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.
City and County of Honolulu City Council adopted Bill 89 and Bill 85 on June
17, 2019 after many long and contentious hearings.
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
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
_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.
illegal any form of advertising short-term rentals which are not in compliance
with zoning regulations as provided in Bill 89. Bill 89 CD2:
Questions and Answers are based on the assumption that Bill 89 CD2 will shortly
be enacted into law.
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.
the department start enforcing the new advertising restrictions?
August 1, 2019.
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
I have been operating a Bed
and Breakfast Home for several years. Do I still have to obtain a registration
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?
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
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
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
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
We want to take our government back!!!
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