Honolulu property tax laws go into effect

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Some changes are coming to the property tax laws for the City and County of Honolulu.

They’re going into effect this Friday.

For thousands of Oahu residents, the failure to fill out a simple form could cost you thousands of dollars.

On June 16, the city says they mailed out letters and petition forms to about 8,000 homeowners whose properties are affected by this change. A list of properties listed by the city is at the bottom of this post.

Like most jurisdictions across the U.S., the city and county of Honolulu has several property tax classifications.

Effective this Friday, thousands of Oahu property owners could be in for a rude surprise.

“There was a technical change that happen in the property tax law this past year and basically what it says is that if your unit is mixed use, then what you have now, you can get a much higher property tax classification,” said Tom Yamachika of Tax Foundation of Hawaii.

Mixed use refers to any building that has any combination residential, along with commercial or retail space.

The difference in property taxes is huge.

Right now the property tax rate for residential use is $3.50 per $1,000.

But if you’re taxed at a commercial rate it jumps to $12.40 per $1,000.

To put it in perspective, a half million dollar residential property would pay $1,750 per year.

But that same property taxed as a “Mixed Use” property would be shelling out $6200 in annual property taxes.

“So to get around that you need to file what is called a residential dedication and needs to be in by Sept. 1,” said Yamachika.

Yamachika says the city has sent out notifications to property owners, and that it’s their responsibility to act by submitting a residential “dedication” form.

“If people have not understood with these letters were then they should be doing something or they’re going to get a rude surprise,” added Yamachika.

Yamachika says if you miss the Friday deadline there’s no appealing it.

“If you don’t do it you’re out of luck. September 1 is the deadline,” he emphasized.

For a link to the forms, click here.

If you still have questions, you can contact the city Real Property Assessment Division at 808-768-3799 or visit their website: https://www.realpropertyhonolulu.com/.


List of condominium projects impacted by Ordinance 17‐13

2338 YOUNG STREET2338 YOUNG ST
441 LEWERS441 LEWERS ST
465 KAPAHULU*465 KAPAHULU AVE
ALOHA SURF HOTEL444 KANEKAPOLEI ST
BAMBOO*2425 KUHIO AVE
BEACH VILLAS AT KO’OLINA*92‐104 WAIALII PL
CABANA AT WAIKIKI2551 CARTWRIGHT RD
CENTURY CENTER1750 KALAKAUA AVE
EXECUTIVE CENTRE1088 BISHOP ST
FOSTER TOWERS2500 KALAKAUA AVE
HARBOR COURT66 QUEEN ST
HAWAIIAN COLONY1946 ALA MOANA BLVD
HAWAIIAN MONARCH444 NIU ST
ILIKAI APT BLDG1777 ALA MOANA BLVD
ILIKAI MARINA1765 ALA MOANA BLVD
IMPERIAL HAWAII RESORT205 LEWERS ST
ISLAND COLONY445 SEASIDE AVE
KAIMUKIAN1120 KOKO HEAD AVE
KALAKAUA SANDS1670 KALAKAUA AVE
KALAKAUAN1911 KALAKAUA AVE
KAPIOLANI MANOR*1655 MAKALOA ST
KUHIO VILLAGE II2450 PRINCE EDWARD ST
KUHIO VILLAGE I2463 KUHIO AVE
LUANA WAIKIKI2045 KALAKAUA AVE
MARINE SURF WAIKIKI364 SEASIDE AVE
MEHANA‐AWAKEA*MANAWAI ST/KAKALA ST
MEHANA‐NANALA*KUNEHI ST /MANAWAI ST/KAKALA ST
MERIDIAN EAST14 AULIKE ST
OCEAN VILLAS AT TURTLE BAY RESORT57‐020 KUILIMA DR
PACIFIC MONARCH2427 KUHIO AVE
REGENCY AT BEACHWALK255 BEACH WALK
RITZ CARLTON TOWER 1383 KALAIMOKU ST
ROYAL ALOHA1909 ALA WAI BLVD
ROYAL GARDEN AT WAIKIKI440 OLOHANA ST
ROYAL QUEEN EMMA222 VINEYARD ST
SEASHORE2450 KOA AVE
TRADEWINDS PLAZA2572 LEMON RD
TRUMP INTL HTL & TWR223 SARATOGA RD
URAKU TOWER*1341 KAPIOLANI BLVD
WAIKIKI BEACH TOWER2470 KALAKAUA AVE
WAIKIKI GRAND HOTEL134 KAPAHULU AVE
WAIKIKI PARKWAY APTS1660 KALAKAUA AVE
WAIKIKI SHORES2161 KALIA RD

*NOT ALL UNITS ARE ELIGIBLE

**APARTMENT ZONE PROPERTIES‐Grandfathered Hotel and Resort Use.

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