The Hawaii County Charter IMPEACHMENT (page 26)


“Section 12-2.1 Impeachment of elected officers.  Any elected officer or officer appointed
to a vacancy in any elected office may be impeached for malfeasance, misfeasance,
nonfeasance or maladministration in office.  The circuit court shall be a court of
impeachment for the trial of any such officer who may be charged on any of the forgoing
grounds.  The charges shall be set forth  in detail in writing in a verified petition for
impeachment signed by not less than one hundred (100) qualified electors of the county.


The court shall sit without a jury and shall proceed according to the form required for the

trial of all civil cases.


If the court sustains the charge, the officer shall be deemed removed from office and the
office declared vacant under this charter.”



From Black’s Law Dictionary



Malfeasance:  Evil doing; ill conduct.  Doing an act which a person ought not do at all.  A
wrongful act which the actor has no legal right to do, or any wrongful conduct which affects,
interrupts or interferes with performance of official duty, or an act for which there is no
authority or warrant of law or which a person ought not to do at all, or the unjust
performance of some act, which party performing it has no right, or has contracted not,
to do.


Misfeasance:  The improper performance of some act which a man may lawfully do. 
The improper doing of an act which a person might lawfully do.


Nonfeasance:  Nonperformance of some act which ought to be performed, omission to
perform a required duty at all, or total neglect of of duty.