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Saturday, August 5, 2023
"Wouldn’t it be nice to get a permit in 10 days?"
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:14 PM :: 2691 Views :: Honolulu County, Development

... Bill 6 would allow building applications to be reviewed by qualified third-party reviewers ....

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Friday, August 4, 2023
Mixed feelings characterize reaction to housing proclamation
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:39 AM :: 1817 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... “It really does is just put pressure on the Legislature and say, ‘Are you going to act?'"....

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Sunday, July 30, 2023
Housing Emergency Designed to Fail
By Andrew Walden @ 11:29 PM :: 4500 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... Because it is temporary, Green’s Proclamation ensures that too few projects will be approved to actually bring down the cost of housing ....

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Sunday, July 30, 2023
​Tupola says empowering people is her motivation
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:03 AM :: 2699 Views :: Honolulu County, Development

... Tupola served four years in the state House, starting in 2014, then was elected to the City Council, in 2020 ....

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Sunday, July 30, 2023
‘Permit me’ -- to thank county officials again
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:49 AM :: 2747 Views :: Development

... How long should Oahu residents have to wait for a permit to repair or renovate their homes? A few days? Weeks? Months? ....

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Friday, July 28, 2023
Pathways to Removing Housing Obstacles
By News Release @ 3:37 PM :: 2462 Views :: Development, Land Use

... PRO Housing to reduce barriers to affordable housing production by helping local communities address restrictive zoning, land use, and regulatory policies. It also expands financing for affordable, energy-efficient, and resilient housing, and promotes commercial-to-residential conversion ....

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Thursday, July 27, 2023
Housing: 'Much of the proclamation I could have written myself'
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:43 AM :: 2326 Views :: Development

... especially the many “whereas” justifications for why the emergency order was issued — which states many of the points I’ve been making for years regarding the bad policy and inaction that have characterized Hawaii’s approach to homebuilding ....

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Tuesday, July 18, 2023
Green Signs Emergency Proclamation on Housing
By News Release @ 3:41 AM :: 2358 Views :: Development, Homelessness, Land Use

...“This emergency proclamation is one of the largest state-level housing actions anywhere in the country in years, if not decades," said Senator Stanley Chang, chair of the Senate Committee on Housing....

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Friday, July 7, 2023
HHFDC Gives Solar Farm Control of Waianae Affordable Housing Complex
By News Release @ 4:33 AM :: 1518 Views :: Energy, Development, Hawaii State Government

... The agreement, which began on June 30, calls for Solar Farm View Estates LLC (SFVE) to undertake substantial repairs to the complex and operate it for the next 75 years. The Board of Directors of HHFDC, which retains the property’s fee-simple interest, approved a $4.95 million, low-interest, 10-year loan that allows SFVE to facilitate the repairs ....

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Sunday, July 2, 2023
​Regulations make housing prices unsustainable
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:09 PM :: 1989 Views :: Development, Hawaii History, Land Use, Cost of Living

... why have prices spiked over the past half-century? ....

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Wednesday, June 28, 2023
14 Years Later HiDoT Still Trying to get Rid of Falls of Clyde
By News Release @ 11:59 PM :: 1736 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Tourism

... HDOT is working to redevelop Pier 7 at Honolulu Harbor which has been vacant and inactive for the last 14 years, after Bishop Museum closed the Hawaiʻi Maritime Center ....

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Tuesday, June 27, 2023
About that so-called Vienna housing model
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:00 PM :: 2369 Views :: Development, Cost of Living

... some Hawaii lawmakers have been looking at the so-called Vienna model of housing as a way to help resolve Hawaii's housing crisis ....

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Sunday, June 18, 2023
A Dirty Problem
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2450 Views :: Environment, Development, Tax Credits

... five blind monks trying to describe an elephant ....

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Sunday, June 11, 2023
Taxes and Cost of Living: Focus Shifts to County Councils
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:57 PM :: 1934 Views :: Development, Taxes, Cost of Living

... lawmaking continues at the county level ....

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Sunday, June 11, 2023
Want more housing? Why not just cut the red tape?
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:50 PM :: 1956 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Cost of Living

... address the structural problems in the housing market, namely the strict regulatory environment ....

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Wednesday, June 7, 2023
Bill 56: Increase amount for permit exemptions to ease 209 day backlog
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:31 PM :: 1952 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Small Business

... 209 days spent waiting for a permit often equates to higher costs for labor and materials ....

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Sunday, June 4, 2023
It’s Time for OHA to Change its Messaging About Kakaʻako Makai
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:00 PM :: 2075 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, OHA

... the messaging OHA uses to promote this development project could be connected to our failure to rally support in the legislature ....

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Friday, June 2, 2023
HCDA to Ban Residential Development at Kakaako Makai
By News Release @ 10:05 PM :: 1974 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, OHA

... HCDA informational hearing on June 7 at 10:30 on Kakaako Makai Rule Amendments ....

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Thursday, June 1, 2023
‘Empty homes’ tax won’t fix supply-side housing crisis
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:10 AM :: 1886 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Taxes

... the “empty homes” theory is just another distraction from the real cause of Hawaii’s housing crisis, which is regulations that block homebuilding ....

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Friday, May 26, 2023
DPP Supervisor Gets 60 Months in Prison for Bribery Scheme
By News Release @ 1:38 AM :: 2089 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Development

... After a lengthy investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) into corruption at the DPP, honest services wire fraud charges were filed against six individuals, including Inouye, arising out of schemes in which employees of the DPP took bribes in exchange for performing official acts at DPP ....

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Sunday, May 7, 2023
Is racism why OHA can’t build condos?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:12 PM :: 2622 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, OHA

... the restriction was put in place before OHA chose to acquire the property ....

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Sunday, April 30, 2023
An amazing day at the Capitol
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 9:04 PM :: 2869 Views :: Development, Small Business, Taxes

... it finally became clear which big-ticket items were going to make it to the governor’s desk for signing — or hit the cutting room floor ....

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Sunday, April 23, 2023
Wanna know why homebuilders in Hawaii prefer to build mansions?
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:22 PM :: 2874 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... homebuilders say multi-unit projects could be more profitable, but there are just too many rules, regulations and delays to make it worth the effort ....

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Friday, April 21, 2023
Money Laundering: Feds Unmask Shell Companies Behind Hawaii Real Estate Purchases
By News Release @ 11:30 PM :: 3373 Views :: Development, Law Enforcement

... to identify the natural persons behind shell companies used in non-financed purchases of residential real estate ....

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Friday, April 21, 2023
OHA Check Register 2022--Insiders Rake in $1.2M for Kakaako Makai Lobbying
By Andrew Walden @ 11:29 PM :: 4415 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Development, OHA

... “Dead Bodies, Convicted Felons and Kakaako Makai: Meet the new Gang at OHA” ....

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Saturday, April 8, 2023
Is there relief for rising property taxes on Oahu?
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:53 AM :: 2644 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Taxes, Cost of Living

... Akina said Hawaii home prices are sky-high because of the scarcity of housing caused by “all the regulation … that developers and individual home builders have to go through in order to renovate or in order to build.” ....

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Friday, April 7, 2023
30 Years later First members Appointed to Oahu Historic Preservation Commission
By News Release @ 12:00 PM :: 1963 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Hawaii History

... Administratively, the Oʻahu Historic Preservation Commission will be managed by the City’s Department of Planning and Permitting ....

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Thursday, April 6, 2023
OHA Rejects $100M Offer--Sees More Profit in Lying About Kakaako Makai
By News Release @ 11:50 PM :: 2405 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Development, OHA

"... The prohibition of residential development via a 'perpetual easement' has too adverse of an impact on the future value of Hakuone lands ...."

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Monday, April 3, 2023
Priced Out: Millennials Buying Cheapest Homes in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 10:36 PM :: 2370 Views :: Development, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... In most US metro areas, millennials are buying homes at prices above the general market.  But in Honolulu millennials are buying homes 4.2% below the market average.  This is the biggest downside gap in any of the 56 large metros studied ....

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Sunday, April 2, 2023
​Is there life after Downtown Walmart?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:47 PM :: 2223 Views :: Development, Cost of Living

... adaptive reuse ....

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Friday, March 31, 2023
2017 cesspool law creating a mess for Hawaii property owners
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:39 PM :: 2276 Views :: Development, Cost of Living

... the state’s mandate to eliminate cesspools is too costly for homeowners ....

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Sunday, March 19, 2023
Dead Bodies, Convicted Felons and Kakaako Makai: Meet the new Gang at OHA
By Andrew Walden @ 12:20 AM :: 7057 Views :: Ethics, Development, OHA

... “We greatly appreciate what Senator Dela Cruz is trying to do. And we thank him.” -- OHA Chair Carmen Hulu Lindsey ....

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Friday, March 17, 2023
Oʻo Award for Digging out ‘Affordable’ Housing Scam
By News Release @ 6:30 PM :: 2416 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Development, First Amendment

... Tummons, in a series of articles, exposed questionable dealings in Hawaii Countyʻs Office of Housing and Community Development that ultimately led to an FBI investigation and guilty plea by former community development specialist Alan Scott Rudo to accepting almost $2 million in bribes from two Hilo attorneys and a businessman ....

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Tuesday, March 14, 2023
"An opportunity drops into OHA’s lap"
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 10:48 PM :: 2640 Views :: Ethics, Development, OHA

... “Rules were meant to be broken,” the trustee said. “We do that all the time.” ….

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Tuesday, March 14, 2023
Auditor Rips OHA Land Acquisitions--Making it up as they Go Along
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 7:06 PM :: 2539 Views :: Ethics, Development, Land Use, OHA

... these acquisitions were ad hoc, featuring strategies and criteria created to facilitate the acquisition ....

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Monday, March 13, 2023
Congress Funds New ‘YIMBY’ Grants for Zoning Reform
By Selected News Articles @ 4:47 PM :: 1785 Views :: Development

... The final act of Congress in 2022 included passage of a new $85 million grant program aimed at zoning reform ....

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Sunday, March 12, 2023
Building Vs. Buying: Which Is Cheaper in The Aloha State?
By Selected News Articles @ 3:01 PM :: 2818 Views :: Development, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Hawaii shines as #1 out of only 18 states where it’s more cost-effective to build rather than buy ....

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Sunday, March 12, 2023
Five Ideas to Put Aloha Stadium Plan on Right Track
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:05 AM :: 1799 Views :: Development

... avoid becoming another boondoggle ....

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Friday, March 10, 2023
Schatz Goes YIMBY
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:09 PM :: 2263 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Development, Land Use

... A new federal “Yes In My Backyard” grant program, spearheaded by Hawaii’s U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz, deserves kudos for targeting barriers to new housing ....

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Thursday, March 9, 2023
Hawaii isle zoning review could lead to more housing
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:41 AM :: 1792 Views :: Hawaii County , Development

... effort underway to update the county’s zoning code ....

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Wednesday, March 1, 2023
Hawaii’s Housing Shortage Explained
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:08 PM :: 2608 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... Housing expert says Hawaii fits pattern of areas losing residents ....

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Wednesday, March 1, 2023
Lawsuit: Ke'eaumoku Condo Site--15 Burials and Counting
By Court House News @ 2:08 AM :: 3375 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, OHA

... no archaeological survey or assessments were conducted after demolition and despite the subsequent findings of burials and related sites and features. The state and city have granted several permits ....

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Monday, February 20, 2023
Zoning, planning reforms would help produce more Hawaii County housing
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:36 PM :: 2387 Views :: Hawaii County , Development, Land Use

... How to ensure that zoning and building codes don’t undermine housing growth ....

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Saturday, February 18, 2023
Abolish Zoning: Land Use Solution for Hawaii?
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:52 PM :: 2031 Views :: Development, Land Use

... “Arbitrary Lines: How Zoning Broke the American City and How to Fix It” ....

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Monday, February 13, 2023
Kim, DelaCruz, Kidani: Regents Should Dump Lassner to Help Boost Aloha Stadium Boondoggle
By News Release @ 3:43 AM :: 2707 Views :: Development, Higher Education

... This is all about Aloha Stadium. Under Lassner UH is shifting to TC Ching. The scamsters want a president who will commit to play UH sports in their new Aloha Stadium. They don't care what happens to the rest of the University ....

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Sunday, February 12, 2023
How Living Off the Grid in Hawaii Compares to Other States
By Selected News Articles @ 12:40 AM :: 1993 Views :: Development, Hawaii Statistics, Land Use

... five categories: feasibility, infrastructure, affordability, climate, and safety ....

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Saturday, February 4, 2023
After Fraudsters Jailed, Auditor Discovers Affordable Housing Program Has no Administrative Rules
By News Release @ 8:15 PM :: 2911 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Development, Cost of Living

... Decades of neglect in monitoring the program has left the department unable to evaluate its success ....

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Thursday, February 2, 2023
City seeks highly-qualified candidates to serve on Oʻahu Historic Preservation Commission
By News Release @ 9:42 PM :: 1538 Views :: Honolulu County, Development

... candidates to serve on the Oʻahu Historic Preservation Commission, which became effective in the Revised Charter of the City and County of Honolulu on January 23, 2023 ....

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Sunday, January 29, 2023
Are Zoning Laws the Cause of Hawaii's Housing Crisis?
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:49 PM :: 1843 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... Arbitrary Lines: How Zoning Broke the American City and How to Fix It ....

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Friday, January 27, 2023
Maui Sovereignty Squatters Interfere with MEO Affordable Housing Project
By News Release @ 2:10 PM :: 1789 Views :: Maui County, Development

"The only reason we are pursuing a development at Ke Kahua in Waiehu is to bring affordable rental units to struggling Maui families.

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