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Housing, Land Use & Zoning

Why housing in Hawaii is expensive

The following is the transcript for a video 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 are Hawaii’s housing prices so high? Hawaii has the highest median home prices

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Housing crisis culprit staring us in the face

The evidence continues to mount that land-use, zoning and other homebuilding-related restrictions are the main force behind Hawaii’s ever-increasing housing prices. Nevertheless, many people in Hawaii have for years been blaming the state’s housing crisis on “outsiders” — people from elsewhere in the U.S. or from foreign countries. A recent

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Testimony: Don’t limit new multi-unit housing to just TOD areas

The following written testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration Sept. 7, 2022, by the Honolulu City Council. _____________ To: Honolulu City Council       Tommy Waters, Chair       Esther Kia‘aina, Vice Chair  From: Ted Kefalas             Director

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Will more bureaucracy solve permit delays?

Hawaii’s high cost of housing has multiple causes, one of which is the time it takes to obtain a building permit, whether that be for a new home, a whole bunch of new homes or even a simple home improvement project. As the University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization noted

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Akina, Miro discuss Institute’s ‘shocking’ new housing report

Institute President Keli‘i Akina says report shifts the focus from a scapegoat to policies that can actually result in more housing A new policy brief from the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on the impact of “outsiders” buying Hawaii homes was “shocking to many,” according to radio host Johnny Miro, of H. Hawaii

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New report removes divisive distraction

It is tempting to look for scapegoats when we talk about Hawaii’s housing crisis. Often taking the blame are people from the mainland and elsewhere, who allegedly are crowding out local buyers and driving up Hawaii home prices. However, a landmark new study from the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, “The ‘outsider’

Read More →

Out-of-state buyers don’t drive Hawaii home prices, report shows

Photo by Charley Myers A pathbreaking analysis of nationwide data dispels the popular belief that “outsider” homebuyers are the cause of the state’s housing woes HONOLULU, Aug. 17, 2022 >> A new report from the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii explodes the popular notion that out-of-state buyers are responsible for Hawaii’s

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Hawaii County official upbeat about island’s housing future

Homebuilding on Hawaii island entails many challenges, but the county’s planning director is upbeat about the future. “From a Hawaii County perspective, we’re solving [the problems] as fast as we can,” said Zendo Kern, who was appointed to the planning director job nearly two years ago. “When we first came

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Why housing in Hawaii is expensive

The following is the transcript for a video 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 are Hawaii’s housing prices so high? Hawaii has the highest median home prices

Read More →

Housing crisis culprit staring us in the face

The evidence continues to mount that land-use, zoning and other homebuilding-related restrictions are the main force behind Hawaii’s ever-increasing housing prices. Nevertheless, many people in Hawaii have for years been blaming the state’s housing crisis on “outsiders” — people from elsewhere in the U.S. or from foreign countries. A recent

Read More →

Testimony: Don’t limit new multi-unit housing to just TOD areas

The following written testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration Sept. 7, 2022, by the Honolulu City Council. _____________ To: Honolulu City Council       Tommy Waters, Chair       Esther Kia‘aina, Vice Chair  From: Ted Kefalas             Director

Read More →

Will more bureaucracy solve permit delays?

Hawaii’s high cost of housing has multiple causes, one of which is the time it takes to obtain a building permit, whether that be for a new home, a whole bunch of new homes or even a simple home improvement project. As the University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization noted

Read More →

Akina, Miro discuss Institute’s ‘shocking’ new housing report

Institute President Keli‘i Akina says report shifts the focus from a scapegoat to policies that can actually result in more housing A new policy brief from the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on the impact of “outsiders” buying Hawaii homes was “shocking to many,” according to radio host Johnny Miro, of H. Hawaii

Read More →

New report removes divisive distraction

It is tempting to look for scapegoats when we talk about Hawaii’s housing crisis. Often taking the blame are people from the mainland and elsewhere, who allegedly are crowding out local buyers and driving up Hawaii home prices. However, a landmark new study from the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, “The ‘outsider’

Read More →

Out-of-state buyers don’t drive Hawaii home prices, report shows

Photo by Charley Myers A pathbreaking analysis of nationwide data dispels the popular belief that “outsider” homebuyers are the cause of the state’s housing woes HONOLULU, Aug. 17, 2022 >> A new report from the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii explodes the popular notion that out-of-state buyers are responsible for Hawaii’s

Read More →

Hawaii County official upbeat about island’s housing future

Homebuilding on Hawaii island entails many challenges, but the county’s planning director is upbeat about the future. “From a Hawaii County perspective, we’re solving [the problems] as fast as we can,” said Zendo Kern, who was appointed to the planning director job nearly two years ago. “When we first came

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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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