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Tuesday, July 09, 2013
Got Land? DLNR Wants to Give You Money
By News Release @ 7:44 PM :: 3843 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Land Use

DLNR is seeking new projects for its Hawai‘i Forest Legacy Program....

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Friday, June 28, 2013
Abercrombie Signs Four More Bills, Defends Shark Fin Ban
By News Release @ 10:33 PM :: 3670 Views :: Environment, Land Use

four bills related to land preservation, emergency medical services, small boat harbors and the Kahoolawe Island Reserve....

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Oahu Karst Cave Videos and Photos
By John Bond @ 10:22 PM :: 7296 Views :: Environment, Land Use
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Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Supreme Court to Review Kawaiahao Church Cemetery Case
By Robert Thomas @ 1:43 AM :: 5164 Views :: Akaka Bill, Land Use, OHA

What's the difference, if any, between a "cemetery" and a burial....

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Friday, June 14, 2013
Want Land? DLNR Will Buy it for You
By News Release @ 10:53 PM :: 3155 Views :: Land Use

State Land Conservation Fund to support the protection, through acquisition, of lands....

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Friday, June 14, 2013
Hawaii Appeals Court Thwarts State's Massive Land Grab
By Robert Thomas @ 8:06 PM :: 5013 Views :: Judiciary, Land Use

the State of Hawaii's attempted land grab would have undermined the sanctity of all Land Court titles....

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Thursday, May 30, 2013
38 Hawaiian Species Are Endangered, Agency Says
By Selected News Articles @ 3:02 PM :: 3537 Views :: Environment, Land Use

...the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has listed three tree snail species and 35 plant species on the island cluster of Maui Nui in Hawaii as endangered ....

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Monday, May 06, 2013
Lodestar: Plaintiff Attorneys Awarded Fees in Rail Iwi Case
By Robert Thomas @ 10:16 AM :: 5939 Views :: Development, Judiciary, Land Use, Rail

the "private attorney general" doctrine...allows a prevailing party to recover fees and costs....

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Sunday, April 28, 2013
SB237 Would Give DOE Unfettered Power to Lease Public School Land
By Selected News Articles @ 9:38 PM :: 4399 Views :: Education K-12, Development, Land Use
“Notwithstanding sections 171-13 and 302A-115, or any other law to the contrary, the department may lease public school land...."
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Saturday, April 27, 2013
ALERT – Upcoming Votes on Exemption Bills
By News Release @ 12:22 PM :: 3779 Views :: Development, Land Use
SB 1207: Exempts the Department of Transportation from any permitting or site plan approval requirements established for lands in the Conservation District, for any work involving submerged lands....
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Friday, April 26, 2013
500 Petition Against School Lands Bills
By News Release @ 8:52 AM :: 4475 Views :: Education K-12, Development, Land Use
... The following petition was heard last night (Thursday April 25, 2013) in Senate Chambers ....
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Monday, April 22, 2013
Petition Seeks Defeat of Three PLDC-Clone Bills
By News Release @ 4:58 PM :: 5026 Views :: Environment, Development, Land Use
...House Bill 70, Senate Bill 1207 and Senate Bill 1171 separately serve to keep PLDC objectives alive and operating....
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Sunday, April 21, 2013
How A&B Wins Big From Environmental Litigation
By Andrew Walden @ 3:08 AM :: 10597 Views :: Environment, Development, Greenmail, Land Use
Why would one of the state’s largest developers fund so-called anti-development groups?
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Thursday, April 18, 2013
Property Seized by Mayor: Supreme Court Declines to Hear Guam Case
By Robert Thomas @ 1:15 AM :: 3508 Views :: Judiciary, Land Use

...the case seemed like a good vehicle for the U.S. Supreme Court to revisit the pretext-in-eminent-domain issue it teased us with in Kelo....

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013
SB 1171 – Phased Archeological Inventory Surveys
By News Release @ 2:13 PM :: 5156 Views :: Development, Land Use, OHA
SB1171 was submitted in response to a recent Hawaii Supreme Court decision.  The City had argued that the Rail Project could conduct the Archeological Inventory Survey (AIS) in phases....
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Friday, April 12, 2013
“Let ‘Em Eat Cake” Comes to Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 1:03 PM :: 4443 Views :: Judiciary, Land Use

"Can it be that the idiots who evidently run the Hawaii Business magazine have never heard about the principle that statutes have to be constitutional?"

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Thursday, April 11, 2013
Legislature Repeals the PLDC
By News Release @ 1:55 PM :: 3890 Views :: Development, Land Use
...the law's no-bid contract provisions, the slant towards developing public resources instead of conservation, and the creation of a semi-autonomous agency exempted from routine oversight....
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Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Land Use: Making an Environment for Those With Means
By Robert Thomas @ 1:05 PM :: 7634 Views :: Environment, Development, Judiciary, Land Use, Cost of Living
...Others can live in Hong Kong-style apartments so I can enjoy my place in the country....
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Friday, March 29, 2013
Honolulu Rail and the Uniform Relocation Act
By Mark Murakami @ 12:54 AM :: 4689 Views :: Land Use, Rail
Because the HART rail project will involve federal funds, federal laws and regulations provide property owners (and their tenants) with additional statutory and regulatory protections....
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Thursday, March 28, 2013
ICA Hears Case Challenging State Ownership of Mineral, Geothermal Rights
By Robert Thomas @ 4:09 AM :: 5187 Views :: Judiciary, Land Use
HAWICA Appeal: Is A Mineral Right An Inherent Servitude, Or Must It Be Reflected In ‘Torrens Title’?
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Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Senate Resolution 133 Urging the State to Purchase Land from Dole Food Company
By News Release @ 1:06 PM :: 4137 Views :: Agriculture, Land Use

...these parcels will add approximately 22,500 acres of land to the 1,700 acres of Galbraith Estate agricultural land in Central Oahu....

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Thursday, March 21, 2013
Guam Mayor Seizes Neighbor's Land for Driveway
By Robert Thomas @ 11:34 PM :: 3671 Views :: Land Use
...an Agana, Guam property owner is alleging that a taking of his residential property so that his neighbor (the former mayor of Agana) could have a driveway....
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Thursday, March 21, 2013
Schatz Bill Would Expand National Parks in Hawaii, Pacific
By News Release @ 12:43 AM :: 5637 Views :: Environment, Congressional Delegation, Land Use

...the Pacific Islands Parks Act of 2013, would direct the National Park Service to complete studies of three designated sites in the state of Hawai‘i....

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Legislative Maneuver Sends PLDC to Secret Conference Committee
By Selected News Articles @ 5:14 PM :: 4749 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Land Use

All we have to do is pass the bill unamended, and we can move the PLDC repeal along to the final step. And then Senator Solomon announces she want to amend the bill....

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Friday, March 15, 2013
UH Federalist Society: "Litigating for Liberty: Non-traditional Public Interest Law."
By Robert Thomas @ 1:34 PM :: 4307 Views :: Judiciary, Land Use

Scott Bullock, the Institute for Justice lawyer who argued Kelo will be speaking next Monday at the University of Hawaii School of Law ....

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Thursday, March 07, 2013
Enviro Lawyers Off Target With Criticism Of Callies, Says Callies
By Robert Thomas @ 4:33 PM :: 5575 Views :: Environment, Judiciary, Land Use

...the environmental lawyers upped the ante by calling Callies a liar and a sell-out....

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Monday, March 04, 2013
How Liberals Live
By NCPA @ 1:20 PM :: 5344 Views :: Democratic Party, Land Use, Cost of Living

The Democratic Party has two reliable groups of adherents: the rich and the poor...Both groups have little use for the middle class....

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Monday, March 04, 2013
Mismanaged Federal Properties Cost Taxpayers Billions
By NCPA @ 1:13 PM :: 3441 Views :: National News, Land Use

Across the country, more than 75,000 buildings sit vacant or underutilized....

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Sunday, March 03, 2013
HNL Planning Director: "Public, Along With Private Property Rights, Are Our Top Priority"
By Robert Thomas @ 3:28 AM :: 4190 Views :: Honolulu County, Land Use

...In "City followed law in issuing Hao Street development permit," he makes some good points we don't usually see being made by government officials....

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Sunday, March 03, 2013
Video: The PLDC And Property Rights In Hawaii - A Panel Discussion
By Robert Thomas @ 3:20 AM :: 4329 Views :: Environment, Land Use

... University of Hawaii Law School panel about "The PLDC and Property Rights in Hawaii"....

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Thursday, February 28, 2013
Status Of Appeal Of Land Use Commission’s Koa Ridge Approval
By Robert Thomas @ 12:15 PM :: 5328 Views :: Agriculture, Land Use

...it is difficult if not impossible to overturn a land use district boundary amendment as contrary to IAL designation, when it does not yet exist...

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Thursday, February 21, 2013
Upcoming Event: The PLDC and Property Rights in Hawaii
By Robert Thomas @ 3:01 PM :: 3971 Views :: Land Use

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 from 7:15 - 8:30 p.m., at the University of Hawaii Law School ....

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Monday, February 18, 2013
Residences at Aina Haina: Jeff Stone's Plans in Wailupe Valley Opposed
By Selected News Articles @ 7:38 PM :: 8737 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Land Use

Jeff and his wife Laurie Stone contributed $3000 to Kirk Caldwell's recent Mayoral campaign....

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Sunday, February 17, 2013
Do Property Rights Matter When the Environment is Going to Hell in a Handbasket?
By Robert Thomas @ 1:49 PM :: 4272 Views :: Environment, Land Use

Presented by the Environmental Law Program and the Federalist Society at 12:15 p.m. in CR1 at UH Richardson Law School Thursday, February 21....

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Saturday, February 09, 2013
Sen Thielen’s PLDC Repeal Bill Gutted and Replaced With ‘Recreational Renaissance’
By Selected News Articles @ 10:54 PM :: 4334 Views :: Environment, Land Use

...Somebody is playing a joke on Sen Thielen, making her oppose her previous proposal....

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Friday, February 01, 2013
Nobriga vs DHHL: Some Days You Get the Bull
By Robert Thomas @ 7:05 PM :: 5318 Views :: Agriculture, Land Use

Did you know that as a Hawaii landowner you own all unmarked or unbranded cattle, horses, mules, donkeys, sheep, goats, and swine, over twelve months of age, which may be running wild on your land?

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Friday, February 01, 2013
Lanai to PUC: Murdock's Wind Waiver No Longer Valid
By News Release @ 1:09 AM :: 4456 Views :: Energy, Land Use

“The Commission granted Hawaiian Electric and C&C a waiver from competitive bidding based on, among other conditions, demonstrated ‘site control.’"

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Monday, January 28, 2013
Survey: Honolulu 3rd Least Affordable Housing on Earth
By Selected News Articles @ 1:08 PM :: 5418 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Land Use, Cost of Living

Even in Honolulu, housing affordability has deteriorated markedly, with the Median Multiple rising 0.6 points in just the last year. Honolulu was less affordable than all but Hong Kong and Vancouver...

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Sunday, January 27, 2013
Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals Clarifies Zoning Appeals
By Robert Thomas @ 1:03 AM :: 3765 Views :: Land Use

...a "zoning verification" by the Director of the City and County's Department of Planning and Permitting is not a "decision of the Director"....

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Rep. Thielen Wants to Make Shoreline Access Law Permanent
By Rep Cynthia Thielen @ 4:41 PM :: 4538 Views :: Environment, Land Use

House Bill 17 is scheduled for its first hearing in the House Committee on Water and Land on Friday, January 25 at 8:30 a.m. in House Conference Room 325....

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Summary of Bills Repealing the PLDC
By Selected News Articles @ 3:44 PM :: 5054 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government, Land Use

Repeal Bills:  SB 1; SBs 245, 246; SB 338; SB 425; SB 480; SB 663; SBs 780, 781; SB 866....

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Friday, January 18, 2013
Hawaii Supreme Court to Hear Another Shoreline Case
By Robert Thomas @ 9:34 PM :: 4875 Views :: Judiciary, Land Use

The Hawaii Supreme Court has accepted certiorari and agreed to review the Intermediate Court of Appeals' unpublished memorandum opinion in Diamond v. Dobbin....

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Thursday, January 17, 2013
Abercrombie: "Legislature May Need to Adjust Act 55 to Avoid Repeal"
By News Release @ 10:07 PM :: 5404 Views :: Environment, Development, Hawaii State Government, Land Use

"If the Legislature cannot achieve this outcome, the possibility of repeal will ensue."

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Wednesday, January 09, 2013
Pretextural Takings: Will Supreme Court Hear Guam Case?
By Robert Thomas @ 7:07 PM :: 5637 Views :: National News, Judiciary, Land Use

NFIB, CATO Instiutute, Owners' Counsel of America, and lawprofs James Ely, David Callies, Todd Zywicki, Randy Barnett, Eric Claeys, and D. Benjamin Barros -- have filed an amicus brief ....

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Friday, January 04, 2013
Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Sierra Club Koa Ridge Challenge
By Robert Thomas @ 4:10 PM :: 7543 Views :: Environment, Judiciary, Land Use

Intermediate Court of Appeals held that the Hawaii Senate's failure to confirm a sitting Land Use Commissioner for a second term did not disqualify him from office ....

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Sunday, December 30, 2012
Report: State Office of Planning to Become Super-PLDC
By Andrew Walden @ 7:56 PM :: 6433 Views :: Land Use, Rail

With protesters unleashing their fury on Abercrombie’s Public Lands Development Corporation, political insiders have been scheming.  And on December 28, they quietly announced their plan....

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Saturday, December 29, 2012
Kealakekua Kayak Rentals: DLNR Bans Small Businesses From Water
By News Release @ 1:07 AM :: 5080 Views :: Hawaii County , Land Use

"The proliferation and use of unpermitted kayak rentals being conducted at Napoopoo have resulted in concerns .... " 

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Friday, December 28, 2012
Full Text: "Leveraging State Agency Involvement in Transit-Oriented Development"
By News Release @ 5:57 PM :: 4669 Views :: Land Use, Rail

The report’s recommendations come after a series of meetings between state government officials, private sector leaders and non-profit representatives....

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Sunday, December 23, 2012
Two Hawaii Supreme Court Cases to Watch
By Robert Thomas @ 3:35 PM :: 5735 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary, Land Use
  • Blake v. County of Kauai Planning Comm'n,
  • Kanahele v. Maui County Council
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Sunday, December 23, 2012
Why Not Hunting?
By Tom Lodge @ 12:42 PM :: 5482 Views :: Environment, Land Use

In Hawaii, hunting has had a long tradition that for political reasons is being eradicated....

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