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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
Bill 10: Don’t limit new multi-unit housing to just TOD areas
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:31 PM :: 816 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 :: 527 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 :: 833 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 :: 844 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 :: 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
Blame for the Housing Crisis
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 483 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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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
Legislature Paves Way for Issuance of SPRBs for Carbon Credits – Or Does It?
By Selected News Articles @ 4:46 PM :: 1042 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 :: 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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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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Thursday, August 18, 2022
Out-of-state buyers don't drive Hawaii home prices, report shows
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:06 AM :: 2047 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 :: 1416 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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Tuesday, August 16, 2022
Audit: Maui County Zoning ‘Heavily Politicized’
By News Release @ 2:50 AM :: 770 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Development

... ZAED lost the majority of its supervisory personnel in 2021, and only one has been filled as of January 2022 ....

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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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Wednesday, August 3, 2022
Maui’s New Water Bureaucracy
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:08 PM :: 901 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use

... New Regulations May Slow Homebuilding ....

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Saturday, July 30, 2022
Maui: 'Yes In My Backyard'
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:16 PM :: 907 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use

... how do we work with the state and counties to move in this direction ....

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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
Four Charged in Big Island Affordable Housing Corruption Scheme
By News Release @ 9:31 PM :: 1582 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Development

... the indictment alleges Rudo solicited and accepted multiple bribes and kickbacks from Sulla, Zamber and Budhabhatti ....

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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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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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Wednesday, July 20, 2022
Hawaii’s NASED -- Another sports venue that fails to generate promised revenue
By Selected News Articles @ 10:51 PM :: 1143 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government, Higher Education, Tourism

... Decades of studies have shown that publicly financed stadiums, even those that include housing and retail projects, do not bring in enough money to offset public investments ....

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Tuesday, July 19, 2022
Maui Council on verge of worsening housing crisis
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:58 AM :: 897 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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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
Property Rights and the New Feudalism
By Selected News Articles @ 11:59 PM :: 1009 Views :: Development, Hawaii History, Land Use

... In the United States, Hawaii was the first to pass a town-and-country-type land-use law in 1961 ....

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Wednesday, June 29, 2022
He Owned the Land for Just a Day, But Received 212 Credits from County
By Selected News Articles @ 10:21 PM :: 2348 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Development, Land Use, Tax Credits

“...Rajesh Budhabhatti is a subject of a public corruption/wire fraud case....”

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Wednesday, June 29, 2022
Counties in Hawaii with the most pre-war homes
By Selected News Articles @ 6:33 PM :: 851 Views :: Development, Hawaii Statistics

... how many houses built before 1939 and after 2000 ....

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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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Monday, June 20, 2022
Hawaii Loses 4.3% of Construction Jobs
By News Release @ 5:57 PM :: 1009 Views :: Development, Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

... Hawaii lost 1,600 construction jobs, -4.3 percent, the largest percentage loss in USA ....

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Wednesday, June 15, 2022
'Water Management Area' -- New Way to Selectively Control Development
By News Release @ 10:04 PM :: 960 Views :: Maui County, Environment, Development, Land Use

... Tuesday, the Commission on Water Resource Management (CWRM) unanimously agreed to designate the entire Lahaina Aquifer Sector Area as both a Surface Water and Ground Water Management Area ....

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Sunday, June 12, 2022
Bill 45: Rail TOD Giveaway to High Tech Tax Credit Schemers
By Selected News Articles @ 3:30 AM :: 970 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Rail, Tax Credits

... The vague language in the proposal lacks any metrics for measuring success, similar to another business-focused tax credit whose value to the state is dubious ...

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Tuesday, June 7, 2022
Hawaii Lack of Affordable Housing “largely a manufactured crisis”
By Video @ 7:15 PM :: 2509 Views :: Development, Land Use

... ‘Hawaii zoning atlas’ will identify barriers to housing ....

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Saturday, June 4, 2022
Want more housing? Try economic freedom
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:14 PM :: 823 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
Eleven Years Later: Bridge Aina Lea Affordable Housing Developer Loses Lawsuit
By News Release @ 6:49 AM :: 1091 Views :: Hawaii County , Development

... this is what happens if you try to build affordable housing in Hawaii ....

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Thursday, June 2, 2022
Biden Mandates Project Labor Agreements, 73% of Contractors will Stop Bidding
By News Release @ 2:49 PM :: 768 Views :: Development, Labor

... Seventy-three percent of surveyed firms report they are currently bidding on federal construction projects valued at $35 million or more. Yet the same percentage, 73 percent, report they would not bid on those projects if a project labor agreement were required....

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Sunday, May 29, 2022
How to Make Housing Affordable in Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:45 PM :: 1399 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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Saturday, May 28, 2022
Navy Contractor: Piping Repairs Key to any Red Hill Solution
By News Release @ 4:11 PM :: 751 Views :: Environment, Development, Military

... It just so happens that these repairs are also the repairs needs to continue using the facility. What a coincidence! ....

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Monday, May 16, 2022
Auditor: Maui Building Permits Delayed for Months in Spite of 30-Day Mandate
By News Release @ 9:19 PM :: 790 Views :: Maui County, Development

... Since the reviewing agencies are diverse and have their own priorities, it is not unusual that substantial delays are caused when these other agencies do not timely process applications ....

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Saturday, May 7, 2022
Audit: Caldwell Admin Signed off on ‘Deficient’ Building Permits for Three Years
By Andrew Walden @ 10:06 PM :: 1997 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Development

... Is there a public safety hazard?  DPP’s Michael Silva can’t say ....

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Monday, May 2, 2022
Legislature Burns $1B on 'Affordable Housing'
By News Release @ 5:47 PM :: 1290 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 :: 933 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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Sunday, May 1, 2022
Red Hill fuel cleanup could require more tax dollars than allocated
By Selected News Articles @ 4:00 PM :: 1168 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Development, Military

... More than $1 billion is being poured into the defueling and cleanup efforts connected to the Red Hill fuel storage facility in Hawaii, but one lawmaker said more money is needed ....

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Monday, April 18, 2022
Maui’s Automated Planning and Permitting System is LIVE
By News Release @ 11:59 PM :: 739 Views :: Maui County, Development

... a new web-based software designed to support planning and permit processing ....

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