Niel Thomas joined the Kamuela Philharmonic Board in December 2017 after serving as an Advisory Board member. As Vice President, he oversees staff and administrative operations of the organization.
Mr. Thomas moved to Hawaii in 2016 after 40 years in Alaska, where he headed the State’s Human Rights Commission, 1975-1982, in the office of the state’s late governor Jay Hammond. A 30-year real estate career began thereafter, with Anchorage’s Coldwell Banker office. He was active in a variety of Anchorage civic organizations, including the Board of Anchorage Opera. He sings with four choral groups on Hawaii Island and describes himself as an “enthusiastic arts consumer”. Living in Waimea, he is married to Hermine Baker. The couple enjoys hosting occasional visiting artists to the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival and other performance events.