Bringing experience and compassion to effectively lead
Mo comes from a large, happy and busy family. Including three children who’ve graduated from Hawai‘i public high schools, completed college here and abroad, and have started families of their own, blessing the entire ‘ohana with six brilliant and beautiful granddaughters!
His wife, Jill, is a big influence in his life and it's her grounding in Hawaiian history, preservation & environmental issues and her concern for people and place that drives him to protect the things we believe are important. Committed to family, Mo knows the challenges of raising a family here and will work to continually meet those needs for you.
Having spent the last seven years as an elected Kaneohe Neighborhood Board member and board chairman for the past three, Mo knows that it’s fair and consistent leadership that earns the trust and confidence of constituents and he strives to maintain that trust. With a strong desire to serve at increasingly challenging positions within our moku; since 2015, he was confirmed by Hawaii's State Senate and continues to serve on the Kaneohe Bay Regional Council protecting our natural resources. “It's from these things and many others, that help me to forge a bond of trust with you”.
Having a history of service spanning over 40 years, Mo is always looking for new and efficient ways of getting things done. After having a successful 30-year career in the U.S. Navy, he decided to pursue a course of study to obtain a Class 'A' certification and was elected to membership in the Professional Golfers Association of America. At the same time, he was a staff instructor for Golf Academy of America where he taught a college-level curriculum leading students to an Associate of Science in Business (Golf Management). Also, since 2007, he facilitates a 3-day U.S. Department of Labor employment transition workshop for military personnel and their spouses stationed in Hawaii who are leaving service and need to successfully integrate into the civilian job market. More recently, in 2013, he earned a Master of Business Administration from Hawaii Pacific University with a concentration in Organizational Change and Development.
Whenever there’s spare time, Mo is volunteering. Currently, he’s the President of the Friends of the Natatorium, a 501(c)(3) non-profit with the goal of reopening the Waikiki WWI War Memorial Natatorium to the public. In that capacity, he’s collaboratively gained the support of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Historic Hawaii Foundation and other groups to leverage the best possible ideas to show the practicality and feasibility of a cost-effective restoration of our local and national treasure. Mo is also the Hawaii Chapter President of the Salute Military Golf Association where he and his team conducts free golf clinics for combat wounded veterans. Passionate about the arts and playing music (Ki Ho'alu) and appears on stage in numerous Diamond Head Theater and Paliku Theater shows. Some other volunteer activities are:
* Kaneohe Christmas Parade, Grand Marshall Driver
* Castle Education Complex Redesign, Brainstorm design team
* Paepae O' Heeia Fishpond, worker
* Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, volunteer
* Historic Hawaii Foundation, volunteer
* Susan B. Komen Race for the Cure, volunteer, photography, logistics
* USS MISSOURI Memorial, work detail team leader
* Past President and member of the Rotary Club of Waikiki.
* Friends of the Natatorium, President and board member
* Kaneohe Elementary Partners in Education Program, Recess and Fitness support
* Salute Military Golf Association, Hawaii Chapter President
Mo thought: “With a passion to serve, I like to see ideas implemented efficiently and effectively. I'm also patient enough to know that some plans take time to simmer before being implemented and require the advice of our kupuna, and even keiki. I believe an effective design-think mentality can solve some of our challenges and help to implement solutions in a sustainable way.
It's humbling to have this opportunity and you have my pledge that I will serve as long as you permit it.”