“Real leadership is leaders recognizing that they serve the people they lead.”
— Paul Hoekstra
I am the 4th of 11 children born to Rev. Clarence and Lei Kamai, whose genealogy is rooted in its faith, culture, language and traditions.
My late husband, David Kama, and I and are parents to 11 children, soon to be 33 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.
I have been actively involved in the Maui community for almost 40 years beginning with my role as the Assistant Pastor then Senior Pastor (now retired) of the Christian Ministry Church; taking the lead in reviving the Iao School PTSA; founding of the Waiohuli-Keokea Homestead Associations, advocating for Hawaiian Home Lands beneficiaries; as a member of the National American Diabetes Association’s Awakening the Spirit Team, and later on the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Island Working Group that focused on reducing the health disparities of indigenous and minority populations through education.
I also worked as a social justice organizer with FACE Maui, served as a parent member on the Hawaii State Council on Developmental Disabilities, graduated from the University of Hawaii Maui College and in 2018 was elected to the Maui County Council, Kahului Residency seat.
I currently serve as Chair of the Council's Housing and Land Use (HLU) Committee, and as Vice-Chair of Council's Budget, Finance, and Economic Development (BFED) Committee.