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Attend Meetings - Submit Testimony

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We invite you to attend and participate in the formulation of legislation and public policy for Hawai‘i County.

Committee meetings and Council meetings are held twice a month either at the Council Chambers located in Hilo or Kona:

Council Chambers – Room 1401
County Building
25 Aupuni Street
Hilo (Map)

Council Chambers – Building A
West Hawai‘i Civic Center
74-5044 Ane Keohokālole Highway
Kailua-Kona (Map)

Your participation is also welcome at the following locations:

Nā‘ālehu State Office Building
95-5669 Māmalahoa Highway
Nā‘ālehu (Map)

Old Kohala Courthouse
54-3900 Akoni Pule Highway
Kapa‘au (Map)

Pāhoa Council Office
15-2879 Pāhoa Village Road
Pahoa (Map)

Waimea District 9 Office at Parker Square
65-1279 Kawaihae Road, Suite 109
Waimea (Map)

Please check the meeting agenda(s) on our Agendas and Actions web page about participating or testifying at these locations.

Giving or Submitting Testimony

Oral Public Testimony: Oral public testimony is heard at the beginning of each Committee or Council meeting for items on the agenda. Oral public testimony is limited to three (3) minutes per agenda item.

Written Public Testimony: The deadline for submission of written public testimony is before 12:00 noon on the business day prior to the meeting. The Office of the County Clerk will accept receipt of your written public testimony:

By mail to: Office of the County Clerk, 25 Aupuni Street, Hilo, HI 96720

By facsimile to: (808) 961-8912

By e-mail to:

Please submit separate written public testimony for each agenda item.

Written Public Testimony Submitted Past Deadline: If you miss the deadline for written public testimony, the Office of the County Clerk will accept your written public testimony at the Committee meeting. When submitting written public testimony at a Committee meeting, please see a Committee Services staff person stationed at the front entrance of the Council room and provide them with your written public testimony. The Office of the County Clerk advises that you bring fourteen (14) copies of the written public testimony to expedite distribution to the Council members during the meeting.

* Video Public Testimony: Those submitting video testimony may email a complete web address (url) to before 12:00 noon on the business day prior to the meeting. The email shall indicate the appropriate Committee or Council meeting, the meeting date, agenda item (communication, bill, resolution, or report number), and number of testifiers on the video submittal. Each video submittal shall be limited to a single agenda item. Video submittals may contain up to three (3) individual testifiers and shall each be up to three (3) minutes in length. Video testimony will not be played during the meeting; however, it will be distributed to Council Members prior to the meeting. If submitted after the deadline, Council Members will receive the video testimony after the meeting. The Office of the County Clerk reserves the right to refuse testimony containing inappropriate content or that is not in compliance with Council Rule 13 (Public Statements and Testimony).

* Allowable video formats are to be internet-based, downloadable, and accessible to this office and the general public; e.g. YouTube being the most commonly known but any, of similar functionality and format we can access and review, is acceptable.

Questions and Assistance: Should any assistance be required to locate information in these pages, please feel free to contact us at clerk-

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