The state Reapportionment Commission spent more than $600,000 on redistricting plans that have since been invalidated by the Hawaii Supreme Court, a Civil Beat review of the commission’s expenses shows.

The costs are expected to increase as the panel regroups Friday to come up with new political boundaries in compliance with the high court’s ruling.

Ruling in two separate lawsuits, the court said the Hawaii Constitution “expressly mandates” that only permanent residents be counted. The commission produced plans that excluded only a portion of military service members, their families and students who are not permanent Hawaii residents from the state’s population count.

The commission spent more than half its budget — $351,722 — on a consultant that handled mapping and demographic analysis, according to the Civil Beat review of the expenses. The commission hired a company called Esri, which basically provided the computer software to build the redistricting maps.

Any additional expenses are expected to stay within the budget approved by lawmakers for the work, according to David Rosenbrock, reapportionment project manager. Legislators approved a $664,430 budget for reapportionment last session.

Rosenbrock said added expenses would include:

  • Travel expenses for neighbor island commissioners and advisory council members to attend commission meetings
  • Costs to print new maps
  • Costs to publish a new plan in the newspapers in each county
  • Costs to print a supplemental report to the commission’s final report

He said salaries for staff tied to the work have been funded through the end of February, by which time he hopes the work will be completed.

Here’s a breakdown of some of the commission’s expenses through December.

Consultant Services

  • Esri, geographic information system technology: $351,721.95

Total $351,721.95


  • Hawaii Tribune-Herald – Proposed Plan, Public Hearings: $10,768.72
  • West Hawaii Today – Proposed Plan, Public Hearings: $10,280.43
  • Oahu Publications – Proposed Plan, Public Hearings: $18,627.13
  • The Maui News – Proposed Plan, Public Hearings: $10,672.37
  • The Garden Island – Proposed Plan, Public Hearings: $12,339.60
  • Hawaii Tribune-Herald – Final Plan: $11,993.43
  • West Hawaii Today – Final Plan: $10,539.65
  • Oahu Publications – Final Plan: $15,968.91
  • The Maui News – Final Plan: $8,879.18
  • The Garden Island – Final Plan: $11,165.70

Total $121,235.12

Printing and Binding

  • Final Report: $8,159.06

Total $8,159.06

Commissioners Compensation

  • Victoria Marks: $1,050
  • Calvert Chipchase: $650
  • Clarice Hashimoto: $1,100
  • Harold Masumoto: $650
  • Elizabeth Moore: $800
  • Dylan Nonaka: $1,400
  • Lorrie Lee Stone: $750
  • Anthony Takitani: $1,050
  • Terry Thomason: $800

Total $8,250

Commissioners’ Travel (Per Diem/Expenses)

  • Victoria Marks: $143
  • Harold Masumoto: $43
  • Dylan Nonaka: $145
  • Anthony Takitani: $4,929.17

Total $5,260.17

Advisory Councils Compensation

  • Mark Andrews, Maui: $200
  • James Arakaki, Hawaii: $450
  • Christopher Chang, Maui: $250
  • Joanne Georgi, Kauai: $600
  • Richard Ha, Hawaii: $300
  • Kaaina Hull, Kauai: $200
  • Glenn Ida, Oah: $1,000
  • Nathaniel Kinney, Oahu: $300
  • Barry Lamb, Hawaii: $350
  • Randall Nishimura, Kauai: $350
  • Michael Palcic, Oahu: $0
  • Frederick Rohlfing, Maui: $250
  • David Ross, Hawaii: $50
  • Madge Schaefer, Maui: $400
  • Linda Smith, Oahu: $850

Total $5,550

Advisory Council Travel (Per Diem/Expenses)

  • Mark Andrews, Maui: $10
  • James Arakaki, Hawaii: $63.67
  • Christopher Chang, Maui: $10
  • Joanne Georgi, Kauai: $120
  • Richard Ha, Hawaii: $200.61
  • Barry Lamb, Hawaii: $31.50
  • Randall Nishimura, Kauai: $25.19
  • Frederick Rohlfing, Maui: $20
  • Madge Schaefer, Maui: $50

Total $530.97

Staff Compensation

  • Office staff, regular pay (as of Dec. 5): $83,613.29

Total $83,613.29
Parking Passes

  • Auto Management – Parking Passes: $500

Total $500

Since the Supreme Court’s Jan. 4 ruling, the Reapportionment Commission has asked the court to reconsider its decision and clarify its opinion.

The commission will need to act quickly on its replacement plan. Feb. 1 is the first day candidates can begin to file to run for the state’s 76 legislative seats.

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