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Alaka`ina Foundation Leadership

Fulfilling the Commitment

Our directors and management team guide all of the Foundation’s efforts. All were born and raised in Hawai‘i. Our Board of Directors—who met as children while attending the Kamehameha Schools—are all volunteers. While each member of our leadership team brings a different background to his or her role, all share a common commitment: to improve the leadership skills and educational opportunities of those who follow us.


Pelekikena (President) Michael K. Wong.  “Kimo”

Appointed June 2004

Senior Vice President & Chief Distribution Officer Armed Forces Benefit Assoc. Alexandria VA

Kamehameha Schools Class of 1971

Virginia Military Institute, VA. B.S.

American College, Bryn Mawr PA, CLU, ChFC

Air Force veteran and 45 years-experience in Financial & Life Insurance business.


Hope-Pelekikena (Vice President) & Luna hoʻokele (Executive Director) James “Kimo” Bacon.

Appointed June 2004

Executive Director Alaka`ina Foundation

Retired Army & Airforce Blackhawk Systems Field Service Program Manager

Sikorsky Global Sustainment Huntsville AL 14 years

US Army Aviation Colonel (Retired) 31 years.

Kamehameha Schools Class of 1971

University of Hawaii Honolulu Hawaii, B.A.,

Pepperdine University Los Angeles California, M.A.


Secretary William “Bill” Villa

Appointed 2008

Executive Director Hawaii State Interscholastic Athletic Directors Association

Athletic Director (Retired) Chaminade University

20 years’ experience International Life Insurance

27 years’ experience College & High School athletic management

Kamehameha Schools Class of 1971

University of Phoenix B.A. Business Management


Treasurer David A. Mortensen “David”

Appointed 2010

Maintenance Manager Kailua Beach Rentals, HI 48 years

Honolulu Fire Department Rescue Captain (Retired)

31 years’ experience in Fire/Rescue and Police departments.

Director (Retired) Windward Federal Credit Union 28 years.

Kamehameha Schools Class of 1971

Honolulu Community College A.S. Fire Science

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Senior Advisor Teresa Haunani Makuakane-Drechsel

Appointed 2021

Retired, Kamehameha Schools/Ke Ali`i Pauahi Foundation, College Financial Aid and Counseling Director

Kamehameha Schools, Class of 1971

B.A., University of Hawai`i, Honolulu, HI 

M.A., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 

M.Ed., University of Georgia, Athens, GA 

Ed.D., University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 

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