J. Kūhiō Asam, MD & Claire L. Asam, PhD

J. Kūhiō Asam, MD (MD ’78 Mānoa) and Claire L. Asam, PhD (MEd ’78, PhD ’99 Mānoa) have devoted a significant portion of their lives to serving the Hawai‘i community in many ways. As executive director of the King William Charles Lunalilo Trust and Home, Dr. J. Kūhiō Asam brings a lifelong commitment to build and strengthen the community. He has accepted the responsibility to carry out the will of King Lunalilo, as applied to contemporary times, to transform Lunalilo Home and expand it to become the foremost system of elder services in support of Hawaiian kūpuna, families, and communities. His professional career has included executive positions with Kahi Mohala Hospital and APS Healthcare in Hawai‘i. As a civic and community leader, Asam currently serves on the boards of the University of Hawai‘i Foundation, Hanahau‘oli School and Sutter Pacific Health, and is a member of the Kamehameha Schools Alumni Association, Prince Kūhiō Hawaiian Civic Club, and ‘Ahahui o nā Kauka. He is a volunteer docent at the Bishop Museum and public mediator with the Mediation Center of the Pacific. He has served on numerous boards, including those of St. Timothy’s Preschool and Mental Health America of Hawai‘i, as well as the advisory boards of the Boy and Girls Club of Hawaii, Hawai‘i KIDS COUNT, Ke Ali‘i Pauahi Foundation, AlohaCare, Hawai‘i State Co-occurring State Infrastructure Grant, and the Department of Native Hawaiian Health at the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawai‘i. He is past board chair of the UH Foundation, and has been a State Senate-appointed member of the State Council on Mental Health.
Appointed as trustee of the Queen Lili‘uokalani Trust in 2007, Dr. Claire L. Asam brings an enduring, lifelong, professional and personal commitment to “na pua o Hawai‘i nei,” or the children of Hawai‘i. Previously, she carried out the Queen’s mission in the capacity of president and executive director of the Queen Lili‘uokalani Children’s Center (QLCC). She provided leadership and was responsible for the strategic planning and operations of the agency which annually impacted 40,000 children in its efforts to build strong families and productive, healthy communities. Her professional career began at the Kamehameha Schools where she served the beneficiaries of the Bernice Pauahi Bishop estate for 25 years in teaching and administrative positions. Always a tireless contributor, she began work at the tender age of five years old polishing shoes for her family and earning money by plucking chicken feathers, among other jobs. Asam is also currently vice president and executive director of SchoolRise, Hawaii Division. SchoolRise LLC is a school improvement company providing educational services to public and private schools. She serves on the boards of the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation and Hawaii Medical Service Association (HMSA), and on the advisory council for the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.

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