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COUNCIL MEMBERS AND DISTRICTS

The Hawai‘i County Council is comprised of nine members, each elected from one of Hawai‘i County’s nine council districts, and serving two-year terms. The Council’s powers and functions are governed by Article 3,
Section 3-1, Hawai‘i County Charter, which states that the legislative powers of the county shall be vested in the County Council. Its primary function shall be legislation and public policy formulation. The Council is responsible for passing the laws that govern this county, as enacted by ordinance, and written in the Hawai‘i County Code.

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District 1

Portion of South Hilo, North Hilo, Hāmākua, Portion of Waimea

    Written Description District 1 Written Description -  pdf 

file Map District 1 Map -  

pdf file Map Details (East Waimea, Hilo, Kea‘au, Pāhoa) Details Map A -  pdf file

(Pu‘ue‘o, Wainaku, Kaiwiki, Pauka‘a, Papa‘ikou, Onomea, Pepe‘ekeo, Honomū, Wailea, Hakalau, Ninole, Papa‘aloa, Laupāhoehoe, Waipunalei, O‘okala, Pa‘auilo, Pa‘auhau, Honoka‘a, Kukuihaele, Waipio, Āhualoa, Portion of Kamuela, Pleasant Acres, Nani Waimea, Kamuela Highlands, Kamuela Lakeland, Kamuela Meadows, Kamuela Havens)

Valerie 

Poindexter

Valerie Poindexter

Phone: (808) 961-8018
Fax: (808) 961-8912

Email: Valerie Poindexter
Allowance/Expense Reports
Contingency Relief Fund

Ms. Valerie Poindexter serves on the Hawai‘i County Council as Chair of the Finance Committee, Vice Chair of the Committee on Agriculture, Water and Energy Sustainability, and Vice Chair of the Human Services and Social Services Committee.

Valerie was born and raised in the district of Hāmākua in Pa‘auilo. She is married to Ira “Sonny” Poindexter III, and they have four beautiful children - Aysha, Rochelle, Mikela, and the late Keoki Ahuna.

Education

  • Graduated from Honoka‘a High School
  • Paralegal Certificate, University of Hawai‘i at Hilo
  • Diploma, Health Care Administration, University of Hawai‘i, West Oah‘u Campus
  • Currently working towards a B.A. in Public Administration

Work Experience

  • Human Resources Manager, Hāmākua Health Center, Inc.
  • Director of Finance and Grant Writer, Lokahi Treatment Centers
  • Legal Assistant, Christopher J. Roehrig, Attorney at Law
  • Administrative Assistant, Office for Social Ministry

Current affiliations:

  • President, O‘okala Community Association
  • Board Member, Brantley Center, Inc.
  • Board Member, Hawai‘i Island Sports Officials Association (HISOA)
  • Advisory Board Member - Hawai‘i Community College Substance Abuse Counseling Program
  • Advisory Board Member - University of Hawai‘i NHERC Heritage Center
  • Member of the St. Anthony’s Catholic Church Choir

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District 2


Portion of South Hilo

    Written Description District 2 Written Description -  pdf 

file Map District 2 Map -  

pdf file Map Details (East Waimea, Hilo, Kea‘au, Pāhoa) Details Map A -  pdf file

(Downtown Hilo, Bayfront, Wailoa, Portion of Waiākea Houselots, University Heights, Komohana Gardens, Portion of Waiākea-Uka, Lanakila, Mohouli, Ainako, Kaūmana, Pi‘ihonua, Wailuku, Waiānuenue)

J YoshimotoJ Yoshimoto

Phone: (808) 961-8272
Fax: (808) 961-8912

Email: J Yoshimoto
Allowance/Expense Reports
Contingency Relief Fund

Mr. J Yoshimoto was elected to the Hawai‘i County Council in 2006 and currently serves as Chair and Presiding Officer of the Hawai‘i County Council. He is a licensed attorney and has been practicing law since 1992. J is married to Tracie Nakano-Yoshimoto and has three children.

Education

  • E.B. De Silva Elementary School
  • Hilo Intermediate School and Hilo High School
  • Political Science degree with Distinction, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, 1988
  • Law degree, William S. Richardson School of Law, 1992

Work Experience

  • Hawai‘i State Legislature, Office of Representative Wayne Metcalf
  • Associate Attorney with the law firm of Amano, Pinao & Kobayashi
  • Deputy Attorney General for the State of Hawai‘i
  • Legal Specialist for the Legislative Research Branch, Hawai‘i County Council

Organizations & Other Interests

  • Hawai‘i State Bar Association
  • Hawai‘i County Bar Association
  • Arbitrator for Lemon Law Complaints filed with the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs
  • Arbitrator for the Court Annexed Arbitration Program for cases filed with the Third Circuit Court
  • Previously served as: President of the Young Lawyers Division of the Hawai‘i State Bar Association; mediator for the Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center; member of the American Bar Association; coach and judge for the High School Mock Trial Program; and Chair of the Hawai‘i County Democratic Party.

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District 3

Portion of South Hilo, Portion of Kea‘au

    Written Description District 3 Written Description -  pdf 

file Map District 3 Map -  

pdf file Map Details (East Waimea, Hilo, Kea‘au, Pāhoa) Details Map A -  pdf file

(Banyan Drive, Keaukaha, Hilo Industrial Area, University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, Puainako Houselots, Kawailani Houselots, Haihai Subdivision, Portion of Waiākea Homesteads, Waiākea-Uka, Pana‘ewa, Macadamia Nut Farms, 8-1/2 mile Camp, Kūlani, Kea‘au Shopping Area, Kea‘au High School)

Dennis Onish Website -  

pdf file Dennis “Fresh” Onishi

Website

Phone: (808) 961-8396
Fax: (808) 961-8912

Email: Dennis “Fresh” Onishi
Allowance/Expense Reports

Contingency Relief Fund

Mr. Dennis “Fresh” Onishi was born and raised in Hilo. He currently serves on the Hawai‘i County Council as Chair of the Committee on Governmental Relations and Economic Development, Vice Chair of the Public Works and Parks and Recreation Committee, and Representative to the Executive Committee of the Hawai‘i State Association of Counties.

During his 20-plus years of employment with the County of Hawai‘i and his direct involvement with youth and elderly, they have become and continue to be his primary focus. As such, he would like to see more services, programs and safer facilities for our senior citizens and youth. Having grown up in District 3, he appreciates the diverse communities of residential, commercial and industrial, mingling with the recreational, educational and spiritual, which comprises the district.

He states, “Being your full-time Councilman, my door will be always open to you.”

Education

  • Kapiolani Elementary School
  • Waiākea Intermediate School
  • Hilo High School (1979)
  • Hawai‘i Community College
  • University of Hawai‘i at Hilo

Work Experience

  • 1987-1991 Recreation Division and Elderly Activities Division, Parks and Recreation Department (Hakalau Gym, Pāhoa Community Center, Imin Center in Hōlualoa, Papa‘aloa Senior Learning Center and Lanakila Recreation Center), County of Hawai‘i
  • 1991-2005 Hawai‘i Police Activities League (HI-PAL), Hawai‘i Police Department, County of Hawai‘i
  • 2005-2008 Elderly Activities Division, Recreation Services (South/North Hilo District), Parks and Recreation Department, County of Hawai‘i
  • 2008-present Council Member, Hawai‘i County Council

Hobbies & Interests

  • Coaching youth basketball and seeing them enjoy and succeed in life
  • Traveling to different parts of the world and experiencing its cultures
  • Enjoys different ethnic food

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District 4

Now Open: Puna Council Office

Portion of Puna (Eastern)

    Written Description District 4 Written Description -  pdf 

file Map District 4 Map -  

pdf file Map Details (East Waimea, Hilo, Kea‘au, Pāhoa) Details Map A -  pdf file

(Hawaiian Paradise Park, Hawaiian Beaches, Makai of Pāhoa Town, Nanawale Estates, Leilani Estates, Pohoiki, Kapoho)

Greggor 

Ilagan

Greggor Ilagan

www.puna4.com

Phone: (808) 965-2712
Fax: (808) 965-2707

Email: Greggor Ilagan
Allowance/Expense Reports
Contingency Relief Fund

Education:

  • Waiākea High School
  • Hawai‘i Community College

Experience:

  • Air National Guard (6 years)

Chairmanships:

  • Chair of the Hawai‘i County Housing Agency
  • Vice Chair of the Finance Committee
  • Vice Chair of the Governmental Relations and Economic Development Committee
  • Alternate Representative to the Executive Committee of the Hawai‘i State Association of Counties

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District 5

Portion of Puna (Western)

    Written Description District 5 Written Description -  pdf 

file Map District 5 Map -  

pdf file Map Details (East Waimea, Hilo, Kea‘au, Pāhoa) Details Map A -  pdf file

(W.H. Shipman Industrial Park, 9-1/2 mile Camp, Kea‘au Ag Lots, Kurtistown, Mt. View, Glenwood, Orchidland Estates, Ainaloa, Hawaiian Acres, Fern Acres, Eden Roc, Fern Forest Estates, Mauka of Pāhoa Town, Kaohe Homesteads, Kamaili Homesteads, Kalapana, Opihikao, Kehena, Kaimu)

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Kern

Zendo Kern

Phone: (808) 961-8263
Fax: (808) 961-8912

Email: Zendo Kern
Allowance/Expense Reports
Contingency Relief Fund

Mr. Zendo Kern serves on the Hawai‘i County Council as Chair of the Environmental Management Committee and Chair of the Planning Committee.

Born in North Kohala, Zendo’s family moved to Puna when he was two years old. He grew up in Wa‘aWa‘a with no HELCO power, no county water, and no phone service. Zendo was living “green” before he knew what “green” was. He spent his childhood fishing, diving, and surfing with his local friends.

Education:

  • Montessori Country School
  • Mālamalama Waldorf School
  • Kea‘au Elementary School
  • Pāhoa Elementary, Intermediate, and High School
  • Homeschool

Experience:

  • Carpenter
  • Proprietor, General Construction, specializing in “Green” construction
  • Proprietor, Small Machinery Business

Certification and Achievements:

  • General Contractor’s License
  • Awarded 2007 County of Hawai‘i Small Business Administration (SBA) Young Entrepreneur Award

Community Service

  • Commissioner, Windward Planning Commission, County of Hawai‘i (2009)
  • Chair, Windward Planning Commission, County of Hawai‘i (2011 - 2012)
  • Member, Downtown Hilo Improvement Association (DHIA), helping to create Envision 2025, a living action plan for Downtown Hilo (2003-2005)

All of Zendo’s experiences in business and community service has made one thing clear to him:

    Zendo is most excited, inspired and fulfilled when he is able to help the people of Puna. He looks forward to continuing to represent Puna and Hawai‘i Island to the best of his abilities.

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District 6

Portion of North Kona, South Kona, Ka‘u, and Greater Volcano Area

    Written Description District 6 Written Description -  pdf 

file Map District 6 Map -  

pdf file Map Details (Waikoloa, Kailua-Kona, Kealakekua) Details Map B -  pdf file

(Volcano Village, Hawaiian Orchid Island Estates, Pahala, Punalu‘u, Nā‘ālehu, South Point, Ocean View, Miloli‘i, Ho‘okena, Hōnaunau, Ke‘ei, Nāpō‘opo‘o, Captain Cook, Portion of Kealakekua, Keōpuka Heights, Kona Hospital, Keōpuka Kai)

Brenda Ford Website -  

pdf file Brenda Ford

Website

Phone: (808) 323-4277
Fax: (808) 329-4786

Email: Brenda Ford
Allowance/Expense Reports

Contingency Relief Fund

Ms. Brenda Ford serves on the Hawai‘i County Council as Chair of the Public Safety and Mass Transit Committee. Brenda and her husband, Larry, have lived in Kona since 1996. They have three children and five grandchildren.

Community Involvement:

Brenda currently is a member of or is involved with the following organizations:

  • American Red Cross - volunteer:
    • Past and current member of the Disaster Action Team (DAT)
    • Shelter Management
    • Two-year term as Chairperson of Disaster Committee
  • Community Emergency Response Team (CERT):
    • CERT Volunteer
    • Former Director on the Board and Former Corporate Secretary and Treasurer
  • Plan to Protect (working to balance between sustainable economic development, environmental protection, and appropriate use practices):
    • Former Director of the Board
    • Former Corporate Secretary
  • Kona Orchid Society:
    • Former Director on the Board
    • Former Corporate Secretary

Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Management

Employment:

  • Council Member, District 6, 2012-present
  • Council Member, District 7 (Central Kona), 2006-2012
  • Two years in the Hotel-Resort Industry (Hospitality) in Group Sales
  • One year in Chemical Manufacturing
  • 22 years in Telecommunications

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District 7

Portion of South Kona, Portion of North Kona

    Written Description District 7 Written Description -  pdf 

file Map District 7 Map -  

pdf file Map Details (Waikoloa, Kailua-Kona, Kealakekua) Details Map B -  pdf file

(Portion of Kealakekua, Kona Scenic Subdivision, Kainaliu, Honalo, Keauhou, Kahalu‘u, Hōlualoa, Kona Hillcrest, Pualani Estates, Sunset View, Kuakini Heights, Kona Vistas, Ali‘i Heights, Kona Industrial, Lono Kona)

Dru 

Kanuha

Dru Mamo Kanuha

Phone: (808) 323-4267
Fax: (808) 329-4786

Email: Dru Mamo Kanuha
Allowance/Expense Reports
Contingency Relief Fund

Mr. Dru Mamo Kanuha serves on the Hawai‘i County Council as Chair of the Public Works and Parks and Recreation Committee and Vice Chair of the Environmental Management Committee.

Dru Kanuha was born in Kealekekua and raised near the shore, in the ahupua‘a of Hōlualoa. The Kanuha family has lived for generations in the Keopu ahupua‘a that extends from Kailua Bay through the area now known as Emma’s Square and mauka, and is known for their stewardship of Kona lands.

Education:

  • Mokuaikaua Church Preschool
  • Kahakai Elementary School
  • Kealakehe Intermediate and High School
  • University of San Diego - Political Science, B.A., with a Minor in Business Administration

Public Service Experience:

  • Volunteer Instructor, children’s tennis at the Old Kona Airport
  • Volunteer, Kealakehe High School Waveriders Against Drugs
  • Kona Representative, Hawai‘i Island Burial Council (2010-2011)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Kai ‘O Pua Canoe Club
  • Founding Member, The Betty Kanuha Foundation, Inc. (formed in 2001 as a tribute to Dru’s Grandmother), a non-profit organization supporting literacy and cultural programs
  • Vice Chair, 2011 Hawai‘i County Redistricting Commission

Employment Experience:

  • Water and Agricultural Resources, Kamehameha Schools-Land Assets Division, Hawai‘i Island (supporting Kamehameha School’s Strategic Agricultural Plan)
  • Legislative Aide, Judiciary and Labor Committee (Senator Clayton Hee, Chair), Hawai‘i State Legislature

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District 8

North Kona

    Written Description District 8 Written Description -  pdf 

file Map District 8 Map -  

pdf file Map Details (Waikoloa, Kailua-Kona, Kealakekua) Details Map B -  pdf file

(Kailua View Estates, Malulani Gardens, Hualālai Farms, Keōpū Mauka, Kailua Heights, Kealakehe, Honokōhau, Kaloko, Kohanaiki, Kalaoa, Keāhole, Mākālei, Makalawena, Pu‘uanahulu, Waikōloa Beach Resort)

Karen 

Eoff

Karen Eoff

Phone: (808) 323-4280
Fax: (808) 329-4786

Email: Karen Eoff
Allowance/Expense Reports
Contingency Relief Fund

Ms. Karen Eoff serves on the Hawai‘i County Council as Vice Chair of the Hawai‘i County Council and Chair of the Committee on Human Services and Social Services.

Karen has been married to her husband, Gary Eoff, since 1975. Together they moved to Hawai‘i in 1981 to join her sister who also resides on the island.  They have lived in Kona for over 30 years.

EDUCATION:

  • 1966-1967  University of California at Los Angeles
  • 1967-1968  University of California at Berkeley
  • 1968-1970  University of California at Santa Barbara, B.A. Degree in Sociology
  • 1996-1997  College of Continuing Education, University of Hawai‘i at Hilo
  • Paralegal Certificate – Graduated 2nd in Class

EMPLOYMENT:

  • 2010-2012  Deputy Executive Assistant to the Chair of the Hawai‘i County Council
  • 2010-2012  Secretary to the 2011 Hawai‘i County Redistricting Commission.
  • 2010-2012  Legislative Assistant to Vice Chair K. Angel Pilago, Hawai‘i County Council
  • 2008-2010  Aide to the Chair of the Hawai‘i County Council
  • 2008-2010  Deputy Executive Assistant to the Chair of the Hawai‘i County Council
  • 1980-1990  Substitute Teacher, Department of Education, State of Hawai‘i (Kona)
  • 1980-present “Marlin Magic”  Fishing Lure Manufacturing Business

AWARDS:

  • 1999  Recipient of Soroptimist International’s “Woman of Distinction Award” in recognition of outstanding contributions to the Kona community
  • 2008 “Employee of the Quarter,” Office of the County Clerk
  • 2008  Nominated for “Employee Of The Year,” County of Hawai‘i

COMMUNITY SERVICE:

  • 1990–Present  Member Kohanaiki Ohana
  • Worked on two landmark Hawai‘i Supreme Court decisions, which resulted in Act 50 relating to Cultural Impact Statements. These legal victories led to new laws in the State of Hawai‘i that provide strong tools to ensure environmental justice, human rights, and public use of resources.

  • 1995–2002  Organized Anchialine Pond Restoration Project at *Kohanaiki-WHEA students
  • 1990–2008  Organized Annual Māmalahoa Trail Restoration at *Kohanaiki-Kealakehe 8th graders
  • 1994–2012  Organized Annual Keiki Surf for the Earth Contest at *Kohanaiki

    *Efforts at Kohanaiki have led to a “Good Faith Agreement” with the landowners and the creation of a public shoreline park that will be dedicated to the County of Hawai‘i in 2013.  This is a model for working together with the developer, the County, and the public to promote the well being of our community.

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District 9

North and South Kohala

    Written Description District 9 Written Description -  pdf 

file Map District 9 Map -  

pdf file Map Details (Waikoloa, Kailua-Kona, Kealakekua) Details Map B -  pdf file

    Map Details (East Waimea, Hilo, Kea‘au, Pāhoa) Details Map A -  pdf file

(Mauna Lani Resort, Waikōloa Village, Puakō, Waiki‘i, Portion of Kamuela, Pu‘ukapu Farms, Pu‘ukapu Homesteads, Pu‘ukapu Village House Lots, Lualia, Pu‘u‘ōpelu, Lalamilo, Wai‘aka, Kawaihae, Kohala Ranch, Māhukona, Hawi, Kapa‘au, Hala‘ula)

Margaret Wille

Margaret Wille

Phone: (808) 887-2069
Fax: (808) 887-2072

Email: Margaret Wille
Allowance/Expense Reports
Contingency Relief Fund

Ms. Margaret Wille serves on the Hawai‘i County Council as Chair of the Committee on Agriculture, Water and Energy Sustainability, Vice Chair of the Planning Committee, and Vice Chair of the Public Safety and Mass Transit Committee.

Educational background:

  • Juris Doctorate: 1979 (Antioch School of Law, Washington D.C.)
  • Masters in Education - Counseling: 1972 (Antioch School of Education, Keene, New Hampshire)
  • Bachelor of Art: Anthropology – Social Sciences, 1969 (Bennington College, Bennington, Vermont)
  • Verde Valley School: 1965 (Sedona, Arizona – private high school)

Core values:

  • Pono - balance and rightness
  • Aloha ‘āina - love of the land

Some of Margaret’s accomplishments as a community member:

  • Margaret successfully helped convince Governor Abercrombie to reverse his opposition to the Hospital Sustainability legislation that now will bring in over 3 million dollars to our North Hawai‘i Community Hospital.
  • Margaret drafted the final base redistricting voting map for the County Council voting districts so that the plan would not be lop-sided in favor of a Hilo voting block. (Her redistricting map kept North Kohala, Waikoloa, Puako, and Waiki‘i in District 9.)
  • As a concerned member of the public, Margaret drafted the Hawai‘i County Charter amendment that set a standard for preservation of natural and cultural resources on our island. Voters approved this charter amendment (Charter Section §13-29).
  • Margaret plans to continue her work to overcome the political obstacles to the Lalamio Connector Road, which would extend from Māmalahoa Highway where it will link the Parker Ranch Connector to the Kawaihae Road near the transfer station.
  • Margaret was an active member of the South Kohala Community Development Plan Steering Committee and assisted in the drafting of the ordinance authorizing the formation of the community development plan action committees.
  • To assist Mayor Kenoi fend off a decrease in County revenues, Margaret organized a petition drive to State legislators to preserve our County’s Transient Accommodation Tax revenues, and testified before various State legislative hearings to insure that the County of Hawai‘i received its allocation of these funds.
  • Margaret successfully fought for the Parker Ranch connector road (promised in 1992). This important connector road is now in place.