Kenas Aroi

Kenas Aroi

Member of the Nauruan Parliament
for Boe
In office
January 31, 1968 – January 22, 1991
Preceded by Constituency Established
Succeeded by Detonga Deiye
5th President of Nauru
In office
17 August 1989 – 12 December 1989
Deputy Vinson Detenamo
Preceded by Hammer DeRoburt
Succeeded by Bernard Dowiyogo
Personal details
Born 17 April 1942
Died 22 January 1991 (1991-01-23) (aged 48)
Nationality Nauru Nauruan
Spouse(s) Millicent Aroi
Children Michael Aroi, a.o.

Kenas Aroi (17 April 1942 – 22 January 1991) was a Nauruan political figure. He was President of the Republic of Nauru from 17 August to 12 December 1989.


Aroi was a member of the Parliament of Nauru, Speaker of the Parliament of Nauru from January 1971 to January 1977.[1] He was elevated to cabinet in January 1977. He was finance minister under Kennan Adeang. Before he became president, Aroi was involved in the Nauru Phosphate Corporation.

President of Nauru

With support from Kennan Adeang, as Hammer DeRoburt was caught in a military situation, Aroi became president on 17 August 1989. Adeang then became finance minister. During his period of Presidential office Aroi experienced health problems and after a stroke in November 1989 he did not run in the elections in December of that year. He was succeeded on 12 December 1989 by Bernard Dowiyogo.[2]


Kenas Aroi died in January 1991.[2] His widow, Millicent Aroi, is Nauru's High Commissioner to Fiji and a composer.

See also


  1. ^ "Pacific Islands Monthly: PIM". Pacific Publications. September 4, 1977 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ a b Stuart Inder, Nauru, The Contemporary Pacific, Spring 1992