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Developing Leaders News
Here is your regular update from the NAIOP Hawaii DL steering committee.
Please contact co-chairs Liz Carlson and Chris Fong
with any questions/comments:
Aloha NAIOP DLs.  We have a couple exciting events right around the corner.  If you’re just getting used to being back in the office, continue reading for some good opportunities to step outside.  Welcome to your quarterly newsletter.
+ Lilia Waikiki Tour.  On Thursday, April 28, at 4:00pm, come join fellow DLs and ULI Young Leaders for a tour of the newly constructed, 28-story, mixed-use Lilia Waikiki rental tower by Brookfield Properties.  A separate tour will follow for general NAIOP and ULI members at 5:00pm.  The tour will last about 1 hour, followed by a pau hana located on the 9th floor amenity deck.  This project is a critical part of the evolution of Kuhio Avenue.  Limited spots are available so don’t miss out!  You can register for the event HERE.
+ NAIOP Developing Leaders Spring Soiree.  On Thursday, May 12, come join fellow DLs at our Spring Soiree event at Hana Koa Brewing Co. in Kaka’ako from 5:00-7:00pm. This social event is a great opportunity to catch up with fellow colleagues in the industry, expand your network, and kick back and relax with friends.  Admission comes with light pupus and drinks.  The event is open to prospective NAIOP members at the same rate as general members, so if you have a colleague who is interested in checking out a NAIOP event, please encourage them to sign-up.  You can register for the event HERE.
+ Neighborhood Board Involvement.  NAIOP Developing Leaders is teaming up with Hawaii’s Housing Future to change the voice of your local neighborhood board to better represent the next generation.  The goal: get more Millennials and Gen Zs on the boards and help facilitate housing development. The neighborhood board is a vital civic forum because elected officials (or an office rep) attend the monthly meetings.  Historically, these boards have been represented by old“er” individuals that tend to be of the “NIMBY” mentality.  However, there are almost always vacancies.  In fact, in March 2022, 19 of the 33 neighborhood boards had vacancies!  The time commitment is generally 2-3 hours for one monthly meeting which usually starts at 6:30pm or 7:00pm.  If we want more affordable and workforce housing, we need to lead the charge!  If you’re eager to learn more, don’t worry, we will follow up with more information in a separate email soon.  For those who would like to learn more sooner, please reach out to the NAIOP co-chairs.
+ Event Lookback: Bill 7 Tour.  In February, DLs got a sneak peek of one of the first completed Bill 7 projects located at 311 Puuhue Place.  The project tour was led by Derek Lock, a principal and co-owner of HNL Development.  Lock redeveloped the 5,000 sf lot at 311 Puuhue with partners Jason Nishikawa and Keslie Hui.  The tour was exciting and informative.  We want to give a BIG MAHALO to Derek for making this tour possible. 

New Member Spotlight

Every so often, we like to highlight new additions to our DL community.  We are fortunate to welcome Sunny as a NAIOP Hawaii Developing Leader.

Name: Sunny Rosario

Company and role: EnviroServices and Training Center, Environmental Scientist

+ Other places I have lived: California while studying in college and France when I studied abroad.

+ Hobbies: I enjoy playing basketball and other sports.

+ Favorite motto or saying: To whom much is given, much will be required.

+ Favorite part about my job: I get to learn about how environmental laws are implemented in day to day operations.

New Company Spotlight

Hamajang Studio

Lastly, give it up for our very own DL, Aki Yoshida, and her new Architecture Firm Hamajang Studio!  We’re excited to see how Hamajang transforms the future of Hawai’i design.

Based on the Big Island, Hamajang Studio LLC, recently celebrated their one-year anniversary.  Launched in February 2021 by AJ Taaca, AIA and Aki Yoshida, AIA, Hamajang Studio was founded on the principles to serve the local community, prioritize design-focused architecture, and embrace the natural environments of Hawai‘i.  Today, the firm has 11 active projects at different phases of construction and design. Their project sites are in Kailua-Kona, Kealakekua, Holualoa, and across the Kohala Coast in Hualalai, Mauna Kea and Waikoloa.

AJ’s background in landscape architecture and urban design provides him with an integrated approach to the design process, and Aki brings an international lens to her architectural work, having lived in Tokyo, London, Boston, Los Angeles, and Honolulu.
To download photos and logo of Hamajang Studio, please visit: Hamajang Logo and Photos
More information about Hamajang Studio can be found at or by contacting:

That’s it for this quarter.  Thanks for tuning in!

Your Steering Committee
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