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.
Portion of South Hilo, North Hilo, Hāmākua, and Portion of Waimea
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
Valerie T. Poindexter
Phone: (808) 961-8018
Fax: (808) 961-8912
Ms. Valerie T. Poindexter serves on the Hawai‘i County Council as Vice Chair of the Hawai‘i County Council; Chair of the Committee on Public Works and Parks and Recreation; Vice Chair of the Committee on Agriculture, Water, and Energy Sustainability; and Vice Chair of the Committee on Finance.
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
- Currently working towards a B.A. in Public Administration
- Chair of the Finance Committee, 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 Human Services and Social Services Committee, 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
- 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 Catholic Church Choir
Portion of South Hilo
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
- Hilo High School
- University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (Bachelor of Arts)
- UCLA School of Law (Juris Doctorate)
- 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, County of Hawai‘i, 1996-2004
- Attorney in private practice, 1995-present
- 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
Portion of South Hilo and Portion of Kea‘au
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
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 Environmental Management; Chair of the Committee on Governmental Relations and Economic Development; Vice Chair of the Committee on Public Works and Parks and Recreation; and Representative to the Executive Committee of the Hawai‘i State Association of Counties (HSAC).
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.”
- Kapiolani Elementary School
- Waiākea Intermediate School
- Hilo High School (1979)
- Hawai‘i Community College
- University of Hawai‘i at Hilo
- 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
- 2014-present, Board, National Association of Counties (NACo)
Hobbies and Interests
- Coaching youth basektball and seeing them enjoy and succeed in life
- Traveling to different parts of the world and experiencing its cultures
- Enjoys different ethnic foods
Portion of Puna (Eastern)
Hawaiian Paradise Park, Hawaiian Beaches, Makai of Pāhoa Town, Nanawale Estates, Leilani Estates, Pohoiki, Kapoho
Phone: (808) 965-2712
Fax: (808) 965-2707
- Waiākea High School
- Hawai‘i Community College
- Air National Guard (6 years)
- Chair of the Committee on Planning, 2014-2016 Hawai‘i County Council
- Vice Chair of the Committee on Public Safety and Mass Transit, 2014-2016 Hawai‘i County Council
- Chair of the Hawai‘i County Housing Agency, 2012-2014 Hawai‘i County Council
- Vice Chair of the Finance Committee, 2012-2014 Hawai‘i County Council
- Vice Chair of the Governmental Relations and Economic Development Committee, 2012-2014 Hawai‘i County Council
- Alternate Representative to the Executive Committee of the Hawai‘i State Association of Counties, 2012-2014 Hawai‘i County Council
Portion of Puna (Western)
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
Daniel K. Paleka, Jr.
District 5 Website
Phone: (808) 961-8026
Fax: (808) 961-8912
Mr. Daniel K. Paleka, Jr. serves on the Hawai‘i County Council as Chair of the Committee on Public Safety and Mass Transit and the Alternate Representative to the Executive Committee of the Hawai‘i State Association of Counties (HSAC).
- Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, University of Hawai‘i at Hilo (1996-2001)
- Hilo High School, graduated 1981
- Kamehameha Schools
- President, Da Log House, July 2009-Present
- Treasurer, Hui Malama Keiki, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping children with serious illnesses in Hawai‘i, June 2011-Present
- Business Agent, United Public Workers Union, March 2003-2008
- Adult Corrections Officer, Department of Public Safety, State of Hawai‘i, June 1992-March 2003
Volunteer Experience and Causes
- Treasurer, Hui Malama Keiki, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping children with serious illnesses in Hawai‘i
- Causes Daniel cares about:
- Disaster and Humanitarian Relief
- Civil Rights and Social Action
- Arts and Culture
- Member, Hawai‘i Island Bed and Breakfast Association
- Member, Hawai‘i Island Chamber of Commerce
Portion of North Kona, South Kona, Kā‘u, and the Greater Volcano Area
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
Ms. Maile David serves on the Hawai‘i County Council as Chair of the Committee on Human Services and Social Services and Vice Chair of the Committee on Planning.
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).
- Paralegal Certification, University of Hawai‘i Hilo, 1996 - 1996
- Konawaena High School, 1965 - 1970
- 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
Portion of South Kona and Portion of North Kona
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
Mr. Dru Mamo Kanuha serves on the Hawai‘i County Council as Chair and Presiding Officer of the Hawai‘i County Council.
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.
- 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
- Chair of the Public Works and Parks and Recreation Committee, 2012-2014 Hawai‘i County Council
- Vice Chair of the Environmental Management Committee, 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
Kailua View Estates, Malulani Gardens, Hualālai Farms, Keōpū Mauka, Kailua Heights, Kealakehe, Honokōhau, Kaloko, Kohanaiki, Kalaoa, Keāhole, Mākālei, Makalawena, Pu‘uanahulu, Waikōloa Beach Resort
Phone: (808) 323-4280
Fax: (808) 329-4786
Ms. Karen Eoff serves on the Hawai‘i County Council as Chair of the Committee on Finance and Vice 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 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
North and South Kohala
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
Phone: (808) 887-2069
Fax: (808) 887-2072
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 Committee on Environmental Management; and Vice Chair of the Committee on Governmental Relations and Economic Development.
- 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)
- Chair of the Committee on Agriculture, Water and Energy Sustainability, 2012-2014 Hawai‘i County Council
- Vice Chair of the Planning Committee, 2012-2014 Hawai‘i County Council
- Vice Chair of the Public Safety and Mass Transit Committee, 2012-2014 Hawai‘i County Council
- 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, Waikōloa, Puakō, 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 Lalamilo 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 legislative hearings to insure that the County of Hawai‘i receive 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.
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