Priority Legislation

Ulupono Initiative believes transformation can be achieved at a policy level through the support of state and county measures and amendments. We work with key lawmakers, and collaborate with like-minded organizations, to advocate for policies that will make a meaningful impact in Hawaii.

We advocate for policies that improve our island community’s quality of life by making Hawaii more resilient and self-sufficient through locally produced food, renewable energy, clean transportation, and better management of freshwater and waste.

Bill 2 (2020)

Ulupono Initiative strongly supports Bill 2 (2020) to revise Chapter 21 of the Revised Ordinances of Honolulu 1990, as amended (“ROH”), also known as the Land Use Ordinance (“LUO”), repealing Article 6 of the LUO (Off-street Parking and Loading) and replacing it with an updated, consolidated version that provides for a more effective and efficient transportation network.  

Currently, most of Honolulu’s parking regulations are out of date; lack consistency with the City’s plans, policies, and other ordinances; and, in some cases, even obstruct affordable housing development promoted in City plans. The proposed amendments will improve housing affordability by allowing “right-sized” parking and reducing the total overall cost of development, while also accelerating use of carbon-light mobility options and a more sustainable transportation network. The proposed changes also align with state and federal policies to improve multi-modal transportation networks, reduce vehicle miles traveled (VMT), and develop safer environments.

Status: Awaiting hearing

Senate Bill 2722

Ulupono supports SB 2722 SD 2, which requires the Department of Agriculture to establish a 5-year food hub pilot program to increase access to local food. Ulupono supports the efforts of food hubs statewide as they serve as critical aggregation, food processing, and distribution for small farmers to access local markets. By increasing local market accessibility, small farmers will be able to provide a fresh, healthy product for consumers statewide.

According to the 2017 USDA NASS Census of Agriculture, of Hawaii’s 7,328 farms statewide, 66%, or 4,868 farms, are between 1 and 9 acres, and 78%, or 5,701 farms, produce less than $25,000 in sales. Hawaii’s agricultural producer majority consists of small farmers. State supported food hubs allow Hawaii’s producers the opportunity to compete in local markets while also remaining financially viable.   

Status: Deferred

House Bill 2590

Ulupono supports the intent of HB2590 HD 2 Proposed SD 2 and offers comments on the bill, which establishes within DOT an autonomous vehicles (AV) testing pilot program. AV benefits will not necessarily accrue on their own but require community conversations on not just what AV may provide but should. More broadly, we believe any AV legislation should work to align with the State’s broader goals by promoting a more accessible, automated, connected, electric, and shared (A2CES) mobility future that promotes equity, the environment, and economic opportunity for all in Hawaii. As such, we recommend that the bill requires the DOT to require performance measures to assess pilots, such as reducing congestion, increasing safety and accessibility, and utilizing clean energy. These pilots should actively involve community engagement to ensure that the performance measures align with the local and broader state goals. 

Status: Transmitted to Governor

Learn More: “Framework for Hawaii’s AV Future