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Action Committee Members

Background information and contact information for North Kohala CDP Action Committee Members.

North Kohala Action Committee Members



Steve Hoffmann (Chair)

Mr. Hoffmann is a retired electric utility executive and currently farms macadamia nuts in Kohala. He is active with the North Kohala Lions Club and is on the Board of Directors for the Kohala Science Foundation.


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Keone Emeliano

(Vice Chair)

Mr. Emeliano was born and raised in Kohala, currently residing in Hāwī, and is a graduate of Kohala High School. Mr. Emeliano currently works for Surety Kohala Corporation where he has worked for the past 16 years. He is active with the Kohala Community Athletic Association where he coaches all sports for the children of Kohala.

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Lehua Ah Sam

Ms. Ah Sam is a lifelong resident of Hawaiʻi. She studied the North Kohala CDP for her master's project at UH Manoa. Ms. Ah Sam is a volunteer with Na Kālai Waʻa, and Lālākea Foundation. She is presently the Program Manager of Kohala Village Hub.


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Jeff Coakley

Mr. Coakley has lived in Kohala for 47 years, currently residing in Kapaʻau. Mr. Coakley Graduated from the Kamehameha School for Boys. He is a real estate broker, and is also currently working as a Sr. pool lifeguard. He is active in the community and has served as past President of the North Kohala Hawai‘i Civic Club, past President of the North Kohala Jaycees, and past President and Vice President of the Kohala Community Association. As a part of his work with the North Kohala community, Mr. Coakley created the first agricultural park for Kohala farmers, helped to secure community access to Kapanaiʻa Bay and Hapuʻu Bay as well as easements to Queen’s Bath and various hunting areas. He has also worked extensively with the youth of Kohala as a cultural conservation instructor as well as a swim and soccer coach. His goal as an Action Committee member is to find the delicate balance between economic progress for the community while keeping Kohala, Kohala.

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Richard Elliot

Mr.Elliott is a 9-year resident of Hawaiʻi. He is a self-employed business owner. Mr.Elliott is a member of the Lions Club and the Merchants Association.

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Jack Hoyt

Mr.Hoyt has lived in Hawaiʻi for over 20 years. He is a self-employed licensed architect.

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Jack Olson

Mr. Olson is a 4+ year resident of Kohala, currently residing in Kapa’au. Mr. Olson retired from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources where he worked as a natural resource planner for over 30 years. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Ecology from the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay and a Master’s of Science degree in Forestry from the University of Minnesota in St. Paul.

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Ben Ney

Mr. Ney is a lifelong resident of Hawaiʻi. He is a plumber/contractor at Pacific Mechanical and Pacific Plumbing Services. He is also a member of the Kohala Lions Club.

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Upcoming Events
CANCELED - Kona CDP Action Committee Meeting Nov 13, 2018 02:00 PM - 04:30 PM
Puna CDP Action Committee Meeting 11.14.2018 Nov 14, 2018 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM — Pāhoa Neighborhood Facility (15-3022 Kauhale St, Pāhoa, HI 96778)
North Kohala CDP Action Committee Meeting 11-19-2018 Nov 19, 2018 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM — Hisaoka Gym Conference Room (54-382 Kamehameha Park Road, Kapa'au, HI)
CANCELED - South Kohala CDP Action Committee Meeting Nov 26, 2018 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
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