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Councilwoman Tsuneyoshi To Biki: Pay Up For Public Space Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Councilwoman Tsuneyoshi To Biki: Pay Up For Public Space

Councilwoman Heidi Tsuneyoshi wants “reasonable compensation.” Biki’s director says the city is already getting a good deal.

Critics Question Former Council Chair’s Ties To North Shore Project Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Critics Question Former Council Chair’s Ties To North Shore Project

Some residents ask whether campaign contributions and a job factored into Ernie Martin’s support for a controversial Pupukea project.

Tourists Scramble As Oahu Vacation Rentals Disappear Under New Law Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Tourists Scramble As Oahu Vacation Rentals Disappear Under New Law

Amid mass Airbnb cancellations, one local bride said two of her bridesmaids can no longer attend her wedding.

Kealoha Suit Against City, Ethics Commission Cost Over $355K Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Kealoha Suit Against City, Ethics Commission Cost Over $355K

The invoice represents only some of the city’s Kealoha-related legal costs.

Short-Term Rental Owners Consider Options: Lease, Sell Or Leave It Vacant?

Short-Term Rental Owners Consider Options: Lease, Sell Or Leave It Vacant?

Early indications suggest the legislation is working as intended to limit tourists in residential areas and make units available to residents.

Vacation Rental ‘Shakedown’ Nets Hundreds of Innocent Owners Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Vacation Rental ‘Shakedown’ Nets Hundreds of Innocent Owners

The city received 390 calls from property owners who said they got warning letters but don’t operate an illegal rental.

Honolulu Sends Warning Letters To 5,000 Owners Of Suspected Illegal Rentals Christina Jedra/Civil Beat

Honolulu Sends Warning Letters To 5,000 Owners Of Suspected Illegal Rentals

More aggressive enforcement of laws against unpermitted short-term rentals begins Aug. 1, but some potential violators are hearing from the city now.

Ala Moana Playground Opponents: ‘We’re Being Steamrolled’ Courtesy of Paani Kakou

Ala Moana Playground Opponents: ‘We’re Being Steamrolled’

Council members want the city to seek more public input on a project that is deeply unpopular among many residents.

City To Spend $1 Million On Koko Crater Stairs Courtesy of Jane Howard

City To Spend $1 Million On Koko Crater Stairs

The money will be used mostly for planning long-term repairs, but at least $100,000 will pay for immediate work.

Sweeping Local-Hire Bill Draws Pushback From Nonunion Builders Anita Hofschneider/Civil Beat

Sweeping Local-Hire Bill Draws Pushback From Nonunion Builders

City Councilman Joey Manahan says the purpose of the legislation is to make sure that union labor is used on any public works project worth over $250,000.

Honolulu Councilwoman Wants Increased Lifeguard Coverage Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Honolulu Councilwoman Wants Increased Lifeguard Coverage

Kymberly Pine criticizes Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s administration for what she considers a lack of action to decrease drownings.