Public Hearing Notice

Posted on Nov 8, 2021 in Main

View the Public Hearing Notice. The text of the notice 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