Former Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi died Tuesday, 26 January 2021, from myelofibrosis, a rare form of leukemia.
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Newly-elected Hawaii County Mayor Mitch Roth told reporter Nancy Cook Lauer that Kenoi was a “pillar of our community.”
“His time as mayor and the accomplishments made under his direction were just a small glimpse of the man he was and the aloha he had for this community. Our thoughts are prayers are with his wife Takako and his three children today as we remember a man who brought with him tenacity, vigor, aloha, and a can-do attitude that is unparalleled to most,” Roth said in a statement. “In his honor, I ask that when faced with any challenge, big or small, that we remember his famous words, “if can — can; if no can – still can!”
Kenoi leaves behind his wife Takako, his daughter Mahina, and his sons Justin and Liam.