Reapportionment Commission

Reapportionment ensures each political district has been created equally using census data. Reapportionment is conducted every ten (10) years following the census. The next reapportionment will be conducted in 2021. The Commission will review the distribution of the population and re-draw the political districts to ensure that citizens are equally represented.

Reapportionment Commission Meetings

DateTimeLocationAgendaPublic TestimonyMeeting Materials
January 26, 20221:00 P.M.Zoom | Meeting ID: 971 1967 5733

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AgendaSubmit Full Name & Testimony to: [email protected]TBD
January 28, 20221:00 P.M.Zoom | Meeting ID: 954 9668 3187

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+1 346 248 7799
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+1 301 715 8592
+1 312 626 6799
+1 929 205 6099
AgendaSubmit Full Name & Testimony to: [email protected]TBD
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Redistricting Plans

The Technical Committee Permitted Interaction Group presented the Congressional redistricting plan for consideration.

STAGGERED TERMS FOR THE SENATE

Section 8. The reapportionment commission shall, as part of the reapportionment plan, assign two-year terms for twelve senate seats for the election immediately following the adoption of the reapportionment plan. The remaining seats shall be assigned four-year terms. Insofar as practicable, the commission shall assign the two-year terms to senate seats so that the resident population of each senate district shall have no more than two regular senate elections for a particular senate seat within the six-year period beginning in the even-numbered year prior to the reapportionment year; provided that in the event of a multi-member senate district, the senators elected with the highest number of votes in that district in the election immediately following the adoption of the reapportionment plan shall fill the senate seats in that district which were assigned the four-year terms by the commission.[Add Const Con 1978 and election Nov 7, 1978; am HB 572 (1987) and election Nov 8, 1988; am SB 2234 (1992) and election Nov 3,1992;am HB 1(20002d) and election Nov 7, 2000]

Revision Note: Renumbered from section 7 under the authority of Resolution No. 29 of the 1978 Constitutional Convention.

STAGGERED TERMS FOR THE SENATE

Section 8. The reapportionment commission shall, as part of the reapportionment plan, assign two-year terms for twelve senate seats for the election immediately following the adoption of the reapportionment plan. The remaining seats shall be assigned four-year terms. Insofar as practicable, the commission shall assign the two-year terms to senate seats so that the resident population of each senate district shall have no more than two regular senate elections for a particular senate seat within the six-year period beginning in the even-numbered year prior to the reapportionment year; provided that in the event of a multi-member senate district, the senators elected with the highest number of votes in that district in the election immediately following the adoption of the reapportionment plan shall fill the senate seats in that district which were assigned the four-year terms by the commission.[Add Const Con 1978 and election Nov 7, 1978; am HB 572 (1987) and election Nov 8, 1988; am SB 2234 (1992) and election Nov 3,1992;am HB 1(20002d) and election Nov 7, 2000]

Revision Note: Renumbered from section 7 under the authority of Resolution No. 29 of the 1978 Constitutional Convention.

The following is a list of locations of each public office where hard copies of the reapportionment plans and maps are available for public inspection:

Island LocationAddress
HawaiiHawaii County Clerk's Office25 Aupuni Street, Hilo, HI 96720
Hawaii Hawaii County Clerk's Office74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Highway, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
Hawaii Hilo Public Library300 Waianuenue Avenue, Hilo, HI 96720
HawaiiUniversity of Hawaii at Hilo Library200 W Kawili Street, Hilo, HI 96720
Hawaii Kailua-Kona Public Library75-138 Hualalai Road, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
Hawaii Kealakekua Public Library81-6619 Mamalahoa Highway, Kealakekua, HI 96750
Hawaii Keaau Public & School Library16-571 Keaau-Pahoa Road, Keaau, HI 96749
Hawaii Laupahoehoe Public & School Library35-2065 Old Mamalahoa Highway, Laupahoehoe, HI 96764
Hawaii Naalehu Public Library95-5669 Mamalahoa Highway, Naalehu, HI 96772
Hawaii Pahoa Public & School Library15-3070 Pahoa-Kalapana Road, Pahoa, HI 96778
Hawaii Thelma Parker Memorial Public & School Library67-1209 Mamalahoa Highway, Kamuela, HI 96743
MauiMaui County Clerk's Office200 S High Street, Wailuku, HI 96793
MauiHana Public & School Library4111 Hana Highway, Hana, HI 96713
MauiLahaina Public Library680 Wharf Street, Lahaina, HI 96761
MolokaiMolokai Public Library15 Ala Malama Avenue, Kaunakakai, HI 96748
LanaiLanai Public & School Library555 Fraser Avenue, Lanai City, HI 96763
KauaiKauai County Clerk's Office4386 Rice Street, Lihue, HI 96766
KauaiHanapepe Public Library4490 Kona Road, Hanapepe, HI 96716
KauaiKapaa Public Library4-1464 Kuhio Highway, Kapaa, HI 96746
KauaiKoloa Public & School Library3451 Poipu Road, Koloa, HI 96756
KauaiPrinceville Public Library4343 Emmalani Drive, Princeville, HI 96722
Oahu - Central HonoluluCity & County of Honolulu Clerk's Office530 S King Street, Honolulu, HI 96813
Oahu - Central HonoluluHawaii State Public Library478 S King Street, Honolulu, HI 96813
Oahu - Central HonoluluKaimuki Public Library1041 Koko Head Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96816
Oahu - Leeward/CentralOffice of Elections802 Lehua Avenue, Pearl City, HI 96782
Oahu - Leeward/CentralKapolei Public Library1020 Manawai Street, Kapolei, HI 96707
Oahu - Leeward/CentralMililani Public Library95-450 Makaimoimo Street, Mililani, HI 96789
Oahu - Leeward/CentralPearl City Public Library1138 Waimano Home Road, Pearl City, HI 96782
Oahu - WindwardKahuku Public & School Library,56-490 Kamehameha Highway, Kahuku, HI 96731
Oahu - WindwardKaneohe Public Library45-829 Kamehameha Highway, Kaneohe, HI 96744

Reapportionment Commission

The Reapportionment Commission is composed of the following:

  • Two (2) members are selected by the Senate President
  • Two (2) members are selected by the House Speaker
  • Two (2) members are selected by a member of the Senate who is chosen by his/her peers who belong to a different political party from the Senate President
  • Two (2) members are selected by a member of the House who is chosen by his/her peers who belong to a different political party from the House Speaker
  • One (1) member is selected by three-fourths vote (6 votes) of the Reapportionment Commission to serve as Chairperson
NameAppointing Authority
Chair Mark M. Mugiishi, M.D.
Charlotte NekotaPresident of the Senate
Randall NishimuraPresident of the Senate
Grant Y. M. ChunSpeaker of the House
Diane T. OnoSpeaker of the House
Robin KennedySenate Minority Leader
Kevin RathbunSenate Minority Leader
Cal ChipchaseHouse Minority Leader
Dylan NonakaHouse Minority Leader

Notice of Advisory Council meetings may be viewed here.

An Advisory Council from each basic island unit is established to serve in an advisory capacity to the commission for matters affecting its island unit. Each of the four (4) officials designated as selecting authorities for the commission, will also select one person for each basic island unit. Each council will elect its own chairperson and may elect other officers.

The basic island units are:

  • Island of Hawaii
  • Islands of Maui, Lanai, Molokai, and Kahoolawe
  • Islands of Kauai and Niihau
  • Island of Oahu
NameIsland RepresentationAppointing Authority
Steven PavaoHawaiiPresident of the Senate
Amy W. MiwaHawaiiSpeaker of the House
Marlene MurrayHawaiiSenate Minority Leader
Jame K. SchaedelHawaiiHouse Minority Leader
Anthony TakitaniMauiPresident of the Senate
Agnes Macadangdang HayashiMauiSpeaker of the House
Robert StephensonMauiSenate Minority Leader
George FontaineMauiHouse Minority Leader
Christopher NiiKauaiPresident of the Senate
Hermina MoritaKauaiSpeaker of the House
Laurie YoshidaKauaiSenate Minority Leader
Maryanne KusakaKauaiHouse Minority Leader
Alan TakemotoOahuPresident of the Senate
Jennifer WilburOahuSpeaker of the House
Ginger K. Toma OahuSenate Minority Leader
Lynn FinneganOahuHouse Minority Leader
The Commission conducts public hearings and consults with the Advisory Council of each basic island unit during the preparation of the reapportionment plan. Within one hundred (100) days from the date all members of the commission are certified, the proposed reapportionment plan must be completed, and public notice will be given statewide. After publication of the reapportionment plan, the Commission must hold at least one (1) public hearing on the proposed plan in each basic island unit. After the public hearings, the Commission may revise the proposed plan, if necessary.

Due to COVID-19, on February 12, 2021, the U.S. Census Bureau announced a delay in the delivery of the 2020 redistricting data that would be necessary for the Commission to meet these deadlines. As a result, on July 7, 2021, the Hawaii State Supreme Court granted the State of Hawaii’s petition to extend these deadlines. The Commission is required to: “(1) issue a public notice of the Commission’s proposed legislative and congressional reapportionment plans no later than January 8, 2022; and (2) file its final legislative and congressional reapportionment plans with the Chief Election Officer no later than February 27, 2022.” View the Hawaii State Supreme Court’s Order here

Public Hearings

View Public Hearing Notice. The text is below.

NOTICE OF THE 2021 REAPPORTIONMENT COMMISSION’S PROPOSED LEGISLATIVE AND CONGRESSIONAL REAPPORTIONMENT PLANS AND PUBLIC HEARINGS RELATED THERETO

Pursuant to Hawaii Revised Statutes §§ 25-2 and 1-28.5, the 2021 Reapportionment Commission hereby gives notice that it will be conducting a series of public hearings to afford interested persons an opportunity to submit views, arguments, or data, orally or in writing, related to the proposed reapportionment plans for the Hawaii State Legislature (“Proposed Legislative Plan”) and Hawaii’s two United States Congressional districts (“Proposed Congressional Plan”).

The Proposed Legislative Plan reflects the allocation of the total number of members of each house of the State Legislature “among the four basic island units, namely: (1) the island of Hawaii, (2) the islands of Maui, Lanai, Molokai, and Kahoolawe, (3) the island of Oahu and all other islands not specifically enumerated, and (4) the islands of Kauai and Niihau, using the total number of permanent residents in each basic island units and computed by the method known as the method of equal proportions: except that no basic island unit shall receive less than one member in each house.” Haw. Const. art. IV, § 4. The Proposed Legislative Plan also reflects the apportionment of single-member districts within each basic island unit and redistricting guided by constitutional criteria. Haw. Const. art. IV, § 6. District lines were drawn to minimize population deviations between districts, preserve traditional communities, avoid canoe districts spanning multiple basic island units, and minimize the disruption to existing districts.

The Proposed Congressional Plan reflects the apportionment of two members among single-member districts so that the average number of persons in the total population counted in the 2020 United States Census per member in each district is as nearly equal as practicable. Haw. Const. art. IV, § 9; Haw. Rev. Stat. § 25-2.

The online location to view the reapportionment plans is elections.hawaii.gov.

Additionally, the following is a list of the locations of each public office where hard copies of the reapportionment plans and maps are available for public inspection:

Hawaii Island

Hawaii County Clerk’s Office, 25 Aupuni Street, Hilo, HI 96720
Hawaii County Clerk’s Office, 74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Highway, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
Hilo Public Library, 300 Waianuenue Avenue, Hilo, HI 96720
University of Hawaii at Hilo Library, 200 W Kawili Street, Hilo, HI 96720
Kailua-Kona Public Library, 75-138 Hualalai Road, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
Kealakekua Public Library, 81-6619 Mamalahoa Highway, Kealakekua, HI 96750
Keaau Public & School Library, 16-571 Keaau-Pahoa Road, Keaau, HI 96749
Laupahoehoe Public & School Library, 35-2065 Old Mamalahoa Highway, Laupahoehoe, HI 96764
Naalehu Public Library, 95-5669 Mamalahoa Highway, Naalehu, HI 96772
Pahoa Public & School Library, 15-3070 Pahoa-Kalapana Road, Pahoa, HI 96778
Thelma Parker Memorial Public & School Library, 67-1209 Mamalahoa Highway, Kamuela, HI 96743

Maui, Molokai, and Lanai

Maui County Clerk’s Office, 200 S High Street, Wailuku, HI 96793
Hana Public & School Library, 4111 Hana Highway, Hana, HI 96713
Lahaina Public Library, 680 Wharf Street, Lahaina, HI 96761
Molokai Public Library, 15 Ala Malama Avenue, Kaunakakai, HI 96748
Lanai Public & School Library, 555 Fraser Avenue, Lanai City, HI 96763

Kauai

Kauai County Clerk’s Office, 4386 Rice Street, Lihue, HI 96766
Hanapepe Public Library, 4490 Kona Road, Hanapepe, HI 96716
Kapaa Public Library, 4-1464 Kuhio Highway, Kapaa, HI 96746
Koloa Public & School Library, 3451 Poipu Road, Koloa, HI 96756
Princeville Public Library, 4343 Emmalani Drive, Princeville, HI 96722

Central Honolulu

City & County of Honolulu Clerk’s Office, 530 S King Street, Honolulu, HI 96813
Hawaii State Public Library, 478 S King Street, Honolulu, HI 96813
Kaimuki Public Library, 1041 Koko Head Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96816

Leeward/Central Oahu

Office of Elections, 802 Lehua Avenue, Pearl City, HI 96782
Kapolei Public Library, 1020 Manawai Street, Kapolei, HI 96707
Mililani Public Library, 95-450 Makaimoimo Street, Mililani, HI 96789
Pearl City Public Library, 1138 Waimano Home Road, Pearl City, HI 96782

Windward Oahu

Kahuku Public & School Library, 56-490 Kamehameha Highway, Kahuku, HI 96731
Kaneohe Public Library, 45-829 Kamehameha Highway, Kaneohe, HI 96744

Pursuant to the Governor’s Emergency Proclamation Related to the COVID-19 Response, dated October 1, 2021, the Reapportionment Commission will be conducting its public hearings remotely using interactive conference technology. The public may view the video and audio of the public hearing through a video conference link that is available online at elections.hawaii.gov. In the alternative, the public may listen to the audio of the hearing through a telephone number that is available online at elections.hawaii.gov. Each public hearing will seek to focus on a particular geographic area, but the public may provide comment on any aspect of the Proposed Legislative Plan or Proposed Congressional Plan. The following are the dates, times, and geographic areas associated with each of the public hearings:

DateTimeGeographic Area  
November 30, 2021 5:00 p.m. Kauai
December 1, 2021 5:00 p.m. Hawaii Island - West
December 2, 2021 5:00 p.m. Hawaii Island - East
December 3, 2021 2:00 p.m. Lanai
December 3, 2021 6:00 p.m. Molokai
December 4, 2021 2:00 p.m. East Honolulu
December 6, 2021 6:00 p.m. Maui - Lahaina
December 7, 2021 6:00 p.m. Maui - Kahului
December 8, 2021 6:30 p.m. Oahu -Central
December 9 2021 6:30 p.m. Oahu - Leeward
December 10, 2021 6:30 p.m. Oahu - Windward

Views, arguments, or data, orally or in writing, may be submitted at any public hearing or to the Chair of the 2021 Reapportionment Commission at 802 Lehua Avenue, Pearl City, HI 96782 or by email at [email protected]

DATED: Honolulu, Hawaii, November 3, 2021.

MARK M. MUGIISHI, M.D.
2021 Reapportionment Commission Chair

Click here to view written testimony submitted for the Reapportionment Commission Public Hearings.

Meeting DateVideoWritten Summary
December 10, 2021VideoWritten Summary
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December 7, 2021VideoWritten Summary
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December 4, 2021VideoWritten Summary
December 3, 2021VideoWritten Summary
December 3, 2021VideoWritten Summary
December 2, 2021VideoWritten Summary
December 1, 2021VideoWritten Summary
November 30, 2021VideoWritten Summary

Past Reapportionment Plans

Contact
Reapportionment Commission
c/o Office of Elections
802 Lehua Avenue
Pearl City, Hawaii 96782

Phone: (808) 453-8683
Email: [email protected]


Last Updated on January 22, 2022