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John Komeiji named KS general counsel and vice president

John Komeiji has been named general counsel and vice president for Kamehameha Schools. Komeiji will start with KS on February 18, and he succeeds Eric Sonnenberg, who retired last September.

“John brings with him an extensive background in leadership roles in Hawaiʻi’s legal and business community that will be valuable to our organization as we continue to serve our Native Hawaiian keiki who are the focal point of our work,” KS Chief Executive Officer Jack Wong said. “We are excited to have him join the Kamehameha Schools ʻohana and be part of perpetuating the legacy of Princess Pauahi.”  

Komeiji said: “I am humbled by the privilege to join Kamehameha Schools and serve Princess Pauahi’s mission and all of our keiki, families and communities throughout Hawaiʻi. KS’ mission, work and people have always been inspiring to me, and I’m excited to now be able to contribute to the work at such a pivotal time with all the dedicated staff of Kamehameha Schools.”

Komeiji comes to KS with extensive experience in Hawaiʻi’s legal and business community.  Most recently, he served as president and general manager of Hawaiian Telcom, a post he held since July 2018. Earlier, Komeiji was Hawaiian Telcom’s chief administrative officer and general counsel for 10 years.  Before that, he served as senior partner at Watanabe Ing & Komeiji LLP, where his practice focused on litigation in complex commercial, personal injury and professional liability matters.

Komeiji also is a past president of the Hawaiʻi State Bar Association and is a recipient of the Hawaiʻi Venture Capitalist Association’s Corporate Intrapreneur of the Year Award (2018) and the University of Hawaiʻi’s Distinguished Alumni Award (2011).  He holds a juris doctorate from Hastings College of Law in San Francisco, and a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.

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