Founding Families

 


Keith Regan
キース レーガン
Lynn Araki-Regan
リン アラキ・レーガン
Keith Powers
キース パワーズ
Michiko Ishida-Powers
倫子 リン パワーズ

 

Keith Regan | Founder


Keith Regan, is the County of Maui’s Managing Director, a position similar to that of a city manager. Regan also held the No. 2 position in the administration when Arakawa was previously mayor. Prior to his appointment as managing director, he served as the County’s finance director and therefore has the unique experience in having overseen the accounting, reporting, and management of the county’s financial activities as well as most, if not all, of the day-to-day administrative operations of the municipality.

Pacific Business News named Regan the Hawaii Young Business Person of the Year and Community Leader of the Year in 2001. In addition to serving as the County’s managing director, Regan, an alumnus of the prestigious Pacific Century Fellows program, serves as president and CEO of Credit Associates of Maui, Ltd. and is part-owner of CalendarMaui.com and manages Maui in Motion, a fitness and recreational center in Wailuku Industrial Center.

Born and raised in Massachusetts, he and his family moved to Maui in 1989. He is involved in a variety of nonprofit organizations including Maui Memorial Medical Center Foundation, Kiwanis Club of Kahului, Kiwanis Club of the Valley Isle, and is immediate past president of the Japanese Cultural Society of Maui. Regan also serves on the State Board of Public Accountancy.

“While I have no Japanese ancestry, I feel so connected to Japan and its people. Japan is my most favorite place to visit and the Japanese are such admirable and amazing people. My heart aches for the people of Japan,” said Regan.

Keith Powers | Founder


Keith is the Managing Director and Founder of Engaged Partners, President of Powerful Concepts, LLC and the Co-Director of Start Up Maui!, a new volunteer initiative that seeks to increase software development and startup companies on Maui in order to diversify the local economy and to create jobs.

He has held a number of senior roles at world class organizations including CEO of Zaya.org, Head of Strategy at the Khan Academy, EVP of Strategic Development at Singularity University, and EVP of Strategic Development at the X PRIZE Foundation where he spearheaded an effort to create a modern-day version of the Nobel Prize by expanding the mission of the foundation to include prizes in other areas including energy, the environment/carbon, genomics, medicine, nanotechnology, transportation, education and social entrepreneurship. He was also an Entrepreneur in Residence and Investment Director at REI Capital where he focused on consumer facing products and services.

Civic leadership, youth development and national service has long been a focus for Keith, including a stint at the US Embassy in Mexico City in 1994 and as a volunteer corps member and then later as a national staff member with City Year, an “action tank” for national service. He is currently a member of NRDC’s Environmental Entrepreneurs(E2). He has lived, worked, studied or traveled to over 30 countries and is fluent in Spanish and proficient in Japanese.

“For over 20 years I have had strong ties with Japan starting with a study abroad program in 1993 in Kyoto. That is where I met my wife Michiko and we now have a wonderful 5 year old Japanese America daughter. We were crushed by all the devastation that happened by the crisis and The Aloha Initiative is our way to try and help. We have been humbled by the support from all the volunteers on Maui that really deserve the credit for making this a success. Mahalo!”


Lynn Araki-Regan | Founder


Lynn Araki-Regan, a yonsei, was born and raised in Wailuku on the island of Maui, and continues to live and work in Wailuku.

An attorney at the law firm of Araki-Regan & Associates, LLC, Lynn is a board member of the Collection Law Section of the Hawaii State Bar Association, past president of the Maui County Bar Association, and is the State Chair of the ACA Members’ Attorney Program. She has been involved with various organizations including Easter Seals, Kiwanis Club of Kahului, Kiwanis Club of the Valley Isle, Kapiolani Health Foundation, Japanese Cultural Society of Maui, Maui Young Business Roundtable, Maui Kumamoto Kenjin Kai, and the Japanese Cultural Society of Maui. She is also editor of Hanashimashou, a newsletter highlighting Japanese cultural events and programs.

She is an accomplished Japanese classical dancer and received her natori at age 17 from the Fujima Ryu as well from the Matsudai Ryu a few years later.

Among her achievements, she was selected by The Maui News as one of the “People Who Made a Difference,”,by Pacific Business News as one of 40 outstanding young businesspeople in Hawaii in 2000, and by U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as Maui’s Women in Business Champion in 2005. Lynn was also selected by Pacific Business News as the 2007 Woman Community Leader of the Year. A 2004 graduate of the Pacific Century Fellows Program, Lynn was one of four mothers in 2009 who won the Mother’s Hall of Fame honors presented by The Honolulu Advertiser.

“Being an American of Japanese ancestry, I have a passion for and a profound interest in Japan and its rich culture. When I saw the overwhelming devastation caused by the earthquake and tsunami that occurred exactly 16 years since my grandfather’s passing, my heart broke, but my desire to help Japan and its people was only intensified as days went by. The Aloha Initiative is our unique way of expressing that we care and desire to help,” said Lynn.

Michiko Lynn Powers | Founder


Michiko Lynn Powers (Lynn) was born and raised in Kyoto, Japan where her family still lives. She current works for Google, Inc at the company’s headquarters in Mountain View, CA where she focuses on products including Search and GEO products. She is also part of Google’s JAPAC team for the Japanese consumer market. Lynn was previously a Product Manager at Gazillion Entertainment (SmartyCard.com) a venture backed, first-of-kind web service for online learning focused on the K-12 market enabling direct- to-consumer supplemental learning for students. Michiko defines and determines the functional requirements for SmartyCard’s new features and enhancements.

In 2008 she earned her Master’s degree from the Learning, Design & Technology Program (LDT) in Education at Stanford University where she gained in-depth knowledge of how to assess and design an integrated, theoretically-informed and empirically-grounded framework for learning environments and products that effectively utilize emergent technology in a variety of settings.

Prior to her graduate work, Lynn ran the daily operations of Powerful Concepts, LLC., a boutique production consultancy. From 2002 and 2005, she was an animation producer for a variety of leading animation titles at Geneon Entertainment, a subsidiary of Dentsu.

Lynn received her BA in Political Science at Amherst College in 2002, where she was a prestigious Uchimura Kanzo Scholar. She also received a BA in 1998 in English and American Studies from Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka, Japan. In 1996, she had the pleasure of attending Växjö University in Växjö, Sweden where she studied Swedish language, Scandinavian literature, history, culture and the welfare system. Lynn is a native of Kyoto, Japan and speaks Japanese, English and Swedish.

Specialties: Product management, creating specifications and wireframes, knowledge of InDesign, Axure RP and CS4, conducting user research and usability testing.