Kaleialoha K. Cadinha-Pua‘a
Kalei’s career in investment management likely began on Christmas when she was in the fourth grade. Among the envelopes with cash from her grandparents was one from her father, Harlan. It contained a note stating, “You are the proud owner of 10 shares of BMY.” There would be no more roller skates. From then on, Thanksgiving was a portfolio meeting where the kids would present the research they’d done on the companies whose stocks they wanted for Christmas. She admits that it kind of “stunk” at the time. Today, though, she realizes what a great gift her dad had given her. She’s started her own kids down that path at an even earlier age.
While earning a bachelor’s degree in business administration at the University of San Diego, Kalei was a WCAC All-Scholar Athlete on the volleyball team. So, it’s safe to say that she knows how to keep the ball in play. It must run in the family as two of her three daughters are playing volleyball at NCAA Division I schools as well – and rumor has it that the third is on her way.
Kalei joined Cadinha in 2000 as a portfolio manager and analyst, becoming President in 2007, CEO in 2012, and Vice Chair in 2018.
It should come as no surprise that what little free time Kalei has is spent at volleyball games.
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