“I look forward to working with our community
to develop a better and brighter future
for ourselves, our families, and
all people who call Hawaii home.”
— Rynette Ipo Keen
Rynette Ipo Keen is focused on genuinely affordable housing for Hawaiʻi’s people and creating a sustainable economy beyond tourism. She is working towards quality education for all children, helping the chronically un-housed, and the protection of sacred Hawaiian land. She played a role in the Ia'o Valley Park restoration and providing supplies to the unhoused. She believes that under the 5 Principles of the Aloha Āina Party, Hawai’i can thrive.
Keen was born and raised in Oahu and is the great granddaughter of Rose Kalamaha'ahe'o Otis Tribe, most beloved of Queen Liliu'o'kalani. She volunteers at the Maui Oral Health Coalition, Hui Haumana, the Kahului Family Life Center, and Maui Native Hawaii Club. She is working towards affordable health care, mental health services, education, and employment that does not discriminate against an individual because of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, gender identification, and gender expression.
Keen is currently enrolled as a fulltime student at the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work at University of Hawaii and is a part of the National Association of Social Workers as well as being a member of Phi Theta Kappa and Nu Sigma, the Hawaii Chapter of Phi Alpha National Honor Society. Keen has three children and three grandchildren.