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
I have over 50 years of experience working and networking in Hawaii and working in collaboration with county, state, and federal programs and governments. I am passionate about ʻohana (family) and fighting for what is right for keiki (children) and kupuna (elderly) especially education, healthcare, and housing.
My top 2 goals are cohesiveness in the county council and cohesiveness in our communities. I will achieve these goals by participating in regular meetings and events where I can play a major role in facilitating and leading discussions that bring people together to get work done.
As a member of the Polynesian Voyaging Society (PVS) and a Hokuleʻa crewmember I have been involved in the mission of Malama Honua which is to educate the globe on the depletion of our nature resources due to climate change and caring for mother Earth. Many of my students are now navigators, scientists, and students of environmental sciences working to heal our land to ensure we have a viable future. I will actively educate the community on the PVS Malama Honua platform and Sustainable Energy Hawaiʻi (SEH) who are working on our island to make a better future for our people.
Hawai’i Community College - Associate Of Arts
UH Hilo - Bachelors Degree(unfinished)
Work closely with Non-profits for Community Benefit.
Aloha, I’m Matt Kanealiʻi-Kleinfelder, your current Councilman, and I humbly ask your support for re-election for Hawaii County Council in District 5. My Ohana and I live in Olaʻa (Keaʻau area). My wife, Dawn and I, own Liko Lehua, run a small farm and I also have an extensive background as an Electrician, Solar Installer and Customer Service professional. My love for the residents Hawaiʻi Island, life experience and time in government make me the ideal candidate to represent our District. I have a proven track record of caring for our residents and making positive people-based policy.
The tremendous infill within Puna during COVID, increased strain on our roads, housing stock and resources. We need connectivity, jobs and services in Puna. I am working with the State to improve Stainback Highway as an alternate/emergency access road. We are also considering a Contraflow program on the Panaewa portion of Highway 11 to remedy traffic congestion. To decrease traffic and bolster local economy we must build local business community (farmers, storefronts, restaurants, etc.), add jobs, and improve County services near densely populated areas in Puna.
Prior to being a council member, I installed solar panels for close to a decade. With much of our infrastructure located at or near sea level, we are at risk due to predicted sea level rise. Each natural disaster further illuminates our continued reliance on outside sources. In my time in office, I have made pushed the adoption of hydrogen and electric buses and electrifying County fleet vehicles. I support Photovoltaic, Hydrogen, Tidal and Wind energy projects . Given our tremendous natural resources, we have the ability to become the leading example of a Sustainable, Resilient Community.