Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s Facebook Page

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell obviously has a public Face Book page. Like a typical politician, a reader can see spin and disinformation. As case in point is the above post on Kuly 10, 2019 by the Mayor’s Communications Team.

But Honolulu residents has their own opinions. See some of the comments.

The Mayor cannot legally censor or delete the public’s comments: https://www.aclu.org/blog/free-speech/internet-speech/court-rules-public-officials-cant-block-critics-facebook

What do you think?

NEW VACATION RENTAL LAWS For Honolulu, Oahu

  The City and County of Honolulu City Council adopted Bill 89 and Bill 85 on June 17, 2019 after many long and contentious hearings.

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell signed Bill 89 into law on June 25, 2019. On July 3, the City Council chose not to address Bill 85 Veto.

Here is the information provided by the Department of Planning and Permitting:

 June 21, 2019

City Department of Planning and Permitting

New Regulations on Short-Term Rentals

Bill 89 CD2 was adopted by City Council on Monday, June 17. It is awaiting action by Mayor Kirk Caldwell. Its main points:

 _Allows a limited number of new Bed and Breakfast Homes (B&B) in non-resort areas under a new registration process, with annual renewal required.

 _Continues to prohibit Transient Vacation Units, or “unhosted” rentals, in non-resort areas, unless the dwelling has a Nonconforming Use Certificate (NUC).

 _Regulates hosting platforms, such as Expedia or Airbnb, requiring monthly reports to be filed with the Department of Planning and Permitting, which will share the information with City Council.

 _Makes illegal any form of advertising short-term rentals which are not in compliance with zoning regulations as provided in Bill 89. Bill 89 CD2: http://bit.ly/2Kt9Qu9

The following Questions and Answers are based on the assumption that Bill 89 CD2 will shortly be enacted into law.

ADVERTISING

I own an unhosted, “whole house,” or Transient Vacation Unit. I pay taxes. Can I continue to advertise online and in the local newspaper?

Only if the dwelling has a NUC or is located in a resort district.

When will the department start enforcing the new advertising restrictions?

Beginning August 1, 2019.

What are the fines for illegal advertising?

Owners of the property involved in illegal advertising will be notified, and if the advertisement is taken down in 7 days, no fine will be imposed for a first offense. If not taken down within this deadline, fines of between $1,000 and $10,000 can be imposed for each day the advertisement remains on display.

If the management company for my property places an illegal ad, will the company get cited?

They may be cited, but Bill 89 CD2 says, “The burden of proof is on the owner of the subject real property to establish that the property is not being used as a bed and breakfast home or transient vacation unit or that the advertisement was placed without the property owner’s knowledge or consent.”

REGISTRATION OF NEW BED AND BREAKFAST HOMES

I have been operating a Bed and Breakfast Home for several years. Do I still have to obtain a registration number?

Yes, unless you have a NUC.

I only rent out my house for more than 30 days at a time. Do I need to register?

No.

I only rent my house while my family spends 2 weeks each year visiting family on the mainland. Do I need to register? When can I register?

Registration will begin no sooner than October 1, 2020.

Why do we have to wait more than year to register?

The time is required for the Department to develop more specific procedures for implementing Bill 89 CD2, including the adoption of rules, and creating the software to help with enforcement and the registration process. If necessary, it provides time to acquire more staff and to train them.

What are the registration requirements?

There are more than a dozen requirements. Most notable:

 _Applicants must be “natural persons,” and not an organization or company

 _Applicants must have a home exemption granted under real property tax law

 _There must be insurance coverage for bed and breakfast use

 _The initial registration fee is $1,000. For annual renewals, the fee is $2,000

 _No more than 2 bedrooms can be used for visitor accommodations

 _Quiet hours must be observed between 10 pm and 8 am

 _If part of a homeowners or apartment owners association, approval by that association must be obtained

 _Neighbors within 250 feet must be given a phone number to contact to make complaints 24 hours a day

For the complete list of requirements, refer to Bill 89 CD2: http://bit.ly/2Kt9Qu9 3

Are there other requirements?

Density Limit. No more than 0.5% of the total number of dwelling units in each regional development plan area (DPA) can be used as B&Bs. Here are the limits by area:

New B&Bs are not allowed in the North Shore area, based on directives of the North Shore Sustainable Communities Plan: http://bit.ly/2Y4QpLg

Condominium Limit. Up to 50% of units in a condominium building may be allowed a B&B, subject to AOAO approval.

Nontransferable. Registration numbers are not transferable to another property, nor transferable to another homeowner.

Separation Minimum. B&Bs must be at least 1,000 feet from each other. This does not apply to units in resort areas and NUCs.

Renewal Criteria. Noise and other nuisance complaints can be grounds to deny renewal requests.

For the complete list of requirements, refer to Bill 89 CD2: http://bit.ly/2Kt9Qu9

How long will it take to get registered?

It is not yet determined. An online registration process is anticipated, but certain requirements will have to be verified; e.g. compliance with parking requirements.

If only a limited number of registration numbers will be given out, how can I guarantee to get one?

There is no provision for guarantees.

How will it be determined who gets a registration number?

Generally on first-come, first-served basis. If the number of requests exceeds the limit for a DPA, then a lottery will be held.

How will the lottery system work?

This will be fleshed out in the Rules. There will be a public hearing on the draft Rules before they are finalized.

I am currently operating a B&B, and do not have a NUC, so will need to register. Will I get priority in the registration process?

No.

Can I advertise and operate a short-term rental once I register?

No. To avoid a citation, operation cannot occur until the registration process has been completed and registration number issued.

MORE INFORMATION

Note that DPP has not mentioned about the property tax designation to “Resort”.  It’s unclear whether it would be based only on the two bedrooms of a home.

Refer to the Department’s website:honoluludpp.org

Email the Department:info@honoluludpp.org

Call the Department:

Advertising Restrictions: 768-8127

Registration Process: 768-8127

General Zoning Information: 768-8252

Make a complaint: 768-8127

Public Information Officer: 768-8284

Choon James has been a real estate broker for over 30 years. She can be reached at 808 293 8888 ChoonJamesHawaii@gmail.com 

Daniel James has been a Real Estate Associate for 5 years. He can be reached at 808 542- 5165 http://www.HawaiiRealEstateOhana.com


IMPEACH Mayor Kirk Caldwell

Download Petition here! http://www.ImpeachMayorKirkCaldwell2019.com

Not registered to vote? No Problem! REGISTER to vote here!          

    PETITIONS TO IMPEACH MAYOR KIRK CALDWELL

Persons of contact: Choon James 808 293 8888 Kapohuolahaina Moniz Pa Dave Moskowitz 203 8898 EMAIL: ImpeachMayorCaldwell2019@gmail.com

We are severely concerned with the malfeasance, misfeasance, and non-feasance behavior that have been happening at City Hall.

We have watched with horror the escalating mismanagement and runaway costs of the mismanaged and outdated Honolulu Rail Transit project. The Rail project was grossly under-estimated at $2.7 BILLION in 2006. Today, it’s escalating to $10 Billion with unknown costs. Even the Operations & Maintenance costs and ridership revenues are unknown. The Rail project is now under federal investigations. There are relentless reports of mismanagement and fiscal mishaps about the rail but Mayor Caldwell acts oblivious to them.

Consequently, core services are being undermined while our taxes and fees are escalating. GET/property taxes have increased. “Residential A” property taxes for local landlords who provide services to long-term renters have tripled, triggering rent increases. Other fees like vehicle registrations, sewer and water fees have increased. Our mainstream residents are struggling with these escalating costs of living.

The last two years had more Hawaii residents LEAVING, due mostly to “high costs of living”. We’re being priced out of our house and home.

The list of Mayor Caldwell’s arrogance, corruption, and mismanagement includes, but not limited to, the following: The independent Ethics Commission Director Mr. Chuck Totto was ousted. The former Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha is on trial at the federal courts. The Mayor’s chief Corporation Counsel Donna Leong is on paid leave, related to the   Kealoha federal investigations. The city’s Prosecutor is being investigated and on paid leave.

Homelessness, crime, environmental degradation, monster homes, violations of residents’ civil rights, violations of state and US Constitution that force the city to pay for settlement awards, abuse of the Community Development Block Grants and so on. Mayor Caldwell is not responding to severe land-use and planning concerns relating to, but not limited to, the Ala Moana Regional Beach Park, the Sherwood Forest Beach Park in Waimanalo. The cries of residents to have basic clean and well-managed beach parks and other public facilities in ALL parts of Oahu are ignored.

Every day, we see the Mayor’s bad behavior and we feel angry but helpless. We see our beloved island worsening. We see ourselves being forced to pay the price for his bad management and bad decisions.

We cannot afford to give Mayor Caldwell any more time to further destroy our island and price us out of our homes and island.

Today, we’re taking a stand and rising up. We need and want new leadership of honesty and transparency and putting RESIDENTS FIRST!

We want fairness, even application of the law and city’s funds across Oahu.

We want to do away with political “pay to play” games at the taxpayers’ expense.

We want our neighborhoods to be clean and safe.

 We want to protect Oahu’s overarching environment, sustainability, safety, and prosperity for our children and their future.  

We want to live in our beautiful island and not be priced out!

We want to take our government back!!!

Please kokua. Stand up and be counted! Please sign the petition to impeach Mayor Caldwell to send him a message that we’re not happy with the direction Oahu is heading! Mahalo!

OPEN LETTER TO HONOLULU MAYOR KIRK CALDWELL

The Waimanalo General Public was alarmed when they noticed bulldozers grubbing the wooded Sherwoods Forest Beach Park on and around mid-April 2019. The Waimanalo Bay Beach Park Master Plan Environmental Assessment (EA) was completed on June 12, 2012

Photo by Jody Green

Date: May 23, 2019

To: Office of the Mayor
City and County of Honolulu
530 South King Street, Room 300
Honolulu, Hawai`i 96813

Subject: An open letter to Mayor Caldwell requesting community consultation and further environmental review on the Waimānalo Bay Beach Park Master Plan

We are writing in support of community efforts to obtain consultation and clarification on the 2012 Waimānalo Bay Beach Park Master Plan. Our groups support community engagement with public processes and proper review of environmental impacts of projects planned on public lands and especially our treasured beach parks. Many longtime Waimānalo residents and leaders, including Nā Kuaʻāina o Waimānalo, expressed that this plan does not reflect todayʻs community needs and priorities.

We understand a final environmental assessment was accepted in 2012, but since that time the community, Waimanalo, and even the Master Plan project have undergone significant changes. 

– The Plan identified uses of R-1 water, but the Waimanalo water treatment plant does not recycle water to an R-1 level. Where will the water be sourced from? 

– How will new traffic projects planned for areas adjacent to the park exacerbate the previously reviewed environmental impacts?

– The initial project provided that grubbing wouldn’t occur between April 15 and August 15 to avoid interfering with the breeding season of the endangered ʻōpeʻapeʻa (Hawaiian hoary bat). However, the final plans changed the time period to June 1 to September 15 without a clear explanation. How is the City certain that this important species will be protected? 

– The community has documented instances of archaeological monitoring violations during grubbing. How can the community be better assured iwi and historical sites are protected?

Communities that value Waimanalo beach park have many concerns. Neither the Master Plan nor the environmental review documents have answered them. We urge project proponents to immediately cease tree-clearing and call together a public hearing to answer the community’s cogent questions. Further environmental review and consultation is prudent and needed.

We are a coalition of Hawai‘i-based nonprofit groups organized around protection of our communities’ parks, open spaces, and cultural resources. 
Nā Kuaʻāina o Waimānalo is a community association of ʻaloha ʻāina assembled to protect Waimanalo.
KAHEA: The Hawaiian-Environmental Alliance has been advocating for the rights of Hawaiian communities in our precious natural resources since 2000. 
Hawaii’s Thousand Friends is a non-profit environmental, land and water use organization dedicated to ensuring that Hawaii’s natural and cultural resources are protected for present and future generations. 
O‘ahu Island Parks Conservancy advocates for sustained protection and preservation of public landscapes and open spaces including historic parks, scenic byways, greenways, natural spaces, and related view planes, to benefit the people of Hawai‘i and future generations. 
The Outdoor Circle’s mission is to conserve and enhance the natural beauty and resources of our islands for future generations by providing and promoting environmental education and activities that cultivate respect and appreciation for Hawai‘i’s unique natural environment. 
The Hawai`i Alliance for Progressive Action seeks to catalyze community empowerment and systemic change towards valuing ʻāina and people ahead of corporate profit. 
Save Ala Moana Beach Park Hui is a community association dedicated to principles of preserving our public park spaces.
The Hawaii Audubon Society has been fostering community values that result in protection and restoration of native wildlife and ecosystems and conservation of natural resources through education, science and advocacy in Hawaii and the Pacific since 1939.

Mahalo for considering our concerns.

Please contact Kalani Kalima , Donna Wong or Bianca Isaki bianca@kahea.org with any questions.

Me ke aloha,

Kalani Kalima, Nā Kuaʻāina o Waimānalo
Bianca Isaki, KAHEA: The Hawaiian Environmental Alliance
Donna Wong, Hawaii’s Thousand Friends
Michelle Matson, O‘ahu Island Parks Conservancy
Winston Welch, The Outdoor Circle
Anne Frederick, Hawai`i Alliance for Progressive Action
Shar Chun-Lum, Save Ala Moana Beach Park Hui
Linda Paul, Hawai`i Audubon Society

Cc: 
Council chair Ikaika Anderson
Councilmember Heidi Tsuneyoshi
Councilmember Tommy Waters
Councilmember Anny Kobayashi
Councilmember Carol Fukunaga
Councilmember Joey Manahan
Councilmember Brandon Elefante
Councilmember Ron Menor
Councilmember Kymberly Pine
Kamakana Ferreira, Office of Hawaiian Affairs
Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, O`ahu Island Burial Council
Alan Downer, State Historic Preservation Division
Senator Laura Thielen
Representative Cynthia Thielen
Representative Chris Lee 

IMPEACH Honolulu Mayor Caldwell Now!

We the citizens have watched with horror the escalating mismanagement and runaway costs of the outdated Honolulu Rail  Transit project. The Rail project was estimated at $2.7 BILLION in 2006. Today, it’s climbing to $10 Billion, with unknown future costs. Even the Operations & Maintenance (O&M) costs and ridership revenues are unknown. The Rail project is under federal investigations.

Consequently, core services are being undermined while our taxes and fees are escalating. Our property taxes have increased. Our vehicle registrations have increased. Our sewer fees have increased. Mayor Caldwell now wants to even charge us garbage fees.   Our mainstream residents will not withstand these escalating costs of living.

More of our people are leaving Hawaii the past two years, due mostly to “high costs of living”. Young parents are holding down two or three jobs to make ends meet only to face more escalating fees and costs. We’re being priced out of our house and home.

Furthermore, we the citizens are angry at the malfeasance, misfeasance, and non-feasance behavior that have been happening at City Hall. 

The list of corruption and mismanagement is long! The independent Ethics Commission Director Mr. Chuck Totto was ousted. The Mayor’s chief Corporate Counsel Donna Leong is on paid leave due to federal investigations. The former Honolulu Police Chief Kealoha is on trial at the federal courts. The city’s Prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro is being investigated and on paid leave. 

Homelessness, crime, environmental degradation, monster homes, violations of residents’ civil rights, violations of state and US Constitution that force the city to pay for settlement awards, abuse of the Community Development Block Grants and so on. Mayor Caldwell is not responding to severe concerns relating to the Ala Moana Regional Beach Park, the Sherwood Forest in Waimanalo, the cries of residents to have basic clean and well-managed beach parks and other public facilities in all parts of Oahu.

We the citizens see the Mayor’s bad behavior; we feel angry but helpless. We see our beloved island worsening. We see ourselves being forced to pay the price for his bad management and bad decisions. 

We cannot afford to give Mayor Caldwell any more time to further destroy our island values and push us out of our homes and island.

Today, let’s take a stand and rise up. We need and want new leadership based honesty and transparency and putting residents first! We don’t need a mayor who disses ordinary people in his city hall kuleana but holds a second job as a Bank Director for $250K a year.

We want fairness, even application of the law and city’s funds across Oahu. 

We want to do away with political “pay to play” games at the taxpayers’ expense. 

We want our neighborhoods to be clean and safe. We need public facilities to be managed well and consistently. We don’t want to have to beg for core services for our communities.

 We want to protect Oahu for our children and their future.  We want an
Oahu where all have the opportunities to work hard and succeed!

We want to live happily in our beautiful island and not be priced out!

We want to take back our government!

REGISTER TO VOTE now if you’re not a registered voter.



Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s Relentless Social Media PR

Are Taxpayers Paying for Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s Social Media Posts?

What do you think of this facebook post, the day after Thanksgiving 2018?

Have you ever wondered what some of the filtered/deleted comments were in the Mayor’s posts?

I’ve heard Honolulu Residents who are blocked from the Honolulu Mayor’s FB page. Some comments that I’ve read are pretty witty and caustic but to the point. Some are really funny. I think there are always implanted trolls who praise him or his ventures to hyperbolic proportions.

Are we taxpayers paying for these Facebook posts? How many public relations people does the Mayor of Honolulu employ at Honolulu Hale?

 

LydiaLee Kamiya Happy Aloha Friday Mayor!
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Josephine MontecilloJosephine has a badge showing that they are a constituent of Kirk Caldwell Happy Aloha Friday / National Expresso Day
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Adrienne Wilson-Yamasaki Thank you, Mayor Caldwell
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Alan Bolosan CampoAlan has a badge showing that they are a constituent of Kirk Caldwell ☕️ *
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Wahine NuiWahine has a badge showing that they are a constituent of Kirk Caldwell In history…. kanaka Maoli eat the HAOLE white man… captain Crook….🇺🇸🐺🇺🇸🐺🇺🇸
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Rebecca LeeRebecca has a badge showing that they are a constituent of Kirk Caldwell Mayor Kirk Caldwell forgets hes white. He thinks hes Japanese.

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George LaValleGeorge has a badge showing that they are a constituent of Kirk Caldwell Those espresso printers kinda take the fun out of latte art.

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Sandy Watanabe Amazing! Thank you for your Hard Work!

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Kai Abellira Someone pour sour milk in that coffee
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Rebecca LeeRebecca has a badge showing that they are a constituent of Kirk Caldwell You mean bleach
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Patrick Kelly Shameless self promotion…
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Helen Patang Oh my…Is that for real. Nice

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Robert F. Kay Puhleeez…
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Mayor Kirk Caldwell Holds another Press Conference – Honolulu Rapid Rail Transit

Mayor Kirk Caldwell held yet another LIVE press conference. It’s interesting how this Mayor
always blames or hide behind something or someone else. This time, it’s the Hawaii State
Legislature’s mandate. Oftentimes, its the mysterious Wizard of Oz FTA. He has blamed the
rush or deadlines on FTA but so far, these rush and deadlines have proven to be moving
targets. Or he would say “the FTA wants this and the FTA wants that” as if the FTA is an ogre
to be feared or kow-tow to.
Perhaps the most illogical and egregious is the hell-bent agenda to protect the $1.55 Billion
from the federal government. The project started at $3.6 Billion. It’s now estimated at $10 Billion. How does it make sense to thrown away at least 6 more billions of dollars into this fiasco to protect the initial $1.55 Billion?
Mayor Kirk Caldwell was live.
46 mins

Mayor Caldwell announces selection of funfing mechanism for $44 million for rail. Use of these funds was mandated by the state Legislature through the passage of Act 1 in 2017.

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Kai LorincKai has a badge showing that they are a constituent of Kirk Caldwell34:11 We really need to vote them out. Wait until the real estate market resets what are you going to do then.
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Cynthia Ahn31:41 That’s alot of money that could be used else where that would make a Huge difference in people’s lives!!!
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Sheila Gage27:07 U had no right to touch the general funds…end the rail…

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Joseph Kaahema Simpliciano14:16 So back in 2017 this was already a plan to use these funds?

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Lowell Nagata28:33 How about the city set up a GoFundMe account for rail (but with no end date)? 😀

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Cynthia Ahn29:28 The Rail is more important than the “HOUSELESS”

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Elgin Awong2:12 Hey stupid it’s still going to the rail. BS will continue to have reporters come to the tax payers office. Not yours.

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Manu Sanders23:58 I wish Council would get their act together. All this delay is just making it cost more… should have done it back in the 70’s!

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Mayor Kirk Caldwell: Honolulu Rail Transit Fiscal Woes

Mayor Kirk Caldwell Pushes Rail Forward Despite Public Protests

Mayor Kirk Caldwell Touts Bill 42 as a “Historic Bill”. It’s credibly profound that despite relentless and robust public sentiments against the runaway rail project, the Mayor and his
affiliates push on. Below are samples of public sentiments on the Mayor’s facebook page. Comments that are worse are already taken out. Some residents claim the Mayor has blocked them from commenting. It’s also a known fact that the Mayor’s staff and trolls participate in social media to support the Mayor.
The Mayor spends a tremendous amounts of efforts through the social media include FACEBOOK LIVE. Often, he initiates his spat with the Honolulu City Council through press conferences, without first making the effort to reach out to the Council members who are situated a floor below his offices.

Press conference for signing of Bill 42 (2017), CD2 which allows the use of a maximum of $214 million in city general funds for rail. Mayor Caldwell has been pressing City Council leadership to pass the bill since last year.

The $214 million amount was mandated by the state Legislature through the passage of Act 1.

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Natalie Iwasa10:13 Special council meeting is set for Wed., Nov. 7. Agenda is here – http://www4.honolulu.gov/…/110718%20Special%20Council…

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Brian Takara0:13 BROKEN PROMISES !!!!!!!!!!!!
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Cindra Minakami2:21 that money should be spent on upgrading water mains and sewage systems!! the general fund should be spent on infrastructure upgrades that benefit the general public,NOT that money pit called “rail” that will benefit who?!
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Sam Wolff0:00 Cindra Minakami the public…. it’ll benefit the public for generations to come
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Brian Takara0:13 Sam Wolff What do you think the ridership numbers will look like? Take a look across the country and show me a successfully operated and maintained rail system. Oh and let’s not forget how property taxes and other taxes will be the Kuleana for generations to come.
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Janian ThurmanJanian has a badge showing that they are a constituent of Kirk Caldwell0:28 San Diego has a trolley system that is very well utilized. I rode a bike to the train, took the train to work and back. I loved it! We also used it to football games, baseball games, and down to Mexico and back! It’ll be worth it, it just needs to get done.

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Cindra Minakami0:00 Janian Thurman exactly!!

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Cindra Minakami2:21 that money should be spent on upgrading water mains and sewage systems!! the general fund should be spent on infrastructure upgrades that benefit the general public,NOT that money pit called “rail” that will benefit who?!
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Sam Wolff0:00 Cindra Minakami the public…. it’ll benefit the public for generations to come
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Brian Takara0:13 Sam Wolff What do you think the ridership numbers will look like? Take a look across the country and show me a successfully operated and maintained rail system. Oh and let’s not forget how property taxes and other taxes will be the Kuleana for generations to come.
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Janian ThurmanJanian has a badge showing that they are a constituent of Kirk Caldwell0:28 San Diego has a trolley system that is very well utilized. I rode a bike to the train, took the train to work and back. I loved it! We also used it to football games, baseball games, and down to Mexico and back! It’ll be worth it, it just needs to get done.

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Cindra Minakami0:00 Janian Thurman exactly!!

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John SmithJohn has a badge showing that they are a constituent of Kirk Caldwell1:01 Let’s get this thing done once and for all. We support you!
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Elgin Awong0:00 Don’t pass that Bill. Remember Mayor, you said we don’t have money to fund the rail. Use it to repair the schools
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Polly CarvalhoPolly has a badge showing that they are a constituent of Kirk Caldwell0:56 what happened to 44mill?
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Michael Pajil0:00 We need to get rid of Of them.
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Reece Pi’ilaniReece has a badge showing that they are a constituent of Kirk Caldwell2:20 Effed up.
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Anthony Baldomero0:00 This rail is nothing it lose money
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Chevelle Keawe3:26 Bullshit… we pay more & more due to bad decisions made by our so call leaders.. I’m done with you people!
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Polly CarvalhoPolly has a badge showing that they are a constituent of Kirk Caldwell1:22 no we don’t support you.

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Marshall Ludwig1:38 That’s the amount they couldn’t account for,
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Terry Tyk6:09 What is the name of the budget chair? You named others.

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David EspindaDavid has a badge showing that they are a constituent of Kirk Caldwell0:00 This is why Some may say Mayor Kirk CrookWell; Because of theses bad decisions and the fact if he had that maybe give teachers a raise without property tax scam. Or fix the cost of living and fix the roads and sewer systems etc.

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Some other Social Media Posts:
  • Kalahiki Jr Samuel Feeling sorry for everyone in the State now!
  • Carol Helekunihi Whoever profited from this fiscal disaster at the expense of future generations… KARMA will catch up to you.
  • Hanni Hartmann It was promised NO CITY Money: Is this lie No 129 ???
  • Rick Johann The beat goes on. Cartoon…..
  • George Downing

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  • JJ Williams Of course !! It’s what he does lie cheat steal
    • Keola Jones This is the kind of decision a member of a Board of Directors of a bank would make.
      Wait, What!?!?! Oh yeah….
    • Ardie Cooper Shame on the politicians who let this happen by supporting this rail transit. Vote them out!
    • Dave Yester What a shame. Biggest bait and switch scam that I’ve witnessed in my lifetime. It bankrupted many , many businesses that were near construction . Created massive traffic for years and now they want to burden the taxpayers to eternity.
    • TC Lee My future is screwed. I work for the crooks. I like to see them in jail.
    • Mana Aloha Was never about reducing that traffic was always about development surrounding
    • Chuck De Francis How do you justify spending at least $10 Billion for a 2% traffic relief? /. Answer : you can’t . The whole thing makes me sick to my stomach . Corruption plain and simple . Seems to me 10 billon would go a long way to helping solve the homeless situation that everyone seems to be so concerned about.

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    • Juniah Kay Mufis project.
    • Juniah Kay Ready to bail out of Hawaii. Oh Hawaii my Hawaii. Skies are blue my money going to the rail. No can live now in my Hawaii I going be homeless cause of Mir is Rail.
    • JJ Williams 100 percent gain in wealth for all participating politicians. They should all be fired
    • Luann Casey this is wrong in so many ways!😡
        • Elgin Onaga Everyone please tie a white ribbon around your antenna if you want oppose the rip-off Rail… I’m going to have a big surprise…stay tuned, pass the word
        • Rick Johann I’m really tired of all tis “vote them out” crap. Who voted them in?
        • Darrell Tanaka Final cost of rail, 13 billion, I’ve said it from the beginning
          • Elgin Onaga Darrell Tanaka not.. $14 billion
          • Rick Johann Elgin Onaga – they started the thing out in the middle of nowhere so that it would look like smooth sailing. They even lied about it going to the west side. I used to live on the west side, Kapolei isn’t the west side. We have already been horribly screwed by the construction up til now. Imagine what downtown is going be like for 5-10 years (at least).
            • Nattie NIcolas okay, using city funds… what about unfinished business with the homeless, people with fixed income, etc., what will they get? NOTHING! WHY USE MONEY THAT IS ALREADY RESERVED? just dont understand these people that were voted in!
            • Wallace Kohashikawa TMT, Rail, Trump, Kavanaugh, Saudi Arabia, Homelessness. Isn’t Democracy great? kekekeke
              • Choon James AGENDA
                SPECIAL MEETING
                CITY COUNCIL CHAMBER
                WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2018
                9:00 A.M.

                AFOR ACTION
                1. RESOLUTION 18-240 – WAIVER OF THE PROVISIONS OF THE REVISED CHARTER. Waiving the provisions of the Revised Charter of the City and Countyof Honolulu in order to allow the City to provide $44 million in City moneys to the
                Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation for expenses related to the Honolulu High-Capacity Transit Corridor Project.

            • Dave Moskowitz Kirk Caldwell and Tommy waters
              One in the same
              You like Caldwell
              Waters is his replica
            • Jamie Blaine Duque #CrookedCaldwell and all these city council members that voted yes needs to get voted out once and for all.
            • Norrin Lau Thank you for getting the word out on our corrupt goverment….thinking of their own pockets first…not thinking of our children and the good of everyone else. Free money is never free.
            • Melanie Hiram VOTE THEM ALL OUT!! Vote em out audit everybody then start hand out indictments and arrest all the crooks dat stealing the money!!
            • Rick Johann Been hearing this vote them out crap for 30 years. When will it finally happen?
            • Dennis Fujii What recourse do we have??? Can we organize a petition for a recall and get the mayor and city council removed???
            • Anthony Catekista How many more times will the Rail be bailed out using funds that could be used in areas more in need..How much more will Caldwell and other crooks make by these decisions to back a leaking dam(rail), and what will happen when the dam bursts..
            • Mike McFarlane Choon James.. your posts are starting to sound like “Dooms Day” Post a puppy or a rainbow every once in a while. 🙂
            • Geri Ann Massaro This is what happens when you continually vote in Democrats. It’s all about what they want, not what’s good for the people.
            • Ihor Basko Meanwhile….Car and truck sales increase while road space decreases and traffic continues to be nightmare as well as our taxes. Time to get the Tar and Feathers ready
            • Preeda Kodani I love Hawaii and I would never move even with this rail fisico. But the people need to wake up and start voting all these career politicians out of office. Please don’t keep voting the same people back in because there your uncle or your aunty or yourSee More
            • Tony Wood IT’s not about the traffic…Never has been. It’s about getting rich and paying off the Union vote. I’m just sitting here waiting patiently for the FBI to begin their investigation…then we’ll have lot’s of openings for new prison guards.
            • Lana Ululani Robbins It is bad news for elderly living on a fixed income, kanaka maoli as as a group we are economically disadvantaged, and the next generations who will be forever enslaved by the Federal Reserve. I wish former Governor Cayetano would come out of his compound again 😩

Laie Point Cliff Collapse – Erosion or Shoreline Set Back Violations?

Laniloa Point aka “Laie Point” in Laie, Oahu is a peninsula that juts into the ocean.

The peninsula rises to higher elevation (40-45 feet) at the Laie Point Lookout. A small part of the Peninsula is connected at ground level by Clissolds Beach aka Bikini Beach. However, most of the Point peninsula drop into the ocean waters with no sandy beach below.

Several Point properties have carved steps on the 40-feet shoreline setback in their backyards to gain access to the ocean waters.

On October 1, 2018 a resident was walking along Clissolds Beach and noticed huge quantities of fresh naupaka foliage with its roots washed up along the shores. She had not seen this the day before. It was estimated that this cliff collapse triggered at 55-064 Naupaka Street happened in the early morning of October 1, 2018.

I live next door to this property. My house is the one on the far right. We built this home with our mason friend, Wahanui Elkington and other construction friends about 25 years ago.

Our next door neighbors then (subject white roof house with safety netting) were friendly and open. It was just the two of them senior citizens. They let the surrounding neighborhood children visit them at will. She loved children. They had a grand piano. They had a small Koi pond. We visited often. He even showed me the natural fissure in their shoreline set back  and suggested carving steps to access to the waters below, together. We both didn’t do anything about it. She passed away first. Her husband later sold the property in 2007 to the current owner from California.

This property would turn into an Airbnb vacation rental. Many illegal vacation rental impacts problems ensued.

We would be subjected to loud partying, be woken up by loud quarrels and so on. Their hot tub was first situated next to our yard boundary but would later be relocated even closer to the ocean. There would then be a fire pit with smoke coming our way.

We would hear jack-hammering. Sometimes I would even hear jack-hammering in the darkness but it would stop after I turned on our deck porch lights. These hammering, chipping, terracing and fillings into the  40 feet shoreline set back began around 2012. I heard the jack hammering and also felt the vibrations through the years.

As recently as last month, a local fisherman attested to hammering activities then in facebook comments. The local fisherman also commented he was told he was not allowed to fish from the cliff ledge.

Another local fisherman commented he could no longer fish there because of the cliff collapse. His fishing spot has disappeared. There was a parameter foot path along the cliff ledge  where local fishermen used. That path is now cut short.

Airbnb Guest reviews in 2013 also reveal the “carving” into the 40 feet setback on the cliff for a hot tub and other amenities to be closer to the ocean.

Photos of the Airbnb vacation rental website, closed as of October 14, 2018, also showed the encroachments and placement of amenities into the 40-feet shoreline setback.

Through the years, the operators of this illegal vacation rental encroached and violated Hawaii’s 40-feet shoreline setback. These continuing encroachments into the 40-feet shoreline set back crept closer and closer to the edge of the cliff and ocean.

I emailed the property owner who lives at Dana Point, California about this cliff collapse on October 1, 2018. His response was that it was an “erosion”.  He said to contact his property manager who also claimed “erosion” and that he was in no way responsible for the cliff collapse.  Their seven Airbnb online websites for Laie have been discontinued as of October 14, 2018.

As of October 15, 2018, the  Honolulu City and County Department of Planning and Permitting has issued a NOTICE OF VIOLATION to the owners in California – “Development work within the 40-ft shoreline setback, but not limited to, including a CMU fish pond, hot tub, and a circular stone fire pit-type structure are to be removed and so forth.

The Notice of Violation also stated for owners to “Restore the area immediately . . .”

How does one restore the irreparable carved out cliff top and portions of the collapsed cliff?

What is the relevance of the 40-feet shoreline set back in Hawaii?

What do you think?  Is it Erosion or did  the 40-feet shoreline set back violations through years of jack hammering, terracing, fillings, and other activities to get closer and closer to the waters contributed to the cliff collapse into the ocean?  

Additional Photos Taken October 3, 2018

Photos below expose the leveled area, fillings, and missing retaining wall at the trigger spot of the cliff collapse.

Photos below show portions of a natural vertical fissure (left) in this property.

October 17, 2018 Photos Taken BELOW Portions of the leveled area/retaining wall collapsed into the waters. A new bamboo screen and other accessories are seen. New palm frond debris now cover the surface edge of collapsed cliff top.

The hot tub below has been lifted up from its position onto the fire pit area, exposing  grading on cliff surface inside the 40-feet shoreline setback.  Other portions have further been terraced and leveled towards the ocean.

1-29-2013 Laie Point  Google Image (below) showed a “fisherman’s foot path” along the cliff’s edge known to locals.

April 2017 These images below were shared on YouTube, showing sprawl towards the natural fissure in the 40-feet shoreline setback.

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