Kaluhiwa Named Senior Director of KS Statewide Operations

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Kekoa Kaluhiwa is the new Senior Director of Statewide Operations for Kamehameha Schools. Photo courtesy of Kamehameha Schools.

Kekoa Kaluhiwa has been named senior director for Kamehameha Schools’ (KS) Statewide Operations Division of its Community Engage and Resources (CE&R) Group.

In his new role, Kaluhiwa will develop and lead CE&R statewide departments including Leasing and Transactions, ʻĀina Engagement and Natural and Cultural Resources. He will also work with the regional teams, Strategy and Innovation, Administration, Finance, Legal and Education group leaders, and ensure quality and effective service to the communities served by KS.

Prior to joining KS, Kaluhiwa served as first deputy for the State Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) where he managed, administered and exercised control over public lands, water resources, ocean waters, navigable streams and non-commercial coastal areas.


“Kekoa brings an unmatched breadth and depth of experience to the Kamehameha Schools ʻohana,” said KS Vice President of CE&R Kāʻeo Duarte. “His experience with DLNR, strategic planning and proven ability to bring people to the table and execute will help move KS’ vision and mission forward.”

Kaluhiwa has also served as principal of Kuano‘o Communications and director of External Affairs for First Wind Energy. A KS Kapālama graduate, Kaluhiwa previously worked as an executive assistant to U.S. Senator Daniel K. Akaka. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Washington, and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.

“As someone who benefitted from the legacy of Ke Ali‘i Pauahi, I am deeply humbled to have this opportunity to support her vision for a thriving lāhui,” Kaluhiwa said. “Our natural and cultural resources are the foundation of our identity. They teach us of our past, sustain us in the present, and offer hope for our future. There is no greater kuleana than to ensure that we steward them wisely, for the enjoyment of future generations. I look forward to joining the many talented and dedicated members within the Kamehameha ‘ohana.”


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