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Saturday, April 9, 2022
Auditor Persecution Continues
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2151 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Land Use

... DLNR Land Division failed to bill/collect the proper base rents for the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel lease and failed to collect over $500,000 ....

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Friday, April 8, 2022
Hawaii Land Use Policy Designed to Keep Housing Expensive
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:06 PM :: 1895 Views :: Land Use, Cost of Living

... Research showing the need to liberalize Hawaii’s land-use and zoning laws is out there for all to see, and more is forthcoming ....

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Saturday, March 19, 2022
HB1837 HD1 a good vehicle for identifying Hawaii housing barriers
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:44 PM :: 1785 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... first step toward identifying the regulatory barriers that restrain homebuilding in Hawaii and has led to the state’s notoriously high cost of housing ....

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Sunday, March 13, 2022
Can we please try some housing policies that work, like the ‘Tokyo model’?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:18 PM :: 2535 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... Hawaii had robust housing construction up until about 1972 or 1973, but then it collapsed and it has never recovered ....

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Wednesday, March 9, 2022
'Tokyo Model' Can Create More Housing for Hawaii
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:00 PM :: 2403 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... how Tokyo’s deregulation of its housing market resulted in more housing availability and affordable housing prices ....

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Friday, February 18, 2022
Ige Nominates Five to BLNR
By News Release @ 2:30 AM :: 2021 Views :: Land Use

... Wesley “Kaiwi” Yoon, Doreen Canto, Aimee Keli‘i Barnes, Karen Ono, Riley Smith ....

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Sunday, February 13, 2022
America’s Rising Housing Prices
By Selected News Articles @ 3:27 AM :: 2340 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... In 1961, Hawaii became the first state in the nation to pass a growth-management law. ...

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Thursday, January 6, 2022
Statewide Historic Preservation Plan to be Updated
By News Release @ 3:02 AM :: 2028 Views :: Development, Land Use, OHA

... The first meeting is scheduled for 5:30-8:30 PM, Friday, January 14 ....

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Thursday, January 6, 2022
California Global Warmer Returns to Hawaii, Quickly Named to BLNR
By News Release @ 2:52 AM :: 2516 Views :: Environment, Hawaii State Government, Land Use

... Aimee’s political experience includes working on Kamala Harris’ presidential campaign, helping to draft her “Climate Plan for the People,” and on Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, where she led the Bay Area Idealists4Hillary group ....

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Saturday, January 1, 2022
OHA’s 2022 Legislative Package
By Selected News Articles @ 3:29 PM :: 1894 Views :: Land Use, OHA

... the Board of Trustees (1) approved the drafting and submission of a Public Land Trust focused bill to the 2022 legislature; and (2) approved the measure entitled Building Back Pono: Addressing Socioeconomic Disparities in the Post-COVID Era ....

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Friday, December 10, 2021
Takings, PASH, and the Changing Coastal Environment
By Robert Thomas @ 5:55 PM :: 1825 Views :: Land Use

... the right to exclude is not "universally applicable" in the 808. Let that one sink in ....

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Wednesday, December 1, 2021
Ige Seeking Two BLNR Nominees
By News Release @ 3:04 PM :: 2345 Views :: Environment, Hawaii State Government, Land Use

... Ige is recruiting qualified and dedicated individuals from Kauaʻi and Hawaiʻi Island who are interested in serving on the State Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR) ....

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Sunday, November 28, 2021
Tax Isn’t a Peanut Butter Cup
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2994 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy, Land Use, Taxes

... Once upon a time there were some property developers on Oahu ....

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Tuesday, November 9, 2021
7,000 Legal Vacation Rentals on Maui in Jeopardy
By Video @ 4:19 PM :: 3461 Views :: Maui County, Land Use, Tourism, Cost of Living

... a Maui County Council proposal that aspires to create more housing on Maui by phasing out about 7,000 vacation rentals ....

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Tuesday, November 2, 2021
Maui Council Proposal Would Outlaw 7,300 Legal Vacation Rentals
By News Release @ 5:53 AM :: 3173 Views :: Maui County, Land Use, Tourism

... eliminating TVR use from these subject condominiums would result in a possible loss of $23 million in revenue annually, and upwards of $74 million in annual revenue lost overall ....

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Wednesday, October 27, 2021
Poll: Most Support More Land for Housing
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:04 PM :: 2146 Views :: Land Use, Cost of Living

“Currently, about 5% of all land in Hawaii is allocated for urban and residential use. Would you support increasing that amount by maybe 1 or 2 percentage points to 6% or 7%?”

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Monday, October 25, 2021
Budget crisis not needed to solve housing crisis
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:35 PM :: 2459 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Land Use

... These are suggestions that are broadly supported and would require little if any taxpayer investment ....

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Monday, October 11, 2021
Coastal Erosion: No Easy, Inexpensive, or One-Size-Fits-All Solutions
By News Release @ 9:55 PM :: 1919 Views :: Environment, Land Use

... conclusions of a presentation to the Board of Land and Natural Resources ....

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Saturday, October 2, 2021
Maui Council Approves 3% TAT Hike--Will use Money to buy 'Open Space'
By News Release @ 2:41 PM :: 3027 Views :: Maui County, Land Use, Tourism

... In anticipation of the new tax, the council also passed on first reading today a bill to increase anticipated revenue for the Open Space Fund ....

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Thursday, September 2, 2021
City Releases Draft Right-of-Way Widths for Planned Streets
By News Release @ 12:24 AM :: 2710 Views :: Honolulu County, Land Use

"...to implement Complete Streets which provide equitable access across all modes and for all abilities, including pedestrians, bicycles, cars, trucks, and buses...."

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Sunday, July 25, 2021
Special Land and Development Fund, Revisited
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 3261 Views :: Ethics, Land Use, OHA

... rent for the property was $100,000 while subleases of the same property brought in $300,000 ....

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Monday, July 12, 2021
NASA: Moon Wobble to Cause Coastal Flooding
By Selected News Articles @ 11:02 PM :: 4564 Views :: Environment, World News, Development, Land Use

... But don't worry.  We are still going to blame global warming ....

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Thursday, July 8, 2021
Ige Nominates Canto to BLNR
By News Release @ 5:01 AM :: 2403 Views :: Maui County, Land Use

"... Canto is currently employed as a processing assistant for Maui Grown Therapies ...."

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Tuesday, June 29, 2021
Na Wai Eha: 20 Years of Litigation 'fundamentally changes water distribution system'
By News Release @ 11:31 PM :: 9321 Views :: Maui County, Environment, Land Use

"...the most comprehensive application of the Hawai‘i Water Code to water use and protection in history...."

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Sunday, June 20, 2021
State Supreme Court: With Environmentalism Anybody Can Veto Affordable Housing
By Robert Thomas @ 4:54 AM :: 5030 Views :: Maui County, Environment, Development, Greenmail, Judiciary, Land Use

... Anyone Claiming That An Affordable Housing Project Might Impact Their Property Interests In A "Clean And Healthful Environment" Has Standing To Object ....

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Thursday, June 10, 2021
PASH and the Changing Coastal Environment
By Robert Thomas @ 2:01 AM :: 2082 Views :: Land Use

... a retrospective of one of the Hawaii Supreme Court's most famous (or infamous) decisions ....

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Thursday, May 20, 2021
Ige Seeks BLNR Nominees
By News Release @ 6:23 AM :: 2327 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Land Use

... currently, the designated Maui and O‘ahu land district seats are open ....

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Wednesday, May 12, 2021
US House Resolution Backs National Forest in Hawaii
By Ed Case @ 11:57 PM :: 2729 Views :: Environment, Congressional Delegation, Land Use

... The U.S. House has once again passed his National Forest study measure that calls on the United States Forest Service (USFS) to engage communities in the State of Hawai’i in a study to identify suitable parcels to be incorporated into a National Forest ....

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Saturday, May 8, 2021
Mayor Victorino Bill 10 Veto Upheld, Saves Affordable Housing
By News Release @ 2:19 PM :: 5652 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

"... In theory, Bill 10 would require more affordable housing to be built, but in reality, history has shown that such additional restrictions have the opposite effect ....”

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Friday, April 23, 2021
How high housing prices are encouraging residents to leave Hawaii
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:57 AM :: 3638 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... How to make housing affordable and help stop the exodus .... 

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Thursday, April 15, 2021
After Kaka'ako Makai Debacle: 'OHA Shall Seek Decision Making Influence over All Land in Hawai'i'
By Andrew Walden @ 6:08 AM :: 4751 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Development, Land Use, OHA

... OHA shall promote the idea that every property in Hawai'i is sacred and pursue initiatives that help achieve a broad acceptance of this truth ....

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Friday, April 9, 2021
Maui Beware!
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 10:48 PM :: 4362 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... This would give Maui the second most restrictive affordable-housing law in the country ....

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Monday, March 15, 2021
Senate Sends Housing Bills to House
By News Release @ 6:06 PM :: 2880 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government, Land Use

... Establishes the ALOHA homes program to develop low-cost homes on state-owned and county-owned land in urban redevelopment sites to be sold in leasehold by the Hawaii housing finance and development corporation ....

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Thursday, March 11, 2021
 How 'Affordable' Housing rules often result in no homebuilding
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:04 AM :: 4229 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... A Maui bill to increase affordability requirements is the backdrop for a discussion on how current housing policy can be improved ....

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Thursday, March 4, 2021
Lawsuit Demands More 'Critical Habitat' in Hawaii
By News Release @ 3:32 AM :: 2031 Views :: Land Use

"... The Endangered Species Act required the agency to designate critical habitat with its listing determination and develop a recovery plan for the bird. Yet the Service has failed to do so...."

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Monday, February 22, 2021
SCOTUS Refuses to Hear Bridge Aina Lea Case
By Robert Thomas @ 4:00 PM :: 3986 Views :: Hawaii County , Development, Land Use

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

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Wednesday, February 3, 2021
So-Called 'Kaka'ako Land Co' Loses in Lawsuit
By News Release @ 5:27 AM :: 3094 Views :: Honolulu County, Land Use

... A trial was held in November challenging Kakaʻako Land. Co.'s (KLC) ownership of Kakaʻako private roads ....

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Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Bridge Aina Lea: 9th Circuit Allows Case to go Forward
By Robert Thomas @ 4:42 AM :: 4070 Views :: Hawaii County , Development, Land Use

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

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Saturday, January 23, 2021
"25 Years of PASH"
By Robert Thomas @ 11:00 AM :: 3553 Views :: Greenmail, Land Use

... in the PASH case the Hawaii Supreme Court concluded that subject to certain qualifications, the Hawaii Constitution allows native Hawaiians to exercise traditional practices, even on private property ....

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Monday, January 4, 2021
The greenies’ tales about Hawaii’s vanishing beaches miss one important fact
By Selected News Articles @ 11:00 AM :: 3650 Views :: Environment, Land Use

...I don’t have an opinion about sea walls. I do have an opinion about connected, rich people buying oceanfront property on sinking islands even as they try to sell us on the idea that an ocean rise clocked at less than 2 mm per year is what really matters – and that we should give up fossil fuel to save their beaches....

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Thursday, December 31, 2020
Hawaii Officials Promise Changes to Seawall Policies
By Selected News Articles @ 6:09 PM :: 2965 Views :: Environment, Land Use

... Officials now pledge action, after a Honolulu Star-Advertiser and ProPublica investigation ....

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Wednesday, December 30, 2020
DPP seeks comments on Primary Urban Center plan ‘sneak preview’
By News Release @ 8:03 PM :: 3113 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
Report: Oahu affordable housing shortage worsened in FY 2019
By News Release @ 11:52 PM :: 3152 Views :: Honolulu County, Land Use, Cost of Living

... DPP has released its Annual Report on the status of land use on O‘ahu for fiscal year ending 2019 ....

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Thursday, November 5, 2020
DLNR Steps Up Efforts to Manage Homelessness Across Public Lands
By Selected News Articles @ 9:20 PM :: 3717 Views :: Environment, Homelessness, Land Use

...“I don’t see any end in sight, really, because it just seems to have gotten worse"....

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Friday, October 2, 2020
Rein in this red-tape rascal
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:02 PM :: 3410 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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Tuesday, September 29, 2020
More Housing Hawaii Residents Can Afford
By Video @ 4:09 AM :: 3052 Views :: Land Use, Cost of Living

...Hawaii’s residents need more housing that they can afford. And one of the simplest ways to provide it would be to reform a mysterious organization called the Land Use Commission....

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Friday, September 25, 2020
Reform state LUC to encourage more housing, new report says
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:50 AM :: 2902 Views :: Land Use, Cost of Living

...The state Land Use Commission has strayed from its core mission, leading to fewer homes and higher home prices for Hawaii residents....

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Saturday, September 19, 2020
Transit and the Mania for Density
By News Release @ 2:30 PM :: 3697 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 :: 5603 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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Friday, September 11, 2020
The New Champion Of Private Property Rights Is … Barack Obama?
By Selected News Articles @ 2:02 AM :: 5769 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Land Use, Obama

...Obama and his longtime colleague Marty Nesbitt want a 100-year-old sea wall rebuilt and fortified to protect a planned Hawaii retreat....

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