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Friday, May 30, 2014
Today in 1984: SCOTUS Upholds Hawaii Land Redistribution Eminent Domain Plan
By Robert Thomas @ 5:52 PM :: 3874 Views :: Hawaii History, Land Use

It was on this day in 1984 that the U.S. Supreme Court issued its 8-0 decision in Hawaii Housing Authority v. Midkiff....

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Friday, May 23, 2014
VIDEO: Why is the Rent So High in Hawaii?
By Video @ 4:33 PM :: 4231 Views :: Land Use, Cost of Living

The six layers of land use controls ....

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Intermediate Court of Appeals: No Landlocked Real Estate in Hawaii
By Robert Thomas @ 2:36 PM :: 4954 Views :: Hawaii History, Judiciary, Land Use

In Malulani Group, Ltd. v. Kaupo Ranch, Ltd., No. 30509 (May 5, 2014), the issue was whether the owner of a landlocked parcel could assert an easement....

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Monday, May 19, 2014
Turtle Bay: A Real Difference Between Ige and Abercrombie
By News Release @ 5:58 PM :: 4380 Views :: Democratic Party, Land Use, Politicians

Turtle Bay vividly demonstrates the difference in problem solving between gubernatorial candidate Senator David Ige and Governor Neil Abercrombie....

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Monday, March 31, 2014
OHA Touts Pacific Business News Support for Kakaako Development Scheme
By News Release @ 4:11 PM :: 3476 Views :: Land Use, OHA

"...OHA is not seeing resistance from Kamehameha Schools and Howard Hughes Corp., the two major developers in Kaka'ako Mauka, as suggested in the editorial...."

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Portnoy Lashes out at Zell, Claims Parr Petroleum Hawaii Refinery is at Risk
By News Release @ 4:08 AM :: 3978 Views :: Energy, Land Use

...leases which may be essential for Par Petroleum’s refinery operations....

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Thursday, March 13, 2014
Carl Icahn, Sam Zell vs Portnoy Family in 'Vicious' fight over Hawaii Lawyers' Land Management Fees
By Selected News Articles @ 4:09 AM :: 4021 Views :: Energy, Land Use

Mr Zell controls 33 per cent of Par Petroleum, an oil and gas company operating in Hawaii....

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Hawaii: Update on Second Amendment Legislation
By News Release @ 10:56 PM :: 3087 Views :: Land Use, Second Amendment

HB 1902, introduced by state Representative Cindy Evans (D-7), would integrate a no net loss policy for public hunting lands in Hawaii....

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Wednesday, March 05, 2014
The Real Stories Behind "The Descendants"
By Robert Thomas @ 9:08 PM :: 5349 Views :: Hawaii History, Land Use
"Deconstructing The Descendants: How George Clooney Ennobled Old Hawaiian Trust and Made the Rule Against Perpetuities Sexy"
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Saturday, March 01, 2014
Supreme Court Rejects Kauai Springs Appeal
By Robert Thomas @ 8:35 PM :: 5047 Views :: Kauai County, Land Use, OHA, Small Business
The Hawaii Supreme Court has issued an opinion in Kauai Springs, Inc. v. Kauai Planning Comm'n....
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Monday, February 24, 2014
1000 Friends: Stop residential development adjacent to Kakaako Waterfront Park
By News Release @ 12:53 PM :: 3532 Views :: Land Use, OHA

SB 3122 SD1 exempts OHA, now owner of several Kakaako Makai parcels, from the prohibition of residential development on land makai of Ala Moana Boulevard....

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Monday, February 17, 2014
Supreme Court: Damage To Unique Property Subject To Unique Rules
By Robert Thomas @ 2:12 PM :: 3756 Views :: Kauai County, Land Use

The value of Pilaa beach, bay and reef includes use value, option value, commodity value, existence value, bequest value, cultural values, including value to indigenous people, and intrinsic value....

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Hawaii In The Eminent Domain Spotlight
By Robert Thomas @ 12:23 PM :: 3498 Views :: Judiciary, Land Use
...Forbes editorial about an eminent domain and free speech battle between a North Shore property owner and the City and County of Honolulu....
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Monday, January 27, 2014
Supreme Court Moves Shoreline to "Historical Evidence of Upper Wash"
By Robert Thomas @ 11:48 PM :: 3235 Views :: Land Use

Today, the Hawaii Supreme Court issued an option in Diamond v. Dobbin....

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Thursday, January 23, 2014
Hawaii Supreme Court Eases Path to Challenge Subdivision Approvals
By Robert Thomas @ 4:35 PM :: 4029 Views :: Development, Judiciary, Land Use

HAWSCT: Triggers To Administrative Appeals Must Be Clear And Noticed....

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Demographia: When Will Honolulu Urban Planners Wise Up and Follow the Chinese Communist Party Line?
By Selected News Articles @ 7:27 PM :: 3861 Views :: Development, Hawaii Statistics, Land Use

The United States is home to some of the most counter-productive land use regulation....

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Friday, January 10, 2014
DLNR Considers Haleakala Land Exchange
By News Release @ 6:22 PM :: 2674 Views :: Land Use

For more than 10 years, a disagreement, and now a lawsuit, has continued concerning the ownership of, and public access to, an obscure trail crossing privately owned lands of Haleakala Ranch....

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Saturday, January 04, 2014
Senate Cttes Set Informational Hearing on Turtle Bay
By News Release @ 4:01 PM :: 3821 Views :: Environment, Development, Land Use
  • DATE: Wednesday, January 08, 2014
  • TIME: 10:30 a.m.
  • PLACE: Conference Room 016, State Capitol
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Thursday, December 26, 2013
Flood Insurance: Sharpening the Government's Blurry Maps
By Selected News Articles @ 1:58 PM :: 4021 Views :: National News, Land Use, Cost of Living

FEMA's maps govern whether home and business owners are required to buy flood insurance....

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Monday, December 23, 2013
Supreme Court Invalidates LUC Koa Ridge Reclassification
By Robert Thomas @ 11:55 PM :: 5235 Views :: Development, Judiciary, Land Use

The court concluded that the commissioner did not qualify as a valid holdover ....

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Friday, December 20, 2013
Blake v Kauai: Recktenwald Court continues Moon Court's policies
By Robert Thomas @ 2:19 PM :: 3652 Views :: Judiciary, Land Use

This decision also reflects that the Recktenwald Court is continuing the Moon Court's policies of keeping the door to the courthouse doors opened as wide as possible....

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Sunday, December 15, 2013
Hawaii Supreme Court: Demand A Contested Case, And There's A Good Chance You'll Get One
By Robert Thomas @ 11:33 PM :: 3785 Views :: Judiciary, Land Use

The Hawaii Supreme Court has issued its latest opinion in the apparently eternal metaphysical question of the circuit courts' appellate jurisdiction to review decisions under the Hawaii Administrative Procedures Act....

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Hawaii Agriculture Conference, January 8-9, 2014
By Robert Thomas @ 3:51 PM :: 3870 Views :: Agriculture, Land Use, GMOs

On January 8 and 9, 2014, the Seminar Group is putting on what we hope will become a regular event - the Hawaii Agriculture Conference....

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Friday, December 06, 2013
Hawaii Trial Court: Seawall No One Wants Belongs To State
By Robert Thomas @ 9:15 PM :: 2841 Views :: Land Use

Usually, in disputes about who owns oceanfront property (in Waikiki, the really nice part of Waikiki, down on the Diamond Head side), each party claims ownership....

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Sunday, November 17, 2013
UHERO: Biofuel Scheme Enriches Landowners, Soaks Consumers
By UHERO @ 6:32 PM :: 3779 Views :: Energy, Land Use, Cost of Living

...impacts to gross state product are negative (up to -$63 million)....

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013
State Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Geothermal Rights Case
By Robert Thomas @ 9:37 PM :: 3104 Views :: Energy, Land Use
declined to review the Intermediate Court of Appeals' decision in In re Campbell, the case involving Land Court registration (Torrens title) and mineral and metallic mining rights....
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Thursday, November 07, 2013
How Differences in the Cost of Living Affect Low-Income Families
By News Release @ 1:47 PM :: 4178 Views :: Land Use, Cost of Living

The amount of money necessary to buy a 1,000 square-foot apartment in Dallas would only buy a 460 square-foot apartment in Honolulu....

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Tuesday, November 05, 2013
Honolulu Charter Amendment: Seize Land Within 90 Days of Council Vote
By Robert Thomas @ 1:16 PM :: 2413 Views :: Land Use

...after the Council adopts a resolution to take property, the city administration must within 90 days start the condemnation action....

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Monday, November 04, 2013
State: Geothermal Rights Case 'is no minor land dispute'
By Robert Thomas @ 5:31 PM :: 3435 Views :: Energy, Land Use
What's so important about the State's claimed reservation of mineral and metallic mines that had made it put up this kind of resistance?
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Friday, November 01, 2013
Obama Sticks Abercrombie on 'Climate Preparedness' Taskforce
By News Release @ 10:59 PM :: 3120 Views :: Environment, Land Use

"Hawaii is unquestionably vulnerable to changes in climate such as rising temperatures, droughts, flooding, sea level rise, coastal erosion and ocean acidification.” -- Abercrombie

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Campbell Estate Files Response to State in Geothermal, Mineral Rights Case
By Robert Thomas @ 4:17 PM :: 2954 Views :: Energy, Land Use

Here's the Response to Application for Writ of Certiorari by the State of Hawaii, which opposes the State's cert app....

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Supreme Court Asked: Who Owns Geothermal Rights in Hawaii?
By Robert Thomas @ 6:29 PM :: 4101 Views :: Energy, Land Use

The rub is that here, it is the State of Hawaii that is claiming the interest, the right to mineral and metallic mines (including geothermal rights) on several large parcels....

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Thursday, October 03, 2013
ULI Fellowship: Caldwell to Select Land Use Challenge
By News Release @ 11:17 PM :: 4088 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Land Use

Past classes of Rose Fellows have tackled challenges including revitalization of Detroit’s Livernois Avenue....

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Saturday, September 21, 2013
Life, Liberty and Property: Robert Thomas Talks To Grassroot Institute
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:03 PM :: 3321 Views :: Environment, Land Use

Attorney Robert Thomas of Pacific Legal Foundation and Grassroot President Dr. Keli’i Akina discuss the nature of individual rights and the role of property....

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Friday, September 20, 2013
Study: Smart Growth Produces High Housing Costs
By NCPA @ 3:34 AM :: 3601 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

The cost of owned housing rose 75 percent more in areas of higher poverty....

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Sunday, September 15, 2013
Questionable Paradox Exists for Affordable Housing
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:01 AM :: 4178 Views :: Land Use, Taxes, Cost of Living

there is a glaring paradox as observers decry the shortage of affordable housing ... while at the same time prevent the development of additional affordable housing....

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Thursday, August 22, 2013
Materials From Today's Eminent Domain In Hawaii Conference
By Robert Thomas @ 12:54 AM :: 2958 Views :: Land Use
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Tuesday, July 09, 2013
Got Land? DLNR Wants to Give You Money
By News Release @ 7:44 PM :: 3342 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Land Use

DLNR is seeking new projects for its Hawai‘i Forest Legacy Program....

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Friday, June 28, 2013
Abercrombie Signs Four More Bills, Defends Shark Fin Ban
By News Release @ 10:33 PM :: 3171 Views :: Environment, Land Use

four bills related to land preservation, emergency medical services, small boat harbors and the Kahoolawe Island Reserve....

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Oahu Karst Cave Videos and Photos
By John Bond @ 10:22 PM :: 6454 Views :: Environment, Land Use
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Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Supreme Court to Review Kawaiahao Church Cemetery Case
By Robert Thomas @ 1:43 AM :: 4488 Views :: Akaka Bill, Land Use, OHA

What's the difference, if any, between a "cemetery" and a burial....

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Friday, June 14, 2013
Want Land? DLNR Will Buy it for You
By News Release @ 10:53 PM :: 2829 Views :: Land Use

State Land Conservation Fund to support the protection, through acquisition, of lands....

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Friday, June 14, 2013
Hawaii Appeals Court Thwarts State's Massive Land Grab
By Robert Thomas @ 8:06 PM :: 4457 Views :: Judiciary, Land Use

the State of Hawaii's attempted land grab would have undermined the sanctity of all Land Court titles....

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Thursday, May 30, 2013
38 Hawaiian Species Are Endangered, Agency Says
By Selected News Articles @ 3:02 PM :: 3050 Views :: Environment, Land Use

...the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has listed three tree snail species and 35 plant species on the island cluster of Maui Nui in Hawaii as endangered ....

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Monday, May 06, 2013
Lodestar: Plaintiff Attorneys Awarded Fees in Rail Iwi Case
By Robert Thomas @ 10:16 AM :: 5071 Views :: Development, Judiciary, Land Use, Rail

the "private attorney general" doctrine...allows a prevailing party to recover fees and costs....

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Sunday, April 28, 2013
SB237 Would Give DOE Unfettered Power to Lease Public School Land
By Selected News Articles @ 9:38 PM :: 3771 Views :: Education K-12, Development, Land Use
“Notwithstanding sections 171-13 and 302A-115, or any other law to the contrary, the department may lease public school land...."
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Saturday, April 27, 2013
ALERT – Upcoming Votes on Exemption Bills
By News Release @ 12:22 PM :: 3164 Views :: Development, Land Use
SB 1207: Exempts the Department of Transportation from any permitting or site plan approval requirements established for lands in the Conservation District, for any work involving submerged lands....
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Friday, April 26, 2013
500 Petition Against School Lands Bills
By News Release @ 8:52 AM :: 3840 Views :: Education K-12, Development, Land Use
... The following petition was heard last night (Thursday April 25, 2013) in Senate Chambers ....
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Monday, April 22, 2013
Petition Seeks Defeat of Three PLDC-Clone Bills
By News Release @ 4:58 PM :: 4384 Views :: Environment, Development, Land Use
...House Bill 70, Senate Bill 1207 and Senate Bill 1171 separately serve to keep PLDC objectives alive and operating....
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Sunday, April 21, 2013
How A&B Wins Big From Environmental Litigation
By Andrew Walden @ 3:08 AM :: 9611 Views :: Environment, Development, Greenmail, Land Use
Why would one of the state’s largest developers fund so-called anti-development groups?
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