Kym Pine
Kym Pine

BY HONOLULU CITY COUNCIL MEMBER KIMBERLY PINE – Increased fireworks restrictions have changed the way many O‘ahu residents celebrate some of our most important cultural and religious holidays.

The City Council will consider Bill 5 (2014), which would expand fireworks permits to allow the public to purchase fountain and sparkler fireworks for use on New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Chinese New Year’s Day and during Independence Day.

During our January City Council meeting, supporters testified that Bill 5 is a reasonable step to give O‘ahu residents more freedom in how they can celebrate these important cultural and religious holidays.

Opponents believe the current fireworks ban is important for maintaining the health and safety of the public during these celebrations, and have noted that air quality is noticeably cleaner since the ban was implemented.

What is your position on this important matter?

I would like to hear your feedback, pros and cons, from residents and business owners on this legislative proposal.

Please click on the video below to watch last week’s City Council hearing where Councilmembers debated the merits of Bill 5.

YouTube – Bill 5 (2014)

I know this issue is important to you, which is why I will continue to work hard to keep you informed and provide an opportunity for you to share your voice.

I look forward to receiving your comments on Bill 5, and if you have any questions or concerns I invite you to share them by contacting me by e-mail at kmpine@honolulu.gov or by phone at (808) 768-5001.

Mahalo,

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