Pan-Pacific festival appoints new committee chair

Pan-Pacific festival appoints new committee chair

By: Taylor Preza

Christine Kubota has been appointed as the new Chair of the Pan-Pacific Festival Advisory Committee, one of Hawaii's largest multi-cultural events.

Replacing Benjamin Fukumoto, who has served for the past nine years, Kubota's role is to lead the efforts for Pan-Pacific Festival events, to be a liaison with community partners and to provide strategic fundraising support.

Kubota is an attorney at Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert practicing in corporate, commercial and real estate law since 1988. She also currently serves as Director for nonprofit organizations including the Hawaii Senior Life Enrichment Association, the Hiroshima Kenjinkai and the Honolulu Japanese Chamber Charitable Corporation.

Kubota is also active with the U.S. Japan Council, Japan-American Society of Honolulu, the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii and the Japanese Women's Society Foundation.

She graduated from Chaminade University with a bachelor's degree in International Relations and Asian Studies as well as from McGeorge School of Law at the University of the Pacific with a jurius doctor degree.

"She brings years of knowledge and experience not only through her work with Japanese clients at their practice but also through her extensive community service," said Eric Ishizuka, Pan-Pacific Festival Director.

Kubota has previously served as director of Meritas, a worldwide affiliation of commercial law firms, which has members in over 270 cities.

She has also previously served as director of the Hawaii State Bar Association and co-chair of the Supreme Court Committee on Court Interpreters and Language Access.

The 36th Annual Pan-Pacific Festival is sponsored in part by the Hawaii Tourism Authority and is set for June 12 through 14, 2015.

Since its 1980 inception, the mission of the Pan-Pacific Festival has been to promote intercultural friendship and overcome language and geographic barriers through shared interests.

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