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161-lot homestead project in Waikapu breaks ground
Project is first to be funded through historic $600M allocation to DHHL
Groundbreaking of infrastructure for planned Puʻunani subdivision provides hope for Maui DHHL waitlist beneficiaries
The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands conducts a groundbreaking ceremony today, marking the start of a $17 million capital improvement project to install infrastructure for the planned Puʻunani subdivision in Waikapū.
Maui’s Zoning Code Is More Than 60 Years Old. Where’s The Update?
Property owners and government officials are stuck in a continued state of “confusion, conflicting interpretations and complex layers of administration.”
Public investment for affordable housing needed to keep Maui residents on Maui
Decades ago, when Dream City” in Kahului was being built, homes were priced within reach for Maui’s working families. However, today’s costs of materials, labor and demand have created a market that’s unattainable.
80-unit housing project seeks funds to stay afloat
New plans also call for more single-family homes instead of planned duplexes
Grading work begins at Pulelehua project site
The Pulelehua housing project in West maui has received its grading permit for the first phase of Mahinahina Hills. The permit was issued to Maui Oceanview LP in April, according to County of Maui records.
Building Homes and Hope in Maui County
In 2021, Maui County made big strides in jumpstarting efforts to create affordable housing opportunities for local families – and those efforts continue today.
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Can Maui’s New Mayor Finally Make A Dent In The Housing Crisis?
The County Council is vetting his $1 billion budget proposal that includes funds for new construction and trying to complete unfinished projects.
Critical funding for West and South Maui secured in Senate Budget draft
More than $107 million in funding for infrastructure was included in the Senate version of the state budget which passed last week.
Bissen’s Spending Plan For Maui Targets Affordable Housing And A Rainy Day Fund
The public can weigh in this week on the mayor’s proposed $1.2 billion budget.
Micah Kāne on Affordable Housing
Micah Kāne, president and CEO of Hawaiʻi Community Foundation discusses affordable housing on Living 808.
Maui County condo median sales price sets all-time record at $908,000
Spiked by luxury sales, the median sales price for Maui County condominiums last month set a record high at close to $1 million, a new report said.
5 Tools To Disarm The Weaponization Of Affordable Housing
It’s critical to ask who exactly the housing is for, who will profit from it, and whether it’s actually affordable in Hawaii.
Maui County ‘behind eight-ball’ on plan to create 5,000 affordable homes in 5 years
Maui County is far behind its goal of creating 5,000 affordable homes for local people over five years, according to an update this week on the Maui County Comprehensive Affordable Housing Plan.
Maui County Sat On $8 Million That Could Have Helped Struggling Homeowners
Housing advocates worry about the bandwidth of local government to get the program going before it’s too late.
Maui County’s 5,000-home goal could take much longer
Nonprofit director: County is ‘behind the eight ball’ in helping affordable housing advance
Absentee owners are crowding the housing market, data shows
The share of homes sold to absentee owners has increased since 2020 across nine major metro areas, an NBC News analysis of real estate data found.
Report: Housing market activity ‘uptick’ possible
Median sales prices for single-family home in Maui County was $1.16M
Hawaii’s Affordable Housing Law Sparks Battles At The Capitol
At a time when housing is a priority for the island state, some lawmakers are pushing back against a law that eases development.
Two Maui County lawmakers named to panel overseeing $600M in DHHL funds
House also creates working group to address Red Hill fuel storage issues
County council fails to override Victorino’s vetoes
With a new majority on the Maui County Council, members failed to override two vetoes by former Mayor Michael Victorino, who prior to the end of his term opposed a bill relating to deed restrictions and the resale of workforce housing and another measure to establish a cultural overlay map for the county.
$398,000 grant allows for launch of Native Hawaiian Owner-Builder project on Molokaʻi
Hawai‘i Community Lending announced grant awards totaling $1.5 million that aim to increase economic stability on Moloka‘i by helping the island’s native Hawaiian community to actualize affordable homeownership.
Maui County officials ‘eager’ to work with Green on proposals
Governor wants to build tiny home villages, tackle homelessness
December home prices higher than November
Median sales price for single family homes hover around $1M for majority of 2022
Council to consider override of veto for Bill 103 relating to workforce housing
The Maui County Council will consider overriding former Mayor Victorino’s veto of Bill 103 (2022) relating to residential workforce housing deed restrictions and resale at the upcoming council meeting on Jan. 27, Councilmember Tamara Paltin announced.
Native Hawaiians flock to Las Vegas for affordable living
Kona Purdy never wanted to live anywhere but Hawaii. As a Native Hawaiian, he wanted his children to grow up like he did: rooted in their culture, and nourished by the mountains and ocean. But raising a family in Hawaii meant squeezing nine people into a four-bedroom house — rented with extended family — in Waipahu, a Honolulu suburb.
After pandemic buying frenzy, Maui home prices may ease — but not by much
Although Maui County’s real estate market is facing uncharted territory after the frenzied home buying of the pandemic, Realtors Association of Maui said signs point to slightly softer prices heading into the new year.
Developer to present update on Pulelehua housing project
A special presentation updating the progress of the 310-acre Pulelehua housing development is among the topics being presented at the annual West Maui Taxpayers Association members meeting.
DHHL plans new $75M Villages of Leialiʻi subdivision with up to 250 units in Lahaina
The state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands is planning its second Villages of Leialiʻi subdivision that would develop up to 250 single- and multi-family units in Lahaina for Native Hawaiian beneficiaries.
Maui Deputy directors named to Ag, Housing, Transportation, Environmental Management, Public Works and Finance
Mayor-elect Richard Bissen announced the appointments of the following individuals to deputy director posts.
Takayesu, Arce, Minn and Tsuhako are the latest appointments to Bissen’s cabinet
Maui Mayor-elect Richard Bissen announced a new round of appointments to his cabinet.
Here’s How The Green Administration Plans To Tackle Hawaii’s Housing Shortage
Converting vacation rentals into homes, targeting areas with infrastructure already in place for new construction, and collaborating with counties and private business are some of the options on the table.
County acquisition of Lahaina Crossroads Apartments is final
Mayor Michael Victorino announced today that the County of Maui’s acquisition of the Lahaina Crossroads Apartment Building on Luakini St. is final.
DHHL Publishes $600 Million Act 279 Plan
The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) has published and submitted to the Hawaiʻi State Legislature its final plan to spend the $600 million allocation of funding from Act 279.
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Grand Opening Held for Kaiāulu o Kupuohi Affordable Housing Project in Lahania, Maui
A grand opening celebration was held Monday for the Kaiāulu o Kupuohi affordable apartment project in Lahaina, Maui.
New public-private partnership on Maui provides hope for affordable homes, but raises questions of fairness
A budget amendment that provides an $18 million appropriation to the Pulelehua affordable housing project in West Maui was approved unanimously by members of the Budget, Finance and Economic Development Committee on Wednesday in an 8-0 vote, with one member excused.
Maui affordable housing project triggers land dispute
Dozens lined Kahekili Highway near Waiehu Beach Road on Monday holding signs and Hawaiian flags.
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Mayoral Candidates Differ on How to Address Maui’s Housing Crisis
As we look to the General Election on November 8, let us consider the contrasting approaches of our Mayoral candidates, based on their responses to a number of questions asked, as printed in the September 15 issue of The Fil-Am Voice.
State to subsidize midpriced rental housing projects
Developers have blitzed a state agency to tap a special $150 million legislative appropriation for funding new rental housing aimed largely at middle-income Hawaii households.
Maui mayor signs bill to change affordable housing guidelines
Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino has signed into law Bill 107, which changes the formula used to price affordable homes, the county announced this week.
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Maui County taxpayers can expect to benefit from $73M in energy cost-savings program
Maui County has a new 20-year contract to save taxpayer money by reducing energy, water and fuel usage.
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This Is How The Candidates For Maui Mayor Want To Tackle The Housing Crisis
Both say the lack of housing for residents is the county’s top problem, but they’re proposing very different solutions.
Less commercial, more housing in project plans
Downtown Kihei project to have 223 affordable rentals in response to community requests
Home sales continue to decline on Neighbor Islands
Home sales continued to cool across Neighbor Islands in September compared to the same month last year, according to recent statistics.
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Another Endangered Species in Hawai‘i: Starter Homes
Young people used to be able to buy a small single-family home or townhome as the first step on their homeownership ladder, but today they are priced out of that market.
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Land Use Commission approves public-private partnership in Waikapū, Maui
The Land Use Commission unanimously approved Waikapū Properties’ petition to amend conditions now covered by a public-private partnership between the County of Maui and the developer.
Maui Voters Weigh A Ballot Proposal To Create A Separate Housing Department
The move to split up the county’s Department of Housing and Human Concerns comes as residents increasingly struggle to find affordable homes on the Valley Isle.
Lawsuits, resident pushback pause affordable housing project on Maui
Waiehu is zoned as agriculture land and critics say it should stay that way.
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324 units planned as part of workforce affordable Kaulana Mahina Apartments in Central Maui
An estimated 324 units are planned as part of the Kaulana Mahina Apartments development in Central Maui.
Maui median in September rises to $1,025,000, up 3% from same time
Maui’s median sales price for single family homes sold in September rose to $1,025,000, up 3.0% from the year prior, according to the latest data released by the Realtors Association of Maui.
Maui Voters To Decide If Planning Commission Should Be More Representative
A proposed county charter amendment would require all six community planning districts on Maui to have a member on the commission.
Final EA published for water tank in Waikapū to serve DHHL Puʻunani Homestead
The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands has published a final Environmental Assessment with a Finding of No Significant Impact for a 500,000-gallon concrete water storage tank and related improvements in Waikapū, Maui.
Fewer Mortgage Delinquencies Now than a Year Ago
Lenders have been stricter on loans since the Great Recession, which would likely limit the number of delinquencies in any new recession, one local expert says.
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Koa Waena affordable housing project proposed in North Kīhei
A new affordable housing project is proposed for Kīhei, Maui that seeks to offer 500 homes on 5,000 square foot lots.
Hotly debated Maui County affordable housing sales price guidelines approved
Despite objections from local for-sale affordable housing developers and Maui County’s administration, rules that establish new affordable housing sales price guidelines narrowly passed second and final reading Tuesday at Maui County Council.
After months of hearings, Honua‘ula moves forward
Commissioners satisfied with changes made to 1,150-unit housing project
Maui council a step closer to buying Lahaina apartments in bid to save workforce housing
Lahaina Crossroads renters Etina Hingano and her husband work three jobs to make ends meet.
COUNTY OFFERS TO SWAP INFRASTRUCTURE FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING
Waikapu developer would double low-cost housing in exchange for county-funded sewer plant, road extension
Affordable housing drops as interest rises in Hawaii
The Federal Reserve raised its key interest rate for the third straight time in an effort to fight inflation on Wednesday, Sept. 21.
Hawaii is the most expensive state in the country to buy a home, study finds
News that’s not really news to anyone: Hawaii is the most expensive state in the U.S. to buy a home.
Rising Interest Rates Sideline First-Time Homebuyers
Bidding wars are now rare, but the highest mortgage rates since 2008 put homeownership out of reach for many who thought it was possible at the start of the year.
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Neighbor Island home sales continued to decline in August
Neighbor Island home sales declined last month compared to August 2021, as the market continues to cool, according to recent sales statistics.
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Maui County looks to purchase Lahaina apartment complex
Maui Mayor Michael Victorino has requested a budget amendment for the purchase the Lahaina Crossroads Apartment building, the county announced this week.
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202-unit Kuikahi Village project gets initial green light
Workforce housing development would include ‘innovative’ mix of homes
Council aims to acquire 257 acres in Māʻalaea by eminent domain, but owners push back
A council committee voted unanimously Wednesday to recommend approval to acquire 257 acres in Māʻalaea for preservation.
Record-setting summer closes with decline in home prices
Report: Market may be heading in‘more buyer-friendly direction’
Kuikahi Village’s 202 homes planned for Wailuku gets nod from council committee
Calling it “innovative” and unique, a Maui County Council committee on Tuesday recommended approval for a 100% workforce neighborhood in Wailuku, which would include 202 diverse houses for sale — from tiny homes to live-work townhomes.
Hawaii housing experts worry inflation will throttle back development, buying power
As the stock market fell Tuesday due to inflation fears, local housing experts are watching another troubling financial development — rising interest rates.
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Maui median home prices drop under $1 million for first time this year
The median sales price for single-family homes dropped below $1 million — to $983,575 — for the first time this year.
Long-term Mortgage Rates Now at Highest Point Since 2008
Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates jumped again this week, hitting the highest levels in almost 14 years and pushing even more would-be buyers out of the market.
Lanai Housing Crisis Could be Alleviated by Bill 107 at County Council
A bill that would affect home prices in Maui County goes before the council for its second and final reading on Sept. 20, 2022.
Bill to Lower Maui County Affordable Housing Sales Guidelines Narrowly Advances in Council
Despite opposition from developers, a plan that promises to make affordable homes more affordable moved one step closer to reality at Maui County Council recently.
Hawaii Officials Lower Economic Growth Predictions for the State
The Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism announced Thursday lower economic growth projections for Hawaii in 2022 and 2023, in its third quarter 2022 Statistical and Economic report.
Pacific Business News
Affordable Housing in Hawaii: A Top Campaign Issue Where Results Are Hard to Assess
Many political candidates made statements about affordable housing leading up to Hawaii’s primary election last month.
Traffic, Flooding Among Concerns With New Affordable Housing Project in Maui
Several residents are pushing to stop a new affordable housing development from going up in South Maui.5>
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County Council Considering New Methods for Determining Sales Price of Affordable Housing
At its Friday meeting at 9 a.m., the Maui County Council will consider a bill to establish new methods for determining the sales price of an affordable dwelling unit.
Letters to the Editor: Public Housing Not Best Solution to Housing Crisis
A recent letter advocated for public housing as the best solution to our housing crisis (“Government should build public housing,” Aug. 19). This is the wrong solution.
Editorial: Aim Higher for Teacher Housing
It sounds like a promising project to kill the proverbial two birds with one stone: $15 million to build teacher housing on Maui, that tackles both the need for affordable rentals and offers important incentive to recruit and retain teachers
Blueprint For Hawai‘i Housing? UH Project For Students And Faculty Is Going Up At Relatively Little Cost
A Hawai‘i lawmaker says the public private housing partnership could be a model for state-owned affordable rentals.
Land in Lahaina slated for future teacher housing
Timeline to be discussed; state says it’s the first time in a decade that DOE will put up educator housing.
Higher Mortgage Rates and Fewer Sales May Finally Be Affecting Prices
In half of the 12 real estate regions on O‘ahu, asking prices have been reduced on at least 30% of the current listings.
Hawaii Business Magazine
West Maui Community Corridor Transit-oriented Development Action plan announced
Mayor Michael Victorino announced that Maui County has launched the West Maui Community Corridor Transit-Oriented Development Action Plan to advance strategies for a transit-oriented community in West Maui.
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Report finds ‘no evidence’ that outside buyers drive Hawai‘i’s high housing prices
Persistent beliefs that out-of-state homebuyers are driving up home prices in the Islands is not supported by data, according to a new report from Grassroot Institute of Hawai‘i.
Pacific Business News
Affordable lottery held today at Ikaika Ohana’s Kaiwahine village for their second rental project in R&T park to open at end of year
At 11:30 am at the Kaiwahine Village center, the lottery for the new housing project from Ikaika Ohana, Kaiaulu o Halele‘a Affordable Housing Project at the R&T park, was held.
Kihei Community Association
Financing approved to help build Kihei senior rental project
Affordable housing developer and owner Highridge Costa will receive funding to help build Liloa Hale, a $58.4 million, 117-unit affordable rental project for seniors in Kihei.
Records Broken as the Rich Buy Hawai‘i Homes
During the first half of this year, 424 homes, condos and vacant land parcels sold for $3 million or more. The top price: $36.1 million for an oceanfront estate on Kaua‘i.
Hawaii Business Magazine
Maui County to receive $25M for Waiale Road extension
Maui County will receive $25 million in federal funds to help construct the Waiale Road extension, Hawai‘i U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz and Mayor Michael Victorino announced Monday.
Neighbor Island home sales cool in July
Neighbor Island home sales continued to cool in July, while median sale prices largely continued to increase over the same month last year, according to recent sales statistics.
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Blessing held for 324 unit Kaulana Mahina workforce apartments in Wailuku, Maui
An official blessing was held on Monday for the new Kaulana Mahina development in Central Maui.
County sees dip in sales as home prices hover over $1M
New listings and closed sales for homes and condos took a dive in July while inventory improved — all signs that the housing market is continuing to cool.
Maui County home sales cool in June; single-family home median sales price at $1.1 million
Maui County home sales fell by more than 50% for condos and 20% for single-family houses last month, as rising mortgage rates and record-high sales prices pushed out buyers.
Gov. Ige joins ceremonies for two Maui affordable housing projects
Gov. David Ige participated Tuesday, July 19, in ceremonies marking milestones for two Maui affordable housing projects.
NIMBY worsening Hawai‘i’s housing crisis
Tens of thousands of homes, maybe more. That’s what some experts are targeting to help ease Hawai‘i’s housing crisis.
It’s Gotten Both Worse and Better for Struggling Working Families
The good news is that seventeen Hawai‘i nonprofits are helping working families become more financially stable, find affordable housing, and get involved in policy.
Hawaii Business Magazine
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 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.
Panel probes for answers to soaring home prices
New housing plan recommends updating county’s rent and sales price guidelines.
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.
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.
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.
Developer wants to turn proposed hotel site into apartment complex
Six-story Hotel Wailuku on pause, landowner supportive of new plans for site.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Lots poised for affordable housing, health care workers
County has long struggled to find a use for the property
Maui home prices push the needle to new record highs
Median sales price in March nearly $1.18M for homes and $820K for condos
Advocates, officials hope deal won’t delay housing project
Public-private partnership would provide wastewater in exchange for more housing
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
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
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
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
1,150-Unit Honuaʻula Project Heads to Mediation
Revamped development, years in the making, is seeking one of its final approvals
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.
Final Assessment for Honokowai Project Released
Plan calls for residential homesteads, multifamily residential units
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.
752-Unit Affordable Housing Project Proposed in Waiehu
Planning commission suggests roundabouts, designing project to fit the area.
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.
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
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.
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.
‘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.
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.
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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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
6 Things to Know About How Development Works
Depending on the circles you travel in, the word “developer” may elicit a strong reaction in you.
Maui Launches Financial Opportunity Center to Help Residents Into Housing
$250,000 for a total of $500,000 to launch and operate the FOC.
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.
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.
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.