Hilo Courthouse Highlights
Photo of Chief Justice Ronald Moon (l), artist Nicholas Bleecker (c) and Chief Judge Ronald Ibarra (r). Bleecker designed Mamalahoe (Law of the Splintered Paddle representing the protection that the Judiciary provides).
Photo, L to R: Rick Keller, Chief Justice Ronald Moon, Senate Pres. Colleen Hanabusa, Rep. Jerry Chang, Lester Oshiro and Judge Ronald Ibarra.
*Photo compliments of Margaret Masunaga
The new Hilo Judiciary Complex, named "Hale Kaulike" (House of Justice), opened for business on March 30 with a building and artwork dedication ceremony on April 1. The 175,000-square-foot complex is located on the Kaiko`o Mall parcel located across Aupuni Street from the Hilo State Office Building and the County of Hawaii’s Aupuni Center.
The new facility consists of a main, three-story structure with a basement floor and an adjoining one-story wing. There are seven general purpose courtrooms, two family courtrooms, a law library, holding cells, witness rooms, attorney interview rooms and a grand jury meeting room. room.
Individuals can pay fines and file documents on the first floor. The District Court is on the second floor and the Circuit and Family Courts are on the third floor. There are also 400 parking stalls for the public and court employees.
The Hilo Judiciary Complex is a significant improvement to the Judiciary’s existing facilities in Hilo because it consolidates all court operations in East Hawaii into a single efficient, secure, modern courthouse, thereby greatly enhancing public safety and service.
All Hilo phone numbers are unchanged.