The resolution, introduced by council member Matt Kaneali'i-Kleinfelder, came to the table after months of daily emails and phone calls from constituents regarding 5G. "There was overwhelming public concern," he said. The resolution was put forth by constituents and Kaneali'i-Kleinfelder agreed to present it to the council.
In a council meeting that lasted nearly six hours, approximately 40 people waited in line to testify one-by-one in separate rooms in Hilo and Kona set-up due to COVID. Determined to have their voices heard, testifiers persevered as there is no option to testify online from home in Hawaii County, despite the recent COVID-closure of three separate testimony locations. Written testimony in support of Resolution 678-20 was overwhelming. According to the County Clerk's Office, 650 written testimonies were submitted, almost all of which were in support of the resolution.