“Real leadership is leaders recognizing that they serve the people they lead.”
— Paul Hoekstra
I am the 4th of eleven children born to Rev. Clarence and Lei Kamai whose genealogy is rooted in its faith, culture, language and traditions. I am married to David Kama and are parents to 11 children, soon to be 31 grandchildren and 2 great granddaughters. I have been actively involved in the Maui community for almost 40 years beginning with my role as the Assistant Pastor and then Senior Pastor (now retired) of the Christian Ministry Church; taking the lead in reviving the Iao School PTSA; founding of the Waiohuli-Keokea Homestead Associations, advocating for Hawaiian Home Lands beneficiaries; as a member of the National American Diabetes Association’s Awakening the Spirit Team, and later on the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Island Working Group that focused on reducing the health disparities of indigenous and minority populations through education. I also worked as a social justice organizer with FACE Maui, served as a parent member on the Hawaii State Council on Developmental Disabilities, graduated from the University of Hawaii Maui College and in 2018 elected to the Maui County Council, Kahului Residency seat. Currently I am the Chair of the Affordable Housing and Co-chair the Environment, Agriculture and Cultural Preservation committees.