Mayor appoints engineer to HART board of directors

Glenn Nohara
Glenn Nohara

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell announced Friday his appointment of professional engineer and licensed general contractor Glenn M. Nohara to the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) Board of Directors effective immediately through June 30, 2021.

Nohara will serve the remainder of the term currently held by Colleen Hanabusa, who is resigning to run for the United States House of Representatives. The HART Board members will vote to select their new Chair.

Currently the Chair of the Board of Directors at Koga Engineering and Construction, Inc., Nohara served for nearly two decades as the company’s President and COO from 1992 to 2010, and General Superintendent to the Vice President from 1984 to 1992. Previously, he served as Cost Engineer, Project Engineer, and Superintendent at Hawaiian Dredging Construction Company, Inc. from 1974 to 1984.

Nohara is a director of the General Contractors Association of Hawaii, a former director of the Sand Island Business Association, and a former member of the University of Hawaii College of Engineering Development Advisory Committee and the UH Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Industry Advisory Committee.

The HART Board is made up of nine voting members: Three appointed by the mayor, three appointed by the Honolulu City Council, two ex-officio members, and a ninth member appointed by the eight other board members.

Mayor Caldwell’s appointees are Nohara, Colbert Matsumoto, and William “Buzz” Hong.

The city council’s appointees are Damien Kim, John Henry Felix, and Terrence Lee.

The ex-officio members are Honolulu Acting Director of Transportation Services Mark Garrity and State of Hawaii Director of Transportation Ford Fuchigami. Terri Fujii is the board-appointed member. Acting Director of Planning and Permitting Art Challacombe also serves as a non-voting ex-officio member.

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