About Us

What is TRUE?

TRUE is a non-profit organization driven by a committee of public and private sector leaders who share technology-based solutions to common business problems, helping to increase sustainability and collectively rising the tide of all organizations in Hawaii.

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As a result, local organizations succeed, Hawaiʻi’s economy becomes more diversified and sustainable, and Hawaiʻi becomes a place where all residents can thrive. In essence, TRUE helps cultivate a thriving Hawaiʻi through collaboration and the sharing of technology solutions.

Six principles
in action for a better,
innovative Hawaii

How We Do It.

Collaborate

TRUE allows competitors to become collaborators, creating an open environment giving Hawaii’s businesses a platform to share their work so local consumers and businesses can quickly benefit.

Cultivate

By coming together, we can increase Hawaiʻi’s technology literacy across industry sectors resulting in job creation and opportunities for higher wages.

Community

TRUE’s efforts extends broadly into the community, engaging with our committee organizations, state agencies, students and local businesses to collaborate and solve problems.

Learn

Learn key insights and pain points through real-life use cases, roundtable discussions, presentations, hands-on workshops, workforce development initiatives and other events.

Network

Meet with change-makers who are driving the adoption and use of tried technologies to benefit and grow Hawaiʻi’s organizations.

Empower

Developing real-life solutions that yield measurable results will enable Hawaiʻi to quickly adopt and benefit from digital transformation.

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Our Hub

The Entrepreneur’s Sandbox, a project by the Hawaii Technology Development Corporation, is TRUE’s hub for collaboration and provides a space for innovators from all disciplines in the public and private sectors to work together to leverage each other’s strengths.

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Who We Are

TRUE is a nonprofit made up of a committee composed of a diverse group of change agents that serve as leaders in their industries and community.

Leadership

Leadership

Peter Dames

Peter Dames

Chairman, TRUE

Executive Vice President,
Servco Pacific, Inc.

Edward Ontai

Edward Ontai

Vice Chairman, TRUE

President, DataHouse Consulting 

Manny Edmondson

Manny Edmondson

Treasurer, TRUE

Executive Vice President/Chief Technology Officer, Central Pacific Bank

Len Higashi

Len Higashi

Secretary, TRUE

Executive Director, Hawaii Technology Development Corp. (HTDC)

Leilani Farinas

Leilani Farinas

Executive Director

TRUE

Advisory Board

Christine Sakuda

Christine Sakuda

Executive Director

Transform Hawai‘i Government

Deena Tearney

Deena Tearney

Founder & CEO

Pacific Point, INC.

Kelly J. Ueoka

Kelly J. Ueoka

President

PACXA

Committee

Ed Barnabas

Ed Barnabas

Principal/Director, PACRIM

Booz Allen Hamilton

Bart Beavers

Bart Beavers

Business Dev Manager

NEC Americas

Johnny Chankhamany

Johnny Chankhamany

Executive Director

Builders VC

Michelle Cheung

Michelle Cheung

Director, Technology Training

American Savings Bank

Jennifer Chun

Jennifer Chun

Director, Tourism Research

Hawaii Tourism Authority

Manny Edmondson

Manny Edmondson

EVP, CTO

Central Pacific Bank

Eric Heenan

Eric Heenan

Founder & President

Alaka‘i Executive Search

Rick Hopfer

Rick Hopfer

SVP, CIO

HMSA

Takaho Iwasaki

Takaho Iwasaki

Founder, CEO

Maji Connection

John Jacobi

John Jacobi

VP, Information Technology

Hawaiian Airlines

Jonah Kaneshiro

Jonah Kaneshiro

Director, Customer Strategy

American Savings Bank

Mike McCartney

Mike McCartney

Director, DBEDT

State of Hawaii

Harold Moscho

Harold Moscho

VP, CIO

The Queen’s Medical Center

Lance Murata

Lance Murata

Enterprise Account Executive, Hawaii

Google

Douglas Murdock

Douglas Murdock

Chief Information Officer

State of Hawaii

Yasushi Noda

Yasushi Noda

Executive Officer

Digital Innovation Division
Japan Airlines

Steve Robertson

Steve Robertson

EVP, CIO

Hawaii Pacific Health

Vassilis Syrmos

Vassilis Syrmos

VP, Research & Innovation

University Of Hawaii

Rowena Buffett Timms

Rowena Buffett Timms

EVP & Chief Admin Officer

The Queen’s Health System

Jennifer Walker

Jennifer Walker

SVP & General Counsel

HMSA

Marcus Yano

Marcus Yano

Vice President, Business Sales & Technical Consulting

Hawaiian Telcom

Our Supporters

TRUE is generously supported by Hawaii’s forward-thinking companies from a variety of sectors and together, provide a foundation for TRUE’s long-term value in the community.

Our Committee Members

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Our Partners

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University Involvement

University of Hawai‘i at Manoa
Hawaii Pacific University
Chaminade University