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Written testimony must be submitted no later than

12:00 noon, Monday, January 22, 2024

Need some help or ideas writing your testimony?

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Submitting Written Testimony:

To ensure timely delivery to Council Members prior to the meeting,

counciltestimony@hawaiicounty.gov

or

fax (808) 961-8912

or

County Clerk’s Office
25 Aupuni Street
Hilo, HI, 96720.

All written testimony, regardless of time of receipt, will be made part of the permanent record.

Please submit separate testimony for each item.

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Public Attendance

Courtesy Site is available at the following locations:

Old Kohala Courthouse,54-3900 Akoni Pule HighwayKapa’au

or

Pahoa Council Office15-2879 Pahoa Village Road

If a courtesy site is unavailable and/or participation is disrupted, the scheduled meeting will continue.

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Oral Public Testimony via Zoom:

To provide oral testimony via Zoom to complete the registration process and obtain meeting login information:

Contact our office to register
by 12:00 noon, Monday, January 22, 2024

councilremotetestimony@hawaiicounty.gov

or

(808) 961-8255

Prompts to help you write your testimony.

Make it personal about you and your service providers’ (i.e. housekeeper, landscaper – and their families) financial well being and survival.

Be respectful and constructive. Avoid expressing emotional outrage.

1. Which bill is this testimony for?

  • Bill 121/TAR
  • Bill 122 B&B repeal
  • Bill 123 Ohana dwellings

2. Which district is your TAR in?

3. What has the TAR income helped you sustain your life on the island?
EXAMPLE:pay property tax, healthcare bill, supplemental income during leave from work, emergency fund, care for family member in distress, more nourishing food, etc.

4. List the services, frequency, and estimate incomes that you will have to stop distributing to fellow service provider residents of the island if you can no longer operate TAR?
EXAMPLE: The total of $1000 a month will stop flowing to fellow community residents because I will have to stop hiring my landscape help ($200×2 monthly), my cleaner ($500 monthly), and my handyman ($100 monthly)

5. Are you able to convert your space to a long-term rental if you can no longer do TAR? Why?
EXAMPLE: I am not going to convert my guesthouse to a long-term rental because my visiting family needs to use it from time to time and hotel rooms are too expensive for visiting family.

EXAMPLE: I will not convert to long-term because I cannot afford the financial risks of property damages from renters or the cost of eviction of non-paying tenants. Those costs are too great to risk. I would choose to reduce my expenses to make up for the loss of TAR income. The money I have to spend goes to support the local island businesses. The community will get less from me when I tighten my budget.

You have the right to know what political decisions for the Big Island are being made and how they will directly affect you.

We have made it easy for you to understand these decisions and how to make your voice heard if these decisions adversely affect you.

you may not have heard about it until now because they are trying to get it passed quickly and quietly!

THIS BILL WILL DIRECTLY AFFECT YOU TOO!!!

Pending legislation will not only limit accommodation options the collateral damage to so many local residents and their families will be detrimental to Hawaii’s very fragile tourism ecosystem.

The long-term consequences this bill presents have not been fully taken into account through proper studies and research.

Pending legislation will establish new regulations on the Big Island that will not only limit or completely take away Hawaii visitor vacation options it will also have an immediate effect on all those who are the fundamental foundation of Hawaii tourism and Hawaii’s economy.

This legislation will take away many Hawaii residents’ resources required to maintain their ability to sustain the ability to continue to live on the island..

Visitors/Vacationers

Hawaii at it’s core is about Aloha. People from all over the world come to experience what Aloha is all about while visiting our beaches, learning about Hawaii culture and connecting with our land and ocean.

Local Service Providers

This is the collective backbone to Hawaii’s tourism who keeps it operational to visitors. They are Housekeepers, landscapers, handymen/women and farmers plus community-based restaurants and shops..

Interisland Professionals/Families

Those who who travel interislands for work, transitional housing, waiting military orders, medical workers, construction workers, and extended familiy visitors

Visitor/Vacation Hosts

Those who wish travel to Hawaii like to have options on how they prefer to create their Hawaii experience. Host are here to give visitors personalized options by renting their ohanas.

Hawaii Cultural Educators/Artists

Hawaii is famous for our farmers markets that include local artist sharing their crafts. Cultural education and it programs are a critical portion of the tourism eco-system.

Together we have the power to protect and preserve Hawaii’s vast tourism ecosystem and a Visitor’s ability to have options to choose to how and where they wish to experience Hawaii.