Get to know HCATF


Our Organization

with a purpose

The Hawaii Carpenters Apprenticeship & Training Fund is a partnership of several major construction industry organizations listed below. 

These organizations have signed a collective bargaining agreement that sets forth the responsibilities of the participating organizations. 

How we Operate

Oversight & Regulation

A Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee, which includes representatives of the groups listed above, provides the general leadership and oversight of the training program and establishes guidelines and training requirements for the apprenticeship participants.

HCATF is registered with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration and the State of Hawaii’s Department of Labor and Industrial Relations and complies with applicable federal and state laws, rules and regulations, and other standards governing apprenticeships. 

Building success through

Leadership with experience

HCATF is overseen by a board of Trustees and the JATC Committee from partnering organizations, under the leadership of Executive Director Edmund C. Aczon. 

Aczon worked 13 years for Hawaiian Dredging & Construction Co. and started his own construction company, specializing in military contracts, in 1986. In 1995, he was named builder of the year by the Building Industry Association of Hawaii and Filipino entrepreneur of the year by the Filipino Chamber of Commerce, and he received an award of excellence from the Small Business Administration.

Management Trustees

  • Conrad Murashige (GCLA), Co-Chairman
  • Brian Adachi (BILA)
  • Alan Hinahara (GCLA)
  • Dale Sakamoto-Yoneda (GCLA)
  • Roy Morioka (GCLA)
  • Lito Alcantra (HWCIA)
  • Lance Wilhelm (GCLA), Alternate
  • Barbara Kono (HWCIA), Alternate

Labor Trustees

  • Ronald Taketa, Co-Chairman
  • Kyle Chock, Secretary
  • Ralph (Kai) Hoʻohuli
  • Sean Newcamp
  • Mitchell Tynanes
  • Travis Murakami

Executive Director

  • Edmund C. Aczon
    Director of Apprenticeship & Training

Trust Fund Administrator

  • Rod Shinno
    Hawaii Benefit Administrators, Inc.


  • Brian Adachi (BILA)
  • Patrick Gill (BILA), Alternate
  • Alan Hinahara (GCLA)
  • Conrad Murashige (GCLA), Secretary
  • Vincent Nihipali, Jr. (HWCIA)
  • Clyde Takatsugi (HWCIA), Alternate


  • Shayne Chung, Chairman
  • Ralph (Kai) Hoʻohuli
  • Travis Murakami
  • Sean Newcamp
  • Mitchell Tynanes


  • Edmund C. Aczon
    Director of Apprenticeship & Training
  • Edgar Fernandez
    DLIR, Workforce Development Division

Executive Director

  • Edmund C. Aczon

Office Staff

  • LeeAnn Villa, Administrator & Executive Assistant
  • Janet Moromisato, Administrator
  • Grace Kaiser, Creative Marketing Director

Training Coordinators

  • April Acquavella, Oʻahu
  • Darrell Seto, Oʻahu,