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Monday, January 28, 2013
Survey: Honolulu 3rd Least Affordable Housing on Earth
By Selected News Articles @ 1:08 PM :: 6943 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Land Use, Cost of Living

Even in Honolulu, housing affordability has deteriorated markedly, with the Median Multiple rising 0.6 points in just the last year. Honolulu was less affordable than all but Hong Kong and Vancouver...

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Sunday, January 27, 2013
Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals Clarifies Zoning Appeals
By Robert Thomas @ 1:03 AM :: 5056 Views :: Land Use

...a "zoning verification" by the Director of the City and County's Department of Planning and Permitting is not a "decision of the Director"....

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Rep. Thielen Wants to Make Shoreline Access Law Permanent
By Rep Cynthia Thielen @ 4:41 PM :: 5668 Views :: Environment, Land Use

House Bill 17 is scheduled for its first hearing in the House Committee on Water and Land on Friday, January 25 at 8:30 a.m. in House Conference Room 325....

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Summary of Bills Repealing the PLDC
By Selected News Articles @ 3:44 PM :: 6708 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government, Land Use

Repeal Bills:  SB 1; SBs 245, 246; SB 338; SB 425; SB 480; SB 663; SBs 780, 781; SB 866....

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Friday, January 18, 2013
Hawaii Supreme Court to Hear Another Shoreline Case
By Robert Thomas @ 9:34 PM :: 6197 Views :: Judiciary, Land Use

The Hawaii Supreme Court has accepted certiorari and agreed to review the Intermediate Court of Appeals' unpublished memorandum opinion in Diamond v. Dobbin....

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Thursday, January 17, 2013
Abercrombie: "Legislature May Need to Adjust Act 55 to Avoid Repeal"
By News Release @ 10:07 PM :: 6917 Views :: Environment, Development, Hawaii State Government, Land Use

"If the Legislature cannot achieve this outcome, the possibility of repeal will ensue."

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Pretextural Takings: Will Supreme Court Hear Guam Case?
By Robert Thomas @ 7:07 PM :: 7307 Views :: National News, Judiciary, Land Use

NFIB, CATO Instiutute, Owners' Counsel of America, and lawprofs James Ely, David Callies, Todd Zywicki, Randy Barnett, Eric Claeys, and D. Benjamin Barros -- have filed an amicus brief ....

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Friday, January 4, 2013
Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Sierra Club Koa Ridge Challenge
By Robert Thomas @ 4:10 PM :: 9000 Views :: Environment, Judiciary, Land Use

Intermediate Court of Appeals held that the Hawaii Senate's failure to confirm a sitting Land Use Commissioner for a second term did not disqualify him from office ....

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Sunday, December 30, 2012
Report: State Office of Planning to Become Super-PLDC
By Andrew Walden @ 7:56 PM :: 7698 Views :: Land Use, Rail

With protesters unleashing their fury on Abercrombie’s Public Lands Development Corporation, political insiders have been scheming.  And on December 28, they quietly announced their plan....

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Saturday, December 29, 2012
Kealakekua Kayak Rentals: DLNR Bans Small Businesses From Water
By News Release @ 1:07 AM :: 6584 Views :: Hawaii County , Land Use

"The proliferation and use of unpermitted kayak rentals being conducted at Napoopoo have resulted in concerns .... " 

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Friday, December 28, 2012
Full Text: "Leveraging State Agency Involvement in Transit-Oriented Development"
By News Release @ 5:57 PM :: 5942 Views :: Land Use, Rail

The report’s recommendations come after a series of meetings between state government officials, private sector leaders and non-profit representatives....

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Sunday, December 23, 2012
Two Hawaii Supreme Court Cases to Watch
By Robert Thomas @ 3:35 PM :: 7132 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary, Land Use
  • Blake v. County of Kauai Planning Comm'n,
  • Kanahele v. Maui County Council
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Sunday, December 23, 2012
Why Not Hunting?
By Tom Lodge @ 12:42 PM :: 6658 Views :: Environment, Land Use

In Hawaii, hunting has had a long tradition that for political reasons is being eradicated....

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Saturday, December 15, 2012
Court: Kawaiahao Subject to Burial Council
By Robert Thomas @ 12:59 AM :: 4885 Views :: Land Use

...Kawaiahao Church in Honolulu is not exempt from historic preservation review....

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Saturday, December 15, 2012
Supreme Court Slaps Down Maui County Takings Claim
By Robert Thomas @ 12:41 AM :: 6319 Views :: Maui County, Land Use

...the ICA held that property owners ... are not required to seek an amendment to the Community Plan in order to ripen their takings claims....

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Saturday, December 15, 2012
Guam: Mayor Seizes Neighbor's Land
By Robert Thomas @ 12:29 AM :: 6154 Views :: National News, Land Use

...the government condemned the appraised area, paying for it with compensation supplied by the Ungactas, and transferred it to the Ungactas....

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012
TPL, OHA Gain Control of Galbraith Estate
By News Release @ 11:58 AM :: 10073 Views :: Agriculture, Land Use, OHA

...Trust for Public Land assembled the $25 million purchase price from a variety of sources, including $13 million from a Hawaii state bond; $4.5 million from the U.S. Army; $4 million from the City and County of Honolulu; $3 million from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs; and $500,000 from D.R. Horton....

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Monday, December 3, 2012
ICA Mandates 'Contested Case' for Water Disputes
By Robert Thomas @ 7:26 PM :: 5291 Views :: Environment, Land Use

...The Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals held in this unpublished memorandum order that the Commission must hold a "contested case" hearing upon demand....

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Monday, December 3, 2012
Play by Play: Opening Day of Hoopili Litigation
By Selected News Articles @ 7:14 PM :: 4896 Views :: Land Use

In keeping with a long tradition in Hawaii that land use cases are litigated in court on procedural rather than substantive grounds, the opening skirmish in Sierra Club v. D. R. Horton was fought over whether one of the parties’ appeal in the case should be disallowed....

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Monday, October 8, 2012
Birth Of The Public Land Development Corporation – A travesty of the legislative process
By Selected News Articles @ 4:34 AM :: 7052 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Land Use

Many have asked how come none of the regular environmental and public interest watch-dog groups sounded the alarm earlier? How did such a law get passed?

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Monday, August 27, 2012
Enviros win 90% in Hawaii Supreme Court
By Robert Thomas @ 5:43 PM :: 18790 Views :: Environment, Development, Hawaii Statistics, Judiciary, Land Use

...the Hawaii Supreme Court "has managed to find in favor of Sierra Club, Friends of the Earth, Earthjustice ... 90% of the time, 70% of those decisions overturning the [Hawaii] Intermediate Court of Appeals....

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Tuesday, January 31, 2012
“Concerning Public Lands” 14 Executive Orders Suddenly Appear on Abercrombie Website
By Andrew Walden @ 3:55 PM :: 8490 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Land Use
Fourteen Executive Orders, dated between August and December of last year have suddenly appeared on the official website of Governor Neil Abercrombie....
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Friday, October 29, 2010
KoOlina and Hanabusa: Another land deal, another ex-cop, steroids, broken teeth, and Saigon Passion
By Selected News Articles @ 1:58 AM :: 13987 Views :: Ethics, Land Use, Law Enforcement, Politicians

Last year, Souza provided equipment used for a beach-cleaning contract at Ko Olina held by a company headed by Paul Hospodar, chief of security at the Ko Olina Resort, business records show….Hospodar was fired from the police force in 1995 for violent behavior and alleged drug abuse....

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Friday, October 16, 2009
OHA Trustees claim ownership of your drinking water
By Andrew Walden @ 7:39 PM :: 23389 Views :: Kauai County, Land Use, OHA

Thirsty? Get used to it. The Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) now claims ownership of most of Hawaii’s fresh water.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2009
OHA's Ceded lands grab shifts to Legislature
By Andrew Walden @ 9:39 AM :: 8774 Views :: Akaka Bill, Land Use, OHA

Here's a complete round up of all the legislative moves and all the lies being told today...a day when almost every "not surprised" Hawaii Democrat is admitting they have been lying through their teeth for the last 15 years...and not a single interviewer is calling them on it. 

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Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Supreme Court 9-0: "The Apology Resolution did not strip (the State of) Hawaii of its sovereign authority"
By Andrew Walden @ 9:29 AM :: 11002 Views :: Akaka Bill, DHHL, Land Use, OHA

How wrong is the Hawaii State Supreme Court?  Their unanimous decision just got unanimously reversed by the US Supreme Court....How did this case begin?  With OHA suing to block construction of affordable housing.  Why are Hawaiians leaving Hawaii?  Lack of affordable housing. 

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Sunday, December 7, 2008
Statement on Ceded Lands Issue
By News Release @ 12:52 AM :: 10151 Views :: Akaka Bill, Hawaii History, Hawaii State Government, Land Use, OHA

News Release from Governor's office responds to December 6, 2008 Honolulu Advertiser article. The Advertiser quotes Bill Meheula, a key player in Dan Akaka's 2006 reelection campaign and Lilian Kame'eleihiwa, of the UH Hawaiian Studies Dep't who ague that OHA has a claim to ceded lands and seem to imply that the State has taken a new position in its appeal to the US Supreme Court requesting the Court overturn the Hawaii Supreme Court ruling blocking the state from selling ceded lands.

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Monday, August 7, 2006
Death Tax Mahele: Sens. Akaka and Inouye Vote to Take Tutu's House
By Andrew Walden @ 3:25 AM :: 5618 Views :: Land Use, Taxes

...condemn thousands of Native Hawaiian families to turn over 30 percent to 50 percent their property to the United States federal government when the inevitable occurs....

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Wednesday, June 28, 2006
"I Trusted Jim Medeiros"
By Selected News Articles @ 2:37 AM :: 3818 Views :: Hawaii County , Family, Development, Greenmail, Land Use

...That was the biggest mistake I ever made in my life....

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Thursday, August 18, 2005
Beyond Greenmail: Extortion Becomes Expropriation
By Andrew Walden @ 12:58 PM :: 6060 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Land Use

The Hokulia case is becoming a bald-faced attempt....

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