Gov. Ige Reappoints Enright as HDOA Chair and Shimabukuro-Geiser as Deputy

Posted on Jan 6, 2015 in Main

Gov. David Ige reappointed Scott Enright as the chairperson of the Hawaii Board of Agriculture and appointed long-time egg farmer Phyllis Shimabukuro-Geiser as deputy to the chairperson.

Scott Enright Phyllis Shimabukuro-Geiser
Chairperson Scott Enright Deputy Phyllis Shimabukuro-Geiser

Chairperson Enright has held the position since Jan. 1, 2014. Formerly, the deputy to BOA Chair Russell Kokubun, he was the administrator of the state Department of Agriculture (DOA) Divisions of Plant Industry and Agricultural Development, managed the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant funding program, and directed Human Resources for the Office of the Chair. He also directed biosecurity programs, led initiatives to revitalize the state’s livestock industry with special focus on developing the dairy industry and grass-fed beef industry, and provided direction for improving infrastructure for irrigation systems statewide.

Phyllis Shimabukuro-Geiser will join Enright as deputy director. The long time Hawaii agriculture advocate currently serves as president of Mikilua Poultry Farm in Waianae and vice president of the Associated Producers Corp. in Honolulu. Shimabukuro-Geiser is a member of the Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation, World Poultry Science Association and Gamma Sigma Delta Agricultural Honor Society.