An innovator and leader in the human services community, Kimo Carvalho joined Liliʻuokalani Trust as its Youth Services Center (YSC) Executive Director in November 2019.
In the newly created position, Kimo is tasked with spearheading the development and launching of the YSC, envisioned as a place of healing and hope for young people in need of support to thrive as adults. Complementing Liliʻuokalani Trust’s ongoing direct services, the YSC is a part of the organizations expanded strategic direction to serve the most disadvantaged youth by stimulating systems change and addressing the larger forces that facilitate intergenerational poverty among Native Hawaiians.
Kimo brings the skill, passion, heart, and lived experiences to move this dream to reality; to build with our community partners a place where young people experiencing homelessness, or systems involvement with juvenile justice or foster care can find refuge.
Prior to joining Liliʻuokalani Trust, Kimo served for six years at IHS, The Institute of Human Services, as their Director of Community Relations & Development, where he oversaw external affairs, including government relations, marketing and communications, partnerships and program development, and community and volunteer engagement. At IHS he learned that Oahu’s homeless crisis requires collaborative policy solutions, innovative direct services, sector-wide coordination, government solutions, corporate involvement, and individual action and compassion.
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 in 2007, he returned home to begin a career in communications. He has assisted in some of Hawaiʻi’s landmark initiatives, including the inscription of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument as a World Heritage Site and the development of the Stateʻs Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative. Most recently, he was instrumental in changing Hawaiʻi’s Assisted Community Treatment law to help mentally ill homeless access treatment, while balancing intervention with protecting a person’s civil rights.
A graduate of Damien Memorial High School, 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 through Child Welfare Services. His hobbies are growing orchids and plants with his fiancé, Chris, and camping each summer throughout the Pacific Northwest.