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Housing, Land Use & Zoning

Testimony X 4 — Relating to housing

Photo by Charley Myers This is a combination of four separate testimonies submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Hawaii Senate Committee on Housing on Feb. 9, 2021. ___________ To: Senate Committee on Housing Sen. Stanley Chang, Chair Sen. Dru Mamo Kanuha, Vice Chair From: Grassroot

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Testimony re: SB137 — Relating to land use

The following is testimony that was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on Jan. 29, 2021, for consideration by the Hawaii Senate Committee on Water and Land. _________________ To: Senate Committee on Water and Land Sen. Lorraine R. Inouye, Chair Sen. Gilbert S.C. Keith-Agaran, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii

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What we can do to lower the cost of housing in Hawaii

Photo by Charley Myers The following is the cover letter we included when we sent two recent housing studies to all lawmakers throughout the islands, at both the state and county levels. Written by Joe Kent, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii executive vice president, the letter introduced “How to Build Affordable,

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Rein in this red-tape rascal to encourage more housing

Photo by Charley Myers When your state lacks sufficient housing, the last thing you should do is make building a difficult, risky and lengthy process. But that’s exactly what Hawaii has done by creating levels of bureaucracy that strangle development. On this week’s episode of “Hawaii Together” on ThinkTech Hawaii,

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LUC reform isn’t glamorous, but it’s important

Keli’i Akina’s “Hawaii Together” program on Monday, Sept. 28, 2020, on ThinkTech Hawaii was all about the state Land Use Commission, which both he and his guest acknowledged isn’t typically the most captivating of topics. “You know all there is to know about the Land Use Commission,” Akina said to Grassroot Institute of Hawaii research

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Reform state LUC to encourage more housing, new report says

The following is a news release issued by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on Sept. 22, 2020. ______________ The state Land Use Commission has strayed from its core mission, leading to fewer homes and higher home prices for Hawaii residents   HONOLULU, Sept. 22, 2020 >> Giving Hawaii’s counties more

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Testimony: Liberalize West Maui Plan to encourage housing

The following testimony was submitted Sept. 8, 2020, to the Maui Planning Commission by Joe Kent, executive vice president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. ____________ To: Maui Planning Commission / Lawrence Carnicelli, Chair / Christian Tackett, Vice chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii / Joe Kent / Executive vice president RE: West

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Five little words could solve Hawaii housing crisis

The lack of affordable housing in Hawaii is on everyone’s mind. State legislators have responded with a wide variety of proposals that include everything from government building projects to incentives for developers. Then there’s the constitutional amendment. Three Senate bills proposing an amendment to the state Constitution that would require

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Hawaii’s housing crisis, in 63 seconds

Here is the latest in a series of short videos being produced by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii to explain quickly and simply the basics of some of Hawai’s most pressing economic problems. This 63-second video is about the state’s housing crisis. 

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Testimony X 4 — Relating to housing

Photo by Charley Myers This is a combination of four separate testimonies submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Hawaii Senate Committee on Housing on Feb. 9, 2021. ___________ To: Senate Committee on Housing Sen. Stanley Chang, Chair Sen. Dru Mamo Kanuha, Vice Chair From: Grassroot

Read More →

Testimony re: SB137 — Relating to land use

The following is testimony that was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on Jan. 29, 2021, for consideration by the Hawaii Senate Committee on Water and Land. _________________ To: Senate Committee on Water and Land Sen. Lorraine R. Inouye, Chair Sen. Gilbert S.C. Keith-Agaran, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii

Read More →

What we can do to lower the cost of housing in Hawaii

Photo by Charley Myers The following is the cover letter we included when we sent two recent housing studies to all lawmakers throughout the islands, at both the state and county levels. Written by Joe Kent, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii executive vice president, the letter introduced “How to Build Affordable,

Read More →

Rein in this red-tape rascal to encourage more housing

Photo by Charley Myers When your state lacks sufficient housing, the last thing you should do is make building a difficult, risky and lengthy process. But that’s exactly what Hawaii has done by creating levels of bureaucracy that strangle development. On this week’s episode of “Hawaii Together” on ThinkTech Hawaii,

Read More →

LUC reform isn’t glamorous, but it’s important

Keli’i Akina’s “Hawaii Together” program on Monday, Sept. 28, 2020, on ThinkTech Hawaii was all about the state Land Use Commission, which both he and his guest acknowledged isn’t typically the most captivating of topics. “You know all there is to know about the Land Use Commission,” Akina said to Grassroot Institute of Hawaii research

Read More →

Reform state LUC to encourage more housing, new report says

The following is a news release issued by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on Sept. 22, 2020. ______________ The state Land Use Commission has strayed from its core mission, leading to fewer homes and higher home prices for Hawaii residents   HONOLULU, Sept. 22, 2020 >> Giving Hawaii’s counties more

Read More →

Testimony: Liberalize West Maui Plan to encourage housing

The following testimony was submitted Sept. 8, 2020, to the Maui Planning Commission by Joe Kent, executive vice president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. ____________ To: Maui Planning Commission / Lawrence Carnicelli, Chair / Christian Tackett, Vice chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii / Joe Kent / Executive vice president RE: West

Read More →

Five little words could solve Hawaii housing crisis

The lack of affordable housing in Hawaii is on everyone’s mind. State legislators have responded with a wide variety of proposals that include everything from government building projects to incentives for developers. Then there’s the constitutional amendment. Three Senate bills proposing an amendment to the state Constitution that would require

Read More →

Hawaii’s housing crisis, in 63 seconds

Here is the latest in a series of short videos being produced by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii to explain quickly and simply the basics of some of Hawai’s most pressing economic problems. This 63-second video is about the state’s housing crisis. 

Read More →