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Deborah Sharkey

Deborah Sharkey is president of Makana Communications, providing public relations service to partners including Pearlridge Center, Servco Pacific Inc., Mobi PCS, the American Institute of Architects - Honolulu, Dole Plantation, Martin & MacArthur and DTRIC Insurance.

Prior to starting her own company, Deborah served as senior vice president at PRWorks, where she led public relations efforts for organizations including Honolulu Cellular/AT&T Wireless, Budget Rent a Car, The Ilikai and Aloha Festivals.  

Deborah is a graduate of Punahou School and the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where she earned a bachelor of arts in Asian studies and a master of business administration with a focus in marketing. 

Born and raised on Oahu, Deborah lives in Hawaii Kai with her husband and their two sons. She is an active community volunteer, serving on the board of directors of Seagull Schools since 2002 and as an alumni correspondent for the Punahou Bulletin magazine since 2004, as well as being a current member of the City & County of Honolulu's Public Awareness Working Group. Her previous volunteer activities include serving as the Hahaione Elementary School Fun Run volunteer chair in 2009 and 2010, the School Community Council for Liholiho Elementary School from 2006 to 2008, as communications chair for the 2008 Punahou School Alumni Luau and as a member of her Punahou class alumni gift committee in 2009.