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Friday, January 27, 2023
Maui Sovereignty Squatters Interfere with MEO Affordable Housing Project
By News Release @ 2:10 PM :: 174 Views :: Maui County, Development

"The only reason we are pursuing a development at Ke Kahua in Waiehu is to bring affordable rental units to struggling Maui families.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2023
Could this be a good year at the Hawaii Legislature?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 10:54 PM :: 261 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government, Land Use, Small Business, Cost of Living

... we have high hopes for a few ideas that could make a real difference for our state ....

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Wednesday, January 18, 2023
Hawaii targets housing reform as Legislature returns
By Selected News Articles @ 3:39 AM :: 358 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government, Land Use, Tax Credits, Taxes, Cost of Living

... 156 bills are on the current docket to be introduced in the House of Representatives and Senate ....

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Tuesday, January 17, 2023
How to fix Hawaii's SLOW permitting departments
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:30 AM :: 799 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Development

... Hawaii is one of the slowest states in the nation when it comes to approving building permits ....

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Monday, January 16, 2023
Hawaii isn't the only place where homebuilding is virtually impossible
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:00 PM :: 656 Views :: Development, Greenmail

... Sim Nimby is an online game in which winning means giving up any hope of building any sort of structure for any reason ....

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Saturday, January 7, 2023
Sunshine Law Violation? OHA Town Halls to Discuss Kakaako Makai Development
By News Release @ 5:05 AM :: 910 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, OHA

... January 7, 8, 10, 2023 online ....

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Tuesday, December 20, 2022
Artificial Shortage: 74% of Oahu Land is Vacant
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:08 PM :: 1050 Views :: Development, Hawaii Statistics, Land Use

... Since the state Land Use Commission was created in 1976, “there’s just been a massive falloff on development,” Akina said. Indeed, only 2% of Hawaii island’s land is committed to urban housing and development. Statewide, that percentage is 4% for Kauai and Maui and 26% for Oahu. ...

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Sunday, December 18, 2022
What It Takes to Spend $600M on Housing in Three Years
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 851 Views :: DHHL, Development

... Otherwise, the money goes back to the general fund ....

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Friday, December 2, 2022
Blangiardi Nominates New DPP Director
By News Release @ 9:48 PM :: 844 Views :: Honolulu County, Development

... Dawn Takeuchi Apuna appointed director designate of City’s Department of Planning and Permitting ....

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Thursday, December 1, 2022
Hawaii County Rules Make it Easy to Build Mansions
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:42 PM :: 966 Views :: Hawaii County , Development, Land Use

... Ever wonder why so many mansions are being built on Hawaii Island? It’s because they don’t involve a lot of red tape or public opposition ....

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Sunday, November 27, 2022
No, Boosting the Affordable Housing Fund Isn’t the Answer
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 985 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Taxes

"... it is essentially a budgeting gimmick ...."

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Sunday, November 27, 2022
Let's restore reason to city planning
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:59 AM :: 924 Views :: Development, Land Use

... Arbitrary Lines: How Zoning Broke the American City and How to Fix It ....

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Saturday, November 26, 2022
What would Happen if Hawaii Zoning Laws Were Abolished?
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:14 PM :: 981 Views :: Development, Land Use

... Hawaii’s zoning laws prevent growth, are socially divisive, contribute to Hawaii’s high home prices ....

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Thursday, November 24, 2022
Blangiardi to establish Oʻahu Historic Preservation Commission
By News Release @ 5:30 PM :: 835 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Land Use

... The commission, which is being established by resolution using the mayorʻs executive reorganization power under Honolulu City Charter Section 4-202, will give effect to Bill 44 (2022), the ordinance passed by the City Council earlier this month ....

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Tuesday, November 22, 2022
'If Hawaii wants more homes, it might just have to build them'
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:03 PM :: 871 Views :: Development

... Mainland publications reach out to the Grassroot Institute for background on why housing in Hawaii is so difficult to come by ....

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Tuesday, November 22, 2022
​Does anyone really believe stadium project will pan out?
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:01 AM :: 955 Views :: Ethics, Development

"... Hawaii is littered with big public-facility development projects that have taken exorbitant stretches of time to produce compared with [their original] plans ...."

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Sunday, November 13, 2022
Getting Permitting Out of Home Maintenance
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1111 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Small Business

... a typical residential building permit application took 108 days to process, while one for a commercial project took 432 days ....

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Monday, November 7, 2022
'By-right' approvals could lower cost of housing
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:42 AM :: 760 Views :: Maui County, Development, Cost of Living

... by-right approval for affordable housing projects would streamline the process for homebuilders and potentially yield big savings ....

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Monday, November 7, 2022
Hawaii County could use ‘Konno’ exceptions to address permit backlog
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:26 AM :: 851 Views :: Hawaii County , Development, Labor

... “Konno” has a provision that has an exemption for special or unique services that are essential to the public and cannot be filled by civil servants ....

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Sunday, November 6, 2022
The Empty Homes Tax
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1118 Views :: Development, Taxes, Tourism

... The idea seems to be gaining steam now since our federal court has struck down Honolulu’s recent ordinance clamping down on transient vacation rentals ....

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Sunday, November 6, 2022
How to win the housing permitting game
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:28 AM :: 932 Views :: Honolulu County, Development

... delays, missing emails and bureaucratic difficulties ....

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Wednesday, November 2, 2022
Housing for Hawaii's Future
By Samuel Wilder King II @ 5:38 PM :: 624 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

 ... Wednesday from 3:30pm to 5:00pm on Zoom, a panel discussion on housing in Hawaii with three Hawaii housing legends ....

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Tuesday, November 1, 2022
Bill 56: New Legislation to Address Permitting Problems at DPP
By News Release @ 5:24 AM :: 974 Views :: Honolulu County, Development

... Bill 56 Would Eliminate Lengthy Permit Requirements for Home Repairs ....

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Sunday, October 30, 2022
Supply-side constraints to expanding Hawaii residential housing
By UHERO @ 3:10 AM :: 874 Views :: Development, Land Use

... UHERO Executive Director Carl Bonham participated in a panel on supply-side constraints to expanding residential housing at the Hawaii Economic Association’s 2022 Annual Conference ....

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Tuesday, October 25, 2022
Hawaii’s biggest barrier to more housing is politics
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:27 PM :: 1101 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... The result is exactly what we have in Hawaii: a lot of talk about lowering the cost of housing, but very little effective reform ....

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Saturday, October 22, 2022
Maui Bill 107 Orders Developers to Reduce Price 20%
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:57 PM :: 893 Views :: Maui County, Development, Cost of Living

... the new ordinance is likely to do more harm than good by discouraging more homebuilding ....

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Wednesday, October 19, 2022
Maui Bill 107 to change affordable housing guidelines
By News Release @ 7:57 PM :: 858 Views :: Maui County, Development, Cost of Living

... the new sales price calculations will reduce the cost of affordable homes by an average of 22% ....

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Tuesday, October 18, 2022
Do the right thing for Maui housing, not just ‘something’
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:29 PM :: 824 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

“...First, do no harm....”

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Sunday, October 16, 2022
Housing Crisis: Data Beats Anecdotes
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 9:51 PM :: 852 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

“...Are out-of-state buyers, especially foreigners, really driving Hawaii’s high home prices?....”

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Sunday, October 9, 2022
Love-Hate Relationship with P3
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 931 Views :: Ethics, Development, Hawaii State Government

... The most recent and visible example is our iconic Aloha Stadium .... 

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Sunday, October 2, 2022
Three Years to Spend $600 Million
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 962 Views :: DHHL, Development

... On June 30, 2025, any of this money not contractually committed will drop back into our state general fund ....

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Saturday, October 1, 2022
A New Source of Wealth for the Hawaiian People
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:50 PM :: 1202 Views :: Development, OHA

... I have been a strong advocate of protecting OHA’s funds from fraud, waste and abuse. I am as passionate about growing those funds to meet the needs of Hawaiians ....

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Sunday, September 25, 2022
More homebuilding needed to solve Hawaii housing crisis
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:10 PM :: 939 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
Bill 10: Don’t limit new multi-unit housing to just TOD areas
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:31 PM :: 1704 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Land Use

... Bill 10 would update the county’s land-use regulations for agricultural, residential, commercial, nonprofit, government and other uses ....

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Wednesday, September 21, 2022
DLNR: N Shore Homeowners are Doomed, They Should Just Accept It
By News Release @ 10:35 PM :: 1463 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Land Use

... what to do about coastal homes with expired, temporary emergency State permits to “shore” up the land under their foundations ....

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Saturday, September 17, 2022
Dawn Takeuchi Apuna named Acting Director of City’s Department of Planning and Permitting
By News Release @ 8:29 PM :: 1478 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Development

"...very difficult and demanding challenge,” said Mayor Rick Blangiardi....

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Saturday, September 17, 2022
​Housing crisis culprit staring us in the face
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:41 PM :: 1367 Views :: Development, Land Use

... many people in Hawaii have for years been blaming the state’s housing crisis on “outsiders” ....

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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 :: 1235 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 :: 2151 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 :: 1535 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

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

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Monday, September 12, 2022
McDermott pledges congressional action to stabilize Hawaii Housing costs
By Rep Bob McDermott @ 11:08 PM :: 569 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Development, Military, Republican Party, Cost of Living

... compel the DOD via statue to build all the base housing they need (approximately 40k units) for their servicemembers’ families on base in Hawaii ....

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Sunday, September 11, 2022
Blame for the Housing Crisis
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 930 Views :: Honolulu County, Development

... the average time to process a residential building permit application was 108 days, while a commercial project took 432 days ....

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Friday, September 9, 2022
Aiona/Tupaʻi Campaign Announces Affordable Housing Initiative
By Lt Gov Duke Aiona @ 11:05 PM :: 489 Views :: Development, Land Use, Republican Party, Cost of Living

... The Problem with the Hawaiʻi Real Estate Market is the effect that “outside influences” are having on housing prices and availability ....

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Saturday, September 3, 2022
Grassroot Institute’s ‘shocking’ new housing report
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:09 PM :: 1279 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 :: 1278 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
Legislature Paves Way for Issuance of SPRBs for Carbon Credits – Or Does It?
By Selected News Articles @ 4:46 PM :: 1543 Views :: Hawaii County , Environment, Ethics, Agriculture, Development

... there is a line item for renting four 480-square-foot units from the Four Seasons for nearly $300,000 a year ....

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Saturday, August 27, 2022
Do Outside Buyers Drive up Hawaii Real Estate Prices?
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:33 AM :: 1423 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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Wednesday, August 24, 2022
New report removes divisive distraction
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:25 PM :: 1039 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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Thursday, August 18, 2022
Out-of-state buyers don't drive Hawaii home prices, report shows
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:06 AM :: 2992 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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Wednesday, August 17, 2022
​How to reduce permit delays for Hawaii homebuilding
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:55 AM :: 2196 Views :: Hawaii County , Development, Small Business

... in Hawaii County, residential permits take about 143 days to issue. In Honolulu, it’s 108 days for residential projects and 432 days for commercial projects over $1 million ....

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