County of Hawai'i
Mayor Billy Kenoi was born in the village of Kalapana, on beautiful Hawaii Island.
Mayor Kenoi attended Hawaii Community College and UH Hilo before receiving his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he was a proud member of the UMASS Political Science Honor Society.
Mayor Kenoi went on to get his Law Degree from UH Manoa’s William S. Richardson School of Law and was selected to deliver the commencement speech for his graduating class.
Mayor Kenoi served as a Deputy Public Defender in the District, Family and Felony Trial Divisions. He went on to serve as an Executive Assistant to Mayor Harry Kim from 2001 to 2007.
In 2007, he was recognized by Hawai'i Business Magazine as one of “25 people who will shape Hawai'i over the next 25 years.” A year later he was elected mayor of the County of Hawai‘i in his first run for public office at the age of 39, making him one of the youngest mayors in the history of Hawaii County.
Mayor Kenoi is married to Takako Kenoi, his college sweetheart, and they are blessed with three children – Liam (13), Justin (11) and Mahina (9). The Kenoi Family calls the Volcano area home.