Kā‘eo Duarte was named vice president of Community Engagement and Resources in April 2015. He oversees the new operating group that emerged as a result of Kamehameha’s Strategic Plan 2020.
The Community Engagement and Resources Group involves engaging people and place. The group serves as the nexus of KS’ programs, services and lands with the systems and communities the organization seeks to interact with and elevate.
The creation of this team demonstrates Kamehameha’s commitment to a community-based approach to serving the Lāhui. The approach involves listening, collaborating, designing and implementing educational and well-being strategies that better address the specific needs of individual communities.
Duarte’s group oversees KS resources in nine regions statewide, including more than 360,000 acres of agricultural and conservation lands, community resource centers, and sustainability initiatives.
Prior to being named VP, Duarte served as KS’ senior director for its West Hawaiʻi Region. He oversaw endowment and educational programs in the region in an effort to unify and elevate people, programs, and land assets for more effectiveness and impact in the region.
Prior to that, he served as West Hawaiʻi director of Strategic Initiatives, and led regional transition efforts for KS in West Hawaiʻi, which spanned both educational and endowment aspects of strategy, management and operations.
From 2009 to 2013, Duarte was KS’ regional asset manager on Hawaiʻi island. He joined Kamehameha in 2004 as a water resources manager.
Duarte hails from the ahupua‘a of Holualoa, Kona, on Hawai‘i island. He holds a Bachelor of Science of Engineering in civil engineering from Princeton University, and a Master of Science as well as a doctorate in environmental engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.