Board of Directors
Lance Yoshimura, President
After graduating from Saint Louis School and attending the University of Hawaii Lance K. Yoshimura entered the construction industry and obtained 41 years of experience prior to his retirement. During that time he was Assistant Business Representative for the Hawaii Carpenters Union and Market Development Director for the Hawaii Regional Council of Carpenters. He also served as a trustee on multiple trust funds of the Hawaii Carpenters Trust Funds. Lance also served on the Board of Trustees for Saint Louis School as well as a former board member of the Mililani Mauka/Launani Valley Neighborhood Board #35, and for many years coached youth baseball, softball and soccer.
Wailana Kamauu, Jr., Vice President
As the CEO of American LED and Energy Corporation, Wailana has applied his expertise in startups, turnarounds, project management, and sales/market development to deliver outstanding results. Wailana’s focus of preserving the environment and leaving as little of a carbon footprint as possible has him excited about the energy efficiency products and helping companies go “Green”. Wailana cares about the aina (Land) and with today’s growing technology his company is always looking for new ways to create a sustainable lifestyle that incorporates traditional native Hawaiian values and a commitment to service while keeping up with modern advancements. AL&E is working to change the environment and the quality of life for people in Hawaii, throughout the continental United States and its Territories, and other Island states in the Pacific Region. AL&E have also partnered with other organizations to address the energy concerns in Central and South America and in the Caribbean Islands. The continuing vision is to help Hawaii and other countries or states become energy efficient and self-sustaining.
Wailana has over 40 years of leadership and team development experience. His experience in the U. S. Army included service in nine Army organizations, four foreign countries and throughout the United States. He completed an exceptional career at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel (LTC).
After retirement he continued a leadership career as a State Farm Executive. Wailana designed a comprehensive training program, complete with scheduled monthly, quarterly, semi-annual, and annual activities. This provided impact-training programs with sales implications with State Farm Companies. He retired early in order to return home to Hawaii. As a visionary and result-focused executive, his diverse background includes: developing and executing new market-area strategies, recruiting and retaining high producing small-business entrepreneurs, building relationships and networks across organizations, and achieving positive and profitable results in business and military environments.
As the owner of Kamauu Real Estate LLC, Wailana acquired and managed property in Hawaii, California, and Utah. The company remains profitable today.
Wailana received his BA at Brigham Young University and holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration (MPA) from Golden Gate University, San Francisco. Wailana holds several professional designations and licenses from the Insurance Industry including Public Notary. In addition, Wailana completed postgraduate studies in National Security during his time in the Armed Forces. He completed executive development and finance programs from Columbia University while a State Farm executive.
Formerly a Board of Director for the Local Initiative Support Council (LISC) in San Francisco, and Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce in Honolulu, Hawaii. Wailana is currently an executive board member with Ho’oKupa’a.
Robert Takamatsu, Secretary and Treasurer
Robert Takamatsu is general counsel for Goodfellow Bros., Inc., a heavy civil contractor based in Wenatchee, Washington and Kihei, Maui. It has been in the construction industry since 1921 and has been an active member in the business and civic community in the State of Hawaii for over 40 years. Goodfellow Bros., Inc. is a genuine “giver” to the community and firmly believes in its mission statement, which is “Our mission is to be the contactor of choice by clients, employees and the communities in which we live and work.” Mr. Takamatsu is from the Island of Maui and is a graduate of Baldwin High School, the University of Hawaii and the University of Southern California Law School. He worked as an attorney for the law firms of Kobayashi, Watanabe, Sugita, Goda & Kawashima and Watanabe, Ing & Komeiji, primarily on commercial and construction cases. He is a former board member of HUGS, a non-profit organization which helps seriously ill children and their families. He is currently on the board of directors of Shioi Construction, Inc., a residential and commercial contractor in Hawaii.