Claire L. Asam
Appointed a Trustee of the Lili‘uokalani Trust on August 6, 2007, Dr. Claire Kalaupapahiwa Chun Mui Lock Asam brings an enduring, lifelong, professional and personal commitment to “Na Pua o Hawai‘i Nei”, the children of Hawai‘i.
For eight years, she had been carrying out the Queen’s mission in the capacity of President and Executive Director of the Lili‘uokalani Children’s Center (LCC) where she provided strong leadership to the organization, collaboratively developed the vision, and was responsible for the strategic planning and operations of the agency that, at the time of her departure, annually impacted more than 1,500 orphans, 8,000 destitute children, and serviced more than 30,000 children in its efforts to build strong families and productive, healthy communities.
Born in Honolulu and raised on Wilhelmina Rise by her parents, Mary U‘ilani Tyau and Wah Sing Lock, Dr. Asam attended the University Laboratory School in Manoa and is an honors graduate of the Kamehameha Schools at Kapalama. She matriculated at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, earned her Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Child Development from Connecticut College, and furthered her education at the University of Hawai‘i Manoa where she received her Master’s in Education, a Certificate of Public Administration, and a Doctorate in Education.
Dr. Asam’s professional career began at the Kamehameha Schools where she remained and served the beneficiaries of the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Estate for 25 years in positions of Research and Demonstration Teacher at Kamehameha’s Ka Na‘i Pono School, Teacher Trainer Consultant, Site Manager, and Director of Training and Dissemination for the Kamehameha Elementary Education Program (KEEP), as well as Curriculum and Assessment Coordinator at the Elementary School.
While at Kamehameha, she worked with the trustees to develop partnerships with the State of Hawai‘i Department of Education to extend the reach of Kamehameha’s educational systems. Dr. Asam was a member of the team to establish Kamehameha’s Maui and Hawai‘i campuses, and designed program parameters to establish non-traditional schools in small rural communities. She worked with other Hawai‘i Association of Independent Schools’ administrators to create an accreditation tool for private schools that was accepted for use by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
As a civic and community leader, Dr. Asam currently serves on the Board of Governors for the Hawai‘i Community Foundation, Board of Directors for the Ho‘okako‘o Corporation, Advisory Board for Asian-Pacific Islander Youth Violence Prevention, Advisory Council for the University of Hawai‘i Center for Hawaiian Studies, and Advisory Board for ‘Imi Hale. She is a member of the Kamehameha Alumni Association and the Prince Kuhio Hawaiian Civic Club.
Her past community service includes the Board of Directors for the Institute for Native Hawaiian Pacific Education and Culture, Board of Trustees for Assets School, Advisory Council for the University of Hawai‘i School of Social Work, and court appointment to the Kamehameha Schools Trustee Screening Committee. Dr. Asam also represented the Kamehameha Schools as a loaned executive to the Aloha United Way (AUW), where she served as a spokesperson during the general campaign and assisted with fundraising efforts overseeing business accounts.
Dr. Asam was awarded the designation of Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scout Council of Hawai‘i in 2005, and honored as a Distinguished Alumna by the Kamehameha Schools in 2001. A harpist and a long distance ocean swimmer, she has garnered first place in her age group at the North Shore Rough Water Swim Series.
Living an active lifestyle, Dr. Asam enjoys exercise, as well as culinary and travel adventures with her husband, Dr. J. Kuhio Asam. They reside in Honolulu and have two adult sons, Trever and Robin