Have you, or has someone you know, noticed a lack of response from Hawai‘i County via email? Due to circumstances beyond our control, emails from Hawai‘i County have recently been blocked by Google servers. This means that if you have a Gmail account or use Google as your email provider, such as hawaii.edu, or a business Gmail account, our emails may not be getting through to you.
We recognize the inconvenience this may cause and have been working diligently to fix this problem. If you suspect you have not received an email from us, please contact the Planning Department via email or phone. If you can provide an alternate way for us to contact you, that would help us keep you informed. Mahalo for your patience!
Michael Yee brings experience in urban planning, community development and housing grounded in cultural and historic preservation. He believes building trusting relationships leads to impactful collaborations in communities. Michael is a strong advocate for government to play a leading role in social justice and equity issues.
Michael earned a Bachelor of Arts, College of Architecture and Urban Planning at University of Washington and a Master in Business Administration, Albers School of Business at Seattle University.
Daryn Arai has dedicated his entire career, spanning close to three decades, to the Planning Department. His responsibilities have ranged from processing of ministerial actions such as building permits to subdivision reviews, community long-range planning efforts, and providing technical and operational support for the Windward and Leeward Planning Commissions, Cultural Resources Commission, and the Banyan Drive Hawaiʻi Redevelopment Agency. Daryn has managed various divisions within the department on both the East and West sides of the island and has found that the most rewarding aspect of his job has been working side by side with the talented and dedicated employees of the department.
East HI (Hilo side): Aupuni Center
101 Pauahi Street, Suite 3
Hilo, HI 96720
Phone: (808) 961-8288
Fax: (808) 961-8742
West HI (Kona side): West Hawai‘i Civic Center
74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Highway, Building E, 2nd Floor
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
Phone: (808) 323-4770
Fax: (808) 327-3563
A map showing the West Hawai’i Planning Office
HOURS OF OPERATION:
East Hi: 7:45 AM – 4:30 PM, Monday – Friday
West Hi: 7:45 AM – 4:30 PM, Monday – Friday
BUILDING PERMIT INTAKE HOURS:
East HI: Monday-Friday 7:45 AM-3:30 PM. Please sign in by 3:00PM
Except Wednesday 7:45 AM-12:00 Noon. Please sign in by 11:30AM
West HI: Monday-Friday 7:45 AM-3:30 PM. Please sign in by 3:00PM
Except Thursday 7:45 AM-12:00 Noon. Please sign in by 11:30AM
PAYMENT ACCEPTED ONLY AT TIME OF ISSUANCE BY DPW – BUILDING DIVISION
East HI: (808) 961-8288
West HI: (808) 323-4770
East HI: (808) 961-8742
West HI: (808) 327-3563
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