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Saturday, February 27, 2021
ALOHA Homes: Unintended Consequences
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:17 PM :: 549 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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Monday, February 22, 2021
SCOTUS Refuses to Hear Bridge Aina Lea Case
By Robert Thomas @ 4:00 PM :: 749 Views :: Hawaii County , Development, Land Use

"... If there is no such thing as a regulatory taking, we should say so ...."

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Friday, February 12, 2021
Bills on the Move: Conveyance Tax, Pension Suspension, Un-Affordable Housing
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:28 AM :: 925 Views :: Maui County, Development, Taxes, COVID-19

... increasing Hawaii's tax burden at a time when its economy is in its worst depression ever ....

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Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Four Bills to Make Housing More Affordable
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:06 AM :: 762 Views :: Development, Cost of Living

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

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Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Auditor: Stadium Authority has substantial doubt about its ability to continue as a going concern
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 3:28 AM :: 1557 Views :: Development, Higher Education, Tourism

... the Authority reported total revenues of $6.9 million and total expenses of $13.5 million, resulting in a net loss of $6.6 million ....

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Sunday, February 7, 2021
Bill 31: Former Meth-head Helps Sand Island Lobby for Property Tax Cap
By Andrew Walden @ 3:02 AM :: 1554 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Development, Taxes, COVID-19

... It is naturally hard to say no to an ex-tweeker who, at Bishop Estate, achieved the kind of things most Honolulu politicians can only dream of ....

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Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Bridge Aina Lea: 9th Circuit Allows Case to go Forward
By Robert Thomas @ 4:42 AM :: 1004 Views :: Hawaii County , Development, Land Use

... The district court's judgment is reversed, case remanded for the merits ....

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Friday, January 22, 2021
How Trump Waikiki Sold out in 8 Hours
By Selected News Articles @ 11:00 AM :: 1205 Views :: Development, Tourism

... All that was required of Trump was to show up at the Imperial Hotel ballroom in Tokyo to gladhand a bunch of Japanese buyers and have his photo taken with them under the US and Japanese flags....

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Friday, January 22, 2021
Money to Burn: Virtual Community Meetings Planned for New Aloha Stadium Boondoggle
By News Release @ 1:19 AM :: 684 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Development, Rail, Tourism

... The public comment period for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the New Aloha Stadium Entertainment District (NASED) project concludes on Feb. 8 ....

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Friday, January 1, 2021
OHA: Consider Running for Your Neighborhood Board
By Selected News Articles @ 8:03 PM :: 714 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, OHA

... This is all about OHA’s plan to develop Kakaako Makai ....

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Wednesday, December 30, 2020
DPP seeks comments on Primary Urban Center plan ‘sneak preview’
By News Release @ 8:03 PM :: 596 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Land Use

... The “PUC DP All Policies Summary” is a complete collection of the draft goals and policies that will make up the final PUC DP .... 

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Wednesday, December 23, 2020
Aloha Stadium Draft EIS Released
By News Release @ 11:50 PM :: 910 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Development

...The DEIS has been posted online and public comments are encouraged....

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Monday, November 30, 2020
Bridge Aina Lea: US Supreme Court Demands Response from State
By Robert Thomas @ 4:43 AM :: 1133 Views :: Hawaii County , Development

... the State hired a DC SCOTUS player to argue that this case isn't worth the Court's time ....

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020
UH Discovers Hawaii has Twice as Much Fresh Water as Believed
By News Release @ 8:23 PM :: 1738 Views :: Development, Hawaii Statistics

... one less argument for anti-development activists ....

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Sunday, October 11, 2020
OHA Races: Miske’s Lawyer Leads Developers Targeting ‘Watchdog’ in Grab for Kakaako Makai
By Andrew Walden @ 3:10 AM :: 3849 Views :: Ethics, Development, OHA

...Akina’s opponent, Jason Keoni Souza, is a Realtor who supports selling the Ceded Lands “to corporations.”  Souza tells Ka Wai Ola he wants OHA to “collaborate with the Building Trades.”....

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Tuesday, October 6, 2020
The Affordable Housing Scam
By Selected News Articles @ 4:00 AM :: 2019 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 :: 1056 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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Friday, September 25, 2020
Even More Jammed with Bus Lane and Bike Lane "It’s about getting people out of their cars”
By News Release @ 7:46 PM :: 1590 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Rail

...a bus-only lane on King St thru downtown just 1 block from the existing Hotel Street Busway....

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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 :: 1237 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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Saturday, September 19, 2020
Caldwell Signs Bills to Delay TVR Registration, Ease Building Permit Requirements
By News Release @ 4:29 PM :: 1238 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Tourism

...Bill 48 elevates the exemption threshold of home repairs from $1,000 to $5,000....

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Saturday, September 19, 2020
Transit and the Mania for Density
By News Release @ 2:30 PM :: 1119 Views :: Development, Land Use, Rail

...the Rasputin of urban planning....

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Thursday, September 17, 2020
Waikoloa Mauka Project Now Subject of FBI Investigation, Developer Says
By Selected News Articles @ 7:51 PM :: 1783 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Development, Land Use

...he unwittingly bought into a scheme that is now the subject of an FBI investigation....

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Sunday, August 9, 2020
OHA to Take Over Honolulu Council?
By Andrew Walden @ 3:30 AM :: 5688 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Development, Land Use, OHA

...two OHA operatives are in the Council runoff elections this November with one goal in mind--help OHA upzone Kakaako Makai so it can build hotels and condos up to the sky....

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Sunday, June 28, 2020
Future of the Aloha Stadium
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1386 Views :: Development, Higher Education, Tourism

... Can we afford to take the risk of building a new stadium with an entertainment center that may become a financial white elephant like our convention center? ....

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Friday, June 26, 2020
COVID vs Sunshine: Supreme Court Order Opens Planning Commission Meeting
By Selected News Articles @ 5:30 PM :: 1206 Views :: Maui County, Development, COVID-19

..."Without the intervention of the Hawaii Supreme Court, this case would have continued in the darkness of closed proceedings. We look forward to a formal announcement on how the public may observe the conduct of these proceedings." said attorney Lance D. Collins....

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Monday, June 15, 2020
Maui Planning Commission sneaks Hawaiian burial group’s motion onto agenda
By Selected News Articles @ 3:17 PM :: 1678 Views :: Maui County, Development, COVID-19

... The Maui Planning Commission appears to have violated both the Sunshine Law and its own rules by failing to give the public required notice of a hearing item ....

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Sunday, June 7, 2020
Amemiya Joins Pack of Insiders Grabbing ‘Affordable’ Housing Units for Themselves
By Andrew Walden @ 3:57 AM :: 13328 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Development

...Honolulu Mayoral Candidate Keith Amemiya knows a lot about the ‘affordable’ housing system and how to ‘work’ it....

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Saturday, June 6, 2020
Hawai'i Supreme Court Orders Maui Planning Commission To Answer Petition on Media Access
By News Release @ 5:07 AM :: 1391 Views :: Maui County, Development, COVID-19

... Pandemic no excuse for government hostility to sunshine laws ....

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Thursday, June 4, 2020
Sierra Club: Maui Mayor Exploits Corona Emergency Powers to Fast-Track Shoreline Development
By News Release @ 3:52 AM :: 1679 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Development, COVID-19

... On May 30, Mayor Victorino issued a directive indicating certain shoreline development approval requests will be reviewed within fifteen days or be automatically approved ....

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Sunday, April 5, 2020
Full Text: Council Chair Cries a River After Being Busted Giving Development Deal to Convicted Felon
By Andrew Walden @ 10:02 PM :: 4898 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Development, COVID-19

...while you are locked down with COVID, this is what some politicians are doing....

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Corona Towers: Council Hides Behind Quarantine, Gives Development Deal to Convicted Felon
By Andrew Walden @ 9:50 PM :: 11523 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Development, COVID-19

...Ige’s Health Emergency Declaration waves many of the state laws ensuring public participation, transparency, and accountability.    

The implicit understanding is that elected officials will utilize these extraordinary powers only to combat the Corona Virus pandemic in Hawaii.

It only took two days to find out....

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Sunday, March 8, 2020
EB-5 Scandals Finally Reach Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 3:15 AM :: 1706 Views :: Ethics, Development

...The EB-5 program offers alien investors a family-sized set of green cards if they invest....

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Thursday, March 5, 2020
Senate passes bill to establish a carbon tax on fossil fuels
By News Release @ 5:35 PM :: 1925 Views :: Environment, Development, Hawaii State Government, Cost of Living

...Carbon Tax to become $15B Slush Fund for Developers....

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Thursday, March 5, 2020
Senate passes housing and education bills from joint legislative package
By News Release @ 5:30 PM :: 1127 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government

...Senate Bill 3104, Senate Draft 2, relating to Land Development...and...Senate Bill 3103, Senate Draft 2, relating to a School Facilities Agency....

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Thursday, February 20, 2020
Bridge Aina Lea: 9th Circuit Takes Developer's Last Dollar
By Robert Thomas @ 2:44 AM :: 2263 Views :: Hawaii County , Development, Land Use

...the District Court had awarded nominal compensation ($1), after the jury concluded that the State of Hawaii took Aina Lea's property....

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Who’s to blame for high housing costs? It’s more complicated than you think.
By Selected News Articles @ 8:37 PM :: 2288 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

...Public debate falls into two schools of thought as to why housing costs are so high....

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Friday, February 14, 2020
Five little words could solve Hawaii's housing crisis
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:06 PM :: 1966 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

...More mandates and government red tape won’t build houses....

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Friday, February 7, 2020
Free Golf, Methamphetamines, and Building Permits
By Andrew Walden @ 12:00 PM :: 5660 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Development, Small Business, Cost of Living

...These are the kind of people who make Hawaii what it is today....

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Sunday, January 26, 2020
Auditor: CIP Management Gets Even Worse
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 5:48 AM :: 1798 Views :: Ethics, Development, Hawaii State Government

...The State’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Budget for FY2019 was $2.02 billion....

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Saturday, January 25, 2020
Full Text: DBEDT Releases Housing Planning Study
By News Release @ 11:29 PM :: 1702 Views :: Development, Economy, Cost of Living

...Included in the study are data on housing supply, demand, and estimates of housing units needed by levels of affordability....

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Friday, January 10, 2020
Audit: DPP Deficiencies Hamper Service
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 10:44 PM :: 1597 Views :: Honolulu County, Development

"...DPP should convert from its inefficient plan-review operation to an inspection-driven model...."

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Thursday, January 9, 2020
Auditor Rips DPP--Permits Delayed due to Poor Management
By News Release @ 4:09 AM :: 2862 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Small Business

"...We found that the Department of Planning and Permitting does not effectively manage the permitting process for timeliness...."

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Tuesday, December 24, 2019
Feds: State Historic Preservation Division now only Medium Risk
By News Release @ 11:02 PM :: 2793 Views :: Environment, Development, Hawaii State Government, OHA

...NPS, which administers federal funds to SHPD, designated SHPD a high-risk recipient in 2009....

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Wednesday, December 18, 2019
Land Use: Hawaii Supreme Court Creates New Procedural Hoop to Jump Through
By Robert Thomas @ 12:04 PM :: 1857 Views :: Development, Land Use

...HAWSCT: When Agency Includes Conditions In Phase 1 Land Use Permit, But Later Removes The Conditions In Phase 2 Permit, Party Who Asked For Conditions Is Entitled To Notification....

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Friday, December 6, 2019
Liberate Hawaii Homebuilding
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:28 PM :: 2091 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

...smaller steps that could lead to big results....

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Friday, November 15, 2019
Monster Homes: Auditor Rips Department of Planning and Permitting
By News Release @ 2:45 AM :: 3247 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Land Use

"...We found that the Department of Planning and Permitting does not effectively manage building permits and inspections...."

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Sunday, October 27, 2019
Bridge Aina Lea: Will Takings Claim Be Ruled out by Statute of Limitations?
By Robert Thomas @ 1:25 AM :: 2416 Views :: Hawaii County , Development, Law Enforcement

...State's Amicus Response....

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Saturday, October 26, 2019
​Why we have a Housing Crisis
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:33 AM :: 2683 Views :: Development, Economy, Land Use

...When supply can’t keep up with demand, prices go up....

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Friday, October 25, 2019
RFP: Ala Wai Boat Harbor Development Scheme Comes Back with Big Fat Zero
By News Release @ 6:08 PM :: 2295 Views :: Development, OHA, Tourism
...Two proposals were received for the development of parcels of land at the Ala Wai Small Boat Harbor on O’ahu. After review, neither of the proposals was selected....
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Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Auditor: DoE School Impact Fee Illegal and Indefensible
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 4:50 PM :: 3336 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, Development, Taxes

...The DOE’s inconsistent and problematic implementation of the school impact fee law calls into question the relevance and appropriateness of the fees that have been collected to date....

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