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Monday, March 4, 2024
UHERO: Regulations Double Cost of New Condos in Hawaii
By UHERO @ 4:22 PM :: 3110 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... regulatory costs $387,000 per unit ....

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Friday, March 1, 2024
Rebuilding Nonconforming Structures After Lahaina Fire
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:11 PM :: 1694 Views :: Maui County, Development

... After Hurricane Iniki struck Kauai in 1992, the Kauai County Council adopted an ordinance similar to this bill to foster the reconstruction of old, nonconforming structures ....

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Friday, March 1, 2024
Waive permitting fees to help Maui residents rebuild faster
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:53 PM :: 1437 Views :: Maui County, Development

... reform the County’s emergency housing permitting policies to help facilitate a quicker recovery for the residents of Lahaina ....

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Wednesday, February 28, 2024
Not so Smart: Affordable Housing Loss Study Debunked
By News Release @ 4:43 PM :: 1565 Views :: Development, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... the study from Washington, D.C.-based Smart Growth America commissioned by AARP Hawai‘i didn’t account for numerous affordable-housing projects ....

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Saturday, February 24, 2024
Green Kills off 'Affordable' Housing Group, Hands Authority to HHFDC
By News Release @ 3:42 AM :: 1515 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... Green assigns the BBB’s duties to the Hawai‘i Housing Finance and Development Corporation (HHFDC), which will review developer applications for eligibility and process fee waiver exemptions ....

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Wednesday, February 21, 2024
SB3381: Stop Lahaina Property Owners from Rebuilding
By Andrew Walden @ 9:07 PM :: 4672 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Development, Labor

... will Lahaina literally be handed over to the HCDA and an appointed ‘Community Board’ comprised of Josh Green’s hand-picked Carpenters Union representatives? ....

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Monday, February 19, 2024
True housing reform seems a strong possibility
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:32 PM :: 1338 Views :: Development

... many small tweaks to Hawaii’s zoning and permitting rules that together could make a big dent ....

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Sunday, February 18, 2024
Hawaii's high cost of living is due to “one little thing after another, just building on each other”
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:22 PM :: 1530 Views :: Development, Taxes, Cost of Living

... good housing bills, awful tax bills at Legislature ....

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Sunday, February 11, 2024
Hoarding School Impact Fees
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1606 Views :: Education K-12, Development, Taxes

... since 2007, not one thin dime has been spent out of the school impact fees collected ....

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Wednesday, February 7, 2024
Kula Fire Recovery: "No one is coming to save you"
By Selected News Articles @ 4:47 PM :: 1756 Views :: Maui County, Development, Small Business

“For a long time, people looked to government like it was their job to take care of everything. But the best course of action is not to go through elected officials, it’s to stand up and do it."

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Sunday, February 4, 2024
Hawaii: Never a shortage of costly and grandiose project proposals
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:48 PM :: 1737 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use

... how to facilitate homebuilding in Hawaii at no cost to taxpayers ....

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Thursday, February 1, 2024
Three Ways to Lower Hawaii's Cost of Living
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:18 PM :: 1528 Views :: Development, Jones Act, Taxes, Cost of Living

... reduce housing regulations, support reform of the federal Jones Act and cut taxes ....

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Thursday, February 1, 2024
Reduce Minimum Lot Size to Lower Housing Costs
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:06 PM :: 1272 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... the minimum lot size on Maui of 6,000 square feet incentivizes the construction of large homes rather than smaller, more affordable ones ....

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Tuesday, January 30, 2024
FEMA to Build Hawaii's First Mobile Home Park
By News Release @ 4:08 AM :: 1665 Views :: Maui County, Development

"...Draft Environmental Assessment For Alternative Temporary Transportable Housing Unit Group Site Known as the Kaʻanapali Temporary Group Site...."

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Monday, January 29, 2024
Senate Sets Triple Hearing on Vacation Rental Bill
By News Release @ 9:06 PM :: 1580 Views :: Development, Small Business, Tourism

... Senate Bill 2919 establishes State Regulations for short-term vacation rentals, allows the counties to adopt zoning ordinances and regulations for the amortization or phasing out of certain land lands or structures, and applies the TAT to shelters and vehicles with, or advertised as including, sleeping accommodations ....

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Sunday, January 28, 2024
Not Much to Show for Governor's Emergency Housing Proclamations
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:54 PM :: 1453 Views :: Development, Land Use

... the proclamations have only been used once ....

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Saturday, January 20, 2024
Hold on to your wallets! The Legislature is back in session
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:56 AM :: 1283 Views :: Development, Land Use, Taxes

... “artificial limiters” imposed on the housing stock via the state’s 5% cap on land zoned for residential ....

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Wednesday, January 17, 2024
Saiki Opening Day Speech: Don’t let Lahaina property owners rebuild
By News Release @ 5:21 PM :: 2352 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use, Tourism

... Turn Lahaina into Wailea v2 surrounding the ‘Venice of the Pacific’ water feature ....

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Saturday, January 13, 2024
Lahaina Building Permit: Corps of Engineers has 75-point test
By News Release @ 2:46 AM :: 1380 Views :: Maui County, Development

... First FEMA trailers in July? ....

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Wednesday, January 10, 2024
Let’s try a bottom-up approach to more homebuilding
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:50 AM :: 1152 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... Small, focused policies could free up homebuilders and generate a wave of new housing construction ....

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Monday, January 8, 2024
Housing regulations add up to solid brick wall against homebuilding
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:44 AM :: 1319 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Development, Land Use

... it’s taken almost half a year to see anything come from the governor’s emergency proclamation ....

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Friday, January 5, 2024
Kobayashi Profits as City buys up expensive real estate in Iwilei
By News Release @ 8:17 PM :: 3223 Views :: Honolulu County, Development

... 43% profit for Black Sand / Kobayashi ....

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Friday, December 22, 2023
Ways to make it easier for private homebuilders to build more homes
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:00 AM :: 1286 Views :: Development, Land Use

... what can Hawaii policymakers do? ....

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Thursday, December 21, 2023
Could fixing our housing crisis really be so simple?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:39 AM :: 1451 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... a roadmap that can help make it happen ....

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Sunday, December 17, 2023
Cost-free ways Hawaii can increase its housing stock
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:45 PM :: 1561 Views :: Development, Land Use

... The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii urges lawmakers to prioritize zoning and other reforms because residents need homes now ....

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Thursday, December 14, 2023
RFP-LOL: Aloha Stadium will be Built by 2028
By News Release @ 11:49 PM :: 1545 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Higher Education

... 2028?  How hard are you laughing? ....

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Saturday, December 9, 2023
‘Not everyone wants to move to Hawaii’
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:48 PM :: 1913 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... if Hawaii is so popular, why has its population declined for seven years in a row? ....

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Saturday, December 9, 2023
Fixation on short-term rentals called distraction from 'true culprit'
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:37 PM :: 1751 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use, Tourism, Cost of Living

... government actions created the demand for STRs in the first place, and government regulatory failures “created housing unaffordability long before STRs even came into existence." ....

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Friday, December 1, 2023
Green: We will only build 800 Affordable Units Next Year--but we will Pretend to Rebuild Mayor Wright (again)
By News Release @ 11:06 PM :: 1274 Views :: Development, Cost of Living

... keeping you distracted while keeping housing costs high ....

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Sunday, November 26, 2023
Hawaii’s housing crisis deemed ’eminently solvable’
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:00 PM :: 1508 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz of Hawai'i recently reintroduced bipartisan legislation that would incentivize state and local governments to liberalize housing regulations around transit projects ....

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Sunday, November 26, 2023
'Upzoning' to address need for homes on Maui
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:00 AM :: 1339 Views :: Maui County, Development

...Other ideas presented to legislators in a Shelter Working Group were enacting a 'YIGBY' bill and allowing prefabricated housing....

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Sunday, November 26, 2023
Will history someday record an 'economic miracle' for Lahaina?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:20 AM :: 1428 Views :: Maui County, Development, Economy, Land Use

... how many years will depend on which path is taken ....

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Monday, November 20, 2023
Maui can take lead in ‘Yes in God’s backyard’ housing
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:00 AM :: 1536 Views :: Maui County, Development, Religion

... Family Life Center and King’s Cathedral in Kahului are partnering to put up 85 modular homes on 10 acres of the church’s land ....

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Sunday, November 19, 2023
Let's not fall for all the Aloha Stadium hype
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:24 AM :: 1663 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Tourism

... even the slimmed down plan is worrisome ....

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Saturday, November 18, 2023
VIDEO: Bissen open to Seizing Condotels Which Compete with Full-Service ILWU-Controlled Hotels
By News Release @ 12:27 AM :: 2687 Views :: Maui County, Development, Labor, Land Use

... 'Minatoya List' short-term rentals are condotels competing with the ILWU controlled hotels.  That is why they are being targeted ....

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Friday, November 17, 2023
Telling Evening News Anchors What to Say: Carpenters Union Wages War Against Affordable Modular Housing on Kauai
By News Release @ 4:59 AM :: 5402 Views :: Kauai County, Development, Labor, Cost of Living

... Were you fooled when the Carpenters Union pretended to end its opposition to panelized construction after the Lahaina Fires?  Sucker ....

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Tuesday, November 14, 2023
Felon Watch: Nan buying Grace Pacific from A&B
By Andrew Walden @ 3:41 AM :: 4062 Views :: Ethics, Development, Rail

... convicted felon to gain even more control over Hawaii CIP projects .... 

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Sunday, November 12, 2023
Owning in a Burn Zone
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2125 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use

“... It’s absurd, the socialist mentality, they think they own the land ....”

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Sunday, November 12, 2023
​Honolulu Council approves self-certification for permits
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:00 AM :: 3218 Views :: Honolulu County, Development

... Bill 6 (2023), CD1 would allow building applications to be reviewed by professionals qualified to self-certify that the plans and other data in the applications are in compliance ....

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Saturday, November 11, 2023
YIGBY law would be "dream situation" for Hawaii housing
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 9:53 PM :: 1877 Views :: Development, Religion

... Hawaii’s churches want to help solve the state’s housing crisis. Why are we making it so difficult for them? ....

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Saturday, November 11, 2023
Streamline permitting process to reduce wait times, favoritism
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:40 AM :: 1610 Views :: Honolulu County, Development

... The Actors Guild, a local acting group, produced a play based on their five-year ordeal of trying to get a permit to renovate their theater at Dole Cannery ....

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Tuesday, November 7, 2023
Homeowner Politics and Housing Supply
By UHERO @ 12:48 AM :: 1739 Views :: Development, Land Use

... councillors representing a higher number of homeowners are more likely to oppose housing bills ....

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Sunday, November 5, 2023
Crossing the Rubicon Again
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1614 Views :: Ethics, Development, Taxes

... Green suspended the General Excise Tax as it related to vendors involved in the design, construction, sale, lease, or financing of housing projects designed to provide rapid relief to the homeless ....

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Saturday, November 4, 2023
‘Affordable housing’ making housing worse for everyone
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:45 PM :: 2262 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... since 1969, the median home price in Hawaii has surged from being less than three times the median income to nearly 10 times the median income today ....

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Saturday, November 4, 2023
Restoring Lahaina’s Economy: Time is of the Essence
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:53 PM :: 1713 Views :: Maui County, Development, OHA

“My family is getting very desperate and deciding whether to leave Hawaiʻi.”

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Tuesday, October 31, 2023
DoH Survey: Housing Among Lahaina Top recovery needs
By News Release @ 9:41 PM :: 1652 Views :: Maui County, Development, Hawaii Statistics

... The greatest needs identified by the community included financial recovery (26%), finding permanent residence (24%), and finding employment (9%) ....

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Sunday, October 29, 2023
How monster homes came to be: A Halloween Story
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:50 PM :: 2507 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Development

... meet the monster’s creators ....

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Friday, October 27, 2023
Adaptability is key to solving Hawaii’s housing crisis
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:01 PM :: 1552 Views :: Honolulu County, Development

... adaptive reuse as a possible solution to two pressing issues in Honolulu: downtown office vacancies and Oahu’s housing shortage ....

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Friday, October 27, 2023
​Grassroot testifies before county councils on housing, property tax relief, permitting
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:00 PM :: 1876 Views :: Honolulu County, Kauai County, Maui County, Development, Land Use

... testimony to the Honolulu, Maui and Kauai county councils about measures that could increase the supply of housing ....

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Friday, October 27, 2023
Respect property rights, remove red tape for Lahaina rebuild
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:12 AM :: 1890 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use

... The families and individuals who owned homes and businesses in Lahaina should not have their property rights arbitrarily stripped away from them to satisfy the grand plans of some bureaucracy ....

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