UHAA welcomes Patrick Oki as new president
|Patrick H. Oki ’92
The University of Hawai‘i Alumni Association Board of Directors is pleased to welcome Patrick H. Oki (BBA ’92 Mānoa) as its 2012-13 president, effective July 1.
Oki is managing partner of PKF Pacific Hawaii LLP, one of the largest accounting firms in Hawai‘i and has nearly 19 years experience servicing public and private companies in the Hawai‘i market. Previously he was a partner at Grant Thornton in the Honolulu office, which was acquired by his current company in 2010. Before that he worked in the Honolulu office of PricewaterhouseCoopers.
A Certified Public Accountant (Hawai‘i and Guam), Certified Fraud Examiner and Certified in Financial Forensics, Oki is an active member of the Hawaii Society of Certified Public Accountants (vice president), Association of Government Accountants (immediate past president of Hawai‘i chapter), American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Oki has extensive experience assisting companies with improving internal controls and business processes. He has conducted numerous forensic and fraud investigations, and he specializes in mergers and acquisitions in the hospitality industry. Oki has also provided auditing and consulting services to a variety of Hawai‘i industries.
For the past 20 years, Oki has prepared hundreds of free tax returns for residents of a low-income, elderly housing facility. He also serves on the boards of the Aloha Council of the Boy Scouts of America and ‘Ahahui Koa Ānuenue (treasurer), and is the audit committee chairperson and independent board member of Sopogy, a solar power technology company.
Oki supports the University of Hawai‘i in many ways. He first joined the UH Alumni Association in 1992 – the year he graduated with his accounting degree – and has served on its board of directors since 2004. Before becoming president, Oki served as treasurer, second vice president and most recently, first vice president. In addition, he established an endowed scholarship for students in accounting at the Shidler College of Business.
It is interesting to note that Oki was an entrepreneur during his studies at UH. As a freshman, he started and owned an automobile performance parts and supplies company. In addition, he was recognized as an “Outstanding Professional” by Beta Alpha Psi, an honorary accounting student organization at UH, for 11 consecutive semesters.
In 2008, Oki was named to Pacific Business News’ Forty Under 40 list. In 2011, he was inducted into the Hall of Honor by the Shidler College of Business. He is proud that PKF Pacific Hawaii was named to the “Best Places to Work in Hawaii” list twice – 2nd place in 2012 and 3rd place in 2011.