Kamehameha Schools has named Aaron “Kilohana” Hirano regional director for East Hawai‘i Island. The new position is part of the Community Engagement and Resources Group, a recent addition to the KS organizational structure. CE&R works to connect Kamehameha’s educational services and its ʻāina (land) stewardship within the communities it supports and elevates.
Born and raised in Hilo, Hirano is a 1994 graduate of Kamehameha Schools and holds a bachelor of arts in Hawaiian studies from Ka Haka ‘Ula O Ke‘elikōlani College of Hawaiian Language at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo.
With close to 20 years of educator experience, Hirano has devoted his life to educating east Hawaiʻi ʻōpio (youth). For 12 years, Hirano has worked at KS as a Hawaiian language and culture kumu (teacher) at the Hawaiʻi campus middle school and most recently as a public education support program manager.
Prior to joining KS, Hirano served as a Hawaiian language immersion kumu at Ka ʻUmeke Kāʻeo Public Charter School and kumu at Keaukaha Elementary School.