In 1903 our territorial legislature authorized East Hawaiâ€™i County and West Hawaiâ€™i County, each to be governed by a board of supervisors elected by our citizens, along with our elected auditor, clerk, treasurer, and county attorney (both civil/criminal roles).
The chief executive would be the Chair of the Board of Supervisors, chosen by the Supervisors at their initial meeting. Our East Hawaiâ€™i Board of Supervisors first met on January 4, 1904, in our Hilo circuit courthouse (where today’s Kalakaua Park reflecting pond is).
Eugene H.K. Lyman was chosen as Chair of the Board. But because our territorial legislature inarticulately worded the genesis of our two Hawaiâ€™i Island counties, our Hawaiâ€™i Supreme Court invalidated such statute creating our two cross-island counties, inasmuch no provision was made for their funding and maintenance. Read more