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Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Climate Action Plan: Preconceived Outcome Set for Public Meetings
By News Release @ 4:19 AM :: 82 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy, Environment, Land Use

...During the meetings participants will engage in a “game” that sparks discussion about the best way to transition O‘ahu to a clean energy future and meet stated goals under the Paris climate agreement....

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Friday, September 14, 2018
Council Passes Bill 53--Calls for Demolition of Affordable Housing 'Monsters'
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 2:43 PM :: 775 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

...Finally politicians are doing something about affordable housing--they're demolishing it....

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Thursday, September 13, 2018
Hawaii property owners so beaten down they don’t often go to court
By Selected News Articles @ 2:54 AM :: 776 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Land Use

...Hawaii has the nation’s worst property rights record followed closely by California....

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Hawaii Supreme Court to Decide if Land Can be Stolen from Owners Without Compensation?
By Robert Thomas @ 2:51 AM :: 861 Views :: Maui County, Land Use

...The land was zoned for single-family residences, but the County of Maui decided it should be used as a public park. Instead of buying the land, however, the County wielded its regulatory authority to prevent the Leones from developing their property in any way....

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Unaffordable Housing? Self-Fulfilling Prophecy
By Selected News Articles @ 11:53 PM :: 537 Views :: Hawaii History, Land Use, Cost of Living

...in 1969 the only places in America where housing cost more than three times incomes were Hawaii and Stamford, Connecticut. I don’t know why Stamford was on the list, but Hawaii had passed legislation strictly regulating where people could build homes in 1961....

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Wednesday, September 05, 2018
Climate Commission Grabs for Control of Waikiki
By News Release @ 10:39 PM :: 497 Views :: Environment, Land Use

...Support legislation for disclosure for private property and public offerings located in areas with potential exposure to sea level rise....

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Thursday, August 30, 2018
Maui Event: Build up or build out?
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:50 PM :: 1130 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

...opening up more land for housing should also be on the table, if policy makers want to ease pressure on the housing market....

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Tupola: "Let's Give Displaced Families Something They Can Count On"
By Rep Andria Tupola @ 1:37 PM :: 837 Views :: Hawaii County , Development, Land Use, Politicians

...August 3rd marks three months since the eruption began....

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Friday, July 27, 2018
Bridge Aina Lea--Next Stop 9th Circuit
By Robert Thomas @ 12:05 PM :: 858 Views :: Hawaii County , Development, Land Use

...the jury (after deliberating for a grand total of 15 minutes) held the State of Hawaii Land Use Commission liable for a regulatory taking....

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Federal Appeals Court: No Property Right In A Clean And Pure Environment
By Robert Thomas @ 1:19 PM :: 867 Views :: Environment, Land Use

...Remember that case from earlier this year where the Hawaii Supreme Court held that for purposes of Hawaii's Due Process Clause, the Sierra Club has a property right in a "clean and healthful environment?"....

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Caldwell issues directive on climate change and sea level rise
By News Release @ 4:22 AM :: 963 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Land Use

... Propose revisions to shoreline rules and regulations to incorporate sea level rise ....

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Friday, June 29, 2018
Hawaii Sierra Club Leader Hit With $1000 per day SMA Fines
By Andrew Walden @ 12:07 PM :: 2961 Views :: Maui County, Environment, Greenmail, Land Use

... Fines in excess of $236,000—still accruing at $1000 a day—and a lawsuit--are forcing into the open a 13-year battle over alleged violations of numerous State and County permitting and land use laws on a Huelo, Maui shoreline property owned by Hawaii Sierra Club Vice Chair and Maui Tomorrow President Lucienne De Naie ....

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Friday, June 29, 2018
DLNR Public Land Trust Database Now Open to Public
By News Release @ 11:27 AM :: 746 Views :: Land Use

...The central Public Land Trust Information System (PLTIS) available only to State and County agencies since January 2015 becomes accessible to anyone June 29, 2018....

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Maui Planning Department Finalizes Short-Term Occupancy List
By News Release @ 9:45 PM :: 1101 Views :: Maui County, Land Use, Small Business, Tourism

...The list can be used by the public, property owners, realtors and the County for a quick determination about whether short-term occupancy – defined by the county as fewer than 180 days – is allowed without a permit....

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Thursday, June 14, 2018
Wanna Buy Some Land?--DLNR has Got Money for You
By News Release @ 4:54 AM :: 1256 Views :: Environment, Land Use, Tax Credits

...You will be tested on the catechism of the State Religion....

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Thursday, June 07, 2018
A Housing “Boom” and a Volcanic “Bang”
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:57 PM :: 1165 Views :: Hawaii County , Land Use

...how the state government’s housing policies have gone up in flames....

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Wednesday, June 06, 2018
Little Pink House Coming to Hilo
By Video @ 4:34 PM :: 876 Views :: Development, Land Use

...Little Pink House opens on June 8 at the Palace Theater in Hilo....

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Tuesday, June 05, 2018
Ige Volcano Proclamation: 'Make State Lands Available for Housing'
By News Release @ 10:21 PM :: 2284 Views :: Hawaii County , Land Use, Law Enforcement

...“I, David Y Ige … hereby authorize and invoke … Section 171-85, et. seq., Hawaii Revised Statutes, disposition to victims of natural disaster….”

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Friday, June 01, 2018
Mayor Kim Suspends Several Hawaii County Building, Land Use Laws
By News Release @ 3:14 AM :: 1278 Views :: Hawaii County , Land Use

...in order to facilitate the establishment of temporary emergency shelters on specific sites approved by the County, and independently supported by private organizations....

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Monday, May 21, 2018
Government Relies on Flawed Data to Determine Endangered Species
By Heritage Foundation @ 4:36 PM :: 1215 Views :: Environment, Land Use

...“essentially half of the species” identified by Fish and Wildlife Service officials as “recovered” never should have been listed in the first place....

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Friday, May 18, 2018
Good Intentions Pave Road to Hawaii Housing Crisis
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:28 PM :: 1314 Views :: Maui County, Homelessness, Land Use

...Regulating Paradise: Land Use Controls in Hawaii....

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Is Affordable Housing Constitutional?
By Video @ 2:42 AM :: 2372 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

...affordable housing in Hawaii, how it works, whether it is legal, and how it could be done better....

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Monday, May 14, 2018
Little Pink House Coming to Honolulu
By Robert Thomas @ 12:44 AM :: 1218 Views :: Land Use

...June 11, 2018, 6:30pm....

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Saturday, May 12, 2018
HRS 171-93: Law Allows Swap of Lava-Covered Lots for State Property in Zone 3
By Andrew Walden @ 9:57 PM :: 51161 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Hawaii History, Land Use

...After the 1960 Tsunami, homeowners in the destroyed Shinmachi area of Hilo bayfront were given fee-simple lots on newly subdivided state land in Waiakea Uka.  Shinmachi is now the site of the Hilo Bayfront Park....

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Thursday, May 10, 2018
How State Government fanned flames of volcano disaster
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:45 PM :: 6791 Views :: Hawaii County , Development, Land Use

...the state originally encouraged the building of homes in this dangerous area by offering lava insurance where no private company would....

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018
HB2748: $580M Inserted at Last Minute for Hanabusa Crony
By News Release @ 3:00 AM :: 2745 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Land Use, Cost of Living

... In 1998 Hanabusa and Nakata teamed up with Mafia Godfather Larry Mehau to get rid of Attorney General Margery Bronster in an effort to protect the corrupt thieving Broken Trustees of Kamehameha Schools--now her Legislators want to give him a big fat stack of money....

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Sunday, April 22, 2018
Green Energy Plan: $2.3B Tax and Rate Hike to Send Even More Money to Elon Musk
By News Release @ 2:10 AM :: 2673 Views :: Energy, Environment, Land Use, Tax Credits, Taxes, Cost of Living

...Over the past 15 years, the people of Hawaii have paid 260% more for electricity than the US average, while gasoline prices consistently hover close to $1-per-gallon higher.  (But we can go even higher)....

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Saturday, April 14, 2018
State Supreme Court to Hear Molokai Ranch Water Case
By News Release @ 1:25 PM :: 1807 Views :: DHHL, Greenmail, Land Use, OHA

...Joint statement by DHHL and OHA on 1993 water use permit....

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Tuesday, April 03, 2018
HB1481: DelaCruz Gut & Replace to Bypass Opposition to HCDA Control of East Kapolei
By Andrew Walden @ 3:28 AM :: 1899 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Land Use

...the same text in SB2525 ran into opposition from several Kapolei-area Representatives.... 

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Bridge Aina Lea: Jury Rejects LUC Taking After 15 Mins Deliberation
By Robert Thomas @ 7:26 PM :: 2331 Views :: Hawaii County , Development, Land Use

...We're guessing both the State and the property owner will likely be taking this case up the chain to the Ninth Circuit.... 

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Hawaii Housing Authority v. Midkiff: 34 Years Later
By Robert Thomas @ 7:14 PM :: 1599 Views :: Hawaii History, Land Use

...the 34th anniversary of the SCOTUS oral arguments in Hawaii Housing Authority v. Midkiff....

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Monday, March 26, 2018
Prince Kuhio’s Fight to Americanize Hawaii
By Andrew Walden @ 12:01 AM :: 13247 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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Friday, March 23, 2018
Hawaii Vacation Rentals: Impact on Housing and Economy
By News Release @ 2:50 AM :: 2083 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Land Use, Tourism, Cost of Living

...Hawaii is only building half of the units necessary to keep up with demand....

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Thursday, March 22, 2018
SPLC: Legendary resort the site of battle between sovereign citizen, developers and the State of Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 5:52 PM :: 2463 Views :: Kauai County, Greenmail, Land Use

...activists resort to sovereign citizen tactics in a desperate effort to prevail....

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Thursday, March 15, 2018
Will DLNR Use Sea Level Rise as Excuse to Wipe out Banyan Drive Properties?
By News Release @ 1:11 AM :: 2167 Views :: Hawaii County , Environment, Land Use, Tourism

...The purpose of the RFI is to gauge whether there is interest among prospective developers in obtaining a long-term lease of the Site (but check out the terms)....

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Saturday, March 10, 2018
Trask: Coco Palms Occupiers Duped by White Supremacist ‘Sovereign Citizens’
By News Release @ 7:10 PM :: 2817 Views :: Kauai County, Greenmail, Land Use, Tourism

...Furthermore, according to official court documents of the State of Hawaii, Moses Enoka Heanu, the alleged “Chief Justice” of your “court” is a registered sex offender who was sentenced to five (5) years in prison for three (3) felony counts of sexual assault in the Third Circuit court of the State of Hawaii in 1998....

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Friday, March 02, 2018
Maui Mayor Signs Sea Level Proclamation: County Will Grab for More Oceanfront Land
By News Release @ 8:13 PM :: 2691 Views :: Maui County, Environment, Land Use

...calls on the Planning Department to propose rule changes to the Maui, Molokai and Lanai Planning Commissions to include sea level rise in their shoreline setback calculations....

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Friday, February 16, 2018
UH Prof: Sustainability Means Cutting off Mortgage Credit so the Little People Can't Buy Homes
By News Release @ 2:34 PM :: 2230 Views :: Environment, Land Use, Cost of Living

“...By signaling the importance of financial flows we have highlighted a potential leverage point for implementing sustainable policies….”

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Friday, January 19, 2018
Chin's Crackpot Theory: Eminent Domain Abuse, Hawaii Style
By Robert Thomas @ 7:03 PM :: 2092 Views :: Maui County, Land Use

...“No court in the United States has accepted that argument, and no condemning authority has had the chutzpah to make that argument."....

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Thursday, January 11, 2018
HTA Maps: How Many TVRs in Your Neighborhood?
By News Release @ 4:07 PM :: 1999 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Land Use, Tourism

...Hawaii Visitor Accommodation Units Surpassed 80,000 Statewide in 2017....

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Friday, January 05, 2018
"Why Isn’t Honolulu Helping Businesses Hurt By Rail Construction?" (Because It Doesn't Want To, And No One Is Making It)
By Robert Thomas @ 3:07 PM :: 2189 Views :: Land Use, Rail

...the City doesn't really care all that much about these particular businesses or their owners....

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Saturday, December 30, 2017
Hawaii Supreme Court Rules Public has Property Right to a Clean Environment
By Robert Thomas @ 7:23 PM :: 3188 Views :: Energy, Environment, Land Use

...Does the Supreme Court now have three votes to kill the telescope?....

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Saturday, December 30, 2017
Video: "The Future Of Land Regulations And A Tribute To David Callies"
By Robert Thomas @ 7:01 PM :: 1693 Views :: Higher Education, Land Use

...the William and Mary Law School awards U. Hawaii lawprof David Callies the Brigham-Kanner Prize....

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Saturday, December 16, 2017
AG Chin: Every time your oceanfront property erodes, the State seizes more of your land
By News Release @ 12:59 AM :: 1911 Views :: Environment, Land Use

...Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin issued a formal advisory opinion today stating that when the shoreline migrates landward (or mauka) due to erosion or sea level rise, the dividing line between public and private ownership also migrates mauka....

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Friday, December 15, 2017
Full Text--Hawaii Supreme Court Rules 3-2: Anybody Can Now Sue Anybody for Dirtying the Environment
By News Release @ 1:53 AM :: 3734 Views :: Energy, Environment, Land Use

...Chaos is Coming: You can sue too—Here are some ideas....

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Saturday, December 02, 2017
Zoning, Land-Use Planning, and Housing Affordability
By Selected News Articles @ 12:35 AM :: 2362 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

...regulations have also tended to reduce the supply of housing, including multifamily and low-income housing....

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Western Congressional Caucus Backs Review of Obama Tuna Monuments
By News Release @ 1:46 PM :: 1558 Views :: Environment, Land Use

...It is time to bring more jobs and economic freedom to the West....

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Ige Appointments: 5 HCDA, 1 UH Regent, 1 HLRB, 2 Judges
By News Release @ 11:04 PM :: 4282 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Higher Education, Land Use

...While all eyes are on rail....

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Monday, August 28, 2017
After Decade of Litigation, Supreme Court Refuses to Order State to Repair Gold Coast Seawalls
By News Release @ 10:59 PM :: 2077 Views :: Environment, Land Use

...The Court ruled the State holds an easement over the seawalls and is not liable for attorneys’ fees....

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Monday, August 28, 2017
Trump has the authority to modify existing monument boundaries
By News Release @ 4:47 AM :: 2213 Views :: Environment, Land Use

...Presidents Bush and Obama mocked the Antiquities Act’s limitation that monuments can only be designated on federal ‘land’ by designating huge ocean monuments....

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