WarningLatest information on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) from the County of Hawaiʻi Civil Defense Agency:

Planning Department operations have been vastly affected by the COVID-19 crisis. We are adapting department functions and transitioning key staff to work from home. There is very limited access to our offices to drop-off documents. There will be unexpected and unannounced closures of the offices, so we apologize for any inconvenience.

We are also accepting all applications and general inquiries at the following email:

Hawai’i County has a centralized appointment system:

Your patience is appreciated during this COVID-19 crisis.

The Planning Department provides technical advice to the Mayor, Planning Commission, and County Council on all planning and land use matters. The Department is also charged with the administration of the Subdivision and Zoning Codes. The major Divisions of the Department are: Administrative Services, Administrative Permits, Planning, and Long-Range Planning. There is also a West Hawaiʻi Division to better serve the needs of the Kona, Kohala, and Kaʻū districts.

For more information, please visit Please be aware that this is a new web domain name; the former one ( is no longer active.


Planning Director: Michael YeePlanning Director, Michael Yee

Michael Yee brings experience in urban planning, community development and housing grounded in cultural and historic preservation. He believes building trusting relationships leads to impactful collaborations in communities. Michael is a strong advocate for government to play a leading role in social justice and equity issues.

Michael earned a Bachelor of Arts, College of Architecture and Urban Planning at University Washington and a Master in Business Administration, Albers School of Business at Seattle University.

Deputy Director: Duane KanuhaDeputy Director, Duane Kanuha

Born, raised and educated in Hawai‘i, Duane Kanuha has been a land use planning professional in both the public and private sectors for more than 40 years. Mr. Kanuha served as the County Deputy Planning Director from 1976 to 1984 and as Planning Director from 1988 to 1990 and again from 2013 to 2016. He has also served as Assistant Land Agent for the State Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), Land Management Division; served as a commissioner on the State Land Use Commission from 2005 to 2011 and served as Chairman from 2008 to 2009. In additions, he spent more than 20 years in various senior and corporate management roles within the private sector.

Private Secretary to the Planning Director: Rachelle LeyPrivate Secretary to the Planning Director, Rachelle Ley