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New hours for front desk processing of permit applications at the Building division

The Department of Public Works Building Division announces new hours for processing permit applications at the front desks of Hilo and Kona offices effective October 1.  This change only affects applications requiring front desk clerical assistance.

The new hours will be 7:45 AM to 3:30 PM Monday – Friday, except Wednesday (Hilo) and Thursday (Kona).

Hilo:    7:45 AM - 3:30 PM and Wednesday 7:45 AM to noon

Kona:  7:45 AM-3:30 PM and Thursday 7:45 AM to noon

The office remains available to service code questions, plan review consultation, drop-off of plans and pick-up of plans/permits.

This recent change will allow the permit staff uninterrupted time for processing permit applications.

For applicant convenience, permit applications may be submitted online at anytime 24-hrs/7-days through the County web site at

Public computers within the Hilo and Kona Building Division Offices are also available to create online permit applications.

More information on becoming an online user is located at the following link:


All way stop at OhuOhu and E Puainako intersection  

The Ohu Ohu and E Puainako intersection at the corner of Prince Kuhio Plaza will be converted to an all way stop during the week of October 15-19.  Stop signs will be installed on E Puainako and turn lanes removed at this intersection. 

Motorists are reminded to follow the rules of the road, and whichever vehicle comes to the intersection first has the right of way.  If vehicles approach the intersection at the same time, right of way is to the vehicle on the right.

Roadwork will take place between 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM and is subject to weather conditions.


PV Bulletin - A Result of the August 14 & 15 Meetings


Draft Environmental Assessment for Kapi‘olani St. Extension available Aug. 23

The Kapi‘olani Street Extension Draft Environmental Assessment (DEA) will be available for public review and comment on August 23, 2012.  The project proposes to extend Hilo’s Kapi‘olani Street 0.5-mile from Mohouli Street to W. Lanikāula Street to improve traffic flow on Kīlauea Avenue, Kino‘ole Street, and the surrounding streets; accommodate bike and pedestrian travel; and provide an alternate emergency evacuation route.  Construction plans include drainage improvements, utility relocation, traffic signals at two intersections, and a concrete bridge across Waiākea Stream.  The DEA assesses impacts and identifies mitigation measures for this project.

On Tuesday, September 11, 2012, the Department of Public Works will conduct a Public Informational meeting to share the findings of the DEA and invite public comments on the project.  The meeting will be held at the Hawai‘i County Council Chambers, 25 Aupuni Street, in Hilo.  The meeting will begin at 5:30 PM with an open house portion, followed by a formal presentation at 6:00 PM, and a question and answer session at 6:30 PM.

Copies of the DEA will be available at the Hilo Library, 300 Waiānuenue Avenue and the Department of Public Works, 101 Pauahi Street, Suite 7, Hilo, Hawai‘i.

View the online version at the State Office of Environmental Quality Control website,

The 30-day public comment period ends September 24, 2012. Please submit comments by email or fax to both:

Department of Public Works
Allan Simeon
101 Pauahi Street Suite 7
Hilo, Hawai‘i  96720
Fax: 961-8630

Geometrician Associates
Ron Terry
P.O. Box 396
Hilo, Hawai‘i  96721

For information, special accommodations, auxiliary aid, and/or services to participate in this meeting, (i.e., Sign language interpreter, large print), please call (808) 961-8321.


Banyan Drive Tree and Right of Way Maintenance Work Starts Monday in Hilo

In a joint effort, the Hawai‘i County Department of Public Works and Department of Parks and Recreation will perform extensive tree-care and maintenance work along Hilo’s Banyan Drive starting Monday, Aug. 6. County crews will clean, thin out and raise select banyan trees’ canopies to complement and enhance the safety of motorists and pedestrians.

Brief traffic delays may occur, and some on-street parking will be unavailable to ensure efficient working conditions and protect private property. Alternating sidewalk sections also will be closed, although every effort will be made to provide pedestrians with a safe route through the construction areas.

Updated roadway conditions will appear on electronic message boards posted at each end of Banyan Drive. Traffic safety signs, cones and flaggers will be positioned to aid motorists. 

Work will occur primarily on weekdays, excluding holidays and furlough days, from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. Depending on weather conditions, the maintenance project is expected to last six to eight weeks.

County crews will attempt to expedite the work to reduce any inconveniences to the public, property owners or residents. However, they may have to leave the project to respond to any natural disasters, flooded roadways, tree hazards or other unexpected emergencies that occur during the work phase.

Once the tree work is completed, the Department of Public Works’ Traffic Division will replace street signs and perform maintenance work to the streetlights along Banyan Drive.

The Department of Public Works and Department of Parks and Recreation thank the public for its patience and understanding while this important and extensive maintenance project is conducted.

For more information, please contact Jason Armstrong, Public Information Officer, at 345-9105, or

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