December 17, 2018
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Bishop Museum Hires Kaiwi Yoon as Vice President for Operations, Planning and Project Management
Honolulu, Hawaiʻi – Dec. 17, 2018 – Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum has hired Kaiwi Yoon as vice president for operations, planning and project management. He brings a unique combination of architecture, land management and historic preservation experience that makes him particularly suited for his new role at Bishop Museum. Yoon’s responsibilities include managing the daily operations of the museum’s 14-acre campus and working closely with the president & CEO and the senior management team to lead planning initiatives and implement program management processes throughout the institution.
Yoon is a passionate, community-based leader who is committed to the preservation of Hawai‘i’s unique identity and its sustainable future. Never afraid to evolve to increase his capacity to serve Hawai‘i’s people, he has augmented his architecture, development and construction background by increasing his knowledge base and experience to include historic preservation and land conservation. Yoon has led diverse teams and is a strong advocate of improving operations to accomplish agencywide goals and objectives. He joins the museum from, most recently, the Hawaiʻi Department of Land and Natural Resources’ State Historic Preservation Division (SHPD), where he served as the architecture branch chief. There, he planned and budgeted for branch activities, oversaw branch staff operations, and assisted in developing and implementing preservation initiatives that promoted economic development for the state. Yoon has a proven and successful track record of balancing the goals of historic preservation with the needs of public and private entities. Prior to this, he served as the land and property manager for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA), where he coordinated OHA land and property involvements, supervised staff and consultants, and provided strategic planning advice and recommendations to OHA’s administration and Board of Trustees.
Yoon is a proud graduate of the Kamehameha Schools and holds a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.
“We are very fortunate to have Kaiwi Yoon join the Bishop Museum ‘ohana as our vice president for operations, planning and project management,” said Melanie Ide, president & CEO of Bishop Museum. “Kaiwi brings with him a passion for the Museum and an impressive range and depth of experience that will be of great benefit as we work together to secure the long-term future of our Museum, which holds the treasures and primary source material for understanding Hawaiʻi and the Pacific.”
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