Ken Hayashida is the President and founder of KAI Hawaii since 1995. With a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from Stanford University and over 28 years of experience in the field of structural engineering, he has managed various civil and structural engineering projects in locations such as California, Hawaii, Guam, Palau, and American Samoa. He has performed work for the Counties in Hawaii, State Agencies (including DAGS, HHA, and DOT), U.S. Navy-Pacific Division, U.S. Navy-Public Works Center, U.S. Army Corps, the Republic of Palau, American Samoa Government, and numerous private developers and owners.
Mr. Hayashida has been recognized for his achievements and leadership both Statewide and Nationwide. A few of his awards include having received the Engineer of the Year award by the National Society of Professional Engineers in 2007 and the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Hawaii College of Engineering in 2013. His leadership is exceptional and is displayed through management of the corporate office of KAI Hawaii. Like KAI Hawaii’s mission, contributing to the community is a important factor for Mr. Hayashida. It is shown through his dedicated involvement with the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii, in which he is recognized with the Celebration of Leadership and Achievement Award in 2010. He also served as the past President and National Director of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Hawaii and served two terms for the State of Hawaii Board of Registration of Professional Engineers, Architects, Surveyors and Landscape Architects.
Michael Hunnemann is the Vice President of KAI Hawaii and has been with the company since 2000. He has a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from Villanova University and over 31 years of experience which includes the analysis, design, investigation, and repair of infrastructure projects, commercial buildings, and marine facilities. He also has extensive experience in underwater inspection and repair design of port and harbor facilities throughout the country. He is a former Navy 2nd Class Deep Sea Diver/Hull Maintenance Technician and certified for Permit-Required Confined Space Entry (OSHA). He has worked on projects in Hawaii, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Arkansas, Delaware, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia and Louisiana.
Over the years, Mr. Hunnemann has served as President of the Hawaii Chapters of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the American Public Works Association (APWA). He has been an involved member in other societies such as the Society of American Military Engineers and the American Council of Engineering Companies.