Pacific Islands Region

About the Team


Regional Team Lead:
Kristina Kekuewa
Director. Office for Coastal
Management – Pacific Islands
NOS Oceans and Coastal Management

Regional Team Co-Lead:
Fred Tucher
Chief, Pacific Islands Section
NOAA Office of General Counsel

Regional Coordinator:
Seema Balwani
National Environmental Satellite,
Data, and Information Service


Pacific Islands Regional Team (PIRT).  NOAA and key external partners.


Pacific Regional Executive Board (PREB).  NOAA only.

  • Captain Barry Choy, OMAO/DS/EAD, Commissioned Officer Commander
  • Robert Kamphaus, OMAC/MOC-PI, Commanding Officer
  • Kristina Kekuewa, National Ocean Service, Director, Office for Coastal Management – Pacific Islands
  • Darryl Kuniyuki, Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, Station Chief, Mauna Loa Observatory
  • Dr. John Marra, National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service NESDIS, Regional Climate Services Director, Pacific Region
  • Bill Pickering, Office of Law Enforcement, Assistant Director
  • Dr. Michael Seki, National Marine Fisheries Service, Director, Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center
  • Raymond Tanabe, National Weather Service, Regional Director, Pacific Region
  • Allen Tom, National Ocean Service, Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, Regional Director, Pacific Islands Region
  • Michael Tosatto, National Marine Fisheries Service, Regional Administrator
  • Frederick Tucher, Office of General Counsel, Section Chief, Pacific Islands Section


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