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Email Address: email@example.com
Phone: (808) 586-6760
Fax: (808) 586-6689
415 S Beretania St
Honolulu, HI 96813
+ − Biography
Senator Kaiali‘i "Kai" Kahele represents the 1st Senatorial District, which encompasses the greater Hilo area on the Island of Hawai‘i.
Senator Kahele is the son of the late Senator Gilbert Kahele. He is a Native Hawaiian whose family comes from the small fishing village of Miloli‘i in South Kona. A product of Hawai‘i's public school system, he graduated from Hilo High School, attended Hawai‘i Community College, the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, and earned his degree in education from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa in 1998.
Senator Kahele is a Major in the Hawai‘i Air National Guard and a combat veteran instructor-pilot in the C-17 cargo aircraft. He is also a commercial airline pilot with Hawaiian Airlines and a devoted husband and proud father of three beautiful daughters.
Senator Kahele shares the same passions and dreams that his father had for Hilo and the State of Hawai‘i. He is a strong proponent of job creation through strengthening workforce opportunities and small business in Hilo. A staunch advocate for education, he continues to be a champion for the growth and development of higher learning institutions on Hawai‘i Island and firmly believes they are one of the main economic drivers of his community.
Senator Kahele represents the next generation of willing and qualified young leaders ready to serve the community to build a better Hawai‘i for all. He is grounded by his kūpuna and the legacy that many, like his father, created for the State of Hawai‘i.
On Feb. 16, 2016, Governor David Ige appointed Kaiali‘i Kahele as Senator for the 1st Senatorial District. He was sworn into office on February 17, 2016 on the Senate floor during the 28th Legislative Session.
Senator Kahele serves on the Senate committees: Education, Higher Education and the Arts, Judiciary and Labor, and Tourism and International Affairs.