Sponsored by City & County of Honolulu, Neighborhood Commission Office
Do you want to have a say about vacation rental zoning issues or new laws or help implement changes in community policies?
You can be an influential part of the community by becoming a neighborhood board member. The City and County of Honolulu is looking for Oahu residents interested in becoming the eyes, ears, and voices of our communities. Executive Director Shawn Hamamoto joined host Jobeth Devera to tell us more about who can be a candidate for a neighborhood board. Those interested in becoming candidates can apply apply online at honolulu.gov/nco.
About the City & County of Honolulu, Neighborhood Commission Office
The Neighborhood Boards were established in 1973 under Mayor Frank Fasi to increase participatory democracy. There are 33 active Neighborhood Boards on Oahu with a total of 400 elected volunteer Board members. The Neighborhood Boards serve as advisory boards to different city agencies, departments, and organizations to ensure community input affects the decisions that are made. Each Board typically meets once a month to discuss new and ongoing issues in their respective district. Anyone at least 18 years of age, is either a US citizen or legal resident alien, and lives in their district may participate as a Neighborhood Board member.
The Neighborhood Board elections are held every two years and our upcoming elections will be held in April 2019. Candidate and voter registration began in December 3, 2018, and will run through February 15, 2019. Online and ballot voting will take place from April 25, 2019, to May 17, 2019. And the results will be released by June 3, 2019. In the 2017 elections there were 611 registered candidates and over 20,000 votes were cast. Our office is always trying to increase participation.
To register as a candidate, you can text GoNCO to 95577, or visit 2.honolulu.gov/nbe