Hawaii Meth Project Announces New Chairman of its Board of Directors

HONOLULU—October 22, 2015—The Hawaii Meth Project today announced the appointment of Scott Kuioka as chairman of the organization’s board of directors. As the vice president and chief investment officer for Island Insurance Company, Ltd, and Tradewind Capital Group, Inc. Kuioka brings over fifteen years of experience in managing investments to his role as chair. His responsibilities will include leading the board, working with board members in directing the Hawaii Meth Project in setting strategic goals, approving its annual budget, and advancing the organization’s mission statewide.

A graduate of Iolani School, Kuioka earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, and a master’s in business administration from the University of San Francisco. In 2014, Kuioka was recognized by Hawaii Business Magazine as “20 for the next 20: People to Watch 2014.” Kuioka is also an alumna of the Pacific Century Fellows program and a Hawaii Asia Pacific Association (HAPA) Young Leader.

“Since joining our board earlier this year, Scott has been an invaluable asset to our collaborative work with the board of directors, so we are very excited to have him transition into this important leadership position,” said Georgianna DeCosta, executive director of the Hawaii Meth Project. “We are extremely grateful for the contributions of our former chairman, Mark de Reus, whose commitment to our mission of educating and empowering Hawaii’s youth has been steadfast since the very beginning of our community outreach efforts.”

The Hawaii Meth Project, launched in 2009, is a large-scale prevention program aimed at reducing Meth use through public service messaging, public policy, and community outreach. The organization’s board of directors includes Lori Abe, vice president of communications & marketing for the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii; Powell W. Berger, entrepreneur, public relations professional and former lobbyist; Michael Spalding, president of Michael Spalding Real Estate, Inc.; State Rep. Chris Lee (D-Kailua, Waimanalo), chair of the House Committee on Energy and Environmental Protection; Ulalia Woodside, regional assets manager for the Land Assets Division of Kamehameha Schools; and Mark de Reus, lead architect at de Reus Architects who will remain on the board.

About the Hawaii Meth Project

The Hawaii Meth Project is a nonprofit organization that implements large-scale, research-based campaigns and community action programs to reduce methamphetamine use in the state. Central to its integrated campaigns is MethProject.org—a definitive source for information about meth for teens. The Hawaii Meth Project is affiliated with The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, a national nonprofit organization working to help families solve the problem of teen substance abuse. For more information, visit HawaiiMethProject.org.

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Media Contacts:
David Pettinger
Anthology Marketing Group
(808) 539-3410

Georgianna DeCosta
Executive Director, Hawaii Meth Project
(808) 356-8752, ext. 3

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