New hires at UH Manoa Chancellor's Office

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Gregg Takayama, 808-956-9836
Manoa Chancellor's Office
Posted: Nov 13, 2008

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw has announced the addition of Diane E. Chang as Director of Communications and Elmer K. Kaʻai Jr. as Government Relations Manager to the University Advancement Team.

Chang previously served as editor of Pacific Media Publishing, sister company to The Honolulu Advertiser. Before that, she was senior editor, editorial page editor and columnist for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, and editor of Hawaiʻi Business magazine.

She is the president of the Rotary Club of Kahala Sunrise and the Hawaiʻi Women‘s Forum, and a mayoral appointee to the Honolulu County Committee on the Status of Women. The UH-Mānoa graduate and former Ka Leo O Hawaiʻi editor is a past president of the Society of Professional Journalists-Hawaiʻi Chapter.

Chang is a first-year law student in the UH Mānoa William S. Richardson School of Law‘s inaugural part-time program, which launched this fall.

Kaʻai was previously grants specialist, program manager and senior legislative advisor for the state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, where he was employed since 1992. Before that, he worked at the Hawaiʻi State Legislature, with service on the staffs of former House Reps. Tom Okamura and Virginia Isbell.

He is a member of the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority‘s Kukulu Ola Proposal Reviewers and Office of Hawaiian Affairs Grants Program Review, and serves as an Oʻahu director of Hui Kakoʻo Aina Hoopulapula.

Kaʻai earned a Bachelor of Science degree in human development from the UH Mānoa College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR).

"Diane is among Hawaiʻi‘s outstanding journalists with deep knowledge of our Islands, and Elmer has a tremendous record of accomplishment at the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands and service to our Hawaiian community," said Gregg Takayama, Director of Community and Government Affairs at UH Mānoa. "They will be key assets to our leadership team in helping convey the message of UH Mānoa‘s goals and achievements to the public and decision makers."