History of the office
Prior to 1968, the county had an elected Board of Supervisors, which preceeded the County Council, with the chairman serving as the Executive Officer for the County of Hawai‘i. Beginning in 1968 the voters elected its first mayor, Shunichi Kimura, who had been the chairman of the Board of Supervisors.
The Mayor serves as the Chief Executive Officer for the County of Hawai‘i.
Chairmen of the Board of Supervisors
John T. Moir
W. A. Todd
James D. Lewis
Samuel Mahuka Spencer
SPENCER, SAMUEL MAHUKA, county auditor, Hilo, Hawaii; born in Waimea, Hawaii, July 18, 1875; son of Ashford and Puakalehua (Auwae) Spencer; educated at Kamehameha Schools, Honolulu, 1893; married Alice Kinimaka in Honolulu, July 5, 1895; four children, Jeanette, Harry, Alice and Edith Spencer. Began business career as clerk in Territory Land Office, Honolulu, 1893-95; deputy sheriff, Waimea, Hawaii, 1895-97; bookkeeper, H. Waterhouse Trust Co., Honolulu, 1897-02; bookkeeper, Parker Ranch, Waimea, Hawaii, 1902-12; deputy county clerk, County of Hawaii, 1912-14; deputy auditor, County of Hawaii, 1914-15; has been auditor since 1915. Is a notary public and was admitted to practise law in District Court. Member F. & A. M.; A. O. F.
Clem A. Akina
Thomas K. “Lofty” Cook
Helene H. Hale
Mayors for the County of Hawai‘i past and present
(Kimura’s managing director became mayor after Kimura resigned to become a 3rd Circuit Court judge.)
(Matayoshi’s managing director became mayor after Matayoshi resigned to run for Hawaii State Senate.)
(Akana’s managing director became mayor after Akana’s death.)