Hilo, Hawaii

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Hilo is an unincorporated population center in Hawaii, under the governmental jurisdiction of Hawaii County. Hilo is also the county seat. Hawaii County is one of 5 counties in Hawaii. The 2000 Census estimated the county's population at 148,677. The county seat is Hilo. There are no incorporated cities in Hawaii County.

Hawaii County has a mayor-council form of municipal government. Executive authority is vested in the mayor, elected by the voters on a nonpartisan basis to a four-year term. Legislative authority is vested in the nine-member County Council, each of whose members represent a district. Members of the County Council are elected on a nonpartisan basis to two-year terms. The current Mayor of Hawaiʻi County is William P. Kenoi.

Website evaluation

The good

  • Council members' contact information and expenditure reports are available.[1]
  • Committee and council meeting dates[2] are listed with agendas and minutes[3], as well as a schedule for airing on Government Access Television.[4]
  • There is a downloadable application for Hawaii County Boards and Commissions positions.[5]
  • There is a good deal of information on negotiated contracts and limited scope performance audits.[6]
  • You can look up any property in the county and find its property tax rates.[7]

The bad

  • Budget information is online but incomplete and out of date.[8]
  • There is no online checkbook register.
  • There is a lot of useful information on this website, but it is hard to navigate. It takes a lot of time and troubleshooting to sift through this website, and this can be discouraging when looking for information. For an example of useful but hard to find information, the link to department audit informations is found at the following link.[9]
  • There is very little information on lobbying.
  • If there is information on open records requests, it is not readily available.
  • The tax information is there, but very hard to find. Here is the link.[10]

Elected Officials

District Council Member Phone Email
1 Dominic Yagong (808) 961-8264 dyagong@co.hawaii.hi.us
2 Donald Ikeda (808) 961-8225 dikeda@co.hawaii.hi.us
3 J. Yoshimoto (808) 961-8225 jyoshimoto@co.hawaii.hi.us
4 Dennis “Fresh” Onishi (808) 961-8396 donishi@co.hawaii.hi.us
5 Fred Blas (808) 965-2712 fblas@co.hawaii.hi.us
6 Brittany Smart (808) 961-8263 bsmart@co.hawaii.hi.us
7 Brenda Ford (808) 323-4277 bford@co.hawaii.hi.us
8 K. Angel Pilago (808) 323-4280 apilago@co.hawaii.hi.us
9 Pete Hoffmann (808) 887-2043 phoffmann@co.hawaii.hi.us

County Clerk's Office

Agency or Division Title Name Phone Link
OFFICE OF THE COUNTY CLERK COUNTY CLERK Jamae Kawauchi (808) 961-8255 http://www.co.hawaii.hi.us/directory/dir_clerk.htm
OFFICE OF THE COUNTY CLERK DEPUTY COUNTY CLERK Rodney Oshiro (808) 961-8255 http://www.co.hawaii.hi.us/directory/dir_clerk.htm
Council District Staff http://www.co.hawaii.hi.us/directory/dir_clerk.htm
Council Services Section http://www.co.hawaii.hi.us/directory/dir_clerk.htm
Council Committees Section http://www.co.hawaii.hi.us/directory/dir_clerk.htm
Administrative Services http://www.co.hawaii.hi.us/directory/dir_clerk.htm
Reprographic Division http://www.co.hawaii.hi.us/directory/dir_clerk.htm
Elections Division (808) 961-8277 http://www.co.hawaii.hi.us/elections/index.html
Legislative Research Branch (808) 961-8387 http://www.co.hawaii.hi.us/directory/dir_clerk.htm
Legislative Auditor’s Office (808) 961-8386 http://www.co.hawaii.hi.us/la/reports.html

Lobbying

Main article: Hawaii government sector lobbying

In 2009, the county had one registered lobbyist and had spent no money for the year.[11] As of June 2011, the last date for which information is available with the Hawaii State Ethics Commission, Hawaii County did not have a registered lobbyist with the state.

No lobbying information was found for Hawaii County with opensecrets.org.

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