Alameda officially launches campaign to oust Roth
January 14, 2024
By Kelsey Walling, Hawai‘i Tribune-Herald & West Hawai‘i Today
Over 100 community members crowded the sidewalk in front of the King Kamehameha statue in Hilo on Saturday to support Kimo Alameda and his candidacy for Hawaii County mayor.
Supporters of Alameda, known by many as Dr. Kimo, traveled from around the county to sign-wave to passersby and learn more about his plans and goals if he is elected mayor.
Alameda’s rally came after dozens of community meetings, conversations and listening sessions following his initial campaign announcement back in July.
“In listening and speaking with communities from Pahoa to Puako and from Kona to Kohala, one thing is absolutely clear: Our island is at a crossroads,” Alameda said earlier Saturday in a statement. “Without thoughtful and decisive leaders who understand the people of our county and the problems we face, we will continue to lose thousands of families every year because of the high cost-of-living, lack of quality job opportunities and ongoing crisis of unattainable housing.”
Born and raised in Hilo, Alameda graduated from St. Joseph’s High School before earning his Ph.D in counseling psychology from the University of Nebraska.
‘Dr. Kimo’ Alameda officially announces 2024 bid for Hawai‘i County mayor
January 14, 2024
By Nathan Christophel, Big Island Now
During a group photo with supporters Saturday evening on green space fronting Kamehameha Avenue in Hilo, Kimo Alameda’s 14-month-old grandson Milo Nakoa threw his arms up in celebration and excitement as the more than 120 people behind him cheered and held up campaign signs.
“That’s the future right there,” said “Dr. Kimo.”
The sign-waving event they all had just come from was a prelude to a night that included live music, food, fun, keiki games, ‘ohana at the main pavilion at Wailoa River State Recreation Area in Hilo, where Alameda made his official announcement that he is running in 2024 to become the next mayor of Hawai‘i County.
Before it was all said and done, a conservative estimate of about 200 supporters turned out, with some saying it was as many as 400 at one point who filled the pavilion to standing room only.
Dr. Kimo Alameda Announces Mayoral Campaign
January 15, 2024
Dr. Kimo Alameda officially launched his campaign for Hawaiʻi County Mayor at a community rally in Hilo over the weekend.
“This place, and all of its wonderful and diverse people, helped shape me into the person I am today” Alameda said to over 300 supporters in the rally audience, “And like so many of you, I want to make sure that this island can continue to shape the lives of our children and grandchildren, so that they can sustain and perpetuate our local culture and identity. Our campaign is an expression of gratitude and aloha for our island, our culture, and our people.”
He said it will be a fun day that will allow him to be up close with Ka'ū people to see deeper into their dreams and listen to their issues. Alameda is known in Ka'ū for his leadership of the Bay Clinic, which merged with Hawai'i Community Health Center last year, and for his time with the County Office of Aging, where he ran many of the services for seniors. More recently, he led anti-fentanyl campaigns, including distributing the antidote Narcan. Alameda said his visits around the island for the anti-addiction cause solidified his decision to run for mayor on the Democratic ticket. Alameda also served as late Mayor Billy Kenoi's Campaign Manager but said he didn't think he would ever run till he "saw the need."
‘Dr. Kimo’ Alameda informally announces 2024 run for Hawaiʻi County mayor on 54th birthday
Wednesday was special for Kimo Alameda.
Not only was it his 54th birthday, but the day also marked a significant transition in his life. He announced he would be stepping away from his positions as vice president of new business operations at Hawai‘i Island Community Health Center and lead of the Hawai‘i Island Fentanyl Task Force to enter the 2024 race for Hawai‘i County mayor.
Big Island Now, July, 13, 2023
A group of 50 keiki and parents gathered inside the Hui Wa‘a O Waiākea paddling hale at Hilo Bayfront on Monday to learn about the dangers of addiction and fentanyl on Hawaii Island.
Hawaiʻi Tribune Herald, June 21, 2023
Dr. Kimo Alameda went around the room at Kua O Ka Lā New Century Public Charter School in Hilo asking the fifth- and sixth-graders their names, and in one or two words what aloha means to them.
Big Island Now, June 17, 2023
Dr. Kimo Alameda shares his heartfelt perspective on a range of emotions involving religion, empathy, and love. Many of the insights shared one decade ago still reign true today.
August 24, 2013.