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Tammy Nakao named Director of Talent Management

April 21, 2015

Contributed by Communication Group Staff

Formerly of Hawaiian Electric Company, Tammy Nakao has joined Kamehameha Schools as the director of Talent Management in the Human Resources Group.

Nakao’s kuleana will include equipping managers and leaders with the training, tools and resources to lead organizational change, manage performance systems that align workforce goals with KS’ strategic priorities, and drive workforce engagement.

She began her new role on March 30, 2015.

“I am so honored to be given the opportunity to work for Kamehameha Schools, a premier educational institution committed to a noble purpose of improving the capability and well-being of people of Hawaiian ancestry through education,” Nakao said.

Nakao said she is thrilled to be working for an educational organization such as Kamehameha Schools.

“My grandmother always stressed the importance of a good education when I was growing up. She would often say, ‘Education is something that no one can ever take away from you.’

“And it was the late Nelson Mandela who said that ‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.’” 

Nakao comes to KS from Hawaiian Electric Company, where she served most recently as director for Organizational Development. She was responsible for overseeing the development of programs intended to build organizational effectiveness and align performance with the strategic direction of the company, including activities in succession planning, performance management, employee engagement, and employee and leadership development. 

Nakao also served Hawaiian Electric as the director of Client Services and Consulting, where she oversaw business unit strategic HR consulting services, staffing and recruitment, employee relations, and was responsible for ensuring the organization’s commitment as an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. 

Prior to joining Hawaiian Electric, she held HR leadership positions in the hospitality, industrial and retail fields.

Nakao was born and raised on Oʻahu, and lives in Kāneʻohe with her husband and two sons, ages 20 and 17.  She has a master’s in organizational change from Hawaiʻi Pacific University and a bachelor’s in business administration from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. 

Nakao said she enjoys spending time with family – especially during their annual ski trip with extended family members, trying new restaurants and taking on occasional weekend morning hikes. 

“I am excited to learn more about how I can serve the people of Kamehameha Schools, and contribute to fulfilling the legacy of Princess Pauahi,” Nakao added.


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