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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 :: 3706 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 :: 2238 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 :: 4989 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 :: 6672 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 :: 3462 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 :: 3726 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 :: 3361 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 :: 4967 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 :: 2947 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 :: 4408 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 :: 3028 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 :: 3684 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 :: 3104 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 :: 3754 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 :: 4294 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 :: 9488 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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Wednesday, April 17, 2013
SB 1171 – Phased Archeological Inventory Surveys
By News Release @ 2:13 PM :: 4407 Views :: Development, Land Use, OHA
SB1171 was submitted in response to a recent Hawaii Supreme Court decision.  The City had argued that the Rail Project could conduct the Archeological Inventory Survey (AIS) in phases....
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Thursday, April 11, 2013
Legislature Repeals the PLDC
By News Release @ 1:55 PM :: 3185 Views :: Development, Land Use
...the law's no-bid contract provisions, the slant towards developing public resources instead of conservation, and the creation of a semi-autonomous agency exempted from routine oversight....
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Thursday, April 11, 2013
SB987: $19K ‘Impact Fee’ for Water Meter
By Video @ 1:53 PM :: 3796 Views :: Development, Cost of Living

Requires the assessment of impact fees prior to issuance of a water meter ....

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Land Use: Making an Environment for Those With Means
By Robert Thomas @ 1:05 PM :: 6405 Views :: Environment, Development, Judiciary, Land Use, Cost of Living
...Others can live in Hong Kong-style apartments so I can enjoy my place in the country....
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Friday, April 05, 2013
School Land Pillaged By Legislature – SB 237 and HB 865
By Selected News Articles @ 1:30 PM :: 5019 Views :: Education K-12, Development, Hawaii State Government
two bills currently at the capitol would allow the Lt. Governor and the DOE to lease public school land to private developers....
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Wednesday, March 27, 2013
USPIRG Flunks Hawaii on Tax Credit Secrecy
By Selected News Articles @ 1:57 PM :: 5253 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Tax Credits
Not a single Failing State provides information on the public benefits of economic development subsidies broken  down by recipient or makes its tax expenditure report available....
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Wednesday, March 06, 2013
SB894 Held as Turtle Bay Opens New Negotiations with State
By News Release @ 4:25 PM :: 5113 Views :: Environment, Development, Tourism

SB 894 would authorize the state to expend funds, swap land and explore other solutions to help preserve Turtle Bay lands.  This bill can be brought back next year, if negotiations fail, or to implement terms of an agreement....

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Monday, February 18, 2013
Residences at Aina Haina: Jeff Stone's Plans in Wailupe Valley Opposed
By Selected News Articles @ 7:38 PM :: 7634 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Land Use

Jeff and his wife Laurie Stone contributed $3000 to Kirk Caldwell's recent Mayoral campaign....

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Monday, February 18, 2013
Dallas police-fire pension fund has $Multi-Million bet on Hawaii real estate
By Selected News Articles @ 12:37 AM :: 4526 Views :: Development, Economy

On a hillside in Hawaii sits a lavish home — a six-building estate that looks out over dark lava fields, the Pacific Ocean and a championship golf course....

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Thursday, February 14, 2013
Historic Preservation Division Offers Feds a Laundry List of Excuses
By Selected News Articles @ 4:42 PM :: 4182 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government

"After the hiring freeze was lifted staff hired still required Budget and Finance Approval and the Governor’s signature for general funded positions. This slowed the process down significantly. Around November or early December of 2011 the DLNR budget analyst left for vacation and all our paper work at Budget and Finance stopped moving...."

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Thursday, February 07, 2013
Hanabusa Left out as Maui County Gets Federal 'Smart Growth' Funding
By News Release @ 8:42 PM :: 3841 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Development

Senator Brian Schatz, Senator Mazie K. Hirono, and Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard announced today that Maui has been awarded a grant of technical assistance....

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013
The Empire Strikes Back: Reaction To UH Lawprof's Study Of Success Rates In Hawaii Supreme Court Cases
By Robert Thomas @ 12:56 AM :: 5320 Views :: Environment, Development, Judiciary

...the good professor labeled the record of the 1993-2010 Hawaii Supreme Court on property issues "appalling," so it should come as no surprise that two of the beneficiaries of those rulings have now rallied to that court's defense....

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Sunday, January 27, 2013
'Complete Streets': Will Kakaako Become Another Waikiki?
By Mary Smart @ 2:53 AM :: 4829 Views :: Development, Rail

Auto commutes will be made more cumbersome to promote public transportation....

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Sunday, January 27, 2013
After 20 Years of Minimal Change, Minimal Growth What Should Hawaii Plan For?
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 1:11 AM :: 4211 Views :: Environment, Development, Rail

Census data strongly suggests that Hawaii, and Oahu in particular, are stable communities with very mild growth....

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Summary of Bills Repealing the PLDC
By Selected News Articles @ 3:44 PM :: 4154 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government, Land Use

Repeal Bills:  SB 1; SBs 245, 246; SB 338; SB 425; SB 480; SB 663; SBs 780, 781; SB 866....

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Abercrombie to Sign Executive Order Creating Super-PLDC
By Selected News Articles @ 2:29 PM :: 5094 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government, Rail

...the state Office of Planning is now drafting a resolution for Abercrombie to sign as an executive policy, recognizing that TOD is a priority of state government....

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Thursday, January 17, 2013
Abercrombie: "Legislature May Need to Adjust Act 55 to Avoid Repeal"
By News Release @ 10:07 PM :: 4441 Views :: Environment, Development, Hawaii State Government, Land Use

"If the Legislature cannot achieve this outcome, the possibility of repeal will ensue."

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Wednesday, January 09, 2013
New for 2013: Affordable Housing Costs More
By News Release @ 6:15 PM :: 4312 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Cost of Living

The information is key because it is used by developers to set affordable homes sales prices and rents....

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Sunday, November 18, 2012
Pierre Omidyar: The Secret Empire of a Resort Developer
By Andrew Walden @ 9:06 PM :: 27318 Views :: Kauai County, Development
“You may have noticed, I do like to fly under the radar.” -- Pierre Omidyar, 2009
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Monday, August 27, 2012
Enviros win 90% in Hawaii Supreme Court
By Robert Thomas @ 5:43 PM :: 14030 Views :: Environment, Development, Hawaii Statistics, Judiciary, Land Use

...the Hawaii Supreme Court "has managed to find in favor of Sierra Club, Friends of the Earth, Earthjustice ... 90% of the time, 70% of those decisions overturning the [Hawaii] Intermediate Court of Appeals....

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Friday, December 09, 2011
Pay to Play Fines Unpaid: Hirono for Governor Campaign Closes Owing State Elections Fund Over $98,000
By Andrew Walden @ 11:00 AM :: 12525 Views :: Democratic Party, Ethics, Development, Politicians

The assessments were levied after the Campaign Spending Commission investigators uncovered thousands of dollars in illegal campaign contributions, contributed to Hirono as a part of Hawaii's extensive "Pay to Play" scandal....

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Saturday, June 25, 2011
Ka Pua Makaha: Multi-million dollar giveaway of DHHL assets disguised as “gift”
By Andrew Walden @ 10:14 PM :: 10363 Views :: DHHL, Development

For over a year most of Hawaii’s pliant and un-inquisitive media have gone along with the ridiculous story that Koolina developer and Broken Trust player Jeff Stone was donating 300 Makaha acres to Hawaiian Homelands and Kamehameha Schools as “a gift from the heart….”

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Fireworks, dirt, and stolen trucks: Colleen Hanabusa and the Honolulu Raceway Deal
By Andrew Walden @ 1:34 AM :: 37356 Views :: DHHL, Ethics, Development, Politicians

When the Advertiser in 2004 exposed business dealings between then-State Sheriff John Sousa and two convicted felons, Souza said he was considering resigning and acknowledged "The appearance is bad." Souza had extended $25,000 credit to organized crime figure Jonnaven Monalim as part of a deal to sell seven Makaha acres of former Hanabusa family property. Another convicted felon was managing Souza's Pueo Trucking company while Souza was Sheriff.

But just two years later, Hanabusa's husband Souza would form a close working relationship with one George Grace III.  Unlike Monalim, a search of the Hawaii criminal database indicates that George Grace III has never been convicted of a crime. But the controversial owner of porta-potty rental firm Paradise Lua has had a court-documented interest in stolen trucks going back to the 1990s.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Superferry Update: A rat, a coward, and thin-skinned pseudo intellectuals
By Andrew Walden @ 7:48 AM :: 14102 Views :: Hawaii County , Kauai County, Maui County, Environment, Development

“After reading the alarming tract, I wanted to know whether Albertini -- who went to prison for a year (many years ago) for trying to block a Navy vessel in Hilo Harbor -- will be putting his life and/or freedom on the line along with the novice activists he is counseling.

“The answer? No. Not only is Albertini not going to protest the Superferry, he claims he didn’t even know his “non-violent” call to arms was even published."

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Hokuli`a Settlement Exposed
By Andrew Walden @ 11:55 PM :: 11186 Views :: Development, Greenmail

Is the County of Hawai`i subject to secret agreements which direct the passage of future legislation? Is the Legislature? Did the plaintiffs get money?

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Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Moloka`i activists seek control of ranch
By Andrew Walden @ 11:31 AM :: 9958 Views :: Maui County, Development, Greenmail

Ritte’s phony “Save La`au” campaign has been falsely portrayed as an anti-development battle, but in reality it is a battle between two competing developers each tied to a different government group. 

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Monday, January 14, 2008
Red Hot Lava Menaces Old-boy Scam
By Andrew Walden @ 6:23 PM :: 9852 Views :: Hawaii County , Development

Red hot lava threatening Puna’s Royal Gardens subdivision opens yet another chapter in a long-running saga. A hui of elected officials and state and county engineers in 1961 bought the 1,807 acre site from the Bishop Estate (Kamehameha Schools) for $200,000 after easily obtaining preliminary approval to subdivide from the Hawaii County Planning Commission.

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