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Wednesday, July 27, 2022
VIDEO: Why Hawaii should consider the ‘Tokyo model’ for housing
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:48 PM :: 1368 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... Hawaii’s zoning, land-use and other homebuilding restrictions have led to Hawaii having “one of the worst housing markets in the country, and even internationally.” ....

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Monday, July 25, 2022
Report: Hawaii Housing Deficit Increases 98% Since 2012
By News Release @ 7:54 PM :: 1306 Views :: Development, Hawaii Statistics, Land Use, Cost of Living

... First-of-its kind report quantifies housing shortage by metropolitan and county levels, finds underproduction in state reached more than 7,600 homes in 2019, up from 3,900 in 2012 ....

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Sunday, July 24, 2022
Affordable? Maui Price Fixing Bill 'Recommitted'
By Joe Kent @ 9:19 PM :: 1093 Views :: Maui County, Development, Cost of Living

... there ain’t no such thing as a free lunch ....

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Sunday, July 24, 2022
How to take politics out of housing
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:39 PM :: 1042 Views :: Maui County, Development, Cost of Living

... The most recent example of this comes from Maui, where just this week the County Council killed a housing project that would have created 28 affordable units in Kihei ....

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Saturday, July 23, 2022
Hawaii: Pain in Paradise
By Selected News Articles @ 4:34 PM :: 1547 Views :: Homelessness, Cost of Living

... There is no clearer example of left-wing policies turning paradise into a nightmare ....

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Friday, July 22, 2022
Affordable Housing: $2940 for 2br Apartment
By News Release @ 5:22 AM :: 1304 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Cost of Living

... The maximum monthly rent for this household is $2,940 for a two-bedroom unit, according to DPP calculations, up from last year’s maximum rent of $2,720 ....

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Tuesday, July 19, 2022
Maui Council on verge of worsening housing crisis
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:58 AM :: 1100 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... The assumption is that they would simply have to take that additional loss ....

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Saturday, July 16, 2022
Maui’s sky-high home prices a ‘self-inflicted wound’
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:47 AM :: 1927 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... Maui Council Bill 107 could cause homebuilders to stop building affordable homes ....

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Wednesday, July 6, 2022
Rate Hike: HECO to burn $190M 'Hardening Grid' for Global Warming
By News Release @ 3:17 PM :: 1054 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

" ... Hawaiian Electric is seeking approval to recover the cost of the project from customers ...."

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Saturday, July 2, 2022
Hawaii housing starts jump 28.2%
By Selected News Articles @ 11:47 PM :: 986 Views :: Development, Economy, Cost of Living

... Hawaii rate of increase second only to Massachusetts ....

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Wednesday, June 29, 2022
Hawaii: Worst Place for Bitcoin Mining
By Selected News Articles @ 5:18 PM :: 1193 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... $54,862 to mine one bitcoin in Hawaii ....

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Tuesday, June 28, 2022
Hawaii Least Affordable State in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 4:28 AM :: 1145 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... With inflation rates soaring and the cost of living spiraling, more and more people are moving away ....

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Sunday, June 26, 2022
Pearl City -- Highest Credit Card Debt in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 3:05 AM :: 1441 Views :: Honolulu County, Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... total outstanding credit card debt stood at $222.6 million in the first quarter of 2022, or an average of $15,709 per household ....

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Friday, June 24, 2022
Hawaii Household Bills Highest in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 6:27 PM :: 1126 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... The typical Hawaii household spends an average of $2,911 per month--42% of income--on bills ....

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Tuesday, June 21, 2022
How to make housing affordable in Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:18 PM :: 1707 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... no-holds-barred ....

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Tuesday, June 21, 2022
Why Panos Prevedouros Left Hawaii
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:47 AM :: 2417 Views :: Higher Education, Rail, Cost of Living

... The former chairman of the University of Hawaii’s civil engineering department says aloha ....

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Sunday, June 19, 2022
We’ve Got Bills – Lots of Them
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 880 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... how Hawaii compares on the ten most common household bills ....

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Wednesday, June 15, 2022
Honolulu Among Least Affordable Housing on Earth
By News Release @ 11:26 PM :: 1146 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Demographia United States Housing Affordability – 2022 Edition Released ....

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Sunday, June 12, 2022
Oahu and Maui Have Some of the Highest Rents in the Nation
By Selected News Articles @ 3:02 AM :: 1066 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... In the Urban Honolulu metro area the median monthly rent price is $1,779 - 62.3% higher than the national average ....

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Monday, June 6, 2022
Hawaii 3rd Highest Closing Costs in USA
By News Release @ 12:00 PM :: 737 Views :: Cost of Living

... Average Closing Costs for Purchase Mortgages Increased 13.4% in 2021--CoreLogic ....

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Monday, June 6, 2022
Hawaii Cost of Living Matched by Cost of Dying
By Selected News Articles @ 3:50 AM :: 1087 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Cost of Living

... The Cost of Dying: Average cost of funerals, cremations, and medical care ....

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Monday, June 6, 2022
Where it Pays to be a Nurse? -- not Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 3:43 AM :: 1289 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Cost of Living

... the high cost of living makes Hawaii nurses the lowest-salaried nurses in the nation ....

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Saturday, June 4, 2022
Want more housing? Try economic freedom
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:14 PM :: 953 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... it’s technically easier to build a house for Oprah than it is to build houses for average families ....

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Friday, June 3, 2022
How to increase housing and ease homelessness in Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:26 PM :: 994 Views :: Homelessness, Cost of Living

... six major layers of housing regulation: the state Land Use Commission, county plans, community plans, county zoning, special management area permitting and the historic districts ....

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Wednesday, June 1, 2022
Bus Fares Going Up
By News Release @ 6:49 PM :: 1398 Views :: Honolulu County, Cost of Living

... The Honolulu City Council approved Ordinance 21-7, hiking fares ....

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Sunday, May 29, 2022
How to Make Housing Affordable in Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:45 PM :: 1561 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living
... Hint: It's not because of “empty homes,” short-term rentals, “outside investors” or other distractions ....
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Sunday, May 22, 2022
​New U.S. Census Bureau data erases Hawaii’s 2010-2020 population growth
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:35 PM :: 999 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... The U.S. Census Bureau overestimated Hawaii’s 2020 population by 6.79%, or 98,812 people, according to an internal review released this month of the 2020 census. ...

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Sunday, May 22, 2022
If You Think Gas Prices Are Bad…
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1117 Views :: Taxes, Cost of Living

... there are a lot of different taxes that go into the price at the pump ....

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Friday, May 20, 2022
Gov. Ige urged to review new research before deciding on minimum-wage hike
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:56 PM :: 950 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

... A popular 2010 study claiming minimum-wage hikes do not cause ‘economic shocks’ has just been reanalyzed and overturned ....

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Wednesday, May 18, 2022
Honolulu 10th Most Expensive City for Home Improvement
By News Release @ 2:14 AM :: 931 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... We ranked 200 cities based on 16 key indicators of renovation pricy-ness ....

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Monday, May 16, 2022
Study: Hawaii has lowest monthly starting salaries
By Selected News Articles @ 5:23 PM :: 868 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Adjusted for cost of living, first place Tacoma, WA has starting salaries three times higher than Honolulu and Pearl City ....

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Thursday, May 12, 2022
UHERO: Real income will decline 5% this year
By UHERO @ 3:00 PM :: 967 Views :: Economy, Tourism, Cost of Living

... Inflation in the Islands hit 7.5% in March ....

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Wednesday, May 11, 2022
Hawaii: Burn Through $1M in 10 Years
By Selected News Articles @ 8:00 PM :: 1196 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... $1 million will last in savings: 10 years, 10 months, 11 days ....

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Tuesday, May 10, 2022
Hawaii highest personal debt compared to income
By Selected News Articles @ 10:24 PM :: 881 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Hawaii’s cost of living is high—93% greater than the national average and the highest in the country in 2021—and personal income on the island state is only slightly higher than the national average ....

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Tuesday, May 3, 2022
Hawaii Most Expensive, but Ranks 24th in Earnings
By Selected News Articles @ 3:48 AM :: 873 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Here’s How Rich Hawaii Residents Are Compared to the Nation ....

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Monday, May 2, 2022
Legislature Burns $1B on 'Affordable Housing'
By News Release @ 5:47 PM :: 1503 Views :: DHHL, Development, Hawaii State Government, Homelessness, Cost of Living

... Housing bills that will be sent to the Governor for his signature include ....

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Sunday, May 1, 2022
VIDEO: Can Youth Solve Hawaii Housing Crisis?
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:38 PM :: 1073 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... Gen-Xers and millennials are “the most viscerally affected by the cost of housing and forced to leave the state to pursue a life elsewhere” ....

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Monday, April 25, 2022
Vacation rental ban won’t solve Hawaii housing crisis
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:25 PM :: 1406 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, Tourism, Cost of Living

... Oahu tightened the screws in 2019. Yet, housing prices still went up. Even when vacation rental usage declined during the lockdowns, it didn’t result in a significant drop in housing costs....

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Thursday, April 21, 2022
How Much Food Costs in Hawaii, Compared to the Nation
By Selected News Articles @ 2:35 PM :: 1438 Views :: Family, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... In Hawaii, a family of four can expect to spend an average of $14,042 on food in 2022, the highest amount among states ....

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Wednesday, April 20, 2022
The cost of “excess inflation” in Hawaii
By UHERO @ 12:02 AM :: 1083 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... inflation has not been over 7.5% since 1991 ....

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Tuesday, April 19, 2022
86% Of Renters Can’t Afford to Buy Home in Honolulu
By News Release @ 3:55 PM :: 998 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... On Maui, it's 90% ....

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Tuesday, April 19, 2022
Hawaii Banks Charging More Than Payday Lenders for Small Loans
By Selected News Articles @ 3:38 PM :: 1080 Views :: Ethics, Cost of Living

... FDIC-supervised institutions’ prices equal or surpass payday lenders’ in Hawaii ....

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Saturday, April 16, 2022
UHERO is my new housing policy hero
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:56 PM :: 1333 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... Delays, zoning rules and a long pathway to approval make homebuilding difficult and expensive ....

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Friday, April 15, 2022
How Much it Costs to House a Family of 4 in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 4:02 PM :: 1354 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... This amount reflects both housing and utilities costs for a modest two-bedroom rental ....

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Thursday, April 14, 2022
VIDEO: Measuring the Burden of Housing Regulation in Hawaii
By UHERO @ 6:44 AM :: 1183 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... One of the factors that may explain Hawaii’s high home prices are government regulations that limit the ability of the housing market to create the units necessary to meet demand ....

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Friday, April 8, 2022
Hawaii Land Use Policy Designed to Keep Housing Expensive
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:06 PM :: 1168 Views :: Land Use, Cost of Living

... Research showing the need to liberalize Hawaii’s land-use and zoning laws is out there for all to see, and more is forthcoming ....

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Thursday, April 7, 2022
KIUC Rate Hikes Far Lower than HECO's
By News Release @ 3:10 PM :: 1329 Views :: Kauai County, Energy, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Kauaʻi’s power generation mix for 2021 included 45% solar, 14% hydro and 11% biomass ....

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Wednesday, April 6, 2022
Where Hawaii Ranks: American cities with the highest rents
By News Release @ 7:38 PM :: 1232 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Urban Honolulu is #2 in USA ....

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Sunday, April 3, 2022
Honolulu job growth outpacing new housing supply 32-1
By Selected News Articles @ 1:33 AM :: 1088 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Cost of Living

... When the demand far outweighs the available properties in a given area, costs get artificially driven up ....

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Wednesday, March 30, 2022
Vacant Homes? Hawaii Ranks 18th
By News Release @ 1:58 AM :: 1038 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... when it comes to vacant homes, Hawaii is just average.  This demonstrates that home vacancy rates do not correspond with housing costs ....

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