Call our Hawaii State Legislators: Prioritize Public Safety & Hawaii’s Working People!

Two weeks ago, 311 Hawaii residents emailed the top leadership of the Hawaii State Legislature, urging them to prioritize Hawaii’s working families as they deliberate over the state budget.

Not a single one of these 311 people has received a response from these legislators. Meanwhile, the Hawaii State Legislature decided to put over $1.6 billion in state and federal funding into a “rainy day” fund rather than healthcare coverage, unemployment benefits, or other services that could help hundreds of thousands of Hawaii residents and their families.

We are extremely disappointed at the lack of response and leadership from the State Capitol.

But we will not give up until our voices our heard and our concerns are addressed. Our next action is to call Speaker of the House Scott Saiki, Senate President Ron Kouchi, House Finance Chair Sylvia Luke, and Senate Ways & Means Chair Donovan Delacruz.

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The Hawaii State Legislature has been in recess due to COVID-19. But on Monday, our state legislators returned to the Capitol to work on the state’s budget.

With over 230,000 unemployment claims filed since March because of mass layoffs from the pandemic, now is the time for our state legislators to step up. We need leaders who will prioritize Hawaii’s working people—not corporations and developers.

Tell our State Legislature that the state MUST do the following:

  1. Continue to fund unemployment
  2. Ensure healthcare coverage for the 230,000+ people who are currently unemployed
  3. Guarantee that workers who were laid off due to COVID-19 will get their jobs back
  4. Make COVID-19 testing for frontline workers and visitors a priority so that we can safely restart our economy

Fill out the form below to send an email to the State Legislature’s top leadership: Speaker of the House Scott Saiki, Senate President Ronald Kouchi, House Finance Chair Sylvia Luke, and Senate Ways & Means Chair Donovan Dela Cruz:

Tell the Hawaii State Legislature: Prioritize Hawaii’s Working People

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Please help protect the health and wellness of our members, friends, and family that live, work, and play in Nānākuli and Mā‘ili.

The PVT Land Company, Ltd. has been operating a landfill in Nānākuli since 1985 and now wishes to “relocate” across the street from current operations for another 30-40 years. (See draft EIS statement here.)

Enough-is-enough – no more landfills in our communities, no more landfills in Nānākuli and Māʻili!

  1. Send testimony to city and state officials:

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  2. Come to the Nānākuli-Māʻili Neighborhood Board this Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at 7:00 pm at Nānākuli High Cafeteria
  3. Sign the Online Petition

The Honolulu City Council has called for a Special Council meeting on Monday, June 17, 2019 @ 10:00 am.   This is your last chance to come out and support Bill 85 CD2 and Bill 89 CD2.  Both Bills would provide the City with the necessary tools for strong enforcement against illegal vacation rentals and help protect our affordable housing.

Submit written testimony to SUPPORT Bill 85 CD2 and Bill 89 CD2 by FRI. 6/14 using our email form BELOW.

Our presence last week Friday was powerful!  We need people to come to the hearing again and testify in person: register here.  At last month’s Full City Council meeting, we saw how negative the pro-Airbnb side is willing to go and heard the lies they’re willing to spread. We need to pack the room on Friday and show our City Council that Hawaii’s families need affordable housing and want illegal vacation rentals to be enforced.

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Honolulu City Council has a Zoning & Planning committee hearing of two vacation rental bills this Friday, June 7 at 10:00am at Honolulu Hale.

We strongly support Bill 85 CD2 and Bill 89 CD2, both submitted by Councilmembers Menor and Manahan, because we need strong enforcement of vacation rentals to protect our affordable housing.

We need people to come to the hearing and testify in person: register here. At last month’s City Council meeting, we saw how negative the pro-Airbnb side is willing to go and heard the lies they’re willing to spread. We need to pack the room on Friday and show our City Council that Hawaii’s families need affordable housing and want illegal vacation rentals to be enforced.

Submit written testimony to SUPPORT Bill 85 CD2 and Bill 89 CD2 before 10am on Fri. 6/7 using our email form BELOW.

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Honolulu City Council has their final hearing of some key vacation rentals bills this Wednesday, May 8 at 10am. Vacation rentals take away what little affordable housing is left in Hawaii, renting it out short-term to tourists instead. The only way to stop this is through strong enforcement against illegal vacation rentals.

We strongly support Bill 85 CD2 FD1 and Bill 89 CD2 FD1, both submitted by Councilmember Menor, because we need strong enforcement of vacation rentals before we can permit more. A key part of enforcement is holding platforms like Airbnb accountable and making sure they’re transparent with their data on their hosts and listings.

Submit testimony to SUPPORT Bill 85 CD2 FD1 and Bill 89 CD2 FD1 before 10am on Wed. 5/8 using our email form below:

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After we successfully pushed the Senate to oppose SB1292 HD3 (Airbnb’s bad bill) on Friday, they revived the bill yesterday and passed it.

Now we need to urge Governor Ige to VETO this BAD BILL that would legitimize illegal vacation rentals, which are taking away what little affordable housing is left in Hawaii.

Contact Gov. Ige immediately by calling (808) 586-0034 or sending an email through this site.

GREAT NEWS! SB 1292 HD 3 failed to pass final reading yesterday! This BAD BILL, if passed, would legitimize illegal vacation rentals, which are taking away what little affordable housing is left in Hawaii.

Here’s the list of the senators who voted NO:

Stanley Chang
Kurt Fevella
Breene Harimoto
Les Ihara Jr.
Kaiali’i Kahele
Jarrett Keohokalole
Donna Mercado Kim
Sharon Y. Moriwaki
Clarence K. Nishihara
Karl Rhoads
Gil Riviere
Russell E. Ruderman
Laura Thielen

Help ensure that this bad bill will not come back. Let’s thank the senators who helped kill this bill by using our email form below:

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Bad news: yesterday, the State Senate voted yes on SB1292 HD3. This is a BAD BILL that would legitimize illegal vacation rentals, which are taking away what little affordable housing is left in Hawaii.

The Senate is taking a final vote on SB1292 HD3 TODAY (Fri. 4/26). Please do the following by 4pm TODAY:

  • Call these senators who voted yes with reservations, and tell them to vote NO on SB1292 HD3:
    • Stanley Chang – 586-8420
    • Mike Gabbard – 586-6830
    • Les Ihara – 586-6250
    • Lorraine Inouye – 586-7335
    • Dru Kanuha – 586-9385
    • Jarrett Keohokalole – 587-7215
    • Donna Mercado Kim – 587-7200
    • Russell Ruderman – 586-6890
    • Maile Shimabukuro – 586-7793
    • Brian Taniguchi – 586-6460
  • Email the state senators who voted yes with reservations or no, using our email form below:

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The State Senate is voting TODAY (Thu. 4/25) on SB1292 HD3. This is a BAD BILL that would legitimize illegal vacation rentals, which are taking away what little affordable housing is left in Hawaii. There are over 35,000 illegal vacation rentals in Hawaii—the vast majority are entire homes operated by mainland owners.

The key to enforcing illegal vacation rentals is to hold platforms like Airbnb accountable by making sure they’re transparent with their data on their hosts and listings. SB1292 HD3 establishes that tax info collected by a hosting platform shall be confidential and non-disclosable.

Please contact the State Senate TODAY (Thu. 4/25) as soon as possible:

  • Call your state senator’s office today and leave a message saying you oppose SB1292
  • Call these key senators and tell them to vote NO on SB1292 HD3:
    • Glenn Wakai – 586–8585
    • Ronald Kouchi – 586–6030
    • Kalani English – 587–7225
    • Donovan Dela Cruz – 586–6090
    • Karl Rhoads – 586–6130
  • Email all of the state senators using the email form below:

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