Our Board

Jeannie Jewell

Raised on Oahu she moved to Kona way back in 1972 when there were no traffic lights, and not much traffic.  She and her husband raised two beautiful daughters and were always connected to the boating tourism and construction businesses.  In 1996, they built a glass bottom boat and have been operating it off the Kailua Pier, ever since.  Jeannie became a board member of Destination Kona Coast back in 2005 and is the current president.


Mary Beth Witzel

After retiring from her career focusing on both U.S. and international credit bureau data and scoring solutions, Mary Beth retired to the Big Island in 2012. She volunteered for DKC in 2013 and became a Board member in 2016. Currently, Mary Beth is the Board Secretary as well as manages ship day pier volunteers and contractors.


Bill Meyers

Bill is a refugee from the political world of Washington, DC, where he spent an entire career helping to create the mess we have today.  He arrived in Kona 15 years ago, traded political intrigue for Hawaiian aloha, and is now slowly redeeming those pieces of his soul he had previously sold off by helping to create Kona’s best coffees and build what is now Hawaii's highest-rated coffee farm.  In his spare time, Bill restores historic churches and is a Board member.


Mark Shultise

Mark has a varied background in multiple disciplines including telephony, satellite TV, software, hardware, radio, television and was a disc jockey. After 17 years with Hewlett Packard he retired to Captain Cook, owns a coffee farm and joined the Board as our Webmaster.



Michael Kitchen

Michael was born and raised in Kailua-Kona Hawaii. His father is the late great, Robert Thomas. He painted beautiful masterpieces of the Hawaiian Islands. Michael loves playing instruments, singing, rapping and riding waves. He is married to a girl from Brazil and has 3 beautiful kids. Mike was homeschooled from 5th grade through 12th and he and Mariana homeschool their kids. He loves helping nonprofits and businesses grow through creative marketing strategies.
He is a Branding Expert and works with West Hawaii Today Newspaper. His passion is helping feed malnourished kids by helping people solve one of the biggest health challenges they face today. You can find out more on one of his website at http://limitless.michaelswellnesskitchen.com/

Marie Aguilar

Serving on the Board since 2005, she is our current Vice President and our proposal and grant writer. Other positions include her company the Eclectic Craftsman since 1993. She has been the Product Rep for Hawaiian Spice & Salt Co. and their Hawaiian crafts, associated with King Kamehameha Day Celebration Parade, Historic Kailua Village events, Research and Sponsorship Donor Management , International Festivals & Event Association- IFEA Certification,  CFEA ~Certified Festival and Event Associate, Former Board Director for KVBID, Kailua Village Business Improvement District  6 year term, Kokua Kailua Village Stroll - Permit Coordinator -Present, Co-Chairperson -Est. 2008- Kokua Kailua Village Stroll, Education:  Hawai`i Tourism Authority & County of Hawai`i Workshops, Seminars and Leadership programs for Non Profits and Events, University of New Mexico - Associate   (3 years), Dept of Education.