Mayor’s Executive Assistant
Class of 1986
By Elaina Tavares
William Punapaia’alaikahala “Billy” Kenoi is the Executive Assistant for Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim. In this position, he deals with the major issues that affect the island of Hawaii including crime, drugs, youth and family, the environment, community-based program, housing, transportation, and economic development. He has been working in the Mayor’s office since September, 2001.
A very funny and easy-to-talk-to guy, Billy graduated from Waiäkea High School in 1986. He then attended Hawaii Community College, University of Hawaii at Hilo, and graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a degree in political science. He received his Law Degree from the William S. Richardson School of Law at UH Manoa in 1996. He clerked with the Honorable Judge Richard K. Perkins and in 1997, began serving as a Deputy Public Defender in the District, Family and Felony trial divisions on Oahu.
Billy enjoys working for the County because he can help people with problems that affect them, their families, and their communities. He thinks it is very rewarding to be able to help someone in our community and have them say “Thank You”. He was the graduation speaker for both his law school graduating class in 1996, and at Waiakea High’s commencement in 2003.