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Tuesday, April 15, 2014
HCDA Restructuring Among Bills Landing on Abercrombie's Desk
By News Release @ 7:32 PM :: 2581 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government

HB1866 HD2 SD2 is one of a number of bills that originated in the House, was amended by the Senate, and now goes to the Governor for his review....

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Saturday, April 12, 2014
Did State cheat OHA out of $150M on Kakaako land transfer?
By Selected News Articles @ 4:17 PM :: 3120 Views :: Development, OHA

OHA’s appraisal of the land deal, done by Medusky & Co., Inc. acknowledged that residential uses of that land are not permitted....

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Thursday, April 10, 2014
Friends of Kewalos Rallies as OHA Development Bill Heads to Conference Committee
By Video @ 4:51 AM :: 2563 Views :: Development, OHA

...the bill now moves into conference where selected Senate and House conferees will continue discussions....

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Monday, April 07, 2014
Why Infrastructure Projects Cost Way More Than They Should
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 11:21 PM :: 3910 Views :: National News, Development, Labor, Rail

The Atlantic Cities magazine published a condensed analysis of seven main reasons that explain why U.S infrastructure project cost more than elsewhere....

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Thursday, April 03, 2014
Rally Against OHA Kakaako Development Scheme
By News Release @ 4:29 PM :: 2956 Views :: Development, OHA

Capitol Rally on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 @ 11:00 am to 2:00pm....

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Tuesday, April 01, 2014
HCDA ‘Small Business’ Reps: Kobayashi & Mitsunaga
By News Release @ 1:44 PM :: 3845 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government, Small Business

...the Kobayashi Group is an investor in a hui that plans to build one or more luxury developments in Kaka’ako....

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Friday, February 14, 2014
Urban Planning for People
By NCPA @ 1:41 AM :: 2639 Views :: Development, Rail

The “Nirvana” of a transit-, walking-, and cycling-oriented metropolitan area proves to be no Nirvana at all.... 

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Drop in Median Income Affects Affordable Housing Limits
By News Release @ 9:42 PM :: 3439 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Cost of Living

HUD determined that the city’s median income for a household of four is $82,600, down from $86,300 last year....

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Thursday, January 23, 2014
Hawaii Supreme Court Eases Path to Challenge Subdivision Approvals
By Robert Thomas @ 4:35 PM :: 3594 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 :: 3462 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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Saturday, January 04, 2014
Senate Cttes Set Informational Hearing on Turtle Bay
By News Release @ 4:01 PM :: 3417 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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Monday, December 23, 2013
Supreme Court Invalidates LUC Koa Ridge Reclassification
By Robert Thomas @ 11:55 PM :: 4775 Views :: Development, Judiciary, Land Use

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

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Tuesday, December 03, 2013
HCDA, BoE, HHC, LUC: Abercrombie Announces Appointments
By News Release @ 9:01 PM :: 3132 Views :: Education K-12, Development, Hawaii State Government

Grant Y.M. Chun to the Board of Education (BOE); Doreen Napua Gomes to the Hawaiian Homes Commission; Aaron D. Mahi to the Land Use Commission (LUC); and Brian T. Tamamoto to the Hawaii Community Development Authority (HCDA), Kakaako District....

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Tuesday, December 03, 2013
HSTA, Hotel Workers Sign Open Letter Calling for Kakaako Development Moratorium
By News Release @ 2:29 PM :: 2973 Views :: Development, Rail

Law imposing a one-year moratorium on HCDA approval of new projects that renews automatically....

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Saturday, November 23, 2013
Ethics complaint: HCDA Falsifies Kakaako Workforce Housing Affordability Formulas
By Ariel Salinas @ 6:40 PM :: 6279 Views :: Ethics, Development, Cost of Living

For a 1br-1ba unit, HCDA's falsified estimate sets the "affordable" price at $655K.  Using realistic assumptions the actual affordability price would be $371K--a difference of $284K....

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Thursday, November 21, 2013
Transit Spending Slows Urban Growth
By Selected News Articles @ 12:58 PM :: 2654 Views :: Development, Rail

...regions that spend more money on transit seem to grow slower than regions that spend less....

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Monday, November 18, 2013
Haseko Proposes Resort Zoning for Ewa Beach Development
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 11:41 PM :: 3444 Views :: Development

Submit comments by November 23....

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Friday, November 15, 2013
Who Can Afford Kakaako Workforce Housing?
By News Release @ 11:13 PM :: 4279 Views :: Development, Rail

Another hearing on the 801 South Street project will be held on Tuesday November 19 at 5:30 pm and a final hearing and decision making follows on Tuesday December 4....

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Thursday, November 14, 2013
Making TOD Happen: City Launches 'I Wish' Photo Campaign
By News Release @ 7:49 PM :: 2956 Views :: Development, Rail

Some of the photos will be on display at the “Making TOD Happen” symposium set for 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Neal Blaisdell Center....

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Friday, November 01, 2013
Honolulu Planning Dep’t: “Making TOD Happen”
By News Release @ 4:54 AM :: 2807 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Rail

Saturday, November 16, 2013, at the Neal Blaisdell Center....

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Sunday, October 20, 2013
Raising the Cost of “Affordable Housing”
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:01 AM :: 3119 Views :: Development, Cost of Living

A couple of weeks ago, this commentary examined some of the hurdles that stand in the way of producing more affordable housing....

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Senators: Abercrombie Should Fill HCDA Vacancies
By News Release @ 3:19 AM :: 3435 Views :: Hawaii County , Development, Hawaii State Government

In 2008, the Legislature amended H.R.S. §206E·3 to require Kakaako small business representation on HCDA. The cultural expert and Kakaako resident members were added last year by Act 323. At present, HCDA does not meet these membership requirements....

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Thursday, October 03, 2013
ULI Fellowship: Caldwell to Select Land Use Challenge
By News Release @ 11:17 PM :: 3661 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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Friday, September 20, 2013
Study: Smart Growth Produces High Housing Costs
By NCPA @ 3:34 AM :: 3185 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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Thursday, September 19, 2013
UHERO: The Unintended Consequences of Affordable Housing Policy
By UHERO @ 3:15 AM :: 3682 Views :: Development, Cost of Living

Honolulu City Council member Ron Menor has introduced a resolution to amend city policy on household income thresholds for affordable for-sale and/or rental housing....

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Monday, September 16, 2013
Full Text: Kapolei-Makakilo Neighborhood Board Passes Resolutions Against Ho'opili, Ewa Development Plan
By News Release @ 5:23 PM :: 3658 Views :: Development

Adopted by the Makakilo-Kapolei-Honokai Hale Neighborhood Board #34 at its August 28, 2013, meeting by a vote of 6 to 3....

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Thursday, September 12, 2013
Akana: OHA Should Consider Suing HCDA Over Kakaako
By News Release @ 10:37 PM :: 3700 Views :: Development, OHA

On August 6, 2013, OHA received a letter from HCDA stating they will not make any compromises to their plans and expects OHA to be a “good neighbor” and accept their plan for our property....

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Video: Roger Epstein talks with Grassroot Institute
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:46 PM :: 3101 Views :: Development, Judiciary

Roger Epstein, senior partner of Cades Schutte Law Firm, talks with Dr. Keli’i Akina about Hawaii as a center for global transformation....

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Monday, September 02, 2013
ILWU: An injury to one of our corporate employers is an injury to all?
By Selected News Articles @ 4:15 PM :: 4119 Views :: Environment, Development, Labor

"I'm going to f*** with the environmentalists even if I don't have a dog in the fight"

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Monday, August 19, 2013
Investors Submit Plan to Reorganize Hokulia Project
By News Release @ 11:47 AM :: 4246 Views :: Hawaii County , Development, Greenmail

A hearing on the plan’s disclosure statement has been scheduled for Sept. 16, 2013....

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Thursday, August 08, 2013
UHERO: Coastal Zone Management in Hawaii
By UHERO @ 5:01 PM :: 3046 Views :: Environment, Development

Hawaii has 750 linear miles of coastline....

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Honolulu 1990 to 2010 Trends: What Do They Mean for the Next 20 Years?
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 10:20 PM :: 3577 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Rail
PANOS 2050: Solutions for a Sustainable Hawaii....
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Saturday, July 06, 2013
Bill 65 Will Destroy Historic Oahu Railway
By John Bond @ 2:02 AM :: 2878 Views :: Development

...several roads will be crossing the historic National Register Hawaiian Railway, including directly through their historic rail yard....

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Tuesday, July 02, 2013
State Historic Preservation Director Quits Under Fire from Feds
By News Release @ 11:54 PM :: 3473 Views :: Development, OHA, Rail

The announcement follows the release last Thursday of a report by the National Parks Service (NPS) that was critical of the division’s efforts....

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Tuesday, July 02, 2013
Kakaako Development and Honolulu's Trifecta of Failures
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 4:38 PM :: 3421 Views :: Development, Rail

Up to 5,000 new apartment and condominium units are being planned by the HCDA in Kakaako....

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Honolulu Traffic: Most ‘Lane-Deficient’ City in USA
By Honolulu Traffic @ 12:10 AM :: 2983 Views :: Development, Rail

Adding more density will cause the central road network to seize.... 

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Thursday, June 20, 2013
Town Hall Meeting on the ‘Ewa Development Plan
By News Release @ 2:19 PM :: 2757 Views :: Development, Rail

7:00 – 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 25 Kapolei High School Cafeteria....

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013
‘Bureaucratic abuse’: Molokai vets wait a decade for center, services
By Malia Zimmerman @ 2:29 PM :: 3733 Views :: Maui County, Development, Military

As a part of the 2011 settlement, Maui County had to issue the permit, pay the veterans $200,000 and the mayor was required to issue an apology....

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013
What does a buck get you? A strange deal, ex-Hawaii regent says
By Malia Zimmerman @ 8:06 PM :: 3461 Views :: Ethics, Development, Higher Education
While $1 a month looks like a good deal for taxpayers...the campus construction has been subjected to 83 change orders that cost $19 million ....
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Saturday, June 08, 2013
Mayor Wright Housing: FACE Grabs for Seat at Redevelopment Table
By News Release @ 2:23 PM :: 2057 Views :: Development
Mayor Wright Housing represents the first foray into redevelopment under Governor Abercrombie’s administration....
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Friday, May 31, 2013
More Flooding in Kakaako's Future
By John Bond @ 9:29 PM :: 4626 Views :: Environment, Development, Hawaii History

Right now there is a race to see how fast Kakaako can be sold and developed before the mainland and foreign real estate investors find out they will be stuck with enormous future expenses....

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Meet the Cult Leader: Hawaii Resort Developer Teams Up with Arianna Huffington
By Selected News Articles @ 4:42 PM :: 6339 Views :: Ethics, Development

In order to properly greet Huffington to the Isles, we present readers with some of the best material out there on this very strange bird....

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Group Organizes to Save Jefferson School
By News Release @ 1:14 AM :: 3211 Views :: Education K-12, Development
...let the community know of the dangers that Jefferson Elementary School faces because of the existence of Senate Bill 237, commonly known as the 21st Century Bill....
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Monday, May 20, 2013
Kakaako: HCDA to Release TOD Plan, Hold Open House
By News Release @ 4:14 PM :: 3493 Views :: Development, Rail
Be sure to check out their plan to reduce Halekauwila St to a single lane of auto traffic while adding 1000s of new condos and offices....
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Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Aloha Tower Case Tests 'Private Attorney General' Before Supreme Court
By Robert Thomas @ 10:02 PM :: 3116 Views :: Development, Judiciary
Thursday, May 16, 2013, at 9:00 a.m., the Hawaii Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Aloha Tower Dev. Corp. v. State of Hawaii....
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Monday, May 06, 2013
Lodestar: Plaintiff Attorneys Awarded Fees in Rail Iwi Case
By Robert Thomas @ 10:16 AM :: 4578 Views :: Development, Judiciary, Land Use, Rail

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

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Monday, May 06, 2013
Laie Hotel Developer Selected
By News Release @ 10:04 AM :: 2735 Views :: Development

Laie Ventures LLC has been selected as the developer to replace what used to be the Laie Inn. Construction of the new hotel, which will be adjacent to the Polynesian Cultural Center, is expected to begin later this year....

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Wednesday, May 01, 2013
Foreclosed Homeowners Sue 32 Hawaii Judges
By Selected News Articles @ 10:17 AM :: 4147 Views :: Ethics, Development, Judiciary

Fuchs claims that Judge Ayabe's wife did legal work for three of Fuchs's adversaries in the foreclosure case....

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Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Sen Thielen: School Land Exemptions Remove Fairness, Transparency of Development Deals
By News Release @ 11:37 PM :: 2788 Views :: Education K-12, Development
HRS Chapter 171 strictly governs the process for putting public lands out to bid for long term leases.  Specific steps include public auction, means of public bidding and length of public notice....
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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 :: 3374 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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