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We all know that Hawaiians celebrate Halloween with a unique island mix of cultural heritage and fun. Still, it’s best to remind ourselves and our kids to stay alert while they’re enthusiastically hunting their ‘Halloween candies.’
Halloween is an infamously jam-packed day on city streets. Vehicular volumes surge as parents rush home to get their jubilant kids to trick-or-treating, and at the same time, families start to hit the sidewalks in search of those holiday candies.
Let’s alert our children that what’s scarier than goblins, witches, vampires, and zombies are ‘car accidents.’ With the constant rise of pedestrian deaths all over the US (not to scare anyone), it’s always best practice to teach our kids to be mindful of the road – including ourselves.
The synchronized burst of increase in pedestrian and vehicles, and darkness can be a ‘deadly’ combination. According to a study by University of British Columbia researchers, Halloween night was 43 percent deadlier for pedestrians than other autumn nights – with kids aged 4 to 8 having fatal crashes around 6 p.m. This is not including commuting drivers, but when included deaths seem to go down.
But, don’t let this spoil your Halloween Spirits! This is just a reminder that there are numerous ways to prevent this, from road redesigning or to simply wearing bright costumes. Thus, knowing that these can happen to us on Halloween, being safe should always take priority no matter what day it is.
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On August 1, 2019, The Bill 89 (2018), CD2, which was signed by Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell into law on June 25, 2019, had has started taking effect. The new regulation on short-term rentals imposes austere penalties to those who are illegally operating and advertising vacation rentals. Initial violation will face up to a $1,000.00 fine with an additional $5,000.00 for noncompliance each day. Repeat violators will be charged with hefty fines of up to $10,000 for each day and confiscation of rental revenue.
With the rampant increase of the said illegal vacation rentals, the City and County of Honolulu believe that taking this big step will help better regulate short-term rentals and balance competing views.
On the other hand, Matt Middlebrook, Airbnb’s head of policy for Hawaii, said that these will cause a significant blow on the local economy and small businesses - removing thousands of transient units from Oahu’s inventory. In addition, Hawaii tourism, thousands of local jobs, millions of household income and state taxes will now be at stake.
What are your thoughts on Honolulu’s vacation rental Bill 89? Did it take Vacation/Short-Term Rentals to a new plight? What do you think will be the effects of the ordinance on our local community?
Ponder life in paradise on horseback. Oahu Horseback Rides takes lucky souls alongside gorgeous scenery on North Shore property and beyond. Lush landscapes meet up to oceanfront trails perfect for trotting or cantering through. Horses are a blend of gentle and spirited. A professional team evenly matches animals to their riders. A variety of trips are designed to suit individual needs.
Sunshine rides take advantage of lovely Hawaiian days. Riding up close to the water’s edge folks may get a glimpse of sea turtles, dolphins or other amazing aquatic animals in the waves along the beautiful beaches of North Shore property. A sunset ride is the ideal way to wind down the day. Romantic moments are frequently inspired by brilliant shades of pinks, purples and blues blending together and melting into the sea. Private rides are perfect for those seeking some alone time. Great for couples or small groups wanting time to themselves, private rides are available for two or more patrons. All rides last about an hour to an hour and a half. Guests should arrive thirty minutes prior to scheduled ride times. Closed toe shoes are strongly recommended. Children as young as eight years old can mount up making this a wonderful family friendly activity.
Residents living in North Shore can learn to play polo like a pro with Oahu Horseback Rides. Active polo ponies are enthusiastic about their sport. Trainers are devoted too and experts on the “sport of kings”. Participants with little riding experience can saddle up and become impressive polo players in no time. After a lesson or two many become hooked, fall in love with polo and become inspiring members of the Hawaii Polo Club.
Awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, Oahu Horseback Rides is the only Oahu company to take the trails straight to the beach. Picture perfect memories are constantly in the making. And, friendly trail guides willingly commemorate occasions by capturing moments on film when requested. Reservations can be made online or by calling 808.220.5153 for more information. Seize the day and spent the ultimate hour in paradise. Don’t let the magic of life pass you by.
Curious about local real estate? So are we! Every month we review trends in our real estate market and consider the number of homes on the market in each price tier, the amount of time particular homes have been listed for sale, specific neighborhood trends, the median price and square footage of each home sold and so much more. We’d love to invite you to do the same!
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