Colby R. Takeda '11

Young Alumni Leadership Award

In 2015, Colby Takeda became one of the nation’s youngest administrators when he opened The Plaza at Waikiki, an assisted living community in Honolulu, Hawaii. He has since become a champion for intergenerational relationships. Takeda co-authored “It’s Just Aging,” which received the Book Award for Best Children’s Literature on Aging, and is an Argentum Senior Living Leader Under 40 and a Pacific Business News 40 Under 40 awardee.

Following his exercise science studies at Willamette, Takeda received an M.B.A. from the University of Hawaii, and is currently a Master of Public Health candidate at the University of California, Berkeley. Takeda is chairman for the nonprofit Kaho‘omiki and also serves on the board of directors for the Hawaii Public Health Association and the Better Business Bureau of the Northwest and Pacific.

Proud of his Willamette education, Takeda continues to volunteer as an alumni and admissions representative.