Guest Speakers

ALLEN M. ARAKAKI, CPA, is President of Allen M. Arakaki, CPA, Inc., and has practiced as a Certified Public Accountant since 1972. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Hawaii Society of Certified Public Accountants (HSCPA), and has previously served as the Chairman of the HSCPA Nonprofit Organizations Committee for twelve years. His background includes lecturing on various tax and nonprofit topics for the Hawaii Alliance of Nonprofit Organizations, Hawaii State Bar Association, Kapiolani Community College, and the Weinberg Fellows and Castle Colleagues programs. His firm currently provides accounting, tax, and consulting services to over 200 nonprofit organizations.
BENJAMIN R. BROWER is an administrative rules specialist with the Hawaii Department of Taxation. He obtained his law degree from the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
HUGH R. JONES has served with the Hawaii Attorney General’s office for 23 years and is a Supervising Deputy Attorney in the Tax Division of the Hawaii Attorney General's office. Jones' Division provides regulatory oversight over 4,500 public charities, charitable trusts, and private foundations in Hawaii. The Division also provides regulatory oversight over professional solicitors and fundraising counsel and enforces Hawaii's charitable solicitation law. Jones has drafted and successfully enacted four significant legislative initiatives to the State's nonprofit corporation and charitable solicitation laws to strengthen the State's oversight of charities and charitable solicitors. Jones graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1986. Jones is the past president of the Hawaii State Bar Association. Jones is the past president of the National Association of State Charity Officials. Jones is a frequent speaker and faculty member at conferences and seminars devoted to nonprofit governance and regulatory matters and is a visiting professor of law at the William S. Richardson School of Law, teaching the Law of Nonprofit Organizations.
KURT KAWAFUCHI Principal, Hochman Salkin Rettig Toscher & Perez, P.C. Attorney and C.P.A. Former Director of Taxation for the State of Hawaii, Supervisor of the Attorney General's Tax Division, and Trial Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, Tax Division. Outstanding CPA in Government (State) (2008): AICPA and HSCPA. Chair HSBA Tax Section and HSCPA Tax Committee. Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel. Certified Specialist, Taxation Law, State Bar of California. LL.M. in Taxation, Georgetown University Law Center."
CHARLES P. RETTIG (Chuck Rettig) of Hochman Salkin Rettig Toscher & Perez, PC, with offices in Beverly Hills, CA and Honolulu, HI, specializes in tax controversies as well as tax, business, charitable and estate planning, and family wealth transfers. Chuck is the Chair of the IRS Advisory Council, a Regent and an Elected Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel; the Chair of the Committee on Civil and Criminal Tax Penalties and the Committee on Appointments to the U.S. Tax Court for the ABA Taxation Section, and a frequent lecturer before national, state and local professional organizations.
GAILENE WONG is the Grant Director of The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation. The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Incorporated is a Maryland nonprofit charitable organization created in 1959 and named after Harry & Jeanette Weinberg. It is the 22nd largest charitable organization in the United States with assets valued at approximately $2 billion. The corporation is organized for charitable purposes, including the making of donations, contributions and other distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, whose mission is to help the poor and needy.