Maui Leadership Program Accepting Applications

June 22, 2011, 7:04 AM HST
* Updated June 23, 4:22 PM
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By Katie McMillan

Maui business owners listen up. The time is now to nominate your employees to participate in the Ka Ipu Kukui Leadership program.

The Ka Ipu Kukui Fellows class of 2011 with Executive Director Lori Teragawachi

A Decisions Maui and Focus Maui Nui initiative, the Ka Ipu Kukui Fellows program is a year-long program designed to help develop and train future leaders not only to identify challenges, but more importantly, to overcome them. After four highly successful years graduating a total of 46 individuals, plans are to have an even better year five.

“We have incorporated input and suggestions from the Fellows to continuously improve the program,” says Dr. Lori Teragawachi, director of the program. Currently applications are being accepted for the Ka Ipu Kukui 2011-2012 Fellows program.  The program completes its fourth year and is now seeking applicants for its fifth year.

Ka ipu kukui means crucible of lighta test and a furnace for seeking and taking the best path ahead.


“Maui Nui occupies a special place in the state, country and world. But as all of us know, we face many challenges that could very well erode the unique splendor of these special islands,” says Scott Nunokawa, Ka Ipu Kukui steering committee member.


From concerns and beliefs expressed first by Decisions Maui in the 1980s and reinforced by the 2003 Focus Maui Nui visioning process (, the Ka Ipu Kukui Fellows program was conceived to provide significant help in identifying and training leaders through a community-based program specifically designed to address all aspects of planning for Maui Nui’s future.

The program will require an active participation monthly during the year, for approximately two to three days, depending on the activities planned. Approximately twelve to fifteen fellows will be selected through a competitive process conducted by the members of the Ka Ipu Kukui steering committee. Applicants will then be notified by early August. The deadline for applications is July 25, 2011.

Steering committee members include: Sandy Baz, Roselle Bailey, Buck Buchanan, Rory Frampton, Lori Teragawachi, Scott Nunokawa, Stanley Okamoto, Ken Ota, Clyde Sakamoto, Lianne Yoshida, Kalani Ho, Yarrow Flower, Rhiannon Chandler, and Jeanne Skog.


If you are interested in this program or know of an individual you would like to nominate, please contact Dr. Lori T. Teragawachi at 984-3406. For an application or more information and to see a video of the 2010 KIK class, visit

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