Kimo Carvalho is an innovator and leader in Hawaii’s homeless, mental health & human services community.
Kimo joined Liliʻuokalani Trust in 2019 as the Executive Director of Lydia’s House, a Youth Services Center envisioned as a place of healing and hope for Native Hawaiian youth ages 14 thru 26 who are in crisis, over-represented in Hawaii State systems, and who are in need of stabilization and support systems to become thriving adults.
Lydia’s House is part of the Trust’s expanded strategic direction to serve the most vulnerable and disadvantaged Native Hawaiian youth over-represented in Hawaii State systems, including homelessness, juvenile justice and foster care.
Prior to joining the Trust, Kimo served 6 years at The Institute of Human Services (IHS) as their Director of Community Relations & Development where he was instrumental in rebuilding IHS’ brand, developed community responses to homelessness, increased private revenue streams, and advocated for new laws and policies that strengthened Hawaii’s homeless crisis response system.
Kimo began his career as a paramedic working for the City of New Orleans and as a disaster medical provider during Hurricane Katrina. After leaving Tulane Medical School, he returned home to assist in some of Hawaii’s landmark initiatives, including inscription of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument as a World Heritage Site and the development of the State’s Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative. Most recently, Kimo led changes to Hawaii’s Assisted Community Treatment law to help mentally ill homeless access treatment without impeding on their civil rights.
Kimo received a B.S. from Tulane University and an MBA from Hawaii Pacific University. He is an East-West Journalism Fellow and one of PBN’s 40 under 40 Class of 2015.
Kimo was raised on the Big Island of Hawaiʻi and is a former beneficiary of the Liliʻuokalani Children’s Center in Kailua-Kona while raised in Hawaiʻi’s foster care system. His hobbies are growing orchids and plants with his husband, Chris, and camping each summer throughout the Pacific Northwest.