Meet Our Team

The Friends of the Waikīkī Aquarium (FOWA) is the membership organization of the Waikīkī Aquarium. Its purpose is to support the mission of the Waikīkī Aquarium to inspire and promote understanding, appreciation, and conservation of Pacific marine life. The members of FOWA are individuals and organizations interested in the purposes of the Waikīkī Aquarium.

FOWA’s Board of Directors is the governing body of this membership organization made up of committed and generous individuals who support the Waikīkī Aquarium in numerous ways.

Officers

CHRISTOPHER COLE
CHRISTOPHER COLEChairperson
Partner, Marr Jones & Wang

Board Member Since: 2012
Favorite Marine Animal: Tiger Cowrie

DIRK YOSHIZAWA
DIRK YOSHIZAWAChairperson
Executive Vice President, Commercial Banking, Bank of Hawaii

Board Member Since: 2012
Favorite Marine Animal: Octopus

ELIZABETH CHURCHILL
ELIZABETH CHURCHILLVice Chair
Owner, Churchill Group LLC

Board Member Since: 2015
Favorite Marine Animal: Hawaiian Monk Seal

ALAN MATSUI
ALAN MATSUITreasurer
Principal, KMH LP

Board Member Since: 2019
Favorite Marine Animal: Octopus

LEE HIGA-OKAMOTO
LEE HIGA-OKAMOTOCo-Secretary
Human Resources Director, Child and Family Service

Board Member Since: 2021
Favorite Marine Animal: Sea otter and Yellow Tang

CHUCK KELLEY
CHUCK KELLEYCo-Secretary
Chairman, Seaside Ohana Investments

Board Member Since: 2005
Favorite Marine Animal: Anything in the shark tank

Board Members

JENNIFER ISOBE
JENNIFER ISOBE
Audit Principal, KKDLY, INC.

Board Member Since: 1999
Favorite Marine Animal: Humpback Whale

CHARLIE LOOMIS
CHARLIE LOOMIS
Associate General Counsel, Alexander & Baldwin, Inc.

Board Member Since: 1995
Favorite Marine Animal: Honu (Sea Turtle)

MONICA SALTER
MONICA SALTER
VP Corporate Communications, Outrigger Hospitality Group

Board Member Since: 2017
Favorite Marine Animal: Dolphins

NANCY TAYLOR
NANCY TAYLOR
Artist

Board Member Since: 2012
Favorite Marine Animal: Jellyfish

BRYAN TEPPER
BRYAN TEPPER
Cyber Advisor, Hawaii State Fusion Center

Board Member Since: 2019
Favorite Marine Animal: Nautilus

DAVE WHITE
DAVE WHITE
Punahou School (retired)

Board Member Since: 2016
Favorite Marine Animal: Manta Rays

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