Call to action: SB704 should NOT be scheduled for hearing

As we said in an earlier update, the House Committee on Tourism gutted & replaced SB704 with language from the bad Airbnb bill. SB704 originally would have created a working group that would study the impact of vacation rentals on our communities. Now SB704 SD2 HD1 is the same bad Airbnb bill that fails to protect our affordable housing.

SB704 SD2 HD1 has been referred to the House Finance Committee. Tell the Committee Chair Sylvia Luke and Speaker of the House Joe Souki to NOT hear SB704 SD2 HD1. You can quickly email them by filling out the form below:

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Update on HB1471 and SB704 (bills re: Airbnb)

Good news: Chair Wakai & the Senate Committees passed HB1471 with amendments that move us in the right direction to regulate Airbnb and protect our affordable housing.

Bad news: the House Committee on Tourism gutted & replaced SB704 with language from the bad Airbnb bill. Call your State Representative & let them know that you OPPOSE SB704 (find your Rep here: http://capitol.hawaii.gov). Look out for an email soon on submitting testimony to oppose SB704.

Testimony needed: OPPOSE HB1471

HB1471 HD3, Airbnb’s bad bill, is scheduled for a joint hearing with the Economic Development, Tourism, and Technology (ETT) Committee and the Public Safety, Intergovernmental, and Military Affairs (PSA) Committee next Wednesday, March 22 at 2:45p (Hawaii State Capitol, Conference Room 414).

There are an estimated 33,000 homes today being used as vacation rentals in the state. This may be our last chance to amend it to protect our affordable housing, or to kill it if it remains unamended.

Submit your testimony TODAY, but no later than 1:15p on Sunday, March 19 to OPPOSE HB1471 unless it includes these amendments:

  1. We must not preempt the counties’ ability to enact good regulations;
  2. Rental operators should be required to certify to the tax collection broker that they are operating legally and provide documentation to back that up;
  3. We should ensure that any measure complements – and does not nullify – Act 204 in allowing the state to hold operators accountable;
  4. Tax collection brokers should be required to operate transparently by providing lists of names and addresses of operators to the State so the State can verify the money it is collecting reflects reality.

You can directly submit testimony by filling out the form below. Sample language is included, and it will only take a couple of minutes. We encourage you to edit the form to share your personal story about how the affordable housing crisis is impacting you.

Learn more about the negative impact of illegal vacation rentals by visiting our website.

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Wed. 3/8: International Women’s Day

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

4:30p – 6:30p

  • 4:30p – Meet at Magic Island
  • 5:00p – Begin march to Trump Hotel Waikiki
  • 5:45p – Rally & Program at Trump Hotel Waikiki (223 Saratoga Rd, Honolulu, HI 96815)

Organized by the AiKea Movement, UNITE HERE Local 5, Women’s March Hawai’i, and the Hawaii State Teachers Association (HSTA).

Historically, International Women’s Day has focused on the working conditions of women. Women and people of color experience workplace injury, sexual harassment, unequal pay, and other forms of injustice at higher rates.

Wear red and bring signs (see below for more information on signs.) For more information, view the Facebook event, or email [email protected].

#ShePersisted

AiKea organizer Lisa holds up a poster honoring Evelyn Chang, a retired cocktail server and Local 5 member who worked at the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani for decades.

For the action, we are making signs to honor women workers with the slogan “She Persisted,” made (in)famous after Senator Mitch McConnell silenced Senator Elizabeth Warren in the middle of her speech.

We welcome you to make your own signs, honoring the strong and persistent women in your life. If you would like us to help you make a sign, send a photo of a woman you would like to honor to [email protected].

About International Women’s Day

The first International Woman’s Day (IWD) was observed in 1911. Weeks later, the tragic Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in New York City took the lives of 146 working women, most of them immigrants.

This disastrous event drew significant attention to working conditions and labor legislation in the U.S. that became a focus of subsequent International Women’s Day events. The International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union (ILGU) successfully fought for better wages, benefits, and working conditions.

Women workers today

ILGU later became the Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees (UNITE) in 1995. Then in 2004, it merged with Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Union (HERE) in 2004 to create a new union known as UNITE HERE. In Hawai’i, UNITE HERE Local 5 represents over 10,000 workers in the hospitality, healthcare, and food service industries.

Women workers have made a lot of progress since the start of IWD, but more work needs to be done to create safe and equitable working conditions for women.

Click here for a printable half-page flyer (PDF).

Stand with our houseless communities

QUICK CALL FOR ACTION: AiKea has been fighting for affordable housing, and we stand in solidarity with our houseless communities who are directly impacted by the lack of affordable housing.

Please call Sen. Josh Green, Chair of the Senate Committee for Human Services, and ask him to schedule hearings for SB 1 and SB 11.
Phone: 808-586-9385

Please call Sen. Will Espero, Chair of the Senate Committee for Housing, and ask him to schedule hearings for SB 1 and SB 589.
Phone: 808-586-6360

SB 1 Will create bonds to fund the construction of housing for the homeless: Authorizes the director of finance to issue general obligation bonds and appropriates funds to finance the construction of housing for homeless individuals and families.
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=1 
Text of SB 1: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/SB1_.HTM  

SB 11 Will protect the property and identity for homeless people caught in criminalization “sweeps” that often result in the loss of their belongings: Protects homeless individuals from having their personal property taken from a state or county agency without proper documentation procedures and the ability to recovery property from the agency. Establishes the executive office on homeless identity protection to assist homeless individuals with recovering government-issued identification documents.
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=11 
Text of SB 11: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/SB11_.HTM      

SB 589 Establishes a “Houseless Bill of Rights” outlining basic protections for unsheltered homeless people “in the same manner as any other person without discrimination on the basis of housing status”: Defines specific rights granted to a person who is houseless including equal access to housing, jobs, and shelters, equal treatment by government agencies, and access to life-sustaining activities and essential services.
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=589  
Text of SB 589: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2017/bills/SB589_.HTM

Submit Testimony to protect affordable housing

2017.02.01 Vacation rentals social mediaTwo Senate Committees will be hearing 3 bills dealing with illegal vacation rentals in Hawai’i. The hearing is on Friday, February 3 at 1:25p at the State Capitol, Conference Room 414.

Did you know there are an estimated 33,000 homes being used as vacation rentals in the state? And that in 2 years, that number is projected to jump to 40,000?

You may remember that last year, we successfully defeated HB1850, a bill supported by Airbnb that would have allowed illegal vacation rentals to continue to negatively impact our housing, our economy, and our neighborhoods.

Airbnb is now supporting SB1087, a bill that is nearly identical to HB150. We urge you to submit testimony OPPOSING SB1087.  

The other 2 bills, SB1281 and SB1202, are a step in the right direction, but need some fixing. Submit testimony in SUPPORT of SB1281 and SB1202 with comments.

Please submit testimony by TOMORROW (Thursday, February 2) before 1:25p. If you can testify in person at the hearing, please do!

Learn more about the negative impact of illegal vacation rentals.

You can directly submit testimony by filling out this form on our website:

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Sat. 1/21: Women’s March on Washington (Hawaii)

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Multiple locations and times

Information here is for all advocates and allies who are interested in participating in a local march in Hawaii or traveling from Hawaii to the march in Washington D.C.

Marches are being planned for: Honolulu, Hilo, and Kauai. If your island is not listed, please consider volunteering to organize a January 21st march on your island.

About the marches: These are INCLUSIVE marches, and EVERYONE is welcome.

Visit the Women’s March on Washington – Hawaii Facebook page for more information.

  • Oahu:
    10:00a – 3:00p
    Meet at the Ewa lawn of the Hawaii State Capitol
    View their Facebook event for more information.
  • Kauai:
    Time and location TBD
    View their Facebook event for more information.
  • Maui:
    8:00a – 11:00a
    UH Maui College
    View their Facebook event for more information.
  • Kona:
    3:00p – 4:00p
    Meet at South of Henry St. on Queen Ka’humanu Hwy and then march to Edible World Institute
    View their Facebook event for more information.
  • Hilo:
    10:00a – 3:00p
    Downtown Hilo at the Mo’oheau Bandstand
    View their Facebook event for more information.

Fri. 1/20: A Day of Resistance

mlk-bannerFriday, January 20, 2017

10:00a – 7:00p

Multiple locations in Honolulu

Friday January, 20th – Inaguration Day – will be A Day of Resistance.

We invite you to join us in inaugurating resistance on inauguration day. It is time to defend ourselves, our loved ones, and the world that sustains us. Our lives + futures depend on it.

Take off work for the day, and ask your coworkers to do the same.

This will be a time for Oahu to prove our solidarity against the policies and promises made during the Trump campaign.

Most importantly it will be a time for us to collectively stragetize on a productive path forward.

Schedule for January 20th:

12 to 2:30pm / Teach-in at UH Manoa

2:30 to 3:00pm (start time contingent on location) / March begins

route 1 starts at UH Manoa Campus Center (gather at Diamond Head steps)
route 2 starts at Ala Moana Park : Atkinson/Ala Moana (gather at entrance to Ala Moana)
route 3 starts at intersection of Kalakaua/Kapahulu (gather at Honolulu Zoo)
route 4 starts at intersection of King/Kalakaua (gather at park at Kaheka/King)

4:00pm / Converge at Waikiki Gateway Park

5:00pm / March to Trump Tower, then along Kalakaua Avenue toward Waikiki Shell

7:00pm / Free Concert at Waikiki Shell

Facebook event.

Hawaii J20 website.

Wed. 1/18: Opening Day of the Legislature

2016-01-20 11.15.46 HDR-1Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Time TBD

Hawaii State Capitol (415 S Beretania St, Honolulu, HI 96813)

Email [email protected] if you are interested in visiting legislators with us on Opening Day.

Mon. 1/16: Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade

DSC_0136Monday, January 16, 2017

Meet at 8:30a

Starts at Magic Island, ends at Kapiolani Park

Join the AiKea Movement at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade! If you’re interested in marching with us, email [email protected]