Kimi Takazawa is a 24-year veteran in the field of communications and marketing with experience in the nonprofit and fundraising sectors as well as strategic planning and operations. Takazawaʻs early communications career began at Meyers Advertising where her Halloween radio campaign for Lahaina Cannery Mall won a Pele Award and then on to PRWorks. At PRWorks, she headed the Castle and Cooke Homes Hawaii account. During that time, she was responsible for garnering publicity and opening eight housing developments for them as well as launching the first Dole Plantation Family Fun Day.
In 2001, Takazawa started her own public relations and media buying consulting firm and worked with clients such as District Council 50 Painter’s Union, Kakʻako Kitchen, Buildling Industry Association of Hawaii, The Parade of Homes and Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park. In the nonprofit arena, Takazawa was responsible for fundraising, marketing and strategic planning for the Aloha Council Boy Scouts of America, ʻOlelo Community Media and Ballet Hawaii. Takazawa is part of the Weinberg Fellows and Patsy T. Mink Leadership Alliance cohorts. She holds certifications in Agile Project Management and the Project Management Professional (PMP) course. She is currently on the Aloha Council Boy Scouts of America board.