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Saturday, May 18, 2024
Plan to ban thousands of TVRs on Maui has rocky road ahead
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:16 PM :: 1199 Views :: Maui County, Land Use, Tourism

... The plan will have its first hearing on June 25 before the Maui Planning Commission ....

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Thursday, May 16, 2024
Feds Designate 2,000,000 Acres of Hawaii as 'Sentinel Landscapes'
By Ed Case @ 2:02 AM :: 809 Views :: Environment, Congressional Delegation, Land Use, Military

... The program creates partnerships between federal agencies, state and local governments, private landowners, land managers and non-profits to preserve sensitive lands and resources near military bases ....

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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 :: 1459 Views :: Maui County, Environment, Ethics, Development, Land Use

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

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Saturday, May 4, 2024
Green Signs SB2919: Pretending to Allow Counties to Seize TVRs
By News Release @ 5:14 PM :: 1625 Views :: Maui County, Land Use, Tourism

... The bill clarifies the counties’ authority to control the time, place, manner, and duration of land uses, particularly transient accommodations including short-term rentals ....

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Wednesday, April 17, 2024
Full Text: Hawaii Attorney General Maui Wildfire Report
By News Release @ 5:53 PM :: 1198 Views :: Maui County, Energy, Land Use

... AG Lopez structured the FSRI contract to focus entirely on the role of public agencies, thus avoiding any liability borne by Hawaiian Electric or private landowners such as KSBE ....

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Monday, April 8, 2024
Marconi Point Project Connected to DPP Bribery Scandal
By Selected News Articles @ 6:14 PM :: 2484 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 :: 1321 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use

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

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Friday, April 5, 2024
Rabbi likely to win bias suit against Hawaii County
By Selected News Articles @ 5:16 AM :: 2333 Views :: Hawaii County , First Amendment, Land Use

"It’s like Kabuki theater."

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Thursday, March 28, 2024
Council resolution exemplifies why we still have housing crisis
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:00 PM :: 1454 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Land Use

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

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Wednesday, March 27, 2024
Green Appoints Dozens to Powerful State Boards
By News Release @ 5:22 PM :: 2361 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government, Higher Education, Land Use

... BLNR, BoE, UH Regents and more ...

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Tuesday, March 26, 2024
Prince Kuhio's Fight to Americanize Hawaii
By Andrew Walden @ 12:01 AM :: 38478 Views :: DHHL, Agriculture, Hawaii History, Land Use

...the homestead associations he championed in his first decade of service were multi-ethnic groups seeking the fee-simple ownership of land promised in the Hawaii Organic Act....

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Sunday, March 24, 2024
Grassroot Institute Bills on the Move
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:10 PM :: 1366 Views :: Development, Land Use

... bills that could significantly ease Hawaii's emergency-status housing crisis ....

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Sunday, March 24, 2024
Cost of NIMBYism way too high
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 9:58 PM :: 1674 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Land Use

... Resolution 24-65 contains most of the usual anti-housing rhetoric, and even claims that making it easier to create smaller, more affordable homes would somehow result in more so-called monster homes ....

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Sunday, March 17, 2024
‘CPR king’ Abe Lee enables homeownership despite complicated legal framework
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:00 PM :: 1767 Views :: Development, Land Use

... state law allows homeowners to divide their ownership rights into separate “lots of record” for ownership purposes, but the County Department of Planning and Permitting will still only recognize the property as one lot ....

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Friday, March 15, 2024
SB3381 Lahaina Landgrab Bill: Akaku Hosts Community Forum
By News Release @ 2:04 AM :: 1896 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use

... at Akakū Maui Community Media on Saturday, March 16th from 9:30am - 1pm ....

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Thursday, March 14, 2024
“Smaller homes on smaller lots”
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:47 PM :: 1590 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... HB1630 and SB3202 would allow homeowners to subdivide their lots and build additional homes ....

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Tuesday, March 12, 2024
FWS Designates 119,326 acres as critical habitat on Big Island
By News Release @ 4:58 PM :: 1444 Views :: Hawaii County , Environment, Land Use

... 119,326 acres of federal, state, private, and public lands are being designated as critical habitat for 12 species, meaning these areas have been identified as essential for the conservation of one or more of the species ....

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Sunday, March 10, 2024
Water agency ID’d as major Lahaina recovery roadblock
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:09 PM :: 1616 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use

... “We’ve got this long line of developers who have been trying for decades to get a permit at the Water Commission” ....

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Sunday, March 10, 2024
Listening to naysayers in the housing debate
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:51 AM :: 1798 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... monsters lurk behind every corner ....

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Monday, March 4, 2024
UHERO: Regulations Double Cost of New Condos in Hawaii
By UHERO @ 4:22 PM :: 2683 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

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

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Saturday, February 24, 2024
Green Kills off 'Affordable' Housing Group, Hands Authority to HHFDC
By News Release @ 3:42 AM :: 1445 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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Sunday, February 4, 2024
Hawaii: Never a shortage of costly and grandiose project proposals
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:48 PM :: 1699 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
Reduce Minimum Lot Size to Lower Housing Costs
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:06 PM :: 1234 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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Sunday, January 28, 2024
Not Much to Show for Governor's Emergency Housing Proclamations
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:54 PM :: 1404 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 :: 1231 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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Friday, January 19, 2024
DLNR Transfers 24,200 Acres to Agriculture Department
By News Release @ 4:16 PM :: 1152 Views :: Agriculture, Land Use

... To date, 24,200 acres of agricultural lands have been transferred by DLNR to HDOA. In October 2023, the HBOA approved, accepting 99 more parcels on the list, totaling 21,672 acres, which still requires the review and approval of the BLNR ....

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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 :: 2291 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use, Tourism

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

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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 :: 1099 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 :: 1255 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, December 22, 2023
Ways to make it easier for private homebuilders to build more homes
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:00 AM :: 1243 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 :: 1385 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 :: 1524 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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Saturday, December 9, 2023
‘Not everyone wants to move to Hawaii’
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:48 PM :: 1878 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 :: 1709 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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Sunday, November 26, 2023
Hawaii’s housing crisis deemed ’eminently solvable’
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:00 PM :: 1461 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
Will history someday record an 'economic miracle' for Lahaina?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:20 AM :: 1382 Views :: Maui County, Development, Economy, Land Use

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

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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 :: 2609 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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Sunday, November 12, 2023
Owning in a Burn Zone
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2098 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use

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

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Thursday, November 9, 2023
Inverse Condemnation and Hawaii's Wildfires
By Robert Thomas @ 2:07 AM :: 1589 Views :: Maui County, Land Use

... the role that ‘damaging clauses’ found in more than half of state constitutions across the United States play in inverse condemnation claims related to natural disasters ....

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Tuesday, November 7, 2023
Homeowner Politics and Housing Supply
By UHERO @ 12:48 AM :: 1707 Views :: Development, Land Use

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

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Saturday, November 4, 2023
‘Affordable housing’ making housing worse for everyone
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:45 PM :: 2224 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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Friday, October 27, 2023
​Grassroot testifies before county councils on housing, property tax relief, permitting
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:00 PM :: 1827 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 :: 1860 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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Friday, October 27, 2023
DLNR Transferring 99 Parcels to Agriculture Department
By News Release @ 2:13 AM :: 1759 Views :: Agriculture, Land Use

... 99 agricultural parcels, totaling 21,672 acres ....

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Thursday, October 26, 2023
Green's Latest Housing Proclamation Removes Sunshine Law Exemption
By News Release @ 5:01 PM :: 948 Views :: Ethics, Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... all boards involved in an affordable housing project covered by the proclamation should comply with the Sunshine Law’s requirements ....

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Tuesday, October 24, 2023
UHERO: Reduce fire risk with regulation, restoration of fallow ag lands
By UHERO @ 10:12 PM :: 1739 Views :: Maui County, Agriculture, Land Use

... Fallow agricultural lands now comprise approximately 40% of all agricultural lands or 25% of lands across the state ....

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Saturday, October 21, 2023
Inverse Condemnation and Paying for Disasters
By Robert Thomas @ 10:36 PM :: 1823 Views :: Maui County, Development, Judiciary, Land Use

... Hawaii Bar Association discusses Lahaina fires .... 

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Saturday, October 21, 2023
Hawaii urged to steer clear of Vienna housing model
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:59 PM :: 2023 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

“...Does social housing actually work? Setting the record straight on the Vienna Model....”

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Monday, October 9, 2023
DLNR: Official Who Withheld Firefighting Water Gets Job Back
By News Release @ 7:26 PM :: 2507 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Land Use

... fake 'investigation' ends as soon as Maui Council ponies up political capital ....

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Thursday, October 5, 2023
Governor’s housing proclamation could be a ‘Pandora’s box’
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:37 PM :: 1736 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

“...once in a while, go in and break the system....” 

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