Enlisting in the U.S. Army prior to graduation, Ken’s airborne training and subsequent service with the 19th Special Forces Group first brought him to Hawaii in 1968. Following active duty, he returned to the University of Montana where in 1970 he received a BA degree in Journalism. Days later, he became the first full time editor of Kona’s newly established West Hawaii Today newspaper, the first step in a career that eventually brought him to Honolulu.
In 1978 Ken was appointed an officer with the Honolulu Valley’s Council of Kadosh. He was elected Commander in 1987, receiving the rank and decoration of Knight Commander of the Court of Honor the same year after serving as chair of the Valley’s Americanism Committee, and director of a popular statewide Scottish Rite essay contest. Elected an Honorary Inspector General in 1991, Ken has since served as a degree director and trustee, personally overseeing construction of decking and walkways fronting the Valley’s building.
Ken was appointed to the Supreme Council as Deputy for Hawaii-Guam in 2012, the same year he completed graduate work in mass communications and technology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Semi-retired, he currently works as the CEO and managing partner for Trade Publishing Company. A past president of the Hawaii Publishers Association with numerous professional awards and honors, Ken and his wife Karen reside in downtown Honolulu with their cat, Tiberius.