Alan Oshima has been appointed to the board of directors of Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc., (HECO), utility subsidiary of Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc.

Oshima is currently senior vice president and general counsel for Hawaiian Telcom and will transition to the position of director and senior advisor for Hawaiian Telcom after June 30. He was founding partner of the law firm, Oshima Chun Fong & Chung, LLP. where in addition to his work in telecommunications, he served as the regulatory attorney for the Kauai Island Utility Cooperative, The Gas Company, various water and sewer companies & other utility-related businesses.

Oshima has been recognized by the Hawaii State Bar Association with its Pro Bono Service Award for his volunteer legal work in the community. He has also been recognized as one of ‘America's Best Lawyers’ in the field of public utilities.

Oshima replaces David Cole, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Maui Land & Pineapple Company, Inc. (ML&P), who recently resigned his seat on the board as ML&P increases its own involvement in renewable energy initiatives.

Hawaiian Electric Company, together with its subsidiaries Maui Electric Company and Hawaii Electric Light Company, supplies power to over 400,000 customers or 95% of the Hawaii's population on Oahu, Hawaii, Maui, Lanai and Molokai.