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East Hawai‘i
Aupuni Center, 101 Pauahi Street, Suite 3
Hilo, HI 96720

Phone: (808) 961-8288
Fax: (808) 961-8742

West Hawai‘i
74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Highway, Bldg E
Kailua-Kona, 96740

Phone: (808) 323-4770
Fax: (808) 327-3563


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Planning Director, Michael Yee

Planning Director: Michael YeeMichael Yee brings experience in urban planning, community development and housing grounded in cultural and historic preservation. He believes building trusting relationships leads to impactful collaborations in communities. Michael is a strong advocate for government to play a leading role in social justice and equity issues.

Michael earned a Bachelor of Arts, College of Architecture and Urban Planning at University Washington and a Master in Business Administration, Albers School of Business at Seattle University.


Acting Deputy Director, April Surprenant

Acting Deputy Director April SurprenantApril Surprenant has been a community planning professional in both the public and private sectors for nearly 30 years.  She has 10 years tenure with the County and was previously the Manager of Long Range Planning overseeing the regional Community Development Plans, the island-wide General Plan, and the Coastal Zone Management Program.  April utilizes her diverse background and education in planning, architecture and real estate and is adept at intertwining various elements of these disciplines.