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Caldwell OKs tax to help preserve Waikiki

  • BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM
    Kekoa Kaluhiwa, left, deputy director of the state Department of Land and Natural Resources; Mayor Kirk Caldwell; city Councilman Trevor Ozawa; and Rick Egged, president of the Wai­kiki Improvement Association, looked at the old Royal Hawaiian groin Monday on the beach fronting the Sheraton Wai­kiki and Royal Hawaiian Hotel. Caldwell signed into law Bills 81 and 82, which will tax Wai­kiki commercial property owners to help fund coastal protection. Restoration of the Royal Hawaiian groin, built around 1927, is slated to be the first use of the new revenue.

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