Keith Amemiya is a community and business leader who knows how to bring people together to get things done. He believes in investing in the future and potential of young people, and making a real difference in their lives.
Keith worked his way through college at UH Manoa, supporting himself by bussing tables, delivering documents as a messenger, and unloading shipping containers at a trucking company. He went on to earn his law degree at UH Manoa.
As Executive Director of the Central Pacific Bank Foundation, Keith has invested in local communities on every island, funded job training programs to help people learn new skills, subsidized local businesses to help them survive during the pandemic, supported women-owned companies, and aided underprivileged families with college loans.
As head of the Hawaii High School Athletic Association, Keith transformed youth sports in Hawaii, and when state budget cuts threatened to end junior varsity athletics he led the “Save Our Sports” campaign, raising over $1.5 million in three months and keeping youth sports alive in Hawaii.
Keith is an avid sports fan, and every weekend he can be seen climbing the steps to the top of Koko Crater!
Keith’s wife, teammate, and partner Bonny is a successful business executive who grew up in a working-class family in Pauoa.
Keith and Bonny have been married for over 25 years and are the proud parents of a son, Chris, who attends Claremont McKenna College.