Hawaiian Senate confirms new CIO


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The Hawaii Senate on Tuesday confirmed Keone Kali as the state’s new chief information officer.

Kali previously served as Hawaii deputy CIO for operations underneath Sonny Bhagowalia, who last month was promoted to the state’s chief adviser for technology and cybersecurity.

“Kali has a proven record of success,” said Sen. Roz Baker, who represents South and West Maui. “I have no doubt that under Kali’s leadership the state will improve the delivery of government programs and services to the people of Hawaii.”

Kali will be primarily charged with advancing the state’s technology plan started when Bhagowalia came to the state three years ago from the federal government.

Kali will manage all aspects of IT operations, including enterprise shared services, infrastructure and security and privacy, as well as strategically driving operations to leverage technology resources, systems and solutions more efficiently and effectively.

Kali brings 18 years of experience in information technology, business development, and management in both the public and private sector. He most recently served as director of information technology and acting chief technology officer for the Pacific Disaster Center on Maui.

Kali was also the CIO for the City of Beverly Hills, where he designed, executed and managed a comprehensive 5-year Information Technology Master Plan, transformed the city’s technology architecture to support highly available and accessible public services, and formed new revenue generating programs.

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