Scott Abrigo set his roots in the Maluʻōhai homestead in 2000. He observed the tremendous growth of the Kapolei homesteads with Kaupeʻa, Kānehili and Kaʻuluokahaʻi. Scott also witnessed his homestead build its capacity with the birth of the homestead associations and KCDC. During these formative years, Scott served as an advisor to KCDC on the planning and development of the Kapolei region in his capacity as professional planner. Scott worked tirelessly with KCDC in developing the master plan of the Kapolei Heritage Center.
In 2016, Scott was ready to take that next step as a community servant and apply all that he had learned as an advisor and joined the KCDC board. He later ascended to become KCDC’s third President. “It’s humbling and a tremendous kuleana to follow in the footsteps of the leaders that came before me.”, Scott said. “As President, I will bring to bear all the experience, mana’o and lessons I have learned to advance KCDC’s mission, steward the assets and resources entrusted to KCDC and serve the homesteaders of Kapolei.”
Shirley Swinney moved to the Kapolei homestead in 2001 and as she says, "It was a privilege I'm most grateful for". Since 2002, Aunty Shirley participates in building a resilient Hawaiian community in serving the greater Kapolei community.
Aunty Shirley served KCDC from 2008 to 2014 and returned to the board in October 2017. In February 2015, Aunty Shirley was nominated by the Governor and confirmed by the Hawai‘i State Senate to serve as a Kalaleloa Resident Representative on the board of the Hawai‘i Community Development Authority (HCDA), and currently serves as its board Secretary. Aunty Shirley is the founding President of KCDC, is the board President for the Mālama Learning Center and serves on the Board of Directors for Special Olympics Hawaii.
Secretary Yvonne ‘PeeWee’ Ryan and family have resided in Kapolei since 2010. She recently retired from Kamehameha Schools Endowment Division as Business Operations Manager and is very active in community groups. She has served on various boards and community organizations; is Class Coordinator for KS Class of ’61; served on the Kamehameha Schools Alumni Association for several years; and is currently the Immediate Past President of the Prince Kuhio Hawaiian Civic Club, of which she’s been a member for forty-four years.
With a desire to learn more about the Kanehili Community Association, DHHL, and be involved in the Kanehili Community, she volunteered to serve as a Director on the Kanehili Community Association Board at the 2016 KCA Annual Meeting.
In addition, she was recently asked to serve on the KCDC Board and accepted in an effort to participate and learn more about KCDC, the Heritage Center and it’s kuleana for our community.
As a Kanaka Maoli, Leonani has always been passionate about ʻike Hawaiʻi, community, and the lāhui. Inspired by her ʻohana and educators that believed in her, Leonani quickly developed a heart for service. This resolve stuck with her through high school at Kamehameha Schools into college, leading her to obtain her BA in Psychology with a Minor in Education from Loyola Marymount University and later obtaining her MA in Secondary Education through the University of Phoenix. This passion and desire grew even more when Leonani started a ʻohana of her own. Leonani provides support to our KCDC team and is fulfilled and humbled spending her extra time keeping the moku of ʻEwa an amazing place to live, one program at a time.
Jame is a Malu‘ohai resident with family roots in Nānākuli. He currently works for the state Department of Transportation - Harbors Division. He previously worked at the state House of Representatives and the Honolulu City Council.
Jame also served in the U.S. Army Reserve (100/442 INF), and the Hawaii Army National Guard (1/299 CAV) as an Infantryman and Cavalry Scout, and is an OIF 08/09 veteran. He previously served as a member of Makakilo/Kapolei/Honokai Hale Neighborhood Board No. 34, and is a member of ‘Ahahui Siwila Hawai‘i O Kapolei. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Political Science from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and is a proud graduate of the Kamehameha Schools ('01).
He served KCDC Treasurer from December 2014 - October 2017 during the critical construction phase of the Kapolei Heritage Center.