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NaCo Legislative Conference and General Community Update with Councilmembers Karen Eoff and Dru Kanuha

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The 2012 County of Hawaii Executive & Legislative Inaugural Ceremonies

Today the 2012 County of Hawaii Executive & Legislative Inaugural Ceremonies was held at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium in Hilo, Hawaii.

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Six new County Council Members and three returning Council Members were sworn into office today.

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The invocation and was done by Pastor Sheldon Lacsina and the Administration of Oaths by The Honorable Judge Greg Nakamura.

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Mayor Kenoi was sworn in to office and gave a speech where he thanked everyone for getting him to where he’s.

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Mitch Roth was then sworn in as Prosecuting Attorney and wished that his mother could be there to see his dream come true but unfortunately she is having medical problems and is on the mainland.

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Here is a quick look at our new Hawaii County Council:

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District I – Valerie T. Poindexter

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District II – J Yoshimoto

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District III – Dennis “Fresh” Onishi

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District IV – Greggor Ilagan

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District V – Zendo Kern

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District VI – Brenda Ford

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District VII – Dru Mamo Kanuha

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District VIII – Karen Eoff

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District IX – Margaret Wille

Candidate’s Forum Tonight at Aunty Sally’s Luau Hale

Candidate’s forum tonight, Tuesday July 10th at Aunty Sally’s Luau Hale from 5-9pm. We will have voter registration info, info tables from many different organizations, and light refreshments will be served.

At least 26 candidates have agreed to attend so far, including Wendell Ka’ehu’ae’a, Russell Ruderman, Bob Marx, John Carroll, Lorraine Rodero Inouye, Brittany Smart, Denny Coffman, Harry Kim, Dominic Yagong, Lincoln Ashida, Paul Dolan, Ken Goodenow, James Weatherford, Zendo Kern, Karen Eoff, Chelsea Yagong, and many MORE! Candidates will be making short speeches and will be available for informal talk story sessions. A town hall forum will begin at 7:30. Please bring your questions and a friend! Check this web site for more info http://7wiseideas.org/

Sponsored by Occupy Hilo, Pele Defense Fund, Puna Pono Alliance, Ohana Ho’opakele, Malu Aina, Aloha Uprising, Na Kupuna Moku o Keawe, Heiau o Lono, Na Koa Lohe o Ke Akua, and MKrug

Karen Eoff Announces Candidacy for Hawaii County Council District 8

Aloha Friends and Family,

Mahalo to all of you for your support and encouragement!

It is now official….I filed my nomination papers with the Office of Elections, and I am a candidate for County Council District 8.

I will be applying for Comprehensive Public Funding for my Campaign.

This is a Pilot Program for the County of Hawai‘i to promote “Clean Elections.”

To qualify, we need to collect $5 from 200 Registered Voters in District 8.

With help from many of you, we have over 100 signatures already and will work hard to reach our goal.

Please contact me if you would like to contribute $5 to the Campaign Election Fund and someone will arrange to meet with you.

Again, mahalo a nui loa for your well wishes and support.

I look forward to serving you on the County Council.


(www.KarenEoff.com Web Site to be launched soon)

Karen Eoff Announces Candidacy for Hawaii County Council District 8

Karen Eoff

Aloha Friends and Family,

As you know, Councilman K. Angel Pilago has announced he will not seek re-election in 2012.  After much discussion with family and friends, and with the Pilago ‘Ohana, I am happy to announce that I have decided to run for the District 8 County Council seat to represent the Kona community and the island of Hawai‘i.

I have been married to my husband, Gary Eoff since 1975 and together we moved to Hawai‘i in 1981 to join my sister who also resides on the island.  We have lived in Kona for over 30 years.  We have several “hanai” children and grandchildren whom we have helped raise.

I am a founding member of the Kohanaiki ‘Ohana in 1987, serving as President from 2004 – 2008. The organization’s mission is to protect the natural and cultural resources along the Kona coastline. The Kohanaiki ‘Ohana successfully guided two Landmark Supreme Court wins and a Legislative victory protecting the traditional and customary rights of Native Hawaiians, encouraging public participation for good government, and improving state land use laws with regards to impacts of development on our communities.

After the legal issues at Kohanaiki were resolved, the Kohanaiki ‘Ohana worked with Mayor Kim’s administration and Kohanaiki Developers to forge a “Good Faith Agreement” for a 3-way partnership (Home/Landowners, County, Community) to a create a Shoreline Park at Kohanaiki which will be dedicated to the County for a public beach park.

From my early work grassroots organizing through my more recent work within the County government, I have a strong respect our multi-cultural diversity as a community and want to help build a caring and respectful society.  I believe in transparency in government, bringing fair and balanced government to island politics, and protecting our open space and conservation lands.

I am currently working as Legislative Assistant to Councilman Pilago, and assisted him during his first two terms on the County Council as well.  I have worked under three Council Chairs.  Over the last three years I have served as Secretary to the County Charter Commission and to the County Redistricting Commission.  My track record as an advocate for Kona combined with my experience in the Legislative Branch has prepared me well to serve on the County Council.

Many of the improvements that have been brought to District 8 have come about through partnerships and cooperation.  With your help and support, I will continue to work to see these projects to completion and continue to carry on the work that is best for our community and our island home.

Mahalo to all of you who have encouraged me to take on this new role.


2009 – 2010 Hawaii County Charter Review and Public Hearings

2009 – 2010 Charter Review

This year is the fourth ten-year review of our County Charter.

The Mayor has appointed an 11 member Commission which is beginning the review process.

The Commission is seeking input from County agencies and any interested citizen or organization.

The Commission plans to hold meetings for the remainder of 2009 and early 2010, after which the proposed amendments will be acted upon by the voters in an election in the year 2010.

All Meetings are open to the public.

Submitting Public Testimony

Public Testimony can be submitted to the Commission Secretary, Karen Eoff

  • By email: keoff@co.hawaii.hi.us
  • By Fax: 808-329-4786
  • By US Mail:
  • Karen Eoff
    Secretary, Hawai‘i County Charter Commission
    75-5706 Hanama Place, Suite #109
    Kailua-Kona, Hawai‘i

Questions: Call Karen Eoff 808-327-0099

Regular Meeting Schedule

1:30 p.m.
Second (2nd) Friday of each month

Friday, September 11, 2009
Sheraton Keauhou
Kona, Hawaii

Friday, October 9, 2009
County Council Chambers
Ben Franklin Building
Hilo, Hawaii

Articles to be considered:

Articles I – IV (April 2009)
Articles V – VI (May 2009)
Articles VII – VIII (June 2009)
Articles IX – XI (July 2009)
Articles XII – XIII (August 2009)
Articles XIV – XVI (September 2009)

Community Public Hearings Schedule
Date Time Location
Friday September 11, 2009 6:00pm Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa
78-128 Ehukai Street
Kailua-Kona HI 96740
Saturday September 19, 2009 9:00am Waimea Elementary School Cafeteria
67-1225 Māmalahoa Highway
Kamuela HI 96743
Saturday September 19, 2009 1:00pm North Hawai‘i Education & Research Center
45-539 Plumeria Street
Honoka‘a HI 96727
Saturday September 26, 2009 9:00am Pahala Community Center
96-1149 Kamani Street
Pahala HI 96777
Saturday September 26, 2009 2:00pm Kea‘au Middle School Cafeteria
16-565 Kea‘au-Pahoa Road
Kea‘au HI 96749
Friday October 9, 2009 6:00pm Hilo Council Chambers Ben Franklin Building
Second Floor, 333 Kīlauea Avenue
Hilo HI 96720