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Terms of Use

Thank you for visiting Hawaiicounty.gov, the County of Hawai’i’s Internet Portal. By visiting and using this web site, its subpages, and content, you are agreeing to these terms of access and use.

Notice

You have entered an official County of Hawai’i WEB SITE which may be used for authorized purposes only. This WEB SITE is not nor is it intended to be an open public forum.

Definition

As used in these terms of access and use, “WEB SITE” means and refers to all or any portion of the official County of Hawai’i government web site, or linked sites managed by various County agencies

As used in these terms of access and use, “content” includes the information, material, documents, text, graphics, images, logos, and HTML programming format (including meta tags or the meta http-equivalent), and scripts.

Terms of Use

Your use of the hawaiicounty.gov products, software, services and web sites (referred to collectively as the “Services” herein) is subject to the following terms. The term Services excludes any services provided to you by hawaiicounty.gov.

You agree not to access, or attempt to access, or allow any employee, agent or contractor to access or attempt to access any of the Services by any means other than through the interface that is provided by hawaiicounty.gov unless you have been specifically allowed to do so in a separate, written agreement with the County of Hawaii. You specifically agree not to access, or attempt to access, or allow any employee, agent or contractor to access or attempt to access any of the Services through any automated means (including, but not limited to, use of scripts, web crawlers or screen scrapers) and shall ensure that you and your agents, employees and contractors comply with the instructions set out in any robots.txt file present on the site.

You agree not to use for commercial purposes, or resell, or allow your employees, agents or contractors to use for commercial purposes or resell any of the data derived from these Services unless you have been specifically allowed to do so in a separate, written agreement with the County of Hawaii which reserves the right to discontinue your access by whatever means it chooses, and without notice, if it detects a violation of these terms. You agree that the County of Hawaii may take any action necessary, whether at law or in equity, it deems necessary to protect its rights, and the rights of others, hereunder.

Security & Monitoring Notice

This site reserves the right to collect navigational information about its users such as:

  • The name of the domain from which the site was accessed;
  • The date and time the site was accessed; and
  • The web site address (also called the URL) of the link clicked to access the site.

For site security purposes, all network traffic is monitored in order to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise conduct criminal activity. In connection with authorized law enforcement investigations and pursuant to required legal process, navigational information may be used to assist in obtaining personally identifiable information.

Furthermore, to protect this WEB SITE as well as the associated computer system supporting the WEB SITE from unauthorized use and to ensure that the computer system is functioning properly, individuals accessing this WEB SITE and the associated computer system are subject to having all of their activities monitored and recorded by personnel authorized to do so by the County of Hawai’i. Anyone using this WEB SITE and the associated computer system expressly consents to such monitoring and is advised that if such monitoring reveals evidence of possible abuse or criminal activity, County of Hawai’i personnel may provide the results of such monitoring to appropriate officials. Unauthorized attempts to upload or change the content of the WEB SITE, or otherwise cause damage to this WEB SITE or the computer system are strictly prohibited and may be punishable under applicable law.

Notice That Web Site May Change Without Notice

This WEB SITE is provided as a public service. This WEB SITE is dynamic and will change over time WITHOUT NOTICE. Users of this WEB SITE are therefore fully responsible for checking the accuracy, completeness, currency and suitability of content found on the WEB SITE themselves.

In addition, the County of Hawai’i may suspend or discontinue some or all of this public service at any time, or it may elect to charge a fee for access to or use of this public service.

Disclaimer of Warranties

This WEB SITE is provided “AS IS” and without warranties of any kind. To the fullest extent of the law, the County of Hawai’i, including each agency, officer, or employee of the County of Hawai’i, disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, including but not limited to warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose, with respect to this WEB SITE; this disclaimer of warranties includes but is not limited to disclaimers as regards the following: (1) that the functioning of this WEB SITE will be uninterrupted and error-free; (2) that any defects or other errors on this WEB SITE will be corrected; and (3) that this WEB SITE as well as the computer system are or will be free of viruses or other harmful components.

In addition, neither the County of Hawai’i nor any agency, officer, or employee of the County of Hawai’i makes any representations, guarantees, or warranties as to: (1) the accuracy, completeness, currency, or suitability of the information provided via this WEB SITE; (2) the use of or the results of the use of this WEB SITE; and (3) the accuracy, reliability, availability or completeness or usefulness of the content of web sites created and maintained by persons other than the County of Hawai’i and linked to or from this WEB SITE.

Limitation of Liability

Under no circumstances, including but not limited to, negligence, shall the County of Hawai’i nor any agency, officer, or employee of the County of Hawai’i be liable for any special, consequential and/or incidental damages that may result from the use of or the inability to access or use this WEB SITE, even if the County of Hawai’i has been advised of the possibility of such damages. Applicable law may not allow the limitation or exclusion of liability or incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitation or exclusion may not apply to you. In no event shall the County of Hawai’i’s total liability to you for all damages, losses, and causes of action (whether in contract, tort (including but not limited to negligence), or otherwise) exceed the amount paid by you, if any, to access this WEB SITE.

Copyright Notice

Duplication or use of any content from this WEB SITE for commercial purposes or in any manner likely to give the impression of official approval by the County of Hawai’i is prohibited. The WEB SITE Copyright © 2012 County of Hawai’i.

Notice of Limitation on Use of County Seals and Symbols

Use of the seal of the County of Hawai’i is restricted by law:

Whoever knowingly displays any facsimile of the seal of the County in, or in connection with, any advertisement, poster, or circular, for the purpose of conveying, or in a manner reasonably calculated to convey a false impression of sponsorship or approval by the County or by any department, agency, or instrumentality thereof, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

The preceding provision shall not be construed to apply to the use of a facsimile of the seal in any newspaper, periodical, book, pamphlet, or stationery where the facsimile of the seal is printed for informational purposes only to indicate that any article or printed matter therein originated from authorized sources of the County.

Whoever, except when authorized in writing by the County Council for official use of the County, knowingly manufactures, reproduces, sells, or purchases for resale, either separately or appended to any article manufactured or sold, any facsimile of the seal of the County, or any substantial part thereof, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

The word “sell” shall be broadly construed to include transactions involving cash donations to the seller and/or the seller’s agent or representative.

Article 28. Section 2-155, Hawai’i County Code 1983 (2005 Edition, as amended).

Links to External Web Sites and Pages

This WEB SITE may contain hypertext links to external web sites and pages containing information created and maintained by public and private organizations other than the County of Hawai’i. These hypertext links may be created by the County of Hawai’i if it determines that establishing the external link will be consistent with assisting or furthering the purpose of this WEB SITE which is to significantly and diligently promote public service to citizens and businesses by:

  1. Expanding business and citizen access to government services and government information;
  2. Offering an easy and convenient process for businesses and citizens to conduct transactions with County government online;
  3. Accelerating the development and delivery of an increased volume of quality, online government services;
  4. Improving the level of customer service from County government; and
  5. Extending electronic government services to citizens of cities and county government.

In addition, hypertext links may be created by the County of Hawai’i for informational purposes, that is, where the linked external web site will provide useful and valuable information to visitors to this WEB SITE, or where the linked external web site is required or authorized by law.

The County of Hawai’i, in its sole discretion, will determine whether the external web site meets the purpose of this WEB SITE or for the specified informational purposes. The inclusion of a hypertext link to an external web site is not intended as an endorsement of any products or service offered or referenced on the linked web site, the organizations sponsoring such web site, or any views which might be expressed or referenced in the web site.

These hypertext links to external web sites and pages may be removed or replaced in the sole discretion of the County of Hawai’i, at any time without notice.

In the event you discover problems with or have concerns regarding the format, accuracy, timeliness or completeness of a linked external web site, please contact the organization responsible for the linked external web site – the County of Hawai’i does not control nor is it responsible for any linked external web sites and pages.

The County of Hawai’i WEB SITE and pages are not intended to be open public forums.

Disclaimer of Endorsement

Any reference in this WEB SITE to any specific commercial products, processes, or services by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise, does not constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the County of Hawai’i.

Jurisdiction

Any person choosing to access and use this WEB SITE is subject to the jurisdiction of the State of Hawai’i. These terms shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Hawai’i. Any dispute arising out of or relating to these terms, or access and use of this WEB SITE shall be decided under the laws of and in the state courts in the State of Hawai’i, and you hereby consent to and submit to the personal jurisdiction of such courts for the purpose of adjudicating such dispute.

Severability

If any provision in these terms shall be determined to be unlawful, void or unenforceable by a court of competent jurisdiction, then that provision shall be deemed severable from the remaining terms and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of the remaining provisions.