Video by David Corrigan | Voice of Stephanie Salazar
WAIMEA, Hawaii: The Hawaii County Redistricting Commission held a hearing at the Waimea Community Center on Saturday.
The commission – appointed by Mayor Billy Kenoi – is charged with redrawing the nine county districts according to the new population totals counted in the 2010 U.S. Census.
So far, the commission has narrowed its choices down to six maps, hoping to find one amongst them that will work as the final map that will define the county’s political lines for the next decade.
Saturday’s hearing drew a crowd… many came to express their concern over a few maps that propose dividing Waikoloa Village into two different districts, using Paniolo avenue as the boundary.
Residents from Waimea and Kohala shared their opinion…
And folks from Puako offered their input as well…
There will be many more meetings held around the island… one in each current county district.
To view proposed maps, go to the County of Hawai’i website and click on the “Redistricting Commission” link.