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District 4 - Lower Puna

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Council Member Eileen O’Hara, District 4 - Lower Puna

Council Member Eileen O’Hara

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

A comprehensive list of her education, work, and volunteer history can be found here.


Legislative Assistant: Barbara Lively
(808) 965-2713

Council Aide: Kendra Tidwell
(808) 965-2712 

District 4 - Lower Puna, Hawaii County

Hawaii County Council District 4 covers the Lower Portion of Puna, including Hawaiian Paradise Park, Hawaiian Beaches, Hawaiian Shores, Nanawale, Leilani, Kapoho, and Pohoiki, as well as Pahoa Village makai of the main road.

This  map shows the entirety of District 4

Legislation Sponsored & Certificates Awarded

  • In September of last year, Bill 13 passed, which places a ban on polystyrene take-out containers.  Styrofoam take-out containers will not be allowed for use in locally packaging food in Hawaii County starting in 2019.  Before the ban goes in to effect, the Department of Environmental Management will roll out an educational program relating to this ban, and hopes to combine that with the launch of an island-wide anti-litter campaign.
  • Resolution 374 was introduced in November to ensure the Hawaiian Paradise Park 20-acre County Park Master Plan is completed before March 17, 2018.  The project is now on track!
  • Bill 81 passed, which renames the Pahoa Skate Park to the ‘Ginny Aste Skate Park’, after Virginia Aste, who worked diligently to build the skate park.


Council Presentations Requested


  • 8/1: State Department of Health on Rat Lungworm
  • 10/3: University of Hawaii at Hilo Marine Sciences presentation on Staphylococcus in Hilo Bay
  • 10/3: Department of Health Wastewater Program Manager on discharge of non-disinfected wastewater
  • 9/6: Update on Mass Transit Master Plan


Recognitions Given at Council


  • 11/2: Small Business Development center (SBDC) for promoting Small Business Saturday
  • 12/5: United States Army Civil Affairs Company D for assessing emergency preparedness and providing technical support to lower Puna
  • 1/4: Ginny Aste, for Pahoa Skate Park

Contingency Funds Granted (Fiscal Year 2017-2018):


  • Ohia Love Festival $6,500
  • Pride Parade $3,000
  • Rat Lungworm Awareness Event $4,000
  • Hawaiian Sanctuary Plant Aloha Program $5,000
  • Hawaii Island United Way $1,500
  • All Nations Powwow $1,600
  • Success Factory (STEM Program) $1,500
  • Hokulea Mahalo Sail for Puna Keiki $1,800
  • Filipino-American Heritage Month Celebration $500
  • Mass Violence Training $1,000
  • Veterans Day Parade $600
  • Prosecutors Office Microsoft Licenses upgrade $3,000
  • Outstanding American Luncheon $1,000
  • Self Discovery Through Art $2,500
  • Hui Aloha O Puna Makai (multiple workshops on traditional cultural practices) $2,500
  • PCMC (to cover uninsured patients) $5,000
  • KWXX Hoolaulea $1,000
  • Malama O Puna - Rat Lungworm Research $2,750
  • Pahoa Food Pantry (Food Basket Inc.) $1,000
  • Hui Pono Hoololona $1,500
  • HPP Neighborhood Watch Food Pantry $800
  • Puna Police Cameras $1,500
  • Pahoa Skate Park $1,500
  • Rainbow Friends Animal Sanctuary $3,000
  • Neighborhood Watch $1,000
  • Pahoa High School Grad Night $1,500
  • Kua O Ka La $2,000
  • YMCA $1,500
  • Tropic Care $3,000
  • Keaau High School Grad Night $1,000
  • CERT 360 $800


Contingency Funds Granted (Fiscal Year 2016-2017):


  • Malama O Puna Community Resource Center $2,000
  • SNAP Double Bucks at Maku’u Market $2,500
  • Forest Restoration at Keau’ohana $5,000
  • Rapid Ohia Death Research using IMOs $5,000
  • Hui Aloha O Puna Makai Kupuna Workshops at Pohoiki $1,500
  • Camp Agape, for children with incarcerated family members $2,500
  • HAAS Arts & Science Center, for video equipment $4,500
  • Hawaii Police Department HIPAL Football Clinic for keiki $1,000
  • Bodacious Ladies for Food Pantries $2,500
  • Big Island Invasive Species Committee (BIISC), for control of albizia and little fire ants $5,500
  • Rainbow Friends Animal Sanctuary, for spay and neuter clinic $3,500
  • Forest Roots Hunting Tournament and Rapid Ohia Death public awareness event $2,500
  • Hawaii Police Department training on safe streets and better interactions with the public $7,000

District 4 News & Upcoming Events

Notes from April 23rd Pahoa Community Meeting Available Here!  Click to View



Tuesday the 16th, 9:00 a.m.: Committee meetings in the Kona Council Chambers.


  • Resolution 727-18 (humane animal treatment) will be introduced in the Public Safety and Mass Transit Committee at 9:00 a.m.
  • Bill 199 (requires homeowner associations’ CC&Rs to be provided to building permit applicants) will be introduced in the Public Works and Parks and Recreation Committee at 2:00 p.m.
  • Bill 192 (environmental quality control at County properties) will be heard again in the Environmental Management Committee at 2:15 p.m.


10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.: American Job Center is hosting a Job Readiness Workshop at Aunty Sally’s Luau Hale.  Resume writing, employment application tips, interview skills, and professional attire advice will be offered.  Click here to view the flyer for more information.

Wednesday the 17th, 9:00 a.m.: Council meeting in the Kona Council Chambers.  Resolution 690-18 (tax relief for Pahoa and Volcano commercial properties) will be heard.

Wednesday the 24th, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.: The State Department of Transportation is inviting the public to participate in meetings about the Keaau-Pahoa road improvement projects.  This will be at the Pahoa community center, or the Keaau community center, same time on Thursday the 25thClick here to view the flyer for details.

Thursday the 25th, 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.: Self Discovery Through Art is hosting its final ‘Bouncing Back’ session for Puna residents effected by the eruption at the Wailoa Center.  Click here to view the flyer for details.

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.: American Job center is hosting a Job Fair at Edith Kanaka’ole Tennis Stadium!  Come with resumes and ready for interviews on site!  Click here to view the flyer for more information.



Thursday the 1st, 9:00 a.m.: Committee meetings in the Hilo Council Chambers.

Friday the 2nd, 9:00 a.m.: Council meeting in the Hilo Council Chambers.

Saturday the 10th, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.: HAAS is hosting the 3rd annual Art is Life festival at their main campus.  There will be performances and demos, arts and crafts, cash prizes, and more.  Click here to view the flyer for details.

Monday the 19th, 9:00 a.m.: Committee meetings in the Kona Council Chambers.

Tuesday the 20th, 9:00 a.m.: Council meeting in the Kona Council Chambers.


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