Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2023


RE: H.B. No. 16

H.D. 2





Honorable Scott K. Saiki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Thirty-Second State Legislature

Regular Session of 2023

State of Hawaii




Your Committee on Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs, to which was referred H.B. No. 16, H.D. 1, entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


The purpose of this measure is to allow:


(1) Liquor licensees engaged in meal service to sell unopened beer, wine, and prepackaged cocktails with food for pick up, delivery, take out, or other means to be consumed off-premises; and


(2) Class 4 Retail Dealer Licensees to deliver purchased liquor to a customer's vehicle at a nearby curbside or other designated location.


Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from Craft Ohana, Waikiki Brewing, Lanikai Brewing Company, Mahalo Aleworks, Hana Koa Brewing Co., Big Island Brewhaus, Honolulu BeerWorks, Retail Merchants of Hawaii, Beer Lab Hawaii, Maui Chamber of Commerce, and two individuals. Your Committee received testimony in opposition to this measure from the Hawaii Alcohol Policy Alliance and two individuals. Your Committee received comments on this measure from the Liquor Commission of the City and County of Honolulu.


Your Committee finds that, following the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic, customer purchasing habits have shifted toward online sales and using curbside pick-up for their merchandise and meals. This measure authorizes liquor licensees to sell liquor for consumption off-premises and deliver liquor to a customer's vehicle in designated locations to meet the current patterns observed by customers.


Your Committee has amended this measure by:


(1) Changing the effective date to upon approval; and


(2) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity, consistency, and style.


As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 16, H.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 16, H.D. 2.


Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs,