Bar owners unite,

Meeting of Bar Owners and Management at O’Toole’s Irish Pub this Saturday the 15th at 12 noon.

We seek to unite our owners and operators in an effort preserve our industry as government on all levels seeks to use us as scapegoats during this pandemic. We wish to take legal action against those parts of government who are putting us out of business.

Below, you can get a petition to present to your staff and customers for the government to take a proactive attitude toward our bars.

Also, the letter to the Mayor already delivered by Judy Foster Long

Please Share this info with any bar owners you may know and have them respond to either below by text or email :

Judy Foster Long 808-384-8977
Bill Comerford 808-223-3997

Bar Name:
Email address:
Business phone:
Cell phone:

Meeting information:

O’Toole’s Irish Pub
902 Nuuanu Ave.
Downtown Honolulu

12 Noon on Saturday August 15.

Nearby metered parking at Marin tower on Smith St.

The bar is closed and I cannot serve alcohol, but I’ll provide some coffee, sodas and some light food.

We will follow the Covid rules for separation, mask wearing, and provide seating for up to 50 people to unify the bar owners and management interested in going forward as a group.

We should expect those who are interested in legal action to contribute some funds toward that goal, or at least pledge some funds.

We can address a legal position prior to the meeting on what is the best strategy for action against the Liquor Commission, Mayor, Governor, Health dept. etc.

We can also reach out by Zoom to the prospective group to expand.

We should also approach a couple of attorneys familiar with Liquor law to front our issues.

Let’s work together to grow this group and if you wish we have the Hawaii Bar Owners Association as a legal group to move forward under or put a whole new group together for this purpose.

I have calls in to Anna Hirai and Peter Nakagawa at the LC and asking the manner in which they are enforcing the Mayor’s orders. I will share any new knowledge.

Let’s move forward and get this in action because the last time the mayor said 15 days, it was more like 90, and if he has his way the 3 weeks will end up 3 months.

Let us stay together as a group beyond this one issue because for all those who survive this pandemic, government will come back with its standard means or existence by raising taxes, fees, licenses, etc. They will try again to raise the minimum wage, introduce a family leave bill and continue to put the cost on small business. We will need to be visible at the Legislature and with City Government beyond this one survival issue.

Bar owners, Unite!



Feel free to share this with other owners.

Bill Comerford,
Chairman / Spokesman
Hawaii Bar Owners Association
10 Marin Lane
Honolulu, HI 96817



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Please Come to the Capitol Rotunda on Saturday, August 1, 10-11am

SOS Biz Rally for Hawaii’s Irish Pub’s Customers:

With the August 1 re-opening of tourism pushed back to September 1, the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii is organizing a Capitol rally on August 1, with details below.

We ask that you, as interested parties, show up: 
When: Saturday, August 1, 10-11amWhere: Hawaii State Capitol RotundaMasks are mandatory, with physical distancing.
Main messages: 
·         Businesses need help! The state needs to lead in creating proactive, long-term efforts to stop a mass closing of local businesses. 
·         Businesses were planning for August 1 reopening of tourism. We were just 3 weeks away from August 1 when the Governor announced his postponement of reopening of travel. 
·         This is after as many as five months of being closed—five months of lost revenue. Many businesses are at their breaking point. 
·         The Chamber of Commerce Hawaii also encourages our state leaders to finalize a testing and screening protocol that we can count on—as businesses and livelihoods will be counting on being able to take our leaders at their word more than ever. 
·         Now that the quarantine has been extended, we need immediate stabilization funding to help businesses make it through the month. 

The Chamber of Commerce Hawaii are working on creating a tombstone sign to represent each business that has closed with the onset of COVID-19, for rally attendees to use. Restaurants closed down due to COVID-19 such as Top of Waikiki, Gordon Biersch, and Jimbo will be remembered with the tombstone. The Chamber of Commerce Hawaii hopes to potentially, get permission to have these tombstones placed on the Capitol lawn for display, following the rally. T he Chamber of Commerce Hawaii anticipate a short speaking program and media coverage. 

Click link to sign up for the SOS Biz Rally Click Here

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Accommodation for Liquor License Renewal form the Honolulu Liquor Commission

Press Release for immediate publication 6/21/20

The Hawaii Bar Owners Association would like to announce an accommodation provided by the Honolulu Liquor Commission for the benefit of bar owners and liquor licensees of Oahu.

As a result of the Liquor Commission hearing last Thursday, June 6, 2020, a waiver request was granted that could benefit all Oahu licensees for this difficult year of 2020. The Irish Rose Saloon sought a waiver of the payment of the annual renewal fee due on June 30th for an agreed payment over 90 days. The request was granted by the Commission with an agreed payment schedule.

This Commission action will allow other licensees to seek that waiver individually for payment of the renewal fee with an extension of payment to an agreed payment schedule of up to 90 days.

Given the circumstance of the current Corona Virus lockdown a number of on-premise licensees have experienced severe cash flow problems.

This presents problems for both the licensee and the Commission as both need a source of income to operate. The Honolulu Liquor Commission operates separately from State or City & County funding and solely under the license fees they collect from the licensees. To lose the licensee due to a lack of funds on their part and making the annual renewal license fee payment deadline of June 30th impossible to meet would damage both the economy, the licensee, and the Commission.

Licensees have been without income for 90 plus days and are not in the position to currently pay all fees timely.

This arrangement allows for the extension of payment until after the bars have been allowed to operate and re-establish a cash flow. It allows for the licensee’s survival and the continued cash flow to the Commission to continue their operations.

This would provide for an extended period up to 90 days, or September 30, 2020 to complete payment of the license renewal fee per license. Each licensee could arrange, with the administration, a timeline they agree to pay that application fee.

Each licensee would still be responsible to submit by June 30.

  1. A completed Application
  2. Certificate of Insurance (COI) for current $1 million liquor liability
  3. DCCA registration and compliance
  4. Current tax clearances
  5. Submission form requesting an extension of payment (form below.)

The Commission will allow the request to be handled by the administration, providing all other compliance is fulfilled. If a licensee needs an accommodation over and above that provided by the administration, that request will be scheduled for hearing before the Commission at the next available setting.

The required form for submission is available at and must be directed ASAP to

We members of the Hawaii Bar Owners Association would like to thank the very considerate and cooperative individuals involved in providing this solution for 2020. Chairman Joseph O’Donnell, and the fellow commission members, Administration Director Don Pacarro with Assistant Administrator Anna Hirai and Chief Investigator, Peter Nakagawa. We also thank Big Island Director Gerald Takase for his timely suggestion for a current solution.


Bill Comerford
Hawaii Bar Owners Association

Form to request extension of application fee payment
(Feel free to edit. PDF and .DOC below)

Letter of Request for Extension of
Liquor License Renewal Fee payment for FY21

Send to

To the Honolulu Liquor Commission:

I, ________________________________ (Owner, Agent, Manager)

Respectfully ask for an extension of payment for my license renewal fee for

License #: _____________________________

DBA: ________________________________

Renewal Amount: $­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­____________________________

…For a period of 30/60/90 (pick/circle one) days after pick-up of the FY21 license and will pay, in full, the above amount within that period, to the Honolulu Liquor Commission.

Proposed payment schedule (weekly, monthly): ___________________

Contact Phone#:  ___________________________________

Email:    ____________________________________________­

__________________________  ­­­­­­______________________

                    Signed                                            Date/Day                                                          


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