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MEC President

Ka'imi Lee

MEC Voting Member

AFA Board of Directors Member

Ex-Officio of Negotiating Committee

AFA-CWA Executive Board Member

MEC Negotiations Chair

I currently live in Las Vegas, Nevada. I have been with my husband for almost 12 years, we have 2 amazing children, my son (11) and daughter (7) and our lovable rottweiler (2). My family and I are huge NFL Raider fans and are ecstatic that they moved to Las Vegas.
I have been with Hawaiian Airlines for 12 years, 2 years as a Contract Service Agent, and 10 years as a Flight Attendant.


I started union work as a Reserve Liaison and shortly after joined the Grievance Committee. Worked as a member of the Grievance Committee for a few years and then became a LEC 43 Co-Chair for the Grievance Committee.


As your new MEC President, I look forward to working with the other MEC Officers and LEC leadership to uphold our CBA and strive to improve the work conditions of Flight Attendants here at Hawaiian Airlines.

Work Cell: (808) 277-6511 

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MEC Vice President

Melissa Teshima

MEC Grievance Chair


Prior to becoming a Flight Attendant at Hawaiian Airlines in 2006, I was a part time dental assistant during the day and I worked for Blockbuster Video in the evenings and on the weekends, all while attending college.  I thought I would become a movie critic like Siskel and Ebert, but life had other plans.  


I moved to LAX base in 2009 and was on Reserve for several years.

I filed numerous scheduling clarifications and complained a lot to the Local Leadership at the time about all the injustices I felt was happening too often with the Reserves.  I was then convinced to volunteer as our local Reserve Liaison on the local grievance committee to channel my enthusiasm to fight for our rights.  My role on the LAX Grievance Committee shifted as I gained seniority and a bid. 


I was elected Local Executive Council President in 2014 and proudly served two (2) terms.  In addition to being LECP, I simultaneously held the role of Local Grievance Committee Chair.  With my last term ending in 2020, I still remain active on our LEC 47 Grievance Committee to present. 


Union work, especially Grievance, captured a part of me that I never knew existed before.  I strive to ensure our contract is being upheld, all members are fairly represented and any violations would be resolved to the best of our abilities.


Although I’m based in LAX, I currently reside in Kaneohe, Oahu, with my husband, (two) 2 dogs and two (2) cats.  If we could, we would probably have a farm with a lot more animals. 



Secretary / Treasurer

Lea Sekimoto


I have been with Hawaiian Airlines for 17 years.  I started off my career as a reservations agent.  I was employed when Hawaiian made the transition to outsource the reservations department. It was then that I quickly learned the the importance of union contract protections and being an active member.


I became a flight attendant in August of 2006 and have been commuting from Las Vegas for the past 10 years. I continually fly back and forth from the 9th Island to spend time with my dad who continues to reside in Honolulu.  In January of 2021, I married my husband at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. We enjoy hiking and adventuring the backcountry together during our time off. We currently do not have any kids, but we are looking forward to adopting a fur baby in the future.


This is my first year taking on an active role in the union. I look forward to serving and growing with the membership.

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