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Kā‘eo Duarte named VP of Community Engagement and Resources

April 17, 2015

Contributed by Communication Group Staff

Vice President of Community Engagement and Resources Kā‘eo Duarte will oversee a new operating group emerging specifically as a result of Kamehameha’s strategic plan – SP2020. The Community Engagement and Resources Group demonstrates Kamehameha’s commitment to a community-based approach, which will be characterized by listening, collaborating, designing and implementing educational strategies that address specific needs of each community.

His group will oversee KS resources in nine regions statewide, including some 360,000 acres of agricultural and conservation lands, community resource centers and KS sustainability initiatives.

Duarte currently serves as KS’ Senior Director for West Hawai`i Region, directing KS’ combined Endowment and Education efforts in the region and seeking to unify and elevate people, programs and land assets for more effectiveness and impact in the region.

Prior to that, he served as Director of Strategic Initiatives, West Hawai`i, and led regional transition efforts for KS in West Hawai`i which spanned both education and endowment aspects of strategy, management and operations.

From 2009 to 2013, Duarte was KS’ Regional Asset Manager on Hawai’i 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 B.S.E. in civil engineering from Princeton University and a Ph.D. in environmental engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


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