Invitation Not Needed to Participate in 2020 Census

Hawai‘i County residents are encouraged to participate in the 2020 U.S. Census questionnaire even if they haven’t received a written invitation. 

The U.S. Census Bureau does not send invitations to a P.O. Box in Hawai‘i. For those residents, invitations were to be hand-delivered to physical addresses in a process called Update Leave; however, that process is on hold until April 30 to protect the health and safety of the community and Census employees during the COVID-19 virus pandemic. 

You can respond to the Census even if you haven’t received your invitation or if you’ve lost your invitation. Go to and once you’ve started the questionnaire, follow the link that says, “If you do not have a Census ID, click here.” You can also fill out your questionnaire over the phone by calling 1-844-330-2020 toll-free or wait for a pre-stamped paper form. From the beginning of May through July, Census takers will go door-to-door to gather responses from households that have not yet responded. 

Mayor Harry Kim issued a Proclamation to partner with the U.S. Census Bureau to raise awareness and educate the community about the importance of the U.S. Census and to achieve a complete and accurate count in Hawai‘i County. That proclamation declared April 1, 2020, as Census Day. 

Every 10 years, the Federal government conducts a Census, which is the basis for distributing more than $675 billion in federal funds annually to communities across the country. These funds support the planning of various needs and initiatives, including public schools, student loans, school meals, special education, Medicaid & Medicare, health care centers, food assistance programs, public housing, first responders, roads, social services, and much more!  

Every 1% of the population that’s undercounted in Hawai‘i represents a potential loss of $37 million a year in federal funding, which equates to a loss of $370 million over 10 years. 

The Census Bureau is not a law enforcement agency; it’s a statistical agency. Strict federal law protects your census responses. By the same law, the Census Bureau can only use your responses to produce statistics. 

The decennial census will collect basic information about the people living in your household.  When completing the census, you should count everyone who is living in your household no matter what age they are or if they are related to you. 

Responding to the 2020 Census is an easy, safe and important way we can help provide for our families and communities for the next 10 years.  

Everyone counts, so let’s make sure we all get counted! Visit  

to respond to the Census and for more information.


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