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Tuesday, December 18, 2018
HAWSCT's Latest Water Case Isn't About Water
By Robert Thomas @ 7:59 PM :: 6542 Views :: Environment, Judiciary, Land Use

...Search as you might, there's nothing there that helps or hurts in the water law department....

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Thursday, December 13, 2018
Auditor: DLNR Held Back Ceded Lands Payments
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 9:32 PM :: 7601 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Land Use, OHA, Small Business

...Over $26 Million of State Portion of Ceded Land Revenues were not Transferred to the State General Fund in a Timely Manner....

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Urban Honolulu Native Hawaiian Population Declines 12%
By Selected News Articles @ 9:44 PM :: 6130 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Land Use, Cost of Living

...the blame can be placed squarely on high housing prices....

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Ninth Circuit Considers Plea of Guam Elders in Airport Land Compensation Case
By Selected News Articles @ 2:29 PM :: 3651 Views :: Land Use

...While Crawford has said he is one of 130 Tiyan landowners deprived of property, Highsmith estimates that 3,000 former landowners are in a similar position....

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Public meetings scheduled for Oahu Climate Action Plan
By News Release @ 8:24 PM :: 7690 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy, Environment, Land Use

...The sense of urgency is palpable in these meetings....

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018
How Much Does Over-Regulation Increase Hawaii Housing Costs?
By Selected News Articles @ 7:32 PM :: 8990 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Hawaii Statistics, Land Use, Cost of Living

...Government and the Cost of Living: Income-Based vs. Cost-Based Approaches to Alleviating Poverty....

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Sunday, October 21, 2018
Would You Pay $10 for Maui Beachfront Land?
By Robert Thomas @ 3:51 PM :: 5670 Views :: Maui County, Land Use

...Welcome to newspeak, takings edition.... 

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Process Begins for Maui County to Acquire a Portion of Wailuku Water Company
By News Release @ 8:08 PM :: 4999 Views :: Maui County, Land Use

...the county to obtain approximately 8,764 acres of WWC land in the West Maui watershed area along with its water conveyance system. The proposed acquisition price is $9.5 million....

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Climate Action Plan: Preconceived Outcome Set for Public Meetings
By News Release @ 4:19 AM :: 6844 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy, Environment, Land Use

...During the meetings participants will engage in a “game” that sparks discussion about the best way to transition O‘ahu to a clean energy future and meet stated goals under the Paris climate agreement....

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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 :: 8542 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, September 13, 2018
Hawaii property owners so beaten down they don’t often go to court
By Selected News Articles @ 2:54 AM :: 4702 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Land Use

...Hawaii has the nation’s worst property rights record followed closely by California....

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Hawaii Supreme Court to Decide if Land Can be Stolen from Owners Without Compensation?
By Robert Thomas @ 2:51 AM :: 5791 Views :: Maui County, Land Use

...The land was zoned for single-family residences, but the County of Maui decided it should be used as a public park. Instead of buying the land, however, the County wielded its regulatory authority to prevent the Leones from developing their property in any way....

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Unaffordable Housing? Self-Fulfilling Prophecy
By Selected News Articles @ 11:53 PM :: 6226 Views :: Hawaii History, Land Use, Cost of Living

...in 1969 the only places in America where housing cost more than three times incomes were Hawaii and Stamford, Connecticut. I don’t know why Stamford was on the list, but Hawaii had passed legislation strictly regulating where people could build homes in 1961....

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Climate Commission Grabs for Control of Waikiki
By News Release @ 10:39 PM :: 4734 Views :: Environment, Land Use

...Support legislation for disclosure for private property and public offerings located in areas with potential exposure to sea level rise....

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Thursday, August 30, 2018
Maui Event: Build up or build out?
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:50 PM :: 7478 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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Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Tupola: "Let's Give Displaced Families Something They Can Count On"
By Rep Andria Tupola @ 1:37 PM :: 7653 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 :: 7136 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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Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Federal Appeals Court: No Property Right In A Clean And Pure Environment
By Robert Thomas @ 1:19 PM :: 4928 Views :: Environment, Land Use

...Remember that case from earlier this year where the Hawaii Supreme Court held that for purposes of Hawaii's Due Process Clause, the Sierra Club has a property right in a "clean and healthful environment?"....

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Caldwell issues directive on climate change and sea level rise
By News Release @ 4:22 AM :: 6171 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Land Use

... Propose revisions to shoreline rules and regulations to incorporate sea level rise ....

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Friday, June 29, 2018
Hawaii Sierra Club Leader Hit With $1000 per day SMA Fines
By Andrew Walden @ 12:07 PM :: 10981 Views :: Maui County, Environment, Greenmail, Land Use

... Fines in excess of $236,000—still accruing at $1000 a day—and a lawsuit--are forcing into the open a 13-year battle over alleged violations of numerous State and County permitting and land use laws on a Huelo, Maui shoreline property owned by Hawaii Sierra Club Vice Chair and Maui Tomorrow President Lucienne De Naie ....

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Friday, June 29, 2018
DLNR Public Land Trust Database Now Open to Public
By News Release @ 11:27 AM :: 4317 Views :: Land Use

...The central Public Land Trust Information System (PLTIS) available only to State and County agencies since January 2015 becomes accessible to anyone June 29, 2018....

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Maui Planning Department Finalizes Short-Term Occupancy List
By News Release @ 9:45 PM :: 8253 Views :: Maui County, Land Use, Small Business, Tourism

...The list can be used by the public, property owners, realtors and the County for a quick determination about whether short-term occupancy – defined by the county as fewer than 180 days – is allowed without a permit....

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Thursday, June 14, 2018
Wanna Buy Some Land?--DLNR has Got Money for You
By News Release @ 4:54 AM :: 6216 Views :: Environment, Land Use, Tax Credits

...You will be tested on the catechism of the State Religion....

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Thursday, June 7, 2018
A Housing “Boom” and a Volcanic “Bang”
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:57 PM :: 5184 Views :: Hawaii County , Land Use

...how the state government’s housing policies have gone up in flames....

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Little Pink House Coming to Hilo
By Video @ 4:34 PM :: 5395 Views :: Development, Land Use

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

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Ige Volcano Proclamation: 'Make State Lands Available for Housing'
By News Release @ 10:21 PM :: 7900 Views :: Hawaii County , Land Use, Law Enforcement

...“I, David Y Ige … hereby authorize and invoke … Section 171-85, et. seq., Hawaii Revised Statutes, disposition to victims of natural disaster….”

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Friday, June 1, 2018
Mayor Kim Suspends Several Hawaii County Building, Land Use Laws
By News Release @ 3:14 AM :: 5277 Views :: Hawaii County , Land Use

...in order to facilitate the establishment of temporary emergency shelters on specific sites approved by the County, and independently supported by private organizations....

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Monday, May 21, 2018
Government Relies on Flawed Data to Determine Endangered Species
By Heritage Foundation @ 4:36 PM :: 5530 Views :: Environment, Land Use

...“essentially half of the species” identified by Fish and Wildlife Service officials as “recovered” never should have been listed in the first place....

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Friday, May 18, 2018
Good Intentions Pave Road to Hawaii Housing Crisis
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:28 PM :: 7619 Views :: Maui County, Homelessness, Land Use

...Regulating Paradise: Land Use Controls in Hawaii....

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Is Affordable Housing Constitutional?
By Video @ 2:42 AM :: 8258 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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Monday, May 14, 2018
Little Pink House Coming to Honolulu
By Robert Thomas @ 12:44 AM :: 4466 Views :: Land Use

...June 11, 2018, 6:30pm....

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Saturday, May 12, 2018
HRS 171-93: Law Allows Swap of Lava-Covered Lots for State Property in Zone 3
By Andrew Walden @ 9:57 PM :: 61739 Views :: Hawaii County , Hawaii History, Land Use

...After the 1960 Tsunami, homeowners in the destroyed Shinmachi area of Hilo bayfront were given fee-simple lots on newly subdivided state land in Waiakea Uka.  Shinmachi is now the site of the Hilo Bayfront Park....

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Thursday, May 10, 2018
How State Government fanned flames of volcano disaster
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:45 PM :: 13285 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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Wednesday, April 25, 2018
HB2748: $580M Inserted at Last Minute for Hanabusa Crony
By News Release @ 3:00 AM :: 8646 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Land Use, Cost of Living

... In 1998 Hanabusa and Nakata teamed up with Mafia Godfather Larry Mehau to get rid of Attorney General Margery Bronster in an effort to protect the corrupt thieving Broken Trustees of Kamehameha Schools--now her Legislators want to give him a big fat stack of money....

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Sunday, April 22, 2018
Green Energy Plan: $2.3B Tax and Rate Hike to Send Even More Money to Elon Musk
By News Release @ 2:10 AM :: 10947 Views :: Energy, Environment, Land Use, Tax Credits, Taxes, Cost of Living

...Over the past 15 years, the people of Hawaii have paid 260% more for electricity than the US average, while gasoline prices consistently hover close to $1-per-gallon higher.  (But we can go even higher)....

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Saturday, April 14, 2018
State Supreme Court to Hear Molokai Ranch Water Case
By News Release @ 1:25 PM :: 8984 Views :: DHHL, Greenmail, Land Use, OHA

...Joint statement by DHHL and OHA on 1993 water use permit....

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018
HB1481: DelaCruz Gut & Replace to Bypass Opposition to HCDA Control of East Kapolei
By Andrew Walden @ 3:28 AM :: 6641 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 :: 8336 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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Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Hawaii Housing Authority v. Midkiff: 34 Years Later
By Robert Thomas @ 7:14 PM :: 6263 Views :: Hawaii History, Land Use

...the 34th anniversary of the SCOTUS oral arguments in Hawaii Housing Authority v. Midkiff....

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Friday, March 23, 2018
Hawaii Vacation Rentals: Impact on Housing and Economy
By News Release @ 2:50 AM :: 8606 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Land Use, Tourism, Cost of Living

...Hawaii is only building half of the units necessary to keep up with demand....

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Thursday, March 22, 2018
SPLC: Legendary resort the site of battle between sovereign citizen, developers and the State of Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 5:52 PM :: 7969 Views :: Kauai County, Greenmail, Land Use

...activists resort to sovereign citizen tactics in a desperate effort to prevail....

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Thursday, March 15, 2018
Will DLNR Use Sea Level Rise as Excuse to Wipe out Banyan Drive Properties?
By News Release @ 1:11 AM :: 7386 Views :: Hawaii County , Environment, Land Use, Tourism

...The purpose of the RFI is to gauge whether there is interest among prospective developers in obtaining a long-term lease of the Site (but check out the terms)....

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Saturday, March 10, 2018
Trask: Coco Palms Occupiers Duped by White Supremacist ‘Sovereign Citizens’
By News Release @ 7:10 PM :: 9489 Views :: Kauai County, Greenmail, Land Use, Tourism

...Furthermore, according to official court documents of the State of Hawaii, Moses Enoka Heanu, the alleged “Chief Justice” of your “court” is a registered sex offender who was sentenced to five (5) years in prison for three (3) felony counts of sexual assault in the Third Circuit court of the State of Hawaii in 1998....

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Friday, March 2, 2018
Maui Mayor Signs Sea Level Proclamation: County Will Grab for More Oceanfront Land
By News Release @ 8:13 PM :: 7609 Views :: Maui County, Environment, Land Use

...calls on the Planning Department to propose rule changes to the Maui, Molokai and Lanai Planning Commissions to include sea level rise in their shoreline setback calculations....

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Friday, February 16, 2018
UH Prof: Sustainability Means Cutting off Mortgage Credit so the Little People Can't Buy Homes
By News Release @ 2:34 PM :: 6583 Views :: Environment, Land Use, Cost of Living

“...By signaling the importance of financial flows we have highlighted a potential leverage point for implementing sustainable policies….”

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Friday, January 19, 2018
Chin's Crackpot Theory: Eminent Domain Abuse, Hawaii Style
By Robert Thomas @ 7:03 PM :: 6192 Views :: Maui County, Land Use

...“No court in the United States has accepted that argument, and no condemning authority has had the chutzpah to make that argument."....

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Thursday, January 11, 2018
HTA Maps: How Many TVRs in Your Neighborhood?
By News Release @ 4:07 PM :: 6411 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Land Use, Tourism

...Hawaii Visitor Accommodation Units Surpassed 80,000 Statewide in 2017....

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Friday, January 5, 2018
"Why Isn’t Honolulu Helping Businesses Hurt By Rail Construction?" (Because It Doesn't Want To, And No One Is Making It)
By Robert Thomas @ 3:07 PM :: 5842 Views :: Land Use, Rail

...the City doesn't really care all that much about these particular businesses or their owners....

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Saturday, December 30, 2017
Hawaii Supreme Court Rules Public has Property Right to a Clean Environment
By Robert Thomas @ 7:23 PM :: 8440 Views :: Energy, Environment, Land Use

...Does the Supreme Court now have three votes to kill the telescope?....

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Saturday, December 30, 2017
Video: "The Future Of Land Regulations And A Tribute To David Callies"
By Robert Thomas @ 7:01 PM :: 5336 Views :: Higher Education, Land Use

...the William and Mary Law School awards U. Hawaii lawprof David Callies the Brigham-Kanner Prize....

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