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Thursday, June 24, 2021
Hawaiian Electric to auto-enroll past due accounts in 12-month payment plan to avoid disconnection
By News Release @ 4:21 AM :: 1726 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living, COVID-19

... First installment appears in July bills ....

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Tuesday, June 1, 2021
Homeownership for Hawaiians Requires Big Thinking!
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 9:27 PM :: 2131 Views :: DHHL, OHA, Cost of Living

... The median price of a home on Oʻahu has just reached $950,000 ....

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Friday, May 28, 2021
Affordable Housing Income Limit Drops to 'Only' $120K/yr for Family of Four
By News Release @ 11:47 PM :: 1536 Views :: Cost of Living

... the income limit for a household of four at the median level (100 percent) in 2021 is $120,800, down from last year’s $125,850. The maximum monthly rent for this household is $2,720 for a two-bedroom unit, according to DPP calculations, down from last year’s maximum rent of $2,975 ....

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Friday, May 21, 2021
Hawaii Is Replacing Its Last Coal Plant With a ‘Giant Battery’—Powered by Oil
By Selected News Articles @ 8:13 PM :: 3146 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy, Cost of Living

... The revelation that the Kapolei Energy Storage Facility will be powered with oil caused an uproar at a recent meeting, but the project is slated to continue ....

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Friday, May 21, 2021
Successful program audit helps Maui County consumers maintain low flood insurance rates
By News Release @ 8:05 PM :: 1466 Views :: Maui County, Cost of Living

... Maui County policyholders save an estimated $1.4 million annually ....

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Friday, May 14, 2021
Everyone wants affordable housing
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:38 PM :: 1913 Views :: Maui County, Development, Cost of Living

... We want a Hawaii where everyone who wants to buy a home can buy one in their price range ....

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Thursday, May 13, 2021
Stung by PUC, HECO Releases 'Customer Energy Resources Strategy'
By News Release @ 4:45 PM :: 1923 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy, Cost of Living

"... to increase rooftop solar and similar customer energy resources to the scale needed to reach the state’s clean energy benchmarks ...."

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Tuesday, May 11, 2021
The affordable housing trap - Mandates can't create more housing
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:16 PM :: 1884 Views :: Maui County, Development, Cost of Living

... why housing prices have soared statewide and why affordability mandates won’t have the desired results ....

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Saturday, May 8, 2021
Mayor Victorino Bill 10 Veto Upheld, Saves Affordable Housing
By News Release @ 2:19 PM :: 4262 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

"... In theory, Bill 10 would require more affordable housing to be built, but in reality, history has shown that such additional restrictions have the opposite effect ....”

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Friday, April 30, 2021
Maui, Kona Rental Car Rates Top $900/wk
By News Release @ 12:15 AM :: 2816 Views :: Hawaii County , Maui County, Tourism, Cost of Living, COVID-19

... Kahului, Hawaii, is the most expensive U.S. destination in which to rent a car this spring ....

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Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Red tape hurts Maui housing
By Video @ 6:06 AM :: 2258 Views :: Maui County, Development, Cost of Living

... Maui County Councilmember Yuki Lei Sugimura discusses with Grassroot Institute president Keli’i Akina the detrimental impact such a well-intentioned but wrong-headed policy might have on affordable housing ....

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Friday, April 23, 2021
How high housing prices are encouraging residents to leave Hawaii
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:57 AM :: 2656 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... How to make housing affordable and help stop the exodus .... 

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Friday, April 23, 2021
FEMA Rate Hike Socks 87% of Hawaii Flood Insurance Policyholders
By News Release @ 3:47 AM :: 2308 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Under FEMA's Risk Rating 2.0 system, the cost of flood insurance will increase ....

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Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Hawaii most expensive state for energy bills
By News Release @ 9:09 PM :: 2278 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... the average monthly energy bill comes to $321 ....

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Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Hawaii ​Most Expensive State for Household Bills
By Selected News Articles @ 7:56 PM :: 2054 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... The cost of bills in Hawaii totals an average of $2,731 per month, 44.6% higher than the national average ....

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Monday, April 19, 2021
Hawaii Highest Electric Rates in USA
By News Release @ 9:54 PM :: 2657 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

“...When the government inserts itself into markets, taxpayers often foot the bill....”

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Friday, April 9, 2021
Maui Beware!
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 10:48 PM :: 3089 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... This would give Maui the second most restrictive affordable-housing law in the country ....

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Sunday, March 28, 2021
Which Hawaii Towns Have Most Overleveraged Mortgage Debtors?
By Selected News Articles @ 4:27 AM :: 2522 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... 11 of 16 Hawaii towns are in the top 10% of most overextended mortgage borrowers ....

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Monday, March 22, 2021
Doctors' Pay? Hawaii Ranks 47th
By Selected News Articles @ 9:04 PM :: 2336 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Cost of Living

... Hawaii has the 5th lowest Avg. Annual Wage for Physicians (adj for cost of living) ....

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Saturday, March 20, 2021
Former Hawaii doctor tells why he moved to the mainland
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:39 PM :: 5232 Views :: Health Care, Cost of Living

... I have a 5,000-square-foot, five-bedroom house on half an acre with a view that stretches to a river, and that house costs me $539,000 ....

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Saturday, March 20, 2021
How to worsen our doctor shortage
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:15 AM :: 2193 Views :: Health Care, Cost of Living

... Hawaii is down by more than 1,000 physicians, with no prospect of the situation improving ....

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Thursday, March 11, 2021
 How 'Affordable' Housing rules often result in no homebuilding
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:04 AM :: 3042 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... A Maui bill to increase affordability requirements is the backdrop for a discussion on how current housing policy can be improved ....

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Saturday, February 27, 2021
ALOHA Homes: Unintended Consequences
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:17 PM :: 2547 Views :: Development, Cost of Living

... the ALOHA homes program as currently envisioned in SB1 likely would result in an expensive, non-sustainable government project that would fail ....

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Friday, February 26, 2021
Good intentions not a great foundation for building houses
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:22 PM :: 2108 Views :: Maui County, Cost of Living

... Instead of creating more affordable homes, they reduce development and cause prices to go up ....

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Monday, February 22, 2021
How Minimum Wage Worker Makes $72K
By News Release @ 3:35 PM :: 2557 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

... in Full-Service Restaurants, most workers who earn minimum wage receive significantly more compensation in tips ....

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Monday, February 22, 2021
Hawaii: 4,619 residents moved out between 2018 and 2019
By Selected News Articles @ 1:22 PM :: 2155 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Where They Moved To: California, Texas and Washington ....

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Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Four Bills to Make Housing More Affordable
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:06 AM :: 2030 Views :: Development, Cost of Living

... lift zoning restrictions that hamper creative solutions to the lack of affordable housing ....

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Thursday, January 28, 2021
Labor unions push lawmakers to drop GET on groceries
By News Release @ 2:51 AM :: 2846 Views :: Labor, Taxes, Cost of Living

... ILWU, Teamsters, IATSE, UFCW ....

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Saturday, January 23, 2021
Rental Market: Troubling Signs Remain As State Prepares for an Uncertain 2021
By UHERO @ 12:54 AM :: 2788 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living, COVID-19

... UHERO second quarterly survey of rental property owners and managers ....

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Friday, January 22, 2021
Hawaii Ranked 'Worst State to Drive in'
By Selected News Articles @ 11:07 PM :: 2331 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... gas prices to rush-hour traffic congestion to road quality ....

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Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Honolulu #1 -- Most Unaffordable Home Ownership in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 12:00 PM :: 1882 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Honolulu is the only city where mortgages have taken up more than 40% of homeowners’ incomes in 2010, as well as in 2015 and 2020 ....

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Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Hawaii Best-paying States for Nurses--But Still 8th Worst Housing Hours Worked
By Selected News Articles @ 11:30 AM :: 2341 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Cost of Living

... 33 Hours worked to afford median rent for nurses -- Hawaii ranks 43rd ....

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Monday, January 18, 2021
Hawaii Cost of Living Nearly Double US Average
By News Release @ 7:15 PM :: 3436 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Hawaii Cost of Living Index is 196.3--the US Average is 100 ....

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Monday, January 18, 2021
Hawaii: Lifetime Cost of Smoking $2.9M
By Selected News Articles @ 2:53 AM :: 1996 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Cost of Living

... potential monetary losses — including both the lifetime and annual cost of a cigarette pack per day, health care expenditures, income losses and other costs .... 

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Sunday, January 17, 2021
Barreling Toward a Tax Hike!
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2998 Views :: Energy, Hawaii State Government, Taxes, Cost of Living

... “the carbon tax” is most likely the “barrel tax” ....

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Tuesday, January 5, 2021
Which Hawaii Towns Have Worst Credit Card Debt?
By Selected News Articles @ 11:00 AM :: 2451 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... 8 of 16 Hawaii towns are among the worst 10% credit card debtors in USA ....

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Thursday, December 24, 2020
Rate Hikes Coming: PUC Approves New Battery Incentive Scheme for HECO
By News Release @ 9:07 PM :: 2580 Views :: Energy, Environment, Cost of Living

... Ratepayer money will be shoveled to Elon Musk to buy batteries ....

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Wednesday, December 23, 2020
Report: Oahu affordable housing shortage worsened in FY 2019
By News Release @ 11:52 PM :: 2230 Views :: Honolulu County, Land Use, Cost of Living

... DPP has released its Annual Report on the status of land use on O‘ahu for fiscal year ending 2019 ....

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Wednesday, December 23, 2020
DHHL Receives Approval for Pilot Down Payment Program
By News Release @ 2:01 AM :: 1889 Views :: DHHL, Cost of Living

... an initiative that will provide applicants on the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) Waiting List with down payment assistance for a fee-simple residential purchase off Hawaiian Home Lands on Oʻahu ....

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Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Long Term Care: Hawaii Costs Soaring Faster
By News Release @ 2:35 PM :: 2304 Views :: Health Care, Cost of Living, COVID-19

... Increase in Long Term Care Costs in Hawaii Surpass National Trends; COVID-19 Pressures Future Costs ....

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Saturday, November 21, 2020
UHERO: Ratepayers Pay $1.15 More for Every $1.00 Saved by Solar Users
By UHERO @ 9:26 PM :: 2483 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

...for every dollar the University saves with on-campus (solar) investments, other customers will pay $1.15 more -- UHERO.....

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Wednesday, November 18, 2020
47% of Hawaii adults live with roommates
By News Release @ 11:39 AM :: 3595 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...in Urban Honolulu it is 48.1% ....

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Saturday, November 14, 2020
Hawaii is the Most Expensive State in America
By Selected News Articles @ 8:29 PM :: 2470 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... groceries +69.3%, transportation +46.6%, utilities +99.4% ....

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Saturday, October 10, 2020
How to stop the exodus
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:04 AM :: 2753 Views :: Economy, Cost of Living, COVID-19

...Hawaii’s negative migration of the past several years in a row is going to accelerate....

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Tuesday, October 6, 2020
The Affordable Housing Scam
By Selected News Articles @ 4:00 AM :: 3821 Views :: Ethics, Development, Cost of Living

...well-connected people often found their way to the tops of housing waiting lists while the names of people who really needed affordable housing disappeared....

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Friday, October 2, 2020
Rein in this red-tape rascal
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:02 PM :: 2531 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

...When your state lacks sufficient housing, the last thing you should do is make building a difficult, risky and lengthy process. But that’s exactly what Hawaii has done....

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Tuesday, September 29, 2020
More Housing Hawaii Residents Can Afford
By Video @ 4:09 AM :: 2234 Views :: Land Use, Cost of Living

...Hawaii’s residents need more housing that they can afford. And one of the simplest ways to provide it would be to reform a mysterious organization called the Land Use Commission....

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Friday, September 25, 2020
Hawaii Medicare Advantage Premium Drops 10.3% for 2021
By News Release @ 11:55 PM :: 2201 Views :: Health Care, Cost of Living

...The average monthly Medicare Advantage premium changed from $63.86 in 2020 to $57.28 in 2021. This represents a -10.30 percent change in average premium....

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Friday, September 25, 2020
Reform state LUC to encourage more housing, new report says
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:50 AM :: 2080 Views :: Land Use, Cost of Living

...The state Land Use Commission has strayed from its core mission, leading to fewer homes and higher home prices for Hawaii residents....

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Tuesday, September 22, 2020
City Drops $10.5M for 29 Units that were already affordable
By News Release @ 11:43 PM :: 2935 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Cost of Living, COVID-19

...This purchase adds ZERO new affordable units because these units were already affordable in the private sector....

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