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Hawai`i Councilmember, District 8

Duties: The County Council is the legislative branch of the County. Council is responsible for passing the laws that govern the county, as enacted by ordinance and written in the Hawaii County Code.How Elected: The County Council consists of nine members elected from geographical districts. Members are elected on a non-partisan basis. A Councilmember must be a qualified resident and registered voter of the district from which the person is to be elected for at least 90 days immediately preceding the primary election. A candidate who receives the majority of votes cast (i.e., more than fifty percent excluding blank and overvotes) or is unopposed for the office in the first special election, held in conjunction with the primary election, is deemed elected. The contest will not appear in the second special election, held in conjunction with the general election. If no candidate receives a majority of the votes cast for the office in the first special election, the two (2) candidates, receiving the most votes in the first special election, will appear on the second special election ballot. The candidate who receives the highest number of votes at the second special election is deemed elected (Hawaii County Charter, Article XIII, Section 13-27).Term: Two years, limited to a maximum of four consecutive full terms.Base Salary: Councilmember - $70,008; Chairperson - $77,016

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    Holeka Goro INABA

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Education Ed.D. Educational Leadership, Liberty University (2021); M.S. Health and Strategic Communication, Chapman University (2017); B.A. Integrated Educational Studies and Communication Studies (2016); High School Diploma, Kamehameha Schools Kapālama
Military/Community Service No Military Service
Campaign Address PO BOX 830
Holualoa, HI 96725
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Dr. Holeka Goro Inaba was born and raised in Kona, HI and has generational connections to the Kona district. As the incumbent, Holeka has demonstrated his ability to make intelligent and responsible decisions in his role as a Councilmember. Holding a B.A. in Integrated Educational Studies and Communication Studies, a M.S. in Health and Strategic Communication, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership, Holeka brings the necessary background knowledge to the job. In his bid for re-election, Holeka will continue to bring a future a focused and culturally grounded perspective to the Council.
If re-elected, Holeka’s top two goals are improvements to Hawaiʻi County’s affordable housing policies, as well as increased transparency and accountability in land use processes. Using data provided by a current county commissioned housing study, Holeka will propose a bill to revise Chapter 11 of the Hawaiʻi County Code. In addition, Holeka will also work with the community to educate and engage stakeholders in land use decisions before the County Council. Specifically, Holeka will support more efficiency in County agencies while ensuring that projects are completed as required by ordinance.
If re-elected, Holeka will continue to work with community-based advocates and organizations who advance initiatives for a greener and more sustainable Hawaiʻi. In his first term as a Councilmember, Holeka co-introduced a measure to allow only mineral sunscreens to be sold and distributed in Hawaiʻi County. Holeka will continue to support measures like these that protect Hawaiʻi’s special environment.