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Our Team

Partners (from left to right): 

Christine Crissy Gayagas, Eric T. (Rick) Olson, & Vicki Olson

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First Canoe leads the way in multiple communities

Military:First Canoe partners combined have over 100 years of experience in the military at the flag/senior officer and civilian levels. Our partners have served in top-level positions, Secretary of the Army, high-level command, key staff (joint and multinational), and in leadership roles in community organizations that support the military and civilian organizations.

Business:We are local CEOs and high-level officers, board members, successful small-business owners and entrepreneurs with experience in the not-for-profit sector, specializing in the energy, construction, and medical supply and services sectors.

International:Extensive experience working with foreign companies and government organizations with projects in the Asia-Pacific region, the Mideast, and beyond.

Education and Academia:We all have extensive experience in education, including one partner who serves on the board of one of Hawaii's leading universities (Chaminade University), one who served as Commandant of Cadets at West Point, and two who work on School Based Behavioral Health issues.

Local and Hawaiian Communities:Experience in bridge-building to, communication with, and understanding of the opportunities in the many diverse cultures that make up our unique community.




First Canoe leads the way with integrated approaches to business

Business Development

  • Doing business with the military
  • Establishing connections between small businesses and larger corporations
  • Turning needs into solutions
  • Special focus on cutting-edge sectors in Hawaii, such as energy, high-tech, medical

Leadership and Leader Development
  • Decision making
  • Strategic thinking and planning
  • Organizational effectiveness
  • Innovative programs and leadership tours of local historical sites

Strategic Partnering and Community Building
  • Public-to-private partnerships to foster a “community trust bank”
  • Connections between domestic and foreign businesses
  • Community-based strategies for mutually beneficial civic, cultural, environmental and business outcomes

    Leadership Lessons

    Leadership Lessons is a series of occasional papers designed to inform discussions about leadership and leader development.  

    First Canoe partners collectively have over 100 years of experience leading large, complex organizations in the business, military, and non-profit communities. 

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