The University of Hawai‘i Foundation board of trustees recently welcomed new members James H.Q. Lee and Ginny Tiu.
James H.Q. Lee is the managing partner of the Honolulu law firm Devens, Nakano, Saito, Lee, Wong & Ching, chief financial officer of The K.B. Lee Corp. which owned and operated Hee Hing Restaurant for almost 50 years and chief executive officer of Aloha Green Holdings, which operates three state|LS|1|RS|certified medical cannabis dispensaries on O‘ahu. He is also a director and board secretary of Wasa Electric and US Kinden and is a co-founder of Aloha Beer Co. and Let’s Eat Hawaii.
Lee has strong ties to the University of Hawai‘i. Lee served on the Board of Regents from 2009 to 2014 and is a past vice chair. In 2015, he was inducted into the Shidler College of Business Hall of Honor.
He graduated from UH with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and holds a juris doctorate from the William S. Richardson School of Law. Lee is also active with another alma mater, Iolani School, and has served on the private school’s leadership committee and as chair of the Iolani School Family Fair. He is also a past director of Boy Scouts of America and a past board member and past president of both Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawai‘i and the Big Brothers Big Sisters Foundation.
Ginny Tiu is a musician and philanthropist who was instrumental in the Hawaiian Humane Society’s successful first $20 million capital campaign and is co-chair of a second capital campaign for the nonprofit’s West O‘ahu campus. She is passionate about animal welfare.
In addition to serving on the Hawaiian Humane Society board of directors, serving twice as chair, Ginny is a member of the board of the national animal welfare organization Animal Legal Defense Fund, and the Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra.
She was honored by Maryknoll School with the Monsignor Charles A. Kekumano Noblesse Oblige Award for Service in 2014, and in 2018, was named Philanthropist of the Year by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Ginny, who was a prodigy on the piano when she was 3 years old, has performed around the world, including at Carnegie Hall in New York and for two U.S. presidents, John F. Kennedy and George H.W. Bush. She also acted in a movie with Elvis Presley titled “Girls! Girls! Girls!”
Her career took off at the age of 5 after she was discovered by Ed Sullivan and moved to the U.S. from the Philippines with her family.
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