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Housing, Land Use & Zoning

Maui’s sky-high home prices a ‘self-inflicted wound’

Photo courtesy of Maui Now This news article was originally published in Maui Now on July 14, 2022. _____________ By Gaylord Paul Garcia Maui’s record home prices and the impacts that have resulted in displaced residents, are not unique, but there are potential solutions, according to a researcher from a

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How to make housing affordable in Hawaii (Oahu presentation)

Unreasonable. Irrational. A travesty. Those were some of the terms used by Stanford Carr, president of Stanford Carr Development, and David Arakawa, executive director of the Land Use Research Foundation, to describe land-use planning in the state, at a no-holds-barred but laughter-filled June 17 presentation on Oahu, sponsored by the

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How to make housing affordable in Hawaii (Maui presentation)

Photos by Sean Mitsui Making housing more affordable on Maui could be accomplished through two changes to the island’s status quo on development: comprehensive rezoning and greater density.  But making those changes will be easier said than done. Why? The answer may be that Maui is “schizophrenic.” “Sure, everybody says

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‘Hawaii zoning atlas’ will identify barriers to housing

Hawaii’s acute lack of affordable housing is “largely a manufactured crisis,” according to Trey Gordner, the featured guest on Monday’s “Hawaii Together” program on ThinkTech Hawaii. Gordner is a civic technologist who recently earned a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from Virginia Tech. His thesis was on measuring

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Want more housing? Try economic freedom

How do you know if your state’s housing crisis is related to overregulation? When it’s technically easier to build a house for Oprah than it is to build houses for average families. That’s what my colleague Joe Kent made clear on Tuesday to a group of students visiting from Michigan’s

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How to increase housing and ease homelessness in Hawaii

Photo above by Google, all others by Charley Myers Above, this home near Punchbowl, Oahu, is listed on Zillow for $1.3 million. ____________ As an expression of hope in the next generation of America’s leaders, Joe Kent gave a presentation last Friday to a group of students from Hope College

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Oahu’s problematic short-term rental ban

Will Oahu’s new ban on short-term rentals affect you? It will if you have been renting out a room to help pay your mortgage, or you are a contractor or retailer whose livelihood has relied on servicing such rentals or the people who rent them. That’s the view of Dawn

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Youth pegged as key to ‘Housing Hawaii’s Future’

One of the biggest problems in Hawaii is the shortage of affordable and available housing. Can the state’s youth be a force in solving this crisis? Sterling Higa thinks so. Higa is executive director of Housing Hawaii’s Future, a new nonprofit that aims to educate and organize students and young

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Short-term rental ban will disrupt Honolulu economy

Well, Joe Kent tried his best during a Monday morning interview with KHON2 reporter Dallis Ontiveros to explain the negative ramifications of Bill 41. But Honolulu’s mayor went ahead and signed the bill the next day anyway Approved 8-1 by the Honolulu City Council, Bill 41 essentially bans short-term rentals

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Maui’s sky-high home prices a ‘self-inflicted wound’

Photo courtesy of Maui Now This news article was originally published in Maui Now on July 14, 2022. _____________ By Gaylord Paul Garcia Maui’s record home prices and the impacts that have resulted in displaced residents, are not unique, but there are potential solutions, according to a researcher from a

Read More →

How to make housing affordable in Hawaii (Oahu presentation)

Unreasonable. Irrational. A travesty. Those were some of the terms used by Stanford Carr, president of Stanford Carr Development, and David Arakawa, executive director of the Land Use Research Foundation, to describe land-use planning in the state, at a no-holds-barred but laughter-filled June 17 presentation on Oahu, sponsored by the

Read More →

How to make housing affordable in Hawaii (Maui presentation)

Photos by Sean Mitsui Making housing more affordable on Maui could be accomplished through two changes to the island’s status quo on development: comprehensive rezoning and greater density.  But making those changes will be easier said than done. Why? The answer may be that Maui is “schizophrenic.” “Sure, everybody says

Read More →

‘Hawaii zoning atlas’ will identify barriers to housing

Hawaii’s acute lack of affordable housing is “largely a manufactured crisis,” according to Trey Gordner, the featured guest on Monday’s “Hawaii Together” program on ThinkTech Hawaii. Gordner is a civic technologist who recently earned a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from Virginia Tech. His thesis was on measuring

Read More →

Want more housing? Try economic freedom

How do you know if your state’s housing crisis is related to overregulation? When it’s technically easier to build a house for Oprah than it is to build houses for average families. That’s what my colleague Joe Kent made clear on Tuesday to a group of students visiting from Michigan’s

Read More →

How to increase housing and ease homelessness in Hawaii

Photo above by Google, all others by Charley Myers Above, this home near Punchbowl, Oahu, is listed on Zillow for $1.3 million. ____________ As an expression of hope in the next generation of America’s leaders, Joe Kent gave a presentation last Friday to a group of students from Hope College

Read More →

Oahu’s problematic short-term rental ban

Will Oahu’s new ban on short-term rentals affect you? It will if you have been renting out a room to help pay your mortgage, or you are a contractor or retailer whose livelihood has relied on servicing such rentals or the people who rent them. That’s the view of Dawn

Read More →

Youth pegged as key to ‘Housing Hawaii’s Future’

One of the biggest problems in Hawaii is the shortage of affordable and available housing. Can the state’s youth be a force in solving this crisis? Sterling Higa thinks so. Higa is executive director of Housing Hawaii’s Future, a new nonprofit that aims to educate and organize students and young

Read More →

Short-term rental ban will disrupt Honolulu economy

Well, Joe Kent tried his best during a Monday morning interview with KHON2 reporter Dallis Ontiveros to explain the negative ramifications of Bill 41. But Honolulu’s mayor went ahead and signed the bill the next day anyway Approved 8-1 by the Honolulu City Council, Bill 41 essentially bans short-term rentals

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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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