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Housing, Land Use & Zoning

Affordable housing debate is about means, not end

Supporters of the well-intentioned but misguided Bill 10 on Maui wanted affordable housing, and so did those who warned against it Maui County residents dodged a bullet last Friday. The Maui County Council upheld Mayor Michael Victorino’s veto of Bill 10, a proposal that would have worsened the county’s housing

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On the defeat of Bill 10 and why housing on Maui is so expensive

The defeat of Bill 10 on Maui and why housing is so expensive on Maui were among topics of discussion between Keli’i Akina and Jason Economou on Akina’s latest “Hawaii Together” program, which aired May 10, 2021, on the ThinkTech Hawaii network Economou, an attorney, is government affairs director for

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Akina on ‘How to increase affordable housing in Hawaii’

“How to increase affordable housing in Hawaii” was the topic of a webinar sponsored by the Kokua Council on May 3, 2021. Keli’i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, was among the three presenters, along with state Sen. Stanley Chang and community activist Kim Coco Iwamoto. The forum was moderated

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Housing bill wrong way to help Maui working families, Sugimura says

How to create more affordable housing on Maui was the topic of Keli’i Akina’s latest “Hawaii Together” program on the ThinkTech Hawaii network. Yuki Lei Sugimura, a five-year member of the Maui County Council, was the program’s special guest. She spoke with Akina in particular about a proposed Maui ordinance,

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Council proposal would make Maui housing crisis worse

The commentary below was Keli’i Akina’s weekly “President’s Corner” column for April 9, 2021. If you would like to have his columns emailed to you on a regular basis, please call 808-864-1776 or email info@grassrootinstitute.org. This column was republished in full by MauiNow on April 18, 2021. ____________ Depending on what

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Webinar: ‘How affordable housing rules discourage homebuilding’

The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii’s free webinar on how affordable housing rules hinder home construction in Hawaii, was a great success. The presentation on March 8, 2021, was viewed by many key members of the community, including government officials, business executives and journalists. A controversial proposal to increase affordability requirements

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How red tape defeats the goal of ‘affordable’ housing

The commentary below was Keli’i Akina’s weekly “President’s Corner” column for Feb. 26, 2021. If you would like to have his columns emailed to you on a regular basis, please call 808-864-1776 or email info@grassrootinstitute.org. ______________ Good intentions not only make bad material for paving roads, they’re also not a great

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Affordable housing debate is about means, not end

Supporters of the well-intentioned but misguided Bill 10 on Maui wanted affordable housing, and so did those who warned against it Maui County residents dodged a bullet last Friday. The Maui County Council upheld Mayor Michael Victorino’s veto of Bill 10, a proposal that would have worsened the county’s housing

Read More →

On the defeat of Bill 10 and why housing on Maui is so expensive

The defeat of Bill 10 on Maui and why housing is so expensive on Maui were among topics of discussion between Keli’i Akina and Jason Economou on Akina’s latest “Hawaii Together” program, which aired May 10, 2021, on the ThinkTech Hawaii network Economou, an attorney, is government affairs director for

Read More →

Akina on ‘How to increase affordable housing in Hawaii’

“How to increase affordable housing in Hawaii” was the topic of a webinar sponsored by the Kokua Council on May 3, 2021. Keli’i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, was among the three presenters, along with state Sen. Stanley Chang and community activist Kim Coco Iwamoto. The forum was moderated

Read More →

Housing bill wrong way to help Maui working families, Sugimura says

How to create more affordable housing on Maui was the topic of Keli’i Akina’s latest “Hawaii Together” program on the ThinkTech Hawaii network. Yuki Lei Sugimura, a five-year member of the Maui County Council, was the program’s special guest. She spoke with Akina in particular about a proposed Maui ordinance,

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Council proposal would make Maui housing crisis worse

The commentary below was Keli’i Akina’s weekly “President’s Corner” column for April 9, 2021. If you would like to have his columns emailed to you on a regular basis, please call 808-864-1776 or email info@grassrootinstitute.org. This column was republished in full by MauiNow on April 18, 2021. ____________ Depending on what

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Webinar: ‘How affordable housing rules discourage homebuilding’

The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii’s free webinar on how affordable housing rules hinder home construction in Hawaii, was a great success. The presentation on March 8, 2021, was viewed by many key members of the community, including government officials, business executives and journalists. A controversial proposal to increase affordability requirements

Read More →

How red tape defeats the goal of ‘affordable’ housing

The commentary below was Keli’i Akina’s weekly “President’s Corner” column for Feb. 26, 2021. If you would like to have his columns emailed to you on a regular basis, please call 808-864-1776 or email info@grassrootinstitute.org. ______________ Good intentions not only make bad material for paving roads, they’re also not a great

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