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7/5/2022

Maui Now Survey: 71% affected by residential rental prices spiking, 93% concerned with increase in violent and property crimes

Maui Now released a survey on Thursday, June 16, asking its readers to share their opinions and attitudes toward current issues affecting Maui County.

 

Maui Now

7/5/2022

Column: Overcoming regulatory barriers for Maui housing solutions

It’s impossible to walk down the street and find someone who doesn’t know Maui has a housing problem for its residents.

 

Star Advertiser

7/1/2022

Despite pushback, new affordable sales price guides for Maui County advance

Despite some who said the plan could actually hurt housing development, a Maui County Council committee on Thursday recommended approval of a measure that aims to make affordable housing more affordable.

 

Maui Now

6/27/2022

Owners give Lahaina tenants more time; rally highlights Maui’s housing woes

New owners of one of the last Lahaina apartments with workforce rents reversed course Friday, announcing that no immediate evictions or rent increases will occur at Lahaina Crossroads. 

 

Maui Now

6/24/2022

Hawaiʻi vacation rentals continued to see drops in supply, demand last month

Hawaiʻi vacation rentals reported an occupancy rate of 69.4% in May, according to data released Friday by the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority and the state Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism.

 

Pacific Business News

6/21/2022

A Massive Maui Ranch Next Door to Oprah’s Property Asks $75 Million

Hana Ranch, which is one of the largest pieces of land for sale in Hawaiʻi, sits next to roughly 100 undeveloped acres owned by the media mogul.

 

Wall Street Journal

6/18/2022

Promoting affordable housing in the apartment districts

Affordable housing is at the top of the list of what our residents and communities need and demand.

 

Maui News

6/17/2022

South Maui Residents Want A Community Plan With Sharper Teeth

An update to South Maui’s community plan has been a long time coming. Residents charting the region’s future complain that past plans have been too flimsy.

 

Civil Beat

6/13/2022

100% affordable project Hale Waipuʻilani in Kīhei advances

Saying the decision is between affordable housing or speculator homes, Maui County Council in committee today voted to recommend approval for a hotly-debated 28-unit affordable housing project slated for Kīhei. 

 

Maui Now

6/13/2022

Why Rent Relief in Hawai‘i Became a National Model

The government program helped over 13,000 households. One reason it succeeded may have been that people who had experienced housing instability had a seat at the decision-making table.

 

Hawaii Business Magazine

6/11/2022

Tenants forced out of Lahaina Crossroads Apartments; rent nearly doubling

Katherine Kamaunu, 71, has lived at Lahaina Crossroads Apartments for more than 35 years. Now, she and her husband, Aaron Kamaunu, 60, are being forced out of the complex, along with nearly 20 other families — a handful of whom are kūpuna on fixed incomes.

 

Maui Now

6/10/2022

Hawaiʻi is most expensive state for household bills

Feeling like you can’t catch up on bills month after month? Well, you are not the only one. A new study ranked the states with the highest to lowest monthly expenses and Hawaiʻi came out on top.

 

KHON2

6/5/2022

Maui median home sales price stays near record at $1.21M; sales slow

Maui County’s single-family home median sales price at $1.21 million in May hovered just below the record high while sales showed signs of slowing, according to a new report by the Realtors Association of Maui.

 

Maui Now

6/3/2022

Queen Kaʻahumanu Center pitched as future site for apartments; council shuts it down

Maui County council and administration are at odds over whether vacant spaces in industrial areas, such as Queen Ka’ahumanu Center, should be able to convert into apartments as a way to combat the housing crisis.

 

Maui Now

6/2/2022

Itʻs National Homeownership Month; what federal programs are available for rural areas?

Itʻs National Home Ownership month. There are several federal programs available to help people buy, repair and build affordable homes.

 

Maui Now

6/1/2022

Rental prices are soaring in Hawai‘i as economy rebounds

Rents are rising to record-breaking numbers across the country. On Maui, residents also see their rent soar.

 

Hawaii News Now

6/1/2022

Would You Want The Government To Be Your Landlord?

As residents across the U.S. struggle with rising housing prices, policymakers are increasingly looking at models for “social housing” including in Vienna, Austria, as a way to improve the situation.

 

Civil Beat

5/26/2022

Maui council may adjust metrics to make affordable housing actually affordable

With soaring housing prices in Maui County, council members are looking at ways to update the county’s sales price guidelines so affordable housing can actually be affordable.

 

Maui Now

5/25/2022

Maui Is Reconsidering What Constitutes ‘Affordable’ When It Comes To Housing

Even if families qualify for loans, monthly costs can be so high that they struggle to hold on to their homes in the long term.

 

Civil Beat

5/24/2022

Panel probes for answers to soaring home prices

New housing plan recommends updating county’s rent and sales price guidelines.

 

Maui News

5/24/2022

Kuʻikahi Village’s plans for 202 workforce homes in Wailuku moves ahead

Kuʻikahi Village Project, which aims to build 202 workforce housing units on about 15 acres in Wailuku, cleared a significant hurdle recently. 

 

Maui Now

5/12/2022

How Fast Can Government Agencies Turn The Legislature’s $1 Billion Into New Housing?

Lawmakers just appropriated approximately $1 billion to help build homes for residents. Now it’s up to the executive branch to make things happen.

 

Civil Beat

5/10/2022

State’s $192M housing, civic center project in Kahului advances

A $192 million Kahului plan to develop 300 affordable and market-rate units, along with a civic center for state office space, cleared a hurdle in the approval process.

 

Maui Now

5/10/2022

Developer wants to turn proposed hotel site into apartment complex

Six-story Hotel Wailuku on pause, landowner supportive of new plans for site.

 

Maui News

5/10/2022

This Is How The Government Decides What Housing Is ‘Affordable’

On Maui, “affordable” can range from rentals as low as $600 per month to for-sale homes as high as $700,000.

 

Civil Beat

5/5/2022

Legislature Closes Historic Session For Housing And Hawaiians

Hawaiʻi lawmakers passed almost every proposal they said they would in a rare session bolstered by billions of dollars in extra revenue.

 

Civil Beat

4/26/2022

Thousands of Houses Are Empty On Maui. Would Higher Taxes Change That?

An estimated 15,000 housing units — about 1 in 5 throughout all of Maui County — are vacant, according to 2020 census estimates.

 

Civil Beat

4/19/2022

Maui County launched online planning and permitting system; no more paper applications

Maui County launched a new automated planning and permitting software called MAPPS. Paper applications no longer are accepted.

 

Maui Now

4/18/2022

NIMBY Vs YIMBY: Should Hawaii Make It Easier To Build Affordable Housing?

A bill dubbed the “Yes In My Backyard Act” would create a working group to develop a plan to reduce regulatory barriers and improve community outreach.

 

Civil Beat

4/14/2022

How Hawaiʻi’s Land-Use Regulations Are Helping Drive Up Housing Prices

A UHERO report quantifies what homebuilders have long said: Hawaiʻi’s robust land-use regulations contribute to housing costs

 

Civil Beat

4/14/2022

New report: Hawaiʻi’s high home prices tied to stiff regulations; Maui 2nd strictest in state

A new survey released today by University of Hawaiʻi Economic Research Organization shows that Hawaiʻi has some of the most restrictive housing regulations in the nation, with Maui as the second most restrictive county in the state

 

Maui Now

4/8/2022

Lots poised for affordable housing, health care workers

County has long struggled to find a use for the property

 

Maui News

4/7/2022

Maui home prices push the needle to new record highs

Median sales price in March nearly $1.18M for homes and $820K for condos

 

Maui News

3/18/2022

Advocates, officials hope deal won’t delay housing project

Public-private partnership would provide wastewater in exchange for more housing

 

Maui News

3/16/2022

BlackSand Capital commits to affordable housing initiative

Hawaii real estate firm BlackSand Capital has made a three-year commitment of $300,000 to House Maui

 

Star Advertiser

3/16/2022

BlackSand Capital makes $300,000 commitment to affordable housing initiative on Maui

BlackSand Capital has made a three-year, $300,000 commitment to House Maui

 

Pacific Business News

3/15/2022

Maui council urged to raise tax on second homes, short-term rentals to raise money for affordables

Leaving property taxes at the lowest in the nation could actually spur investment home buys in Maui County, according to a presentation Monday afternoon at council’s Affordable Housing Committee

 

Maui Now

3/15/2022

BlackSand Capital makes three-year commitment to affordable housing on Maui

BlackSand Capital has entered into a three-year commitment of $300,000 to House Maui

 

Maui Now

2/23/2022

1,150-Unit Honuaʻula Project Heads to Mediation

Revamped development, years in the making, is seeking one of its final approvals

 

Maui News

2/22/2022

Major 670-Acre Housing Project at Honuaʻula Aims to Move Ahead; Groups Intervene

A long-debated master planned community proposed for 670 acres in South Maui called Honuaʻula sought the next phase of county approval today — but two groups are challenging it.

 

Maui Now

2/22/2022

Final Assessment for Honokowai Project Released

Plan calls for residential homesteads, multifamily residential units
 

Maui News

2/21/2022

This Maui Housing Project is Hugely Popular and Sorely Needed. Will it Finally Get Built?

It’s been nearly 18 years since the developer began planning Waikapu Country Town. With the final bureaucratic hurdles now cleared, a new deal with the county could spur construction.

 

Civil Beat

2/16/2022

752-Unit Affordable Housing Project Proposed in Waiehu

Planning commission suggests roundabouts, designing project to fit the area.

 

Maui News

1/26/2022

State Pitches $192M Housing, Civic Center Project for Kahului

About 5 acres of state land in Kahului would be transformed into affordable and market-rate housing, along with a civic center for state office space.

 

Maui Now

1/25/2022

Here’s How Affordable Housing Policies Have Impacted Hawaiʻi’s Housing Supply

An in-depth look at how county and state affordable housing policies have helped or hurt Hawaiʻi’s housing supply – and what might work better.

 

Hawaiʻi Business Magazine

1/21/2022

Work to Support Affordable Housing Continues

Maui County Councilman Gabe Johnson, who also chairs the County’s Affordable Housing Committee, recaps the Committee’s accomplishments in 2021 and shares what still needs to be done in the year ahead. 

 

Lahaina News

1/21/2022

Hawaiʻi Lawmakers Propose $600M to Fix Native Hawaiian Housing Program

Lawmakers in the State House are proposing a “historic” piece of legislation to commit $600 million to help house Native Hawaiians.

 

Star Advertiser

1/6/2022

‘Priority projects’ Aim to Reach 5,000-Unit Goal

The Maui County Council is hoping a series of housing projects in the works will help the county reach its goal of building 5,000 affordable for-rent and for-sale units over the next five years.

 

Maui News

12/27/2021

Over 1,000 Maui Families Are in a Better Financial Position to Qualify for Affordable Housing

Over 1,000 Maui families are in a better financial position to qualify for affordable housing this year — thanks to the program House Maui.

 

Hawaii Public Radio

12/17/2021

Center Helps More Than 1,000 Families Improve Financial Footing

The Maui Financial Opportunity Center, launched as a public-private partnership between Maui County, Hawaiʻi Community Foundation and Hawaiian Community Assets, announced Tuesday that it has reached its first-year goal of working with more than 1,000 local families to improve financial stability in order to qualify for affordable housing.

 

Maui News

12/5/2021

Hawaiʻi Housing Crisis has Maui Pushing to Phase out 3,000 Short-Term Rentals

As Hawaiʻi’s high housing costs and rising property taxes continue to price out struggling residents seeking to find and keep their homes, Maui is examining how to create long-term housing opportunities to make sure local residents remain local.

 

SF GATE

12/3/2021

Aloha Friday Conversation: Seizing Affordable Housing Opportunities in Hawaiʻi

Hear from dedicated people from across the islands who are working on affordable housing.

 

Hawaiʻi Public Radio

9/24/2021

Civil Beat: Hawaiʻi’s High Cost of Living Just Keeps Getting Higher

Rising gasoline and housing prices are driving up living costs for isle families, offsetting wage gains that had appeared to offer a bright spot in a tepid economic recovery.

 

Civil Beat

7/18/2021

Star Advertiser, Island Voices: Maui road leads to affordable housing

An opportunity awaits us that could begin the journey of elevating Hawaiʻi’s people and place. It’s the building of a simple road.

 

Star Advertiser

7/14/2021

FONSI Filed for Proposed Hale Pilina

A Final Environmental Assessment with a Finding of No Significant Impact determination was made for the Hale Pilina Family Affordable Rental Housing Project proposed for development in Kahului, Maui.

 

Maui Now

7/12/2021

Maui median home prices top state

A month after breaching a historic high of $1 million, Maui County median sales prices for single-family homes topped the state in June and set a new county record at $1,117,500.

 

Maui News

5/4/2021

For Maui families to stay on Maui, we need a new affordable housing system

Our affordable housing system is broken and Maui residents are in a crisis within a crisis.

 

Maui News

4/21/2021

Mayor vetoes affordable housing bill

Saying a new affordable housing bill will only intensify housing scarcity for Maui County, Mayor Michael Victorino vetoed the measure on Monday.

 

Maui News

6/15/2020

Maui Launches Financial Opportunity Center to Help Residents Into Housing

$250,000 for a total of $500,000 to launch and operate the FOC.

 

Maui Now

Press Releases

1/27/2022

HCF Welcomes Keoni Kuoha as Director of its House Maui Initiative

The Hawaiʻi Community Foundation, one of the state’s leading philanthropic institutions, is pleased to announce that Keoni Kuoha has joined the organization as director of the House Maui Initiative. 

 

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12/14/2021

Maui Financial Opportunity Center Achieves First-Year Goal of Working With 1,000 Families

The Maui Financial Opportunity Center (FOC), launched as a public-private partnership between Maui County, Hawai‘i Community Foundation (HCF) and Hawaiian Community Assets (HCA), today announced that it has reached its first-year goal of working with over 1,000 local families to improve financial stability in order to qualify for affordable housing.

 

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12/2/2020

Maui Financial Opportunity Center now open in Wailuku

Now open in Wailuku, a Financial Opportunity Center (FOC) has launched as a public-private partnership by Maui County, Hawaiʻi Community Foundation (HCF) and Hawaiian Community Assets (HCA) to help thousands of residents qualify for permanent affordable housing.

 

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