Who we are
The team at Hawaii Public Policy Advocates is a dedicated group of lobbyists and business leaders with extensive experience in advocacy, government relations and association management. Whether managing the day-to-day operations of a non-profit association or developing strategic lobbying plans for legislative action, our team can do it all. Simply put, there is no other lobbying and advocacy team like ours. Read on and learn a little more about who we are.
What we do
Government Affairs Strategy100%
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Melissa is the president and co-founder of Hawaii Public Policy Advocates. She is an attorney, lobbyist and government affairs professional who represents clients before the state legislature, regulatory agencies and local governmental bodies. She has taught courses of legislative advocacy and was named the U.S. Small Business Administration's Women in Business Champion for the State of Hawaii.
Stephen Teves is the chief consultant and co-founder of Hawaii Public Policy Advocates. He is an attorney, lobbyist and public policy advocate with extensive experience in state government affairs. He has served as the legislative director for the lieutenant governor of the State of Hawaii and as a legislative aide in the Hawaii House of Representatives. He is currently a member of the Aloha Medical Mission School board of directors.
Lilly Ho oversees operations for the firm's governmental affairs and non-profit association management clients. She helped develop and implements strategic legislative monitoring and tracking systems and serves as the firm's human resource consultant. She leads a team of staff and volunteers responsible for yearly growth in revenue and attendance at an annual statewide trade conference. She also oversees a college internship program, training Hawaii's future business leaders. She earned a bachelor's degree in Business Administration Management and Human Resource Management from the Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawaii, Manoa.
Landon Wong serves as the organization's non-profit associations' Member Services Manager, overseeing membership recruitment and retention, communications and event planning for the firm's non-profit clients. He has helped develop and implement fiscal reporting and tracking systems and is responsible for non-profit board governance and compliance matters. He earned a bachelor's degree in Business Administration Management and Human Resource Management from the Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawaii, Manoa.
Amanda Tokita has over 20 years of non-profit association experience in administrative operations and has served as the Hawaii Public Policy Advocates office manager since 2008. She oversees the daily administration of the firm. Raised in Maui, she and her husband co-own Caring Transitions of Honolulu, a relocation, downsizing and estate liquidations service company.
Danny Cup Choy
Danny Cup Choy serves as director of government relations, assisting clients as a lobbyist at the state legislature, administrative agencies and city councils. He has provided strategic state and federal government affairs leadership to organizations in healthcare, education, small business, and contractors for Department of Defense. He was named a Hero in Healthcare by Pacific Business News and is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University. He has a master's degree in education and previously served as a member of the Native Hawaiian Education Council.