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Caldwell’s Short-Term Rental Plan Holds Real Promise

Caldwell’s Short-Term Rental Plan Holds Real Promise

The proposal could take unhosted vacation units off the market and allow homeowners to operate bed-and-breakfasts.

How Caldwell’s Airbnb Bill Could Ease Honolulu’s Housing Crunch

How Caldwell’s Airbnb Bill Could Ease Honolulu’s Housing Crunch

The mayor would crack down on absentee owners who rent entire houses to tourists, but allow anyone to rent out a room in their home.

Ozawa, Waters Headed For November Runoff In Council Race Courtesy of the candidates

Ozawa, Waters Headed For November Runoff In Council Race

Heidi Tsuneyoshi and Carol Fukunaga gain the majorities needed to win their races outright.

Nasty Tactics Distract From Issues In North Shore City Council Race Natanya Freidheim/Civil Beat

Nasty Tactics Distract From Issues In North Shore City Council Race

Four candidates are vying for an open seat in a district struggling with traffic and the loss of affordable housing to short-term vacation rentals.

Caldwell Vetoes Military Property Tax Break Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Caldwell Vetoes Military Property Tax Break

Active duty service members “already receive substantial benefits for housing in our community,” the Honolulu mayor said.

Here’s Why These Rookie Candidates Decided To Get Into Politics Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Here’s Why These Rookie Candidates Decided To Get Into Politics

This year’s newcomers come from all over the political spectrum, and a variety of issues inspired them to run.

How Charles Djou Is Keeping His Hand In Honolulu Politics Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat

How Charles Djou Is Keeping His Hand In Honolulu Politics

The former Republican congressman, who unsuccessfully ran for mayor against Kirk Caldwell in 2016, is backing several City Council candidates.

City Council Ignores Open Meetings Law To Hear Bike-Sharing Bill Cory Lum/Civil Beat

City Council Ignores Open Meetings Law To Hear Bike-Sharing Bill

Chairman Ernie Martin convinced his colleagues to hear the bill one day after it was introduced. A minimum six-day notice is required.

The Struggle For Power In Honolulu Is Coming To A Head Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

The Struggle For Power In Honolulu Is Coming To A Head

New taxes and other fees. More money for rail. Even monster houses. The fate of contentious city issues hinges on who’s elected.

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