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Housing, Land Use & Zoning

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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Testimony — SB1, relating to ALOHA homes

Photo by Charley Myers The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on on Feb. 26, 2021, for consideration by the Hawaii Senate Committee on Ways and Means. ______________ To: Senate Committee on Ways and Means Senator Donovan M. Dela Cruz, Chair Senator Gilbert S.C. Keith-Agaran, Vice Chair

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Testimony on Maui ‘affordable housing’ proposal, Part 2

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Maui County Council on Feb. 19, 2021. __________ To: Council of the County of Maui Alice Lee, Chair Keani Rawlins-Fernandez, Vice-Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii Joe Kent, Executive vice president Grassroot Institute of Hawaii RE: A proposed

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Kent to Maui Council: ‘This is increasing hurdles to housing’

The video below features Joe Kent, executive vice president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, presenting testimony on Feb. 19, 2021, to the Maui County Council regarding a proposal to increase the county’s affordable housing requirement from 50% to 75%. His message, basically, was that “the policy intended to generate

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Testimony on Maui ‘affordable housing’ proposal

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Maui County Council’s Affordable Housing Committee on Feb. 10, 2021. __________ To: Council of the County of Maui Affordable Housing Committee Gabe Johnson, Committee Chair Michael J. Molina, Committee Vice-Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii Joe

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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,

Read More →

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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Testimony — SB1, relating to ALOHA homes

Photo by Charley Myers The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on on Feb. 26, 2021, for consideration by the Hawaii Senate Committee on Ways and Means. ______________ To: Senate Committee on Ways and Means Senator Donovan M. Dela Cruz, Chair Senator Gilbert S.C. Keith-Agaran, Vice Chair

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Testimony on Maui ‘affordable housing’ proposal, Part 2

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Maui County Council on Feb. 19, 2021. __________ To: Council of the County of Maui Alice Lee, Chair Keani Rawlins-Fernandez, Vice-Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii Joe Kent, Executive vice president Grassroot Institute of Hawaii RE: A proposed

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Kent to Maui Council: ‘This is increasing hurdles to housing’

The video below features Joe Kent, executive vice president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, presenting testimony on Feb. 19, 2021, to the Maui County Council regarding a proposal to increase the county’s affordable housing requirement from 50% to 75%. His message, basically, was that “the policy intended to generate

Read More →

Testimony on Maui ‘affordable housing’ proposal

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Maui County Council’s Affordable Housing Committee on Feb. 10, 2021. __________ To: Council of the County of Maui Affordable Housing Committee Gabe Johnson, Committee Chair Michael J. Molina, Committee Vice-Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii Joe

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