Board of Directors


Dean Okimoto


(Former) President, Nalo Farms

Dean Okimoto graduated from Iolani High School in Honolulu, HI in 1972 then continued his education at University of Redlands, in Redlands, CA earning a B.A. in Political Science.

He came back to the family farm and in 1983 became Chairman and President of ‘Nalo Farms, Inc. In 1986 after growing green onions, daikon, and American parsley as his father did, and started a hydroponic system to grow lettuces, the opportunity was seized to grow herbs such as basil, tarragon, thyme, and rosemary for the mainland winter market.

Mae Nakahata

Vice Chair

(Former) Agronomist, Alexander and Baldwin, LLC Diversified Agriculture

Mae Nakahata is an Agronomist at Alexander and Baldwin, LLC Diversified Agriculture. She is formerly the Director of Agricultural Research and Crop Control for HC&S, a position she has held since 1984. As such, she is responsible for the overall health and nutrition of the 35,000-acre plantation, including its variety selection program and the management of pests through breeding and biological control. Most recently she oversees the company’s efforts in Energy Crop development.

Meredith Ching


Senior Vice President, Alexander and Baldwin

Meredith Ching has been employed with Alexander & Baldwin, Inc. since 1982, and currently holds the position of Senior Vice President, Government and Community Relations. She is responsible for developing and implementing government relations, community relations and public relations programs for Alexander & Baldwin and its subsidiary companies. Ching has served on numerous non-profit board and governmental boards and commissions, and is currently a board member of Kapiolani Health Foundation, Girl Scouts of Hawaii, and the Hawaiʻi Agricultural Foundation. She is also president and an executive committee member of the Land Use Research Foundation.

Denise Hayashi Yamaguchi

Assistant Secretary

Executive Director, HAF


Susan Char

Manager of Government Relations
Hawaiian Electric Company

Russell Hata

President & CEO
Y. Hata & Co., Ltd.

Keith Horita

President & CEO
Paradise Cove Luau

Dick Jones

Cheif Executive Officer 
Blue Ocean Mariculture

Lisa A. Kim

LAK Enterprises

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