Roy Takemoto serves as Executive Assistant to Mayor Kim. He served with Mayor Kim during the Mayor’s two terms in 2000-2008, first as Deputy Planning Director and then as Executive Assistant.
Roy worked as a private planning consultant prior to 2000 and after 2008. He has a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and environmental studies, a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning, and a law degree from the University of Hawai‘i.
Roy was raised near Wahiawa on O‘ahu. In 1991, he quit his job working for a hotel developer, married a Hilo girl and moved to Hilo to be among his wife’s and mother’s families. He has a son who just graduated from college. Roy is a member of the Rotary Club of Hilo Bay, enjoys swimming, and is trying to learn tai chi.