Maui Council 2017



This section provides an overview of the different branches of Maui County government, and documents the activities of key governmental bodies and individual officials.

Overview of Maui County Government 

Maui County is governed by its elected Mayor and a nine-member County Council, as well as a number of appointed Boards and Commissions that advise the Mayor and Council Members. The daily operations of County Government are carried out by a number of Departments, the staff of which is appointed [by the Mayor with approval from the Council].


Click here for a link to the Political Tracker page for the Mayor

Maui County Council. Members of the nine-member Council are elected every two years, and can serve up to ___ consecutive terms. Much of the County's work is done in its committees, each of which is comprised of a subset of the Council's members. “The purpose of the standing committees is to provide well-considered recommendations to the council on all bills, resolutions and other legislative matters referred to the standing committees by the council.” The Committee structure is formed at the beginning of each election cycle.

Click here for a link to the Political Tracker page for the Council. Or use the main menu above to navigate to the Tracker pages for each Council member and committee.

Maui County Government Departments

Maui County Boards and Commissions

Over thirty Boards and Commissions assist and advise departments and special groups within the County of Maui, some working more closely with various departments than others. Click here for an overview, and there are Tracker pages for selected Boards and Commissions.

Maui County Charter

The County Charter establishes the structure and organization of the government of the County of Maui. It is a constitutional document which defines the responsibilities of our local government including the following areas:

    • Incorporation and Geographical Limits
    • Powers of the County
    • County Council
    • Ordinances and Resolutions
    • County Clerk
    • Executive Branch
    • Office of the Mayor
    • County Departments
    • Financial Procedures
    • Code of Ethics
    • Initiative
    • Recall
    • General Provisions
    • Charter Amendment
    • Transitional Provisions

At intervals of ten (10) years, the Mayor, with the approval of Council, shall appoint a Charter Commission composed of eleven members to study and review the operation of the government of the County under such amendments or new Charter and to propose amendments or to draft a new Charter in the manner set forth in Section 14-3 of the Charter of the County of Maui (2015).

A download of the Charter is available here: Charter of the County of Maui (2015)

Maui County Code of Ordinances

The code contains ordinances and regulations of a permanent nature such as the Building Code, Electrical Code, Plumbing Code, and Traffic Code as well as certain rules and regulations of the Board of Water Supply and Planning Commission. Ordinances of a temporary or transitory nature, such as appropriation ordinances and changes in zoning, are not included in this codification.

The Code is a complete list of the rules and regulations which have been adopted by County agencies.

The Code was last formally revised in 1980, but new ordinances are continually being passed by the Council. These are occasionally summarized in published Supplements to the Code. For example, five Supplements were published in 2016.

The Code can be accessed here, or at the Office of the County Clerk or the offices of the respective agencies which promulgated said rules and regulations.

The Maui Island Plan

The Maui Island Plan, adopted on 12/28/2012, provides direction for future growth, the economy, and social and environmental decisions on the island through 2030.The plan is available at the County website, where you can read it chapter-by-chapter, or download the whole document. Here's a link to the Maui Island Plan.

For an overview of planning issues in Maui County see the Planning and Land Use page of the Local Issues section. For current events see the Planning and Land Use page of the Local Issue Tracker.