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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.

Overview Map of Hawaii County Districts (PDF)

DISTRICT 1 - Valerie T. Poindexter

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

| District 1 Written Description | District 1 Map | District 1 Details Map A |

Pu‘u‘eo, 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

Phone: (808) 961-8018
Fax: (808) 961-8912
Website: District 1
Reports: Allowance/Expense Reports Contingency Relief Fund



Ms. Valerie T. Poindexter was re-elected as District 1 Council Member of the 2018-2020 Hawai‘i County Council and serves as Chairwoman of Committee on Parks and Recreation. 

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.


  • 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
  • B.A. in Public Administration, University of Hawa‘i, West Oah‘u Campus

Work Experience

  • Chairwoman, NACo Resilient Counties Advisory Board, 2019-2020  
  • President, Hawai‘i State Association of Counties, 2018-2019
  • Chairwoman of the Committee on Parks and Recreation, 2018-2020 Hawai‘i County Council
  • Chairwoman and Presiding Officer of the 2016-2018 Hawai‘i County Council
  • Vice Chairwoman of the 2014-2016 Hawai‘i County Council
  • Chairwoman of the Committee on Public Works and Parks and Recreation, 2014-2016 Hawai‘i County Council
  • Vice Chairwoman of the Committee on Agriculture, Water, and Energy Sustainability, 2014-2016 Hawai‘i County - Council
  • Vice Chairwoman of the Committee on Finance, 2014-2016 Hawai‘i County Council
  • Chairwoman of the Committee on Finance, 2012-2014 Hawai‘i County Council
  • Vice Chairwoman of the Committee on Agriculture, Water and Energy Sustainability, 2012-2014 Hawai‘i County Council
  • Vice Chairwoman of the Committee on Human Services and Social Services, 2012-2014 Hawai‘i County Council
  • 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

  • Member - Hawai‘i Island Portuguese Chamber of Commerce
  • President - O‘okala Community Association
  • Advisory Board Member - Hawai‘i Community College Substance Abuse Counseling Program
  • Advisory Board Member - North Hawai’i Education and Research Center (NHERC), Hawai’i Community College
  • Member - St. Anthony’s Church Choir and Chair of the Stewardship Committee
  • Board Member – Hawai‘i Collaborative Health Initiative (HI CHI)
  • Committee Member - National Association of Counties (NACo) Health Steering Committee
  • Member - Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Hawai‘i
  • Member - Akaka Falls Lions Club

DISTRICT 2 - Aaron Chung

Portion of South Hilo

| District 2 Written Description | District 2 Map | District 2 Details Map A |

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

Phone: (808) 961-8272
Fax: (808) 961-8912
Website: District 2
Reports: Allowance/Expense Reports Contingency Relief Fund



Aaron Chung was born and raised in Hilo. He previously served eight years on the County Council, from 1996 to 2004, representing Council District 4. After ten years away from politics, he ran for and was elected to the District 2 Council seat, and now represents both the lower and upper Hilo area (Downtown Hilo, Kaūmana, Pi‘ihonua, Waiākea). He is married to Anne (Kimoto) Chung and has two children, Steven and Samantha.


  • Hilo High School
  • University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (Bachelor of Arts)
  • UCLA School of Law (Juris Doctorate)

Work Experience

  • Law Clerk for the Honorable Judge Ernest Kubota, Third Circuit Court, 1985- 1986
  • Deputy Corporation Counsel, County of Hawai‘i, 1986-1995
  • Legislative Liaison, County of Hawai‘i, 1990-1991
  • Council Member, Hawai‘i County Council, 1996-2004
  • Council Member, Hawai‘i County Council, 2014-2016
  • Attorney in private practice, 1995-Present

Community Service/Organizations

  • Board Member, Hawai‘i State Judiciary, Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Youth League Coach (AYSO, Piopio Bears basketball)
  • Arbitrator, Court Annexed Arbitration Program
  • Member, Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Hawai‘i
  • Member, Japanese Community Association
  • Member, State and Hawai‘i County Bar Associations
  • Registered Volunteer, Boy Scouts of America

District 3 - Susan “Sue” L. K. Lee Loy

Portion of South Hilo and Portion of Kea‘au

| District 3 Written Description | District 3 Map | District 3 Details Map A |

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

Phone: (808) 961-8396
Fax: (808) 961-8912
Website: District 3
Reports: Allowance/Expense Reports Contingency Relief Fund



Ms. Susan “Sue” Keohokapu-Lee Loy was re-elected as District 3 Council Member of the 2018-2020 Hawai‘i County Council and serves as Chair of Committee on Public Works and Mass Transit, Vice Chair of Committee on Planning, and Vice Chair of Committee on Governmental Relations and Economic Development.

Sue, her husband, Ian, their three children, and her mother live in Panaʻewa. Ian is a detective with the Hawaiʻi County Police Department serving for over twenty years. Her father, the late David Keohokapu, was a career longshoreman, ILWU member, active in his community, and a distinguished member of the Royal Hawaiian Guard. Her mother, Patricia, was a longtime Hilo Hospital nurse, HGEA member, and now an avid volunteer. Sue previously served as County Council Aide at the Hawai‘i County Council for nearly 10 years.

Sue would like the public to know…

“My door will always be open. Your voice will always be heard. I am ready to serve and I will work hard for you.”

Public Service and Community Involvement

  • Water Board of the County of Hawai‘i, Member
  • Democratic Party of Hawai‘i, Member
  • Keaukaha-Pana‘ewa Farmers Association, Member
  • Waiākeawaena Elementary, Robotics Coach
  • Waiākeawaena Elementary, PTA Special Education Class Representative
  • Kamehameha Schools Hawai‘i, PTO Founding Board Member

DISTRICT 4 - Ashley Lehualani Kierkiewicz

Portion of Puna (Eastern)

| District 4 Written Description | District 4 Map | District 4 Details Map A |

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

Phone: (808) 961-8265
Fax: (808) 961-8912
Website: District 4
Reports: Allowance/Expense Reports Contingency Relief Fund



Ashley L. Kierkiewicz is Big Island born and raised. She was elected as the District 4 Council Member for the 2018-2020 Hawai‘i County Council. Ashley is focused on empowering community, leveraging public-private partnerships, and activating local economy so all Hawai‘i Island residents can thrive.

Ashley has nearly a decade of experience working in communication and outreach for Hastings & Pleadwell, where she provided strategy and media relations for a range of clients statewide. She is engaged to Kaui Nakanelua, a Hawai‘i County firefighter. Together they are raising their two children, Arya and Toby, in Hawaiian Paradise Park.

Ashley has an open door policy, and she looks forward to working directly with the community to revitalize Puna, and our island, with vision and vitality.

2018-2020 Council Committees

  • Chair, Planning Committee
  • Chair, Government Relations & Economic Development Committee
  • Alternate, Executive Committee of the Hawai‘i State Association of Counties


  • St. Joseph School (K-12)
  • University of Hawai‘i at Hilo (B.S. in Political Science)

Work Experience

  • Hastings & Pleadwell: A Communication Company, Senior Account Executive
  • U.S. Senator Daniel K. Akaka Washington D.C. Office, Staff Assistant (Fall 2009)

Community Experience & Awards

  • President, Zonta Club of Hilo
  • Regional Director, Temple Children (arts and sustainability organization)
  • Former board member, YWCA of Hawai‘i Island
  • Former board member, Hawai‘i Island Economic Development Board
  • 2014 vice chair of the Hawai‘i County Cost of Government Commission
  • Named a Woman to Watch by Pacific Business News in 2014

DISTRICT 5 - Matt Kaneali’i-Kleinfelder

Portion of Puna (Western)

| District 5 Written Description | District 5 Map | District 5 Details Map A |

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

Phone: (808) 961-8263
Fax: (808) 961-8912
Website: District 5 - Under Construction
Reports: Allowance/Expense Reports Contingency Relief Fund



Matthew Kaneali’i-Kleinfelder lives in Kurtistown with his wife, Dawn, and their two children, Adam and Maya, while their oldest child Alexis attends Avila University in Missouri. He attended Hawaii Community College and U.H. Hilo where he received his Associate in Liberal Arts. He wears many hats: he is a server, a bartender, an electrician, a solar installer, a glassblower, and a small restaurant owner. Yet at his core, Matt holds true to family values, honesty and hard work. Today, he’s ready to make a difference that goes beyond single rooftops and help make decisions that uplift his community. 

DISTRICT 6 - Maile Medeiros David

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

| District 6 Written Description | District 6 Map | District 6 Details Map B |

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

Phone: (808) 323-4277
Fax: (808) 329-4786
Website: District 6
Reports: Allowance/Expense Reports Contingency Relief Fund



Ms. Maile David was re-elected as District 6 Council Member for the 2018- 2020 Hawai‘i County Council and serves as Chair of Committee on Finance.

Ms. David was born in Kealakekua, Kona and is of Hawaiian, Portguese and Filipino descent. She attended public schools and graduated from Konawaena High School in 1970. Maile is the younger of two daughters of Edward and Christine (Abril) Medeiros and comes from a family heritage deeply rooted in culture, ranching and coffee farming in South Kona. She is married to Russel David, II, her husband of thirty-nine years. They have two children, Leinani Cataraha and Michael David, and three grandchildren, Kehaunani and Makoa Tavares, and Josiah Goulding. Maile enjoys spending time with family and friends, camping, fishing, coffee farming, lauhala weaving, playing the ukulele and cooking.


  • Paralegal Certification, University of Hawai‘i Hilo, 1996 
  • Konawaena High School, 1965 - 1970

Employment Experience

  • Chair of the Committee on Finance, 2018-2020 Hawai‘i County Council
  • Chair of the Committee on Finance, 2016-2018 Hawai‘i County Council
  • Chair of the Committee on Human Services and Social Services, 2014-2016 Hawai‘i County Council
  • Vice Chair of the Committee on Planning, 2014-2016 Hawai‘i County Council
  • Deputy County Clerk, Office of the County Clerk, County of Hawai‘i, December 2012-December 2014
  • Judicial Assistant to the Honorable Judge Elizabeth Strance, Third Circuit Court, 2010-2011
  • Legislative Specialist, Hawai‘i County Council, County of Hawai‘i, September 2004 - 2010
  • Paralegal, Kona Legal Aid Society Hawai‘i, May 1999 – August 2004
  • Paralegal, Goodsill Anderson Quinn and Stifel (Kona Office), August 1982– September 1997
  • Legal Clerk, Kona Prosecutor’s Office, 1981 Legal Secretary, Anthony Hoddick Reinwald & O’Connor (O‘ahu), 1975- 1980 Legal Secretary, Sterry, Mah & Gallup (Kona), 1971-1975

DISTRICT 7 - Rebecca Villegas

Portion of South Kona and Portion of North Kona

| District 7 Written Description | District 7 Map | District 7 Details Map B |

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

Kona Council Offices 74-5044 Ane Keohokālole Highway,
Building A, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
Phone: (808) 323-4267
Fax: (808) 329-4786
Website: District 7 - Under Construction
Reports: Allowance/Expense Reports Contingency Relief Fund


Rebecca Villegas was born and raised on the Big Island of Hawai‘i. She is the fifth generation of an ohana with a long history in the islands. Rebecca has been married to Robert Villegas for 13 years. They have two daughters, Miranda & Maiana, and are thrilled to be welcoming their first grand child into the world in 2019.


  • 1991 Konawaena High School
  • 1995 U. H. Manoa, BA, Business Management
  • 2016 Ulumau- Hawai‘i Island Leadership Series


  • AmeriCorps, National and Community Service
  • Catholic Charities, Home for Teenage Foster Girls
  • Kona Brewers Festival, Planning Team
  • Kona Brewing Company, HI Marketing Manager
  • Bamboo Shute Creations, Owner


  • Surfrider Foundation, Kona Kai Ea Chapter, President
  • Kohanaiki ‘Ohana, President
  • Keiki Surf for the Earth & Beach Clean Up, Managing Organizer
  • Maka’ainana Foundation, Board Member
  • Mana’o Pono Sustainability Inc, President and CEO
  • Daughters of Hawaii

DISTRICT 8 - Karen Eoff

North Kona

| District 8 Written Description | District 8 Map | District 8 Details Map B |

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

Phone: (808) 323-4280
Fax: (808) 329-4786
Website: District 8
Reports: Allowance/Expense Reports Contingency Relief Fund



Ms. Karen Eoff was re-elected as District 8 Council Member and serves as Vice Chair of the 2018-2020 Hawai‘i County Council, and Vice Chair of Committee on Public Safety.

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 34 years.


  • 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


  • 2018-2020
    • Vice Chair of the Hawai‘i County Council
    • Vice Chair of the Committee on Public Safety
  • 2016-2018
    • Vice Chair of the Hawai‘i County Council
    • Chair of the Committee on Planning
    • Vice Chair of the Committee on Finance
    • Vice Chair of the Committee on Public Safety and Mass Transit
  • 2014-2016
    • Council Member, Hawai‘i County Council
    • Chair of the Committee on Finance
    • Vice Chair of the Committee on Human Services and Social Services
  • 2012-2014
    • Vice Chair of the Hawai‘i County Council
    • Chair of the Committee on Human Services and Social Services of the Hawai‘i County Council
  • 2010-2012
    • Deputy Executive Assistant to the Chair of the Hawai‘i County Council
    • Secretary to the 2011 Hawai‘i County Redistricting Commission
    • Legislative Assistant to Vice Chair K. Angel Pilago, Hawai‘i County Council
  • 2008-2010
    • Secretary to the Hawai‘i County Charter Commission
    • Aide to the Chair of the Hawai‘i County Council
    • 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


  • 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
  • 1994-2014 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 was dedicated to the County of Hawai‘i in 2013. This became a model for working together with the developer, the County, and the public to promote the well-being of our community.

DISTRICT 9 - Herbert M. “Tim” Richards III, DVM

North and South Kohala

| District 9 Written Description | District 9 Map | District 9 Details Map A |  District 9 Details Map B |

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

Phone: Waimea - (808) 887-2069 Hilo - (808) 961-8564
Fax: (808) 961-8912
Website: District 9
Reports: Allowance/Expense Reports Contingency Relief Fund



Dr. Herbert M. “Tim” Richards III was re-elected as District 9 Council Member on the 2018-2020 Hawai‘i County Council and serves as Chair of Committee on Agriculture, Water, Energy and Environmental Management, and Vice Chair of Committee on Finance.

Tim is a sixth generation kama‘aina resident of Hawaii and third generation to the Big Island. He was born and raised in North Kohala and grew up working on his family’s owned and operated Kahua Ranch. After graduating from Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy, Tim continued his education at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington, studying Animal Science and earning an advanced degree in veterinary medicine. He began work as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine on his return home and continues to be engaged as a veterinarian in Waimea.


  • Veterinary Associates, Inc., Kamuela, Hawai‘i
    • Staff Veterinarian, 1984-Present
    • President, 1994-2007
    • Vice President, 2007-Present
  • Kahua Ranch Ltd., Kohala, Hawai‘i
    • Mainland Marketing, 1995-2013
    • Livestock Manager, 1999-2013
    • President and General Manager, February 2004-2013



  • American Association of Bovine Practitioners, 1984- Present
  • American Society of Theriogenology, 1984-Present
  • American Veterinary Medical Association, 1980-Present
  • Academy of Veterinary Consultants, 2000-Present
    • Standards of Practice Committee - Member, 2002-2012
    • Beef Cattle Health and Well Being Committee - Founding Chair, 2006-2008
      • Committee Member, 2006-2012
    • Board of Directors, Western Regional Delegate, April 2005-2008
    • United States Animal Health Association - Liaison, 2014- Present
  • Hawai‘i Veterinary Medical Association, 1984-Present
    • Executive Committee, 1988-1993
    • Vice President, 1988-1989
  • Hawai‘i State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners, 1994 -2002
    • Vice Chairman, 2000-2002
    • Chairman, 2001-2002
  • Hawai‘i State Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Regulated Industries Complaints Office
    • Veterinary Advisory and Review Board, January 2004- Present
  • United States Animal Health Association (USAHA)
    • Western States Livestock Health Association Industry and Executive Board (*WSLHA) - Industry Delegate, February 2005-Present (*WSLHA is the Western District of USAHA)
    • Animal Welfare Committee - Member, 2005-Present
    • Import/Export Committee - Member, 2013-Present
    • International Standards Committee - Member, 2013- Present


  • Kahua Ranch Ltd.
    • Board of Directors, 1984-2013
  • Ponoholo Ranch Ltd.
    • Board of Directors, 2004-Present
    • Evaluations Committee, 2012-Present
  • Palani Ranch
    • Board of Directors, 2009-Present
    • Operations Committee, 2013-Present
  • Hawai‘i Cattle Producers Cooperative
    • Board Member, 2006-2012
    • Animal Welfare - Chair, 2006-2011
    • Hawai‘i Country Beef - Chair, 2008-2011
    • Marketing Committee, 2008-2009
  • National Cattlemen’s Beef Association
    • Member, 1994-Present
    • Animal Health and Welfare Committee - Member, 1995-2014
    • Membership Committee - Member, 1995-2004
    • Beef Quality Assurance - Coordinator, 2006-Present
  • Hawai‘i Cattlemen’s Council (State Association)
    • Executive Committee - Member, 1994-2012
    • Membership Committee - Member, 1994-2004
    • Education Committee - Member, 1994-2010
    • Animal Welfare Committee - Chair, 2005-2010
    • President Elect/Vice President, 2008-2010
    • President, 2010-2012
  • Hawai‘i Cattlemen’s Association (County Association)
    • Executive Committee - Member, 1994-2010
    • Animal Welfare - Chair, 1996-2010
    • Membership Committee - Chair, 1994-2005
    • Vice President, 1998-2000
    • President, 2000-2002
  • National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Young Cattlemen’s Conference
    • Participant, 1996


  • County of Hawai‘i Agriculture Advisory Commission to the Mayor, 2009-2016
    • Vice Chair, 2014
    • Chair, 2015
  • Rotary International Group Study Exchange
    • Participant to Israel, 1987
  • YMCA Sustaining Membership
    • Chairman, 1998
  • Washington State University Cougar Crew Alumni Association
    • Founding Chair and Chairman, March 2005-Present
  • Washington State University Foundation
    • Board of Trustees, September 2010-Present
    • Recognition and Stewardship Committee, 2013-Present
  • Paniolo Preservation Society
    • Board Member, June 2011-Present