Three council members head to Washington


Three Hawaii County Council members are headed this weekend to the National Association of Counties conference in Washington, D.C.

Hilo Councilman Dennis Onishi, Kona Councilman Dru Kanuha and Hamakua Councilwoman Valerie Poindexter are attending the annual event, which is scheduled to last through March 5. Some 1,500 county officials from across the United States are expected to attend.

All of the Hawaii council members are planning to stick to the Hawaii State Association of Counties’ priority of seeking funding for water infrastructure as one of their main goals. Onishi is taking along a list of 28 water projects countywide that are in search of about $59 million in total.

Last year, five Hawaii County Council members attended.