Meet Nadine

Rep. Nakamura was first elected in 2016 to the State of Hawaii, House of Representative, District 14. She currently serves as the Vice Chair on the Housing Committee, as well as being a member of both the Finance and Transportation Committees.

Prior to her election, Nadine served as Managing Director of the County of Kaua`i.  She was elected in 2010 and 2012 to serve on the Kaua`i County Council.  Prior to serving in elected office, Ms. Nakamura, owned and operated NKN Project Planning for over twenty years.  Her planning experience spans public, private, and nonprofit sectors.  Ms. Nakamura’s professional experience includes land use and policy analysis, affordable housing development, transportation planning, neighborhood planning, economic development planning, community participation, organizational development, and strategic planning.

Nadine was born and raised in Hawai'i. She lives in Kapa'a, Kaua'i with her husband Galen, and has two children, Casey and Reis.

There are still so many causes worth sacrificing for, so much history yet to be made.
— Michelle Obama, Former First Lady

What I've Achieved


  • Resident of Kapa'a, Hawai'i
  • Married to Galen Nakamura, attorney-at-law for 29 years
  • Mother of Casey (21), student at Boston University, and Reis (18), student at Kapa'a High School
  • Member of All Saints' Episcopal Church, Kaua'i
  • Daughter of Hiroyoshi Maeda (deceased) and Mabel Maeda
  • In-laws:  Henry "Hank" Nakamura (deceased) and Doris Nakamura


  • University of Southern California, Bachelors of Science, Public Affairs and Urban Planning, 1983
  • University of Hawai'i at Manoa, Masters in Urban and Regional Planning, 1987
  • Neighborhood Reinvestment Corp. Training Institutes
  • International City/County Managers Association Training


  • 2014 Na Wahine Alaka`i O Kaua`i Women Leaders of Kaua`i                   Ha`upu Award, YWCA of Kaua`i
  • 2011 American Planning Assoc, Hawaii Chapter,  Environment/Preservation Award  for "Lawai Kai Special Subzone Master Plan & Management Plan," written for National Tropical Botanical Garden
  • 2008 Recipient of "Outstanding Urban and Regional Planning Alumni Award," Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • 2007-2009 Recipient of "Outstanding Service to the Keiki of Kapa`a Elementary School"


  • State House of Representatives, District 14, 2017-Present
  • Managing Director, County of Kaua'i, 2013-2016
  • County Council Member, 2010-2013
  • Planning Consultant and Owner of NKN Project Planning, 1992-2012
  • Project Coordinator, Pacific Housing Assistance Corp.,1991-1992
  • Planner VI, Department of Land Utilization,  City & County of Honolulu, 1989-1991
  • Planner V, Department of Transportation, City & County of Honolulu, 1987-1989
  • Development Coordinator, Neighborhood Reinvestment Corp, 1985-1987
  • Planner, Staff Researcher, Hawaii Community Development Authority, 1984-1985


Strengthening Community:

  • Facilitated group meetings and wrote first County of Kaua'i Community Drug Response Plan, 2004
  • Worked with numerous nonprofit organizations including the Kaua'i Public Land Trust, Boys and Girls Clubs of Hawai'i, Leadership Kaua'i, Rotary Club of Kapa'a, and various church groups
  • Co-developed the Hawai'i Ownership Center, a statewide nonprofit that educates and counsels first-time home buyers
  • Co-developed the Kaua'i Planning & Action Alliance, a Kaua'i-based nonprofit that brings people together to create a better future for Kaua'i

Giving Back to Kaua'i & 
The State of Hawai'i:

  • Raised over $100,000 in grant funds, and managed Kapa'a Elementary After-School program, "Dolphin Clubs," with 25 classes and serving over 400 students per year, 2006-2010
  • Kapa'a Elementary and Middle School Community Council, Chair 2006-2010
  • Served as Vice Chair of the Hawai`i Tourism Authority
  • Served as Vice Chair of the State Housing Development Corporation of Hawai`i
  • Served as Board member of the Hawai`i Community Reinvestment Corporation, a statewide nonprofit organization that provides low-interest loans for affordable rental housing throughout the State of Hawai`i