Be a part of the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii Young Professionals Program (YP) Mentor Hawaii Cohort 7! 



Mentor Hawaii is YP’s signature mentorship program that provides exclusive access to Hawaii’s top executives for one-on-one mentoring to support career growth and elevated business acumen.

While the one-on-one mentorship is designed to be tailored to each mentee’s specific goals, Mentor Hawaii provides a structured program as well as guidelines for suggested topics and best practices to make the most out of a mentorship experience.



During the six-month long program, mentors in Cohort 7 can expect:

  • Kick-Off Introductory Breakfast – for mentor/mentee pairs to get acquainted and learn more about program expectations and desired outcomes
  • Five Monthly Meetings With Your Mentor – in-person or Zoom/phone call meetings  
  • Celebratory Wrap-Up Event – to recap the success of the program and network with other cohort mentees and mentors
  • Other Cohort Networking Opportunities 

Note:  Above events and opportunities may be virtual given the COVID-19 pandemic and necessary precautions.



  • Early Bird: $275 (accepted until January 7, 2022)
  • Standard Rate: $300 (EXTENDED until January 28, 2022)

* If you are selected for the program, you will be invoiced according to your application date.



The 2022 Mentor Hawaii Program applications are now open. To apply, please click here for application form. Complete and email Nikki Yamauchi at by January 28, 2022. 

The Mentor Hawaii program is open to current YP members.  (Not yet a member? Learn more about the YP Program and/or email us to discuss membership benefits and options.)

For questions or more information, please email Mentor Hawaii Program co-chairs Nikki Yamauchi ( or Alena Auyoung (



  • Lance Askildson, Provost, Chaminade University
  • Lynn Babington, President, Chaminade University
  • Wendy Burkholder, Vice President, Ambulatory Services Division, The Queen’s Health Systems
  • Pam Chambers, Owner, Pam Chambers Consulting
  • Mike Ching, Managing Director, EY
  • Wenona Harris, Senior Partner, Digital, Anthology Marketing Group
  • Malcolm InamineExecutive Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer, Hawaiiana Group Incorporated
  • Micah Kāne, Chief Executive Officer & President, Hawaii Community Foundation
  • Mike Kaya, General Manager, City Square Management Services
  • John Komeiji, General Counsel & Vice President, Kamehameha Schools
  • Marie Kumabe, Principal, Kumabe HR
  • Bryan Luke, President & Chief Executive Officer, Hawaii National Bank
  • Avi Mannis, Senior Vice President Marketing, Hawaiian Airlines
  • Lisa Maruyama, Executive Director, Hawaii Alliance of Non-Profit Organizations
  • John McNamara, Senior Vice President of Marketing & Communications, Hawaii Pacific Health
  • Tammy Mencel, Publisher & Market President, Pacific Business News
  • Sherry Menor-McNamara, President & Chief Executive Officer, Chamber of Commerce Hawaii
  • Tim Mobley, President, Connext Global Solutions
  • Brennon Morioka, Dean, UH Manoa, College of Engineering
  • Harold Moscho, Vice President, Information Technology & Chief Information Officer, The Queen’s Health Systems
  • Robert Nobriga, President, Island Holdings, Inc.
  • David Okabe, Executive Vice President/Chief Financial Officer, Hawaii Pacific Health
  • Kurt Osaki, Chief Executive Officer, Osaki Creative Group
  • Jim Takatsuka, Strategic Client Director, Microsoft
  • Ann Teranishi, President & Chief Executive Officer, American Savings Bank
  • Lisa Truong Kracher, President, Staffing Solutions of Hawaii and Kahu Malama Nurses & Vice President, Array Corporation
  • Deena Tearney, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Pacific Point
  • Gwen Yamamoto-Lau, Executive Director, Hawaii Green Infrastructure Authority (DBEDT)


Here’s what previous cohort mentees have to say about their experience with the Mentor Hawaii program.

“I applied for the Mentor Hawaii program because I believed that having an accomplished business mentor that I could learn from would serve as an integral part in my professional development.  Therefore, I was astonished that my experience in the program had surpassed all of my expectations.  Not only did my mentor serve as a great teacher and role model, but I was pleasantly surprised at how down-to-Earth and attentive she was during each of our mentoring sessions.   My mentor showed great care and provided a space during our talks where I could be completely open and candid with her about my goals, fears, and challenges.   We even collaborated on tangible steps after each session to ensure that I was not only sharing my goals with her, but creating an action plan I can follow to eventually achieve them. In short, the Mentor Hawaii program is an amazing experience that I will never forget and one I would highly recommend for any young professional looking to take their professional AND personal development to the next level.”  – Program Graduate

“Signing up for this program is one of the best things I have done for my career in a while. Being able to get advice from and be coached by a CEO is priceless! I’ve learned so much about what I can do to advance in my career, how to better advocate for myself, and how to communicate more effectively with my supervisor. My mentor has been very open and she’s easy to talk to, and she’s given me important insight into how a C-Level executive thinks.” -Program Graduate

“My mentor and I have been meeting in person every month and doing phone calls between our meetings. We’ve had great discussions about work culture, leadership development, self-awareness and advocacy.” -Program Graduate

“I loved my mentor’s willingness to participate in the program! It was so amazing to learn from someone in a safe environment since we did not work together.” -Program Graduate

“Mahalo for a great mentor experience! I enjoyed learning from my mentor on how to be a better manager and collaborator, and creating a connection that was extremely valuable.” -Program Graduate