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Friday, January 10, 2014
DLNR Considers Haleakala Land Exchange
By News Release @ 6:22 PM :: 3377 Views :: Land Use

For more than 10 years, a disagreement, and now a lawsuit, has continued concerning the ownership of, and public access to, an obscure trail crossing privately owned lands of Haleakala Ranch....

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Saturday, January 4, 2014
Senate Cttes Set Informational Hearing on Turtle Bay
By News Release @ 4:01 PM :: 4830 Views :: Environment, Development, Land Use
  • DATE: Wednesday, January 08, 2014
  • TIME: 10:30 a.m.
  • PLACE: Conference Room 016, State Capitol
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Thursday, December 26, 2013
Flood Insurance: Sharpening the Government's Blurry Maps
By Selected News Articles @ 1:58 PM :: 5309 Views :: National News, Land Use, Cost of Living

FEMA's maps govern whether home and business owners are required to buy flood insurance....

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Monday, December 23, 2013
Supreme Court Invalidates LUC Koa Ridge Reclassification
By Robert Thomas @ 11:55 PM :: 6496 Views :: Development, Judiciary, Land Use

The court concluded that the commissioner did not qualify as a valid holdover ....

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Friday, December 20, 2013
Blake v Kauai: Recktenwald Court continues Moon Court's policies
By Robert Thomas @ 2:19 PM :: 4527 Views :: Judiciary, Land Use

This decision also reflects that the Recktenwald Court is continuing the Moon Court's policies of keeping the door to the courthouse doors opened as wide as possible....

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Sunday, December 15, 2013
Hawaii Supreme Court: Demand A Contested Case, And There's A Good Chance You'll Get One
By Robert Thomas @ 11:33 PM :: 4684 Views :: Judiciary, Land Use

The Hawaii Supreme Court has issued its latest opinion in the apparently eternal metaphysical question of the circuit courts' appellate jurisdiction to review decisions under the Hawaii Administrative Procedures Act....

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Hawaii Agriculture Conference, January 8-9, 2014
By Robert Thomas @ 3:51 PM :: 4931 Views :: Agriculture, Land Use, GMOs

On January 8 and 9, 2014, the Seminar Group is putting on what we hope will become a regular event - the Hawaii Agriculture Conference....

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Friday, December 6, 2013
Hawaii Trial Court: Seawall No One Wants Belongs To State
By Robert Thomas @ 9:15 PM :: 3434 Views :: Land Use

Usually, in disputes about who owns oceanfront property (in Waikiki, the really nice part of Waikiki, down on the Diamond Head side), each party claims ownership....

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Sunday, November 17, 2013
UHERO: Biofuel Scheme Enriches Landowners, Soaks Consumers
By UHERO @ 6:32 PM :: 4841 Views :: Energy, Land Use, Cost of Living

...impacts to gross state product are negative (up to -$63 million)....

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013
State Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Geothermal Rights Case
By Robert Thomas @ 9:37 PM :: 3896 Views :: Energy, Land Use
declined to review the Intermediate Court of Appeals' decision in In re Campbell, the case involving Land Court registration (Torrens title) and mineral and metallic mining rights....
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Thursday, November 7, 2013
How Differences in the Cost of Living Affect Low-Income Families
By News Release @ 1:47 PM :: 4981 Views :: Land Use, Cost of Living

The amount of money necessary to buy a 1,000 square-foot apartment in Dallas would only buy a 460 square-foot apartment in Honolulu....

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Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Honolulu Charter Amendment: Seize Land Within 90 Days of Council Vote
By Robert Thomas @ 1:16 PM :: 3029 Views :: Land Use

...after the Council adopts a resolution to take property, the city administration must within 90 days start the condemnation action....

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Monday, November 4, 2013
State: Geothermal Rights Case 'is no minor land dispute'
By Robert Thomas @ 5:31 PM :: 4285 Views :: Energy, Land Use
What's so important about the State's claimed reservation of mineral and metallic mines that had made it put up this kind of resistance?
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Friday, November 1, 2013
Obama Sticks Abercrombie on 'Climate Preparedness' Taskforce
By News Release @ 10:59 PM :: 4023 Views :: Environment, Land Use

"Hawaii is unquestionably vulnerable to changes in climate such as rising temperatures, droughts, flooding, sea level rise, coastal erosion and ocean acidification.” -- Abercrombie

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Campbell Estate Files Response to State in Geothermal, Mineral Rights Case
By Robert Thomas @ 4:17 PM :: 3719 Views :: Energy, Land Use

Here's the Response to Application for Writ of Certiorari by the State of Hawaii, which opposes the State's cert app....

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Supreme Court Asked: Who Owns Geothermal Rights in Hawaii?
By Robert Thomas @ 6:29 PM :: 5085 Views :: Energy, Land Use

The rub is that here, it is the State of Hawaii that is claiming the interest, the right to mineral and metallic mines (including geothermal rights) on several large parcels....

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Thursday, October 3, 2013
ULI Fellowship: Caldwell to Select Land Use Challenge
By News Release @ 11:17 PM :: 5133 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Land Use

Past classes of Rose Fellows have tackled challenges including revitalization of Detroit’s Livernois Avenue....

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Saturday, September 21, 2013
Life, Liberty and Property: Robert Thomas Talks To Grassroot Institute
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:03 PM :: 4147 Views :: Environment, Land Use

Attorney Robert Thomas of Pacific Legal Foundation and Grassroot President Dr. Keli’i Akina discuss the nature of individual rights and the role of property....

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Friday, September 20, 2013
Study: Smart Growth Produces High Housing Costs
By NCPA @ 3:34 AM :: 4636 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

The cost of owned housing rose 75 percent more in areas of higher poverty....

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Sunday, September 15, 2013
Questionable Paradox Exists for Affordable Housing
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:01 AM :: 5261 Views :: Land Use, Taxes, Cost of Living

there is a glaring paradox as observers decry the shortage of affordable housing ... while at the same time prevent the development of additional affordable housing....

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Thursday, August 22, 2013
Materials From Today's Eminent Domain In Hawaii Conference
By Robert Thomas @ 12:54 AM :: 3588 Views :: Land Use
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Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Got Land? DLNR Wants to Give You Money
By News Release @ 7:44 PM :: 4193 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Land Use

DLNR is seeking new projects for its Hawai‘i Forest Legacy Program....

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Friday, June 28, 2013
Abercrombie Signs Four More Bills, Defends Shark Fin Ban
By News Release @ 10:33 PM :: 4020 Views :: Environment, Land Use

four bills related to land preservation, emergency medical services, small boat harbors and the Kahoolawe Island Reserve....

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Oahu Karst Cave Videos and Photos
By John Bond @ 10:22 PM :: 7892 Views :: Environment, Land Use
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Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Supreme Court to Review Kawaiahao Church Cemetery Case
By Robert Thomas @ 1:43 AM :: 5662 Views :: Akaka Bill, Land Use, OHA

What's the difference, if any, between a "cemetery" and a burial....

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Friday, June 14, 2013
Want Land? DLNR Will Buy it for You
By News Release @ 10:53 PM :: 3415 Views :: Land Use

State Land Conservation Fund to support the protection, through acquisition, of lands....

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Friday, June 14, 2013
Hawaii Appeals Court Thwarts State's Massive Land Grab
By Robert Thomas @ 8:06 PM :: 5420 Views :: Judiciary, Land Use

the State of Hawaii's attempted land grab would have undermined the sanctity of all Land Court titles....

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Thursday, May 30, 2013
38 Hawaiian Species Are Endangered, Agency Says
By Selected News Articles @ 3:02 PM :: 3859 Views :: Environment, Land Use

...the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has listed three tree snail species and 35 plant species on the island cluster of Maui Nui in Hawaii as endangered ....

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Monday, May 6, 2013
Lodestar: Plaintiff Attorneys Awarded Fees in Rail Iwi Case
By Robert Thomas @ 10:16 AM :: 6513 Views :: Development, Judiciary, Land Use, Rail

the "private attorney general" doctrine...allows a prevailing party to recover fees and costs....

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Sunday, April 28, 2013
SB237 Would Give DOE Unfettered Power to Lease Public School Land
By Selected News Articles @ 9:38 PM :: 4839 Views :: Education K-12, Development, Land Use
“Notwithstanding sections 171-13 and 302A-115, or any other law to the contrary, the department may lease public school land...."
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Saturday, April 27, 2013
ALERT – Upcoming Votes on Exemption Bills
By News Release @ 12:22 PM :: 4186 Views :: Development, Land Use
SB 1207: Exempts the Department of Transportation from any permitting or site plan approval requirements established for lands in the Conservation District, for any work involving submerged lands....
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Friday, April 26, 2013
500 Petition Against School Lands Bills
By News Release @ 8:52 AM :: 4921 Views :: Education K-12, Development, Land Use
... The following petition was heard last night (Thursday April 25, 2013) in Senate Chambers ....
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Monday, April 22, 2013
Petition Seeks Defeat of Three PLDC-Clone Bills
By News Release @ 4:58 PM :: 5482 Views :: Environment, Development, Land Use
...House Bill 70, Senate Bill 1207 and Senate Bill 1171 separately serve to keep PLDC objectives alive and operating....
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Sunday, April 21, 2013
How A&B Wins Big From Environmental Litigation
By Andrew Walden @ 3:08 AM :: 11264 Views :: Environment, Development, Greenmail, Land Use
Why would one of the state’s largest developers fund so-called anti-development groups?
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Thursday, April 18, 2013
Property Seized by Mayor: Supreme Court Declines to Hear Guam Case
By Robert Thomas @ 1:15 AM :: 3919 Views :: Judiciary, Land Use

...the case seemed like a good vehicle for the U.S. Supreme Court to revisit the pretext-in-eminent-domain issue it teased us with in Kelo....

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013
SB 1171 – Phased Archeological Inventory Surveys
By News Release @ 2:13 PM :: 5625 Views :: Development, Land Use, OHA
SB1171 was submitted in response to a recent Hawaii Supreme Court decision.  The City had argued that the Rail Project could conduct the Archeological Inventory Survey (AIS) in phases....
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Friday, April 12, 2013
“Let ‘Em Eat Cake” Comes to Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 1:03 PM :: 4899 Views :: Judiciary, Land Use

"Can it be that the idiots who evidently run the Hawaii Business magazine have never heard about the principle that statutes have to be constitutional?"

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Thursday, April 11, 2013
Legislature Repeals the PLDC
By News Release @ 1:55 PM :: 4262 Views :: Development, Land Use
...the law's no-bid contract provisions, the slant towards developing public resources instead of conservation, and the creation of a semi-autonomous agency exempted from routine oversight....
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Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Land Use: Making an Environment for Those With Means
By Robert Thomas @ 1:05 PM :: 8387 Views :: Environment, Development, Judiciary, Land Use, Cost of Living
...Others can live in Hong Kong-style apartments so I can enjoy my place in the country....
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Friday, March 29, 2013
Honolulu Rail and the Uniform Relocation Act
By Mark Murakami @ 12:54 AM :: 5287 Views :: Land Use, Rail
Because the HART rail project will involve federal funds, federal laws and regulations provide property owners (and their tenants) with additional statutory and regulatory protections....
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Thursday, March 28, 2013
ICA Hears Case Challenging State Ownership of Mineral, Geothermal Rights
By Robert Thomas @ 4:09 AM :: 5677 Views :: Judiciary, Land Use
HAWICA Appeal: Is A Mineral Right An Inherent Servitude, Or Must It Be Reflected In ‘Torrens Title’?
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Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Senate Resolution 133 Urging the State to Purchase Land from Dole Food Company
By News Release @ 1:06 PM :: 4524 Views :: Agriculture, Land Use

...these parcels will add approximately 22,500 acres of land to the 1,700 acres of Galbraith Estate agricultural land in Central Oahu....

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Thursday, March 21, 2013
Guam Mayor Seizes Neighbor's Land for Driveway
By Robert Thomas @ 11:34 PM :: 3953 Views :: Land Use
...an Agana, Guam property owner is alleging that a taking of his residential property so that his neighbor (the former mayor of Agana) could have a driveway....
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Thursday, March 21, 2013
Schatz Bill Would Expand National Parks in Hawaii, Pacific
By News Release @ 12:43 AM :: 6103 Views :: Environment, Congressional Delegation, Land Use

...the Pacific Islands Parks Act of 2013, would direct the National Park Service to complete studies of three designated sites in the state of Hawai‘i....

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Legislative Maneuver Sends PLDC to Secret Conference Committee
By Selected News Articles @ 5:14 PM :: 5139 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Land Use

All we have to do is pass the bill unamended, and we can move the PLDC repeal along to the final step. And then Senator Solomon announces she want to amend the bill....

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Friday, March 15, 2013
UH Federalist Society: "Litigating for Liberty: Non-traditional Public Interest Law."
By Robert Thomas @ 1:34 PM :: 4735 Views :: Judiciary, Land Use

Scott Bullock, the Institute for Justice lawyer who argued Kelo will be speaking next Monday at the University of Hawaii School of Law ....

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Thursday, March 7, 2013
Enviro Lawyers Off Target With Criticism Of Callies, Says Callies
By Robert Thomas @ 4:33 PM :: 6079 Views :: Environment, Judiciary, Land Use

...the environmental lawyers upped the ante by calling Callies a liar and a sell-out....

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Monday, March 4, 2013
How Liberals Live
By NCPA @ 1:20 PM :: 5791 Views :: Democratic Party, Land Use, Cost of Living

The Democratic Party has two reliable groups of adherents: the rich and the poor...Both groups have little use for the middle class....

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Monday, March 4, 2013
Mismanaged Federal Properties Cost Taxpayers Billions
By NCPA @ 1:13 PM :: 3820 Views :: National News, Land Use

Across the country, more than 75,000 buildings sit vacant or underutilized....

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Sunday, March 3, 2013
HNL Planning Director: "Public, Along With Private Property Rights, Are Our Top Priority"
By Robert Thomas @ 3:28 AM :: 4590 Views :: Honolulu County, Land Use

...In "City followed law in issuing Hao Street development permit," he makes some good points we don't usually see being made by government officials....

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