LIHUE — The Kauai Fire Department has a new deputy fire chief.
Kilipaki Vaughan, who has been with KFD for 13 years, was promoted during a special ceremony recently, surrounded by family, friends and colleagues. Vaughan’s son, Piko, pinned him with his new badge.
“I am extremely humbled by Chief Westerman’s selection to have me serve as his deputy fire chief. I am but a reflection of my kupuna and ‘ohana,” Vaughan said. “It is my hope to bring honor to their spirit of building enduring relationships, their dedication to serving community with purpose, and their commitment to preserving our cultural roots through these shifting sands of change.”
During his time with the department, Vaughan has worked in multiple capacities, including fire suppression, rescue, training and prevention. Vaughan is a graduate of ‘Iolani School and the University of Hawaii and Manoa.
“Kilipaki will be only the second deputy chief in 63 years of the department,” said Robert Westerman, fire chief. “He has a wealth of experience and the passion to serve our community and help our department continue to excel.”
Vaughan lives in Kilauea with his wife, Dr. Mehana Vaughan, and his three children — Piko, Na‘e and Ana.
During the ceremony, Vaughan thanked his wife and family, from his grandparents to his children, for their support. He also thanked the many fire captains he’s worked with throughout the years and expressed his gratitude and excitement for the opportunity.
“Kilipaki has strong values and morals and has worked his way up through the department,” said Mayor Bernard Carvalho, Jr. “We join his ohana and his work ohana as we celebrate his new journey.”