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Bernard Carvalho, Jr.

Bernard Carvalho, Jr.


County of Kaua'i

Born on September 29, 1961, Mayor Bernard P. Carvalho, Jr. is the eldest child of Bernard Carvalho, Sr. and Priscilla Hanohano of Kaua'i. He became Mayor in December 2008, as a result of a special election following the death of the late Mayor Bryan J. Baptiste. He was elected to his first full term of office in November 2010 with an overwhelming 78% of the vote.

Mayor Carvalho had an outstanding football career at Kapa‘a High School, and was offered a full athletic scholarship at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. In 1983, he graduated with a bachelor’s of arts degree in communications and public relations from UH-Mānoa.

The Mayor then embarked on a professional football career with the Miami Dolphins. After two seasons of try-outs, he moved to California where he met his wife Regina “Gina” Godinez Carvalho. They returned to Kaua‘i in 1985 and started a family. They have three children – Bronson, Brennen and Brittney.

Upon his return, Mayor Carvalho immersed himself in many community efforts. Among the leadership roles he held were: president of the Kapa‘a High School Parent Teacher Association, boardmember of Hale Ho‘omalu Family Center; and member of the Kawaihau District Leadership (anti-drug) Coalition. He currently sits on the Hawai‘i State Fatherhood Commission.

The Mayor is the recipient of an Hawai'i Medical Services Association (HMSA) Ola Pono award for community service, and his family was named Eastside Family of the Year by the Interfaith Council of Kaua‘i.

Mayor Carvalho began his career with the county in 1985 as a recreation leader for the Department of Public Works and worked his way up over the next 17 years. During that time, he also held jobs as a customer service representative and emcee of a popular luau in Wailua.

In 2002, he was appointed director of the Offices of Community Assistance, and in 2007 he was named director of the newly established Department of Parks and Recreation.

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