Proposed changes to & comments on Liquor Collection Rules – 12/10/13

December 10, 2013 in 2013, Important

The Liquor Commission hearing on these changes is on Thursday, Dec 12th at 3pm.  Please read our concerns, come to the hearing and testify with us.

Proposed Amendments to

Rules of the Liquor Commission of the City and County of Honolulu (2008)

Note: Material to be repealed is [bracketed].

New material is underscored.

All rule changes & comments under the cut.

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Bills HB1469, SB324 – Smoking ban exemptions for bars

February 28, 2013 in 2012, Important, Issue, Smoking

 Senate Bill SB 324 and House Bill 1469 are currently being held up in committee – these are bills which would allow exemptions to the current smoking ban for bars only.

We’re asking you  to help submit testimony and get these bills brought forward.

This is a concern because of the results of the past year – of 15 carbaret licenses in Waikiki in 2011, five closed, and two are expected to close within a year.  In the space of a year, 4am operations are down 33%, and inside of two years it is expected to be down almost 50%.  This is a direct result of the smoking ban forcing customers outside, into a public space which we as owners and operators cannot police.

Please call or email one or both of the following people asking to get this bill heard, as currently they are not holding any hearings on it:

Della Au Belatti
House District 24
Hawaii State Capitol, Room 331
phone: 808-586-9425

Josh Green
Senate District 3
Hawaii State Capitol, Room 215
phone: 808-586-9385
fax: 808-586-9391

A form letter can be copied from here, make any edits you need to, sign your name to the bottom, and fire off that email!

Senator Green/Representative Belatti,

I write to you concerned that SB324/HB1469, the smoking exemption bill for bars and nightclubs is not getting the attention it deserves.  As of 2012 a full third of all 4am bars in Waikiki have shut their doors for good.  This stems from numerous problems cause by forcing intoxicated patrons outside the premises to smoke, where management and owners have no right or ability to control their noise or behavior.  When inside the bar, patrons do not want to risk being ejected and moderate their behavior.  The bars also contain the patrons’ noise and litter.  Please let this bill be heard so that patrons can be kept in the bars, and we can all breathe easier.


<Your Name>


Message from HIBOA on smoking ban exemptions

February 28, 2013 in 2012, Important, Issue, Smoking

I support the passage of HB1469.



Dear Representatives,


I speak to you today as a representative of the Hawaii Bar Owners Association. Many of those bar owners involved 7 years ago are no longer in our industry many directly as a result of the smoking ban but also as result of the reactionary legislation that has followed that ban.


7 years ago after the passing of the ban I asked these questions; to the legislature, neighborhood boards and the press.


Do you want litter on your streets and sidewalks?


Do you want noise on the streets and sidewalks until 4am every night?


Do you want fights and violence on the streets and sidewalks nightly?


Every one said no.


Well that is the effect of every smoking ban ever created. Our patrons have been inside the bars for many long years without these problems blooming. I forewarned these things and warned that the reactionary measures to come would threaten our industry.

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HIBOA – who we are

July 17, 2012 in Important, Uncategorized

HiBOA™ (Hawaii Bar Owners Association) is an organization of  owners of licensed liquor establishments who serve alcohol in the State of Hawaii. 

Establishments include, but are not limited to, bars, pubs, saloons, restaurants, nightclubs, taverns, and any other establishment that has a license to dispense liquor. 

HiBOA is a non profit organization whose goal is to focus on issues which pertain
mainly to the everyday operation of our business and, together as an Association,
lobby our legislators and have our voices heard regarding rules, regulations,
and laws that affect our everyday operation.

In the past few years, the laws that have been passed through legislature were passed without any thought or regard for the benefit of people in our industry
(an industry that contributes millions of dollars a year to this State and its economy). 

The following are just a few of the laws that have to be addressed and / or revised:

  1. The bottle bill (it costs each and every one of us thousands of dollars a year)

  2. The minimum wage increase which goes into effect beginning January ‘07

  3. The general excise tax which also goes into effect in January ’07

  4. The most recent smoking bill which we believe is unconstitutional

Won’t you please join us to have your voice heard?  The cost at this time is absolutely nothing.  We may require a small donation later on as we accumulate legal fees
but I am sure that it will be nominal.  It will be a change for the better.

Please email or phone your company name, address, phone number,
and the contact person we can correspond with for future information. 

Only together will we make a difference.

Thank you,

Fred Remington
Vice President

E & J Lounge Operating Co.
307 Lewers St. Suite 200
Honolulu, HI  96815-2361
(808) 479-0782 cell
(808) 926-4711 office  (808) 924-5420 fax