Kona, HAWAII – The Hawaii State Judiciary is pleased to announce that its new courthouse will open on Tuesday, September 3, at 74-5451 Kamakaeha Avenue in Kona. The three courthouses currently serving West Hawaii will close for good at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 30.
“We are so excited to welcome everyone to the Keahuolu Courthouse,” said Third Circuit Chief Judge Greg Nakamura. “The West Hawaii community can now go to one facility for all their court-related needs, whether it be to pay for traffic citations, request court documents, take advantage of our Self-Help Center or Law Library, or go to court.”
The name Keahuolu honors the ahupuaa in which it is located.
The 140,000-square-foot facility sits on 10 acres of land. It has five courtrooms, as well as rooms for grand jurors and regular jurors; Driverʻs Education Office; Juvenile and Adult Client Services; Sheriffʻs operations; and administrative offices. There are 292 parking stalls for court visitors.
“The Keahuolu Courthouse would not be a reality if not for the vision of retired Chief Judge Ronald Ibarra, and the tremendous support of the Legislature, Governor Ige, Lt. Governor Green, as well as the Hawaii Island bar associations, the Hawaii State Bar Association, and countless others across Hawaii Island. I am deeply grateful to all of them,” said Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald. “I’m also extremely happy for the West Hawaii community. For years, we have been providing court services in three different buildings, none of which were designed as courthouses. Very soon the public will have a full-service facility where they can take care of all court-related matters in a centralized, convenient, and secure environment, and can access an expanded Self-Help Center where volunteer attorneys will provide legal information to assist them.”
All phone numbers will remain the same. The main numbers are:
Circuit Court 808-322-8750
Family Court 808-443-2177
District Court 808-322-8700
The facility cost $95.8 million for construction, furniture, fixtures, and equipment. AHL (Architects Hawaii Ltd.) was the architect and Nan Inc. the general contractor.