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Trini Kaopuiki Clark to lead Make-A-Wish Hawaii as CEO effective January 30, 2019


January 06, 2019

Trini Kaopuiki Clark


HONOLULU, HI- Make-A-Wish® Hawaii today announced that the Board of Directors has selected Trini Kaopuiki Clark as president and Chief Executive Officer, effective January 30, 2019.

A University of Hawaii graduate, Clark is an accomplished local professional with nearly 20 years of communication experience in the Hawaii television industry and 10 years of nonprofit leadership. She most recently served on the KHON2 News leadership team as a host and producer, where she was part of the group that created Hawaii’s first lifestyle television show, Living808.

Clark also brings a decade of hands-on experience in nonprofit leadership to her new position, having led overall strategy, fundraising and event planning initiatives for a number of Hawaii-based nonprofits. She currently sits on the Board of Directors for Honolulu Theatre for Youth; she previously served as vice president for the organization, as well as chair of its fundraising and development committees.

“Trini is a dynamic and accomplished strategic thinker with extensive experience serving, working and communicating with our Hawaii community,” said Make-A-Wish Hawaii Board Chair Todd Apo. “The Board unanimously felt that Trini was the perfect fit to lead Make-A-Wish Hawaii into its next chapter. After 35 years growing our presence within our island communities, we are eager to see Trini guide us toward realizing our vision of granting life-changing wishes to every eligible child in the state of Hawaii.” 

In addition to her board experience, Clark has also represented the Laulima Giving Program, formerly the Lokahi Giving Project, as a spokesperson and event director, organizing and managing annual fundraising events including the Statewide Christmas Collection Drives on Maui, Kauai, Oahu, and Hawaii Island.  Clark’s local nonprofit involvement also includes freelance work with the Alzheimer’s Association, Hospice Hawaii, Special Olympics Hawaii, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and Historic Hawaii Foundation.

Clark has been inspired by and involved with the Make-A-Wish Hawaii vision for some time, most recently lending her talents as emcee for the 6th annual Jingle Rock Run, one of the organization’s largest fundraisers.

“I am very grateful for the opportunity to join the Make-A-Wish Hawaii leadership team and to continue to grow this remarkable organization, which has been changing lives here in Hawaii for the past 35 years,” stated Clark. “The Make-A-Wish mission of granting life-changing wishes to children with critical illnesses is very close to my heart, and I am eager to join the dedicated staff and more than 700 incredible volunteers who grant wishes for nearly 100 local keiki and more than 1,200 visiting wish children every year.”

Clark succeeds Siana Austin Hunt, who departed the organization at the end of August after nearly eight successful years.

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About Make-A-Wish Hawaii

Make-A-Wish® Hawaii creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. We seek to bring every eligible child’s wish to life, because a wish is an integral part of a child’s treatment journey. Research shows children who have wishes granted can build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight their illness. Headquartered in Honolulu, Make-A-Wish Hawaii is considered one of the top charities in the state, with 78 cents of every dollar raised going directly toward granting wishes in Hawaii. One of the first local Make-A-Wish chapters established, Make-A-Wish Hawaii continues to be among the busiest in the nation. Together, generous donors, supporters, staff and more than 700 volunteers have granted over 1,300 wishes for children across the state of Hawaii since 1982 and have hosted more than 14,000 others for children around the world; the chapter granted nearly 100 local wishes in 2017 alone, the most in its 35-year history. For more information about Make-A-Wish Hawaii, visit


Alison Mehrman
Community Engagement Manager, Make-A-Wish Hawaii
808.537.3118 ext. 120

Press Contact

Trini Kaopuiki Clark
CEO & President
P.O. Box 1877
Honolulu, HI  96805

Phone : (808) 537-3118
Fax : (808) 536-5566

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Make-A-Wish® Hawaii
P.O. Box 1877
Honolulu, HI 96805
(808) 537-3118 x100