Chief Operating Officer & Executive Vice President
Joel K. Matsunaga joined Hawai‘i BioEnergy in July 2008 as Executive Vice President.
Mr. Matsunaga comes to Hawai‘i BioEnergy from Hawaiian Telcom, where he began his career in 1979 when the company was then known as GTE Hawaiian Telephone Company. During his 28 years with the company, Mr. Matsunaga held various positions within Hawaiian Telcom’s marketing, revenues and earnings, network operations and regulatory organizations, and most recently served as vice president of external affairs.
A graduate of the University of Hawai‘i, Mr. Matsunaga holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in business administration and is also a certified public accountant.
Mr. Matsunaga is very active in the community and has served on or is currently serving on the boards of the Chamber of Commerce of Hawai'i, the Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise Honolulu, Goodwill Industries Hawai‘i, the Hawai‘i Council on Economic Education, and University of Hawai‘i Rainbow Baseball Grand Slam Club. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Hawai‘i Society of Certified Public Accountants, Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i, Hawai‘i Telecommunications Association and the Japan America Society of Hawai‘i. He has also served on the State of Hawai‘i Wireless Enhanced 911 Board and the State of Hawai`i Broadband Task Force.
He and his wife, Gwen, have four children and reside in Kaneohe