Congressman Kaialiʻi Kahele is an American politician, educator, military and commercial pilot serving as the U.S. Representative for Hawai‘i’s 2nd congressional district since 2021. From 2016 to 2020, he served in the Hawai‘i Senate from the 1st district.
In the Hawai‘i Senate he work to make higher education more affordable introducing both SB1161 to freeze tuition until 2027 and SB2329 to reduce tuition at the UH campuses.
Kahele backed passage and enactment of a measure establishing the Hilo Community Economic Division to pave the way for County and State investment in Hilo and East Hawai‘i’s economic future.
Kahele is a proud graduate of Hilo High School and attended Hawaiʻi Community College and the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo before earning a Bachelor of Arts in education from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in 1998.
A commissioned officer in the Hawaii Air National Guard, Kahele continues to serve as a Lieutenant Colonel with the 201st Air Mobility Operations Squadron at Hickam Air Force Base. Kahele is a decorated combat veteran with multiple deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan since 2005.
He is the second Native Hawaiian to serve as a voting member of Congress. He and his wife live with their daughters in Hilo, Kahele’s lifetime home.