawaii State Plan – what he calls “the will change this. Representatives. We know the people’s plan,” because it enlisted rest: Ariyoshi eventually became ordinary citizens in developing 12 “Our hope for the future is our young Governor Burns’ lieutenant governor functional plans for managing growth, people, and HIPA can help to get them in 1970, succeeded an ill Burns in and for sustainable uses of our engaged in shaping their destiny.” 1973 as acting governor, was elected natural resources. governor in his own right in 1974, “It was important to get people and went on to serve three terms. involved in thinking about their “It was Governor Burns’ hope to see preferred future. A plan is a guidepost the first Hawaii-born, non-white and minor shifts may be necessary governor for the state,” said Ariyoshi, along the way, but we know where we want to end up. These efforts need
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