Karin Stanton | Hawaii 24/7 Editor
Kyle J.K. Chock was welcomed Friday evening as the new president of Bishop Holdings Corporation.
Chock and his wife, TV reporter Mari-Ela David, were formally introduced to the community at a Keauhou Beach Resort reception, where the couple meet hundreds of their new neighbors.
Mayor Billy Kenoi said Keauhou and Kahaluu are significant places in Hawaii’s history and he is pleased the land has stewards like Kamehameha Schools.
“These lands are our gift from our kupuna and a gift to our children,” he said. “Kyle is not only my friend, but he is one of our state’s best and brightest.”
In November, Chock was appointed president of both Bishop Holdings Corporation, a for profit subsidiary of Kamehameha Schools, and its wholly owned subsidiary Kamehameha Investment Corporation, which owns and manages 2,400 acres in the ahupuaa of Kahaluu and Keauhou.
Chock said he appreciates the hard work, leadership and vision of those before him and accepts the responsibility that comes with the position.
His said his first priority is to familiarize himself the community and its vision of how best to develop and embrace the history and culture of the area.
Goals include creating Keauhou as its own destination, integrating culture, education and economics to benefit the entire community and reviewing the master plan, which is about a decade old and ‘due for a tweak,” Chock said.
“I was attracted to the culture here,” he said, “and the opportunity to build upon it.”
Chock succeeds Greg Chun, who now leads the Kamehameha Schools cultural-education outreach campaign.
Chun said he is excited about creating a new model that marries Keauhou’s rich history with responsible development and sharing the culture.
“This will allow us to truly integrate a cultural and education vision within a resort environment. It really resonates with the community,” he said. “It’s also a little outside the box for Kamehameha Schools. This is a restructuring that will make sure the three parts – culture, education and economics – come together. And a lot of that is us learning along the way.”
Chun said he has been working with teachers in local schools for the last five years to bring students to Keauhou and the educational opportunities it offers, and is eager to capitalize on their enthusiasm.
Previously, Chock served as executive director of the Pacific Resource Partnership representing the Hawaii Carpenters Union and signatory contractors statewide.
Chock also has served on numerous non‐profit and community boards including The Nature Conservancy Corporate Council for the Environment, Child and Family Services, the Lanakila Pacific Foundation, and the State Land Use Commission.
In 2010, Chock was recognized by Hawaii Business Magazine as “20 for the Next 20” Future Leaders of Hawaii.
Born and raised in Kalihi, Oahu, Chock is a graduate of the University of Hawaii at Manoa and St. Louis School.
His passion for Hawaiian culture, art and music is reflected through his songwriting and hula. His composition “My Sweet Pikake Lei” was recorded by the Brothers Cazimero and nominated for a Na Hokuhanohano Song of the Year.
Chock was also a member of the prestigious hula Halau Kawailiula under the direction of kumu hula Chinky Mahoe.
Keauhou Resort, a 2,400–acre master‐planned resort community, is located five miles south of Kailua‐Kona. The resort now includes Keauhou Beach Resort, Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa, Kona Country Club, activities at Keauhou Bay, timeshare, residential and resort condominiums and single‐family residences.
Members of the Kamehameha Investment Corporation Board of Directors are: Micah Kane (Bishop Holdings Chairman of the Board and Trustee of Kamehameha Schools), Eric Yeaman (President and CEO of Hawaiian Telcom), William Mielcke (retired executive of Mauna Kea Resort), Alika Desha (VP Operations of Elilte Security Systems HI.), James Takamine (President of Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union), J. Douglas Ing (Partner Watanabe Ing, LLP and Trustee of Kamehameha Schools), Dee Jay Mailer (Chief Executive Officer of Kamehameha Schools), Corbett Kalama (Exec. Vice President of First Hawaiian Bank and Trustee of Kamehameha Schools).