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Friday, October 27, 2023
​Grassroot testifies before county councils on housing, property tax relief, permitting
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:00 PM :: 1884 Views :: Honolulu County, Kauai County, Maui County, Development, Land Use

... testimony to the Honolulu, Maui and Kauai county councils about measures that could increase the supply of housing ....

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Friday, October 27, 2023
Respect property rights, remove red tape for Lahaina rebuild
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:12 AM :: 1891 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use

... The families and individuals who owned homes and businesses in Lahaina should not have their property rights arbitrarily stripped away from them to satisfy the grand plans of some bureaucracy ....

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Thursday, October 26, 2023
Green's Latest Housing Proclamation Removes Sunshine Law Exemption
By News Release @ 5:01 PM :: 988 Views :: Ethics, Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... all boards involved in an affordable housing project covered by the proclamation should comply with the Sunshine Law’s requirements ....

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Sunday, October 22, 2023
Right to Rebuild? No Building Permits Issued Since Lahaina Fire
By Andrew Walden @ 5:47 PM :: 6771 Views :: Maui County, Development

... Not a single building permit has been granted within the Lahaina burn zone since the August 8-9, 2023, disaster .....

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Sunday, October 22, 2023
Stop Permitting Favoritism
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:31 AM :: 1946 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Development

... All permit applications are equal, but some are more equal than others ....

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Saturday, October 21, 2023
Inverse Condemnation and Paying for Disasters
By Robert Thomas @ 10:36 PM :: 1874 Views :: Maui County, Development, Judiciary, Land Use

... Hawaii Bar Association discusses Lahaina fires .... 

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Saturday, October 21, 2023
Hawaii urged to steer clear of Vienna housing model
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:59 PM :: 2054 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

“...Does social housing actually work? Setting the record straight on the Vienna Model....”

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Monday, October 16, 2023
Hawaii Highest Realtor Costs in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 5:04 PM :: 1909 Views :: Development, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Hawaii is the most expensive state for realtor fees with a transaction costing $44,576 to the buyer and seller. ...

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Saturday, October 14, 2023
​Is it really a good idea to build a new Aloha Stadium?
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:20 PM :: 2313 Views :: Ethics, Development, Higher Education, Rail, Tourism

... Considering the record of the old Aloha Stadium, there are many questions ....

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Thursday, October 12, 2023
Maui: Water Meters Taken from Fire Victims
By Selected News Articles @ 11:40 PM :: 2134 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Development

... For customers whose houses were destroyed, the Director of the Department of Water Supply has temporarily canceled water service until the property owner is ready for reconnection ....

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Monday, October 9, 2023
Aiming the Cannon at Monster Homes
By Tom Yamachika @ 3:50 AM :: 1870 Views :: Honolulu County, Development

... Bill 52 provides an initial fine of $25,000, plus $10,000 per day without an upper limit ....

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Sunday, October 8, 2023
Who Really Pays?
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1831 Views :: Maui County, Environment, Ethics, Development

... the costs of corruption, fraud, and related bad behavior ....

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Saturday, October 7, 2023
Aloha Stadium Boondoggle Becoming Instagram Joke
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:49 PM :: 2213 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Development

... Jonah Jameson from the "Spiderman" movie franchise laughing at a news headline about the stadium project with a sarcastic caption above it that reads "This won't be another disaster like the rail." ....

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Saturday, October 7, 2023
Pave way for office buildings to be converted into housing
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:39 AM :: 1714 Views :: Honolulu County, Development

... Bill 54 (2023), which would for a five-year period to facilitate the conversion of commercial buildings to multifamily residential units ....

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Thursday, October 5, 2023
‘Affordable’ housing costs $1500 per square foot?
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:08 PM :: 2124 Views :: Development, Cost of Living

... the average housing unit that cost $400,000 was only 260 square feet, about the size of a 16’x16′ room. That means the cost was $1,500 per square foot ....

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Thursday, October 5, 2023
Governor’s housing proclamation could be a ‘Pandora’s box’
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:37 PM :: 1767 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

“...once in a while, go in and break the system....” 

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Thursday, October 5, 2023
VIDEO: ‘Innovative solutions’ to address housing
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:50 PM :: 1510 Views :: Development, Land Use

... if Hawaii wants more housing built, it should first reduce — or even eliminate — zoning regulations, particularly single-family zoning. Then it should do away with discretionary permitting ....

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Monday, October 2, 2023
Think small to help resolve Kaua‘i’s housing crisis
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:46 PM :: 1691 Views :: Kauai County, Development, Land Use

... allowing homebuilding on lot sizes smaller than currently allowed ....

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Friday, September 29, 2023
Yes, in God’s Backyard
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:50 AM :: 1791 Views :: Development, Religion

... the 'Yes in God’s Backyard' law — makes it easier for churches and other religious institutions to build housing on their properties ....

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Thursday, September 28, 2023
New dashboard highlights areas of Hawaiʻi housing crisis
By UHERO @ 10:04 PM :: 2001 Views :: Development, Hawaii Statistics, Land Use, Cost of Living

... customize data reports based on location, with information such as property and rental market, demographics, zoning and housing stock ....

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Wednesday, September 27, 2023
Time for Action, Mayor Bissen
By News Release @ 3:19 AM :: 1922 Views :: Maui County, Development

... Theoretically, Bissen’s proclamation makes it easier to build housing for displaced families.  But there are a couple problems .…

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Sunday, September 24, 2023
Governor’s revised housing proclamation caves to NIMBYs
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:46 PM :: 1814 Views :: Development, Land Use

"...the same bureaucracy and NIMBY-ism is happening with that emergency proclamation...."

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Wednesday, September 20, 2023
Green Backtracks on YIMBY Emergency Order
By Selected News Articles @ 6:00 AM :: 3348 Views :: Development, Greenmail, Land Use

"Now all this is…an abuse of the emergency power that won't fast-track housing."

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Tuesday, September 19, 2023
Can BJ Penn tap out broken zoning code?
By News Release @ 4:24 PM :: 3372 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use

... the EP didn’t and doesn’t create any permanent change in government.  We need our legislature and county councils to do that ....

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Tuesday, September 19, 2023
Attorney Calls for Three Year Mortgage Deferral and Foreclosure Moratorium for Lahaina Homeowners
By News Release @ 4:17 PM :: 1978 Views :: Maui County, Development

... Federal regulations permit most homeowners a ninety day forbearance on the payment of their mortgages due to natural disaster. After that time, they must begin making payments again and also pay the three months of missed payments ....

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Sunday, September 17, 2023
Challenging the Housing Czar
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1918 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Development, Land Use

... Threats of violence ....

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Sunday, September 17, 2023
Rebuild? Give More Rights to Lahaina Property Owners
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:00 AM :: 2113 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use

... policies the Maui Council can implement to boost the County's economy and encourage reconstruction in Lahaina ....

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Sunday, September 17, 2023
Maui devastation will worsen statewide housing crisis
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:01 AM :: 1763 Views :: Maui County, Development, Cost of Living

"...we can't continue to do nothing and expect the problem to just go away....”

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Saturday, September 16, 2023
Building Permit: A Six-Year Odyssey
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:52 PM :: 2594 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Development

... "the 100% lunacy of TAG's six-year odyssey to obtain a building permit to renovate what is now The Brad Powell Theatre." ....

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Saturday, September 16, 2023
Green Revises Housing Emergency Proclamation--calls it 'affordable'
By News Release @ 3:36 AM :: 1833 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... Here are some of the highlights:  Adds “affordable” housing to the title ....

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Thursday, September 14, 2023
Lahaina: "I will rebuild on my land"
By Video @ 5:51 AM :: 2887 Views :: Maui County, Development

"…one of the best ways to heal is to make home rebuilding as streamlined and quick as possible…."

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Monday, September 11, 2023
Bribery: Last DPP Criminal Sentenced
By News Release @ 6:05 PM :: 2494 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Development

... employees of the DPP took bribes in exchange for performing official acts at DPP .... 

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Monday, September 11, 2023
“How 'bout give the people their homes back.”
By Video @ 5:03 PM :: 3657 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use

... Joe Rogan and Tulsi Gabbard on the government screwing over the residents of Maui to take their land ....

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Sunday, September 10, 2023
Property rights should prevail in Lahaina
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:47 PM :: 2011 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use

... peoples’ homes and businesses are at stake, and their right to those properties must be defended ....

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Friday, September 8, 2023
Medeiros Resigns: Governor Blames Threats from BJ Penn
By News Release @ 5:17 AM :: 4009 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government, Land Use, Republican Party

"...Threats have been made against me, loved ones who don’t even work for the government, and even children...."

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Sunday, September 3, 2023
Steps we could take to help Lahaina rebuild more quickly
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:14 AM :: 1866 Views :: Maui County, Development, Small Business

... licensure laws that constrain the supply of skilled trades workers, building codes that complicate and disincentivize adding accessory dwelling units, and laws prohibiting prefabricated homes ....

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Friday, September 1, 2023
Suit: Hawaii governor overreaches with housing crisis proclamation
By Court House News @ 1:59 PM :: 2065 Views :: Ethics, Development, Land Use

... Native Hawaiian interest groups and environmental organizations joined the American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii and the Sierra Club on Thursday ....

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Thursday, August 31, 2023
City Code Update: Increase cost of construction to subsidize electric cars, solar industry
By News Release @ 3:12 PM :: 1842 Views :: Honolulu County, Development

... is housing an emergency or not? ....

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Tuesday, August 29, 2023
Maui Court Issues ‘Writ of Quo Warranto’ vs Green’s July 17 Housing Proclamation
By News Release @ 7:36 PM :: 2741 Views :: Ethics, Development, Land Use

... "The proclamation usurps all government power into the hands of one unelected former lobbyist" said Petitioner Tom Coffman ....

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Tuesday, August 29, 2023
‘Immediately Caught On’: Hawaii State Rep Slams Developers For Sweeping In ‘Like Vultures’ To Buy Land
By Video @ 7:10 PM :: 2327 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Development

... The proclamation gave developers ways around regulations ....

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Friday, August 25, 2023
To Tackle Highest Housing Costs in the Country, Hawaii's Governor Declares YIMBY Martial Law
By Selected News Articles @ 6:00 AM :: 2225 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use

... An emergency proclamation by Gov. Josh Green offers developers the opportunity to route around almost all regulations on building homes ....

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Thursday, August 24, 2023
Do Lahaina Property Owners Have the Right to Rebuild?
By Andrew Walden @ 8:26 PM :: 9377 Views :: Maui County, Development

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

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Wednesday, August 23, 2023
How parking reform could help boost Hawaii’s housing stock
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 10:08 PM :: 1672 Views :: Development, Land Use

... most cities in the U.S. have required arbitrary amounts of parking to be built with every new building or new business ....

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Wednesday, August 23, 2023
P3 Restructures 1,221-Unit Affordable Housing Portfolio
By News Release @ 9:36 PM :: 1632 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government, Cost of Living

"... Innovative Transaction to Rehabilitate Properties and Preserve Long-Term Affordability ...."

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Wednesday, August 23, 2023
30 Years later--Varona Village Redevelopment Begins
By News Release @ 4:08 AM :: 2199 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Development

... to offer the homes and lots for purchase by the tenants of record (the original plantation workers) and current Varona Village residents ....

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Sunday, August 20, 2023
Land Grab: Use Eminent Domain to Seize all of Lahaina?
By Selected News Articles @ 4:16 AM :: 4481 Views :: Maui County, Development

... a blatant “land grab” by the State, leaving the landowner with little to no choice other than to accept “just compensation” for the property, be pau and move on ....

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Saturday, August 19, 2023
Housing proclamation raises ‘questions galore’
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:51 PM :: 2041 Views :: Ethics, Development, Land Use

... it selectively grants regulatory relief to projects designated by a committee of housing “czars” ....

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Saturday, August 19, 2023
VIDEO: Green Address on Lahaina Fire, Rebuild
By Video @ 5:23 AM :: 1896 Views :: Maui County, Development

"...The land in Lāhainā is reserved for its people as they return and rebuild...."

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Thursday, August 17, 2023
Hawaii Zoning Atlas Reveals where and how Zoning Rules Limit Housing Supply and Increase Costs
By News Release @ 8:07 PM :: 2651 Views :: Development, Hawaii Statistics, Land Use

... The local Atlas team is part of a national coalition aiming to inform solutions to the housing crisis by cataloging land use policies across the U.S. ....

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Wednesday, August 16, 2023
Green: "Its going to be a very long time before any housing can be built"
By News Release @ 2:50 PM :: 2684 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use

"We’ll also invest state resources to preserve and protect this land for our people; not for any development"

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