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Grove Farm announces key promotions

PUHI — Grove Farm announced that Shawn Shimabukuro and David Hinazumi have been promoted to senior vice presidents, and Sharyl Lam Yuen and Casey Watabu have been promoted to vice presidents.

The promotions recognize the key roles these four individuals have played in leading Grove Farm’s important work, and was at the recommendation of Donald G. Horner, who assumed the role as board chair and interim CEO of Grove Farm.

“His first act as CEO was to recommend the promotions we’re announcing today. I have long admired Don Horner, and am grateful he has agreed to serve,” said Steve Case, owner of Grove Farm, on Tuesday.

“Don has already spent considerable time getting to know the Grove Farm team, and identifying opportunities for continued growth and impact. I share Don’s confidence in, and appreciation for, the team, and working with them as we seek to continue to build on Grove Farm’s legacy of service and sustainability,” said Case.

In addition to the four promotions, Grove Farm also announced the appointment of Lian Javier as vice president-finance. Javier previously served as a financial manager with Marriott, and as director of finance at Koloa Landing Resort.

Horner is the retired chair and CEO of First Hawaiian Bank, and serves on the boards of Haleakala Ranch and Gay &Robinson. He also still serves on the state Board of Education.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to work with an exceptional team, and an owner that deeply cares about the community,” Horner said.

In his new role, Horner will oversee the management team and take the lead in Grove Farm’s search for a permanent CEO.

Grove Farm, headquartered in Lihu‘e, owns approximately 38,000 acres on Kaua‘i, making it one of the island’s largest private landowners. In its transition from a sugar plantation to a community development and property management company, Grove Farm has remained focused on “Building a Sustainable Kaua‘i.”
Source: The Garden Island

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