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Denise Yamaguchi

Hawaii Food & Wine Festival
Executive Director

Denise Hayashi Yamaguchi is a business development consultant providing both nonprofit and for-profit organizations with fund development, marketing, government affairs, public relations and community relations strategies and solutions. Yamaguchi also serves as the Executive Director for the Hawaii Ag & Culinary Alliance (dba, Hawaii Food & Wine Festival) and the Executive Director of the Hawaii Agricultural Foundation. She has more than twenty-four years of experience and has held executive positions with NCL America, Bishop Museum, Japanese Cultural Center, Hawaii Foodbank and U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye’s office in Washington D.C. Her current and past clients include Artisan Farmers’ Alliance, Coast Guard Foundation, Crown Castle, Durrant Media Five, Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation, Hawaii Institute for Public Affairs, Hawaii Island Humane Socitety, Hawaii Meth Project, Hawaii High School Athletic Association, Holland America, Olelo Hawaii, Princess Cruise Line and U.S.S. Battleship Missouri Association.


Prior to founding Denise Hayashi Consulting, Yamaguchi was the Director of Community Relations for NCL America where she directed community relations strategies, particularly on the neighbor islands, for a new multi-billion dollar company entering the Hawaii market. She developed key messages and tactics to achieve positive public sentiment for the company and industry. Her responsibilities included governmental relations with neighbor island county councils, state legislature and federal agencies. She represented the company as the spokesperson with media, at community meetings and council hearings.


Yamaguchi was also named Vice President of Corporate and Public Affairs for Bishop Museum and was the youngest person to be appointed to an executive position in the history of the Museum. She has also served in various executive roles at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii and the Hawaii Foodbank.


Yamaguchi currently serves on board of directors of the Hawaii Tourism Authority and has held various volunteer leadership roles with a number of nonprofits in the community.

My Speakers Sessions

Sunday, November 22

1:00pm PST

Monday, November 23

3:45pm PST