HONOLULU--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 19, 2008--Hawaiian Electric
Company, Inc., (HECO), utility subsidiary of Hawaiian Electric
Industries, Inc. (NYSE:HE), today announced the appointment of Alan
Oshima to its board of directors.
Oshima is currently senior vice president and general counsel for
Hawaiian Telcom and will transition to the position of director and
senior advisor for Hawaiian Telcom after June 30. He was founding
partner of the law firm, Oshima Chun Fong & Chung, LLP. where in
addition to his work in telecommunications, he served as the
regulatory attorney for the Kauai Island Utility Cooperative, The Gas
Company, various water and sewer companies & other utility-related
"Alan is an exceptional individual who brings important regulatory
expertise and a deep passion and understanding of the communities we
serve," said Constance H. Lau, Hawaiian Electric Company board chair
and president & CEO of its parent company, HEI. "These strengths will
help guide our company in its efforts to provide a cleaner energy
future for the state of Hawaii."
Oshima has been recognized by the Hawaii State Bar Association
with its Pro Bono Service Award for his countless hours of volunteer
legal work in the community. He has also been recognized as one of
"America's Best Lawyers" in the field of public utilities. Among his
community activities, he serves on the board of the YMCA of Honolulu,
where he previously served as chairman, and as Vice President of
Hawaii 3Rs, a non-profit organization that facilitates government,
business, community, and school partnerships to repair, remodel and
restore Hawaii public schools.
Oshima replaces David Cole, chairman, president and chief
executive officer of Maui Land & Pineapple Company, Inc. (ML&P), who
recently resigned his seat on the board as ML&P increases its own
involvement in renewable energy initiatives.
Hawaiian Electric Company, together with its subsidiaries Maui
Electric Company and Hawaii Electric Light Company, supplies power to
over 400,000 customers or 95% of the Hawaii's population on Oahu,
Hawaii, Maui, Lanai and Molokai.
CONTACT: Hawaiian Electric Company
Lynne T. Unemori
Vice President, Corporate Relations
SOURCE: Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc.