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Housing, Land Use & Zoning

Fixing Hawaii’s housing crisis need not be complicated

The following commentary was originally published Oct. 15, 2022, in the Hawaii Filipino Chronicle. ____________ Hawaii has the highest level of government regulation related to homebuilding in the country. It also has the highest average home prices in the nation. This is not a coincidence. Multiple studies have established that

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Akina hails data over anecdotes in latest ride with ‘Perry & The Posse’

Hawaii’s most popular morning radio host, Michael W. Perry, invited Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli‘i Akina onto his “Perry & The Posse” show yesterday morning to talk about the Institute’s new report, “The ‘outsider theory of Hawaii’s housing crisis.” After referencing Hawaii’s frustrating economic problems in general, he asked

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Getting by with a little help from our friends

Greetings from 35,000 feet! Through the clouds below me, the Great Plains are rolling by. This bird’s-eye view of our nation is a metaphor for how my colleagues and I at the Grassroot Institute have spent the past week. Over the last several days, we have been meeting with members

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Testimony: Bill 10 could help add Oahu housing

Photo by Charley Myers The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration Sept 26, 2022, by the Honolulu City Council. ______________ To: Honolulu City Council       Tommy Waters, Chair        Esther Kia‘aina, Vice Chair From: Ted Kefalas        

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Looking for housing in all the wrong places?

Many people in Hawaii believe the best way to “solve” the state’s housing crisis is through greater government involvement. They believe this even though studies upon studies overwhelmingly show that such involvement is the primary cause of the crisis in the first place. The University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization,

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Maui housing bill seriously flawed in July, and even more so now

An amendment seeks to subsidize homebuyers, leaving open whom would qualify and how much taxpayers would be in for An affordable housing bill that was “recommitted” by the Maui County in July is coming back for review on Tuesday, but the bill is still seriously flawed, if not worse than before.

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Why is Hawaii so expensive?

The following is the transcript for a video narrated by Joe Kent that was posted Sept. 14, 2022, on the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii’s “Hawaii Matters” YouTube channel. To see the video itself, go to the end of the transcript. ___________ Why is Hawaii’s cost of living so high? Hawaii

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Are outsiders buying up Hawaii?

The following is the transcript for a video narrated by Joe Kent that was posted Sept. 14, 2022, on the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii’s “Hawaii Matters” YouTube channel. To see the video itself, go to the end of the transcript. ___________ Are outsiders buying up Hawaii? Hawaii has the most

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Fixing Hawaii’s housing crisis need not be complicated

The following commentary was originally published Oct. 15, 2022, in the Hawaii Filipino Chronicle. ____________ Hawaii has the highest level of government regulation related to homebuilding in the country. It also has the highest average home prices in the nation. This is not a coincidence. Multiple studies have established that

Read More →

Akina hails data over anecdotes in latest ride with ‘Perry & The Posse’

Hawaii’s most popular morning radio host, Michael W. Perry, invited Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli‘i Akina onto his “Perry & The Posse” show yesterday morning to talk about the Institute’s new report, “The ‘outsider theory of Hawaii’s housing crisis.” After referencing Hawaii’s frustrating economic problems in general, he asked

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Getting by with a little help from our friends

Greetings from 35,000 feet! Through the clouds below me, the Great Plains are rolling by. This bird’s-eye view of our nation is a metaphor for how my colleagues and I at the Grassroot Institute have spent the past week. Over the last several days, we have been meeting with members

Read More →

Testimony: Bill 10 could help add Oahu housing

Photo by Charley Myers The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration Sept 26, 2022, by the Honolulu City Council. ______________ To: Honolulu City Council       Tommy Waters, Chair        Esther Kia‘aina, Vice Chair From: Ted Kefalas        

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Looking for housing in all the wrong places?

Many people in Hawaii believe the best way to “solve” the state’s housing crisis is through greater government involvement. They believe this even though studies upon studies overwhelmingly show that such involvement is the primary cause of the crisis in the first place. The University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization,

Read More →

Maui housing bill seriously flawed in July, and even more so now

An amendment seeks to subsidize homebuyers, leaving open whom would qualify and how much taxpayers would be in for An affordable housing bill that was “recommitted” by the Maui County in July is coming back for review on Tuesday, but the bill is still seriously flawed, if not worse than before.

Read More →

Why is Hawaii so expensive?

The following is the transcript for a video narrated by Joe Kent that was posted Sept. 14, 2022, on the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii’s “Hawaii Matters” YouTube channel. To see the video itself, go to the end of the transcript. ___________ Why is Hawaii’s cost of living so high? Hawaii

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Are outsiders buying up Hawaii?

The following is the transcript for a video narrated by Joe Kent that was posted Sept. 14, 2022, on the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii’s “Hawaii Matters” YouTube channel. To see the video itself, go to the end of the transcript. ___________ Are outsiders buying up Hawaii? Hawaii has the most

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PETITION: Exempt medical services from Hawaii's excise tax!

To the Hawaii Legislature:

Hawaii families face skyrocketing healthcare costs and a shortage of doctors. Exempting medical services from Hawaii’s general excise tax would result in millions of dollars in savings for residents and help bring doctors back.

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