Hawaii County Council Candidate Ikaika Rodenhurst and Family Overview
Ikaika Rodenhurst is an experienced public servant and longtime resident of Puna. As a Native Hawaiian, committed husband and proud father of three, Rodenhurst has deep roots in the community.

A graduate of Kamehameha Schools Kapālama, Rodenhurst played Division I-A college football at Oregon State University before returning home to the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa to complete a degree in Civil Engineering.

Professional Experience
Rodenhurst is a licensed professional engineer who was instrumental in the State Department of Transportation’s early response to the 2018 Kilauea eruption and Hurricane Lane.

At age 32, Rodenhurst became the youngest director ever appointed to lead the Department of Public Works at Hawaii County. While there he spearheaded efforts to modernize and streamline the building permit division and was instrumental in the transition from paper to digital processes.

After leaving Hawaii County in 2022, Ikaika returned to construction management consultation where he oversees numerous road construction and safety improvement projects for the State Department of Transportation.

His experience advocating for change inside the Building Department convinced Ikaika that the only way to truly address the systematic problems at Hawaii County is from elected office and despite setbacks in prior elections, he remains committed to solving Hawaii’s problems as a representative of his community.

As a Division 1-A football player Ikaika understands that the only way to really win is with a team of like minded people. That is why he is running for County Council as a key member of the Core ‘24 candidate team.

Key Issues
Reducing the Cost of Living, Investing in Infrastructure, Sustainable Agriculture, Economic Diversification

Past Public Service
Two years as the Director of the Department of Public Works, Football Coach, active member of the Sure Foundation of Puna.

Contact Information
Ikaika Rodenhurst
P.O. BOX 201
KURTISTOWN, HI 96760
ph: (808) 203-7450
[email protected]