Mayor Kirk Caldwell took action on the following bills today by signing them into law.

These bills were passed by the Honolulu City Council on November 6.

Bill 7, CD1, FD1 Relating to sewer systems. The purpose of this ordinance is to address unsewered properties with individual wastewater disposal systems within improvement districts.

“This bill protects the investments made by homeowners, who took the initiative and upgraded from cesspools to a septic system, to recoup some of their investment, which may run upwards of $20,000 or more.” Said Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell.

“In recent years many homeowners in the Waimānalo beach lots were required to upgrade to septic systems at great expense,” said Councilmember Alan Texeira. “For many of our residents whom are already struggling with Hawaiʻi’s high cost of living, requiring them to pay to connect to the city’s sewer system - when they have legal and functional septic system makes no sense. While we cannot override the State Department of Health’s mandate, we can do our best to ensure that economic impact on our families is kept to a minimum. I appreciate the work of the City’s Department of Environmental Services in helping us to reach a reasonable compromise. I further appreciate Mayor Caldwell and my colleagues’ support of this Bill.”

Bill 17, CD1 - Relating to Real Property taxation. The purpose of this ordinance is to address the real property tax exemption for homes of totally disabled veterans.

“This bill will provide assistance to approximately 1,728 disabled veterans who are eligible for these exemption claims,” said Mayor Caldwell. “We are honored to support a bill that provides care for those who were so willing to sacrifice everything that we may live in peace and comfort.”

“I am glad that this bill will become law because it will provide needed financial relief to many of our disabled veterans with limited incomes,” said Council Chair Emeritus Ron Menor. “The enactment of this measure into law is also the right thing to do given the sacrifices that these veterans made on behalf of our country.”

Bill 47, CD1. FD1 - Relating to crosswalks. The purpose of this ordinance is to establish requirements Concerning the City Administration’s provision or offer to provide a presentation to the affected neighborhood board prior to the removal or relocation of an established, marked crosswalk.

“I will always support bills which create better information, collaboration, and outreach to Honolulu’s residents,” Mayor Caldwell said. “Bill 47 provides clear direction and process to notify neighborhoods before crosswalks are added, removed, or relocated in their community. Safe pedestrian crossings are an essential component of Complete Streets, and every effort should be made to install and maintain crosswalks to current engineering standards in coordination with community needs.”

“We need to ensure that as communities age, our keiki, kupuna, and the public-at-large are able to safely walk from street to street,” said Councilmember Tommy Waters. “This bill will allow neighborhood boards and community members to be more informed about the rationale for any proposed changes to crosswalks, viable options for community members to cross the roadway, and steps incorporated to increase public safety.”

Mayor Kirk Caldwell will be returning Bill 14, CD1 unsigned.

The Kaua‘i District Health Office reported Kaua‘i’s first on-island fatality from COVID-19 on Monday. The elderly male was a Kaua‘i resident who had no history of travel. Another Kaua‘i resident died of the disease earlier in July while on the mainland.

“It is heartbreaking to report this news especially as the Thanksgiving holiday approaches this week,” said Mayor Derek S.K. Kawakami. “As a community, we share in this painful loss together and we extend our sincere prayers, love and aloha to the family and loved ones of this individual.”

This latest death occurred during a period of significant rise in case levels on the island, most of which are related to travel. However, a small number of the new cases were not directly travel-associated. This means there is now community transmission of COVID-19 on the island for the first time since July.

Health officials also reported four new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, one adult resident and three adult visitors. One of the four new cases is awaiting final confirmation, which is expected tomorrow.

All of the cases are travel-related. One of the travelers had taken a pre-travel test but did not receive the positive test report until after arriving on Kaua‘i. Close contacts are being identified, directed to quarantine and offered testing.

The island now has 23 confirmed active cases, all in isolation. There are now 101 individuals in health department-directed quarantine. The number of close contacts in quarantine may increase as the investigation continues.

Kaua‘i now has a cumulative case count of 117, of which 103 are confirmed locally, one is a probable case, and 13 are positive cases that were diagnosed elsewhere—with tests taken on the mainland whose positive results did not arrive until they were on Kaua‘i.

For more information on the state’s COVID-19 cases or the state’s Safe Travels program, visit

For more information on the county’s voluntary post-travel testing program, visit For more information on the county’s surge testing program, visit

Governor Ige issues 16th COVID-19 emergency proclamation, tightening restrictions for trans-pacific travelers heading to Hawai‘i

Gov. David Ige signed a 16th COVID-19 emergency proclamation requiring all transpacific travelers to have a negative test result from a trusted travel partner before their departure for the State of Hawai‘i, in order to bypass the 14-day quarantine. The new policy takes effect tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 24.

“We are implementing this added layer of safety in response to the dramatically increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the continental United States and around the world. The health of our residents and visitors is our primary concern, especially as more people travel to our state during the holidays,” said Gov. Ige.

Travelers heading to Hawai‘i must upload their negative test result to the Safe Travels system prior to departure or, as an alternative to uploading, bring a hard copy of their negative test result with them when boarding their flight. The State of Hawai‘i highly recommends that all transpacific travelers departing for Hawai‘i carry a hard copy of their negative test result as a backup.

The policy change means that test results will not be accepted once a traveler arrives in Hawai‘i. Travelers who did not have a negative test result prior to departing for Hawai‘i, must self-quarantine for 14 days, without exception.

Post-arrival testing and results will also not be accepted once a traveler has arrived in the State of Hawai‘i.

This policy change applies to domestic transpacific flights and flights from international locations in which pre-travel testing programs are in place. It does not apply to inter-county travelers.

The 16th emergency proclamation is posted at

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