Directors


RANDY SORIANO
Pronouns: he/him/his

Director since 2019
RandyS@HawaiiLGBTlegacy.com
Executive Committee: Chairperson
Committee Co-Chair: Sponsorships & Development

Randy is a young professional with 10 years of marketing experience at proven industry-leading companies in Hawaiʻi. He specializes in social media marketing, promotional PR, event planning and creative direction.

Randy has a passion for meeting people and serving the community, which is demonstrated in the countless hours he dedicates to various non-profit and community organizations. He is currently the President of the Rotary E-Club of Hawaiʻi, serving a two-year term that oversees an aggressive strategic plan to grow the Club’s membership and community partnerships. He also serves on the Hawaii FoodBank Alaka’i Young Leaders Board, which is a new initiative by the organization to utilize the talent of Hawaii’s up and coming leaders.

Randy and his partner, Howard, are avid travelers and have visited over 60 countries. Randy was recently honored by Pacific Business news as a recipient of the Business of Pride award. Honorees are recognized for their contribution to the LGBT community through business and community service.


HAʻAHEO ZABLAN
Pronouns: he/him/his
Director since 2022
Haaheo@HawaiiLGBTlegacy.com
Executive Committee: Vice-Chair
Committees Co-Chair: Honolulu Pride, Hiring & Compensation

As a product of Papakōlea, the first Hawaiian Homestead on O’ahu, Ha’aheo synthesizes traditional Hawaiian values with hotel and restaurant operation knowledge throughout his 10+ years of industry leadership. Ha’aheo paves the way for a new generation of hospitality, prioritizing inclusivity, positive working relationships, and fostering efficient whilst sustainable best-practices for the workplace and island environment. His plethora of industry experience and passion for honoring Hawai’i and local communities solidifies Ha’aheo as an anchor for his team members and an empathetic, dynamic leader, mentor, and friend.

Ha’aheo adapts quickly to multiple priorities as he has executed management roles from Front Office, Heart of House, and Food & Beverage departments. As 2012 O’ahu Concierge Magazine, ‘Concierge of the Year’, 2015, Ha’aheo has demonstrated his commitment to serving others with genuine hospitality. He has held key roles and leadership positions at The Kahala Hotel & Resort, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, and Waikiki Beach Marriott. Currently, he is the General Manager at Kaimana Beach Hotel, ‘Waikīkī’s Only Boutique Hotel Located Directly on the Sand’, voted #6 ‘Top Hotels in Hawai’i’ in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2021 Readers’ Choice Awards and Travel+Leisure’s 2022 IT LIST of the Best New Hotels In The World.

Ha’aheo pays homage to Waikīkī, making a full circle as his tūtū was one of the original lei sellers on Kalākaua prior to statehood. He honors her, his ‘ohana, his roots, and community in his daily practice of welcoming guests across the globe with an open heart in sharing his home and culture.


SAMI L.A. AKUNA
Pronoun: ho’o
Director since 2022
Sami@HawaiiLGBTlegacy.com
Committee Co-Chair: Honolulu Pride

With over 25 years of professional contributions in the fields of dance/theatre and performance, Sami L.A. Akuna has performed internationally throughout Asia, Europe, North America, and across the Pacific. Sami has worked with numerous companies in varying roles including Principal Dancer with Iona Contemporary Dance Theatre, Artistic Director of Giinko Maraschino, and most recently, working in collaboration with TeAda Productions, Consortium of Asian American Theaters and Artists, and Piko Dance Arts.

Sami began a career in Butoh and Drag in 1991 as a product of the Club Kid scene in Hawai‘i, performing at various nightclubs, house parties, and non-traditional performance settings. Cocoa Chandelier, Sami’s alter ego, travels continuously as an advocate and spokesperson for HIV/AIDS, and is a long standing member with the United Territories of Pacific Islanders in Alliance that serves the Native Pacific Island and the MVPFAFF+ (māhū, vakasalewalewa, palopa, fa’afafine, akava’ine, fakaleiti, fakafifine) community across the Hawaiian Islands and the Pacific.

Sami is a recipient of the MAP Fund and the National Endowment for the Arts 2020-2022, and holds a BFA degree in Theatre and Dance, and an MFA in Asian Theatre Directing from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa (UHM). Sami has academic experience in teaching dance, choreography, performance, drag artistry, and lecture courses at UHM and Leeward Community College.


IAN F. TAPU 
Pronouns: he/him/his
Director since 2021
Tapu@HawaiiLGBTlegacy.com
Committee Chair: Māhūi

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Tapu was born and raised in Hau’ula, Hawai’i and is grateful to have been brought up in a tight-knit community filled with family and friends who are like family. He is a proud graduate of Kahuku High School and later went on to receive his degree from Dartmouth College, majoring in Native American Studies and minoring in Public Policy and Education. Following college, Tapu worked for almost 10 years in the non-profit sector. His work primarily entailed supporting Pasifika youth and their families. 

Tapu then attended the University of Hawai’i William S. Richardson School of Law and graduated with his law degree in 2020. He has published extensively on topics ranging from LGBTQ rights, constitutional law, and Indigenous rights. His work has appeared in publications such as the Arizona Law Review, NYU Review of Law & Social Change, and the UCLA Asian Pacific American Law Journal. He was also honored by the National LGBT Bar Association with the Student Leadership Award.

In his free time, Tapu enjoys traveling with his partner, playing cards and mahjong with family, being an uncle to his nephews and nieces who keep him on his toes, and is a self-described foodie.


LISA MARTIN
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Director since 2023
Lisa@HawaiiLGBTlegacy.com
Committee Co-Chair: Sponsorships & Development

Lisa Martin was born and raised in Central Illinois. After a semester abroad in Australia, she graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Kinesiology. Moving to Chicago for graduate school opened many possibilities for Lisa’s future. She landed a finance job working for Rocky Wirtz, owner of the Chicago Blackhawks. After five years in the organization, Lisa was promoted to Credit Manager for Wirtz Beverage, a wine & liquor distribution company.

Lisa has spent her thirty-year career in collections, bookkeeping, and finance. In 2015 she started her own company, Cloudscape Corporation, and built a bookkeeping business specializing in the construction industry. On Oahu, Lisa currently works for Sutton Construction, Inc. as their Financial Coordinator and continues to manage her independent bookkeeping clients.

Lisa moved to Hawaii in January 2021 and has settled in nicely.  Upon arriving to the islands, Lisa sought out ways to get involved in the LGBTQIA+ community and volunteering. In her spare time, Lisa enjoys traveling, exploring restaurants, beach walks and continuing her personal growth. She feels very fortunate to live in this beautiful corner of the world, escaping Chicago winters.


CHAD YAMAMOTO
Pronouns: he/him/his
Director since 2022
Chad@HawaiiLGBTlegacy.com
Executive Committee: Treasurer
Committee Chair: Finance

Chad is an advertising manager with First Hawaiian Bank with a passion for developing brand engagement, experiential programming, and community partnerships. As a member of the bank’s employee-driven LGBTQ+ resource group, he has worked to create a more inclusive and engaged company and has spearheaded its community initiatives.

Born and raised in Pauoa, Chad holds a degree in Business Administration and Finance from Seattle University. He can often be found running to catch his flight at the airport, dining with friends at local spots for his next Yelp review or whipping up something in his kitchen while Adele is playing in the background. He also serves on the board of the Honolulu Professionals Foundation and is a member of the Honolulu Japanese Junior Chamber of Commerce.


TATIANA KALANI’ŌPUA YOUNG
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Director since 2022
Tatiana@HawaiiLGBTlegacy.com
Committee Chair: LGBTQ+ Center

Dr. Tatiana Kalaniʻōpua Young (Tati) is a Kanaka ‘Ōiwi Maoli (Native Hawaiian), māhū+ (queer/transgender) healer, scholar-activist, university lecturer, social worker and community organizer.  

Tati is the first known Native Hawaiian trans woman to complete a doctorate.  Her dissertation, Constellations of Rebellion: Home, Makeshift Economies and Queer Indigeneity (2019) is based on three years of ethnographic fieldwork.

With over 20 years of organizing for Queer folk, Tati believes in centralizing and empowering marginalized LGBTQIA voices in academia and in the community.  When she gets time to herself, Tati loves to chef up ono healthy grinds, walk around Honolulu, and randomly dance to anything with a beat.  She currently teaches courses at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa and works full time as an outreach case manager.

An Ōlelo No’eau or Hawaiian proverb that really sings to her heart is “Ma ka hana ka ike” or “In doing one learns.”


RICK RAMIREZ, DNP, APRN
Pronoun: he/him/his
Director since 2022
Rick@HawaiiLGBTlegacy.com
Executive Committee: Secretary

Dr. Ramirez, a board-certified Advanced Practice Registered Nurse with a specialty in emergency medicine, has lived in the great state of Hawaiʻi for the past 3 years.

Rick has been a continuous driving force and voice for the LGBT community through his work with LGBTQ sports leagues, nonprofit organizations, and community events. Heʻs the Commissioner of the Hawaiʻi Gay Kickball League and Board Chair of Aikane Ohana, a nonprofit organization aimed a providing fiscal sponsorship to community sports and events. Rick is also a founding member and executive director of Atlas Honolulu, a LBGT dance club in the heart of Honolulu that provides a safe, inclusive space for all.

Rick continually advocates for and educates on LGBTQ health and healthcare in the state, and brings a unique perspective to the Hawaiʻi LGBT Legacy Foundation, aimed at providing growth and innovation in order to elevate the needs of the LGBTQ community.


MATHEW “MANAKŌ” TANAKA
Pronouns: he/him/his
Director since 2023
Manako@HawaiiLGBTlegacy.com
Committee Chair: Volunteers

Mathew “Manakō” Tanaka is from Āliamanu, Oʻahu and attended the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa where he obtained a bachelorʻs degree from the School of Travel Industry Management and both a bachelorʻs and Masters degree in ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi from Kawaihuelani, under Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge. He currently works as Senior Specialist, Community & Cultural Relations at Hawaiian Airlines where he oversees community outreach projects, and both internal and external cultural activations.

Manakō is passionate about normalizing the recognition and celebration of native Hawaiian and local culture, and would like to see the LGBT+ community woven more tightly into that moena.  Prior to his current role, Manakō worked as a Sales Manager at the Oʻahu Visitors Bureau and served as Disney Ambassador to Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa from 2017-2018.


TORI RICHARDS
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Director since 2023
Tori@HawaiiLGBTlegacy.com
Committee Co-Chair: Fundraising Events
Committee Chair: Honolulu Pride Festival Entertainment

Tori grew up throughout the island of O’ahu. From Kailua to Wai’anae, then to La’ie where she is a proud graduate of Kahuku High School. Tori is a Native Hawaiian and proud of her Polynesian roots.

After graduating high school she started her career in the beauty and drag industries. She worked at numerous salons and spas and still practices esthetic work today. Tori found that her passion laid within makeup and started working for MAC Cosmetics in 2010 and continues to work with the brand today. As a makeup artist she has worked at multiple retail locations and soon joined the management team, working closely with training and development leaders. Tori also teaches  makeup courses at Makana Esthetic School where she enjoys educating the next generations of artists. Tori has also had the opportunity to work along side some of Hawai’i’s top musicians like Amy Hanaiali’i, Raiatea Helm, and The Lim Ohana just to name a few. Tori is also Manaola Hawai’i’s lead makeup artist allowing her to connect her culture with her passion.

Tori is also known throughout Hawai’i as a drag entertainer. She has worked at numerous LGBTQ clubs, venues, and events throughout the Hawaiian islands. She takes inspiration from the legends before her and believes in continuing the legacy of drag in Hawai’i. In 2017, she started her own drag production company Podagee Princess Productions, as is one of her aliases.

Tori believes in building a strong community and educating the future generations to leave a better tomorrow.


GARY PERMENTER 
Pronouns: he/him/his
Director since 2021
Gary@HawaiiLGBTlegacy.com
Committee Chair: Kūpuna

Gary Permenter is passionate about helping marginalized people and underserved communities, and supporting organizations that prioritize welfare and social justice. His interests focus on inclusive and sustainable solutions to a range of challenges in areas including food security, human sexuality, gerontology, disabilities, healthcare, and criminal justice.

Gary has been engaged with the LGBTQ population in various ways over the years: assisting men living with AIDS in the home, assessing treatment program data, and screening volunteer applicants for an LGBTQ community agency.

Gary holds multiple degrees including a doctorate in Psychology from Capella University, and a Master’s in Social Work from Simmons University.  He also holds other advanced degrees that include an MA in psychology, and a Master of Science in Human Resource Management from Roosevelt University.

Gary works in the government sector as a probation officer as well as in private practice providing therapy to clients with a range of different needs.  Gary is also a holistic educator having different teaching roles over an 18-year period. He has taught students from more than 45 different countries. Gary has lived and worked in Malaysia, India, Thailand, China, South Korea, and Japan.  He is a Rotarian, a ShelterBox Ambassador, a Toastmaster, and a Red Cross Volunteer. His hobbies are horticulture, astronomy, and music. Gary is a daily runner, plays tennis, cycles, swims, and hikes.


JEFFREY ESLINGER
Pronouns: he/him/his
Director since 2021
Jeffrey@HawaiiLGBTlegacy.com
Committee Co-Chair: Fundraising Events

Jeffrey Eslinger has 20 years of destination research and tourism marketing experience. He is currently senior director of market insights at the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau (HVCB) where he is responsible for analyzing trends impacting tourism in Hawaii.

Prior to joining HVCB, he served as senior director of client insights with DK Shifflet, a leading full-service research and strategic marketing firm and wholly-owned subsidiary of MMGY Global, the largest integrated travel marketing organization in the world. Jeffrey has been involved in numerous professional affiliations, including the Travel and Tourism Research Association (TTRA), where he served as president and chairman of the board of the TTRA Hawaii Chapter.

Jeffrey’s previous volunteer activities have included, Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation, Stonewall Community Foundation, Pittsburgh AIDS Taskforce and the Point Foundation


ANDREW OGATA 
Pronouns: he/him/his
Director since 2018
Andrew@HawaiiLGBTlegacy.com
Executive Committee: at Large
Photo coming soon.

Andrew Ogata was born and raised in Kealakekua, Hawai’i, and attended the University of Hawai’i Mānoa where he received his degree in Political Science in 2007. Andrew is the Community Events and Social Media Manager at the Hawai’i Health and Harm Reduction Center (HHHRC), an organization created by the merging of the Life Foundation and the CHOW Project. HHHRC serves Hawai’i communities by reducing the harm and fighting the stigma of HIV, hepatitis, homelessness, substance use, mental illness, and poverty.

Previous to his position at HHHRC Andrew was the Retail Manager of MAC Cosmetics at Ala Moana Center, Honolulu, where he continues to work as a Makeup Artist.

As a member of the Board of Directors of the Hawai’i LGBT Legacy Foundation, Andrew focuses on community outreach and education, helping to organize projects such as 2020’s Rainbow Town Hall virtual panel discussions that bring diverse groups together to address the challenges facing LGBTQIA+ people and their ‘ohana.


ZABRINA ZABLAN-DUVAUCHELLE
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Director since 2023
Zabrina@HawaiiLGBTlegacy.com
Committee Chair: Honolulu Pride Festival

Zabrina Zablan-Duvauchelle currently resides in Kapolei, where she lives with her partner Ipolani and fur baby, Grey. She is a proud graduate of  Kamehameha Schools -Kapalama (class of 2012) where she went on to receive her Bachelor’s in Kinesiology at Azusa Pacific University (class of 2016). 

Zabrina is the CEO and Founder of The Gay Agenda Collective, LLC, a wedding and event planning company based in Hawai’i that specializes in planning LGBTQ+ events. As one of the few Queer Kanaka in her field, Zabrina paves the way for her industry to create more inclusivity and allyship, so that all couples can feel celebrated and represented on their wedding day.

Using her years of experience in the restaurant and service industry, and time spent planning fundraisers and corporate events, her hope is to provide her event knowledge to the Hawaiʻi LGBT Legacy Foundation board and offer support through their many hosted events. Zabrina’s goal is to further the foundations reach to the West Side of O’ahu and offer more hosted events across the island.


ANTHONE SANCHEZ
Pronouns: he/him/his
Director since 2023
Tony@HawaiiLGBTlegacy.com
Photo coming soon.

Anthone Sanchez is a Marine Corps veteran who recently graduated from Hawaii Pacific University where he obtained his Bachelors in Science with a concentration in Human Health and Sciences. He currently works for Diagnostic Laboratory Services as a laboratory assistant in the molecular department specializing in PCR testing.

Anthone “Tony” was born in Mexico and raised in Texas until he shipped out to Marine Corps boot camp shortly after high school graduation. He completed two enlistments, a deployment to Afghanistan, and received an honorable discharge for his 8 years of service.  While serving, Tony received multiple decorative awards for his work in finance, procurement, and logistics.

Tony became engaged with the Hawai’i LGBT community through Hawaii’s first gay kickball league where has served as a Board Member and Treasurer for the past 4 years. He is dedicated to fostering a welcoming and safe community through sports.

In Tony’s spare time he loves spending time with his partner and friends, training for athletic events, and cooking Mexican food.


SANDY HARJO-LIVINGSTON PhD
Pronouns: he/him/his/they/them/theirs
Director since 2021
Sandy@hawaiilgbtlegacy.com
Committee Chair: Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival

Dr. Harjo-Livingston loves to learn and collaborate and has spent his life traveling the world, earning degrees, teaching, writing, and making films.

Sandy grew up playing music, becoming an award-winning clarinetist and tenor saxophonist. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Studies and International Relations from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, U.K. While a professor, he researched the intersectionality of religion and politics. With their interdisciplinary background [political science, psychology, philosophy, theology, and history], he developed a theoretical model to understand the deeply symbiotic relationship between religious and political institutions and leadership. Dr. Harjo-Livingston taught a fairly wide array of courses, from International Political Economy, International Relations and Postcolonialism to Political Theory/Communications, Public Policy and Gender Studies.

After leaving academia, Sandy became involved with ‘Ōlelo Community Media, became an award-winning filmmaker, and co-founded the production company Sa’Ke Film Group to work with local filmmakers, writers, and actors to get their stories made and distributed. He later joined ‘Ōlelo’s Board of Directors and is currently the Vice Chair.  They also became a part of the Hawai’i LGBT Legacy Foundation where he participates on the Honolulu Pride and the Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival committees.

Sandy is currently a reporter with KHON2 News.



Photos by Kimo Lauer


 


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