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Housing, Land Use & Zoning

Testimony on SB3176: Yes to allowing fourplex housing

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration on Feb. 3, 2022, by the Senate Committee on Housing and the Senate Committee on Government Operations. ____________ To: Senate Committee on Housing Sen. Stanley Chang, Chair Sen. Dru Mamo Kanuha, Vice Chair       Senate Committee on Government

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Testimony: Institute advises against ALOHA homes proposal — again

The following is testimony submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration on Feb. 3, 2022, by the Hawaii Senate committees on Housing and Government Operations. It concerns the ALOHA homes proposal, which first surfaced at the Legislature in 2019.  ___________________ To: Senate Committee on Housing       Sen. Stanley

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Oahu short-term rental owners raise alarm about Bill 41

A bill being considered by the Honolulu County Council could potentially devastate Hawaii’s vacation rental industry by limiting short-term rentals on Oahu to no less than 180 days at a time. That was the message of short-term rental owners Ed Jones and Peggy Aurand, who joined host Keli’i Akina on

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Vacation rentals — and property rights — in jeopardy on Maui

In the name of increasing affordable housing on Maui, well-intended people are poised to wreak havoc on the island’s vacation rental market. Jen Russo, executive director of the Maui Vacation Rental Association, explained the looming problems during her appearance on the Nov. 8 edition of “Hawaii Together,” hosted by Keli’i

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Isles residents support adding land, zoning reform to increase housing

Almost 1,000 people statewide express broad support for policies that could increase housing inventory in Hawaii and help ease high prices   HONOLULU, Oct. 26, 2021 >> When Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli‘i Akina wrote in his weekly column this past Saturday that “most of us” in Hawaii agree there is

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Budget crisis not needed to solve housing crisis

Photo by Charley Myers Housing is one of those issues we have long talked about in Hawaii, and after decades of debate, it seems there are now a few important points about housing that most of us agree on: >> There’s not enough of it. >> Zoning laws and regulations can stifle more of

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Affordable housing debate is about means, not end

Supporters of the well-intentioned but misguided Bill 10 on Maui wanted affordable housing, and so did those who warned against it Maui County residents dodged a bullet last Friday. The Maui County Council upheld Mayor Michael Victorino’s veto of Bill 10, a proposal that would have worsened the county’s housing

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On the defeat of Bill 10 and why housing on Maui is so expensive

The defeat of Bill 10 on Maui and why housing is so expensive on Maui were among topics of discussion between Keli’i Akina and Jason Economou on Akina’s latest “Hawaii Together” program, which aired May 10, 2021, on the ThinkTech Hawaii network Economou, an attorney, is government affairs director for

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Testimony on SB3176: Yes to allowing fourplex housing

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration on Feb. 3, 2022, by the Senate Committee on Housing and the Senate Committee on Government Operations. ____________ To: Senate Committee on Housing Sen. Stanley Chang, Chair Sen. Dru Mamo Kanuha, Vice Chair       Senate Committee on Government

Read More →

Testimony: Institute advises against ALOHA homes proposal — again

The following is testimony submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration on Feb. 3, 2022, by the Hawaii Senate committees on Housing and Government Operations. It concerns the ALOHA homes proposal, which first surfaced at the Legislature in 2019.  ___________________ To: Senate Committee on Housing       Sen. Stanley

Read More →

Oahu short-term rental owners raise alarm about Bill 41

A bill being considered by the Honolulu County Council could potentially devastate Hawaii’s vacation rental industry by limiting short-term rentals on Oahu to no less than 180 days at a time. That was the message of short-term rental owners Ed Jones and Peggy Aurand, who joined host Keli’i Akina on

Read More →

Vacation rentals — and property rights — in jeopardy on Maui

In the name of increasing affordable housing on Maui, well-intended people are poised to wreak havoc on the island’s vacation rental market. Jen Russo, executive director of the Maui Vacation Rental Association, explained the looming problems during her appearance on the Nov. 8 edition of “Hawaii Together,” hosted by Keli’i

Read More →

Isles residents support adding land, zoning reform to increase housing

Almost 1,000 people statewide express broad support for policies that could increase housing inventory in Hawaii and help ease high prices   HONOLULU, Oct. 26, 2021 >> When Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli‘i Akina wrote in his weekly column this past Saturday that “most of us” in Hawaii agree there is

Read More →

Budget crisis not needed to solve housing crisis

Photo by Charley Myers Housing is one of those issues we have long talked about in Hawaii, and after decades of debate, it seems there are now a few important points about housing that most of us agree on: >> There’s not enough of it. >> Zoning laws and regulations can stifle more of

Read More →

Affordable housing debate is about means, not end

Supporters of the well-intentioned but misguided Bill 10 on Maui wanted affordable housing, and so did those who warned against it Maui County residents dodged a bullet last Friday. The Maui County Council upheld Mayor Michael Victorino’s veto of Bill 10, a proposal that would have worsened the county’s housing

Read More →

On the defeat of Bill 10 and why housing on Maui is so expensive

The defeat of Bill 10 on Maui and why housing is so expensive on Maui were among topics of discussion between Keli’i Akina and Jason Economou on Akina’s latest “Hawaii Together” program, which aired May 10, 2021, on the ThinkTech Hawaii network Economou, an attorney, is government affairs director for

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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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