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Passing: Billy Kenoi, Former Mayor of the Island of Hawaii

January 27, 2021

William “Billy” Punapaiaala Kenoi, the former mayor of Hawaii County, died Tuesday at home after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 52 years old. He is known for his extraordinary speeches.

Kenoi was elected to his first of two terms as mayor of Hawaii County in 2008. He was only 39 years old, the youngest person to serve as mayor.

Kenoi is survived by wife Takako, daughter Mahina and sons Justin and Liam. Services are pending.


Billy Kenoi is known for his extraordinary speeches. He inspired graduates at Hawai’i Pacific University’s commencement on May 15, 2014.

Love, aloha — it doesn’t cost any money and it doesn’t take any effort. And the most amazing part? The more you give, the more you get and the more you give, the more you have … and you can never ever run out.

View his speech

A great article about Billy Kenoi: Lee Cataluna: Billy Kenoi Is Back With A Powerful Message

More Billy Kenoi speeches:

Chamber of Commerce Hawaii, 170th Annual Membership luncheon

2014 Hawai’i Tourism Conference – Message of Authentic Aloha

2006 ‘Aha Kane Native Hawaiian Men’s Health Conference

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