2021 Kona Coffee Cultural Festival Board of Directors
Since its launch in 1970, the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival Board of Directors, Event Chairs and community volunteers have worked to preserve, perpetuate and promote Kona’s unique nearly 200-year old coffee heritage and culture behind Kona’s world-famous cup of brew.
Norman Sakata Chairman of the Board – 45 Years of Service
This third-generation Kona coffee farmer has worked diligently for forty-five years building the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival into the successful event it is today.
Valerie Corcoran Festival President – 32 Years of Service
Valerie Corcoran’s involvement with the Festival started thirty-two ago when she served on the Farm Fair committee.
Rick Robinson First Vice President – 35 Years of Service
Rick Robinson serves as Chairman of the Kona Soil and Water Conservation District and has been a Festival Board of Director for thirty-five years.
Tsukasa Kobayashi Second Vice President
Tsukasa Kobayashi is General Manager of the Ueshima Coffee (UCC Hawaii) farm, and received his BE and ME degree from Hokkaido University in 2012 and 2014.
Linda Nagai Third Vice President – 14 Years of Service
Linda Nagai grew up in Kona and has been working in the travel industry for over 30 years. She has been an active Festival board member for fourteen years.
Yukio Muramatsu Fourth Vice President – 8 Years of Service
Yukio Muramatsu moved from Japan to Kona in 2010 and put every effort into learning about farming. He and his wife own and operate a Kona coffee farm in Holualoa. He has served on the Festival Board of Directors for eight years.
Jean Kadooka Secretary – 42 Years of Service
Born and raised on a coffee farm in South Kona, Jean has volunteered as Festival secretary for forty-two years.
John W. Rocha Treasurer – 6 Years of Service
Born and raised in Hilo, John graduated from Hilo High School and the University of Hawaii at Manoa, with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting Degree. This is his sixth year of service.
Malia Bolton Hind 16 Years of Service
Malia Bolton Hind is the Director of Operations of Kona Coffee & Tea Company. She has served as a Festival Board of Director for sixteen years.
Ally Brown 2 Years of Service
Newly appointed Executive Director of the Miss Kona Coffee Scholarship Competition, Ally also owns & operates a unique consulting agency that offers accounting consulting & wedding & event planning services. This is her second year of service.
Matt Carter is a retired teacher (1989-2018), part-time musician, farmer, and currently manages Greenwell Farms Tour and Retail Store Operations. This is his first year of service after a few years’ pause.
Claudia Chang 6 Years of Service
Claudia works with the State of Hawaii and has served on the Festival Board of Directors for six years. She is also an active member of the Kona Hiroshima Kenjin Kai.
Ceri Copeland 3 Years of Service
Born and raised in Hilo, Ceri is currently a realtor and used to be a substitute teacher for fifteen years here in Kona. She is also an active member of the Kona Lions Club. This is her third year of service.
Janne Fujimoto 3 Years of Service
The daughter of late Fred and Midori Fujimoto, Janne has served as past director of the pageant and assisted the Festival’s Button Committee. This is her third year of serving on the board.
Kuni Goto 10 Years of Service
Kuni Goto, producer of the Festival’s Aloha Makahiki Concert, draws noted Hawaiian musicians to the event along with his esteemed wife and kumu hula Mika Keale-Goto. He has served on the Festival board for ten years.
Nathan Kurashige 13 Years of Service
A multi-generational Kona coffee farmer, Nathan Kurashige is active with the Kona Young Farmers. He has been serving on the Festival for thirteen years.
Hideki Miki 7 Years of Service
Hideki heads the UCC Ueshima Coffee Company retail at the UCC farm in Holualoa. He studied at Kobe Gakuin University and now makes Kailua-Kona his home. He has served on the Festival board for seven years
Helen Nagata 5 Years of Service
Helen was born and grew up in Kona, attended Konawaena Elementary, Intermediate and High School and East Los Angeles Community College. She recently retired from a successful career with First Hawaiian Bank. This is her fifth year of service.
Michelle Sakata-Johnson 3 Years of Service
Michelle is a 4th generation Japanese coffee farmer, crowned as the 1977 Kona Coffee Festival Queen. Michelle is currently restoring her family coffee-land-house that has been in her family for over 100 years. This is her third year of service.