Aston Waikiki Beach and Hotel Renew workers have been fighting for a fair process to decide whether to unionize since February 2015. Management refuses. Non-union workers face unfair workloads, lousy treatment, and less pay.

Recently, a federal judge found Aston guilty of illegally disciplining, intimidating and harassing its workers. Despite this ruling, Aston continues to intimidate and disrespect workers.

Tell Aston CEO Kelvin Bloom to respect workers. Fill out the form below to send an email to him.

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    2016.05.18 AiKea Faith into Action flyerThursday, May 26, 2016

    5:00p – 7:00p

    UNITE HERE Local 5 (1516 S King St. Honolulu, HI 96826)

    Our next AiKea workshop is on turning our faith into action toward economic justice. We’re inviting clergy and laypersons to this workshop.

    Joining us is Father Clete Kiley, a priest of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago. Read his bio.

    Dinner will be provided. Please RSVP by emailing [email protected] or RSVP on our Facebook event.


    We've been mailing batches of postcards to Gov. Ige daily, signed by community members urging the Governor to veto HB1850.HB1850​ is sitting on Governor Ige’s desk, waiting to be signed into law or vetoed. We’ve been mailing batches of postcards to Gov. Ige daily, signed by community members urging the Governor to veto HB1850.

    If you haven’t done so already, tell Gov. Ige to VETO HB1850. Contact him: 586-0034 or [email protected]​.​ You may also use the email form below to send him an email:

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    2016.05.04 HB1850 final voteWe’re sad to report that HB1850 passed final reading in the State Legislature. 14 senators voted yes on HB1850 and 11 senators voted no. 28 representatives voted yes on HB1850, 2 voted yes with reservations, and 19 representatives voted no. You can view how each legislator voted below. Note that all of the representatives and 14 senators (see below) are up for reelection. Find your legislators here.

    Our next step is to tell Governor David Ige to veto HB1850. Contact him: 586-0034 or [email protected]. It’s time for our governor to lead on this issue, to protect our community and not sell us out to corporations like Airbnb. Illegal vacation rentals negatively impact our affordable housing, our economy, and our neighborhoods.


    We’re disappointed that these 14 senators voted yes on HB1850 (* = up for reelection in 2016):

    1. Roz Baker
    2. Donovan Dela Cruz*
    3. J. Kalani English
    4. Mike Gabbard*
    5. Brickwood Galuteria
    6. Josh Green
    7. Kaiali’i Kahele*
    8. Gilbert Keith-Agaran*
    9. Michelle Kidani
    10. Ronald Kouchi*
    11. Clarence Nishihara
    12. Brian Taniguchi*
    13. Jill Tokuda
    14. Glenn Wakai*

    Mahalo to these 11 senators who voted no on HB1850:

    1. Suzanne Chun Oakland*
    2. Will Espero*
    3. Breene Harimoto
    4. Les Ihara*
    5. Lorraine Inouye
    6. Donna Mercado Kim*
    7. Gil Riviere
    8. Russell Ruderman*
    9. Maile Shimabukuro
    10. Sam Slom*
    11. Laura Thielen*

    We’re disappointed that these 30 representatives voted yes on HB1850:

    1. Della Au Belatti
    2. Isaac Choy
    3. Richard Creagan
    4. Lynn DeCoite
    5. Cindy Evans
    6. Beth Fukumoto Chang
    7. Sharon Har
    8. Mark Hashem
    9. Linda Ichiyama
    10. Ken Ito
    11. Aaron Johanson
    12. Jo Jordan
    13. Bertrand Kobayashi (with reservations)
    14. Sylvia Luke
    15. Angus McKelvey
    16. John Mizuno
    17. Dee Marikawa
    18. Mark Nakashima
    19. Scott Nishimoto
    20. Takashi Ohno
    21. Richard Onishi
    22. Marcus Oshiro
    23. Feki Pouha (with reservations)
    24. Scott Saiki
    25. Joy San Buenaventura
    26. Gregg Takayama
    27. Roy Takumi
    28. Cliff Tsuji
    29. Justin Woodson
    30. Kyle Yamashita

    Thank you to these 19 representatives who voted no on HB1850:

    1. Henry Aquino
    2. Tom Brower
    3. Romy Cachola
    4. Ty Cullen
    5. Derek Kawakami
    6. Jarrett Keohokalole
    7. Sam Kong
    8. Chris Lee
    9. Matt LoPresti
    10. Nicole Lowen
    11. Lauren Matsumoto
    12. Bob McDermott
    13. Karl Rhoads
    14. Calvin Say
    15. Cynthia Thielen
    16. James Tokioka
    17. Andria Tupola
    18. Gene Ward
    19. Ryan Yamane

    2016.04.27 Aston March flyerTuesday, May 3, 2016

    4:00p – 5:30p

    If you want to march with us to the rally, meet at the Aston Headquarters (Kalakaua Ave. & Beach Walk) by 4:15p

    If not, meet us in front of the Aston Waikiki Beach (Kalakaua Ave. & Paoakalani Ave.)

    To commemorate International Workers’ Day (May 1), we will be standing in solidarity with the workers at Aston Waikiki Beach and Hotel Renew who are fighting for a fair process to decide whether to unionize. Standing with working people means securing all of our futures.

    Number of Vacation Rentals per Housing UnitThis afternoon, the conference committee for HB1850 passed a revised draft of Airbnb’s flawed bill that their 7 registered lobbyists have been pushing. This bill is not good enough and should not pass.

    On May 3, the Hawai’i Senate and House of Representatives will vote on the conference committee’s draft of HB1850. This is our last chance to get the Legislature to kill this bad bill. Illegal vacation rentals have a negative impact on affordable housing, and we need to stop them now. View our latest report to learn more.

    Email the Senate and House and tell them to OPPOSE HB1850 HD1. Tell them you support affordable housing for residents. Email them by Sunday night (5/1/16):

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    2016.04.20 House Conferees2016.04.25 Senate Conferees

    4 House Conferees have been appointed to decide the fate of HB 1850: Reps. Jo Jordan, Richard Onishi, Kyle Yamashita, and Beth Fukumoto Chang. Additionally, 3 Senate Conferees have been appointed as well: Sens. Kalani English, Roz Baker, and Jill Tokuda.

    Tell them that HB 1850 is flawed and still needs to be fixed. They should agree with or strengthen the Senate amendments, or they should kill this bad bill.

    Contact them immediately by calling or emailing them. You can also use the form below that will send an email to all four of them:

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    2016.04.19 AiKea Direct Action workshop flyerSaturday, April 30, 2016

    11:00a – 3:00p

    UNITE HERE Local 5 (1516 S King St. Honolulu, HI 96826)

    Our next AiKea workshop will go over what a direct action is and the different types of direct action. Learn the strategies and tactics needed to win campaigns for a better Hawai’i! If you would like to attend, contact [email protected] or RSVP on our Facebook page.

    Microsoft Word - Housing Now rally flyers.docxThursday, April 21, 2016

    3:00p – 6:00p

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

    Join us at the Housing Now! Rally, organized by the Housing Now Coalition. There is a housing crisis in paradise. Our legislators have an opportunity to help relieve this problem but they need a bit of a push – from us. For more information, see the Facebook event.

    2016.04.05 Faith and Labor flyerThursday, April 14, 2016

    11:30a – 1:00p

    The Cathedral of St. Andrew – Von Holt Room (229 Queen Emma Square)

    Working people–our congregations, our neighbors, our families–are working harder to make ends meet.

    The cost of housing and basic necessities are rising. Good, local jobs are under threat.

    Join us for lunch with Reverend Scott Marks, a New Haven pastor who has been organizing his community to fight for good jobs. Help us lead the faith community for a better Hawai’i.

    Lunch will be provided. RSVP by emailing [email protected].