Big Island Chapter

2016-2017 Big Island Chapter Officers

PresidentNecelyn E. Cabalce, CPA101 Aupuni Street
Suite 139
Hilo, HI 96720
necelyn@tihcpa.com
Vice-PresidentCary Oshiro301 Kinoole St.
Hilo, HI 96720
cary@eghucpa.com
TreasurerShannon Wibberly101 Aupuni Street
Suite 139
Hilo, HI 96720
shannon@tihcpa.com
SecretaryNatalie Vierra81 Uluwai St.
Hilo HI 96720
nfasato@gmail.com
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HAPA Student Event - MEET THE PROS

The Big Island Chapter held our HAPA student event, called “Meet the Pros” on September 21st from 12:30pm to 2pm. We did it a little differently this year and were strategic in planning the event. BI Chapter treasurer & UH Hilo COBE Alumni, Shannon Wibberley coordinated with one of the UH Hilo College of Business & Economics (COBE) professors, Thomas Dewitt on the event.  Professor Dewitt advertised the event on Facebook and in his class.  This year, we had 2 speakers: Tam Vu – Interim Dean of COBE and Gregg Taketa. Tam Vu talked about the core values, vision and mission of COBE. Gregg spoke about the success rates of UH Hilo students passing the CPA exam. We asked UH Hilo Alumni that graduated within the last 5 years to come and talk to students.  5 of the 8 professionals that attended the event were UH Hilo graduates. Thank you to the following HAPA members for volunteering their time: Shannon Wibberley, Kelsey Kalua, Keith Marrack, Boaz Yung, Loren Tsugawa, Natalie Vierra, Gabe Fry and Geraldine Padilla.

After the speakers, we had students break up into small groups and rotate tables every 5 minutes. The students liked that they were able to talk to professionals with different backgrounds. They asked if we were going to have a similar event next semester. The students asked about the CPA exam, career advice, balancing work and the exam, etc.

As a result of doing things differently, we had 17 students attend the event.  In the past the average student attendance was 10. In addition, we have 5 students sign up to be HAPA members.

2017-2018 HAPA Big Island Chapter's Scholarship Recipients

Left to Right: Necelyn Cabalce (HAPA Big Island President), Jack Petrison, Juvette Kahawaii, Francine Gallego, Keith Marrack (Scholarship Chairman). Missing are Jubylen Teehee and Yingyan Wong.
Left to Right: Necelyn Cabalce (HAPA Big Island President), Jack Petrison, Juvette Kahawaii, Francine Gallego, Keith Marrack (Scholarship Chairman). Missing are Jubylen Teehee and Yingyan Wong.

The Big Island Chapter of the Hawaii Association of Public Accountants (HAPA) recently awarded five scholarships totaling $3,500 to five students pursuing accounting degrees.  Applicants are judged based on academic achievement, involvement in extracurricular activities, a personal letter of recommendation, and financial need.

The five awardees for the 2016-2017 academic year include:  Christopher Hu, a 2014 Waiakea High School graduate now attending Linfield College; Jubylen Teehee, a 2014 Hawaii Community College graduate now attending the University of Hawaii at Hilo; Sangkueon Kim who attends Hawaii Community College; Alanna Nicole Picana who attends Hawaii Community College; and Rebecca Tangpalan, a 2010 Hilo High School graduate now attending Hawaii Community College.

HAPA is a state-wide organization of accounting professionals that offers continuing professional education and fellowship among the business community.  The Big Island Chapter includes over 80 Certified Public Accountants, Public Accountants, and Associates.  HAPA scholarships are offered to encourage students to pursue careers in accounting and will again be offered for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Big Island Young Professionals "Paint and Sip" Event

As of May 2017, the Big Island Chapter has 21 Young Professional members. The group participated in a paint and sip activity hosted by Circle of Life Art Studio on May 10, 2017 at the Wainaku Executive Center. They painted “Starry Night Over Mauna Kea.” A total of 20 people (all under 35 years old) attended including 12 young professional members and 8 non-members. Raffle prizes included a gift cards to Yogurtland, Jamba Juice and Island Naturals Grocery Store.

Big Island Chapter HAPA Christmas Party

Big Island Chapter General Membership Meeting

Our first general membership meeting of the year was held on September 19, 2016 at the Hilo Hawaiian.  Walter Haig owns a winery, and year years he brings some wine for us to sample as he gives us a lesson about wine.

The board also took the opportunity to introduce the new HAPA Big Island members.

So far the Big Island Chapter has a total of 17 new members!

Big Island Chapter

2016 Outstanding Member

Left to Right:  Sandra Silva (Big Island Chapter President), Necelyn Cabalce (Outstanding Member of the Year) and Eric Matsuda (State HAPA President)
Left to Right: Sandra Silva (Big Island Chapter President), Necelyn Cabalce (Outstanding Member of the Year) and Eric Matsuda (State HAPA President)

The Big Island Chapter’s Outstanding Member this year is NECELYN CABALCE.  Necelyn has been on the Executive Board since joining HAPA and has been an active member by attending numerous events over the years.  She is a Senior Financial Services Specialist with the tax, accounting and business consulting firm of Taketa, Iwata, Hara & Associates, LLC and has been with the firm since June 2012.  Originally, from the Big Island, Necelyn graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting.  Before joining Taketa, Iwata, Hara & Associates, she worked as a summer intern and later became a full-time employee at a medium-sized California regional firm for 4 years.  Necelyn is a Certified Public Accountant in both California and Hawaii.  This year, Necelyn will move from Treasurer to Vice-President for our chapter.

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