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Sunday, September 25, 2022
More homebuilding needed to solve Hawaii housing crisis
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:10 PM :: 192 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... the primary causes of Hawaii's high housing prices are extensive land-use, zoning and other homebuilding-related regulations ....

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Sunday, September 25, 2022
12,603 Hawaii residents left last year
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:42 PM :: 362 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Hawaii residents are leaving the state in droves because the cost of living is too high .... 

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Sunday, September 25, 2022
Our Kids Are Going Away
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 273 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Not considering charter schools, enrollment dropped from 168,152 in 2018-19 to 156,518 in 2022-23, and it is projected to decrease further to 148,096 by 2027-28 ....

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Saturday, September 17, 2022
Fed up with High Gas Prices and Slow Amazon Deliveries? Blame These 2 Century‐​Old Laws That Need to Be Repealed.
By Cato Foundation @ 9:12 PM :: 943 Views :: Jones Act, Cost of Living

... To avoid higher costs, many companies are forced to turn to imports ....

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Friday, September 16, 2022
​Maui housing bill seriously flawed in July, and even more so now
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:13 PM :: 691 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... An amendment seeks to subsidize homebuyers, leaving open whom would qualify and how much taxpayers would be in for ....

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Friday, September 16, 2022
Kai Kahele: Josh Green Funders Drive Local Families out of Hawaii
By Video @ 5:07 AM :: 1520 Views :: Democratic Party, Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

"...The same money driving up housing prices, buying up our land, and pushing out local families is the same money [Green] has used and is using to fund his campaign. I will never accept this as being good for Hawaii...."

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Friday, September 16, 2022
Why housing in Hawaii is expensive--Are outsiders buying up Hawaii?
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:45 AM :: 1008 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... Hawaii has the most expensive home prices in the nation ....

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Sunday, September 11, 2022
​Top-down energy plans not going down easy
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:41 AM :: 632 Views :: Energy, Environment, Cost of Living

... how we got to this point ....

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Tuesday, September 6, 2022
Will Hawaii's Minimum Wage Backfire?
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:45 AM :: 735 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

... might the wage increase backfire and actually end up harming the very people it was supposed to help ....

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Saturday, September 3, 2022
Grassroot Institute’s ‘shocking’ new housing report
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:09 PM :: 873 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... Grassroot Institute President Keli‘i Akina says report shifts the focus from a scapegoat to policies that can actually result in more housing ....

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Saturday, September 3, 2022
Will more bureaucracy solve permit delays?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:00 PM :: 856 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... the average delay for permits or approvals in Hawaii is more than three times as high as the national mean ....

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Friday, September 2, 2022
HECO's Idea of 'Good News' -- Oahu Electric Bills to go up 4%
By News Release @ 12:43 AM :: 657 Views :: Hawaii County , Honolulu County, Maui County, Energy, Cost of Living

... This is an improvement over the earlier forecast that projected bills would increase 7% or about $15 after the coal plant ends operations, which is scheduled for today ....

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Saturday, August 27, 2022
Do Outside Buyers Drive up Hawaii Real Estate Prices?
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:33 AM :: 1000 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... “There’s a correlation between high regulation and high prices in housing,” Akina said. “That’s the real problem we’re facing in Hawaii." ....

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Thursday, August 25, 2022
Hawaii Ranks #1 for Student Loan Deadbeats
By Selected News Articles @ 6:32 PM :: 921 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Higher Education, Cost of Living

... No state has a higher percentage of student-loan balances past due or in default ....

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Wednesday, August 24, 2022
New report removes divisive distraction
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:25 PM :: 728 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... It is tempting to look for scapegoats when we talk about Hawaii’s housing crisis ....

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Tuesday, August 23, 2022
Hawaii Taxes are 2nd Largest Household Expense
By News Release @ 2:19 PM :: 1105 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Exceeded only by Housing--but on the Big Island, Taxes are the largest household expense item ....

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Monday, August 22, 2022
To Tax or Not to Tax Sale of Food and Medicine
By UHERO @ 4:19 AM :: 749 Views :: Taxes, Cost of Living

... taxes on the purchases of those expenditures disproportionately hurt low income households ....

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Thursday, August 18, 2022
Out-of-state buyers don't drive Hawaii home prices, report shows
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:06 AM :: 2045 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... A pathbreaking analysis of nationwide data dispels the popular belief that out-of-state home buyers are the cause of the state's housing woes ....

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Monday, August 15, 2022
Foreclosure Rate up 94% in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 4:41 PM :: 942 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... In Hawaii, foreclosures rose by 94.1%, from 202 in the first six months of 2021 to 392 in the first half of 2022 .....

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Sunday, August 14, 2022
A GE Tax Exemption for Food
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:39 AM :: 864 Views :: Taxes, Cost of Living

... The three Democratic candidates for governor all support it ....

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Friday, August 12, 2022
Rolling Blackouts Coming in September: Hawaii ends use of coal for power generation
By News Release @ 3:09 AM :: 1401 Views :: Energy, Environment, Cost of Living

... 7% bill increase forecasted ....

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Thursday, August 11, 2022
How the Foreclosure Rate in Hawaii Compares to the Nation
By Selected News Articles @ 5:59 PM :: 904 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... housing market appears to be coming back to earth ....

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Thursday, August 11, 2022
Honolulu Inflation Lowest in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 5:43 PM :: 757 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living
... Consumer Price Index Change ​6.8% year over year ....
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Monday, August 8, 2022
House Maui initiative aims to identify and reduce homebuilding restraints
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:40 PM :: 969 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... The housing situation on Maui is the worst in the state ....

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Saturday, August 6, 2022
When bureaucracy grows, housing does not
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:28 PM :: 935 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... more regulation and delays ....

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Saturday, August 6, 2022
Honolulu Average Studio Apartment Rent $2,705
By Selected News Articles @ 7:11 PM :: 1161 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Think your Hawaii rent is high? It probably is ....

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Saturday, August 6, 2022
Hawaii is the most difficult state to buy a home
By Selected News Articles @ 6:55 PM :: 1098 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... the average mortgage payment is 78.3% of the state's median income ....

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Thursday, July 28, 2022
Hawaii 2nd Highest HOA Fees in USA
By News Release @ 5:38 AM :: 1131 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... On average, HOA monthly fees in Hawaii are about $762 a month ....

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Wednesday, July 27, 2022
VIDEO: Why Hawaii should consider the ‘Tokyo model’ for housing
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:48 PM :: 1205 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 :: 1103 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 :: 917 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 :: 890 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 :: 1415 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 :: 1153 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 :: 896 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 :: 1648 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 :: 927 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 :: 819 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 :: 1058 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 :: 1043 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 :: 1273 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 :: 1012 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 :: 1539 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 :: 2240 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 :: 778 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 :: 1029 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 :: 972 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 :: 646 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 :: 961 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 :: 1105 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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