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Use It Or Lose It? Honolulu Officials Say Ala Wai Project Money In Jeopardy Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Use It Or Lose It? Honolulu Officials Say Ala Wai Project Money In Jeopardy

While the City Council was warned the nearly $200 million could be lost to flood-control efforts elsewhere, there is actually a surplus of federal money for such projects.

Hanabusa Takes First Steps In Run For Honolulu Mayor Eugene Tanner/Civil Beat

Hanabusa Takes First Steps In Run For Honolulu Mayor

UPDATED: The former U.S. congresswoman would be a marquee name in a potentially large field of candidates.

Hawaii Teen Tells Politicians: Listen To Us, Or We’ll Vote You Out Christina Jedra/Civil Beat

Hawaii Teen Tells Politicians: Listen To Us, Or We’ll Vote You Out

A U.S. Conference of Mayors session highlighted the benefits of youth councils. Honolulu doesn’t have one.

City Will Use ‘Digital Stings’ To Nab Illegal Vacation Rentals Starting Aug. 1 Christina Jedra/Civil Beat

City Will Use ‘Digital Stings’ To Nab Illegal Vacation Rentals Starting Aug. 1

But the full effect of Oahu’s new law severely limiting Airbnb-type rentals and imposing stiff fines on violators won’t start until late 2020.

Caldwell Wants City To Take Over Haiku Stairs In Honolulu Flickr

Caldwell Wants City To Take Over Haiku Stairs In Honolulu

The Honolulu mayor said he intends to put the famed “Stairway to Heaven” under control of the parks department and look at private proposals to manage access for hikers.

Kirk Caldwell’s Side Job At The Bank Would Be Outlawed Under This Bill Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Kirk Caldwell’s Side Job At The Bank Would Be Outlawed Under This Bill

UPDATED: House Speaker Scott Saiki’s anti-moonlighting bill would apply to the governor as well as Hawaii’s mayors.

Hawaii Counties Ask Court To Block School Property Tax Measure Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Counties Ask Court To Block School Property Tax Measure

All the state’s counties oppose the proposed constitutional amendment, arguing it would siphon dollars from their tax base.

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.

Mayor Proposes Sweeping Changes In Vacation Rental Rules Stewart Yerton/Civil Beat

Mayor Proposes Sweeping Changes In Vacation Rental Rules

The bill would make it easier for residents to rent out part of their homes but limit the number of properties listed by absentee owners.

Mayor’s Islandwide Crackdown On The Homeless Rolled Out For Council Courtney Teague/Civil Beat

Mayor’s Islandwide Crackdown On The Homeless Rolled Out For Council

Two measures from Kirk Caldwell targeting homeless people in public places receive initial approval.

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.

Honolulu’s Share Of The Bill For Rail Just Got $54 Million Bigger Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu’s Share Of The Bill For Rail Just Got $54 Million Bigger

At a budget preview Friday, Mayor Kirk Caldwell acknowledged the city will have to cover more of the project’s cost.

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