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Friday, September 14, 2018
Council Passes Bill 53--Calls for Demolition of Affordable Housing 'Monsters'
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 2:43 PM :: 700 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

...Finally politicians are doing something about affordable housing--they're demolishing it....

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Thursday, August 30, 2018
Maui Event: Build up or build out?
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:50 PM :: 1097 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

...opening up more land for housing should also be on the table, if policy makers want to ease pressure on the housing market....

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018
DoE to Impose Multi-Million Dollar Housing Tax Kalihi to Ala Moana Starting October 1
By News Release @ 1:11 AM :: 1774 Views :: Education K-12, Development, Taxes

...To date, HIDOE has collected a combined $4.7 million in school impact fees in Leeward Oahu, West Maui and Central Maui....

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Thursday, August 16, 2018
Fast-Track Process Helps Two Affordable Housing Projects
By News Release @ 4:46 PM :: 760 Views :: Maui County, Development, Cost of Living

...Mayor Alan Arakawa instructed all departments to give priority to processing permits for affordable housing projects....

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Tupola: "Let's Give Displaced Families Something They Can Count On"
By Rep Andria Tupola @ 1:37 PM :: 808 Views :: Hawaii County , Development, Land Use, Politicians

...August 3rd marks three months since the eruption began....

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Friday, July 27, 2018
Bridge Aina Lea--Next Stop 9th Circuit
By Robert Thomas @ 12:05 PM :: 832 Views :: Hawaii County , Development, Land Use

...the jury (after deliberating for a grand total of 15 minutes) held the State of Hawaii Land Use Commission liable for a regulatory taking....

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Sunday, July 15, 2018
HB2748: $500,000,000 Hole in Budget
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1164 Views :: Development, Tax Credits

... $200 million, or most of it, is headed out the door with no visible means of getting it back.....

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Friday, June 15, 2018
Expedited Building Permits for Hanalei Flood Victims
By News Release @ 1:29 PM :: 840 Views :: Kauai County, Development

...Mayor Carvalho to sign emergency permitting bill into law Tuesday--Planning Department to open field offices for expedited permitting the same day....

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Friday, June 08, 2018
HB2748: Ige Signs Housing Bill
By News Release @ 10:10 PM :: 1114 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government

...HB2748 appropriates $200 million to the Hawai‘i Housing Finance and Development Corporation’s (HHFDC) Rental Housing Revolving Fund....

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Wednesday, June 06, 2018
Little Pink House Coming to Hilo
By Video @ 4:34 PM :: 857 Views :: Development, Land Use

...Little Pink House opens on June 8 at the Palace Theater in Hilo....

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Is Affordable Housing Constitutional?
By Video @ 2:42 AM :: 2347 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

...affordable housing in Hawaii, how it works, whether it is legal, and how it could be done better....

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Thursday, May 10, 2018
How State Government fanned flames of volcano disaster
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:45 PM :: 6760 Views :: Hawaii County , Development, Land Use

...the state originally encouraged the building of homes in this dangerous area by offering lava insurance where no private company would....

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Thursday, April 05, 2018
Ethics Ruling: How DTL Pays Senator Delacruz -- Legally
By News Release @ 3:30 AM :: 2509 Views :: Ethics, Development, Hawaii State Government

... A Hawaii State Senator goes for somewhere between $50K and $100K per year--and its all legal ....

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Tuesday, April 03, 2018
HB1481: DelaCruz Gut & Replace to Bypass Opposition to HCDA Control of East Kapolei
By Andrew Walden @ 3:28 AM :: 1876 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Land Use

...the same text in SB2525 ran into opposition from several Kapolei-area Representatives.... 

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Bridge Aina Lea: Jury Rejects LUC Taking After 15 Mins Deliberation
By Robert Thomas @ 7:26 PM :: 2309 Views :: Hawaii County , Development, Land Use

...We're guessing both the State and the property owner will likely be taking this case up the chain to the Ninth Circuit.... 

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Thursday, March 22, 2018
Kakaako United President Announces Run for State Senate
By News Release @ 12:13 AM :: 2262 Views :: Democratic Party, Development, OHA

...Sharon Moriwaki is the founding president of Kakaako United, a nonprofit volunteer organization that fights for a better life for area residents and businesses through smart development and accountability....

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Sunday, February 18, 2018
HART Hosts Public-Private Partnership Conference
By News Release @ 12:15 PM :: 1495 Views :: Development, Rail

...Andrew Robbins has been a staunch advocate of using P-3 partnerships - the joining of forces from the public and private sectors - to mitigate costs and risk and to expedite construction timelines....

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Thursday, February 01, 2018
Ige will not sign HCDA 30-Year Resale Restriction on Affordable Units
By News Release @ 3:33 PM :: 1877 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Cost of Living

...Gov. Ige has informed the Authority that he would be open to considering a 10-year restriction on re-sales....

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Saturday, December 02, 2017
Zoning, Land-Use Planning, and Housing Affordability
By Selected News Articles @ 12:35 AM :: 2346 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

...regulations have also tended to reduce the supply of housing, including multifamily and low-income housing....

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Friday, November 10, 2017
Civil Beat: Banks and Developers ‘help to fund a lot of stories’
By Selected News Articles @ 2:25 PM :: 2796 Views :: Ethics, Development, First Amendment

...“We got a few hundred subscribers, but nothing really earth shattering,” Epler says...Civil Beat has an annual budget of roughly $3 million and a staff of about 22 to 24 people....

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Wednesday, November 08, 2017
Animal Quarantine Station is Preferred Site for New Jail
By News Release @ 6:00 PM :: 2091 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement

...Ige today announced that his administration has completed the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the relocation of the O‘ahu Community Correctional Center....

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Thursday, November 02, 2017
16 Years of Litigation: Sierra Club Directly Responsible for Lack of Affordable Housing
By News Release @ 9:00 PM :: 3207 Views :: Development, Greenmail, Cost of Living

...Castle & Cooke Hawaii ready to break ground at Koa Ridge....

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Monday, October 23, 2017
Study: Timeshares Add $5.3B to Hawaii Economy
By News Release @ 2:40 PM :: 1850 Views :: Development, Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...Impact Also Includes 31,727 Jobs and $263 Million in State & Local Taxes....

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Friday, September 01, 2017
Ige Appoints Pro-Rail Thug to HCDA
By John Bond @ 8:37 PM :: 3237 Views :: Ethics, Development, Rail

...Timson worked at First Hawaiian Bank as vice president while FHB Chairman Don Horner was HART board chair. She organized large groups of screaming union supporters to crash, harass and threaten at public meetings....

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Thursday, August 31, 2017
Profiting from Telescope Protests and Kakaako Development, OHA Trustee Fined $25K
By News Release @ 8:40 PM :: 3888 Views :: Ethics, Development, Higher Education, OHA

...Apo violated the State Ethics Code by using OHA resources, and his position with OHA, to advance his private business interests....

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Ige Unveils Plan to Bulldoze Kalihi, Build Condos
By News Release @ 2:59 AM :: 3411 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Rail

...to transform the community....

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Thursday, May 18, 2017
OHA community meetings to update on Corrupt Kakaʻako Makai planning process
By News Release @ 5:07 PM :: 2398 Views :: Ethics, Development, OHA

Thursday at 6 p.m. at Windward Community College in Kāneʻohe....

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Saturday, April 08, 2017
Schatz-Connected Developer building ‘Shopping Center’ at Pupukea
By Selected News Articles @ 5:52 PM :: 4362 Views :: Environment, Ethics, Development

...the Star-Adv omits any reference to “Hanapohaku Project Manager Linda Schatz”, also known as Mrs Brian Schatz....

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Thursday, March 23, 2017
Being Hypnotized by HART?
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 9:44 PM :: 2351 Views :: Development, Rail

...the Honolulu rail boondoggle, Hoopili traffic impacts, smart city street intersections and rapid transit with Panos Prevedouros....

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017
City purchases undeveloped Kahuku Golf Course oceanfront lands
By News Release @ 1:02 PM :: 2392 Views :: Honolulu County, Development

A nearly one-mile stretch of pristine coastline is adjacent to the Kahuku Golf Course....

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Thursday, January 12, 2017
Pedestrian Deaths—Hawaii Ranks 26th
By News Release @ 9:30 PM :: 2173 Views :: Development, Hawaii Statistics

...older adults are over-represented among pedestrian deaths....

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Kakaako Kickbacks: Ethics Commission Investigates OHA Trustee Peter Apo
By Video @ 5:30 PM :: 3588 Views :: Ethics, Development, OHA

Heads Are Starting To Roll At The Office Of Hawaiian Affairs....

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Friday, December 23, 2016
State Land Use Commission has not approved housing in the past 3 years
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:48 PM :: 2962 Views :: Development, Land Use

...the last project to be approved was in 2013....

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Friday, November 18, 2016
Sinking Ship: HART Director of Planning Quits
By News Release @ 5:48 PM :: 4264 Views :: Honolulu County, Development

...HCDA will consider the appointment of Jesse K. Souki as its executive director in an upcoming special meeting on November 23....

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016
New Stadium Slipped into Rail Development Plans
By News Release @ 12:42 AM :: 3125 Views :: Development, Rail

The plan was developed in coordination with state agencies that are studying options for stadium reconstruction or building a new stadium on the site....

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Sunday, November 13, 2016
Ethics Complaint: OHA Insiders Take Kickbacks from Kakaako Makai Projects
By Andrew Walden @ 1:26 AM :: 6909 Views :: Ethics, Development, OHA

...Trustees and Executive staffers manipulated the Kakaako RFP process to ensure that the Kuhikuhi Puuone (WCIT, DTL, and EKF) would receive the award....

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Thursday, November 10, 2016
Sewage Digester Opens Floodgates for Developers
By News Release @ 10:06 AM :: 2208 Views :: Honolulu County, Development

...the increased capacity provided by the second digester is already making it possible for city officials to approve new housing units in Honolulu’s dense urban core....

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Tuesday, November 08, 2016
Original Waikoloa Highlands Partners Share History of Cocaine Trafficking
By Selected News Articles @ 3:19 AM :: 4795 Views :: Hawaii County , Development, Drugs
“Drugs, Diamonds, International Intrigue – You Won’t Believe Two Hollywood Producers’ Crazy Backstory”
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Friday, November 04, 2016
Hawaii has the longest permit approval process in the country
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:03 AM :: 3407 Views :: Development, Hawaii Statistics

...a study done by Dr. Ralph McLaughlin, an economist at Trulia, concluded that delays in the permitting process are the greatest factor for lack of affordable housing....

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016
DoE to Tax New Housing from Kalihi to Ala Moana?
By News Release @ 11:11 PM :: 3738 Views :: Education K-12, Development, Taxes

...Public Hearings November 2 and 3, 2016....

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Thursday, September 22, 2016
Djou, Savio: City Still Failing on Affordable Housing
By Rep Charles Djou @ 11:02 PM :: 2916 Views :: Development, Rail, Cost of Living

"Last week we learned that the City failed to spend tens of millions of dollars in the affordable housing fund and we may now lose this money."

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Wednesday, June 01, 2016
Honolulu Third-Fastest Construction Job Growth
By News Release @ 3:31 PM :: 3407 Views :: Development, Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

Honolulu Metro Area Hits All-Time April Construction Employment High as Employers add 5,000 New Jobs....

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Friday, April 22, 2016
What is Hurting Hawaii’s Investment Climate?
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:13 PM :: 2879 Views :: Development, Small Business, Cost of Living

“The main reason is a very cumbersome permitting process, in a way that prevents people from building housing quickly and at a low cost…."

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Saturday, April 16, 2016
Haseko Bills before Honolulu Council
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 10:43 PM :: 2132 Views :: Honolulu County, Development

Bill 62, Bill 63 and Resolution 15-206 are part of a master planned lagoon concept in Ewa....

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Wednesday, April 06, 2016
Full Text: State Supreme Court Decides to allow Koa Ridge to be Built
By Andrew Walden @ 7:16 PM :: 2420 Views :: Environment, Development

The Hawaii State Supreme Court, in a 4-1 ruling this morning, has decided to allow Castle and Cooke to go ahead with its planned Koa Ridge development in Mililani....

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Monday, March 14, 2016
HR21: Development Land Swap for Great Lawn in Hawaii Kai
By Video @ 11:03 PM :: 2589 Views :: Development

House Resolution 21 proposes to use the Great Lawn in Hawaii Kai as a potential land swap for the intent of development.....

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Sunday, February 28, 2016
Bureaucracy on Maui Leading to Water Shortage
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:31 PM :: 2623 Views :: Maui County, Development
“Show Me the Water”
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Monday, February 01, 2016
The REIT Way Hawaii
By News Release @ 12:41 PM :: 2462 Views :: Development

NAREIT has launched a new website to inform Hawaii residents of the many benefits that REITs bring to their state....

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Saturday, January 23, 2016
HB326: Bad Mortgages to be Foundation for Calvin Say State Bank
By Andrew Walden @ 7:36 PM :: 2832 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government

Four years after the ‘Bank of Abercrombie’ bill was laughed out of the legislature, the push for a state-owned bank is being revived....

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Up to 72% of Council Campaign Contributions from Hoopili and Rail
By News Release @ 3:06 PM :: 3113 Views :: Ethics, Development, Rail

...another vote on Bill 23 (2015), CD1 - Relating to the Transportation Surcharge, will be required of Committee members at the Budget Committee meeting on Wednesday....

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