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Free course on FEMA’s Elevation Certificates

The state of Hawai‘i, Department of Land and Natural Resources and FEMA RIX will co-sponsor a free course on Elevation Certificates (ECs) at the Community Meeting Hale, West Hawai‘i Civic Center on February, 29 from 8:00 a.m. to noon.

Conducted by Sarah Owen with FEMA RIX, the course will include various uses of the EC by lenders, insurance brokers, land surveyors, architects, and engineers, federal, state, and county government.  The interactive course will also involve participants in discussions, completing the form correctly, and covering the ten building diagrams for base flood and floor elevations.  The most common error received by Hawai‘i County Floodplain Manager are wrong base flood elevations.

EC is a requirement of Chapter 27, pertaining to the Floodplain Management in the Hawai‘i County Code for building, electrical, plumbing and sign permit applications for Special Flood Hazard Areas.

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


Design Concept Charrette December 19 & 20 for the Ka‘ū District Gym and Shelter

The Department of Public Works is holding a design concept charrette on December 19 & 20 for the Ka‘ū District Gym and Shelter.  Residents will have the opportunity to participate in the design of the facility with the project team.

At the November 15 meeting, residents shared their ideas, offered suggestions, and expressed their concerns for the facility.  Input from this meeting and comments received up to the December 6 deadline will be discussed at the charrette.  Read the comments, and notes on the Public Works web page, under Projects, District 9 Ka‘ū

The charrette will take place at the Ka‘ū High and Pāhala Elementary School cafeteria from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM on both days.

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


Community encouraged to share ideas for the Ka‘ū District Gym and Shelter

The County department of Public Works is inviting residents to share their ideas on the features and functionality for a new Ka‘ū District Gym and Shelter on the grounds of Ka‘ū High and Pāhala Elementary School.  The building will double as an emergency/evacuation shelter.

The meeting takes place on, Tuesday, November 15 at the Ka‘ū High & Pāhala Elementary School Cafeteria on Pikake Street, from 5:30 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.

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


New regulations will be in effect November 15, 2011 for National Electrical and Uniform Plumbing Codes

Prior to November 15, electrical and plumbing permit applications received by the department of Public Works Building division, is subject to the 2002 National Electrical Code and the 1997 Uniform Plumbing Code.  These are regulations are reflected in Chapters 9, and 17 in the Hawai‘i County Code.

Permit applications received by the building division after November 15, 2011 will be subject to the new regulations in the National Electrical Code (2008 Edition) and Uniform Plumbing Code (2006 Edition) for residential and non- residential structures.

New regulations to chapters 9 and 17, will be available November 15, Hawai‘i County Code.

Please direct your questions to these supervisors.


West Hawai‘i Civic Center, Kealakehe:

Electrical, Wayne Saiki, phone 323-4729

Plumbing, Steve Tossman,  phone 323-4750


At the Aupuni Center, Hilo:

Electrical, Gary Kaho’ohanohano, phone 961-8486

Plumbing, Rodney Astrande, phone 961-8487


Community workshops on proposed changes to Hawai‘i County Code, Chapter 5, pertaining to building

County staff from the Building department will clarify proposed changes to the Hawai`i County Code, chapter 5, contained within Bill 270, draft 3, that adopts the 2006 International Building Code (2006 IBC) with state and county amendments at community workshops in Kona, September 6, and in Hilo, September 7.

According to state law, the county of Hawai`i is required to adopt a building code using model codes and standards, such as the 2006 IBC, no later than two years after the adoption of the state building code.  The state building code was adopted in 2010.  The County complies with state law with the approval of Bill 270, draft 3. 

Workshops will be held on September 6 at the West Hawai‘i Civic Center, Community Meeting Hale  in Kailua-Kona from 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. and  at the Aupuni Center Conference Room, in Hilo from 3:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M., on September 7.


To view a copy of Bill 270, Draft 3, go to


To view a copy of the current Hawai‘i County Code, Chapter 5, relating to building, go to


To view a free copy of the International Code go to, and