Mayor Kirk Caldwell has nominated Michele Nekota to serve as the new Director of the Department of Parks and Recreation.
“Michele Nekota has a wealth of experience running parks in Salt Lake City, Utah and the surrounding county, and she is a keiki o ka aina who grew up on Oahu and graduated from Kalani,” said Mayor Caldwell. “Her experience, background and skills will help her chart a beautiful future for the crown jewels of Oahu, our city parks."
Nekota will leave her position as Parks and Recreation Division Director for Salt Lake County, Utah. She served 28 years in that position and was responsible for overseeing the administration and management of 21 recreation centers, 102 parks, 18 swimming pools and more.
“Through the Parks and Recreation Department in Honolulu, I learned to play volleyball and other sports when I was 10 years old,” said Michele Nekota. “I also started my career in parks and recreation during college by working in the Summer Fun program for the City & County of Honolulu. I am honored and excited to improve the lives of residents through parks and recreation opportunities."
Nekota is a Kalani High School graduate and received her Bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University (BYU) and Master’s degree of business administration from the University of Phoenix.
Caldwell's nomination now moves to the Honolulu City Council for confirmation. If allowed Nekota will assume the role of director on Apr. 1, pending her confirmation by the Honolulu City Council.
Current Parks and Recreation Director Toni Robinson will be retiring after 37 years of service with the department.