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Monday, October 11, 2021
Coastal Erosion: No Easy, Inexpensive, or One-Size-Fits-All Solutions
By News Release @ 9:55 PM :: 436 Views :: Environment, Land Use

... conclusions of a presentation to the Board of Land and Natural Resources ....

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Saturday, October 2, 2021
Maui Council Approves 3% TAT Hike--Will use Money to buy 'Open Space'
By News Release @ 2:41 PM :: 813 Views :: Maui County, Land Use, Tourism

... In anticipation of the new tax, the council also passed on first reading today a bill to increase anticipated revenue for the Open Space Fund ....

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Thursday, September 2, 2021
City Releases Draft Right-of-Way Widths for Planned Streets
By News Release @ 12:24 AM :: 1070 Views :: Honolulu County, Land Use

"...to implement Complete Streets which provide equitable access across all modes and for all abilities, including pedestrians, bicycles, cars, trucks, and buses...."

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Sunday, July 25, 2021
Special Land and Development Fund, Revisited
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1173 Views :: Ethics, Land Use, OHA

... rent for the property was $100,000 while subleases of the same property brought in $300,000 ....

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Monday, July 12, 2021
NASA: Moon Wobble to Cause Coastal Flooding
By Selected News Articles @ 11:02 PM :: 2166 Views :: Environment, World News, Development, Land Use

... But don't worry.  We are still going to blame global warming ....

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Thursday, July 8, 2021
Ige Nominates Canto to BLNR
By News Release @ 5:01 AM :: 995 Views :: Maui County, Land Use

"... Canto is currently employed as a processing assistant for Maui Grown Therapies ...."

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Tuesday, June 29, 2021
Na Wai Eha: 20 Years of Litigation 'fundamentally changes water distribution system'
By News Release @ 11:31 PM :: 1093 Views :: Maui County, Environment, Land Use

"...the most comprehensive application of the Hawai‘i Water Code to water use and protection in history...."

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Sunday, June 20, 2021
State Supreme Court: With Environmentalism Anybody Can Veto Affordable Housing
By Robert Thomas @ 4:54 AM :: 1655 Views :: Maui County, Environment, Development, Greenmail, Judiciary, Land Use

... Anyone Claiming That An Affordable Housing Project Might Impact Their Property Interests In A "Clean And Healthful Environment" Has Standing To Object ....

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Thursday, June 10, 2021
PASH and the Changing Coastal Environment
By Robert Thomas @ 2:01 AM :: 1040 Views :: Land Use

... a retrospective of one of the Hawaii Supreme Court's most famous (or infamous) decisions ....

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Thursday, May 20, 2021
Ige Seeks BLNR Nominees
By News Release @ 6:23 AM :: 929 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Land Use

... currently, the designated Maui and O‘ahu land district seats are open ....

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Wednesday, May 12, 2021
US House Resolution Backs National Forest in Hawaii
By Ed Case @ 11:57 PM :: 1006 Views :: Environment, Congressional Delegation, Land Use

... The U.S. House has once again passed his National Forest study measure that calls on the United States Forest Service (USFS) to engage communities in the State of Hawai’i in a study to identify suitable parcels to be incorporated into a National Forest ....

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Saturday, May 8, 2021
Mayor Victorino Bill 10 Veto Upheld, Saves Affordable Housing
By News Release @ 2:19 PM :: 2940 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

"... In theory, Bill 10 would require more affordable housing to be built, but in reality, history has shown that such additional restrictions have the opposite effect ....”

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Friday, April 23, 2021
How high housing prices are encouraging residents to leave Hawaii
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:57 AM :: 1798 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... How to make housing affordable and help stop the exodus .... 

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Thursday, April 15, 2021
After Kaka'ako Makai Debacle: 'OHA Shall Seek Decision Making Influence over All Land in Hawai'i'
By Andrew Walden @ 6:08 AM :: 2382 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Development, Land Use, OHA

... OHA shall promote the idea that every property in Hawai'i is sacred and pursue initiatives that help achieve a broad acceptance of this truth ....

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Friday, April 9, 2021
Maui Beware!
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 10:48 PM :: 1987 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... This would give Maui the second most restrictive affordable-housing law in the country ....

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Friday, March 26, 2021
Prince Kuhio’s Fight to Americanize Hawaii
By Andrew Walden @ 12:01 AM :: 26028 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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Monday, March 15, 2021
Senate Sends Housing Bills to House
By News Release @ 6:06 PM :: 1316 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government, Land Use

... Establishes the ALOHA homes program to develop low-cost homes on state-owned and county-owned land in urban redevelopment sites to be sold in leasehold by the Hawaii housing finance and development corporation ....

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Thursday, March 11, 2021
 How 'Affordable' Housing rules often result in no homebuilding
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:04 AM :: 1982 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... A Maui bill to increase affordability requirements is the backdrop for a discussion on how current housing policy can be improved ....

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Thursday, March 4, 2021
Lawsuit Demands More 'Critical Habitat' in Hawaii
By News Release @ 3:32 AM :: 963 Views :: Land Use

"... The Endangered Species Act required the agency to designate critical habitat with its listing determination and develop a recovery plan for the bird. Yet the Service has failed to do so...."

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Monday, February 22, 2021
SCOTUS Refuses to Hear Bridge Aina Lea Case
By Robert Thomas @ 4:00 PM :: 1855 Views :: Hawaii County , Development, Land Use

"... If there is no such thing as a regulatory taking, we should say so ...."

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Wednesday, February 3, 2021
So-Called 'Kaka'ako Land Co' Loses in Lawsuit
By News Release @ 5:27 AM :: 1551 Views :: Honolulu County, Land Use

... A trial was held in November challenging Kakaʻako Land. Co.'s (KLC) ownership of Kakaʻako private roads ....

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Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Bridge Aina Lea: 9th Circuit Allows Case to go Forward
By Robert Thomas @ 4:42 AM :: 1946 Views :: Hawaii County , Development, Land Use

... The district court's judgment is reversed, case remanded for the merits ....

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Saturday, January 23, 2021
"25 Years of PASH"
By Robert Thomas @ 11:00 AM :: 1558 Views :: Greenmail, Land Use

... in the PASH case the Hawaii Supreme Court concluded that subject to certain qualifications, the Hawaii Constitution allows native Hawaiians to exercise traditional practices, even on private property ....

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Monday, January 4, 2021
The greenies’ tales about Hawaii’s vanishing beaches miss one important fact
By Selected News Articles @ 11:00 AM :: 2059 Views :: Environment, Land Use

...I don’t have an opinion about sea walls. I do have an opinion about connected, rich people buying oceanfront property on sinking islands even as they try to sell us on the idea that an ocean rise clocked at less than 2 mm per year is what really matters – and that we should give up fossil fuel to save their beaches....

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Thursday, December 31, 2020
Hawaii Officials Promise Changes to Seawall Policies
By Selected News Articles @ 6:09 PM :: 1511 Views :: Environment, Land Use

... Officials now pledge action, after a Honolulu Star-Advertiser and ProPublica investigation ....

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Wednesday, December 30, 2020
DPP seeks comments on Primary Urban Center plan ‘sneak preview’
By News Release @ 8:03 PM :: 1376 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Land Use

... The “PUC DP All Policies Summary” is a complete collection of the draft goals and policies that will make up the final PUC DP .... 

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Wednesday, December 23, 2020
Report: Oahu affordable housing shortage worsened in FY 2019
By News Release @ 11:52 PM :: 1442 Views :: Honolulu County, Land Use, Cost of Living

... DPP has released its Annual Report on the status of land use on O‘ahu for fiscal year ending 2019 ....

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Thursday, November 5, 2020
DLNR Steps Up Efforts to Manage Homelessness Across Public Lands
By Selected News Articles @ 9:20 PM :: 1769 Views :: Environment, Homelessness, Land Use

...“I don’t see any end in sight, really, because it just seems to have gotten worse"....

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Friday, October 2, 2020
Rein in this red-tape rascal
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:02 PM :: 1808 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

...When your state lacks sufficient housing, the last thing you should do is make building a difficult, risky and lengthy process. But that’s exactly what Hawaii has done....

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Tuesday, September 29, 2020
More Housing Hawaii Residents Can Afford
By Video @ 4:09 AM :: 1594 Views :: Land Use, Cost of Living

...Hawaii’s residents need more housing that they can afford. And one of the simplest ways to provide it would be to reform a mysterious organization called the Land Use Commission....

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Friday, September 25, 2020
Reform state LUC to encourage more housing, new report says
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:50 AM :: 1436 Views :: Land Use, Cost of Living

...The state Land Use Commission has strayed from its core mission, leading to fewer homes and higher home prices for Hawaii residents....

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Saturday, September 19, 2020
Transit and the Mania for Density
By News Release @ 2:30 PM :: 1907 Views :: Development, Land Use, Rail

...the Rasputin of urban planning....

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Thursday, September 17, 2020
Waikoloa Mauka Project Now Subject of FBI Investigation, Developer Says
By Selected News Articles @ 7:51 PM :: 2906 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Development, Land Use

...he unwittingly bought into a scheme that is now the subject of an FBI investigation....

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Friday, September 11, 2020
The New Champion Of Private Property Rights Is … Barack Obama?
By Selected News Articles @ 2:02 AM :: 3537 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Land Use, Obama

...Obama and his longtime colleague Marty Nesbitt want a 100-year-old sea wall rebuilt and fortified to protect a planned Hawaii retreat....

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Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Liberalize West Maui Plan to encourage more housing
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:42 PM :: 1443 Views :: Maui County, Land Use

... The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii advises Maui planners against adding more regulations if they wants more housing ....

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Thursday, August 27, 2020
Bridge Aina Lea: US Supreme Court Urged to Hear Case
By Robert Thomas @ 3:14 AM :: 1766 Views :: Hawaii County , Land Use

 ...'This case is the proverbial 'Exhibit A' of much that is wrong with takings law.'....

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Sunday, August 9, 2020
OHA to Take Over Honolulu Council?
By Andrew Walden @ 3:30 AM :: 6964 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Development, Land Use, OHA

...two OHA operatives are in the Council runoff elections this November with one goal in mind--help OHA upzone Kakaako Makai so it can build hotels and condos up to the sky....

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Sunday, July 19, 2020
Bridge Aina Lea Heading to US Supreme Court?
By Robert Thomas @ 12:13 AM :: 2040 Views :: Hawaii County , Land Use

...Cert Petition: "This case is the proverbial 'Exhibit A' of much that is wrong [with takings law]...."

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Thursday, June 4, 2020
Land Use: Disparate Impact
By Selected News Articles @ 11:38 PM :: 1684 Views :: Land Use, Cost of Living

...the Trump administration has since revised the rule, making it more difficult to challenge land-use rules that make housing more expensive....

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Friday, May 22, 2020
COVID-19 Proves Hawai’i Central Planners Got it All Wrong
By Mary Smart @ 10:38 PM :: 2103 Views :: Land Use, Rail, COVID-19

...Hawai’i central planners should reevaluate their push to implement more and more projects, such as TOD, mass transit, and shared vehicles, which contribute to the spread of disease....

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Friday, April 3, 2020
Bridge Aina Lea: What Constitutes Loss?
By Robert Thomas @ 12:07 AM :: 1676 Views :: Hawaii County , Land Use

...The opinion also adds to the growing confusion about whether the regulatory takings doctrine deals with use or value....  

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Thursday, March 26, 2020
The Royal Origins Of "Police Power" Hawaii-Style: The King v. Tong Lee (1880)
By Robert Thomas @ 10:50 AM :: 2344 Views :: Hawaii History, Land Use, Small Business

...the first Hawaii case which uses the term "police power"....

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Thursday, February 20, 2020
Bridge Aina Lea: 9th Circuit Takes Developer's Last Dollar
By Robert Thomas @ 2:44 AM :: 2964 Views :: Hawaii County , Development, Land Use

...the District Court had awarded nominal compensation ($1), after the jury concluded that the State of Hawaii took Aina Lea's property....

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Who’s to blame for high housing costs? It’s more complicated than you think.
By Selected News Articles @ 8:37 PM :: 2987 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

...Public debate falls into two schools of thought as to why housing costs are so high....

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Friday, February 14, 2020
Five little words could solve Hawaii's housing crisis
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:06 PM :: 2625 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

...More mandates and government red tape won’t build houses....

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Friday, January 31, 2020
Hawaii’s housing crisis, in 63 seconds
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:35 PM :: 1977 Views :: Land Use, Cost of Living

...no land shortage....

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Saturday, December 28, 2019
WSJ: Aloha Increasingly Means Goodbye Thanks to High Taxes
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:29 PM :: 4416 Views :: Jones Act, Land Use, Taxes, Cost of Living

...With an 11% top rate, many Hawaii residents are looking for two tickets out of paradise....

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Wednesday, December 18, 2019
Land Use: Hawaii Supreme Court Creates New Procedural Hoop to Jump Through
By Robert Thomas @ 12:04 PM :: 2402 Views :: Development, Land Use

...HAWSCT: When Agency Includes Conditions In Phase 1 Land Use Permit, But Later Removes The Conditions In Phase 2 Permit, Party Who Asked For Conditions Is Entitled To Notification....

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Friday, December 6, 2019
Liberate Hawaii Homebuilding
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:28 PM :: 2752 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

...smaller steps that could lead to big results....

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Friday, November 15, 2019
Monster Homes: Auditor Rips Department of Planning and Permitting
By News Release @ 2:45 AM :: 4004 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Land Use

"...We found that the Department of Planning and Permitting does not effectively manage building permits and inspections...."

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