Kirstin Kahaloa’s career has been defined by service to people – in higher education, in advocacy for economic growth, and now in helping people live healthier lives. Having grown up in a family where many kupuna passed away prematurely, and losing her own father at the age of 57 to health issues that could have been prevented, Kirstin took a special interest in this subject. With the Blue Zones Project in our community, she hopes to keep families together longer by keeping people healthier.

Born and raised on Oahu, Kirstin is a proud graduate of the Kamehameha Schools. After over a decade on the Continental U.S. attending and working at institutions of higher education, she returned to her family’s ancestral home – Hawaii Island – to take the helm of the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce. As executive director, Kirstin guided the chamber in its mission of providing leadership and advocacy for a successful business environment in West Hawaii.

Kirstin earned a bachelor’s degree in International Studies and Political Science and a Master’s degree in Public Service Administration from the University of Evansville, and a Master’s degree in Management & Leadership from Webster University. Kirstin lives in Kona and is looking forward to engaging the community in healthy lifestyle activities, while getting back into the ocean herself as a paddler and swimmer.