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Former partners honored at HSCPA Annual meeting
June 27, 2008 – Halekulani Hotel
“Honoring Accounting Legends & Champions”
Two former partners were honored at the recent HSCPA 48th Annual Conference & 75th Anniversary Celebration as "the trailblazers…the mentors…the legends…who paved the way for the next generation."
Howard Hiroki (by Wendell Lee, Partner)
Drafted in 1942, into the famed 100th Battalion, Howard Hiroki put his life on hold as so many did during World War II to serve his country as a member of America’s Greatest Generation. After the war, he returned to Hawaii to start his career in the accounting field. In 1950, Mr. Hiroki received his CPA certificate number 82. He was later appointed by the Governor of the State to be the Auditor of the then Territory of Hawaii. During those years, he designed and implemented the governmental accounting systems for the island of Oahu, and on weekends, for the islands of Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island. After his service to the government, Mr. Hiroki joined Baker and Gillette which later merged with Coopers & Lybrand. He was the first Asian partner in the U.S. firm of Coopers & Lybrand.
Manuel "Manny" Sylvester (by Kent Tsukamoto, Managing Partner)
Boss. Mentor. Teacher. Patriot. Philanthropist. Portagee. Gentleman. Friend. Many words have been used to describe this dynamic leader whom we are honoring in the first HSCPA Legacy Hall of Fame. Initially aspiring to be a lawyer, Manny found the pre-law curriculum short of practical skills that he could use to get a job after graduation since the draft and the Korean conflict would probably cut off his opportunity to go to law school. He discovered the accounting program and our profession has benefited from his leadership ever since. Upon graduation in 1952, the aspiring accountant and ROTC cadet was commissioned as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. army. He worked hard and passed the CPA exam, and two years later, he was invited to join the Baker & Gillette partnership. The firm merged with Lybrand Ross Brothers & Montgomery and ultimately became Coopers & Lybrand, where Manny was the managing partner from 1978 – 1992. C&L was known as “Manny’s Firm” and all of us fondly still call him “Boss.” He is a true role model and a leader among leaders.