Mahi Pono LLC has announced the promotion of Maui’s Shan Tsutsui to chief operating officer. Tsutsui succeeds Tim O’Laughlin who will be relocating to California to focus on new initiatives for both Mahi Pono and Pomona Farming.
In his new role, Tsutsui will be responsible for all day-to-day operations for the Maui-based farming company which includes management operations, business strategy, community leadership, government relations and sales and distribution.
Tsutsui joined Mahi Pono in Jan. 2018 as its senior vice president of operations. Prior joining the company, Tsutsui served as Lieutenant Governor for Hawaiʻi, a State Senator representing Maui, business owner and financial advisor.
Mahi Pono is a farming company that owns and operates approximately 41,000 acres of agricultural land in Central Maui. It was created in 2018 in a joint venture between Pomona Farming LLC, a California-based agricultural group, and the Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments), one of Canada’s largest pension investment managers.
Executives have expressed a commitment to sustainable agriculture, growing food for local consumption and providing agricultural employment in the community.