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Sunday, July 21, 2024
Rebuilding Lahaina: A breath of fresh air
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:05 PM :: 241 Views :: Maui County, Development

... All of these bills show that the Maui Council is making progress toward helping county residents find housing and rebuild their lives and businesses ....

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Sunday, July 21, 2024
Five Ways to Reduce Cost of Rebuilding on Maui
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:10 AM :: 232 Views :: Maui County, Development

... Waive street improvement costs for rebuilding in fire zones ....

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Friday, July 19, 2024
EPA: 'Emergency response missions on Maui are complete'
By News Release @ 6:50 PM :: 250 Views :: Maui County, Environment, Development

... EPA Completes Drinking Water and Wastewater Mission in Lahaina ....

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Wednesday, July 17, 2024
Housing Emergency Proclamations: What has been accomplished?
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:01 PM :: 380 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

" ... The main value of the edicts so far has been to focus attention on barriers to homebuilding and prompt positive legislative action .... "

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Sunday, July 14, 2024
Housing: "You gotta let the private sector do it"
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:20 PM :: 469 Views :: Kauai County, Development

"...if you really want things to change substantially, you gotta let the private sector do it, not the county be a developer, not the state be a developer....”

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Wednesday, July 10, 2024
Michaels CEO Indicted: 12-year racketeering conspiracy
By News Release @ 5:12 AM :: 1080 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Development

... Read the indictment and visualize how Michaels execs would run the same scheme in Hawaii .... 

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Sunday, July 7, 2024
Hawaii's chance to expand housing freedom
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:55 PM :: 551 Views :: Development, Cost of Living

... severe restrictions on homebuilding have resulted in too few homes and some of the nation’s highest housing prices ....

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Wednesday, July 3, 2024
Schatz: $6.6M for YIMBY
By News Release @ 11:58 PM :: 597 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Development

... Grant Program Heading To Hawai‘i To Build More Housing ....

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Sunday, June 30, 2024
Update development standards to allow more apartment housing
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:54 PM :: 568 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Land Use

... if Honolulu were to revise upward all the other development standards as well — the minimum setbacks, the height limits, the maximum lot coverage and minimum lot widths and depths — the number of newly legal units could skyrocket ....

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Sunday, June 30, 2024
Freedom in Hawaii is having a moment
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:24 AM :: 683 Views :: Development, Health Care, Small Business, Taxes

... This year our freedoms were expanded with the passage by our state lawmakers of important legislation. Those expansions covered taxes, housing and healthcare ....

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Saturday, June 29, 2024
Scheme to Remake Lahaina as Touristy Water Park Advances in Congress
By Andrew Walden @ 5:12 PM :: 2102 Views :: Maui County, Environment, Development, Hawaii History, Land Use, Tourism

... The remade Lahaina will be a tourist-oriented animation of the pre-plantation era when the economy was based on slaughtering lots of whales ....

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Tuesday, June 25, 2024
Maui TVR phase-out plan unconstitutional
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:01 PM :: 934 Views :: Maui County, Development

... The county cannot ignore the constitutional rights of Maui property owners in its race to address its housing problems ....

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Tuesday, June 25, 2024
Maui TVR phase-out wrong means for good goal
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:45 PM :: 625 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use, Small Business, Tourism, Cost of Living

... virtually all local economists realize the main cause of Hawaii’s housing crisis is the state’s extremely high number of land-use and other housing-related regulations that have hindered homebuilding ....

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Sunday, June 23, 2024
Aloha Stadium Bidding Limited to One Gang of Insiders
By News Release @ 5:32 PM :: 1414 Views :: Ethics, Development, Higher Education

... Competitive bidding?  No need ....

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Saturday, June 15, 2024
How Urban Planning Made Honolulu 'Impossibly Unaffordable'
By Selected News Articles @ 9:44 PM :: 1599 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Hawaii Statistics, Land Use, Cost of Living

... The crisis stems principally from land use policies that artificially restrict housing supply ....

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Saturday, June 15, 2024
Lahaina Burn Zone Water Service Partially Restored
By News Release @ 9:37 AM :: 1967 Views :: Maui County, Development

... type your address in the search bar on the County of Maui Sewer Service Status interactive map ....

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Friday, June 14, 2024
‘If you are paying into the income tax, you are going to feel this cut’
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:53 AM :: 709 Views :: Development, Taxes

... a household making the median income in Hawaii of around $91,000 that currently owes about $5,300 in income taxes will incrementally see that amount owed go down to $1,600 by 2031 ....

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Sunday, June 9, 2024
Hawaii has a lot of room for new ideas
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:00 PM :: 511 Views :: Development, Taxes

... staffers from the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii in attendance at Gov. Josh Green's recent bill-signing ceremonies for historic tax cuts and housing reform ....

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Saturday, June 8, 2024
Hawaii County Council follows through on proposal to cut homeowner taxes
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:39 PM :: 688 Views :: Hawaii County , Kauai County, Maui County, Development, Taxes

... Despite the bill's timidity, passage of the bill was still a welcome move .... 

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Tuesday, June 4, 2024
Court Upholds Governor's Emergency Proclamation on Affordable Housing
By News Release @ 8:52 PM :: 664 Views :: Maui County, Development, Cost of Living

... the Sixth Proclamation Relating to Affordable Housing—remains in full effect ....

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Sunday, June 2, 2024
Kauai: Grassroot Legislative Wrapup
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:42 PM :: 903 Views :: Kauai County, Development, Hawaii State Government, Taxes, Cost of Living

... It was mostly a good year for Hawaii at the 2024 Legislature, and policy experts from Grassroot will explain how that came to be ....

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Wednesday, May 29, 2024
Green Signs Six Housing Bills Into Law
By News Release @ 3:04 AM :: 1370 Views :: Development, Cost of Living

... bills designed to expand the affordable housing inventory and improve the governance of rental laws under the Residential Landlord-Tenant Code ....

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Saturday, May 25, 2024
Bills that will ‘truly help the people of Hawaii’
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:00 PM :: 912 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Taxes

... huge wins in the areas of taxes, healthcare and housing reform ....

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Tuesday, May 21, 2024
UHERO Factbook: 80% of Hawaii Families Cannot Afford Mortgage
By UHERO @ 4:54 AM :: 970 Views :: Development, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Twenty-eight percent of Hawaii residents spend more than 50% of their income on rent, and only 1-in-5 households can afford a median-priced home mortgage ....

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Tuesday, May 14, 2024
Blasting and drilling to begin soon at the Kilohana temporary housing site
By News Release @ 5:24 PM :: 778 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Development

... The USACE lead contractor on the project, Aktarius, LLC dba Dawson AKT ....

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Monday, May 13, 2024
Black Sand, Kobayashi First to benefit from DEP 'Affordable Housing' Scheme
By News Release @ 9:07 PM :: 1529 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Development

... involves sharing a percentage of net appreciation with HHFDC ....

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Friday, May 10, 2024
After Nine Months of Toxic Lies, DoH Finally Admits: "We do not expect to find health impacts caused by toxins in the wildfire ash"
By News Release @ 3:42 AM :: 1476 Views :: Maui County, Environment, Development, Tourism

... “Economic pressures will cause ‘toxic’ hysteria to be hyped up until locals sell out.  Then the hysteria will evaporate and be forgotten as Lahaina is rebuilt as Wailea v2 surrounding the ‘Venice of the Pacific’ water feature.”  -- HFP, Nov 2023 ....

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Sunday, May 5, 2024
How Did it Happen? Legislature passes historic bills on taxation, housing and healthcare
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:31 PM :: 1742 Views :: Development, Health Care, Taxes

... Get inside scoop at upcoming events on how good bills managed to prevail ....

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Saturday, May 4, 2024
Green 'Climate Team' Headed by A&B Exec to Lead Maui 'Recovery'
By News Release @ 5:49 PM :: 1857 Views :: Maui County, Environment, Ethics, Development, Land Use

... Three Words: 'Conflict Of Interest' ....

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Thursday, May 2, 2024
Tokuda: Make Lahaina Federally Controlled 'National Heritage Area'
By News Release @ 10:20 PM :: 1505 Views :: Maui County, Development

... In establishing a new NHA, Congress designates a local coordinating entity—usually nonfederal—to coordinate and oversee administration of the area ....

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Thursday, May 2, 2024
Maui County to (attempt to) Outlaw 'Minatoya List' Condotels
By News Release @ 5:30 PM :: 7377 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Development, Greenmail, Drugs

... "Too bad Maui didn’t learn from the City getting spanked for unconstitutionally attempting to legislatively phase out vested property rights to STRs" ....

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Wednesday, May 1, 2024
Nine Months Later: State Finally Begins Building Housing for Lahaina Survivors
By News Release @ 2:36 AM :: 1341 Views :: Maui County, Development

... 450 temporary studios and one-, two-, and three-bedroom housing units across 54 acres ....

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Tuesday, April 30, 2024
Wealth by Association? How Social Networks Drive Inequality in Hawaii
By UHERO @ 6:00 PM :: 1258 Views :: Education K-12, Development

... disparities exist in local schools ....

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Monday, April 29, 2024
Maui County's new Recovery Permitting Center Opens in Kahului
By News Release @ 11:48 PM :: 2279 Views :: Maui County, Development

... to assist residents with the process of applying for Disaster Recovery Building Permits for alterations, repairs, reconstruction and new construction of structures in areas affected by the August 2023 Maui wildfires ....

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Monday, April 29, 2024
Corps of Engineers Maui wildfires recovery update
By News Release @ 5:54 PM :: 1079 Views :: Maui County, Development

... 300 residential lots have been returned to the county of Maui allowing homeowners to begin the rebuilding process ....

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Sunday, April 28, 2024
Legislature ain't over till it's over, so there's still hope for housing bill
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:07 AM :: 1258 Views :: Development

... SB3202 is in conference committee ....

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Saturday, April 27, 2024
​Legislature on Brink of Advancing Brighter Future
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:24 PM :: 1419 Views :: Development, Health Care, Taxes

... at least five bills strongly supported by my colleagues and I at the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii were passed out of conference committees and now will go for final votes at the House and Senate floor sessions ....

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Friday, April 26, 2024
Bill allowing counties more authority over short-term rentals on Green's desk
By Selected News Articles @ 1:07 PM :: 1363 Views :: Development, Small Business, Tourism

... A conference committee agreed to pass Senate Bill 2919, which would allow counties to create zoning laws regulating short-term rentals .... 

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Friday, April 26, 2024
Bill 152 pre-approved multi-family designs would speed up Hawaii Island housing
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:25 AM :: 958 Views :: Hawaii County , Development

... allow the Hawaii County Department of Public Works to issue pre-approved model plans for multi-family housing — as it already does for single-family dwellings ....

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Saturday, April 13, 2024
E Maui Water Diversion: Sierra Club Loses at ICA
By News Release @ 10:50 PM :: 1478 Views :: Maui County, Development

... Sierra Club requested a contested case hearing on the issuance of any revocable permits for calendar year 2021. The BLNR denied the request and voted to continue the permits ....

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Saturday, April 13, 2024
Affordable Housing?  HB2328 Bethel Block Bill Secretly a Sweet Deal for Fullard-Leo Family
By Andrew Walden @ 3:37 AM :: 2543 Views :: Ethics, Development

... secretly to give $8,480,800 over the tax assessment to one specific family at the request of Neil Abercrombie ....

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Thursday, April 11, 2024
Legislators “stripped out pretty much everything that made it work.”
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:58 PM :: 1541 Views :: Development, Health Care, Small Business, Taxes

... highlights, frustrations at 2024 Legislature ....

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Wednesday, April 10, 2024
Case: FEMA should build housing on Maui
By Ed Case @ 6:58 PM :: 1242 Views :: Maui County, Development

... Case said relying only on rehousing is extremely difficult given the severe shortage of homes on Maui ....

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Monday, April 8, 2024
Hours extended for re-entry access into Lahaina Wildfire Disaster Area
By News Release @ 9:50 PM :: 1063 Views :: Maui County, Development

... Re-entry activities, such as sifting, may be restricted ....

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Monday, April 8, 2024
Marconi Point Project Connected to DPP Bribery Scandal
By Selected News Articles @ 6:14 PM :: 2809 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Development, Land Use

... City Seeks to Dismiss Marconi Claims, Supports Move to Depose Bribery Convicts ....

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Sunday, April 7, 2024
Road to rebuilding Lahaina paved with obstructions
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:40 PM :: 1469 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use

... regulations and objections by various special interests ....

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Thursday, April 4, 2024
Lahaina: 500 Properties Cleared, Zero Building Permits Issued
By News Release @ 3:18 PM :: 1601 Views :: Maui County, Development

... No Lahaina burn zone property owners have been given building permits ....

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Thursday, April 4, 2024
How to revive Hawaii’s downtown centers
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:59 AM :: 1433 Views :: Honolulu County, Development

... The developer requested a waiver for the project, but a year later, the permit is still pending ....

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Sunday, March 31, 2024
Crucial housing, healthcare bills still very much alive at Legislature
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:08 PM :: 1542 Views :: Development, Cost of Living

... The bills would enable starter homes, widen mixed-use housing, attract nurses to Hawaii and exempt doctors from the state GET ....

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Thursday, March 28, 2024
Council resolution exemplifies why we still have housing crisis
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:00 PM :: 1623 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Land Use

... Twenty years later, we are still having the same conversations ....

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