National Conference on Public Employee Retirement Systems

The Voice for Public Pensions

Emmit A. Kane

Emmit Kane serves on the NCPERS executive board and is a member of the education, legislative, and marketing and membership committees. He was first elected to the NCPERS executive board in 2015.
Kane is currently chair of the board of trustees for the Employees’ Retirement System of the State of Hawaii, the retirement plan for protective employees serving the citizens of Hawaii. The plan provides retirement, disability, and survivor benefits to 124,000 participants and beneficiaries, with multibillion-dollar assets under management. Kane also serves on the investment compensation, and audit committees. He began his service on the plan’s board of trustees in 2010.
Kane served as a firefighter in the Honolulu Fire Department for 27 years and retired as deputy fire chief. He served as secretary-treasurer of the Hawaii Fire Fighters Association, where he was one of the principals charged with negotiating statewide contracts for nearly 1,800 active firefighters. Kane is currently manager of corporate safety at Hawaiian Electric Company, where he overseas and directs daily operations of the safety team, identifying trends, develops, and executes all employee and public safety programs and training activities.


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