Local Roots

Keith was born and raised on Oahu.  After graduating from Leilehua High School, Keith continued his higher education at the University of Hawaii at Manoa where he earned both bachelor and master’s degrees in business. Keith is married with two daughters and has resided in Hawaii Kai since 2002.

Broad and Relevant Work Experience 

Keith’s broad work experience has included experience in both the private and public sectors including nearly 20 years as a practicing Certified Public Accountant with KPMG LLP, an international public accounting firm that also included a 5-year assignment in the firm’s Tokyo, Japan office.  Serving primarily audit clients, Keith served a broad range of clients in terms of size and industries from locally owned businesses to global companies with large operations in Japan. Clients included financial services companies including commercial banks, savings banks and insurance companies; high tech businesses from equipment manufacturers to software companies; a European based shipping company and; State of Hawaii governmental units.

Keith’s broad business background in the private sector also included 10 years with Island Insurance Companies and its related operating affiliates serving as Internal Audit Director and subsequently as Chief Investment Officer. His duties also involved administrative and financial roles including serving as Treasurer of an investment focused business.

More recently, Keith’s experience has been in the public sector serving as Audit Administrator with the Hawaii State Department of Accounting and General Services (DAGS) that also included a temporary assignment as acting Public Works Administrator for the State’s centralized engineering function.

Community Involvement

Keith’s involvement in the community included participation in community projects as a member of the Hawaii Kai Lions Club.  Keith also served as a volunteer tax preparer with AARP.

Other Achievements

Keith was selected as manager of the year for DAGS for 2018.

Keith completed the Citizens Police Academy program conducted by the Honolulu Police Department (HPD).  The 11-week HPD program is designed to educate the public about HPD policies, the criminal justice system and ways to reduce crime.