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Board of Directors
Board of Directors
Dr Ahmed is the author of Beyond Veil and Holy War: Islamic Teachings and Muslim Practices with Biblical Comparisons(2002) and spiritual founder of All Believers Network. His aspiration is to appreciate the beauties of all religions and make Hawai‘i renowned as the “Inter-
Dr Bhawuk, a citizen of Nepal, is a professor of management and culture and community psychology at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. His vision – world peace through intercultural understanding – is grounded in his research in cross-
Sister Joan Chatfield is the Executive Director of the Institute for Religion and Social Change. Her activities span numerous interfaith and inter-
Ms Kelley is director of the Office of External Relations of the Hawai‘i Bahá’í Community. A graduate of DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, she was a Baha’i pioneer to Monaco and has served on many Baha’i administrative bodies and committees, including the National Spiritual Assembly in both Hawai‘i and South Korea. She is former chair of the Community Council of the Spark Matsunaga Institute for Peace at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and is involved in various interfaith activities and international friendship societies.
Dr Kinkley is currently serving as a State of Hawai‘i Deputy Attorney General. He holds doctorates in linguistics, with specialties in Sino-
Ms Noor Karima is Center leader of the Mevlevi Order of America on Oahu and has studied with Sufis from Konya, Istanbul, the US, South America and Sri Lanka, and with Postneshin Jelaluddin Loras of the Mevlevi School (the Whirling Dervishes.) She is a counselor with background in clinical psychology and leads the Dances of Universal Peace.
Rev Irene Matsumoto is resident minister of Palolo Kwannon Temple. She attended Ochanomizu Women’s University, Tokyo, Japan as a foreign student, holds her Bachelor of Education, University of Hawaii and is a graduate of Tendai Buddhist Training Center. Rev Matsumoto was with the Hawaii Department of Education for 28 years. She is first vice president of The Interfaith Alliance Hawaii (TIAH), president of Hawai‘i Conference of Religions for Peace (HCRP) and president-
Born and raised in Mumbai, Mr Panalal received his BSE and MSE degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan. He was also enrolled in the MBA program at the University of Chicago. He works for a mechanical contractor. He also serves on the Boards of several condominiums. All of his and his wife’s ancestors for the past hundred years were born and raised as Jains. He is well versed in Jain literature.
Manjit Reddick was born and reared in Dar-
M Jan Rumi, M.S.
Mr Rumi is co-
Merritt T. Sakata, ATA
Merritt Sakata, a professional architect, is a “sansei” (third generation American of Japanese Ancestry) born in Hawai‘i in 1946. For over 30 years, he has been active with Seicho-
Ishmael Stegner, Ed.D.
“Uncle” Ishmael Stagner, a graduate of Kamehameha Schools, spent his early years among many who are today seen as “kupuna” and “kumu”, masters of hula and other aspects of Hawaiian culture, ethics and practices. A member of the first graduating class of what is now Brigham Young University of Hawai‘i, he holds a doctorate in Education. After a long career in education, he continues to serve as a mentor/teacher in the very successful “anti-