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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 :: 2268 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 :: 9492 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 :: 1719 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 :: 1685 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 :: 2272 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 :: 4560 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 :: 2091 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 :: 1950 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 :: 2721 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 :: 2735 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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Wednesday, August 9, 2023
Staircase proposal could be small step toward more housing
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:40 AM :: 2401 Views :: Development, Cost of Living

... Can single-stair construction actually reduce the building costs and contribute to alleviating our housing shortage? ....

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Sunday, August 6, 2023
Little changes can lead to more housing
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:42 AM :: 2305 Views :: Development, Cost of Living

... how regulations and building codes have made constructing small apartment buildings more expensive and less efficient ....

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Saturday, August 5, 2023
"Wouldn’t it be nice to get a permit in 10 days?"
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:14 PM :: 2750 Views :: Honolulu County, Development

... Bill 6 would allow building applications to be reviewed by qualified third-party reviewers ....

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Friday, August 4, 2023
Mixed feelings characterize reaction to housing proclamation
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:39 AM :: 1874 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... “It really does is just put pressure on the Legislature and say, ‘Are you going to act?'"....

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Sunday, July 30, 2023
Housing Emergency Designed to Fail
By Andrew Walden @ 11:29 PM :: 4584 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... Because it is temporary, Green’s Proclamation ensures that too few projects will be approved to actually bring down the cost of housing ....

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Sunday, July 30, 2023
​Tupola says empowering people is her motivation
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:03 AM :: 2748 Views :: Honolulu County, Development

... Tupola served four years in the state House, starting in 2014, then was elected to the City Council, in 2020 ....

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Sunday, July 30, 2023
‘Permit me’ -- to thank county officials again
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:49 AM :: 2788 Views :: Development

... How long should Oahu residents have to wait for a permit to repair or renovate their homes? A few days? Weeks? Months? ....

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Friday, July 28, 2023
Pathways to Removing Housing Obstacles
By News Release @ 3:37 PM :: 2522 Views :: Development, Land Use

... PRO Housing to reduce barriers to affordable housing production by helping local communities address restrictive zoning, land use, and regulatory policies. It also expands financing for affordable, energy-efficient, and resilient housing, and promotes commercial-to-residential conversion ....

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Thursday, July 27, 2023
Housing: 'Much of the proclamation I could have written myself'
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:43 AM :: 2366 Views :: Development

... especially the many “whereas” justifications for why the emergency order was issued — which states many of the points I’ve been making for years regarding the bad policy and inaction that have characterized Hawaii’s approach to homebuilding ....

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Tuesday, July 18, 2023
Green Signs Emergency Proclamation on Housing
By News Release @ 3:41 AM :: 2425 Views :: Development, Homelessness, Land Use

...“This emergency proclamation is one of the largest state-level housing actions anywhere in the country in years, if not decades," said Senator Stanley Chang, chair of the Senate Committee on Housing....

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Friday, July 7, 2023
HHFDC Gives Solar Farm Control of Waianae Affordable Housing Complex
By News Release @ 4:33 AM :: 1570 Views :: Energy, Development, Hawaii State Government

... The agreement, which began on June 30, calls for Solar Farm View Estates LLC (SFVE) to undertake substantial repairs to the complex and operate it for the next 75 years. The Board of Directors of HHFDC, which retains the property’s fee-simple interest, approved a $4.95 million, low-interest, 10-year loan that allows SFVE to facilitate the repairs ....

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Sunday, July 2, 2023
​Regulations make housing prices unsustainable
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:09 PM :: 2069 Views :: Development, Hawaii History, Land Use, Cost of Living

... why have prices spiked over the past half-century? ....

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Wednesday, June 28, 2023
14 Years Later HiDoT Still Trying to get Rid of Falls of Clyde
By News Release @ 11:59 PM :: 1799 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Tourism

... HDOT is working to redevelop Pier 7 at Honolulu Harbor which has been vacant and inactive for the last 14 years, after Bishop Museum closed the Hawaiʻi Maritime Center ....

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Tuesday, June 27, 2023
About that so-called Vienna housing model
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:00 PM :: 2454 Views :: Development, Cost of Living

... some Hawaii lawmakers have been looking at the so-called Vienna model of housing as a way to help resolve Hawaii's housing crisis ....

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Sunday, June 18, 2023
A Dirty Problem
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2515 Views :: Environment, Development, Tax Credits

... five blind monks trying to describe an elephant ....

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Sunday, June 11, 2023
Taxes and Cost of Living: Focus Shifts to County Councils
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:57 PM :: 1980 Views :: Development, Taxes, Cost of Living

... lawmaking continues at the county level ....

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Sunday, June 11, 2023
Want more housing? Why not just cut the red tape?
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:50 PM :: 2010 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Cost of Living

... address the structural problems in the housing market, namely the strict regulatory environment ....

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Wednesday, June 7, 2023
Bill 56: Increase amount for permit exemptions to ease 209 day backlog
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:31 PM :: 2003 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Small Business

... 209 days spent waiting for a permit often equates to higher costs for labor and materials ....

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Sunday, June 4, 2023
It’s Time for OHA to Change its Messaging About Kakaʻako Makai
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:00 PM :: 2133 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, OHA

... the messaging OHA uses to promote this development project could be connected to our failure to rally support in the legislature ....

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Friday, June 2, 2023
HCDA to Ban Residential Development at Kakaako Makai
By News Release @ 10:05 PM :: 2030 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, OHA

... HCDA informational hearing on June 7 at 10:30 on Kakaako Makai Rule Amendments ....

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Thursday, June 1, 2023
‘Empty homes’ tax won’t fix supply-side housing crisis
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:10 AM :: 1931 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Taxes

... the “empty homes” theory is just another distraction from the real cause of Hawaii’s housing crisis, which is regulations that block homebuilding ....

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Friday, May 26, 2023
DPP Supervisor Gets 60 Months in Prison for Bribery Scheme
By News Release @ 1:38 AM :: 2145 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Development

... After a lengthy investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) into corruption at the DPP, honest services wire fraud charges were filed against six individuals, including Inouye, arising out of schemes in which employees of the DPP took bribes in exchange for performing official acts at DPP ....

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Sunday, May 7, 2023
Is racism why OHA can’t build condos?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:12 PM :: 2681 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, OHA

... the restriction was put in place before OHA chose to acquire the property ....

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Sunday, April 30, 2023
An amazing day at the Capitol
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 9:04 PM :: 2915 Views :: Development, Small Business, Taxes

... it finally became clear which big-ticket items were going to make it to the governor’s desk for signing — or hit the cutting room floor ....

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Sunday, April 23, 2023
Wanna know why homebuilders in Hawaii prefer to build mansions?
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:22 PM :: 2919 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... homebuilders say multi-unit projects could be more profitable, but there are just too many rules, regulations and delays to make it worth the effort ....

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Friday, April 21, 2023
Money Laundering: Feds Unmask Shell Companies Behind Hawaii Real Estate Purchases
By News Release @ 11:30 PM :: 3429 Views :: Development, Law Enforcement

... to identify the natural persons behind shell companies used in non-financed purchases of residential real estate ....

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Friday, April 21, 2023
OHA Check Register 2022--Insiders Rake in $1.2M for Kakaako Makai Lobbying
By Andrew Walden @ 11:29 PM :: 4528 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Development, OHA

... “Dead Bodies, Convicted Felons and Kakaako Makai: Meet the new Gang at OHA” ....

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Saturday, April 8, 2023
Is there relief for rising property taxes on Oahu?
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:53 AM :: 2734 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Taxes, Cost of Living

... Akina said Hawaii home prices are sky-high because of the scarcity of housing caused by “all the regulation … that developers and individual home builders have to go through in order to renovate or in order to build.” ....

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Friday, April 7, 2023
30 Years later First members Appointed to Oahu Historic Preservation Commission
By News Release @ 12:00 PM :: 2020 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Hawaii History

... Administratively, the Oʻahu Historic Preservation Commission will be managed by the City’s Department of Planning and Permitting ....

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Thursday, April 6, 2023
OHA Rejects $100M Offer--Sees More Profit in Lying About Kakaako Makai
By News Release @ 11:50 PM :: 2486 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Development, OHA

"... The prohibition of residential development via a 'perpetual easement' has too adverse of an impact on the future value of Hakuone lands ...."

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Monday, April 3, 2023
Priced Out: Millennials Buying Cheapest Homes in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 10:36 PM :: 2429 Views :: Development, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... In most US metro areas, millennials are buying homes at prices above the general market.  But in Honolulu millennials are buying homes 4.2% below the market average.  This is the biggest downside gap in any of the 56 large metros studied ....

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Sunday, April 2, 2023
​Is there life after Downtown Walmart?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:47 PM :: 2271 Views :: Development, Cost of Living

... adaptive reuse ....

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Friday, March 31, 2023
2017 cesspool law creating a mess for Hawaii property owners
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:39 PM :: 2318 Views :: Development, Cost of Living

... the state’s mandate to eliminate cesspools is too costly for homeowners ....

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Sunday, March 19, 2023
Dead Bodies, Convicted Felons and Kakaako Makai: Meet the new Gang at OHA
By Andrew Walden @ 12:20 AM :: 7220 Views :: Ethics, Development, OHA

... “We greatly appreciate what Senator Dela Cruz is trying to do. And we thank him.” -- OHA Chair Carmen Hulu Lindsey ....

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Friday, March 17, 2023
Oʻo Award for Digging out ‘Affordable’ Housing Scam
By News Release @ 6:30 PM :: 2476 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Development, First Amendment

... Tummons, in a series of articles, exposed questionable dealings in Hawaii Countyʻs Office of Housing and Community Development that ultimately led to an FBI investigation and guilty plea by former community development specialist Alan Scott Rudo to accepting almost $2 million in bribes from two Hilo attorneys and a businessman ....

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Tuesday, March 14, 2023
"An opportunity drops into OHA’s lap"
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 10:48 PM :: 2697 Views :: Ethics, Development, OHA

... “Rules were meant to be broken,” the trustee said. “We do that all the time.” ….

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Tuesday, March 14, 2023
Auditor Rips OHA Land Acquisitions--Making it up as they Go Along
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 7:06 PM :: 2611 Views :: Ethics, Development, Land Use, OHA

... these acquisitions were ad hoc, featuring strategies and criteria created to facilitate the acquisition ....

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Monday, March 13, 2023
Congress Funds New ‘YIMBY’ Grants for Zoning Reform
By Selected News Articles @ 4:47 PM :: 1814 Views :: Development

... The final act of Congress in 2022 included passage of a new $85 million grant program aimed at zoning reform ....

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Sunday, March 12, 2023
Building Vs. Buying: Which Is Cheaper in The Aloha State?
By Selected News Articles @ 3:01 PM :: 2883 Views :: Development, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Hawaii shines as #1 out of only 18 states where it’s more cost-effective to build rather than buy ....

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Sunday, March 12, 2023
Five Ideas to Put Aloha Stadium Plan on Right Track
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:05 AM :: 1831 Views :: Development

... avoid becoming another boondoggle ....

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