ALAN M. ARAKAWA
DANILO F. AGSALOG
COUNTY OF MAUI
DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE
200 S. HIGH STREET
WAILUKU, MAUI, HAWAII 96793
MARK R. WALKER
IMPORTANT NOTICE – NEW ELECTRONIC BIDDING/VENDOR
To our Contractors and Vendors,
The County of Maui Purchasing Division is proud to announce a new partnership with Public
Purchase, a web based e-Procurement service. The purpose of this new service is to provide the
County of Maui with additional e-procurement capabilities in order to improve efficiencies
between the County of Maui and the contracting community.
The initial benefit of the e-procurement system will be that the County of Maui will now have a
vendor registration function. Until now, we were unable to post construction bid documents on
our website because the County of Maui had no way of knowing who was downloading our
specifications, or who might be planning to submit a bid. Posting construction bid documents on
our website would have been unacceptable to the subcontracting community, who need to know
which general contractors to submit a bid to. With the use of the Public Purchase system, a plan-
holders list will be available to anyone who has registered on the Public Purchase system.
This system will provide you with automatic notification and transmittal of bid solicitations to
vendors. In addition, Public Purchase gives you access to bid opportunities with other
government entities. All of this is provided at no charge to you.
The County of Maui will implement the Public Purchase system slowly, starting with
construction projects. We want to start slowly so that we all can become familiar with the use of
the software, and be able to deal with the learning curve on a small scale. For the initial
implementation, we will continue to list our projects on our website, with a link to the Public
Purchase website for construction projects. Once we become more comfortable, we plan to
expand it to all of our non-construction solicitations for all goods and services, with a direct link
from the County of Maui home page. For construction contractors needing plans and
specifications for a project listed on Public Purchase, or subcontractors who just want to see
which general contractors are bidding, you will need to complete the two step vendor registration
process outlined below. If you are a non-construction vendor, we will still post the notifications
separately, but we encourage you to register now as it is our intention to expand this to all of our
solicitations. One note on implementation: Our counterparts at the County of Hawaii have been
using Public Purchase for a few months now. They informed us that their only implementation
problem was that some of their vendors failed to realize that you have to register twice; once
with Public Purchase and once with the County of Maui. So please note that you have to
register twice as detailed below:
1. Register with Public Purchase:
Use the link below to begin the registration process. It can take up to 24 hours for your
account to become active. You will receive an email from firstname.lastname@example.org
letting you know your account is activated. Be sure and add this email address to your
contacts to avoid the bid notification emails being sent to your junk folder.
If you are already registered with Public Purchase previously please proceed directly to
2. Register with County of Maui:
A. Once you have received your activation email from Public Purchase log into
www.publicpurchase.com and accept the terms and conditions of use.
B. Then click on the link below to start your registration process with County of Maui.
Begin by selecting the NIGP Commodity Codes that relate to your business so you can
receive email notifications of future bid opportunities. You may be prompted to fill out a
W-9 for the County of Maui records and for tax purposes. This form must be completed
before you will be considered a vendor for the County of Maui even if County of Maui
already has a W-9 from you on file.
C. If, for any reason, the link below fails, you can follow the following procedure to
complete the registration process:
Use the Public Purchase link in Step 1 and log in. Then click “Select Region,”
and “Select Agency.” After selecting County of Maui, click on the “Register with
County of Maui” on the right hand side of the County of Maui's logo
It is important that this second part of the registration is complete or you will not receive
notifications of upcoming quote opportunities from the County of Maui. It is your responsibility
to keep the information up to date, particularly the contacts and email addresses.
If you have need any technical assistance with this process please contact Public Purchase at
email@example.com. Or use their Live Chat during business hours. It can be found in
the upper left corner of the web site. If you have any questions for the County of Maui, please
contact Greg King (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jared Masuda (email@example.com) in
the Purchasing Division.