Our History

The Structural Engineers Association of Hawaii (SEAOH) was created for the advancement of the arts and science of structural engineering and to promote professional relations among structural engineers and the highest standards of structural engineering to the end that the practice of structural engineering shall serve the best interests of the client, the community, and the public, while being to the mutual advantage of structural engineers which is the corporation’s mission statement.

SEAOH had its beginnings in 1970 with Alfred A Yee serving as its first president. SEAOH was incorporated as a nonprofit Section 501(c)(6) corporation in 1973 by incorporators Richard M Libbey (president, 1972), Howard M Shima (president, 1973), and Harold T Miyamoto (president, 1983). The first corporation Board was as follows:

President & Director: Howard M Shima
Vice President & Director: S Don Shimazu
Secretary & Director: Harold T Miyamoto
Treasurer & Director: Richard M Sato
Director: Vernon HS Ching
Director: Reuben YF Tyau
Director: Richard M Libbey

SEAOH is a Member Organization (MO) of the National Council of Structural Engineer Associations (NCSEA) and a member of the Western Council of Structural Engineer Associations (WCSEA). SEAOH created its Young Member Group (YMG) in 2013 with the leadership of Amy Taniguchi Salvador.

SEAOH continues to serve its membership carrying on its mission statement as it adapts to the changing times, generations of engineers, technology, and advances in engineering knowledge.

List of past presidents

2015 Fernando Frontera
2014 Ethan Okuna
2013 Brian D Kung
2012 Wes Segawa
2011 Brian Ide
2010 Ron Iwamoto
2009 Myles Shimokawa
2008 Ian Robertson
2007 Gary YK Chock
2006 Bennett YK Fung
2005 Beverly K Ishii-Nakayama
2004 Randy NT Chu
2003 Randy NT Chu
2002 Tom T Tanimura
2001 Dennis K Hanatani
2000 Glenn H Miyasato
1999 Steven C Heywood
1998 Dwight M Okawa
1997 John C Bravo
1996 Myron G Okubo
1995 Michael KH Yee
1994 Michael P Matsumoto
1993 Duane LN Lee
1992 Howard KC Lau
1991 Gary T Yamamoto
1990 Harold s Hamada
1989 Richard C Elstner
1988 Howard K Fukuda
1987 Roy K Yamashiro
1986 John P Johnson
1985 Fred R Masuda
1984 Rodney T Yamamoto
1983 Harold T Miyamoto
1982 Arthur NL Chiu
1981 Alvin Zane
1980 Stanley J Shigemura
1979 Reuben TF Tyau
1978 Roy S Shimabukuro
1977 Yuji Kasamoto
1976 Richard M Sato
1975 George K Nishimura
1974 S Don Shimazu
1973 Howard M Shima
1972 Richard M Libbey
1971 James Early
1970 Alfred A Yee