OEQC Staff

Keith Kawaoka, Acting Director

Keith is temporarily assigned as Acting OEQC Director and was re-appointed to serve as deputy director of environmental health at the Department of Health. Dr. Kawaoka has served in this position since 2015. Most recently, he was the Program Manager of the department’s Hazard Evaluation and Emergency Response Office for more than 15 years. He has held various senior level positions in both national and local environmental consulting firms. At these firms, Dr. Kawaoka has worked as a senior project manager, program manager, and office director. He has been involved in toxic and hazardous waste management over the last 25 years and brings more than 35 years of experience in environmental protection from the public and private sectors. As deputy director of environmental health, Kawaoka oversees all environmental regulatory issues and protection for the state.  Kawaoka holds a master’s degree in public and environmental health and a doctorate in environmental science and engineering both from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Leslie Segundo, Environmental Health Specialist

After completing a baccalaureate in chemistry, Les worked with the Solid and Hazardous Waste Branch of the Department of Health for several years before transferring in 1991 to the Office of Environmental Quality Control. He continues to provide professional support for the Environmental Council and assists in the day-to-day operations of the Office.

Vacant, Planner
Tom Eisen, Planner

Truthfully a geographer, Tom has been engaged with Hawai’i’s planning community for over 25 years. Presently serving as a planner in the Office of Environmental Quality Control, Tom also has natural resource planning experience with the Coastal Zone Management Program and the Office of Conservation and Coastal Lands. His planning perspective has been broadened by employment with two county planning departments, as well as working as a sole proprietor consultant and with a large local planning firm. Preferring to surf and practice yoga in his free time, Tom has also been a Neighborhood Board & Community Garden Board member, volunteered as a docent at the Waikīkī Aquarium, and built yurts, permaculture gardens, and photovoltaic systems.

No photo available Jen Ching, Secretary

Jen has been with the State since 2005 and has over 10 years of experience working for the Department of Health in various positions.  She serves as the personal and confidential assistant to the OEQC Director and is responsible for the overall administrative functions of the Office.

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