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Kaialiʻi Kahele is the former President and Executive Director of Paʻa Pono Miloliʻi, a non-profit organization in South Kona on the Island of Hawaiʻi. Kai assumed the position of Executive Director in 2011 after his father the late Gilbert Kahele resigned to take an appointment in the Hawaiʻi State Senate.

Over the course of the last five years, Kai has led the organization through many successful projects and has positively affected hundreds of lives of native hawaiian children. He has successfully written grants, lobbied for funding from the legislature, revived the Miloliʻi Canoe Club, led the restoration effort of the Malolo racing canoe and most recently organized a community grass roots effort to raise funding for the dengue outbreak that closed the Miloliʻi village to the public on December 23rd 2015 raising over $120K.

In addition, Kai has been tirelessly working on the building of the Miloliʻi Community Enrichment and Historical Center and with help from the State of Hawaiʻi and the US Housing and Urban Development, the project will be completed in late Fall of 2017.  

Kaialiʻi Kahele Paʻa Pono Miloliʻi Accomplishments

Miloliʻi Lawaiʻa ʻOhana Camps, Miloliʻi ʻŌpelu Project, Miloliʻi Canoe Club, The MALOLO Project, Restoration of two fiberglass outrigger canoes, Restoration of two traditional ʻōpelu canoes, Creation and Launch of the Paʻa Pono Miloliʻi Website and Online Store, Redesign of the Clubs Logo and Mission Statement, Miloliʻi THINK grant recipient, Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority Culture Grant Recipient, Office of Hawaiian Affairs Grant Recipient, NOAA B-WET Grant Recipient, Miloliʻi Ocean Festival, Kuʻi in Miloliʻi 2015, Miloliʻi Fight Da Bite, Miloliʻi Community Center Design and Construction (Fed/State EIS, SMA, CDUP, GIA, Building Permit Approval, DLNR land lease approval)

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Kai Kahele