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Bank of Hawaii Promotes Hamilton, Higa, Kekoolani and Shoji to Senior Vice President

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Honolulu, Hawaii (April 23, 2008) - Paula J. Hamilton has been promoted to senior vice president of retail credit from vice president.  She continues her duties as Retail Credit Analytics and Reporting Manager, which includes overseeing analytics and reporting for retail loan products.  In addition, she is responsible for asset quality summaries and analyses and developing data management, process improvement and credit policy strategies.

Prior to joining Bank of Hawaii in 2005, Hamilton served as a risk management consultant at Wells Fargo in San Francisco, Calif.  She has also worked at Providian Financial, Home Savings of America and the RAND Corporation. 

Hamilton received a bachelor of arts degree in mathematics and economics from Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio.  She also has a master of arts degree in applied economics from San Francisco State University.

Hamilton is a member of the YWCA Ways to Work Loan Committee, Hawaii Economic Association and the Hawaii SAS Users’ Group (HISUG).   She is taking on fundraising committee co-chair responsibilities for the upcoming school year for Aikane O Nuuanu, the parent organization for Nuuanu Elementary School.

Diane Y. Higa has been promoted to senior vice president and IT Services Director of the Information Management and Systems Group from vice president.  Her responsibilities include managing the core banking system applications in addition to the service delivery functions of the Information Management and Systems group which include the Help Desk and the Project Management Office.
Before joining the bank in 1994 as a product manager in the Retail Products Division, Higa served as a document processing manager at First Hawaiian Bank.  Throughout her career at Bank of Hawaii, she has held various positions within the Information Management and Systems Group including operations manager, applications manager and core systems manager.

Darlene-Inez “Kaleo” Kekoolani has been promoted to senior vice president of human resources from vice president.  In her new role, she continues her responsibilities as compensation and benefits manager, which entails designing, developing and administering compensation and benefit programs, including executive compensation, job evaluation, salary administration, and incentive and benefit plan designs.  She also oversees the human resources information systems.

Kekoolani joined Bank of Hawaii in 1985 as a management trainee and later joined the Human Resources Division as a staffing specialist.  She graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a bachelor of business administration degree in personnel and industrial relations.  In addition, she is designated as a Certified Compensation Professional from WorldAtWork, a national professional human resources association.

Kekoolani currently serves as a board member for the Hawaii Compensation Association and is a member of the Society of Human Resources Management and WorldAtWork Association.

Coleen F. Shoji has been promoted to senior vice president of Cash Management Services and Account Analysis Operations from vice president.  She continues her duties as manager which includes coordinating, planning and executing the bank’s cash and treasury management sales strategy.  In addition, she oversees the sales and marketing, servicing and development of cash management services and products for small, mid-size and large commercial and corporate banking clients.  She is also responsible for the daily management of the account analysis operations department. 
Prior to joining Bank of Hawaii in 2000 as vice president and commercial banking officer, Shoji served as vice president of corporate banking at Central Pacific Bank and assistant vice president of corporate banking and commercial real estate at First Hawaiian Bank. 
A graduate of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Shoji holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and a master’s degree in business administration.   She also graduated with honors from the Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington.
Shoji has earned designations as a Certified Treasury Professional from the Association for Financial Professionals and Accredited ACH Professional from NACHA, the Electronic Payments Association.