Board of Directors

Founder & President

Rev. Dr. Wally Fukunaga

Vice President

Sr. Birtrina Kirway, M.M.


Rev. Dr. Jayaprakash (JP) Sabbithi


Ronald Yamauchi

Communications Chairperson

Ann Miller


 Jeffrey Acido, Ph.D.

Rev. Anke Flohr 

David Laeha, CPA

Art Lum, PT

Arlene Leong Luster, Ed.D.

Rev. Gary Omori

Norman Oshiro

Ruey Ryburn, DrPH

Rev. Dr. Bert Sumikawa, DD

Christopher Yeung, Esq.


Rev. Dr. Teruo Kawata


Of Counsel

Clay Kimoto, Esq.

Rev. Wally Fukunaga, D.Min.

Wally is founder and president of Sunrise Foundation Hawaii. He was born and raised in the Sheridan district of Honolulu, and is a graduate of McKinley High School, Harvard University (B.A.), Princeton Theological School (M.Div.) and Pacific School of Religion (D.Min.)  He served as University Minister at U.H. (7 years), president of Northshore Resources, Inc. (17 years) and Sr. Minister of Community Church of Honolulu (8 years). He also served on the Hawaii Civil Rights Commission and as trustee and board member of various organizations, locally and nationally. In 2011, he founded the Sunrise Ministry Foundation that became the Sunrise Foundation in 2016.

Rev. Jayaprakash (JP) Sabbithi, D.Min.

JP is a native of India, born in a village in the state of Andhra Pradesh.

While still in India, JP found his vocation serving as chaplain at the Christian Medical College, Vellore, India. During his tenure there he assisted in developing a curriculum for Clinical Pastoral Counseling using the Clinical Pastoral Education model of learning used in the USA. In 2002, Rev. Sabbithi moved his family to Honolulu to pursue further work in chaplaincy with Pacific Health Ministry. At Kaiser in Honolulu, he became closely involved in the implementation and growth of the palliative care program. He continued there as their founding chaplain till 2013 when he accepted a new position at Hospice Hawaii as their Director of Counseling Services. In January, 2019, he began serving in his new calling as minister of Joy of Christ Lutheran Church in Pearl City, Hawai`i.

Ronald Yamauchi

Ronald is treasurer of Sunrise Foundation Hawaii. He was born and raised in Kalihi and is a graduate of Maryknoll High School and Cal State University Los Angeles where he earned a B.S. in business finance.  For 28 years he managed a family owned produce wholesaling business after which he continued working in business management in the food industry.  Today, he is happily retired and spending much of his time traveling, gardening, raising orchids and doing some community volunteer service.

Ann Miller

Ann is chair of communications for Sunrise Foundation Hawaii. Ann covered sports in Hawai‘i for 34 years, for The Honolulu Advertiser and Honolulu Star-Advertiser. She grew up near Berkeley and worked in the sports department at the Oakland Tribune—and waited on tables—to finance degrees in journalism and physical education at San Francisco State. The Association for Women in Sports Media created The Ann Miller Service Award in 2013 to honor members who have made a significant contribution to the organization. She still freelances and creates the Star-Advertiser’s Thursday Golf Page, but officially retired in 2014 and collaborated on Dave Shoji’s book, “40 Years Coaching Hawai`i’s Team.” She volunteers for Aloha Harvest and AARP, and also serves on the boards of the David S. Ishii Foundation, Hawaii State Golf Association, Hawaii State Women’s Golf Foundation, and U.S. Tennis Association/Hawaii Pacific Section.

Jeffrey Tangonan Acido, Ph.D.

Jeffrey is a director of Sunrise Foundation Hawaii. He was born in the Philippines of working class farming parents and grew up in Kalihi. He attended public schools, UH-Manoa (B.A.), Pacific School of Religion (M.Theol.), and earned his Ph.D. in Education as UH-Manoa. He is currently on the staff of Kokua Kalihi Valley Comprehensive Family Services.  His work focuses on the intersection of working class experiences and social movements of liberation. He hopes someday to establish a center to promote his vision and work. At Journeys to Wellness V on Oct. 22, 2016, he led a workshop on the development of Nakem pedagogy as a praxis for healing.

Sister Bitrina Kirway, M.M.

Sister Bitrina is a native of Tanzania and a Maryknoll Sister for 30 years. Since arriving in Hawaii in 1991, she has immersed herself in the Hawaiian culture. She has served in the Family Court as an advocate for abused women and children.  She is a certified HeartMath Trainer and holds a license for Transformative Medicine from Graduate Institute, Bethany, CT.

David Laeha, CPA

David is a director of Sunrise Foundation Hawaii. He is founder and president of CFO Hawai`i, LLC, and has over 30 years of financial “healing” experience. He is a graduate Radford High School and earned his B.A.. with honors at UH-Manoa, his M.B.A. at USC and became a licensed CPA in 1997.  After working as a CFO for various mainland and local firms, he began his private consulting firm, CFO Hawai`i, in 2002, as a “healer” of small businesses and non-profits.  He and his wife, Deborah, are parents of two grown children, Kaylin and Adam.  

Arlene Leong Luster, Ed.D.

Arlene is a director of Sunrise Foundation Hawaii. Arlene is a retired military librarian with 50 years of service with the Air Force, Navy and Army, including as Command Librarian for HQ Pacific Air Forces, Naval Regional Librarian for the Western Pacific, and at libraries overseas in Japan and Germany.  She graduated from University of Southern California with a doctorate in education administration and MSLS in library science from Western Reserve University. Arlene also taught library management courses at the UH Graduate School of Library Studies and established a part-time Consultant service called Innovative Management Solutions.   

Rev. Gary Omori

Gary Omori received a Masters of Social Work from the University of Hawai`i in Manoa. His professional career covered a range of administrative leadership and consultative positions in the areas of community and government relations and community building. Mr. Omori, a 7th rank black belt holder, founded Koshinkan Dojo in 2001. He recently was ordained as a priest of the Rizai Sect of Zen Buddhism from Daihonzan Chozenji in Kalihi Valley.

Norman Oshiro

Norman is a director of Sunrise Foundation Hawaii. He received his B.S. in Human Development form UH-Manoa. For the past seven years he has served as the executive director of MOA Wellness Center in Kaka`ako, which offers a range of integrative services for physical and spiritual enrichment and improvement.  He is a MOA purification therapist and teacher, organic farming specialist, and licensed massage therapist.

Ruey Ryburn, DrPH, APRN

Along with earning a doctorate in public health, Ruey Ryburn is a graduate of the four-year program at the Barbara Brenna School of Healing. She opened her own Sacred Path Healing School in 2001.  It offers a three-year program of study leading to a diploma in spiritual energy healing. She also conducts a private practice in holistic healing.

Rev. Bert Sumikawa, D.D.

Bert is a director of Sunrise Foundation Hawaii. He was born in Pearl City and is a graduate of Iolani School and Marquette University, where he received his B.S. and Doctor of Dental Surgery degrees. He completed specialty training in Pediatric Dentistry at the Wisconsin children’s Hospital. His dentistry practice was in Honolulu and included serving on the staff at st. Francis Hospital and mentoring dental residents at the Kalihi Valley Dental Clinic.  He later went on to receive full-fledged ordination as a priest in the Hongwanji tradition and served at various temples on Oahu. He is currently resident minister at Mo`ili`ili Hongwanji Buddhist Temple.

Christopher Yeung, JD

Hawaii's native son is a graduate of St. Louis High School and the University of Hawaii. While at UH, he served as an editor of Ka Leo, the university's newspaper, and on the council of Moanalua Community Church. He went on to earn MBA and JD degrees from Seattle University in Washington. Currently Chris is employed in the Legal Department of Microsoft. His hobbies are golf, gourmet food preparation and technology.

Rev. Anke Flohr

Anke was born and raised in North Germany, holds a Master of Divinity from the University of Hamburg and is an ordained Lutheran minister. In 1993 she moved to Hawai`i to serve the Pacific Health Ministry as a Board Certified Chaplain at several hospitals and for 12 years at Pohai Nani Retirement Community.   She has also taught as an Adjunct Faculty member at Toronto School of Theology.  Currently she serves as the Executive Director of the Pacific Health Center, a position she has held since September, 2015.  She is a leader in compassionate person-centered care honoring the relationship of body-mind-spirit and inspiring hope.

Art Lum, PT

Physical Therapist Art Lum is the fourth of five children of Chew Mung and Pauline Lum and raised in the Nu`uanu Ahupua`a.  He and wife, April, are parents of three young adults- Barron, Lauren and Landon. He writes, “I am filled with gratitude living in Hawai`i nei and blessed with lifelong relationships, God, and a loving ohana at the Community Church of Honolulu.” He is currently a founding partner of Fukui & Lum Physical Therapy.  He also notes, “I pray that my action and/or inaction be a life source to others. I believe that diversity and community give meaning to life. Above all, to Love and Grow as Family is Life.” 

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