MEET KELLY

Kelly King is a candidate for Mayor of the County of Maui, where she has been a leader in sustainability and an engaged resident since becoming a mother in 1985. She has lived on Maui for over 40 years and with her husband Bob has two children, both born and raised on Maui (graduates of Maui High School and UH Mānoa), and two grandchildren. A long-time advocate for resilient, thriving communities, her priorities include a diversified economy, local renewable energy, regenerative agriculture, food security, affordable housing, social equity, emergency preparedness, environmental protection, and managed shoreline retreat. King is currently serving in her third term on the Maui County Council, where she chairs the Councilʻs Climate Action, Resilience, and Environment Committee and is Vice President of the Hawaiʻi State Association of Counties.

In 2020, King was recruited to join the board of ICLEI-USA - Local Governments for Sustainability, and she was recently appointed to the Local Government Advisory Committee to the Environmental Protection Agency. In 2021, King was one of just two U.S. ICLEI board members invited to participate as an official ICLEI delegate to the United Nationsʻ Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland. King served as an elected member of the Hawai
ʻi State Board of Education, representing Maui County from 1994-1998.

Outside of her work in local government, King is Vice President of Pacific Biodiesel, a pioneering renewable energy company she co-founded with her husband Robert King in 1995. The first commercial biodiesel company in the U.S., Pacific Biodiesel has since built 13 biodiesel plants in the U.S. and Japan and its community-based biodiesel model has become a standard for the sustainable renewable fuel industry. The company remains the only commercial producer of liquid biofuel in Hawaiʻi.
 

Among her many accomplishments, King received the 2018 Maui Sierra Club Onipaʻa Award, was named to the Biofuels Digest international list of Top 100 People in the Advanced Bioeconomy 2017, and earned the 2005 BlueSky Award from United Nations Industrial Development Organization in Shenzhen, China.

Learn more about Kellyʻs accomplishments here.



 

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King has also been active as a board member for many non-profits, including:
 

  • Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance, which she co-founded

  • Hawaiʻi Renewable Energy Alliance

  • Hawaiʻi Energy Policy Forum

  • Girl Scout Leader (Kula School troop)

  • Maui Farmers Union board

  • Akakū: Maui Community Television

  • Hui Mālama Learning Center

  • UH Maui College Sustainable Sciences Management Advisory Council

  • High Technology Development Corporation (Governor appointed)

  • Maui Nui Food Alliance Steering Committee

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