Alaka‘i Executive Search identifies and secures talented leaders and executives for the Hawai‘i job market. Our goal is simple: to find and bring the best talent to Hawaii’s leading employers. Dedicated to enhancing Hawaii’s economic growth, Alaka‘i’s target industries include technology, finance, retail, energy, health care, and legal. We work on management opportunities in sales, marketing, operations, engineering, and finance/accounting. If you’re looking for qualified, proven professionals who will propel your business forward, we’re here to find them.



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Prior to founding Alaka‘i Executive Search in 2017, Eric Heenan spent twenty years working in executive search and IT sales in Japan. Most recently, Eric led the technology team at JAC International, part of the JAC Group, one of the nation’s largest search firms. Prior to JAC, Eric worked for Cisco, Apple, EMC and was the Japan Country Manager for two $200M + companies.


Eric grew up in Honolulu, where he attended ‘Iolani School. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from U.C.L.A. and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Owen Graduate School of Business at Vanderbilt University. He also spent one year studying at Nanzan University in Nagoya and is fluent in Japanese.

Eric is a member of the U.S.-Japan Council and serves on the Boards of the ‘Iolani Alumni Association and the Filipino Community Center.


Vice President, Client Relations
+1 (808) 382-0420

Seth moved back to Hawaii fifteen years ago to further the experiences he had during his time at the University of Hawaii. In 2007, he started his medical device career at Stryker. Seth recently joined the Alaka‘i Executive Search team and will lead their healthcare practice, leveraging 13+ years of business development and training experience.


Seth will also work on searches across various industries in the private and nonprofit sectors. Married with three children, being part of a large local family here has given him an understanding of the importance of culture and community.


Director, Recruiting and HR Solutions
+1 (808) 319-3847

Yuki brings 15 years of global HR and recruiting experience to the Alaka’i Executive Search team. She first came to the U.S. as a foreign exchange student in high school, fell in love with the people, and ended up staying the next 10 years through college and her first two jobs.


She moved back to Japan to further pursue her passion in Human Resources, and spent 8 years in Tokyo and 2 years in Germany, helping organizations find talent(recruiting), keeping them happy (employee engagement), and bringing them to their best potential (talent development).

Her dream came true and she moved to the beautiful island of Oahu with her family two years ago. Yuki is a professional recruiter, who knows the full cycle of recruiting with in-depth knowledge of Human Resources and is looking forward to connecting top talent to Hawaii’s leading employers.

“I started out as a networking connection with Eric shortly after I arrived in Honolulu from the SF Bay Area. It was only a couple of days later that I became a client when he called me regarding an opportunity with Bank of Hawaii. A couple of months later I’m at BOH and Eric is a friend and professional resource. He has a tremendous amount of experience in the tech space, working globally, and in the local Hawaii job market. Eric was great to work with from the candidate perspective…always maintained contact and kept me apprised throughout the process. He treated me as I would want any prospective employee to be treated. Eric is a consummate professional and I would not hesitate to contact him first for any recruiting needs I might have. And I would highly recommend him to any organization in need of capable, professional, and knowledgeable recruiting support.”

Ed Hudson
Executive VP/Chief People Officer, Bank of Hawaii

“Eric did a fantastic job of sourcing and placing suitable candidates for BEI Hawaii. His attention to detail and his ability to quickly formulate a profile of the skills and personality types we were seeking, was phenomenal. At no stage did I get the sense that he was presenting candidates, simply for the sake of it. I find Eric very personable, clear minded and straight forward to deal with.”

James Saulez
Executive VP/COO, BEI Hawaii




Alaka‘i Executive Search focuses on Hawai‘i’s most competitive industries including technology, finance, retail, energy, health care and legal. We find and place the talented professionals that will propel your organization. We believe executive recruiting firms should understand your goals and deliver upon your requirements. We help you drive lasting business success – today, tomorrow, and for years to come.


Connecting your business with the talent you need.


Work with an executive recruiter who focuses on you and your career.


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