HLTA Updates

 

photo of mayors of Hawaiian islands

From Left to right – George Szigeti, Mayor Kirk Caldwell, Mayor Billy Kenoi, Mayor Alan Arakawa, Mayor Bernard Carvalho, Kelly Hoen

Mayors’ Charity Walk Challenge Winner and Results Announced

HAWAI‘I – The results are in! The Mayors of Kaua‘i, O‘ahu, Maui and Hawai‘i Island have been participating in a friendly competition to raise money for the annual Hawai‘i Lodging & Tourism Association’s (HLTA) Visitor Industry Charity Walk, which took place in May.

The County with the largest percentage growth over the previous year was announced as Hawai‘i Island, which raised a total of $276,218, amounting to a 21 percent increase from 2013. As a reward, Mayor Billy Kenoi of Hawai‘i Island received a special Koa wood slipper plaque that symbolizes the Walk.

Overall, the 36th annual Visitor Industry Charity Walk raised a record-breaking $1,887,010, a 12.9 percent increase from 2013.

Read the full press release: VICW 2014 Mayors Challenge Results


Register for the 15th Annual HLTA Golf Tournament

Thursday, August 14, 2014
Hawaii Prince Golf Club

Sign up to play or donate prizes. See details.


2014 Legislative Update

For a complete list of active bills currently being tracked by HLTA, click SENATE BILLS or HOUSE BILLS. These lists include HLTA’s position on each bill.

For information on the legislative process, the Hawai‘i State Legislature has a wonderful resource called “A Citizen’s Guide to Participation in the Legislative Process,” which you can find here.

To access additional information regarding the bills below, you can:

  • Click on the bill # to view a copy of the bill.
  • Click on the hearing date to view the hearing notice.
  • You may also view the bills, status of bills, committee reports & hearing notices at the legislative website:  http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov

Broadcast of hearing & briefings are available at www.capitoltv.org

STATUS OF BILLS

Note: Amended bills will be provided when available.

SB2609 SD1 HD1 Relating to Minimum Wage. Increases minimum wage rate to $8.20 per hour beginning on 1/1/15, $9.15 per hour beginning on 1/1/16, and $10.10 per hour beginning on 1/1/17. Changes the tip credit and tip credit deactivation trigger amounts to unspecified amounts. Effective 7/1/2050. PASSED SECOND READING AS AMENDED IN HD1, REFERRED TO FIN.

SB3074 Relating to Hotel Class Liquor Licenses. Amends the definition of “hotel” for purposes of qualification for a hotel class liquor license by deleting requirement that a hotel have a kitchen and dining room. CPC RECOMMENDS MEASURE TO BE PASSED UNAMENDED.

HR130 / HCR171 URGING THE COUNTY COUNCILS TO ENACT LEGISLATION THAT ADDRESSES THE CONCERNS ASSOCIATED WITH THE CONVERSION OF HAWAII”S TRADITIONAL RESORT HOTEL ROOMS INTO CONDOMINIUMS, CONDOMINIUM HOTELS, TIMESHARES, OR INDIVIDUAL VACATION UNITS. REPORT ADOPTED, REFERRED TO FIN.

2014 Public Affairs Position Statements

The Public Affairs Position Statements reflect issues of importance to the hospitality and visitor industry, as well as HLTA’s positions on these issues. HLTA uses these positions as the foundation for our legislative efforts. Click here for a copy of the 2014 Public Affairs Position Statements.

Take Action and Get Involved!

In order to truly be effective down at the Capitol, we need the full support of the industry. That means lending your voice to our efforts. To learn more about how YOU can get involved, click here.


Save the Dates for These Important Events

HLTA Scholarship Golf Tournament – Hawaii Prince Golf Club

August 14, 2014. Registration packet available soon

187th General Membership Meeting

Hilton Waikoloa Village
October 3-5, 2014