About Richard Onishi

Personal Information

Full Name:  Richard Hiroyuki Keala Onishi
Spouse:  Joni Yasue (Taniguchi) Onishi
Children:  Nicole Onishi, Lissa Onishi, Whitney Onishi

Work Experience

June 1991 to Present:  County of Hawaii Data Systems Department – Position: Information System Analyst V

September 1988 to June 1996:  University of Hawaii Hawaii Community College Business Education Division – Position: Lecturer

September 1990 to June 1991:  Puainako Travel Service – Position: Sales Manager/Travel Consultant

October 1978 to September 1990:  KTA Super Stores – Position: Operations Supervisor/Computer Programmer

Military Experience

May 1973 to May 1977:  United States Army 3rd Field Artillery Battalion (Nuremberg, West Germany) – Position: Survey Party Chief (E5)


University of Hawaii at Hilo
Degree:  Bachelor’s in Business Administration, 1986

University of Hawaii, Honolulu Community College
Program of Study:  Computer Programmer Apprentice, 1983

Hilo High School
Degree:  High School Diploma, 1972

Professional Organizations

– Hawaii Government Employees Association (HGEA):  Member & Steward
– American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME):  Member

– Hawaii Government Employees Association (HGEA):  President, Kendall Scholarship Trustees Chairman, HGEA Retirees Medical Trust Fund Member & Unit 13 Chairman
– American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME):  Professional Employees Advisory Committee
– Big Island Computer Users Group:  Treasurer
– Hawaii System 38 Computer Users Group:  Member

Community Organizations

– Democratic Party:  Member
– Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin:  President
– Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii Board:  Member
– Hawaii Island Adult Care Board:  Vice President for External Affairs
– Hawaii County Employees Federal Credit Union Board:  Member
– Hilo High School Foundation Board:  Member
– Hilo High School Class of ’72:  Reunion Committee

– American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network:  Legislative Advocate & Member
– American Cancer Society East Hawaii Unit:  Board of Directors Member & Income Development Chair
– American Youth Soccer Organization:  Coach
– Friends for Senator Daniel Akaka:  East Hawai`i Coordinator
– Friends for Representative Wayne Metcalf:  Campaign Chair
– Hawaii County Democratic Party:  Precinct President
– Hawaii District I PTSA:  3rd Vice President
– Hilo High School Alumni Association:  President
– Hilo High School Foundation:  Secretary
– Hilo High School SCBM Council:  Community Representative
– Lehua Jaycees:  President
– The Casey Family Program:  Community Resource Committee Vice Chairman
– Waiakea High School Band Boosters:  President
– Waiakea Intermediate School PTA:  President
– Waiakea Nakoas Pop Warner Football:  Coach
– Waiakeawaena School PTA: President