Sign Waving Opportunities for District 17 Members

Please come out and join your fellow Local 3 brothers and sisters and sign wave for Local 3 endorsed candidates. If you would like to participate in one of these sign waving events, please call or email Local 3 Business Representative Glenn Koester, Jr. for more information. All events listed below qualifies for Project Vote but you must call Glenn first to let him know you are attending.

Mayor Kirk Caldwell reopening city parks for exercise, extending Honolulu stay-at-home order

Mayor Kirk Caldwell said today he is extending the stay-at-home, work-from-home order “with modifications” for Honolulu through May and is reopening city parks for exercise only, beginning 5 a.m. Saturday.

He also announced a $2 million program for about 10,000 more COVID-19 tests to be conducted by community centers around the island who provide health care for underserved populations. “In order to open up, we need to do more testing, a lot more testing,” he said.

Caldwell’s original stay-at-home, work-from-home order was set to expire at the end of the month.

At today’s press conference, Caldwell said some businesses may be allowed to open before May 31 if it is safe to do so. “If this (new positive coronavirus cases) stays low, we can start talking about opening up other things too — in a phased way,” Caldwell said.

“We’re not going to be returning to a new normal anytime soon …. not until there’s new treatment therapies that are aggressive and really show that if you get sick, you’re treated rapidly and you become well,” Caldwell said. “The end game is really a vaccine, which they project is 18 months away, 24 months away.”

The idea is to slowly reopen segments of society as safety allows “and at the end of the day, the order will disappear end and we’ll return to the life we lived before the pandemic struck.”

He said he expects sports or other entertainment events may be the last to reopen because they entail large numbers of people gathering in confined areas. “That doesn’t mean … we’re not going to see sports won’t be played, but we’ll be watching from afar, from our TV screens but not in person sitting in bleachers.”

Read more here

Assistance available for homeowners, renters hit with financial hardship

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) – U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz continues to outline resources available for struggling residents during the coronavirus pandemic.

His office released an online guide for homeowners and renters who may be struggling to make payments due to a loss of income.

Assistance includes a delay in payments for homeowners with a federally-backed mortgage. There’s also a moratorium on evictions for most renters until July.

“Lots of Hawai‘i residents are struggling to make their mortgage or their rent, and these programs can help tens of thousands of people who need it,” said Sen. Schatz. “Please call either your mortgage servicer, your landlord, or a housing counselor to see if you are eligible for either forbearance or protections against being evicted.”

Schatz adds that more than 60 percent of all mortgages in Hawai‘i and across the country are backed by the federal government.

His guide for homeowners and renters comes a day after his office released a guide for struggling small businesses who were forced to close or cut staff.

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CARES Act: Coronavirus Aid

President Trump signed the $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act today. The CARES Act includes a one-time payout as detailed below:

– Adults: $1,200 Child: $500

– The check will get smaller for those earning over $75,000 a year based on 2018 tax returns.

Payments phase out at a rate of $5 per every additional $100 in income starting at $75,000 in adjusted gross income for singles, $112,500 for heads of households, and $150,000 for married couples filing jointly. For example, a single adult who earns $85,000 would get $700 (a decrease of $500 due to his or her higher income). Individuals making more than $99,000 a year or married couples making over $198,000 would not be eligible for stimulus payments.

Checks could start arriving in three weeks, said the White House.

Other provisions include the following:


The CARES Act will add $600 per week for four months on top of what the state pays for unemployment.

Delayed Tax Filing Deadline

 The Income Tax filing deadline has been delayed to July 15, 2020.

Aid to Hospitals

 The CARES Act includes $130 billion for hospitals dealing with a shortage in medical masks, ventilators and hospital beds ahead of an expected wave of cases. It also provides $150 billion directly to state and local governments dealing with the outbreak.

$500 billion Treasury Fund

The final deal includes a $500 billion Treasury Fund for industries affected by the virus and offers more than $300 billion in small business loans.


Keep Your Voter Registration Record Up to Date: Ballots are mailed to the voter’s mailing address associated with their voter registration record. Voters who have moved, changed their name or mailing address, must update their voter registration. Voters may check online or call their Clerk’s Office to confirm that their voter registration is current.

Not yet registered? Register online or complete a Voter Registration Application and submit it to your Clerk’s Office. Click here to learn more about voter registration.

Receiving Your Ballot: All properly registered voters will receive a mail ballot packet approximately 18 days prior to the election.

The mail ballot packet contains:

  • A ballot
  • A secret ballot envelope
  • A return ballot envelope
  • Voting instructions

If you do not receive your mail ballot packet, contact your Clerk’s Office.

Here’s What’s Not Passing The Hawaii Legislature This Year

Stay informed and up to date on the Hawaii Legislature and the legislators that you voted for.

On Tuesday the Hawaii Legislature is set to act on hundreds of bills as lawmakers near the halfway mark of the 2019 session.

The bills include measures that increase the minimum wage to $15 by 2022, enact voting by mail across all counties in 2020 and establish a carbon emissions tax.

Those are just some of the pieces of legislation that Civil Beat has been tracking this session out of the more than 3,100 House bills and Senate bills that were introduced in January.

To read more, click here

Ways to Register to Vote in Hawaii

Reserve your right to grumble and vote!  Below are ways to register to vote in Hawaii if you haven’t done so already:

Online: Visit You must have a current Hawaii Driver’s License or State ID to complete an application online.

Mail: Print & submit a completed Wikiwiki Voter Registration & Permanent Absentee Application to your Clerk’s Office.

In-person: Visit the Office of Elections or your Clerk’s Office to submit an application in person.

Applications are available at any of the following locations:

Office of Elections
Clerk’s Offices
State Libraries
U.S. Post Offices
State Agencies
Satellite City Halls
Early Walk in Voting Location: Visit an early walk in voting location within your county to register and vote on the same day.

For more information, click here – Ways to Register to Vote in Hawaii

County of Hawai’i General Plan Public Input Forum Questionnaire

The County of Hawai‘i’s General Plan is the blueprint that guides the long-term development of Hawai‘i Island. It considers the needs of the entire island, and provides a sound growth strategy that directs future opportunities related to land use, zoning amendments and capital expenditures.

The Hawai‘i County General Plan is reviewed every ten years. The County’s existing General Plan was adopted in 2005, and a lot has happened on Hawai‘i Island since then. Everything that has transpired, including population growth, natural disasters, technological advancements, and sustainability efforts, is being considered in the General Plan.

Please take a moment to click on this link and take the survey to support economic opportunities for Hawaii county: County of Hawai’i General Plan Public Input Forum Questionnaire

Every VOTE Counts

Every VOTE Counts!

Remember – Primary Election Day is on August 13, 2016

If you have already voted by absentee ballot, Mahalo!

For those of you voting by early walk-in, remember you only have TODAY (Thursday, August 11) to do so

If you haven’t registered yet, you can REGISTER and VOTE TODAY!

Click here for more information on voting by absentee ballot, early voting sites and voter registerations.

If you have any questions, please call our office at 845-6221