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President’s Corner

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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Top-down energy plans not going down easy

We all know that Hawaii has the highest cost of living in the country. We also know about the many factors that contribute to those high costs, such as high taxation, too many regulations, not enough homes and the protectionist federal maritime law known as the Jones Act. What is less well

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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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Should sacrifices go just one way?

We are often told that citizens have a duty to make sacrifices and cooperate if we want to make Hawaii better. It’s all part of being “in the same canoe.” But what about the government? Does the state have a responsibility to “go without,” if that would be better for

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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 →

Think outside the box to cut permit delays

Albert Einstein once pointed out, “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” That’s good advice for anyone trying to address Hawaii’s acute lack of housing. Two days ago, a colleague of mine at the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, Joe Kent, spoke to

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Maui housing takes another hit

When bureaucracy grows, housing does not. That’s because more bureaucracy nearly always results in more regulation and delays — and I hope someday soon the majority of our policymakers in Hawaii will figure this out. The latest bureaucratic wrench to be thrown into the gears of homebuilding, especially on Maui,

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Emergency orders our newest emergency

Hawaii desperately needs to fix some of the problems that have been bedeviling us for so long, such as the housing crisis and shortage of healthcare personnel. But there is a right way to do so and a wrong way. The wrong way is for the governor to declare an emergency

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How to take politics out of housing

Except for maybe a few outliers, I think virtually everyone in Hawaii agrees that we need more affordable housing, right? So why, then, do we so often see such strident public opposition to new projects or zoning reforms that might expand the stock of housing for our families, friends and

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Maui Council on verge of worsening housing crisis

In a misguided effort to create more affordable housing, the Maui County Council is about to make the problem worse. The Council is considering a measure, Bill 107 (CD1), that would lower the cost of homes designated as “affordable” by changing the rules that govern how the sellers can price them.

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 →

Top-down energy plans not going down easy

We all know that Hawaii has the highest cost of living in the country. We also know about the many factors that contribute to those high costs, such as high taxation, too many regulations, not enough homes and the protectionist federal maritime law known as the Jones Act. What is less well

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 →

Should sacrifices go just one way?

We are often told that citizens have a duty to make sacrifices and cooperate if we want to make Hawaii better. It’s all part of being “in the same canoe.” But what about the government? Does the state have a responsibility to “go without,” if that would be better for

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 →

Think outside the box to cut permit delays

Albert Einstein once pointed out, “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” That’s good advice for anyone trying to address Hawaii’s acute lack of housing. Two days ago, a colleague of mine at the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, Joe Kent, spoke to

Read More →

Maui housing takes another hit

When bureaucracy grows, housing does not. That’s because more bureaucracy nearly always results in more regulation and delays — and I hope someday soon the majority of our policymakers in Hawaii will figure this out. The latest bureaucratic wrench to be thrown into the gears of homebuilding, especially on Maui,

Read More →

Emergency orders our newest emergency

Hawaii desperately needs to fix some of the problems that have been bedeviling us for so long, such as the housing crisis and shortage of healthcare personnel. But there is a right way to do so and a wrong way. The wrong way is for the governor to declare an emergency

Read More →

How to take politics out of housing

Except for maybe a few outliers, I think virtually everyone in Hawaii agrees that we need more affordable housing, right? So why, then, do we so often see such strident public opposition to new projects or zoning reforms that might expand the stock of housing for our families, friends and

Read More →

Maui Council on verge of worsening housing crisis

In a misguided effort to create more affordable housing, the Maui County Council is about to make the problem worse. The Council is considering a measure, Bill 107 (CD1), that would lower the cost of homes designated as “affordable” by changing the rules that govern how the sellers can price them.

Read More →

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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