Our Story

The founders of HiHR had a simple plan in mind when they launched the company in 2009—provide custom HR solutions based on what’s best for the client. A basic concept, but very different from the traditional “one size fits all” approach commonly used in the industry. This meant rewriting the rules and offering choices–not just the typical “bundled” package of services. When other HR firms held fast to an “all or nothing” model, HiHR became a leader in Hawaii by listening to clients, responding to their needs, and offering flexible HR services.  In order to meet the evolving and sometimes complicated needs of our clients, we continue to innovate new services and delivery options, helping our clients compete and succeed in a challenging marketplace. Today, HiHR is one of Hawaii’s top resources for custom workforce management solutions known for exceptional service, reliability, and personal attention.


A partnership with HiHR provides your organization access to one of the largest HR firms in Hawaii—an experienced team of human resource professionals specializing in a variety of fields, all possessing industry-specific knowledge and certifications that set us apart from the competition.

90% of our HR Professionals are PHR/SPHR Certified Professionals or hold their professional SHRM certification.

The experience we bring to the table spans all areas of HR and workforce management including payroll, payroll tax compliance, benefit administration, employee relations, accounting, recruitment, safety and risk management, retirement, and training & development. Because HR and business needs are continually changing, we built an adaptive and agile company with a team of experienced professionals fluent in helping our clients manage change. While we are proud to boast about our team’s many accomplishments and years of experience, we understand a successful partnership requires you have the access and support when and where you need it.  That’s why all of our teams go through extensive customer service training, making us the friendliest company in the business.

Our experience in the industry teaches us that service and customization are important and it’s one of the major reasons clients come to us. This is where our service model truly sets us apart: we provide your company with more options for support and service–an HiHR advantage and something you’re unlikely to find anywhere else in our industry.

The Executive Team

  • Harry Byerly - President

    As HiHR's president, Harry is responsible for HiHR's day-to-day-operations, as well as leading the company’s client development and service strategy. Harry is passionate about building trusted partnerships with HiHR's valued clients and vendors. He is dedicated to and involved with ensuring the highest level of service at every touch point of the company. Harry brings with him more than 14 years of management, recruitment, marketing, and customer service experience. Harry’s breadth of experience complements his steadfast personal and professional tenacity, providing clients ... Read more
  • Trisha Nomura - Chief Operating Officer

    As the Chief Operating Officer, Trisha helms all operations at HiHR including HiHR's payroll and benefit administration services as well as the company's internal audit function, 401(k) compliance, and health care initiatives. Trisha brings over 13 years of experience in operations, financial management, accounting, and professional services to her role. During her career, she has worked as an auditor at PricewaterhouseCoopers, as Director of Accounting at Young Brothers, Ltd., and as Operations Manager at Grant Thornton, LLP. Most recently, Trisha was one of the foundin... Read more
  • Kalani Morse - Corporate Counsel & VP of HR

    As Corporate Counsel and V.P. of Human Resources for HiHR, Kalani brings years of litigation, business, and compliance experience to the team. An experienced corporate defense attorney, Kalani has advised and defended organizations large and small: litigating civil actions in state and federal courts, defending wrongful termination, harassment, reasonable accommodation, breach of contract, and other employment and litigation claims. He has also defended and advised employers facing administrative charges, wage and hour audits, labor elections, union grievances and arbitratio... Read more
  • John DeMarco - Vice President of Sales

    John ‘JD’ DeMarco leads the business development management team and oversees all new business development, community relations, and company networking opportunities. He offers eighteen years of management experience most recently working for Jamba Hawaii as the Director of Operations before joining the team at HiHR. His positive energy is contagious, and his intricate knowledge of both the clients' needs and their business requirements make him a vital member of the HiGroup team. JD is an avid paddler and when he’s not out meeting clients you can find him hiking and enjoying beach activities with his family.
  • Dayna Place - VP of Client Services

    Dayna Place comes from a vast customer service, training, and operations background and consistently exceeds our clients' expectations with her meticulous attention to detail. She is able to make clients feel at home and comfortable with HiHR by carefully explaining the details of their services. As Director of Client Services, she teaches her team to put clients at ease by answering their questions and treating them as trusted partners. Not only is she relational with clients, but she also brings an 'ohana feeling to the client services team and the entire HiGroup office. Da... Read more
  • Bernie Delos Santos - Director of Branch Services - Maui

    As manager of HiHR’s Maui office, Bernie brings her depth of experience and the award-winning service that HiHR is known for to all of our clientele in Kahului, Wailuku, and all points in between. Bernie and the Maui staff are dedicated to providing top-notch service to Hawaii companies throughout the islands and the community they support. With an HR career stretching back fifteen years and experience in fields as diverse as realty, wedding planning, travel, and employment, Bernie’s background in directing and managing HR companies throughout the Hawaiian islands is an invaluable asset to HiHR and all of our clients.
  • Anuhea Alapai - Director of Branch Services - Hawaii Island

    As the Director of Operations for HiHR’s Hawaii Island office, Anuhea leads a highly skilled team that is committed to providing our clients with excellent service while leaving them with the spirit of aloha and the feeling of being a part of our ‘ohana.  Anuhea comes to us with a Masters in Accounting from the University of Hawaii and a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the University of Portland.  She has over 10 years of accounting experience that spans across a variety of industries including hospitality, travel, property management and human resources/payroll.... Read more

The Hawaii Group

  • Scott Meichtry - Chairman & CEO

    Scott Meichtry graduated from San Diego Sate University in 1992 with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration and a passion for entrepreneurship. Upon graduation, he moved with his fiancée to Vail, Colorado, to start a business in the construction industry. There, he incorporated and oversaw several successful businesses including an excavation company, a concrete company, a construction firm, a flat work company, a landscaping business, and a human resource outsourcing business. In 1997, after obtaining his Colorado Real Estate sales license, Scott expertly integrated the skills and resources from his existing e... Read more
  • Wayne Tomita - Chief Financial Officer

    Wayne brings almost 25 years of experience in business administration and financial management to the team at The Hawaii Group. A University of Hawaii graduate with a stellar GPA in both his Masters in Accounting and Business Administration degrees, Wayne’s experience with Hawaiian companies — including Hawaiian Airlines, Palama Ventures, Island Title Corporation, and Hawaiian Hotels & Resorts — makes him an indispensable addition to The Hawaii Group. Wayne enjoys golfing, softball, and basketball, and spends a lot of time with his daughters and their various athletic activities.
  • Fred Li - Chief Systems Officer

    Fred’s impressive résumé stretches back more than thirty years and includes a five-year stint as business manager for Iolani School, financial administration for a number of tech startups and family-focused non-profits in Hawaii, and technology directorship and financial administration at Marc Resorts Hawaii and Saint Francis School, not to mention having been named one of Hawaii’s Top 100 Hi-Tech Leaders in 2001. With a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Fred’s enterprise acumen is matched by his knowledge of technology, and as such he is an indispensable addition to the HiGroup team. He’s also a wonderful musician!
  • Loryn Guiffre - Vice President of Marketing

    Loryn Guiffré, MBA, is a results-driven marketing executive with an excellent track record in developing & executing marketing and public relations strategies, exceptional team building and project management ability, and extensive knowledge of cutting-edge social media & marketing trends. She was recently featured in the Hawaii Business Magazine as one of Hawaii's top executives (Black Book Issue, 2014), and an expert on utilizing LinkedIn (February 2015). She has expertise in building and maintaining websites, developing social media networks and is well-versed in integrated marketing campaigns that utilize both ... Read more
  • Scott Pliszka - Director of Information Technology

    As Director of IT, Scott is tasked with overseeing all aspects of IT services for internal and client facing systems, including identifying and implementing technology and strategic solutions across multiple divisions, providing vision, and leadership for IT operations.  He has spent the past decade in various IT leadership roles in Hawaii in a variety of industries ranging from labor unions, healthcare and higher education.  Most recently Scott was tasked as the Project Manager of IT on Hawaii Pacific University’s revitalization project of Aloha Tower.  Scott holds multiple industry leading certifications with Microsoft (... Read more
  • Kellie Schmidtke - Director of Marketing and Communications

    With an MBA from the UH Manoa Shidler College of Business, a BA in Business Sociology from the University of Michigan, and years of experience as both a real estate agent and as a multi-state account manager for a national non-profit organization, Kellie Schmidtke brings unrivaled business and community expertise to The Hawaii Group. She is a positive, helpful, collaborative team member, working cross-departmentally and continuously improving herself and her marketing and PR acumen. Kellie volunteers for Na Wahine Pa‘ani O Punahou, Special Olympics Hawaii, and Envision Hawaii. She is a member of Mu Kappa Tau Marketing H... Read more
  • Sean Knox - President, HiEmployment

    Sean Knox is the President of Hawaii Employment Services, Inc. (HiEmployment) and was previously the owner and President of POI Employment, LLC. The Hawaii Group merged with POI Employment in 2010 to become HiEmployment. Sean has over 14 years of experience in professional staffing in Hawaii. After working for a national, mainland based staffing agency, Sean decided to open POI Employment in April 2005 with a focus on personalized, high quality services. Sean has his Bachelor of Science from the University of Puget Sound and has been working in business management since 1993. Although Sean is a “local boy,” growing up on bo... Read more
  • Stacey Katakura White - President, HiAccounting

    Stacey Katakura White, CPA joined The Hawaii Group as the President of Hawaii Accounting, LLC (HiAccounting) in March 2014. Stacey brings 18 years of experience to HiAccounting, starting off her career at the Orange County offices of Ernst & Young LLP, one of the four largest international accounting firms. Stacey moved on to a number of real estate development companies in the Los Angeles and Orange County area before returning home to Hawaii ten years ago to be closer to family. Most recently, Stacey was the Chief Financial Officer for Forest City Hawaii where she financed and oversaw over $2 billion in real ... Read more
  • Teri Bruesehoff - President & COO, HiNursing

    Teri brings over 30 years of healthcare experience to her position as President and Chief Operating Officer of Hawaii HealthCare, Inc. She has worked in many facets of the healthcare industry, in particular, with medically fragile pediatrics and geriatric patients in the hospital and home care setting. Teri spent over 15 years in the ICU, CCU, ER, and hospital administration on the mainland. Teri was the HealthCare Coordinator for 5 years at MidPacific Institute for over 1,500 students in grades K-12 from 2000 to 2005. From 2005 to 2012, she worked at Nursefinders of Hawaii as the Clinical Supervisor, Clinical Director, ... Read more


Our people--the thought leaders, the experts, the “doers” helping our clients manage all of the day-to-day operations and prepare for the road ahead.

  • Lorence Alacar

    CRM Manager
  • Knight Amisone

    Benefits Accountant
  • Jaymie Anderson

    Workers' Compensation Claims Administrator
  • Rosalyn Bantolina, PHR, SHRM-CP

    Talent Manager
  • Evelyn Barfield, PHR, SHRM-CP

    HR Manager
  • Sheina Baybayan

    HR Assistant
  • Kathy Bell

    Business Development Manager
  • Desiree Bondallian

    Human Resources & Payroll Administrator
  • Hannah Brandon

    Client Relations Manager
  • Jennifer Borja-Johnson

    Client Relations Manager
  • Jenny Brizuela

    Benefits Specialist
  • Monique Burton-Lagon

    Client Concierge
  • Jennifer Cameros

    Human Resources Assistant
  • Myrna Cariaga

    Healthcare Insurance Consultant
  • Marissa Catalano

    Benefits Specialist
  • Rosa Chun, PHR, SHRM-CP

    HR Manager
  • Jordan Cripps

    Client Relations Manager
  • Tom Cummiskey

    Payroll Supervisor
  • Jenell Daniels

    HR Manager
  • Leanna Debnam

    Benefits Assistant
  • Alexandra Foster

    Client Concierge
  • Jared Furusho

    Business Development Manager
  • Sharla (Tang) Gogue

    HR Services Supervisor
  • Chris Gomes, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

    Director of HR Consulting
  • Ashly-Anne Greenbaum

    Payroll Specialist
  • Sheeree Himmelman

    Sales Support Manager
  • Christle Iaea

    Payroll Assistant
  • Elaine Johnson, PHR, SHRM-CP

    HR Manager
  • Ryan Kajikawa

    Business Development
  • Amie Kamthamala

    Implementation Consultant
  • Rhett Keaton

    HR Insurance Consultant
  • Melia Klancnik, Ph.D.

    Senior HR Consultant
  • Roy Laciste

    Payroll Supervisor
  • Brian Lass

    Implementation Consultant
  • Travis Lawrence

    Client Solutions Consultant
  • Aura-Ann Lee

    401(k) Compliance Administrator
  • Janelle Leong

    Associate Corporate Counsel & HR Consultant
  • Xiao Min Li

    Payroll Specialist
  • Paris Macabeo-Spahn

    Implementation Consultant
  • Drea Magrini

    Open Enrollment Assistant
  • Paul Martin

    Implementation Manager
  • David McKale, PHR, SHRM-SCP

    Director of Risk Services
  • Anson Miao

    Implementation Specialist
  • Lindsey Monroe

    Client Relations Consultant
  • Joe Muldowney

    Operations & Systems Manager
  • Bhawna Mundotia

    Project Manager
  • Kati Nakano

    Director of Payroll
  • Ryan Nomi

    Business Development Manager
  • Chanice Oasay

    Human Resources Assistant
  • Melanie Ogino

    Payroll Support
  • Carl Robertson

    Senior Payroll Specialist
  • Tawney Sablan

    Business Development Manager
  • Shari Shiraki

    Payroll Specialist
  • Beverley Simonton

    Payroll Specialist
  • Alika Simpson

    Assistant Director of Benefits
  • Tana Staub

    Executive Assistant
  • Taun Stewart

    Benefits Assistant
  • Kiana Stroud

    Benefits Assistant
  • Marie Tabios

    Senior Client Relations Consultant
  • Wayne Takabayashi

    Database Specialist
  • Shanna Tashiro

    Benefits Specialist
  • Cheryl Tarape

    Human Resources & Payroll Administrator
  • Guy Tanioka

    Business Development Manager
  • Lena Vicens

    Benefits Specialist
  • Adam Warren

    Internal Auditor
  • Sharon Watari

    Payroll Manager/HR Generalist
  • Christina Wong

    Senior Payroll Specialist
  • Jerry Woolsey

    Payroll/HiTime Assistant
  • Kim Yamamoto

    Payroll Specialist

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HiHR would be pleased to meet with you to discuss how our HR solutions could support your business needs.

Oahu ( Headquarters )

745 Fort Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone 808.695.2222


2970 Kele Street
Suite 213
Lihue, HI 96766
Phone 808.482.3901

Maui, Kahului

285 W Ka'ahumanu Ave, #210
Kahului, HI 96732
Phone 808.856.4000

Maui, Lahaina

991 Limahana Place
Suite G4
Lahaina, HI 96761
Phone 808.856.7545

Hawaii Island

73-4976 Kamanu Street
Suite 201
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
Phone 808.329.6343