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The Kona Echo

Jul 26, 2022

Dr. Holeka Goro Inaba currently represents District 8 (North Kona) on the Hawaiʻi County Council. Holeka was born and raised in Kona, HI. His father, Don Inaba, comes from Hōlualoa where his ‘ohana established and ran the historic Kona Hotel for nearly a century. Kawehi Inaba, Holeka’s mother, is a long time Kona resident and founder of Mokulele Airlines, Kona’s hometown airline. 

Holeka attended Ke Kula ʻo ʻEhunuikaimalino in Kona before graduating from Kamehameha Schools Kapālama High School.  He holds a B.A. in Integrated Educational Studies and Communication Studies from Chapman University. In addition, he holds a Master’s degree in Health and Strategic Communication and a Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership.

Prior to serving on the Hawaiʻi County Council, Holeka served as a donor relations assistant and business and professional communication instructor at Chapman University. Outside of his work on the Council, Holeka continues to work in the education field for Kamehameha Schools and the Department of Education. He also serves as Vice President of the Board of Directors for Uluhaʻo o Hualālai and President of the Board of Directors for the West Hawaiʻi Mediation Center. 

As a Native Hawaiian born and raised in Kona, Holeka is steadfast in his grassroots leadership style, advocating for honest and pono government operations.