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Department of Parks & Recreation - Staff

Director: Charmaine L. Kamaka

Charmaine Kamaka grew up on the Hamakua Coast of Hawai`i Island attending Honokaa, Hakalau and Kalanianaole Schools, and matriculated to Hilo where she attended Saint Joseph School, and graduated from Hilo High School. Charmaine earned her BA in Psychology, minoring in Occupational Safety & Health from the University of Hawai’i at Hilo. Prior to the appointment as the Director of Parks & Recreation, Charmaine retired from Hawai’i County Department of Human Resources as the Human Resource Manager of the Health & Safety Division.

Deputy Director: Ryan K. Chong

Born and raised in Hilo, Ryan Chong was a boarding student and graduated from the Kamehameha Schools. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo. Ryan started his career in the County at the Department of Human Resources, Health & Safety/Workers’ Compensation Division as a Safety Specialist. Immediately prior to the appointment as the Deputy Director of Parks & Recreation, he was the Program Specialist in charge of the Health & Safety Division.

Private Secretary: Brittany Kaleohano

Brittany Kaleohano was born and raised in Kaumana. She attended and graduated from Kamehameha Schools Hawaii Campus and received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Hawaii at Hilo. Prior to being appointed to Private Secretary, Brittany was a clerk with the Department which allowed her to learn the basic operations of such a large and complex department.