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KIA President’s Message

Aloha Kakou,

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Kaka’ako Improvement Association (KIA), I am pleased to welcome all of you to KIA!

To our longtime members, thank you for continuing to support our organization and more importantly, for your commitment to Kaka’ako and our community. To our new members and guests, thank you for joining and showing interest in our organization. We look forward to meeting and getting to know you at one of our networking events or General Membership Meetings. Whether you work or live in Kaka’ako, KIA is here to keep you informed of neighboring businesses and pertinent issues and to advocate on behalf of our community.

2020 was certainly a challenging year for all of us, but we persevered and are now very encouraged by the steady reopening of our economy to both residents and visitors alike. Your KIA Board continues to meet monthly via Zoom, and we’re hopeful that we can once again meet in person in the near future!

KIA had a very successful General Membership Meeting on January 20th via Zoom. We were honored to have newly elected Mayor Rick Blangiardi, Doug Johnstone from The Howard Huges Corporation and both Walter Thoemmes and Serge Krivatsy from Kamehameha Schools provide our members with an overview of their initiatives and plans for Kaka’ako.

We encourage you to join us for our second General Membership Meeting of the year, which is scheduled for August 25th at 11:30 am via Zoom. Please read our June and July newsletters for information on speakers that we have lined up for this event. As always, we hope to provide our members with valuable information relevant to our Kaka’ako community.

Let’s celebrate a safe return to normalcy, and all of us on the KIA Board hope to see you around at one of our events or just living life in Kaka’ako!


Kelton Kato

President, Kaka’ako Improvement Association