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Housing, Land Use & Zoning

Testimony: Rural zoning change would help ease housing shortage

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration Feb. 23, 2022, by the Senate Committees on Ways and Means and Water and Land. _______________ To: Senate Committee on Ways and Means       Sen. Donovan M. Dela Cruz, Chair       Sen. Gilbert

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Testimony on HB1751 HD1: Small zoning changes could help immensely

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration Feb. 17, 2022, by the House Committee on Water and Land. _______________ To: House Committee on Water and Land       Rep. David A. Tarnas, Chair       Rep. Patrick Pihana Branco, Vice Chair  From:

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Testimony: With one change, HB1840 HD1 would streamline land-use rules, encourage more housing

The testimony below was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration Feb. 11, 2022, by the House Committee on Consumer Protection and Commerce. Ted Kefalas’ oral testimony follows. _______________ To: House Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce        Rep. Aaron Ling Johanson, Chair        Rep. Lisa Kitagawa, Vice Chair

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Testimony on SB2888: Yes to selling locally produced cottage food

The following written testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration on Feb. 11, 2022, by the Senate Committee on Health and the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Development. __________ To: Senate Committee on Health           Senator Jarrett Keohokalole, Chair      

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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

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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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Testimony: Rural zoning change would help ease housing shortage

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration Feb. 23, 2022, by the Senate Committees on Ways and Means and Water and Land. _______________ To: Senate Committee on Ways and Means       Sen. Donovan M. Dela Cruz, Chair       Sen. Gilbert

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Testimony on HB1751 HD1: Small zoning changes could help immensely

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration Feb. 17, 2022, by the House Committee on Water and Land. _______________ To: House Committee on Water and Land       Rep. David A. Tarnas, Chair       Rep. Patrick Pihana Branco, Vice Chair  From:

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Testimony: With one change, HB1840 HD1 would streamline land-use rules, encourage more housing

The testimony below was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration Feb. 11, 2022, by the House Committee on Consumer Protection and Commerce. Ted Kefalas’ oral testimony follows. _______________ To: House Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce        Rep. Aaron Ling Johanson, Chair        Rep. Lisa Kitagawa, Vice Chair

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Testimony on SB2888: Yes to selling locally produced cottage food

The following written testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration on Feb. 11, 2022, by the Senate Committee on Health and the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Development. __________ To: Senate Committee on Health           Senator Jarrett Keohokalole, Chair      

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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

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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

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

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