Caldwell signs bill regulating vacation rental industry
Mayor Kirk Caldwell signed a bill into law on Tuesday that will enact some of the toughest new regulations for O‘ahu’s vacation rental industry in nearly 40 years. In a press conference just after 1 p.m., Caldwell announced that he was signing Bill 89, which allows permits for up to 1,715 owner-occupied bed-and-breakfast rentals.
30 HPD officers assigned to tail Kealoha’s uncle, prosecutor says in closing argument
U.S. Prosecutor Joseph Orabona says 30 Honolulu police officers conducted 24-hour surveillance on the uncle of former deputy prosecutor Katherine Kealoha the week she claimed he stole her mailbox in 2013. Orabona said police were tailing Katherine Kealoha’s uncle Gerard Puana even before he was officially identified as a suspect.
Possessing 3 grams or less of pot in Hawai‘i will no longer be a criminal offense in 2020
Gov. David Ige said Monday he will allow House Bill 1383 — which eliminates any criminal penalties for possession of three grams of pot or less — to become law. The new law, which takes effect Jan. 11, will make possession of those small amounts of cannabis an infraction, similar to a parking ticket, punishable by fines of no more than $130.
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CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT
Civil Cafe: Pedestrian safety
Civil Beat transportation reporter, Marcel Honore will moderate a panel discussion on pedestrian safety and transforming O‘ahu into a more walkable island tonight at Impact Hub HNL, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Panelists include: Kathleen Rooney, Transportation Systems Manager, Ulupono Initiative; Jon Nouchi, Deputy Director, Department of Transportation Services; Daniel Alexander, Co-Director, Hawaii Bicycling League; Anthony Chang, Urban Planning Master’s student at UH.
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Moss covered trees in the forest atop Pu‘u Huluhulu, just off of Hawai‘i Island’s Saddle Road. This kīpuka, or hill, is an island of old growth vegetation in the midst of barren hardened lava from eruptions in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Standing in the damp forest feels like a window into what the ancient fauna in this area probably looked like.