Kimo Carvalho
Executive Director
HomeAid Hawaiʻi

As the Executive Director of HomeAid Hawaiʻi, Kimo Carvalho leads the nonprofit development organization’s mission to build housing for people experiencing homelessness. With nearly 20 years of experience leading innovative programs in Hawaii’s health and human services sector, Kimo leverages partnerships in the for- and non-profit sectors to improve the lives of underserved individuals throughout the state. Under Kimo’s leadership, in partnership with the Governor and the State of Hawaii, HomeAid Hawai‘i built the first medical respite kauhale - Pulama Ola, and is in the planning stages for 11 more kauhale projects in the next three years. Since the Maui fires in August of 2023, Kimo has also been focused on building mid- to long-term communities for displaced Lahaina residents throughout Maui.

Prior to joining HomeAid Hawaiʻi, Kimo served as the Vice President of Community Impact for Aloha United Way. There, he oversaw $30M in annual impact funding to support 247 nonprofit partners across Oahu. Kimo also led Hawaii’s United for ALICE initiative in collaboration with The Hawai‘i Community Foundation and its Collective Impact partners to improve upward economic mobility for Hawaii’s working poor.

As the former Executive Director of Queen Lili‘uokalani Trust’s Opportunity Youth Centers, Kimo led efforts to build and design the Lydia House for youth 18-26 in crisis. And as Director of Development & Community Relations at The Institute for Human Services (IHS), he aided in the operational expansion of nine facilities, including Hale Mauliola, Kahauiki Village, and multiple medical respite homes.

Kimo began his career in emergency medical services as a paramedic for the City of New Orleans and then as disaster medical provider during Hurricane Katrina. After leaving Tulane Medical School, he returned home to Hawai‘i to begin a career in public service. He has been involved in some of Hawaii’s landmark initiatives, including Hawaii’s Assisted Community Treatment law to help mentally ill homeless access treatment and the Hawai‘i Clean Energy Initiative.

A graduate of Damien Memorial High School, Kimo received a B.S. from Tulane University and an MBA from Hawai‘i Pacific University. He is an East-West Journalism Fellow, and received recognition as one of PBN’s 40 under 40 (2015), and Hawai‘i Business Magazine’s 20 for the Next 20 (2022). He has served on various boards and commissions, and is an advocate for foster youth, Native Hawaiians, the homeless, and those suffering from mental illness.