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Housing, Land Use & Zoning

Oahu short-term rental owners raise alarm about Bill 41

A bill being considered by the Honolulu County Council could potentially devastate Hawaii’s vacation rental industry by limiting short-term rentals on Oahu to no less than 180 days at a time. That was the message of short-term rental owners Ed Jones and Peggy Aurand, who joined host Keli’i Akina on

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Vacation rentals — and property rights — in jeopardy on Maui

In the name of increasing affordable housing on Maui, well-intended people are poised to wreak havoc on the island’s vacation rental market. Jen Russo, executive director of the Maui Vacation Rental Association, explained the looming problems during her appearance on the Nov. 8 edition of “Hawaii Together,” hosted by Keli’i

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Isles residents support adding land, zoning reform to increase housing

Almost 1,000 people statewide express broad support for policies that could increase housing inventory in Hawaii and help ease high prices   HONOLULU, Oct. 26, 2021 >> When Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli‘i Akina wrote in his weekly column this past Saturday that “most of us” in Hawaii agree there is

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Budget crisis not needed to solve housing crisis

Photo by Charley Myers Housing is one of those issues we have long talked about in Hawaii, and after decades of debate, it seems there are now a few important points about housing that most of us agree on: >> There’s not enough of it. >> Zoning laws and regulations can stifle more of

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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

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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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Oahu short-term rental owners raise alarm about Bill 41

A bill being considered by the Honolulu County Council could potentially devastate Hawaii’s vacation rental industry by limiting short-term rentals on Oahu to no less than 180 days at a time. That was the message of short-term rental owners Ed Jones and Peggy Aurand, who joined host Keli’i Akina on

Read More →

Vacation rentals — and property rights — in jeopardy on Maui

In the name of increasing affordable housing on Maui, well-intended people are poised to wreak havoc on the island’s vacation rental market. Jen Russo, executive director of the Maui Vacation Rental Association, explained the looming problems during her appearance on the Nov. 8 edition of “Hawaii Together,” hosted by Keli’i

Read More →

Isles residents support adding land, zoning reform to increase housing

Almost 1,000 people statewide express broad support for policies that could increase housing inventory in Hawaii and help ease high prices   HONOLULU, Oct. 26, 2021 >> When Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli‘i Akina wrote in his weekly column this past Saturday that “most of us” in Hawaii agree there is

Read More →

Budget crisis not needed to solve housing crisis

Photo by Charley Myers Housing is one of those issues we have long talked about in Hawaii, and after decades of debate, it seems there are now a few important points about housing that most of us agree on: >> There’s not enough of it. >> Zoning laws and regulations can stifle more of

Read More →

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 →