Kurisu brings decades of experience to the board as a business and philanthropic leader to the board, along with strong personal ties to the school as a past parent.
Kurisu grew up in a plantation community on Hawai‘i Island. His father, a machinist for the plantation, and mother, a government employee, instilled in him the value of community and giving back. He graduated from Hilo High School, then went on to receive both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration from the University of Hawai‘i.
Today, Kurisu is the Chairman and CEO of aio, and is the driving force behind many real estate, sports, media and philanthropic ventures – including Kahauiki Village, a plantation-style community designed to house Hawai‘i’s homeless families. He also serves as Advisory Board Chairman of the Hawai‘i Executive Conference, an annual Conference for CEOs and leaders with a mission of strengthening Hawai‘i.
Monica Mamiya ’77 McLaren
McLaren graduated from Punahou School in 1977. She received a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and teaching from Boston University, and a master’s in education from the University of Hawai‘i. She returned to Punahou as a second-grade teacher in 1983, and also taught grades 1, 4 and 5 before leaving the school in 2015 to pursue other personal goals. She is currently the director of instructional design at the Sullivan Family of Companies.
McLaren’s experience as a former Punahou faculty member includes working under two different presidents, and numerous supervisors and principals. Her firsthand experience working with students, parents and other teachers gives her invaluable insight into the dynamic process of change that is key to the success of educational institutions today.
McLaren brings decades of experience as an educator to the board, as well as deep personal ties to the school as an alumna and parent.
Mike Latham’s ’86 first days after taking the helm as Punahou’s 17th president unfolded with a swirl of activity – chapels, Convocation, faculty and staff meetings; parent, alumni and Trustee events; as well as numerous campus visits. Everyone wanted to meet Latham, and hear his vision for the School.