About Bob Fitzgerald

Why Mayor?

Rampant crime, homelessness, crumbling infrastructure, environmental threats, and cultural clashes have degraded our quality of life for too long. Reversing these negative trends requires innovative, visionary leadership that empowers communities to partner effectively with local government in working toward the common goal of improving conditions for all residents. Achieving real, measurable gains and implementing the vision of “One Island, One Heart” is the commitment I make to our island.

From Kau to Kohala, from Waikoloa to Waiakea, and from Puna to Pahala, I HEAR YOU. Effective leadership is essential for restoring Hawaii Island as a great place to live, work and play. Leadership like I displayed coaching hundreds of high school athletes to football championships and also managing one of Hawaii County’s largest departments. I humbly ask for your support as YOUR next mayor in making our island community safe and prosperous!

Bob Fitzgerald

Born:      Los Angeles, California

Education:    Graduated from Loyola High School, Los Angeles. Class 70

Attended Colorado State on a football scholarship

Transferred to San Diego State

Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Planning

Residency:    Moved to Kona in March 1977 to expand a flower business my family started in 1923 in Los Angeles

Family:      Happily married to Michaela Larson, two daughters, one son and four grandchildren

Work History:

1978 – 1998       Owner of Leslies Flowers in Kona

1978 – 2004       Owned a flower farm in Captain Cook

1980   Started working as a special education teacher at Konawaena High School. Was asked by then Coach, Jim Barry, to coach the school’s varsity football team. Was part of numerous championship winning teams and was Hawaii’s first public school football coach to have a team play outside the State in Alaska.

2003 to 2006 helped coached football at Hawaii Prep Academy

1982    Became a licensed Hawaii Real Estate agent to present

1998 – 2008     Worked for Adventures Resorts and Wyndham Resorts as sales manager

2008   Accepted mayoral appointment to be Director of the Hawaii County Department of Parks and Recreation

2012 – 2014    Deputy Director of Parks and recreation

2014 – Present Sales Manager at Hilton Grand Vacations in Waikoloa

Community Involvement:   

President of West Hawaii Youth Council for 20 years.

Advocate for senior services since 2008

Board Member of West Hawaii Park Athletic Corporation (WHIPAC), a non-profit organization dedicated to expanding youth, senior and family recreation in West Hawaii

Was president of West Hawaii Youth Council for 20 years including the years when the council took government funds, community effort and construction of the soccer, football and base fields at the “Makaeo Park,” Old Airport Park with the Army Corp of Engineers and all of the fields across from the Kekekuaokalani Gymnasium