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Kauai disaster recovery holds lessons for Lahaina

Children played in the rubble left by the fury of Hurricane Iniki, Sept. 15, 1992, near Poipu Beach on Kauai. Photo by AP Photo/Reed Saxon. The following commentary was first published on March 6, 2024, by The Maui News. This version includes hyperlinks to the sources that support the statements.

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Reform emergency permitting to quicken Lahaina recovery

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Maui County Council on March 8, 2024. _____________ March 8, 2024, 9 a.m. Maui County Council Chamber To: Maui County Council       Alice Lee, Chair       Yuki Lei Sugimura, Vice-Chair From:

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Water agency ID’d as major Lahaina recovery roadblock

The state’s plans to spend over $600 million to shelter victims of the Lahaina wildfire in hotels is neither financially sustainable nor ideal for victims who are desperately seeking a sense of normalcy, according to Joe Kent, executive vice president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii.  Speaking on Feb. 29

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Waive permitting fees to help Maui residents rebuild faster

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Maui County Council on Feb. 28, 2024. _____________ Feb. 28, 2024, 9 a.m. Maui County Council Chamber To: Maui County Council        Alice Lee, Chair       Yuki Lei Sugimura, Vice-Chair From:

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Bill 21: Waive permit fees to aid recovery of Lahaina

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Maui County Council on Feb. 8, 2024. _____________ Feb. 8, 2024, 9 a.m. To: Maui County Council’s Committee on Water and Infrastructure       Tom Cook, Chair       Yuki Lei Sugimura, Vice-Chair

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SB2042: Set 60-day deadline for housing permit approval

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Senate Committee on Housing on Jan. 30, 2024. _____________ Jan. 30, 2024, 1 p.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 225 and Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Housing       Sen. Stanley Chang, Chair  

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SB1461: Project square footage should dictate architect sign-off

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Senate Committee on Housing on Jan. 30, 2024. _____________ Jan. 30, 2024, 1 p.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 225 and Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Housing       Sen. Stanley Chang, Chair       Sen. Troy Hashimoto, Vice-Chair

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Bill 123: Redefine ohana units as ADUs, remove barriers for permitting

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Hawaii County Council Policy Committee on Planning, Land Use and Development on Jan. 23, 2024. ___________ Jan. 23, 2024, 1 p.m. To: Ashley Kierkiewicz, Chair      Holeka Inaba, Vice-Chair      Hawaii County Council,

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Self-certification has good track record in other cities

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Honolulu City and County Council on Nov. 1, 2023. _____________ Nov. 1, 2023, 10 a.m. Honolulu Hale Honolulu City and County Council Comments on Bill 6 (2023), CD1 Aloha Chair Waters, Vice-Chair Kiaʻāina and other

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Kauai disaster recovery holds lessons for Lahaina

Children played in the rubble left by the fury of Hurricane Iniki, Sept. 15, 1992, near Poipu Beach on Kauai. Photo by AP Photo/Reed Saxon. The following commentary was first published on March 6, 2024, by The Maui News. This version includes hyperlinks to the sources that support the statements.

Read More →

Reform emergency permitting to quicken Lahaina recovery

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Maui County Council on March 8, 2024. _____________ March 8, 2024, 9 a.m. Maui County Council Chamber To: Maui County Council       Alice Lee, Chair       Yuki Lei Sugimura, Vice-Chair From:

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Water agency ID’d as major Lahaina recovery roadblock

The state’s plans to spend over $600 million to shelter victims of the Lahaina wildfire in hotels is neither financially sustainable nor ideal for victims who are desperately seeking a sense of normalcy, according to Joe Kent, executive vice president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii.  Speaking on Feb. 29

Read More →

Waive permitting fees to help Maui residents rebuild faster

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Maui County Council on Feb. 28, 2024. _____________ Feb. 28, 2024, 9 a.m. Maui County Council Chamber To: Maui County Council        Alice Lee, Chair       Yuki Lei Sugimura, Vice-Chair From:

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Bill 21: Waive permit fees to aid recovery of Lahaina

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Maui County Council on Feb. 8, 2024. _____________ Feb. 8, 2024, 9 a.m. To: Maui County Council’s Committee on Water and Infrastructure       Tom Cook, Chair       Yuki Lei Sugimura, Vice-Chair

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SB2042: Set 60-day deadline for housing permit approval

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Senate Committee on Housing on Jan. 30, 2024. _____________ Jan. 30, 2024, 1 p.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 225 and Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Housing       Sen. Stanley Chang, Chair  

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SB1461: Project square footage should dictate architect sign-off

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Senate Committee on Housing on Jan. 30, 2024. _____________ Jan. 30, 2024, 1 p.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 225 and Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Housing       Sen. Stanley Chang, Chair       Sen. Troy Hashimoto, Vice-Chair

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Bill 123: Redefine ohana units as ADUs, remove barriers for permitting

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Hawaii County Council Policy Committee on Planning, Land Use and Development on Jan. 23, 2024. ___________ Jan. 23, 2024, 1 p.m. To: Ashley Kierkiewicz, Chair      Holeka Inaba, Vice-Chair      Hawaii County Council,

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Self-certification has good track record in other cities

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Honolulu City and County Council on Nov. 1, 2023. _____________ Nov. 1, 2023, 10 a.m. Honolulu Hale Honolulu City and County Council Comments on Bill 6 (2023), CD1 Aloha Chair Waters, Vice-Chair Kiaʻāina and other

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