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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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Chris Cackley

Mr. Cackley is a 33 year resident of the Big Island, currently residing in Hāwī. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh. Mr. Cackley worked for the County of Hawaii Department of Parks and Recreation for 27 years. He has been immersed in community dynamics for many years and has served time on several community boards in Kohala including the Kohala International Center Board, Kohala Natural Healing Arts Board, and the Kohala Community Athletic Association Board.

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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
South Kohala CDP Action Committee Meeting Jan 28, 2019 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM — Waikoloa Village Association Community Room - 68-1792 Melia Street, Waikoloa Village, HI 96738
North Kohala CDP AC Meeting 01.28.2019 Jan 28, 2019 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM — Hisaoka Gym Conference Rm., 54-382 Kamehameha Park Road, Kapa‘au, HI 96755
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