CONGRESSMAN KAIALIʻI KAHELE SWORN IN AS MEMBER OF 117th CONGRESS
(Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Congressman Kaialiʻi Kahele (HI-02) was sworn in today as a Member of the 117th Congress to become Hawaiʻi’s newest elected official in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Congressman Kahele is Hawaiʻi’s first member of Congress from the Island of Hawaiʻi. The Congressman’s flagship district office will be located in his hometown of Hilo. This is the first time that a Congressional Flagship District Office will be based on a neighbor island.
“I am deeply honored and humbled to have the privilege to represent Hawaiʻi’s Second Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives,” said Kahele. “I am grateful to the people of Hawaiʻi for trusting me to be your voice in Washington. It has been a long road to get here, and many of you have been with us from the beginning. Thank you for standing by me and going the distance. For those of you whom I don’t know yet, I hope to gain your trust and confidence. As your representative, I will work across the aisle when possible, and I will fight for our kupuna and our keiki to ensure a better Hawaiʻi for all.
“My staff and I have been working diligently to implement new opportunities for constituents to engage with our office. Congressional field representatives will be positioned on the islands of Hawai‘i, Molokaʻi, Lanaʻi, Maui, Oʻahu and Kauaʻi.
“In Washington, I will practice the important values we hold dear, including integrity, honor, cooperation and aloha in all I do. I am ready to get to work to bring much needed federal resources to Hawaiʻi and will hit the ground running.
“I also want to thank Congressman Ed Case and his staff who have worked closely with me to prepare for my time in Washington. I look forward to working with him to help move Hawaiʻi forward in the years ahead.”
Congressman Ed Case shared his support of Kahele:
“I am deeply honored and pleased that Congressman Kai Kahele has now officially joined me in representing the home we love in the U.S. House of Representatives,” said Congressman Ed Case (HI-01). Congressman Kahele is as well prepared as any incoming member of Hawaii’s congressional delegation in our history to discharge the responsibilities we have undertaken, and I expect the very best of him for our country and Hawai’i.”
Kahele was nominated by the House Democratic Steering Committee last month to serve on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. This key committee oversees civil aviation, railroads, water transportation, transportation safety, transportation infrastructure, and transportation labor. Kahele is one of two Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPI) who will serve on the committee during the 117th Congress. Eight years have passed since the committee had representation from the AAPI community; the last time was in 2012 when then U.S. Rep.
Mazie Hirono served on the committee.
Kahele is the second Native Hawaiian since statehood to be elected to Congress; the first was the late U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Akaka.
Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District encompasses Hawaiʻi Island, Maui, Kahoʻolawe, Molokaʻi, Lānaʻi, Kauaʻi, Niʻihau and the rural parts of Oʻahu, including Waimanālo, Kailua, Kāneʻohe, the North Shore, and Leeward coast.