Meet The Ohana
Chief Executive Officer
A pioneer in introducing the concept of Global Education in Japan. In the global education field, Mr. Kita leads two companies: LbE Japan, a company that caters educational services to over 20,000 people annually. Aside from Japan, he operates businesses in Indonesia, Singapore, Taiwan, and Ghana.
Mr. Kita's longtime relationship with Hawaii prompted his passion for expanding business to the islands. In collaboration with the Hawaii team, Mr. Kita acts as a Managing Director for LbE Hawaii. His efforts will help lead the team from a startup business to a prosperous global education icon.
In 2019, Mr. Kita has created a brand new program, which would become one of LbE Hawaii's most critical and effective program, Kuleana: Sustainable Hawaii Education Program. It is with this program that Mr. Kita hopes to help make Hawaii and Japan leading communities in sustainable development.
Chief Operations Officer
Alumnus of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Ching holds a Bachelor's degree in Second Language Studies, with a primary focus in teaching English as a second language to Japanese students. Ching is no stranger to the LbE family. He has been involved with the annual Kinjo-Hawaii Program (English immersion summer program in Hawaii) since 2008, participating as a leader, coordinator, and eventually Assistant Director. In 2014, Ching officially joined the global education company, LbE Japan in Fukuoka as an intern. He masterminded the humble beginnings of Project Paradise. Upon returning to Hawaii, he devoted his time to make Project Paradise a reality. Today Ching has taken on the role of Chief Operations Officer, where he focuses on managing numerous LbE Hawaii programs, as well as creating innovative educational opportunities for participants in Hawaii, Japan, and eventually the world.
Yuko comes to LbE Hawaii with an array of experience and educational background. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Waseda University in Japan. She has also interned at a resort in Bali as a Japanese Concierge. Yuko has 10 years of experience in teaching in her hometown of Okayama. Maruo received her Masters Degree in Global Education for Sustainable Development from the Hawaii Pacific University in 2020. She volunteered for LbE Hawaii in the latter part of 2017 as a Bilingual Supporter, supporting various programs throughout the year. Maruo will assist the company with Japanese support, curriculum development, marketing and promotion, become a liaison to LbE Hawaii’s agent partners and schools, and train new Leader Staff.