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WIA Accomplishments

Waikīkī Improvement Association continues to champion physical and cultural revitalization, welcome visitors and island residents, and encourage visitor- interaction. The accomplishments and hard work of many of these WIA initiatives continue to bear fruit today.

2014- A Bill to establish a Waikiki Beach special Improvement district was introduced in December.  The bill was introduced at the request of the Waikiki Improvement Association and would fund a nonprofit run by representative Waikiki stakeholders which would develop a long-term Waikiki Beach Management Plan and contribute to public-private maintenance and restoration projects.  The funding would come from assessments on Waikiki's commercial properties.

2014 - In September, the city passed two bills proposed by Mayor Caldwell at the request of Waikiki stakeholders.  The first made it illegal to sit or lie down on Waikiki sidewalks and the second made it illegal to urinate or defecate in public.  The bills have already made a visible difference on Waikiki streets.

2014 - WIA led the initiative in cooperation with WBIDA, the city and the publishers to amend the existing publications rack ordinance to allow greater flexibility in moving and replacing underutilized racks and making the program financially self-sufficient so that funds will be available to replace and maintain the publication racks.

2013 - An all-pedestrian cycle was added to Royal Hawaiian Avenue and Lewer Street intersection, easing congestion caused by cars turning off Kalakaua Avenue.

2013 - Waikiki 20/20 Community Outreach Completed

2012 - Waikiki 20/20 Conference held at the Hawaii Convention Center, wtih the Waikiki Improvement Association and the Honolulu Star Advertiser as presenting sponsors.

2012 – Beach nourishment project completed, 24,000 cubic yards of sand was pumped from offshore deposits recycled to Waikīkī Beach adding 37 feet of beach

2011 - The use of quartzite pavers on sidewalks in the City and private sector projects on Kalakaua and Kuhio Avenues contribute greatly to making  Waikiki a world class destination resort.  For this reason and for the sake of consistency, WIA has worked with the City to incorporate quartzite pavers in the remaining unimproved sidewalk areas along Kalakaua Ave.  The first phase was completed in November, 2011.

2011 - WIA leads the effort for the third round of WSD reform, rezoning Waikīkī for more mixed use flexibility and relaxing restriction on the development of small lots and on sidewalk dining.

2010 - WIA Waikīkī Transit Studies to improve traffic funded.

2009 - WIA successfully gets the State to restore sand to Kuhio Beach.

2008 - WIA leads effort changing the law allowing better commercial signage in Waikiki.

2007 - WIA launches the first International Waikīkī Hula Conference at the Hawaii Convention center.

2005 - Ala Wai flood control funding secured.

2004 - WIA drafted and helped pass City and State tax initiatives for commercial construction.

2004  - WIA assumes management role for Kuhio Beach Torch Lighting and Hula Show as well as Sunset on the Beach in conjunction with the Hawaii Tourism Authority and the City & County of Honolulu.

2004 - Kuhio Avenue landscaped and sidewalks repaved.

2003 - Dredging of the Ala Wai Canal with 185,801 cubic yards of trash, debris and muck pulled from the Waikiki Waterway.

2003 - Second round of WSD reforms passes.

2002 - WIA partners with the Native Hawaiian Hospitality Assoc., the City and private land owners to create the Waikīkī Historic Trail.

2001 to date - WIA organizes events like Spam Jam, Waikīkī Restaurant Week, Brunch and Sunset on the Beach, New Year's Fireworks and others.

2001 - WIA establishes the Waikīkī Business Improvement District, Hawaii's first---and a model for others locally.

1999 - WIA creates a plan for the revitalization of Waikīkī.

1998 - Geographic restriction ordinance passes, providing an important tool to combat prostitution.

1998 - WIA Champions building of Hawaii's Convention Center.

1996 - First round of Waikīkī Special District amendments and capital improvement project funding ($2 million) passes the Honolulu City Council with WIA member support.

1994 - Waikīkī peddling ordinance banning commercial activity on public sidewalk stands when the U.S. Supreme Court refuses to hear from t-shirt vendors. WIA led the fight to regulate “free speech”  sales activities.

1994 to Present - WOW! (Waikīkī Ohana Workforce) adopts Waikīkī Beach and begins quarterly beach clean-ups.

1991 – Waikīkī Gateways are established with King Kalakaua Park and Ala Wai Blvd Fountain.

1990 - Waikīkī Foundation, under the aegis of WIA, dedicates the heroic statue of Duke Kahanamoku, Olympic champion swimmer and Hawaii's Ambassador of Aloha, with funds raised from public contribution.

1988 to 1989 - Waikīkī Tomorrow Conference brings together 400 Waikiki stakeholders to plan Waikiki's future and set the foundation for many initiatives.

1977Waikīkī Special Design District becomes the nation's first hotel improvement district.