Honolulu City Council

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The nine-member Honolulu City Council governs the City and County of Honolulu and is responsible for legislative and investigative functions. The mayor serves as chief executive of the city. All city council offices are nonpartisan and candidates are elected to four-year terms for a maximum of two consecutive terms.

Overview

The city has a mayor-council structure. The mayor serves as chief executive officer of the city, with responsibilities that include supervision of the executive agencies responsible for public safety and welfare; culture and recreation; community and human development; citizen participation; and general government operations.

A nine-member city council is responsible for legislative and investigative functions. All offices are nonpartisan and candidates are elected to four-year terms for a maximum of two consecutive terms. Elections are conducted by the city clerk every two years.

Because city elections are nonpartisan, the voters can choose from all candidates for each Honolulu office during the primary election. A candidate who receives more than 50 percent votes wins outright in the primary, otherwise the two candidates with the most votes advance to the general election.

In Honolulu, the adoption of a city charter that created a mayor-council government structure was the result of Hawaii’s statehood in 1959, when the Hawaii Legislature granted home rule to the counties. The last major structural change came from Mayor Harris in 1998, which services and operations were consolidated.

Salaries of elected and appointed officials are set by the Salary Commission for the City and County of Honolulu. Council members are paid $52,446 per year, with the chair getting $58,596.

Impacts

The City Council has a number of responsibilities to their constituents, such as supporting the community with safety, regulate transportation and the bus, homeowners like property taxes, homelessness, and the land such as waste, sanitation and water. The city is juggling a $10 billion Honolulu rail project and necessary road and sewage improvements. This election places much pressure on the incumbents to please its voters while also meeting its legal obligations of balancing the budget.

Because Honolulu is required by law to operate on a balanced budget, the approval process can be lengthy and rigorous. Each year, the mayor proposes a budget that the must approve, but the council is anything but a rubber stamp entity. Both sides have a tremendous amount of power in the affair.

It begins when the mayor submits a budget proposal to the city council before March 2. After public hearings, the City Council approves or revises the document. Only the mayor has the power to propose amendments to budget ordinances, as well as the ability to line item veto. But the council can override that veto. If the council doesn’t have enough votes to do so, the original budget automatically becomes law.

The mayor also can establish additional funds and move money within those funds, but approval from the City Council is required when dealing with cumulative expenditures over $100,000. The office of the city auditor monitors spending and reports to the City Council. The city operates on a fiscal year, so the enacted budget begins July 1.

Districts

The council is divided into nine districts:

District 1
Ewa, Ewa Beach, Honouliuli, West Loch, Kapolei, Kalaeloa (Barber’s Point), Honokai Hale and Nanakai Gardens, Ko Olina, Nanakuli, Waianae, Makaha, Keaau and Makua.

Kymberly Pine
phone: (808) 768-5001
kmpine@honolulu.gov

District 2
Mililani Mauka, Wahiawa, Whitmore Village, Mokuleia, Waialua, Haleiwa, Waimea, Pupukea, Sunset Beach, Kahuku, Laie, Hauula, Punaluu, Kahana, Kaaawa, Kualoa, Waiahole, Waikane, Kahaluu, Ahuimanu, and a portion of Heeia

Ernie Martin, who is also Council chair
phone: (808) 768-5002
emartin@honolulu.gov

District 3
Waimanalo, Kailua and most of Kaneohe

Ikaika Anderson
phone: (808) 768-5003
ianderson@honolulu.gov

District 4
Hawaii Kai, Kuliouou, Niu Valley, Aina Haina, Wailupe, Waialae-Iki, Kalani Valley, Kahala, Wilhemina Rise, a portion of Kapahulu, a portion of Kaimuki, Diamond Head, Waikiki and a portion of Ala Moana

Stanley Chang
phone: (808) 768-5004
ccldistrict4@honolulu.gov

District 5
A portion of Kapahulu and Kaimuki; Palolo Valley, St. Louis Heights, Manoa, Moiliili, McCully, Kakaako, and a portion of Ala Moana and Makiki

Ann Kobayashi
phone: (808) 768-5005
akobayashi@honolulu.gov

District 6
A portion of Makiki, Downtown Honolulu, Punchbowl, Liliha, Pauoa Valley, Nuuanu, Alewa Heights, Papakolea, Kalihi Valley and a portion of Kalihi

Carol Fukunaga
phone: (808) 768-5006
cafukunaga@honolulu.gov

District 7
A portion of upper Kalihi, Kapalama, Palama, Iwilei, Kalihi Kai, Sand Island, Mapunapuna, Airport, Hickam, Pearl Harbor, Ford Island, Aliamanu, Salt Lake, Foster Village, Stadium and Halawa Valley Estates

Joey Manahan
phone: (808) 768-5007
jmanahan@honolulu.gov

District 8
Fort Shafter, Moanalua, Halawa, Aiea, Waimalu, Pearl City, Pearl City Peninsula, Seaview, Crestview and Waipio Gentry.

Breene Harimoto
phone: (808) 768-5008
bharimoto@honolulu.gov

District 9
Waikele, Waipahu, Village Park, Makakilo, Kunia, and Mililani Town

Ron Menor
phone: (808) 768-5009
rmenor@honolulu.gov

Key Committees

The general council meetings are held once a month at the Honolulu Hale at 10:00 a.m., they vary from time to time but the schedule is always posted six days in advance, for more information call (808) 547-7000. The committees are a way for the council to work on their proposals and run the city more efficiently.

Safety, Economic Development and Government Affairs Committee

The Safety, Economic Development and Government Affairs Committee deals with the police and fire departments. It meets on Tuesdays at 9 a.m.

Parks and Cultural Affairs Committee

The Parks and Cultural Affairs Committee meets on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.

Executive Matters and Legal Affairs Committee

The Executive Matters and Legal Affairs Committee deals with the mayor, the legal departments, prosecutor’s office, and the laws the council itself passes. It meets on Tuesdays at 1 p.m.

Budget Committee

The Budget Committee ensures the allocation of city resources as per the approved budget. It meets on Wednesdays at 9 a.m.

Public Works and Sustainability Committee

The Public Works and Sustainability Committee primarily focuses on the roads, and public facilities. It meets on Wednesdays at 1 p.m.

Zoning and Planning Committee

The Zoning and Planning Committee‘s purpose is to regulate current private and commercial zoning districts and deals with projects approvals and urban planning. It meets on Thursdays at 9 a.m.

Transportation Committee

The Transportation Committee focuses on the bus, the road repairs and design, as well as the Rail project. It meets on Thursdays at 1 p.m.

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Honolulu City Council

November 2017

Friday, November 17

Honolulu City Council Considers Regulating ‘Monster Homes’

Thursday, November 16

Council Panel Votes To Prohibit Lying Down At Honolulu Bus Stops

Tuesday, November 14

New Council Proposal Cuts Back Fire Sprinkler Requirements

Monday, November 13

Recycle Or Incinerate? The Battle Of The Blue Bins

October 2017

Tuesday, October 24

Honolulu Council Committee Shoots Down Islandwide Sit-Lie Ban

Wednesday, October 11

Tax Breaks Proposed For Organic Farms And ‘Ocean Friendly’ Restaurants

Friday, October 6

Hawaii Officials To The Homeless: Go Away

Thursday, October 5

Overtime Costs Keep Going Up For Honolulu City Government

September 2017

Tuesday, September 26

Some Honolulu High Rises Don’t Need Sprinklers, Fire Safety Panel Says

August 2017

Monday, August 28

$2.4 Billion Rail Rescue Plan Clears Another Senate Hurdle

Wednesday, August 2

Council Committee Defers Proposal To Develop Haleiwa Farmland

July 2017

Tuesday, July 25

Honolulu Council Considers Another Expansion Of Sit-Lie Ban

Friday, July 21

Honolulu City Council May Seek Crackdown On Waikiki ‘Floatilla’ Events

Monday, July 17

This Group Is Helping The Needy By Rescuing Tons Of Food

Wednesday, July 12

Council Considers Residential Parking Zones For Honolulu Neighborhoods

City Council OKs Issuing $350 Million In Bonds For Rail Construction

June 2017

Friday, June 30

Honolulu May Allow Transportation Companies To Regulate Waikiki Streets

Wednesday, June 28

Homeless And Community Service Workers Considered For Park Cleanup

Monday, June 19

What Honolulu Lobbyists Don’t Tell You

Chad Blair: Why Staring At Cellphones In Crosswalks Should Be Illegal

Wednesday, June 7

City Council Votes to Raise Parking Meter Fees And Vehicle Weight Tax

Council Puts Taxpayers On The Hook To Ensure Rail Work Continues

Monday, June 5

Developer Wants To Convert Farmland To Housing In Haleiwa

May 2017

Wednesday, May 17

Budget Committee Scraps Property Tax Hike For Hotels

Thursday, May 4

Committee Proposes Fee, But Balks At Total Ban On Plastic Bags

April 2017

Wednesday, April 26

Honolulu Council Gives Preliminary OK To Tax And Fee Increases

Tuesday, April 11

Honolulu Climate Change Office Hasn’t Opened, But It’s Already Shrinking

Wednesday, April 5

House Panel Ponies Up Another $1.2 Billion For Honolulu Rail

February 2017

Wednesday, February 8

Bill Eliminating Cap On Rail Money Moves Forward

December 2016

Monday, December 5

Ron Menor For Honolulu City Council Chair?

November 2016

Tuesday, November 29

Councilwoman Wants To Stop Manoa Flooding Before It Returns

Tuesday, November 8

Honolulu Council Members, Prosecutor Fend Off Challengers

September 2016

Wednesday, September 7

Honolulu City Council Delays Decision on Luxury High-Rise

Honolulu High-Rise: 36 Stories And No Affordable Housing

August 2016

Saturday, August 13

Pine’s Big Lead Means No Runoff

Tuesday, August 9

Term Limit Changes For Oahu?

Wednesday, August 3

City Council Votes To Impose Regulations On Uber, Lyft Drivers

Sheehan Confirmed for Police Board

July 2016

Thursday, July 7

Anderson Calls Martin ‘Untrustworthy’ After City Council Shakeup

Wednesday, July 6

Honolulu City Council Aborts Leadership Shake-Up

Friday, July 1

Councilman Calls For Audit Amid Honolulu Ethics Commission Chaos

June 2016

Thursday, June 30

Anderson Out As Vice Chair

Tuesday, June 21

From Leis To World Travel: The City Council’s Invisible Spending

Thursday, June 16

Hopelessly Over-Budget, Rail Should Stop At Middle Street, Mayor Says

Regulation Of Uber, Lyft Coming Too Slowly, Taxi Executive Complains

Wednesday, June 1

Council Pounds Out Budgets That Cap Rail Funds, Help Nonprofits

May 2016

Wednesday, May 25

No Martin Mayoral Decision Yet

Friday, May 13

Carlisle Wants To Be Mayor Of Honolulu, Again

April 2016

Thursday, April 28

‘Final’ Price Tag For Rail Not Expected Until Next Year

Wednesday, April 27

Martin Backs Off Proposal To Fund Expansion Of New Hope Church

Councilmen Push For New Hope Church Subsidy That May Be Unconstitutional

Wednesday, April 20

Messy Draft Budget: Once Again, City Council, Mayor Don’t See Eye To Eye

Monday, April 4

Pod Squad: Uber-Taxi Legislative Battle Is Also A Culture Clash

March 2016

Thursday, March 31

Supporters Of Uber And Taxis Battle At Honolulu Hale And The Capitol

Wednesday, March 16

Council Overrides Mayor’s Veto Of Recycling Subsidy

Friday, March 11

Nestor Garcia Returns To KHON2

Wednesday, March 2

Caldwell, Martin Clash Over City Budget Proposal

January 2016

Wednesday, January 27

Honolulu City Council Approves Rail Tax Extension

Wednesday, January 13

Tax Extension Revenue For Honolulu Rail Chugs Ahead

December 2015

Wednesday, December 9

City Council Considers Killing Proposed Cap On Honolulu Rail Tax

October 2015

Wednesday, October 21

City Budget Committee Mulls Tougher Line, Possible Cap on Rail Spending

Tuesday, October 20

City Council Panel Urges State to Fund Repairs for Empty Public Housing

Thursday, October 15

HART Board Waiting on Honolulu City Council for Rail Cash

September 2015

Thursday, September 3

State, County Lawmakers Want to Explore Public Utility Option for Hawaii

July 2015

Tuesday, July 14

Council Members’ Allowances: A Lot of Travel and a Little Charity

June 2015

Wednesday, June 3

Honolulu City Council Overrides Caldwell, Expands Sit-Lie

May 2015

Tuesday, May 5

Council Chair: No ‘Easy Sell’ for Honolulu Rail Tax

November 2014

Thursday, November 6

Potential Contamination at Proposed Homeless Camp to be Studied

Tuesday, November 4

Honolulu City Council: Carol Fukunaga and Trevor Ozawa Win

September 2014

Wednesday, September 17

Hawaii Women Lawmakers Slam Police Chief for Canceling Domestic Violence Meeting

April 2014

Wednesday, April 2

Ad Watch: Union Recruits Honolulu City Council Members to Fight Kaiser

March 2014

Wednesday, March 19

The Mayor’s Money: Caldwell Expands Office Budget in Tight Times

February 2014

Thursday, February 6

Honolulu Risks Losing Millions on Affordable Housing Projects

December 2013

Tuesday, December 17

Honolulu Rail Audit: Too Many Consultants, Too Little Accountability

Thursday, December 12

Did Honolulu’s $142M Housing Deal Collapse?

Tuesday, December 10

Caldwell Fears For Honolulu Homeless If City Housing Deal Collapses

Thursday, December 5

‘Tis the Season: See What Gifts Honolulu City Agencies Got This Year

November 2013

Friday, November 1

Is Honolulu City Council Targeting the Homeless in Latest Sidewalk Proposal?

August 2013

Tuesday, August 27

The “Stairway to Heaven” Is More Remote Than Ever

Thursday, August 22

Who’s Really to Blame for Honolulu’s Budget Woes?

Tuesday, August 20

Who’s the New Guy Running Things at Honolulu Hale?

June 2013

Friday, June 21

Caldwell: Brace for Cuts in Honolulu City Services

Saturday, June 15

Honolulu Could Kickstart Response to Urban Homelessness

Wednesday, June 5

ORI Mismanagement May Throw A Last-Minute Wrench In City Budget

Tuesday, June 4

HUD Nails City For $8 Million In ORI Mismanagement Fiasco

Saturday, June 1

Should The City Earmark Millions For Favored Nonprofit Groups?

May 2013

Friday, May 31

Who’s Driving TheBus? Honolulu Councilman Wants Ethics Oversight

Saturday, May 25

Is Honolulu Hale Safe?

Friday, May 24

Should Honolulu Council Restore TheBus Or Spend More Money On Charities?

Wednesday, May 15

Soaring Union Costs Are Making It Difficult To Balance Honolulu Budget

Saturday, May 11

Where’s The Pork? Honolulu City Council Dishes Out The Earmarks

Friday, May 10

A ‘Desperate’ Search For More Money Inside The Walls Of Honolulu Hale

Wednesday, May 8

Honolulu City Council Pushes Back Against Mayor’s Proposed Budget

April 2013

Tuesday, April 30

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s Staff Comes With A High Price Tag

Friday, April 19

It’s Your Money: Rapist Wins $35k From Honolulu After Cops Beat Him Up

Thursday, April 4

Can Kirk Caldwell Succeed Where Others Have Failed With Honolulu Homeless?

March 2013

Tuesday, March 19

City Ethics Enforcement: ‘Fight Against Corruption’ Could Get Cash Infusion

Saturday, March 16

‘Tis The Season: Your Honolulu City Council Budget Primer

Saturday, March 2

Want Nice Roads? Honolulu Mayor Wants You To Pay More At The Pump

January 2013

Friday, January 4

Audit: Honolulu’s Post-Rod Tam Spending Policies Still Too Vague

Thursday, January 3

Will Honolulu’s Mayor and Council Finally Work Together?

December 2012

Saturday, December 29

No Honeymoon for Mayor Caldwell: Critical Infrastructure Issues Ahead

November 2012

Friday, November 16

It’s Your Money: Death By Electrocution Costs Honolulu $550K

Thursday, November 1

Honolulu City Council Campaigns Bolstered By Union and PAC Money

October 2012

Wednesday, October 17

Tom Berg vs. Kymberly Pine: A Honolulu Council Match Gone Sour

Friday, October 12

Tension Surrounds $142M Honolulu Housing Deal

Thursday, October 11

Tom Berg, Bounty Hunter? Offers $100 Reward In Political Gunfight

Spending Commission May Make Councilman Pay Back Honolulu $28K

Wednesday, October 10

Disputed $142M Housing Deal Raises Concerns Over Workforce Housing

September 2012

Thursday, September 27

Honolulu District 6 Hopefuls Vow To Repair And Rehabilitate

Thursday, September 20

Full Disclosure: Financial Snapshots of Honolulu’s District 6 Hopefuls

Thursday, September 13

Honolulu Council Could Kill Subsidy to Save Bus Routes

Wednesday, September 12

Honolulu City Council Considers Widening Parking Stalls

August 2012

Friday, August 17

Gabbard Out, Honolulu Council Changing

Wednesday, August 15

Native Hawaiians Sue City Over Haleiwa Park Sale

July 2012

Thursday, July 26

Beach Ban for Business Vetoed by Honolulu Mayor

Friday, July 6

Sy Cullen Answers Honolulu Council Survey

Ron Menor Answers Honolulu Council Survey

Honolulu Council District 9 Candidates on the Issues

Thursday, July 5

Joey Manahan Answers Honolulu Council Survey

Lillian Hong Answers Honolulu Council Survey

Martin Han Answers Honolulu Council Survey

Honolulu Council District 7 Candidates on the Issues

Tuesday, July 3

It’s Your Money: Sooey! Honolulu Pig Control Costs $1,400 Per Head

Jim Hayes Answers Honolulu Council Survey

Ann Kobayashi Answers Honolulu Council Survey

Honolulu Council District 5 Candidates on the Issues

Honolulu Council Member Slapped with Record $6,500 Ethics Fine

Chad Kaukani Answers Honolulu Council Survey

Ikaika Anderson Answers Honolulu Council Survey

Honolulu Council District 3 Candidates on the Issues

Sunday, July 1

Honolulu Council District 1 Candidates On The Issues

June 2012

Saturday, June 30

The Dirty Dozen: The State of Honolulu’s Public Restrooms

Tuesday, June 26

Honolulu Council Members Push for Audits of HART, Sewer

Carlisle Returns Council-Approved Budgets — Some Signed, Some Not

Thursday, June 21

A Look at Honolulu’s Sidewalk Ban Six Months and at Least $100K Later

Thursday, June 7

Filipino PR Flap Enflames Rail Talks

Council Chair Accuses Mayor of ‘Quid Pro Quo’ Politics on Sewage Project

Tuesday, June 5

Will Honolulu Council Give Back Mayor’s Sewage Construction Money?

May 2012

Monday, May 14

Land Barren: Who is Genshiro Kawamoto?

April 2012

Wednesday, April 25

Honolulu Passes Ban on Plastic Bags

Monday, April 23

Civil Beat Poll – Voters Prefer Bag Ban to Fee

Saturday, April 21

Bag Fee, Ban or Both? City Council Picks Wednesday

Friday, April 20

Honolulu’s Next Landfill Could Be In Kailua

Sunday, April 15

Land Barren: Japanese Billionaire Is Raising Eyebrows, Razing Houses

Friday, April 13

Honolulu Council Keeps Rail Budget Intact

Thursday, April 12

It’s Your Money: Council Spends on Travel and TVs

Saturday, April 7

Council Support Wavers As Key Rail Vote Looms

Wednesday, April 4

Mayor Won’t Cancel Sewage Treatment Contract

February 2012

Monday, February 20

Counties Want Break from Hawaii Sunshine Law

Thursday, February 16

Why Did Council Overrule Waianae Residents and Council Member?

January 2012

Friday, January 27

Off The Beat: So Much For Independent Rail

Wednesday, January 18

Can Honolulu Council Members Talk in Private About Proposed Laws?

Saturday, January 14

Inside Honolulu — Government, Politics and Issues — Jan. 16-22

Wednesday, January 11

Honolulu Homeless Frustrated as Belongings Taken

Tuesday, January 10

Honolulu Begins Enforcing New Sidewalk Ban Against Homeless

Saturday, January 7

Inside Honolulu — Government, Politics and Issues — Jan. 9-15

December 2011

Saturday, December 31

Inside Honolulu – Government, Politics and Issues – Jan. 2-8

Thursday, December 29

Honolulu Council May Try To Take Over Water Board

2012: Year of Honolulu Community Planning

Wednesday, December 28

New Honolulu Council, Mayor Had ‘Quiet’ 2011

Saturday, December 24

2011 Year in Review — Honolulu

Friday, December 23

Inside Honolulu – Government, Politics and Issues – Dec. 26-Jan. 1

Friday, December 16

Inside Honolulu – Government, Politics and Issues – Dec. 19-Dec. 25

Saturday, December 10

Inside Honolulu – Government, Politics and Issues – Dec. 12-Dec. 18

Belongings Ban Signed Into Law, But Questions Remain

Thursday, December 8

Honolulu Homeless on Notice: Belongings Banned From Public Places

Wednesday, December 7

Honolulu Panel: Property Tax Exemptions Unfair

Impeachment Push Could Lead To Berg Ethics Probe

Tuesday, December 6

Florida Homeless Success Lesson: Don’t ‘Force It Down People’s Throats’

Saturday, December 3

Inside Honolulu – Government, Politics and Issues – Dec. 5-Dec. 11

Thursday, December 1

Harimoto: Strip Berg’s Voting Rights Until He Calms Down

November 2011

Wednesday, November 30

Police: Berg, Reeking Of Alcohol, Argued With Secret Service At APEC

Saturday, November 19

APEC Success a Game Changer for Hawaii

Friday, November 18

Sidewalk Bill Advances Despite Occupy Honolulu

Tuesday, November 15

Sidewalk Bill A Threat To Occupy Honolulu Protest?

Friday, November 11

A Cry of ‘Politics’ As City Council Districts Finalized

Saturday, November 5

Berg: West Oahu Should Secede From Honolulu

Honolulu Mayor, Council Make Big Plans for APEC

Wednesday, November 2

For Council, Kapolei A Home Away From Hale

Tuesday, November 1

City to Feds: Pay Us $37 Million For Hosting APEC

October 2011

Thursday, October 13

Police-Business Deal Raises Ethical Questions

Tuesday, October 11

A Second Crack at Clearing Honolulu’s Sidewalks

Monday, October 10

Honolulu Homeless Target Of Belongings Ban?

Friday, October 7

In First Year, Carlisle Was Honolulu’s Global Mayor

Tuesday, October 4

First Redistricting Hearing: Zero Windward Citizens

September 2011

Thursday, September 29

Contract Dispute Moves From Court Room To City Council Chambers

Wednesday, September 28

Looking To Balance APEC Safety, First Amendment

Saturday, September 17

Marriott Hotel Part of A Big Laie Development Plan?

Wednesday, September 14

Panel Picks Honolulu Council Redistricting Plan

August 2011

Wednesday, August 31

‘Big Brother’? Honolulu Police Want to Double Surveillance for APEC

Thursday, August 25

Following State’s Lead, Honolulu Counts Military

Friday, August 5

HUD: City Should Have Caught ORI’s Problems

Thursday, August 4

Council Vice Chair Wants to Reopen Budget to Avoid Trucking Sewage

July 2011

Tuesday, July 26

Berg E-Canned Second Staffer — Or Said He Did

Friday, July 22

Even Without Challenger, Carlisle Rakes In Cash

Thursday, July 21

From May to July, Carlisle Changed Tune on Sludge

Sewage Sludge Heading Ewa Only, for Now

Monday, July 18

Ryan Exacts His Revenge, Reveals Berg ‘Corruption’

Saturday, July 16

Berg Fires Chief of Staff Amid Attacks on State Rep

More Technical Difficulties for Councilman Tom Berg

Thursday, July 14

Budget Battle Left Few Sewage Sludge Options

Tuesday, July 12

Berg Falsely Accuses Paper of Censoring Comments

Thursday, July 7

Roses By Other Names? Chair Retitles Committees

Wednesday, July 6

Inside Honolulu: July 6

Tuesday, July 5

Inside Honolulu: July 5

June 2011

Tuesday, June 28

Inside Honolulu: June 28

Honolulu Mayor: Council Flip-Flopped on Subsidy

Monday, June 27

Handing Over City Council Reins, Nestor Garcia Channels Conan O’Brien

Council Overrides HART Vetoes; Next Stop, Court?

Inside Honolulu: June 27

Friday, June 24

City Ad Promised HART Would Work ‘Hand-in-Hand’ With Council

Thursday, June 23

Berg, Neighborhood Board Bang Heads Over Rail

Wednesday, June 22

Carlisle Vetoes Council’s Transit Authority Budget

Tuesday, June 21

Inside Honolulu: June 21

Friday, June 17

Inside Honolulu: June 17

Thursday, June 16

Ernie Martin’s Rapid Rise to Council Power

Inside Honolulu: June 16

Staging a Coup Without Breaking the Sunshine Law

Wednesday, June 15

Council Division on Rail Led to Shake-Up

Inside Honolulu: June 15

Off the Beat: Do City Ethics Laws Forbid Officials From Accepting Gifts?

Thursday, June 9

Honolulu City Council Approves Every Gift Offered in 2011

Tuesday, June 7

Rod Tam Sentencing Delayed to August

Saturday, June 4

Mayor, City Council Move Closer to Litigation on Rail

Thursday, June 2

Inside Honolulu: June 2

It’s Cheap to Park at Honolulu Parks

Wednesday, June 1

Honolulu Council To Scrap Park Parking Fees Plan

May 2011

Wednesday, May 25

Inside Honolulu: May 25

Tuesday, May 24

Inside Honolulu: May 24

Friday, May 20

Keeping the Beat — And Keeping Tabs On Rail

Thursday, May 19

Inside Honolulu: May 19

Wednesday, May 18

Council, Mayor Threaten to Sue Each Other Over New Rail Agency

Tuesday, May 17

Off The Beat: Honolulu Drags Its Feet — When It Doesn’t Need To

Inside Honolulu: May 17

Off The Beat: Voted For Your Neighbor Lately?

Thursday, May 12

Inside Honolulu: May 12

Wednesday, May 11

Soon To Be Illegal In Honolulu: Crossing the Street Using A Phone?

Tuesday, May 10

Tenants Voice Concerns About City Plans to Sell Affordable Housing

Wednesday, May 4

Inside Honolulu: May 4

Tuesday, May 3

Inside Honolulu: May 3

Monday, May 2

Inside Honolulu: May 2

April 2011

Friday, April 22

‘Speechless’ Over Rail Chief’s Attitude Toward Long-Term Operating Costs

Wednesday, April 20

Inside Honolulu: April 20

Inside Honolulu: April 21

Tuesday, April 12

Inside Honolulu: April 12

Thursday, April 7

Inside Honolulu: April 7

Wednesday, April 6

Inside Honolulu: April 6

Honolulu City Council Shares Possible Conflicts

Tuesday, April 5

Apo Committed Same Ethics Violation — Twice

Monday, April 4

Off the Beat: Why Hide Disclosures Offline?

Saturday, April 2

Tea Party’s Berg Cheapest On Honolulu City Council

Friday, April 1

Inside Honolulu: April 1

March 2011

Thursday, March 31

Cachola: Honolulu Rail Project the Most Expensive in U.S.

Inside Honolulu: March 31

Honolulu Council’s Rail Concerns Boil Over

Tuesday, March 29

What Should Politicians Be Required to Disclose?

Honolulu City Council Chairman: ‘Don’t Tell Me I’m a Whore’

Monday, March 28

Inside Honolulu: March 28

Friday, March 25

Off The Beat: What We Didn’t Know Could Hurt Us

Honolulu Council Chair Has A Conflict of Interest On Rail Project

Thursday, March 24

Former GM: Scrap Yard Doesn’t Need Subsidy

Wednesday, March 23

U.S. Transportation Chief: “No Doubt” City Will Follow Path To Rail Success

Tuesday, March 22

Inside Honolulu: March 22

Friday, March 18

Honolulu City Council Battles Administration for Control of Rail Agency

Tuesday, March 15

Inside Honolulu: March 15

Monday, March 14

Inside Honolulu: March 14

Wednesday, March 9

Inside Honolulu: March 9

Tuesday, March 8

Inside Honolulu: March 8

Friday, March 4

Inside Honolulu: March 4

Thursday, March 3

Off The Beat: Save Money! Don’t Travel! Unless You’re the City Council

Off The Beat: City Council Histrionics

Tuesday, March 1

Inside Honolulu: March 1

February 2011

Monday, February 28

Registered Lobbyist Says He Isn’t A Lobbyist

Wednesday, February 23

Inside Honolulu: Feb. 23

Monday, February 21

Inside Honolulu: Feb. 21

Wednesday, February 16

On Oahu’s North Shore, Is “Status Quo” a Bad Word?

Wednesday, February 9

Progress at Landfill But Trash Woes Persist

Cachola: Lots of Other States Have Worse Homeless Problems

Tuesday, February 8

Inside Honolulu: Feb. 8

No Redskins in Hawaii?

Thursday, February 3

Inside Honolulu: Feb. 3

Wednesday, February 2

Inside Honolulu: Feb. 2

January 2011

Tuesday, January 25

Inside Honolulu: Jan. 25

Nurses Warn Against Dumping Medical Waste in Honolulu Landfill

Sunday, January 23

Inside Honolulu: Jan. 24

Wednesday, January 19

Inside Honolulu: Jan. 19

Thursday, January 13

Inside Honolulu: Jan. 14

After City’s Rail Panel, Opponents Hold Their Own

Wednesday, January 12

Inside Honolulu: Jan. 12

Tuesday, January 11

Honolulu Officials At Odds With Winter White House Owner’s Take on Law

Friday, January 7

Inside Honolulu: Jan. 10

Tuesday, January 4

Civic Leaders Eye Instant Runoff Elections

December 2010

Friday, December 31

Inside Honolulu: Jan. 3

Thursday, December 30

An Electoral Victor With Support of 4.3 Percent of Registered Voters

Inside Honolulu: Dec. 30

Wednesday, December 29

Berg Wins District 1 City Council Race

Inside Honolulu: Dec. 29

Monday, December 27

Inside Honolulu: Dec. 27

Thursday, December 23

Inside Honolulu: Dec. 23

Tuesday, December 21

Heavy Union Influence in Honolulu City Council Race

Monday, December 13

City Council Candidates Respond to Civil Beat Questionnaire

Friday, December 10

Inside Honolulu: Dec. 10

Wednesday, December 8

Inside Honolulu: Dec. 8

Tuesday, December 7

Inside Honolulu: Dec. 7

Wednesday, December 1

Inside Honolulu: Dec. 1

November 2010

Tuesday, November 30

Inside Honolulu: Nov. 30

Wednesday, November 24

Inside Honolulu: Nov. 24

Tuesday, November 23

Cachola: One Change to Council Resolution and It’s Finished

District 1 Winner Could Win With Less Than 7.2 Percent of Vote

Inside Honolulu: Nov. 23

Saturday, November 20

Inside Honolulu: Nov. 22

Thursday, November 18

Inside Honolulu: Nov. 18

Saturday, November 13

Inside Honolulu: Nov. 15

Friday, November 12

Inside Honolulu: Nov. 12

Wednesday, November 10

Planning Director Hasn’t Opposed a Major Project

Wednesday, November 3

Recount Requests Possible in Two Races

October 2010

Friday, October 29

Ethics Complaints Up at Honolulu Hale

Tuesday, October 26

19,000 Knocks Lift Chang to the Top

Tuesday, October 19

Council Reverses Course on Higher Taxes for Ohana Housing

Thursday, October 14

The Anti-Homeless Bill That Dare Not Say Its Name

Wednesday, October 6

Police Question Enforceability of Sidewalk Plan

Saturday, October 2

Discussion: Honolulu City Government

September 2010

Monday, September 27

City Council to Homeless: Get Off Our Sidewalks!

Thursday, September 2

10 Questions for the City Council Candidates

Wednesday, September 1

Council Candidates Offer Trash Solutions

August 2010

Tuesday, August 31

Yet Another Special Election Likely for Honolulu

Council Candidates Focus on Infrastructure

Monday, August 30

Discussion: Honolulu City Council Election 2010

Saturday, August 28

Council Candidates Discuss Homelessness

Tuesday, August 24

Rail Divides Council Candidates

July 2010

Thursday, July 15

Council Weighs Banning Gas Leaf-Blowers

Discussion: Should Honolulu Ban Gas Leaf-Blowers