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Regulation

Getting by with a little help from our friends

Greetings from 35,000 feet! Through the clouds below me, the Great Plains are rolling by. This bird’s-eye view of our nation is a metaphor for how my colleagues and I at the Grassroot Institute have spent the past week. Over the last several days, we have been meeting with members

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Looking for housing in all the wrong places?

Many people in Hawaii believe the best way to “solve” the state’s housing crisis is through greater government involvement. They believe this even though studies upon studies overwhelmingly show that such involvement is the primary cause of the crisis in the first place. The University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization,

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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

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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 →

Getting by with a little help from our friends

Greetings from 35,000 feet! Through the clouds below me, the Great Plains are rolling by. This bird’s-eye view of our nation is a metaphor for how my colleagues and I at the Grassroot Institute have spent the past week. Over the last several days, we have been meeting with members

Read More →

Looking for housing in all the wrong places?

Many people in Hawaii believe the best way to “solve” the state’s housing crisis is through greater government involvement. They believe this even though studies upon studies overwhelmingly show that such involvement is the primary cause of the crisis in the first place. The University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization,

Read More →

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 →