Hawaii County

Hawaii County, Hawaii

25 Aupuni St Rm 209
Hilo, HI 96720
Phone: (808) 961-8255
Fax: (808) 961-8912

Southernmost of the Islands, bordered on the north by Alenuihaha Channel; county is coextensive with the island. Established 1905 (prior to statehood). Name Origin: In Hawaii the name has no meaning, but in the rest of Polynesia it is the name of the underworld or of the ancestral home. Sometimes translated as 'beyond the doors of death.' Called the "Big Island."

Area (sq mi):: 5086.70 (land 4028.02; water 1058.69) Population per square mile: 41.50
Population 2005: 167,293 State rank: 2 Population change: 2000-20005 12.50%; 1990-2000 23.60% Population 2000: 148,677 (White 29.70%; Black or African American 0.50%; Hispanic or Latino 9.50%; Asian 26.70%; Other 41.10%). Foreign born: 10.20%. Median age: 38.60
Income 2000: per capita $18,791; median household $39,805; Population below poverty level: 15.70% Personal per capita income (2000-2003): $21,403-$23,500
Unemployment (2004): 3.80% Unemployment change (from 2000): -3.00% Median travel time to work: 24.50 minutes Working outside county of residence: 2.00%
Cities with population over 10,000: None
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Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim said in a phone interview Wednesday he wants to get people to work together for what he hopes will be a common goal.
ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR: Hawaii County officials started knocking on doors on several streets in the Leilani Estates area, alerting residents to flee fastmoving lava from Kilauea volcano.
Only time will tell what injuries he has," Matthias Kusch, Hawaii County Fire Department battalion chief, said.
Hawaii County firefighters, who were in touch with the home's owner, decided to evacuate the group before the water rose further.
A Hurricane warning was in effect for all Hawaii County and Maui county, including the islands of Maui, Lanai, Molokai and Kahoolawe.
The island's major tourist attraction, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, has closed during the recent increase in eruptive activity but reflects the positive role of volcanoes in Hawaii County's economy.
The report was submitted to the Hawaii County Civil Defense to help them prepare for possible threats from the eruption.
Lava has cut off access to at least 37 homes, HNN said while referring to a press conference held Friday by Hawaii County Civil Defense administrator Talmadge Magno.
'The Philippine Consulate General is in touch with representatives of the Hawaii County and is monitoring the situation there,' Consul General Joselito Jimeno said in a statement on Saturday.
The emergence of the two new vents prompted Hawaii County to issue a cellphone alert ordering stragglers in the Lanipuna Gardens neighborhood to get out immediately.
Early Monday, 161 people were housed at two shelters on the island, the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency said.

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