Ikaika Kailiawa-Smith Family PhotoOverview

Ikaika Kailiawa-Smith is a welder, mechanic, rancher and veteran.  As a Native Hawaiian, a committed husband and a proud father of four, Kailiawa-Smith has deep roots in the Kaʻū community.

A graduate of Konawaena High School, Kailiawa-Smith joined the United States Army in 2009 and served two tours in Iraq before returning to the Houston, TX in 2015.

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey he and his wife Alyssia rescued more than 40 people from rooftops in flooded neighborhoods demonstrating a commitment to public service and willingness to take real risks to help neighbors.  

Professional Experience

Kailiawa-Smith has extensive experience in forming and leading effective teams.  As an Army Specialist deployed overseas he worked in a joint forces environment where he was responsible for training Iraqi national forces in concepts like team formation, integrity and leadership.

Kailiawa-Smith spent eight years at Thomas Construction where he was responsible for leading a team that provided maintenance for the company's fleet of heavy equipment.

In 2023 Kailiawa-Smith and his family returned home to the Big Island where he works for Hawaii County Waste Management to maintain their fleet of heavy equipment. 

Kailiwa-Smith is also a small business owner who's ranch services company provides local ranches with animal care and infrastructure maintenance. 

Like many fathers on the Big Island, Kailiawa-Smith works multiple jobs to make ends meet.  He has first hand knowledge of how the high cost of living and housing insecurity impact local families.  Kailiawa-Smith joined the Core '24 campaign so that he can be part of the team that is taking real action to do something about it.

Key Issues

Sustainable Agriculture, Reducing the Cost of Living, Public Safety, Public Corruption

Past Public Service

Six years in the US Army, Baseball Coach

Contact Information

Ikaika Kailiawa-Smith
PO Box 842
Kealakekua, HI 96750
ph: (808) 209-3611
[email protected]