Khara serves as the public affairs director in the S360 Hawaii office. She brings nearly a decade of grassroots advocacy, community organizing and lobbying experience to our team.
Before joining S360, Khara worked as a lead community organizer for Faith Action for Community Equity (FACE), the only interfaith grassroots non-profit in Hawai’i which works across the areas of affordable housing, education, health and immigrant rights. She led the state’s only policy advocacy campaign exclusively dedicated to improving the daily lives of immigrants. In this role, Khara also led the effort to pass a landmark Hawaii law, which created a driver’s license for all Hawaii residents – regardless of immigration status. Previously, she worked as an associate at the labor law firm of King, Nakamura, & Chun-Hoon.
Currently, Khara serves as a board member on the Drug Policy Forum of Hawaii and a member of the Hawaii Women’s Coalition. She also oversees the Justice for Women Fellowship at the Hawaii State Legislature.
Khara received a law degree from the University of Hawaii, where she specialized in Native Hawaiian law, and holds a bachelor’s degree in politics from New York University. She also studied at the University of the Philippines and Franklin College of Switzerland. She speaks Portuguese and Tagalog.
Khara is a recent mother to a son, Laguna Kekipi Jabola-Ing, with her partner, Hawaii State Representative Kaniela Ing.