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Thursday, February 7, 2013
Hanabusa Left out as Maui County Gets Federal 'Smart Growth' Funding
By News Release @ 8:42 PM :: 6367 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Development

Senator Brian Schatz, Senator Mazie K. Hirono, and Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard announced today that Maui has been awarded a grant of technical assistance....

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013
The Empire Strikes Back: Reaction To UH Lawprof's Study Of Success Rates In Hawaii Supreme Court Cases
By Robert Thomas @ 12:56 AM :: 9013 Views :: Environment, Development, Judiciary

...the good professor labeled the record of the 1993-2010 Hawaii Supreme Court on property issues "appalling," so it should come as no surprise that two of the beneficiaries of those rulings have now rallied to that court's defense....

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Sunday, January 27, 2013
'Complete Streets': Will Kakaako Become Another Waikiki?
By Mary Smart @ 2:53 AM :: 7873 Views :: Development, Rail

Auto commutes will be made more cumbersome to promote public transportation....

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Sunday, January 27, 2013
After 20 Years of Minimal Change, Minimal Growth What Should Hawaii Plan For?
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 1:11 AM :: 7246 Views :: Environment, Development, Rail

Census data strongly suggests that Hawaii, and Oahu in particular, are stable communities with very mild growth....

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Summary of Bills Repealing the PLDC
By Selected News Articles @ 3:44 PM :: 7681 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government, Land Use

Repeal Bills:  SB 1; SBs 245, 246; SB 338; SB 425; SB 480; SB 663; SBs 780, 781; SB 866....

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Abercrombie to Sign Executive Order Creating Super-PLDC
By Selected News Articles @ 2:29 PM :: 9272 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government, Rail

...the state Office of Planning is now drafting a resolution for Abercrombie to sign as an executive policy, recognizing that TOD is a priority of state government....

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Thursday, January 17, 2013
Abercrombie: "Legislature May Need to Adjust Act 55 to Avoid Repeal"
By News Release @ 10:07 PM :: 7971 Views :: Environment, Development, Hawaii State Government, Land Use

"If the Legislature cannot achieve this outcome, the possibility of repeal will ensue."

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013
New for 2013: Affordable Housing Costs More
By News Release @ 6:15 PM :: 7424 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Cost of Living

The information is key because it is used by developers to set affordable homes sales prices and rents....

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Sunday, November 18, 2012
Pierre Omidyar: The Secret Empire of a Resort Developer
By Andrew Walden @ 9:06 PM :: 39135 Views :: Kauai County, Development, Pierre Omidyar

“You may have noticed, I do like to fly under the radar.” -- Pierre Omidyar, 2009

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Saturday, September 29, 2012
Hanalei: Billionaire Pierre Omidyar Pushes for Resort Development
By Robert Thomas @ 11:57 PM :: 8204 Views :: Kauai County, Development, Land Use, Pierre Omidyar

The developer touts the proposed resort as "the most environmentally and culturally responsible visitor-oriented project ever to be proposed in the state."

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Monday, August 27, 2012
Enviros win 90% in Hawaii Supreme Court
By Robert Thomas @ 5:43 PM :: 21052 Views :: Environment, Development, Hawaii Statistics, Judiciary, Land Use

...the Hawaii Supreme Court "has managed to find in favor of Sierra Club, Friends of the Earth, Earthjustice ... 90% of the time, 70% of those decisions overturning the [Hawaii] Intermediate Court of Appeals....

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Thursday, April 12, 2012
Abercrombie Signs Kakaako Over to OHA, HCDA Maintains Development Control
By News Release @ 5:40 PM :: 8751 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, OHA

The lands are and will remain under the jurisdiction of the Hawai'i Community Development Authority (HCDA), and will continue to be subject to HCDA’s zoning and other land use conditions. The lands will be conveyed “as is,” “where is.”

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Friday, December 9, 2011
Pay to Play Fines Unpaid: Hirono for Governor Campaign Closes Owing State Elections Fund Over $98,000
By Andrew Walden @ 11:00 AM :: 19060 Views :: Democratic Party, Ethics, Development, Politicians

The assessments were levied after the Campaign Spending Commission investigators uncovered thousands of dollars in illegal campaign contributions, contributed to Hirono as a part of Hawaii's extensive "Pay to Play" scandal....

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Saturday, June 25, 2011
Ka Pua Makaha: Multi-million dollar giveaway of DHHL assets disguised as “gift”
By Andrew Walden @ 10:14 PM :: 15189 Views :: DHHL, Development

For over a year most of Hawaii’s pliant and un-inquisitive media have gone along with the ridiculous story that Koolina developer and Broken Trust player Jeff Stone was donating 300 Makaha acres to Hawaiian Homelands and Kamehameha Schools as “a gift from the heart….”

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011
DLNR outsources Historic Preservation
By News Release @ 2:41 PM :: 8246 Views :: Environment, Development, Hawaii State Government, OHA

The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) took action to improve operations at its State Historic Preservation Division (SHPD) and ensure federal compliance. The Department awarded a contract to Solutions Pacific, LLC to implement recommendations of the National Park Service’s Corrective Action Plan.  

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Fireworks, dirt, and stolen trucks: Colleen Hanabusa and the Honolulu Raceway Deal
By Andrew Walden @ 1:34 AM :: 52018 Views :: DHHL, Ethics, Development, Politicians

When the Advertiser in 2004 exposed business dealings between then-State Sheriff John Sousa and two convicted felons, Souza said he was considering resigning and acknowledged "The appearance is bad." Souza had extended $25,000 credit to organized crime figure Jonnaven Monalim as part of a deal to sell seven Makaha acres of former Hanabusa family property. Another convicted felon was managing Souza's Pueo Trucking company while Souza was Sheriff.

But just two years later, Hanabusa's husband Souza would form a close working relationship with one George Grace III.  Unlike Monalim, a search of the Hawaii criminal database indicates that George Grace III has never been convicted of a crime. But the controversial owner of porta-potty rental firm Paradise Lua has had a court-documented interest in stolen trucks going back to the 1990s.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Superferry Update: A rat, a coward, and thin-skinned pseudo intellectuals
By Andrew Walden @ 7:48 AM :: 22259 Views :: Hawaii County , Kauai County, Maui County, Environment, Development

“After reading the alarming tract, I wanted to know whether Albertini -- who went to prison for a year (many years ago) for trying to block a Navy vessel in Hilo Harbor -- will be putting his life and/or freedom on the line along with the novice activists he is counseling.

“The answer? No. Not only is Albertini not going to protest the Superferry, he claims he didn’t even know his “non-violent” call to arms was even published."

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Hokuli`a Settlement Exposed
By Andrew Walden @ 11:55 PM :: 17280 Views :: Development, Greenmail

Is the County of Hawai`i subject to secret agreements which direct the passage of future legislation? Is the Legislature? Did the plaintiffs get money?

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Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Moloka`i activists seek control of ranch
By Andrew Walden @ 11:31 AM :: 16181 Views :: Maui County, Development, Greenmail

Ritte’s phony “Save La`au” campaign has been falsely portrayed as an anti-development battle, but in reality it is a battle between two competing developers each tied to a different government group. 

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Monday, January 14, 2008
Red Hot Lava Menaces Old-boy Scam
By Andrew Walden @ 6:23 PM :: 14734 Views :: Hawaii County , Development

Red hot lava threatening Puna’s Royal Gardens subdivision opens yet another chapter in a long-running saga. A hui of elected officials and state and county engineers in 1961 bought the 1,807 acre site from the Bishop Estate (Kamehameha Schools) for $200,000 after easily obtaining preliminary approval to subdivide from the Hawaii County Planning Commission.

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Wednesday, June 28, 2006
"I Trusted Jim Medeiros"
By Selected News Articles @ 2:37 AM :: 5974 Views :: Hawaii County , Family, Development, Greenmail, Land Use

...That was the biggest mistake I ever made in my life....

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