Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell signed a bill into law Friday to lower the number of permits available for parades and other street activities in Waikiki in an effort to reduce disruptions to traffic on major roadways such as Kalakaua Avenue.
The measure covers events such as parades and block parties that close at least four blocks of city streets and last more than two hours.
However, Bill 8 will not apply to events that have been held annually for at least 15 years — they will automatically be eligible for new permits once they meet a set of basic requirements. These so-called legacy events include the Honolulu Marathon and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
The annual St. Patrick’s Day parade covers a route stretching from Fort DeRussy to Kapiolani Park on Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki.
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The bill reduces the maximum number of permits for non-legacy Waikiki street activities from 15 to 12 annually. It also lowers the maximum number of permit waivers that the mayor can grant for street activities from 10 to six.
The Honolulu City Council unanimously passed the bill May 8. It was introduced by former Councilman Michael Formby and Councilman Brandon Elefante, who both accompanied Caldwell on Friday to a signing ceremony at Kuhio Beach Park.
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Joel Lau is a Civil Beat summer news intern. He grew up on Oahu and graduated from Hawaii Baptist Academy.
He is a student at Boston University, majoring in journalism and political science, and plans to return there for his sophomore year in September. Follow him on Twitter @JoelLau808.