Eric K. Martinson elected board chair of Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i

Eric K. Martinson has been elected the chairman of the board of directors of the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i (JCCH) for fiscal year 2007-2008. Martinson started the position on July 31.

Martinson has served on the JCCH board of directors as vice chairman since the 2002-2003 term.

“Eric Martinson’s commitment and leadership skills have been demonstrated through his extensive involvement at the JCCH over the past five years, and the JCCH will benefit from his abilities in guiding the organization’s ongoing progress and growth,” said outgoing Board of Directors Chairman Dean K. Hirata, who will continue to serve as a board member. “Eric is representative of a new generation of leadership that will lead the JCCH into its next phase of development.”

President and Executive Director Lenny Yajima Andrew said, “We are excited to work with Eric in his new position. The JCCH is so fortunate to have someone with his tremendous leadership skills and experience at its helm.”

Martinson participated on the Committee to Save the Center in 2002 and in 2003, after the JCCH announced had cleared its $9 million debt, was one of the new directors elected to the board by the JCCH’s membership. Prior to becoming the board chair, Martinson served as chairman for the JCCH facilities and operations committee of the board of directors.

“I look forward to my work as the new chairman of the JCCH board of directors,” said Martinson. “We have set specific goals for JCCH this year, including the implementation of a planned giving campaign and lifetime memberships. I am excited to get started on our plans that will ensure that the JCCH remains a strong and stable resource to our community for generations to come.”

A leader in professional and community organizations, Martinson is managing director of Tradewind Capital Group, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Island Holdings Inc., engaged in private equity and real estate investment and asset management activities. Prior to joining Tradewind Capital, Martinson co-founded and was managing director of MN Capital Partners LLC following a career at Kamehameha Schools/Bishop Estate, where he was director of the financial asset division.

Martinson currently serves on the boards of Sopogy Inc., DSH International Inc., Mid Pacific Communications Inc. and Royal Hawaiian Showroom LLC. In addition to serving as chairman of the JCCH, he is also active on the boards and leadership of other community and non-profit organizations, including Hawaii Imin Shiryo Hozon Kai, Enterprise Honolulu, Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce Business Mentor and the Honorary Board of Sierra Club Hawaii. Martinson holds a bachelor of business administration in finance from the University of Hawai‘i and a master’s degree from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.

The 2007-2008 JCCH board of directors consists of Chairman Martinson, and members Donn Ariyoshi, Susan Eichor, Dean K. Hirata, Gordon Kagawa, Wayne Kamitaki, Lee Moriwaki, Wayne Muraoka, Miki Okumura, Curt Otaguro, Susan Yamada Scott, Sherman Shiraishi, Yuki Lei Sugimura, Alan Tomonari and Ronald Ushijima.

The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i (JCCH), a non-profit organization, strives to strengthen our diverse community by educating present and future generations in the evolving Japanese American experience in Hawai‘i. Located in Mo-‘ili‘ili, the JCCH features a Community and Historical Gallery, Resource Center, Kenshikan martial arts do-jo-, Seiko-an Japanese teahouse and Gift Shop. For more information call (808) 945-7633 or visit

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