2023 Business Hall of Fame
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This year, Junior Achievement of Hawai‘i Island (JAHI) honors its JA Business Hall of Fame inductee, Sidney Fuke, former Planning Director for the County of Hawai‘i. JAHI also honors Irene Nagao with its Distinguished Supporter award. 

Sidney FukeSidney Fuke is a private land use consultant and former Planning Director for the County of Hawai‘i. For many years he has been dedicated to making Hawai‘i Island a better place to live, play and work, through smart land use and development. Born and raised in Hilo, Sid is a proud graduate of Hilo High School and the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. After receiving his Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Illinois, he started a 13-year career at the County of Hawai‘i as a Planner, working his way up into the head role of Planning Director, which he served for 8 years before becoming a private land use consultant.

Sid takes great pride and joy in his community service. His involvement includes serving as member or boardmembers in Japanese Chamber Commerce and Industry, Hospice of Hilo, Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin Kyodan, Hawai‘i Health System, Na Leo Hawai‘i, and County of Hawai‘i Liquor Commission. Currently he chairs the County of Hawai‘i Liquor Adjudication Board and is member of the State Office of Disciplinary Counsel.

Irene NagaoIrene Nagao has touched many young lives over the years with her extensive volunteer efforts. Born in Honolulu and after graduating from the Honolulu Business College with an Accounting degree, Irene worked at Big Island Toyota then JCPenney for 23 years. After the tragic loss of her husband and son, she took early retirement to raise her grandson and became even more dedicated to community service. She has been actively involved with JAHI serving on the Board of Directors for 25+ years.

Irene was deeply involved with rehabilitation efforts, working closely with the Prosecuting Attorney Office’s on programs for reintegration of incarcerated people and serving on the Friends of the Big Island Drug Court for 17 years. She formed a support group for families of homicide victims known as STARS (Surviving to Thriving: Advocacy, Resources and Support).

Her volunteer experience also includes the Business Education Partnership, previously heading education committees in the Hawai‘i Island and Japanese Chamber of Commerces, 44 years with Zonta Club, Rotary Club of Hilo Bay and Red Hat Society “Ula La” Chapter. She has received coveted awards such as Athena Business Woman of the Year (1990); Hawai‘i County Outstanding Female Senior (2008); Hawai‘i Island Going Home Consortium Recognition (2015) and Zonta Club of Hilo Rose Award of Excellence (2018).

Past Hawai‘i Island recipients of the prestigious JA Business Hall of Fame award include Bobby Fujimoto of HPM Building Supply (1990), Allan Ikawa of Big Island Candies (1995), Tony Taniguchi (1998) and Barry Taniguchi (2010) of KTA Super Stores, Monty Richards of Kahua Ranch (2009), Ric Maiava and Debbie Ching-Maiava of Ponds and Ken’s House of Pancakes (2012), Sharon Scheele (2022) and many more pillars of Hawai‘i Island’s business community.

About JAHI

Junior Achievement of Hawai‘i Island (JAHI) delivers JA's financial literacy and entrepreneurship programs to more than 4,000 kindergarten through 12th grade students on Hawai‘i Island each year.

JAHI’s high school Company Program is the only one of its kind in the State of Hawai‘i. The hands-on program runs annually from September through December. Students, from freshmen to seniors and from all East Hawai‘i high schools, join a company team, sponsored by local businesses and advised by local business people. For 15 weeks the companies create brands, develop product ideas and then manufacture, market and sell their products. Throughout the program, teams account for their expenses and revenues, manage their time, deliverables and human resources, and also perform community service activities.

For more than 20 years JAHI has provided scholarships to high school seniors based on applicant’s academic achievement, extra-curricular activity involvement, community service and leadership skills. Scholarship recipients are announced, and company and individual awards are presented at JAHI’s annual “Futures Unlimited Banquet.”

JAHI is a district of Junior Achievement of Hawai‘i, Inc. operating in East Hawai‘i Island, and is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization.

Junior Achievement's purpose is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.

Junior Achievement has over 100 local JA Areas across the nation, and together we are the nation's largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their futures, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA's programs—in the core content areas of work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy—ignite the spark in young people to experience and realize the opportunities and realities of work and life in the 21st century.


Mahalo to all of our sponsors!

Proceeds from this auction will help JAHI continue to provide opportunities for Hawai‘i Island students from kindergarten through high school. JA programs prepare our keiki by showing them how to generate wealth and effectively manage it, how to create jobs which make their communities more robust, and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace.