Giving testimony at Hawaii County Council may be done using the following methods:
Video Public Testimony:
The email should include the following: date of the meeting, the name of the Committee, e.g. "Public Safety and Mass Transit," agenda item (the communications and bill numbers are listed on the county website here for Committees Committee Agenda & Actions and here for full County Council Council Agenda & Actions), and the number of testifiers on the video submittal.
Send SEPARATE VIDEOS for each agenda item. Video submittals may contain up to three (3) individual testifiers and shall each be up to three (3) minutes in length.
Video testimony will not be played during the meeting; it will be distributed to Council Members prior to the meeting. If submitted after the deadline, Council Members will receive the video testimony after the meeting.
The Office of the County Clerk reserves the right to refuse testimony containing inappropriate content or that is not in compliance with Council Rule 13 (Public Statements and Testimony), please be polite but passionate if you feel passionate.
Allowable video formats are to be internet-based, downloadable, and accessible to the council office and the general public; e.g. YouTube being the most commonly known but any, of similar functionality and format they can access and review, is acceptable.
Written Public Testimony: The deadline for submission of written public testimony is before 12:00 noon the day before the meeting.
The Office of the County Clerk will accept receipt of your written public testimony by mail to the Office of the County Clerk at 25 Aupuni Street, Hilo, HI 96720, by facsimile to (808) 961-8912 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please submit SEPARATE WRITTEN TESTIMONY FOR EACH AGENDA ITEM you wish to give testimony on.
Written Public Testimony Submitted Past Deadline:
If you miss the deadline for written public testimony, the Office of the County Clerk will accept your written public testimony at the Committee meeting. When submitting written public testimony at a Committee meeting, please see a Committee Services staff person stationed at the front entrance of the Council room and provide them with your written public testimony. The Office of the County Clerk advises that you bring fourteen (14) copies of the written public testimony to expedite distribution to the Council members during the meeting.
You can also bring a few extra copies for any media present and hand them a copy after you have given testimony.