Monday, July 15, 2024
Hawai'i Free Press

Current Articles | Archives

Thursday, August 24, 2023
Do Lahaina Property Owners Have the Right to Rebuild?
By Andrew Walden @ 8:26 PM :: 9505 Views :: Maui County, Development

by Andrew Walden

When it comes to the Lahaina Fire zone there is no shortage of ‘plans’ for what property owners can and cannot do with their property.

All of these erstwhile ‘planners’ swear they are trying to prevent an exodus of Lahaina survivors to the Mainland.

But Hawaii’s history is irrefutable--all efforts at ‘planning’ produce a decade or two of inaction while warring factions duke it out in court.  ‘Planning’ thereby guarantees the exodus the ‘planners’ purport to avoid.

Lahaina property owners don’t need a ‘plan.’  They need the right to rebuild what they lost. 

The Lahaina burn area is almost entirely small house lots and commercial properties.  Maui County Emergency Management reports 2,207 structures damaged in the fire with 86% residential and 9% commercial.  The historic 34 room Pioneer Inn and the 14 room Plantation Inn are the only hotels reported burned.

As individual lot owners get to work rebuilding, it becomes increasingly difficult to assemble large parcels to build new marble and brass mega resorts.  Thus, a rights-based rebuild is the best guarantor of Lahaina’s future.

Governor Josh Green first mooted a ‘moratorium’ and then announced that Lahaina rebuild would be the sole focus of his Housing Emergency Task Force for the next 60 days while intoning: “it’s going to be a very long time before any growth or housing can be built.”

Fire-scarred Sonoma County, California has a different idea. 

The Sonoma County building permits division website contains the following Q & A:

Q -- Can my house be rebuilt if it is destroyed by fire or flood?

A -- Yes, any legal dwelling unit destroyed by fire or flood can be rebuilt.

Can Green’s ‘Housing Emergency Task Force’ go on record making the same statement?

Can Maui County?

We asked the Maui Mayor’s office and the Maui County Building Permits Division.  Here is their response:

“As of right now, we do not have any process put into place.  We are hoping to hear back from our administration on what the procedure will be.” -- Janna Wong, Building Permits Division, County of Maui.



TEXT "follow HawaiiFreePress" to 40404

Register to Vote


Aloha Pregnancy Care Center


Antonio Gramsci Reading List

A Place for Women in Waipio

Ballotpedia Hawaii

Broken Trust

Build More Hawaiian Homes Working Group

Christian Homeschoolers of Hawaii

Cliff Slater's Second Opinion

DVids Hawaii


Fix Oahu!

Frontline: The Fixers

Genetic Literacy Project

Grassroot Institute

Hawaii Aquarium Fish Report

Hawaii Aviation Preservation Society

Hawaii Catholic TV

Hawaii Christian Coalition

Hawaii Cigar Association

Hawaii ConCon Info

Hawaii Debt Clock

Hawaii Defense Foundation

Hawaii Family Forum

Hawaii Farmers and Ranchers United

Hawaii Farmer's Daughter

Hawaii Federation of Republican Women

Hawaii History Blog

Hawaii Jihadi Trial

Hawaii Legal News

Hawaii Legal Short-Term Rental Alliance

Hawaii Matters

Hawaii Military History

Hawaii's Partnership for Appropriate & Compassionate Care

Hawaii Public Charter School Network

Hawaii Rifle Association

Hawaii Shippers Council

Hawaii Together


Hiram Fong Papers

Homeschool Legal Defense Hawaii

Honolulu Navy League

Honolulu Traffic

House Minority Blog

Imua TMT

Inouye-Kwock, NYT 1992

Inside the Nature Conservancy

Inverse Condemnation

July 4 in Hawaii

Land and Power in Hawaii

Lessons in Firearm Education

Lingle Years

Managed Care Matters -- Hawaii

Missile Defense Advocacy

MIS Veterans Hawaii

NAMI Hawaii

National Parents Org Hawaii

NFIB Hawaii News

NRA-ILA Hawaii


OHA Lies

Opt Out Today

Patients Rights Council Hawaii

Practical Policy Institute of Hawaii

Pritchett Cartoons

Pro-GMO Hawaii

Rental by Owner Awareness Assn

Research Institute for Hawaii USA

Rick Hamada Show

RJ Rummel

School Choice in Hawaii

Talking Tax

Tax Foundation of Hawaii

The Real Hanabusa

Time Out Honolulu

Trustee Akina KWO Columns

West Maui Taxpayers Association

What Natalie Thinks

Whole Life Hawaii