Carvalho named to head new post

Bernard Carvalho, Jr., currently the Recreation Program Development Coordinator for Kaua’i County’s Division of Parks and Recreation, has been named the new Director of the Offices of Community Assistance (OCA). Carvalho holds volunteer leadership positions in numerous organizations and recently won the prestigious E Ola Pono Award for his outstanding community service.

“Bernard is so involved with the community and he has a real concern for increasing people’s quality of life. That’s what our OCA is about. That’s why I chose him,” said Mayor Bryan Baptiste.

As the Director of Community Assistance, Carvalho will be responsible for promoting the well being of and providing greater opportunities for Kauai’s older, challenged, and disadvantaged adults. The OCA encompasses the Agency on Elderly Affairs, the Transportation Agency, and the Housing Agency.

“I’m looking forward to gathering people from all walks of life and making a positive impact in our community,” said Carvalho. “The overall vision is to develop effective program opportunities and connect to existing programs throughout the state to improve the lives of Kaua’i citizens, “Carvalho added.

Carvalho has worked with Kauai’s Parks and Recreation Department since 1985. Prior to that, he was a substitute teacher. Carvalho graduated from Kapa’a High School, then the University of Hawai’i at Manoa with a bachelor’s degree in communications and public relations. During his time at UH, Carvalho played for the Rainbow Warriors and was drafted in the 6th round to the Miami Dolphins. He lives with his wife and three children in Kapa’a.

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