First Hawaiian Bank’s Donald Horner Joins Nature Conservancy Board

Horner one of four new Conservancy trustees

HONOLULU, Hawai'i | February 08, 2010

The Nature Conservancy announced today that Donald G. Horner, chairman and chief executive officer of First Hawaiian Bank, has joined the organization’s Board of Trustees.

Horner is one of a team of new trustees that also includes Maui conservationist Anne Carter; Eiichiro Kuwana, president and principal founder of Cook Pine Capital; and Nate Smith, owner of Nate Smith Studio, LLC.

Duncan MacNaughton serves as chair of the Hawai‘i board.

“The Conservancy has been fortunate throughout its history to have trustees who are committed to Hawai‘i and to conservation,” MacNaughton said. “Our new trustees continue that tradition.”

Horner, who heads up the islands’ oldest and largest bank, has a long record of community service. He currently chairs the steering committee for The Salvation Army’s Kroe Center and is a board member and treasurer of Iolani School. He also serves on the boards of the Children’s Discovery Center, Hawai‘i Asia-Pacific Association, Filipino Community Center and the Japan-America Society of Hawai‘i.

Carter comes from a longtime Hawai‘i family (her great-great grandfather, George R. Carter, served as Hawaii’s Territorial Governor from 1903-1907) and has extensive conservation experience. She is a past president of the Conservation Council of Hawai‘i and currently serves on the boards of the National Botanical Garden and the Maui Nui Botanical Garden.

“Anne has a long association with The Nature Conservancy,” said Suzanne Case, the Conservancy’s Hawai‘i executive director. “She once worked as an intern and member of our field staff on Maui and led hikes into our Waikamoi Preserve. “She has a strong interest in native birds and has participated in forest bird surveys, an activity that requires considerable technical expertise. Our board will greatly benefit from her background in conservation.”

Kuwana has more than 20 years experience in the financial industry. Prior to starting Cook Pine Capital, he spent 12 years at Goldman, Sachs & Co. as a managing director. Kuwana lives in Greenwich, Connecticut, but has been visiting Hawai‘i since the mid-1980s. He has owned a home on Maui since 1996.

Smith manages the design and construction of residential and hospitality developments in Hawai‘i and on the U.S. mainland. His design collaborations have won AIA Honolulu, AIA Northwest Region and Education and Design Showcase awards.

He also serves on the boards of the GIFT Foundation, McInerney Foundation, Reuse Hawai‘i, and The Contemporary Museum.

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