Hawai‘i Tourism Authority Appoints Isaac Choy as Vice President of Finance

31st Mar, 2023

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The Hawai‘i Tourism Authority (HTA) announced today that Isaac Choy (cover photo), a former Hawai‘i State Tax Director and lawmaker in the Hawai‘i State House of Representatives, has been appointed as Vice President of Finance. 

Choy begins work on April 10 and will be responsible for overseeing HTA’s management of finances and government funding, including compliance with legislative and auditing requirements, and budgeting of programs, initiatives and community organisations supported statewide by HTA.

A Certified Public Accountant with his own accounting practice since 1983, Choy brings extensive experience to HTA’s operations in management, taxation, accounting and auditing, and the servicing of public, government, and not-for-profit organisations. He most recently served as Director of the Hawai‘i State Department of Taxation from 2020 through 2022. 

Choy was elected to five terms in the Hawai‘i State House of Representatives serving the Mānoa district from 2008 through 2018. He chaired the House Committee on Higher Education, and also served on the committees overseeing tourism, finance, economic development, military affairs, and agriculture. After choosing not to run for re-election, Choy served as controller of a local health center from 2018 to 2020 before being appointed as the Hawai‘i State Tax Director. 

“Isaac Choy’s reputation as a devoted public servant and his credentials in finance will be extremely valuable in helping HTA to fulfill its focus on managing tourism for the benefit of Hawai‘i’s future generations,” said John De Fries, HTA’s President and CEO. “His experience and understanding about the workings of the executive and legislative branches of government are a rarity, and we are privileged to have him come aboard to support HTA.”

Choy noted that he welcomed the opportunity to offer his expertise to the state’s only agency solely dedicated to serving Hawai‘i’s largest industry. “Public service has been at the core of my personal and professional life and I believe it is important that HTA receives the guidance and support needed to ensure that tourism will continue to serve Hawai‘i properly and effectively,” said Choy. “I’m impressed by the leadership team that HTA has in place and energised about what HTA is trying to accomplish for the communities and people of Hawai‘i.”

Choy is active in numerous community organizations, including the Honolulu Community Action Program, Mānoa Neighborhood Security Watch, and community disaster preparedness organizations. He is also involved in business and professional organizations and has served as State President of the Hawaiʻi Association of Public Accountants. He has also participated in youth sports, coaching baseball, basketball, and softball for over a decade. A lifelong member of the Mānoa community, Choy graduated from Roosevelt High School and San Jose State University.

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