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Homeless say new laws won’t force them from Waikiki

Lynn Kawano
Hawaii News Now

WAIKIKI (HawaiiNewsNow) – “This is the golden goose for them,” says Fabio Osorio, who has called the streets of Waikiki home for five years.

Osorio says three bills, signed into law Tuesday, won’t change the homeless situation in Hawaii’s tourist mecca…

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Hawaii News Now
16 September 2014

City Council approves bills targeting homeless

The “sit-lie” measure and “urination-defecation” ban await the mayor’s pen

Gordon Y.K. Pang
Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Bills designed to clean up Waikiki sidewalks were approved Wednesday by the Honolulu City Council.

Mayor Kirk Caldwell, who introduced the measures with much fanfare in June as part of his “compassionate disruption” plan to battle homelessness, said he will sign them both into law in the coming days…

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Honolulu Star-Advertiser
11 September 2014

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Friday, November 08, 2013

Birthday celebration to honor King David Kalākaua

Honolulu – A celebration commemorating King David Kalākaua’s birthday will be held on Fri. Nov. 15, at 9 a.m., at the King Kalākaua Park in Waikiki. A statue of Kalākaua, the last reigning king of Hawaii, stands at the park at the intersection of Kūhiō and Kalākaua Avenues.

The program will feature the Royal Hawaiian Band, Iwakuni Odori Aiko Kai, and Halau Hula o Maiki. Representatives from the Consulate General of Japan at Honolulu, the Office of Mayor Kirk Caldwell, and the Grand Masonic Lodge of Hawaii are slated to participate in the event. There will also be offerings of ho‘okupu to honor Kalākaua.

The event is presented by Freemasons from Honolulu’s Lodge Le Progrès de L’Océanie, the United Japanese Society of Hawaii (UJSH), and the Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts (MoCA).

The UJSH has spearheaded the birthday celebration for the past 24 years. The event is significant for Hawaii’s Japanese community because Kalākaua, during his historic visit to Japan in 1881, encouraged Japanese Emperor Meiji to send immigrants to Hawaii to relieve the labor shortage on sugar plantations. More than 200,000 Japanese immigrated to Hawaii between 1885 and 1924.

King Kalākaua was born Nov. 16, 1836. This celebration takes place the day before his birthday, on Nov. 15.