HTA Staff

HTA is administratively attached to the State of Hawaii, Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT). HTA’s president and chief executive officer reports directly to HTA’s board of directors and is responsible for assisting the board in its responsibility to fulfill the mandates of Chapter 201B of the Hawaii Revised Statutes.

HTA Executives

John De Fries
President and Chief Executive Officer

Kalani L. Ka‘anā‘anā
Chief Brand Officer


Keith Regan
Chief Administrative Officer

Marc Togashi
Vice President, Finance


HTA Staff

Anda Garel
Administrative Assistant

Ariana Kwan
Contracts and Administrative Manager

Carole Hagihara-Loo
Executive Assistant

Caroline Anderson
Director of Planning

Dede Howa
Program Specialist

Jadie Goo
Director of Marketing, Korea & Japan

Laci Goshi
Market Manager, USA

Maile Caravalho
Accounting Assistant

Maka Casson-Fisher
Program Specialist

Michele Shiowaki
Administrative Assistant

Ronald Rodriguez
Contract Specialist

Talon Kishi
Budget and Fiscal Officer

Tracey Fermahin
Administrative Assistant


Updated: 9/17/21

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