Corbett Kalama has served as the executive vice president of the Weinberg Foundation’s Hawaiʻi office since December of 2018. He began his tenure with the Foundation in 2013 as vice president of real estate investments and community affairs.
Mr. Kalama is responsible for management of all Hawaiʻi office operations, including the annual distribution of $12 million in grants in Hawaii. He also works closely with the Foundation’s managing director of Hawaiʻi real estate in overseeing the Foundation’s real estate portfolio, which includes the management of more than 250 properties held by the Foundation in Hawaiʻi. Mr. Kalama also serves as liaison to the Foundation’s leadership and staff in Baltimore. In addition to his management responsibilities, Mr. Kalama remains a visible and key public representative of the Foundation in the business, philanthropic, nonprofit, and government sectors of Hawaiʻi.
Mr. Kalama joined the Foundation following 32 years of service with First Hawaiian Bank where he led the Wealth Management Group, including personal trusts and institutional wealth management, directing 250 employees and approximately $10 billion in assets. Mr. Kalama also served as the regional manager for 30 of First Hawaiian Bank’s Oahu branches, as well as supervisor of the organization’s personal banking and small business banking segment serving nearly 80,000 customers.
Mr. Kalama is actively involved with numerous boards and community organizations, including many leadership roles. He currently serves as a director of Harold K.L. Castle Foundation, as well as First Hawaiian Bank Foundation, and president of the Friends of Hawaiʻi Charities. He is a former trustee of Kamehameha Schools (2007- 2019).
Recent highlights of Mr. Kalama’s career include delivering the opening speech (“Role of Indigenous People”) for the 2016 Honolulu convention of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which included attendance of 9,000. In 2011, Mr. Kalama coordinated and led the protocol and greeting of his Holiness the Dalai Lama in conjunction with the Pillars of Peace Symposium. The previous year, Mr. Kalama served as chair of the Asia Pacific Economic Conference (APEC) Committee on Culture. He coordinated and delivered opening remarks on Hawaiian culture on behalf of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at a State Dinner for visiting trade ministers.
Born in Honolulu, Mr. Kalama is a graduate of Oregon College of Education (now called Western Oregon University), Bachelor of Science (Economics), and he received his graduate banking degree at Pacific Coast Banking School-University of Washington, where he also served as a faculty member from 1995-2015. He is a former teacher at Kailua High School and with the Honolulu Community Action program. Mr. Kalama also attended University of Hawaiʻi Law School.
Mr. Kalama enjoys a variety of outdoor activities, especially paddle boarding and canoeing on the ocean waters around the Islands. He also loves to help others to enjoy the beauty and challenge of these sports. Mr. Kalama is a member of the Kailua Canoe Club and serves as a coach and paddler for Team Outrigger Hawaiʻi. He and wife Sandy have four adult children (two sons, two daughters) and 12 grandchildren.