Youth Leadership - Global Education - Community Engagement
We seek to foster a “LŌKAHI generation” of young leaders that are committed to bringing balance to society. Building off of their appreciation of cultural practices and values, we aim to empower the development of the skills and mindsets essential to pono interactions between man and nature; abilities intrinsic to thriving in and contributing to a more cooperative, prosperous, and harmonious world.
Board of Directors
Yoshi has had over 20 years of academic and professional experiences in international education, leadership development, and business consulting. He earned his master’s degree in International Educational Development from Teachers College Columbia University and bachelor’s degree in International Studies and Chinese from University of Oregon. He is a former program coordinator of the United Nations’ CyberSchoolBus, the first online extracurricular program launched by the UN Global Teaching and Learning Program. In practices he served as business consultant for Oracle Corporation and Andersen Consulting (now known as Accenture) and as Assistant Vice President for First Hawaiian Bank. Currently serving as a board member of Japan America Society of Hawaiʻi (JASH).
Dr. Vince M. OKADA-COELHO
Vince is an assistant professor at Hawaiʻi Pacific University School of Social Work. He completed his Ph.D. in social welfare from University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. He also holds a master’s degree in international public policy and management from the University of Southern California, a bachelor’s degree in commercial recreation and planning from Montclair State University in New Jersey, and a certificate in social change from Brown University and Institute for Humane Studies. Vince was a fellow of the East-West Center’s Asia Pacific Leadership Program and an international program coordinator at the Paul S. Honda International Center of University of Hawaiʻi Kapiʻolani Community College. He has a german shepherd dog, Hermes.
Originally from Gunma, Japan, Yukari earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and associates degree from Seattle Central Community College. For the past 15 years, she has been working in the Hawaii & Japan music markets as a PR/Marketing Manager. She has also served as a committee member for The Change Academy since 2016. During her free time, she enjoys travel, discovering quality coffees, cuisines and wine. Yukari's dream is to assist with connecting her home country of Japan to her new home of Hawaiʻi, and strengthening relations.
2019 Steering Committee Members:
Yoh Kawanami is a manager at Hawaiian Electric Company. He is responsible for the implementation of demand response programs to enhance grid reliability and integration of additional renewable energy.
Yoh holds a Master’s in Engineering Management from Duke University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics Engineering from University of Washington. A certified Project Management Professional (PMP), Yoh serves on multiple boards and volunteers for various non-profit organizations mostly focused on education. Born in Guam, Yoh is a bilingual that has been supporting Change Academy since 2016.
Miku is originally from Miyagi, Japan. During her high school years, she participated in a several student exchange programs. She lived in France for a year, and came to Hawaiʻi as a participant of The Change Academy program. In 2017, she moved to Hawaiʻi to attend University of Hawaiʻi Kapiʻolani Community College. She enjoys new challenges, making new friends from all over the world and sharing cultural values. She currently interns at the World War II Valor at the Pacific National Monument, Pearl Harbor, as a lead member in creating global educational programs. She is trilingual; speaking Japanese, English and French. Next year, she plans to participate in the Peace and Conflict Resolution program at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.
Iroha is originally from Kagoshima, Japan. She has spent most of her life on three different islands: Tanegashima, Tokunoshima, and Okinawa. Oʻahu is her fourth island to live. She enjoys unique cultures of those islands, such as Amami folk music and Okinawan dance. She came to Hawaiʻi in 2017 to attend University of Hawaiʻi Kapiʻolani Community College. She is currently in her final semester there, and will transfer to University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in Fall 2019. Her immediate educational goal is to get a bachelor’s degree in Asian Studies. Iroha intends to be a researcher who studies about islands’ cultures and helps preserve endangered cultural heritages.
Ryuji is from Nagasaki, Japan. He participated in The Change Academy in 2016 as the first cohort. After graduating from high school, he moved to Oʻahu to study at University of Hawaiʻi, Kapi‘olani Community College (KCC). He is currently in his second semester at KCC and majoring in Natural Science for Engineering. He loves playing tennis, basketball, and his new favorite - surfing! He also enjoys reading comic books in his free time. His favorite is “One Piece.” Ryuji enjoys his college life in Hawai‘i and looks forward to continuing to support The Change Academy in any way he can.