Illegal Vacation Rentals

Vacation_Rentals_In_Hawaii_ImageIn response to increased illegal vacation rentals in residential neighborhoods and to help ensure that that county zoning laws are upheld Gov Ige signed ACT 204 into law January 2016. ACT 204 gives the power and responsibility to collect the TAT & GET on short-term rentals with full transparency and privacy to the State tax department.

HB 1850, waiting Governor Ige’s approval or VETO, allows corporations like Airbnb and Vacation Rental By Owner (VRBO), who have no responsibility for transparency, to collect taxes on short-term vacation rentals irregardless of county zoning or if they are legal or illegal.

HB 1850 allows short-term vacation rental owners to hide under a corporate on-line curtain making it easier to break the law.

Please contact Governor Ige and ask him to VETO HB 1850.

 

Click here. Tell Gov. Ige you oppose HB1850

In his 2015 State Address Governor Ige said: We’re building a home for our kupuna, ourselves and our children. He also said he would modernize the state’s tax collection system to make it more efficient and reduce cheating. Let us remind him of his words.

 

Reminder: Attend Meeting TODAY in support of Neighborhood Board System

A message from Chuck Prentiss of the Kailua Neighborhood Board  Chuck-Prentiss

I am urging people islandwide to attend the City Charter Commission meeting on Thursday (TODAY) to testify  or give support in opposition to the Charter Commission proposal the abolish the NB’s. It is on their agenda starting at 3:30 pm Thursday  (TODAY) at the City Council committee room on the second floor of Honolulu Hale. Hope to see you there. You do not need to sign up to speak. Free parking at the city parking structure public spaces after 3:30 pm. Don’t park on the street (tow-away).

Mahalo, Chuck (Kailua Neighborhood Board)

 

The Windward Coalition is grateful to our NB’s in Kailua and Kaneohe for their support with our initiatives (i.e.sewer plant odors, noise, air and water pollution, crime, development and environmental issues) .

The neighborhood board system examines the issues and publicly holds our elected officials accountable.  Additionally, the loss of this democratic system would benefit those desiring changes that may impact our communities to proceed without public scrutiny.  Please attend this meeting in support of the neighborhood board system.

 

POLICE REPORT – ELDERLY VICTIMS

District 7 (along with otheimagesr districts within HPD) is experiencing the start of a series involving theft from elderly victims.  The mode of operation is that a female suspect(s), claiming to be pregnant, would approach a residence and use deception (ask to either use the phone or the bathroom) to gain entry into the dwelling.  Upon being invited into the residence the female suspect would covertly remove valuable items (purses/jewelry) from the residence.

Within District 7 there have been 2 cases documented involving the above mode of operation.  For both cases the female suspects had a similar description and both claimed to be pregnant.

The female suspect(s) are described as: Local/Polynesian / 40-50 years old / 5’3”-5’5” / 130-150 lbs. / Black Hair (Shoulder Length).

Please be cautious when answering the door and DO NOT invite a stranger into your home.  If someone approaches your residence, keep your door locked and talk to them thought the closed door.  If there is any suspicious activity observed please call 911 so that an officer can be dispatched to your location.

The suspect(s) conducting these crimes, are not new to the criminal scene, they have been through the Judicial system quite a bit.  HPD is aware of these individuals, and they know we are on the look out for them as well.  Other things to notice, is a possible “get away vehicle” near by.  If you encounter this type of situation, take notice of your surroundings and any other individuals close by with this unknown female.

We do NOT want you to feel threatened in any way regarding these individuals.  Just be your normal selves, and continue to safeguard YOUR neighborhoods the way you all have already been doing so.  Call 911 should any of you observe suspicious activity, person(s), vehicles roaming YOUR neighborhoods.

MAHALO for your continued support and dedication in keeping YOUR neighborhoods SAFE!!!!

 

C 17 Noise Complaints

For noise or flight complaints, note in Kaneohe Bay, the C17s are flown by  the Air Force (National Guard or Active Duty).  If you have a C17 complaint , you can call either the Air Force National Guard 808-733-4258  or Joint Base Pearl Harbor Public Affairs 808-449-1534.  Let them note the date and time of day and they will investigate.

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NOISE ALERT – JETS AND MODIFIED HOURS

 

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MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII, Kaneohe Bay – Residents on Oahu should anticipate an increase in military aircraft and ground operations due to multiple training events occurring in February 2016 at all Marine Corps Base (MCB) Hawaii locations, which include the base at Kaneohe Bay and Marine Corps Training Area Bellows (MCTAB).
Oahu residents may see and hear increased aircraft activity surrounding the base during the hours listed below. F/A-18 Hornet aircraft will be temporarily based at MCB Hawaii for approximately 30 days starting mid-February; these aircraft will follow normal airfield hours. Additionally, there will be periods of 24-hour airfield operations  February 15-19th, and maintenance may occur overnight to ensure the safe operation of all aircraft.
Modified hours –
Sat 13 Feb. 2030-2100 Airfield open for aircraft homecoming
Sat 20 Feb 1030-2200 Exercise support (Including F/A-18)
Sun 21 Feb 1230-2359 Exercise Support (Including F/A-18)
Sat 27 Feb 1000-1900 Exercise support (Including F/A-18)
Wed 02 Mar. 0700-0100 Airfield open late for incoming aircraft
Note: Airfield hours may change without notice due to operational commitments. Aircraft maintenance will occur 24 hours a day as required to maintain aircraft safety.
Bellows Beach Park located at MCTAB will be closed due to amphibious operations from Feb. 19 to 22, and is expected to reopen at noon on Feb. 26. The City and County of Honolulu’s notification is available here:https://camping.honolulu.gov/
Marine Corps Base Hawaii sincerely appreciates the community’s support and understanding as service member strain to defend this great nation and prepare for overseas contingencies. The exercises and real-world military operations sometimes generate an increase in aircraft and weapon noise. Community members can report noise concerns through our website : click here or call us at 808-257-8832. The Noise Concern phone number is monitored Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m.and 4 p.m. daily.