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Sunday, April 20, 2014
Historic Preservation: Public Denounces Amended Drafts of SB2633 and HB1678
By News Release @ 1:46 AM :: 5699 Views :: Development, Hawaii History

...SB2633 SD1 HD1 and HB1678 HD1 SD1 attempt to amend the definition of “historic property” by exempting residential properties....

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Thursday, April 17, 2014
Abercrombie Inks Turtle Bay Plan: Give Developers $48.5M, Let them Build Two Hotels
By News Release @ 10:15 PM :: 5701 Views :: Environment, Development

Phase III is the middle portion of the property near the existing hotel where two additional hotels and amenities are planned....

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Thursday, April 17, 2014
City Seeks Input on Transit-oriented Development, Affordable Housing
By News Release @ 6:19 PM :: 6242 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Rail

...developing an Affordable Housing Strategy for Oahu.....

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014
HCDA Restructuring Among Bills Landing on Abercrombie's Desk
By News Release @ 7:32 PM :: 5046 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government

HB1866 HD2 SD2 is one of a number of bills that originated in the House, was amended by the Senate, and now goes to the Governor for his review....

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Saturday, April 12, 2014
Did State cheat OHA out of $150M on Kakaako land transfer?
By Selected News Articles @ 4:17 PM :: 6256 Views :: Development, OHA

OHA’s appraisal of the land deal, done by Medusky & Co., Inc. acknowledged that residential uses of that land are not permitted....

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Thursday, April 10, 2014
Friends of Kewalos Rallies as OHA Development Bill Heads to Conference Committee
By Video @ 4:51 AM :: 5052 Views :: Development, OHA

...the bill now moves into conference where selected Senate and House conferees will continue discussions....

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Monday, April 7, 2014
Why Infrastructure Projects Cost Way More Than They Should
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 11:21 PM :: 8093 Views :: National News, Development, Labor, Rail

The Atlantic Cities magazine published a condensed analysis of seven main reasons that explain why U.S infrastructure project cost more than elsewhere....

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Thursday, April 3, 2014
Rally Against OHA Kakaako Development Scheme
By News Release @ 4:29 PM :: 5406 Views :: Development, OHA

Capitol Rally on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 @ 11:00 am to 2:00pm....

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014
HCDA ‘Small Business’ Reps: Kobayashi & Mitsunaga
By News Release @ 1:44 PM :: 7605 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government, Small Business

...the Kobayashi Group is an investor in a hui that plans to build one or more luxury developments in Kaka’ako....

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Friday, February 14, 2014
Urban Planning for People
By NCPA @ 1:41 AM :: 5467 Views :: Development, Rail

The “Nirvana” of a transit-, walking-, and cycling-oriented metropolitan area proves to be no Nirvana at all.... 

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Drop in Median Income Affects Affordable Housing Limits
By News Release @ 9:42 PM :: 6793 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Cost of Living

HUD determined that the city’s median income for a household of four is $82,600, down from $86,300 last year....

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Thursday, January 23, 2014
Hawaii Supreme Court Eases Path to Challenge Subdivision Approvals
By Robert Thomas @ 4:35 PM :: 7284 Views :: Development, Judiciary, Land Use

HAWSCT: Triggers To Administrative Appeals Must Be Clear And Noticed....

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Demographia: When Will Honolulu Urban Planners Wise Up and Follow the Chinese Communist Party Line?
By Selected News Articles @ 7:27 PM :: 6667 Views :: Development, Hawaii Statistics, Land Use

The United States is home to some of the most counter-productive land use regulation....

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Saturday, January 4, 2014
Senate Cttes Set Informational Hearing on Turtle Bay
By News Release @ 4:01 PM :: 6609 Views :: Environment, Development, Land Use
  • DATE: Wednesday, January 08, 2014
  • TIME: 10:30 a.m.
  • PLACE: Conference Room 016, State Capitol
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Monday, December 23, 2013
Supreme Court Invalidates LUC Koa Ridge Reclassification
By Robert Thomas @ 11:55 PM :: 8859 Views :: Development, Judiciary, Land Use

The court concluded that the commissioner did not qualify as a valid holdover ....

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013
HCDA, BoE, HHC, LUC: Abercrombie Announces Appointments
By News Release @ 9:01 PM :: 6052 Views :: Education K-12, Development, Hawaii State Government

Grant Y.M. Chun to the Board of Education (BOE); Doreen Napua Gomes to the Hawaiian Homes Commission; Aaron D. Mahi to the Land Use Commission (LUC); and Brian T. Tamamoto to the Hawaii Community Development Authority (HCDA), Kakaako District....

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013
HSTA, Hotel Workers Sign Open Letter Calling for Kakaako Development Moratorium
By News Release @ 2:29 PM :: 5568 Views :: Development, Rail

Law imposing a one-year moratorium on HCDA approval of new projects that renews automatically....

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Saturday, November 23, 2013
Ethics complaint: HCDA Falsifies Kakaako Workforce Housing Affordability Formulas
By Ariel Salinas @ 6:40 PM :: 11088 Views :: Ethics, Development, Cost of Living

For a 1br-1ba unit, HCDA's falsified estimate sets the "affordable" price at $655K.  Using realistic assumptions the actual affordability price would be $371K--a difference of $284K....

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Thursday, November 21, 2013
Transit Spending Slows Urban Growth
By Selected News Articles @ 12:58 PM :: 5202 Views :: Development, Rail

...regions that spend more money on transit seem to grow slower than regions that spend less....

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Monday, November 18, 2013
Haseko Proposes Resort Zoning for Ewa Beach Development
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 11:41 PM :: 6166 Views :: Development

Submit comments by November 23....

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Friday, November 15, 2013
Who Can Afford Kakaako Workforce Housing?
By News Release @ 11:13 PM :: 6879 Views :: Development, Rail

Another hearing on the 801 South Street project will be held on Tuesday November 19 at 5:30 pm and a final hearing and decision making follows on Tuesday December 4....

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Thursday, November 14, 2013
Making TOD Happen: City Launches 'I Wish' Photo Campaign
By News Release @ 7:49 PM :: 5604 Views :: Development, Rail

Some of the photos will be on display at the “Making TOD Happen” symposium set for 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Neal Blaisdell Center....

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Friday, November 1, 2013
Honolulu Planning Dep’t: “Making TOD Happen”
By News Release @ 4:54 AM :: 5589 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Rail

Saturday, November 16, 2013, at the Neal Blaisdell Center....

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Sunday, October 20, 2013
Raising the Cost of “Affordable Housing”
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:01 AM :: 5951 Views :: Development, Cost of Living

A couple of weeks ago, this commentary examined some of the hurdles that stand in the way of producing more affordable housing....

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Senators: Abercrombie Should Fill HCDA Vacancies
By News Release @ 3:19 AM :: 6883 Views :: Hawaii County , Development, Hawaii State Government

In 2008, the Legislature amended H.R.S. §206E·3 to require Kakaako small business representation on HCDA. The cultural expert and Kakaako resident members were added last year by Act 323. At present, HCDA does not meet these membership requirements....

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Thursday, October 3, 2013
ULI Fellowship: Caldwell to Select Land Use Challenge
By News Release @ 11:17 PM :: 7338 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Land Use

Past classes of Rose Fellows have tackled challenges including revitalization of Detroit’s Livernois Avenue....

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Friday, September 20, 2013
Study: Smart Growth Produces High Housing Costs
By NCPA @ 3:34 AM :: 6314 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

The cost of owned housing rose 75 percent more in areas of higher poverty....

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Thursday, September 19, 2013
UHERO: The Unintended Consequences of Affordable Housing Policy
By UHERO @ 3:15 AM :: 6405 Views :: Development, Cost of Living

Honolulu City Council member Ron Menor has introduced a resolution to amend city policy on household income thresholds for affordable for-sale and/or rental housing....

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Monday, September 16, 2013
Full Text: Kapolei-Makakilo Neighborhood Board Passes Resolutions Against Ho'opili, Ewa Development Plan
By News Release @ 5:23 PM :: 5990 Views :: Development

Adopted by the Makakilo-Kapolei-Honokai Hale Neighborhood Board #34 at its August 28, 2013, meeting by a vote of 6 to 3....

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Thursday, September 12, 2013
Akana: OHA Should Consider Suing HCDA Over Kakaako
By News Release @ 10:37 PM :: 6741 Views :: Development, OHA

On August 6, 2013, OHA received a letter from HCDA stating they will not make any compromises to their plans and expects OHA to be a “good neighbor” and accept their plan for our property....

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Video: Roger Epstein talks with Grassroot Institute
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:46 PM :: 5914 Views :: Development, Judiciary

Roger Epstein, senior partner of Cades Schutte Law Firm, talks with Dr. Keli’i Akina about Hawaii as a center for global transformation....

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Monday, September 2, 2013
ILWU: An injury to one of our corporate employers is an injury to all?
By Selected News Articles @ 4:15 PM :: 7215 Views :: Environment, Development, Labor

"I'm going to f*** with the environmentalists even if I don't have a dog in the fight"

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Monday, August 19, 2013
Investors Submit Plan to Reorganize Hokulia Project
By News Release @ 11:47 AM :: 7818 Views :: Hawaii County , Development, Greenmail

A hearing on the plan’s disclosure statement has been scheduled for Sept. 16, 2013....

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Thursday, August 8, 2013
UHERO: Coastal Zone Management in Hawaii
By UHERO @ 5:01 PM :: 5746 Views :: Environment, Development

Hawaii has 750 linear miles of coastline....

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Honolulu 1990 to 2010 Trends: What Do They Mean for the Next 20 Years?
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 10:20 PM :: 6641 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Rail
PANOS 2050: Solutions for a Sustainable Hawaii....
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Saturday, July 6, 2013
Bill 65 Will Destroy Historic Oahu Railway
By John Bond @ 2:02 AM :: 5072 Views :: Development

...several roads will be crossing the historic National Register Hawaiian Railway, including directly through their historic rail yard....

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013
State Historic Preservation Director Quits Under Fire from Feds
By News Release @ 11:54 PM :: 6977 Views :: Development, OHA, Rail

The announcement follows the release last Thursday of a report by the National Parks Service (NPS) that was critical of the division’s efforts....

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Kakaako Development and Honolulu's Trifecta of Failures
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 4:38 PM :: 6107 Views :: Development, Rail

Up to 5,000 new apartment and condominium units are being planned by the HCDA in Kakaako....

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Honolulu Traffic: Most ‘Lane-Deficient’ City in USA
By Honolulu Traffic @ 12:10 AM :: 5738 Views :: Development, Rail

Adding more density will cause the central road network to seize.... 

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Thursday, June 20, 2013
Town Hall Meeting on the ‘Ewa Development Plan
By News Release @ 2:19 PM :: 5162 Views :: Development, Rail

7:00 – 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 25 Kapolei High School Cafeteria....

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013
‘Bureaucratic abuse’: Molokai vets wait a decade for center, services
By Malia Zimmerman @ 2:29 PM :: 7056 Views :: Maui County, Development, Military

As a part of the 2011 settlement, Maui County had to issue the permit, pay the veterans $200,000 and the mayor was required to issue an apology....

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013
What does a buck get you? A strange deal, ex-Hawaii regent says
By Malia Zimmerman @ 8:06 PM :: 6166 Views :: Ethics, Development, Higher Education
While $1 a month looks like a good deal for taxpayers...the campus construction has been subjected to 83 change orders that cost $19 million ....
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Saturday, June 8, 2013
Mayor Wright Housing: FACE Grabs for Seat at Redevelopment Table
By News Release @ 2:23 PM :: 3891 Views :: Development
Mayor Wright Housing represents the first foray into redevelopment under Governor Abercrombie’s administration....
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Friday, May 31, 2013
More Flooding in Kakaako's Future
By John Bond @ 9:29 PM :: 8224 Views :: Environment, Development, Hawaii History

Right now there is a race to see how fast Kakaako can be sold and developed before the mainland and foreign real estate investors find out they will be stuck with enormous future expenses....

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Meet the Cult Leader: Hawaii Resort Developer Teams Up with Arianna Huffington
By Selected News Articles @ 4:42 PM :: 10014 Views :: Ethics, Development, Pierre Omidyar

In order to properly greet Huffington to the Isles, we present readers with some of the best material out there on this very strange bird....

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Group Organizes to Save Jefferson School
By News Release @ 1:14 AM :: 5930 Views :: Education K-12, Development
...let the community know of the dangers that Jefferson Elementary School faces because of the existence of Senate Bill 237, commonly known as the 21st Century Bill....
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Monday, May 20, 2013
Kakaako: HCDA to Release TOD Plan, Hold Open House
By News Release @ 4:14 PM :: 6061 Views :: Development, Rail
Be sure to check out their plan to reduce Halekauwila St to a single lane of auto traffic while adding 1000s of new condos and offices....
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Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Aloha Tower Case Tests 'Private Attorney General' Before Supreme Court
By Robert Thomas @ 10:02 PM :: 5657 Views :: Development, Judiciary
Thursday, May 16, 2013, at 9:00 a.m., the Hawaii Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Aloha Tower Dev. Corp. v. State of Hawaii....
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Monday, May 6, 2013
Lodestar: Plaintiff Attorneys Awarded Fees in Rail Iwi Case
By Robert Thomas @ 10:16 AM :: 8851 Views :: Development, Judiciary, Land Use, Rail

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

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Monday, May 6, 2013
Laie Hotel Developer Selected
By News Release @ 10:04 AM :: 5012 Views :: Development

Laie Ventures LLC has been selected as the developer to replace what used to be the Laie Inn. Construction of the new hotel, which will be adjacent to the Polynesian Cultural Center, is expected to begin later this year....

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