About

About Us

The IIDA Hawaii Pacific Chapter is a professional organization and community that strives to demonstrate design’s impact on the health, safety, well-being and virtual soul of the public.

By balancing passion for good design and strategy for best business practices, interior designers and industry professionals are able to perpetuate the profession and elevate it to the level it warrants.

Our members’ design expertise lies in a variety of industries, including hospitality, government, educational, healthcare, corporate and residential. We pride ourselves on staying current on and knowledgeable of design trends, technology and advancements not only here in Hawaii but abroad.

As a chapter, we offer continuing education sessions, networking events, community service events, annual fundraisers, tours of award-winning local projects, tradeshows and other celebrations throughout the year.

How Did We Get Here?

Our relationship with IIDA can be traced back to 2005 when we began as a City Center affiliated with the Northern California Chapter. We have since then grown and developed an active presence in our local design community here in the Hawaii Pacific Rim. Our unique location in the Pacific Ocean is often acknowledged as the bridge between the Continental US, the Pacific Rim and Asia. In 2016 we embarked on a new journey as an independent entity – the IIDA Hawaii Pacific Chapter – and we are proud and excited to continue to grow with all of you.

A Letter from 2020-21 President, Jenny Manansala

 

Aloha 2020-2021 Hawaii Pacific Chapter Members and Sponsors!

My name is Jenny Manansala and I am the current President of the Hawaii Pacific Chapter, officially taking office on July 1st.   I hope this message finds you and your families safe and well during these unprecedented times.  I am eager and excited to serve our local design community and our valued members.  No one achieves greatness on their own so please allow me to introduce my fellow Board of Directors for this term:

Trixie Ballesteros Jenks – President-Elect

Lakiesha Stanley – Immediate Past President

Kellye Greco – VP Advocacy

Raynette Aggabao – VP Student Affairs

Jule Lucero – VP Membership

Holly Boling-Ruiz – Co-VP Sponsorship

Karen Muraoka – Co-VP Sponsorship

Shawn Moynahan – VP Professional Development

Bella Lei – VP Communications

Cindy Williams – Treasurer

Nicolle Soriano – Chapter Office Administrator

 

 A Renewed Focus

As President of the IIDA Hawaii Pacific Chapter, my focus will be to have open communication and personally connect with our members and sponsors.  I already have had the pleasure of virtually connecting with some of our Chapter Sponsors since taking office.  With another stay-at-home/work-from-home state mandate in place, Trixie and I will continue meeting virtually with our valued sponsors in the next couple months so we may continue to gain insight on how our Chapter can bring more value to them. 

 

Your Health and Well-Being is Important to Us

With the rising Covid-19 cases in Oahu and in order to protect the health and safety of our members and the general public, the IIDA Hawaii Pacific Chapter has made the difficult decision to postpone all in-person events through the remainder of the 2020 year.  Our main priority is your health and well-being.

While it is not ideal to cancel in-person events, we as a board feel the need to be proactive in our response and this decision was the responsible thing to do.  This is truly a collective effort and it goes to show how working together as a community can have a measurable impact.

 

Upcoming Virtual Events, CEUs and Learning Opportunities

We will continue exploring ways to bring additional content and learning opportunities to our membership through digital platforms.  We have a few virtual events planned for the remainder of the 2020 year so keep up-to-date through our social media and our website for the most current event information.  

        • On Thursday, Sept. 17, please save the date for our upcoming membership event to reconnect through a classic game of Who Dunnit? Stay tuned for more clues to come! 

Also, if you have any ideas that would make great digital content for our members or know a speaker that would make a meaningful virtual presentation, please do not hesitate to share them with us.  We would love to hear from you!  Please contact us at info@iida-hi.org.

 

A Hopeful Year to Come

We are in the process of refining our calendar for the upcoming year to bring fresh and exciting events that provide benefit to our members and sponsors.  Behind the scenes, we will hold our monthly virtual board meetings so that we can continue to grow and seek ways to engage with our design community.  I am hopeful for a successful and prosperous 2021 and look forward to what this strong group and tight knit community can do!  

Board members and IIDA Hawaii Pacific Chapter members and sponsors, I look forward to engaging and collaborating with you this year, and I am honored to serve as your 2020-2021 IIDA Hawaii Pacific Chapter President.

 

Mahalo nui loa,

Jenny P. Manansala

IIDA Hawaii Pacific Chapter President

"Our local design community here is so amazing! I've had the chance to meet so many other professionals in our industry and be inspired by their experiences. "
Lakiesha Stanley
Past President
Member since 2011

Board of Directors

Bella Lei
VP of Communications
Cindy Williams
Treasurer
Holly Boling Ruiz
CO-VP of Sponsorship
Jenny Manansala
President
Jule Lucero
VP of Membership
Karen Muraoka
CO-VP of Sponsorship
Kellye Greco
VP of Advocacy
Lakiesha Stanley
Past President
Nicolle Soriano
Chapter Office Admin
Raynette Aggabao
VP of Student Affairs
Shawn Moynahan
VP of Professional Development
Trixie Ballesteros Jenks
President Elect
Interested in serving on the Board?