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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.

  Use acrobat reader    to view the pdf files   Overview of DistrictsOverview Hawaii County Districts -  pdf   file 

DISTRICT 1

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

Photograph of District 1 Council Member Valerie    T. Poindexter, Chair 

and Presiding Officer of the 2016-2018 Hawaii County Council

Valerie T. Poindexter

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

Email: valerie.poindexter@hawaiicounty.gov
Allowance/Expense Reports
Contingency Relief Fund 

Ms. Valerie T. Poindexter was re-elected as Council Member for District 1 and serves as Chair and Presiding Officer of the 2016-2018 Hawai‘i County Council. She will also be serving as Alternate Representative for the Hawai‘i State Association of Counties.

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

 Work Experience

  • Vice Chair of the County Council, 2014-2016 Hawai‘i County Council
  • Chair of the Committee on Public Works and Parks and Recreation, 2014-2016 Hawai‘i County Council
  • Vice Chair of the Committee on Agriculture, Water, and Energy Sustainability, 2014-2016 Hawai‘i County Council
  • Vice Chair of the Committee on Finance, 2014-2016 Hawai‘i County Council
  • Chair of the Committee on Finance, 2012-2014 Hawai‘i County Council
  • Vice Chair of the Committee on Agriculture, Water and Energy Sustainability, 2012-2014 Hawai‘i County Council
  • Vice Chair 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

  • President, O‘okala Community Association
  • 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 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

 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

 Photograph of District 2 Council Member Aaron ChungAaron Chung

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

Email: aaron.chung@hawaiicounty.gov
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.

Education 

  • 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

Portion of South Hilo and Portion of Kea‘au

Written Description—District 3 Written Description -  

pdf   file Map—District 2 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

Photograph of District 3 Council Member Sue Lee Loy Susan “Sue” Lee Loy




Ms. Susan “Sue” Lee Loy was elected as District 3 Council Member of the 2016-2018 Hawai‘i County Council and serves as Vice Chair on the Committee on Human Services and Social Services.

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

Education

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

DISTRICT 4

Portion of Puna (Eastern)

Written Description—District 4 Written Description -  pdf   file MapDistrict 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

Photograph of District 4 Council 

Member Eileen O'Hara

Eileen O’Hara




Ms. Eileen O’Hara was elected as District 4 Council Member, 2016-2018 Hawai‘i County Council. She serves as Chair of the Committee on Environmental Management, Vice Chair of the Committee on Agriculture, Water and Energy Sustainability, and Vice Chair of the Committee on Planning.

Education

  • Wilmington Friends School (K-12)
  • University of Michigan (Education Major)
  • San Francisco City College, A.S. Horticulture and Landscape Design
  • University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, B.S. Agriculture; Minor in Economics
  • University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, M.A. Economics; Ph.D. Natural Resource Economics

Work Experience

  • Adjunct Faculty, UHH - CAFNRM and CoBE, 1997-Present
  • Visiting Professor, DeVry University, 2007 - Present
  • Adjunct Faculty, Kaplan University, 2011 - Present
  • Environmental Program Office Manager and Community Liaison, State Senate, 2012-13
  • Business Development Specialist, Pacific Biodiesel, 2007-2011
  • Contract Manager, Hawai`i State, Hawai`i Health Systems Corporation, 2006-2007
  • Recycling Coordinator, County of Hawai`i, Dept. of Environmental Management, 2003-2006
  • Executive Director, Recycle Hawai`i, 2002-2003
  • Planner, County of Hawai`i, Planning Department, 2001-2002
  • Founding Board Member and Quality Control Officer, Hawai`i Organic Farmers Association, 1993-2001
  • Coordinator, HELCO, Remote Residential Solar Electric and Street Lighting Programs, 1995-1999
  • Owner, Dakini Enterprises, Organic Tomatoes, Cut-Flower Orchids, and Consultancy, 1986-Present

Community Activities

  • Commissioner, Environmental Council, State Office of Environmental Quality Control, 2004-2008
  • Vision Keeper, Envision Downtown Hilo 2025, 2005-2010
  • Commissioner, Cost of Government Commission, County of Hawai‘i, 2010-2011
  • President, Hawaiian Shores Community Association, 2011-2016
  • Member, Sierra Club
  • Member, American Association of University Women
  • Member, League of Women Voters

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, Kamali‘i Homesteads, Kalapana, Opihikau, Kehena, Kaimu

Jen Ruggles




Ms. Jennifer “Jen” Ruggles was elected as District 5 Council Member, 2016-2018 Hawai‘i County Council, and serves as Chair of the Committee on Public Safety and Mass Transit, Chair of the Committee on Public Works and Parks and Recreation, and Vice Chair of the Committee on Governmental Relations and Economic Development. Jen was born in Hilo and raised on the Big Island.

Education

  • University of Hawai‘i at Hilo College of Business and Economics (Fall 2014-Present)
  • Bachelor’s in Business Administration with Specialization in Management
  • Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center Basic Mediation Training
  • In the Eye of the Storm Leadership Training by Peter Adler (2012)
  • Chicago National People’s Action Weeklong Intensive Training (2010)
  • Hawai‘i Community College Liberal Arts Degree in General Education (2009)
  • Kea‘au High School Diploma (2006)

Experience

  • Global H.O.P.E (Hawai‘i’s Organization for Peace and the Environment), Organizer (2007-2012)
  • Voter Owned Hawaii, Speaker and Organizer (2008-2012)
  • Pesticide Action Network, North America Community Organizer (2013)
  • Ola Hawai‘i 2020, Cause Related Marketing and Web Production (2012)
  • Senator Russell Ruderman Campaign, Event Coordinator (2012)
  • Brent.FM, Business Administrator (2012-2013)
  • Royal Hawaiian Farms, Laborer (2013)
  • Community Organizing, Instructor (2013)
  • The Famiily Farm, Seasonal Worker (2012-2015)
  • Green Collar Technologies, Event Coordinator (2012-2014)
  • College of Business and Economics, Student Senator (2014-Spring 2015)
  • Absolute Tree Care, LLC, Marketing Manager and Accountant (2015-Present)

DISTRICT 6

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

Written Description—District 6 Written Description -  pdf   

file     Map—District 6 Map -    pdf file     Map Details (Waikōloa, 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

Maile “Medeiros” David

Phone: (808) 323-4277

Fax: (808) 329-4786

Email: maile.david@hawaiicounty.gov
Allowance/Expense Reports

Contingency Relief Fund

Ms. Maile David was re-elected as District 6 Council Member for the 2016-2018 Hawai‘i County Council and serves as Chair of the Committee on Finance, Chair of the Committee on Human Services and Social Services, and Vice Chair of the Committee on Public Works and Parks and Recreation.

Ms. David was born in Kealakekua, Kona, in 1952. 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. Maile is married to Russel David II (her husband of thirty-five years). They have two children (Leinani and Michael David) and three grandchildren (Kehaunani and Makoa Tavares, and Josiah Goulding).

Education 

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

Employment Experience 

  • 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, Legal Aid Society Hawai‘i, May 1999 – August 2004
  • Paralegal, Goodsill Anderson Quinn and Stifel, August 1982 – September 1997

DISTRICT 7

Portion of South Kona and Portion of North Kona

Written Description—District 7 Written Description -  

pdf   file      Map— District 7 Map -    pdf 

file      Map Details (Waikōloa, 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 Mamo Kanuha 

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

 Email: dru.kanuha@hawaiicounty.gov  

Allowance/Expense Reports
Contingency Relief Fund

 

Mr. Dru Mamo Kanuha was re-elected as District 7 Council Member for the 2016-2018 Hawai‘i County Council, and serves as Chair of the Committee on Governmental Relations and Economic Development.  He will also be serving as Representative for the Hawai‘i State Association of Counties.

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 Keōpū 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 Fundation, 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 

  • Chair and Presiding Officer of the County Council, 2014-2016 Hawai‘i County Council
  • Chair of the Committee on Public Works and Parks and Recreation, 2012-2014 Hawai‘i County Council
  • Vice Chair of the Committee on Environmental Management, 2012-2014 Hawai‘i County Council
  • Water and Agricultural Resources, Kamehameha Schools-Land Assets Division, Hawai‘i Island (supporting Kamehameha Schools’ Strategic Agricultural Plan)
  • Legislative Aide, Judiciary and Labor Committee (Senator Clayton Hee, Chair), Hawai‘i State Legislature

DISTRICT 8

 North Kona

Written Description—District 8 Written Description -  pdf   file     Map—District 8 Map -    pdf 

file     Map Details (Waikōloa, 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

Photograph of District 8 Council Member Karen   Eoff

Karen Eoff 

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

Email: karen.eoff@hawaiicounty.gov
Allowance/Expense Reports
Contingency Relief Fund

Ms. Karen Eoff was re-elected as District 8 Council Member and serves as Vice Chair of the 2016-2018 Hawai‘i County Council, Chair of the Committee on Planning, Vice Chair of the Committee on Finance, and Vice Chair of the Committee on Public Safety and Mass Transit. 

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.

 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 

  • 2014-2016 Council Member, Hawai‘i County Council
  • 2014-2016 Chair of the Committee on Finance
  • 2014-2016 Vice Chair of the Committee on Human Services and Social Services
  • 2012-2014 Vice Chair of the Hawai‘i County Council
  • 2012-2014 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
  • 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 Secretary to the Hawai‘i County Charter Commission
  • 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
  • 1994-2014 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

North and South Kohala

Written Description—District 9 Written Description -  pdf   file      Map—D-9MapFinal -  pdf file     Map Details (Waikōloa, 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, Mahukona, Hawi, Kapa‘au, Hala‘ula

Photograph of District 9 Council Member Tim Richards 

and Link to Tim's website

 Herbert M. “Tim” Richards III, DVM



 Dr. Herbert M. “Tim” Richards III was elected as District 9 Council Member on the 2016-2018 Hawai‘i County Council and serves as Chair of the Committee on Agriculture, Water and Energy Sustainability and Vice Chair of the Committee on Environmental Management.

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.

Educational Background 

  • Advanced Degree in Veterinary Science, Washington State University (WSU) 1984
  • Animal Science, Washington State University (WSU), Pullman, Washington
  • Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy, Graduate 1977

Employment 

  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DMV), Veterinary Associates Inc., 1984-Present

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