Hawaii tourism

Hawaii Tourism Authority Announces New Board Members

  • Hawaii Tourism Authority welcomes Dylan Ching to its board of directors
  • Hawaii Tourism Authority welcomes Keith “Keone” Downing to its board of directors
  • Hawaii Tourism Authority welcomes Sigmund “Sig” Zane to its Board of Directors

the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) is pleased to welcome three new members to its Board of Directors: Oahu and Kauai restaurateur Dylan Ching; Keith “Keone” Downing, water expert, conservationist and owner of a surf shop; and renowned co-founder of an iconic clothing brand, cultural practitioner and educator Sigmund “Sig” Zane of the island of Hawaii.

Governor David Ige recently nominated the three individuals to serve on the HTA Board of Directors, with their nominations confirmed by the Hawaii State Senate earlier today. Their terms take effect immediately.

“HTA’s Board of Directors is diverse, dynamic, visionary, and uniquely qualified to fulfill its fiduciary responsibilities and guide HTA, as our state’s premier tourism agency. This morning I realized that our three new board members, Sig, Keone and Dylan, whom I respect and salute, are all accomplished businessmen and avid surfers – a combination that exemplifies the balance that we seek at HTA, between community, culture, and commercial. Malama pono,” said John De Fries, President and CEO of HTA.

A seasoned hospitality veteran with more than 25 years of experience, Dylan Ching is the Vice President of Operations for TS Restaurants, which includes Duke’s Waikiki and Hula Grill Waikiki in Oahu, and Keoki’s Paradise in Poipu and Duke’s Kauai on Garden Island. . Ching currently serves on the board of various organizations, such as the Waikiki Community Center, the Waikiki Beach Special Improvement District Association, the Waikiki Business Improvement District, and the Bishop Museum Association Council. A graduate of Kamehameha Schools, Ching earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of San Diego.

Keith “Keone” Downing is an expert sailor and operator of Downing Hawaii, Hawaii’s oldest surf shop. Born and raised in Honolulu, Keone is the son of big wave pioneer George Downing, trailblazer, competitor, coach, student, innovator and one of the last Waikiki Beach Boys mentored by Duke Kahanamoku. Keone is a principal member of the non-profit Surfing Education Association, also known as Save Our Surf, through which he has dedicated himself to preserving the oceans, coral reefs, waves and beaches of Hawaii. Keone is a graduate of Kamehameha Schools and the California School of Arts and Crafts.