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Hawaii Gas Welcomes Prominent Hawai‘i Leaders to Board: Former Hawai‘i Congresswoman and Business Executives

HONOLULU – Hawaii Gas welcomes three prominent local leaders to its board of directors: Colleen Hanabusa, former Hawai‘i Congresswoman, Colbert Matsumoto, Island Holdings, Inc. chairman & president, and Catherine Ngo, Central Pacific Bank president & chief operating officer.

“Having board leadership of the highest caliber that is aligned with our deep commitment to Hawai‘i and its people is essential as our company moves forward, in collaboration with others, to provide transformational solutions for our state’s clean energy future,” said Alicia Moy, Hawaii Gas president & CEO. “Colleen, Colbert and Catherine are seasoned leaders who bring a wealth of expertise and diverse experience to our board, and Hawaii Gas looks forward to their balanced perspective and guidance.”

James Hooke, Hawaii Gas chairman of the board, said, “Understanding the needs of the community in which we do business is of paramount importance. We are honored that this is Colleen’s first corporate board directorship since leaving public office, and we are excited to work with her to advance positive change for Hawai‘i. We are pleased to welcome Colbert and Catherine, each of whom has a long track record of building well-respected and community-minded businesses operating throughout the state.”

Colleen Hanabusa, former Hawai‘i Congresswoman, was first elected to the Hawai‘i State Senate, representing the 21st District, in 1998, and served as its president from 2007 to 2010. She was the first female to lead either house of the Hawai‘i Legislature. In 2010, she was elected to represent Hawaii’s First Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives and was reelected in 2012. Hanabusa was an Assistant House Whip and a ranking member of the Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs. Hanabusa is a practicing attorney with more than 30 years of experience. Born in Honolulu and raised in Waianae, she is an alumna of St. Andrew’s Priory and holds a BA and MA from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and a JD from the University of Hawai‘i William S. Richardson School of Law.

Colbert Matsumoto is chairman & president of Island Holdings, Inc., the parent of several companies, including Island Insurance Company, Ltd., which he has led since 1999. Before that, he had a successful 20-year career as an attorney in private practice and was the founder and managing partner of Matsumoto, LaFountaine & Chow. He serves on several corporate boards and is a trustee of the state’s $14 billion Employees Retirement System. He is a volunteer leader with several nonprofit organizations. Born and raised on Lana‘i, Matsumoto is an alumnus of Lana‘i High & Elementary School. He graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree from the University of San Francisco and received his juris doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law.

Catherine Ngo, president & COO, Central Pacific Bank (CPB), has more than 20 years of executive experience in the financial services and private equity industries. She joined CPB in 2010 as EVP and chief administrative officer and was promoted to her current role in 2014. Prior to joining the bank, Ngo was a founding general partner of Startup Capital Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm with investments in Silicon Valley, Hawai‘i and China. Before that, she served as executive vice president & general counsel of Silicon Valley Bank (SVB). While at SVB, Ngo also served as COO of Alliant Partners, the investment banking subsidiary of SVB. A graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, Ngo started her career in private law practice. Catherine will assume a new role on July 1, 2015 as president and CEO of CPB.

About Hawaii Gas

Hawaii Gas is the only government-franchised, full-service gas company manufacturing and distributing gas in Hawai‘i. The company’s market includes Hawaii’s approximately 1.4 million residents and nearly 8 million visitors. Hawaii Gas manufactures synthetic natural gas, or SNG, for its utility customers on O‘ahu, and distributes liquefied petroleum gas, or LPG (propane), to utility, tank and bottled gas customers throughout the state’s six primary islands. Hawaii Gas is the first company to bring liquefied natural gas, or LNG, to Hawai‘i. It uses LNG as a backup fuel for its SNG distribution system. Hawaii Gas is a wholly owned indirect subsidiary of Macquarie Infrastructure Company. For additional information, please visit


Alan Tang