Malcolm & Carol Koga

 
 
 

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Carol and Malcolm (Mal) Koga
DGN 2006-07

Malcolm (Mal) was inducted into the Rotary Club of West Honolulu in 1985 and served as its President from 1992-93. He has held various positions within his club and has served District 5000 twice as Assistant Governor, twice as Director of Vocational Service, twice as Awards Chair and Director of Community Service. He is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow, a Benefactor and member of the Bequest Society. At the local level, he is a District 5000 Maurice Sullivan Fellow and a West Honolulu Rotary Al Hastings Fellow.

Mal is active in the community and has served on Hawaii State Boards as Chair of the State Contractors License Board, State Pest Control Board and State Rehabilitation Council. In the area of community service, Mal is an active member of the American Cancer Society’s Laryngectomy Support Group and currently serves as National Council Representative and President of the American Lung Association of Hawaii.

Carol and Mal met while attending High School in Honolulu. Shortly after Mal’s graduation from the University of Hawaii with a degree in civil engineering and a commission as a second lieutenant in the US Army Corps of Engineers, they were married in 1963. With the exception of a tour in Viet Nam, the couple lived in Washington D.C., Georgia and Munich, Germany while serving the military.

In 1973 after Mal’s discharge from the military and some civilian employment with Castle and Cook and private construction companies, they founded their own construction firm, Koga Engineering and Construction, Inc. Mal served as engineer, estimator, laborer and janitor for the firm while Carol handled the administrative paperwork and payroll duties. Today, the company is ranked among the top 25 construction firms and ranks in the top 250 of businesses in Hawaii. In 1990, Mal was diagnosed with throat cancer that resulted in the removal of his voice box or larynx. He now speaks with the aid of an electronic larynx and has claimed the title of “The Bionic Voice of District 5000.”

The couple has three married daughters, Karin, Kristi and Kimberly and five grandchildren, Jenica and Trevor Holt, Drew Ogomori, Riley White and Tyler Jack Kubo.