Kehau Kali Berquist’s passion and career have focused on sustainability from an economic, environmental and community development perspective. For twenty years she has focused on the ‘4 Ps’ (purpose, people, prosperity and planet), advocating for balance between making a profit with caring for the community and creating collaborative ‘win-win’ solutions in all of her personal and professional endeavors.
As President & CEO of The Ho‘ike Group, she oversees a broad range of services and products that bring together the best of Western-style business practices with Hawaiian values, culture and history, creating a new hapa or hybrid-style business paradigm. By guiding her clients through The Ho‘ike Way™, they are able to transform their companies and their lives.
Ho‘ike & Associates, LLC specializes in SUSTAINable™ and prosperous ventures providing strategic consulting services that include planning, development and execution to achieve profitable corporate vision through marketing, product development, capital and revenues creation, team development and systems management. Ho‘ike Social Venture Capital creates more sustainable and social enterprise ventures in Hawaii through long term growth management and mezzanine capitalization between $25M - $250M. Through strategic partnerships, she also established the Waiwai Foundation to focus on creating grass-roots based, sustainable behaviorial change worldwide.
For the past twenty years, she has held leadership positions with companies both in Hawaii and on the Mainland, such as VISA, EBOP, YMCA, YWCA and Hospice Hawaii, serving the local, national and international communities while working in banking/financial services, health care, economic development, housing and community development.
She has taught business, marketing, strategic planning, social entrepreneurship and capital courses at the University of California Berkeley, Hawaii Pacific University and to thousands of CEOs through CEO Space International. Ms. Kali Berquist has first-hand knowledge and experience with successful advocacy and creating new laws and regulations in the Hawaii State Legislature. She completed an internship with The Washington Campus Program at Georgetown University and has lead several successful labor negotiations. Having managed up to $35 million in national business operations, she has also raised more than $5 million over five years from individuals, government and private sources.
Ms. Kali Berquist was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, graduating from Punahou School. She received her Bachelor’s in Arts from the University of California at Santa Barbara graduating Summa Cum Laude and her Master’s in Business Administration from the Walter A. Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley.
An active community volunteer, she serves on many philanthropic boards and volunteers with numerous community organizations, including athletic, scholarship, business and community service endeavors.
Her passions include all ocean sports (including paddling, sailing, canoe surfing, swimming, water polo), hiking, Hawaiian culture and spirituality, mastering languages, her community, making a difference, spending time with good friends, laughing, singing, dancing, loving and celebrating.