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A Conversation with Rep. Kai Kahele

August 27, 2021

From the National Guard magazine website

Photograph from this National Guard Magazine article

Love of flying brought Lt. Col. Kaiali’i Kahele to the Hawaii Air National Guard. A desire to continue the work of his late father, Gil Kahele, brought him to public office. Now, Kahele is one of only six currently drilling Guardsmen who serve in Congress.

A former Hawaii state senator who also flies as a civilian pilot for Hawaiian Airlines, the freshman congressman believes he would not be a member of Congress were it not for his Guard service.

He brings a unique perspective to Capitol Hill, having participated in COVID-19 missions in his home state, flown combat missions overseas and taken part in numerous humanitarian relief missions.

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