Due to the recent fires in Maui, Hawaii Business will be donating a portion of the proceeds from this event to the Hawaiʻi Community Foundation's Maui Strong Fund. To donate independently to HCF's Maui Strong Fund, click here.

Register for Need to Know: Transforming Oʻahu

September 20, 2023

Hawaii Business Magazine hosts in-person events called Need to Know that features engaging conversations with community leaders about critical local issues.

This event focuses on what’s holding us back and what's needed to move forward and create more housing in Hawai‘i for working residents.


Joe Kent

Executive Vice President

Grassroot Institute of Hawaii

Alana Kobayashi Pakkala

Executive Vice President and Managing Partner

Kobayashi Group

Sarah Love


Lung Rose Voss & Wagnild Attorney at Law  

Sterling Higa

Executive Director

Housing Hawai‘i's Future

Billy Pieper

Senior Vice President and Director of Strategic Partnerships

American Savings Bank

Patricia Chang Moad

VP of Operations at Continental Assets Management

AC Hotel by Marriott

Moderator: Steve Petranik

Editor & Interim Publisher

Hawaii Business Magazine

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  • • Includes: Continental Breakfast at Elizabeth Fuller Hall, YWCA Laniakea before panel discussion
  • • Networking with panelists and event attendees
  • • Limited to 100 tickets, available on first-come, first-serve