(Honolulu Star-Advertiser) Honolulu — the entire state, in fact — is witnessing some radical shifts in the largest engine powering its economy, tourism. In addition to the global trends turning the visitor industry toward new markets in Asia, there’s the basic movement away from full-service hotels and toward “condotels” or other variations that are more residential than tourist accommodations.
(Hawaii News Now) – HONOLULU (AP) – The Honolulu City Council is considering limiting hoteliers from converting hotel rooms to condominium units.
(Honolulu Civil-Beat) – By Anita Hofschneider. Honolulu City Council members Ron Menor, Joey Manahan and Stanley Chang have introduced a bill that would require developers to get permits if they want to convert some hotel rooms into condos.
(Ka Leo) – By Noelle Fujii. Members of Aikea Hawaiʻi, a job preservation effort organized by Unite Here Local 5, are expected to rally at Honolulu Hale today in support of Bill 16, which preserves hotel jobs.
(Honolulu Star-Advertiser) – By Allison Schaefers & Gordon Pang. About 1,000 community members from the Aikea Movement, a job preservation effort organized by Unite Here Local 5, are expected to rally at Honolulu Hale on Thursday in support of Bill 16, which seeks to preserve hotel jobs by requiring property owners to obtain a permit if they plan to convert 20 percent or more of their hotel rooms into condominiums.
(Honolulu Star-Advertiser) – By Derrick DePledge. State House and Senate leaders have reached an understanding on raising the minimum wage to $10 an hour by January 2018 and expanding a tip credit to 75 cents, but an influential state senator wants a debate over the tip credit before signing off on the agreement.