Speaker Date Topic
Jason Fujimoto Oct 23, 2019
HPM's HalePlus
Marcia Masters Nov 06, 2019
Zimbabwe Project Society
Kyla Edison Nov 13, 2019
Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems (PISCES)


Kyla Edison is the Geology and Material Science Technician for the Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems (PISCES), a state funded aerospace company dedicated to promoting the aerospace industry in Hawai’i.  A three-time PISCES summer intern, Kyla has been researching in the Planetary Geology field for almost six years.  In 2015 & Kyla won a NASA Hawai’i Space Grant fellowship studying gully formation in Martian craters.  In 2016 Kyla graduated from the University of Hawai’i Hilo with her bachelors in Geology, having had a dedicated focus to astronomy and planetary geology.  Today Kyla is a full-time PISCES employee researching how to create construction materials using Lunar and Martian regolith(surface dust) for future base settlements.  Kyla does this by using the strikingly comparable Hawaiian basalt rock and a technique known as sintering. Kyla’s biggest hope is that the construction materials PISCES creates can also have Earth based applications especially for economic development in Hawai’i.

Beckie Marshall Dec 04, 2019
VASH - Visitor Aloha Society of Hawai`i

Aloha and welcome to VASH Hawai`i Island, the Visitor Aloha Society of Hawai`i on Hawai`i Island. Our Mission is to share the aloha spirit with visitors affected by adversity.

We recognize that even during the fun and relaxation of vacations, unfortunate events can happen. And when far from home, visitors do not usually have access to their own support systems and resources.


VASH assistance is designed to help visitors cope with and recover from a variety of unfortunate situations such as crime victimization, the loss of a purse or wallet, medical situations, or the death of a loved one. When we receive referrals from the Hawai`i County Police Department, local area hospitals, airport security and others in the visitor industry, we assess each visitor’s situation and needs on a case by case basis to offer appropriate supportive services.


Our Vision is that every visitor touched by adversity will also be touched by the aloha spirit. Our hope is that the stories our visitors tell upon returning home are all about the care and love they received – the aloha – rather than being about the unfortunate incident.

Alan Shiraishi Jan 08, 2020
Junior Achievement of Hawaii

Alan Shiraishi is the District Manager of Junior Achievement of Hawaii.

As District Manager, Alan manages daily operations of JA programs on Hawaii Island, primarily East Hawaii, by building relationships with educators, recruiting and training volunteers, and implementing all administrative procedures. He coordinates the execution of programs, increases public awareness for all programs, and assures program quality and expansion.

Prior to his current role, Alan volunteered for JA's elementary, intermediate and high school programs for over 14 years. Alan has over 40 years of experience in business management in the banking industry and is well connected in the Hilo community with current and past affiliations with the Waiakea Lions Club, Toastmasters International, Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce, and the Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Hawaii, to name a few.