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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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Call for Jones Act reform gaining momentum

Photo by Charles Myers The drumbeat for Jones Act reform has been growing louder. In Hawaii, the Maui County Council in April unanimously endorsed a Jones Act exemption for Hawaii oil imports, and Michael Hansen of the Hawaii Shippers Council spoke on May 23 with reporter Catherine Cruz on Hawaii Public Radio’s “The Conversation,” reiterating the group’s

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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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Hawaii counties squander opportunity to lower taxes

Editor’s note: Some of the figures cited in the transcript for the proposed Maui budget were underestimated. The correct figures appear in brackets. ___________ It’s the perfect time to lower taxes. That’s what Joe Kent, executive vice president of Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, said Sunday morning, June 5, 2022, when

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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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One less Jones Act tanker is signal to lift U.S.-build requirement

Photo courtesy of Maritime Hawai‘i “Houston, we have a problem.”* That’s because America just lost another ship from its ever-dwindling Jones Act fleet, an oil tanker named the Houston that counted the islands of Hawaii among its ports of call. After 37 years of service, including many visits to Hawaii,

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Auē! All four counties are planning spending sprees

Hawaii might be recovering from the COVID-19 recession more quickly than anticipated, but that does not mean we are out of the woods. Inflation, economic setbacks and a possible recession are reason enough for policymakers to tread carefully when it comes to the budget. Fortunately, there is a simple guideline

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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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‘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 →

Call for Jones Act reform gaining momentum

Photo by Charles Myers The drumbeat for Jones Act reform has been growing louder. In Hawaii, the Maui County Council in April unanimously endorsed a Jones Act exemption for Hawaii oil imports, and Michael Hansen of the Hawaii Shippers Council spoke on May 23 with reporter Catherine Cruz on Hawaii Public Radio’s “The Conversation,” reiterating the group’s

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 →

Hawaii counties squander opportunity to lower taxes

Editor’s note: Some of the figures cited in the transcript for the proposed Maui budget were underestimated. The correct figures appear in brackets. ___________ It’s the perfect time to lower taxes. That’s what Joe Kent, executive vice president of Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, said Sunday morning, June 5, 2022, when

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 →

One less Jones Act tanker is signal to lift U.S.-build requirement

Photo courtesy of Maritime Hawai‘i “Houston, we have a problem.”* That’s because America just lost another ship from its ever-dwindling Jones Act fleet, an oil tanker named the Houston that counted the islands of Hawaii among its ports of call. After 37 years of service, including many visits to Hawaii,

Read More →

Auē! All four counties are planning spending sprees

Hawaii might be recovering from the COVID-19 recession more quickly than anticipated, but that does not mean we are out of the woods. Inflation, economic setbacks and a possible recession are reason enough for policymakers to tread carefully when it comes to the budget. Fortunately, there is a simple guideline

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 →