affordable housing

The Conversation: Monday, August 14th, 2017

Aug 14, 2017
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Affordable Rentals; Pesticides and Honey; Music from Henry Kapono and Jerry Santos

Developers Push Back on Mayor's Affordable Housing Plan

Jun 29, 2017
Wayne Yoshioka

The Honolulu City Council is advancing bills with affordable housing mandates for developers.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka attended the hearing and filed this report.

Mayor Kirk Caldwell would like to require developers to build more affordable housing units and keep them affordable for 30 years.  He told members of the Honolulu City Council Zoning and Housing Committee that he wants affordable housing for lower wage earners.

“Where we’re focusing here is 120 percent Area Median Income (AMI) if it’s for sale; rental it’s 80 percent .  But you think, 80 percent AMI level for an

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Flickr / Daniel Ramirez

Affordable housing and homelessness are two of the toughest problems Hawaii faces. A new non-profit is aiming the resources of homebuilders at these challenges. PBN editor in chief, A. Kam Napier, has more.

Government's Affordable Housing Model Doesn't Work

May 12, 2017
Wayne Yoshioka

The Governor, the Legislature and the Counties all have plans to build more affordable housing. But as HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, their developer-based financial model appears to be flawed.

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Hawaiʻi Community College

A decade before Habitat for Humanity debuted in Americus, Georgia, students began tackling affordable housing in Hilo, Hawaiʻi.

Millennials in Hawai'i Are Purchasing First Homes

May 9, 2017

There will be an estimated demand for 65,000 housing units by 2025 in Hawai’i.   That, according to the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka takes a look at affordable housing through the eyes of a young couple who are taking charge of their lives.

Economists: Don't Tax Real Estate Investors

Mar 8, 2017
Wayne Yoshioka

State lawmakers are looking for ways to generate more state revenue by taxing foreign real estate investors.   But, as HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, local economists don’t recommend that as a viable course of action.

Wayne Yoshioka

Can Hawai’i solve its Affordable Housing crisis?  Developers say, “Yes.”   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

There are more than 50 babies born each day in Hawai’i and many of them will need a place to live in when they grow up.  Developer Christine Camp says housing prices can be stabilized if real estate speculation is kept in check.

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Wikipedia Commons

It’s well known that Hawaii faces a critical housing shortage. As Pacific Business News reports, different challenges exist at all price points. PBN editor-in-chief A. Kam Napier has more.

Jackie Young
Jackie Young

Oʻahu’s largest food pantry is being forced out of its current location. Feeding Hawaiʻi Together serves as a lifeline for about 2-thousand needy people each week—providing food and household goods.  But right now, the nonprofit is in trouble.  HPR contributing reporter Jackie Young has more on the challenges facing Feeding Hawaiʻi Together.


As most of you know, it is hard to break into Hawai‘i’s housing market. The latest census numbers show the state’s median housing value increased 7.4% to nearly $567,000, making it the highest in the nation. But as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, that’s nothing new. 

The Conversation: Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

Sep 6, 2016
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First Nations and Conservation; Life on Mars; Skirting Affordable Housing Regulations; Neal Conan

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The application process for Section 8 low income housing in Hawai‘i has opened for the first time in more than a decade.  Section 8 housing provides vouchers which pay for a large portion of rent and utilities.

To accommodate all applicants, state officials are accepting application through an online portal.  The portal will be open for just three days… beginning next Thursday, August 16th, and closing on the 18th.  In that time… city officials expect to receive around 12,000 applicants.  And for those selected… the rent is usually around a $1000 a month.

The Conversation: Monday, May 30th, 2016

May 30, 2016
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Off Shore Wind Farm Proposal; Revisiting the Battle of Midway; Building Smart Housing on Oahu; Preserving Historic Pearl Harbor Site

Proposed Wind Farms in Kahuku and off shore: Henry Curtis

The Conversation: Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

Apr 19, 2016
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Affordable Housing; New Exhibit at Art Museum; Neal Conan; Mark Twain Returns to Hawaii

Real Action on Affordable Housing: Catherine Graham

The Conversation: Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

Apr 6, 2016
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Global Media Ethics; HTY's Latest Production; Property Taxes and Home Values in Hawaii

Global Media Ethics: Carol Burnett Lecturer, Stephen Ward

Town Square: Affordable Housing

Dec 17, 2015
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Edmund Garman / Flickr

  The shortage of affordable housing has become a go-to topic in the conversation about everything from countering homelessness to supporting the middle class…but is there enough land in our island state to build what we need? Our panel tackles whether there is or isn't a shortage of land on O‘ahu today on Town Square.

Panel Discussion Conducted on Affordable Housing

Sep 21, 2015
Wayne Yoshioka

The City and County of Honolulu continued enforcement of its sidewalk nuisance ordinance in Kaka’ako today.   Meanwhile, a panel discussion on building more affordable housing to ease homelessness was conducted.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Honolulu City Council Briefed on HUD Section 8 Program

Sep 15, 2015
Wayne Yoshioka

A Honolulu City Council Committee was briefed today on affordable housing options for people who are one step away from being homeless.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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Jirka Matousek / Flickr

Housing costs continue to move higher around the state. Across the Pacific, there’s an island that has taken a pretty radical step to try to control inflation when it comes to housing prices. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

801 South Street Project Nears Completion of Phase I

Apr 13, 2015
Wayne Yoshioka

Construction on the 801 South Street condominium project started two years ago at the old Honolulu Advertiser /Star Bulletin site.   The building is almost finished and HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka caught up with the first buyer to see her new place. via Creative Commons via Creative Commons

Affordable housing is among the challenges Hawaii lawmakers are likely to face in the coming legislative session starting later this month. In some parts of Asia, an experiment of sorts is underway with extremely small apartments called “micro-units.”  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Affordable Housing Shifting on Maui

Dec 15, 2014
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  Maui's workforce housing law has long divided developers and residents.  On an island where the average home sells for more than half a million dollars, a lot of local families are left scrambling to find affordable housing.  The county is now working to change its rules in a move they hope will help stimulate housing development.  Eileen Chao has more from The Maui News.

Town Square: Rent Control in Hawaii

Dec 11, 2014

On this edition of Town Square we take another look at the affordable housing issue.  We’ll discuss Rent Control with Jenny Lee from the Hawaii Appleseed Center, and Civil Beat Deputy Editor Eric Pape. 

Affordable Housing Focus of 2014 Summit

Dec 11, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

The Land Use Research Foundation convened its 2014 Housing Summit today.  The goal is to develop policies and strategies to build more affordable rental and for sale units throughout the state.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports…

"Affordable Housing" for Extremely Low Income Buyers

Jun 11, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

Homeownership for many low-income individuals earning between 20-thousand and 53-thousand dollars annually has been out of reach because of Hawai’i’s high-priced real estate.   Until now.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports on one development in the middle of Honolulu that is truly affordable.    

State Looking for Affordable Housing Options

May 12, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

Affordable housing for a growing homeless population on O’ahu must also be an appealing alternative to living on the streets, communal shelters or imprisonment.   As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, the Hawai’i Interagency Council on Homelessness has identified a pilot project that shows great promise.    

Affordable Housing Legislation Introduced Today

Jan 22, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

A Think Tank consisting of lawmakers, developers, finance and government agency officials helped introduce 20 bills today relating to housing and homeless initiatives.   As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, the key provision is funding.  

What it Takes to Buy a Home in Hawaii

Dec 19, 2013
Wayne Yoshioka

Phase One of the 801 South Street project will provide more than 600 so-called affordable work force housing units when it’s completed in about two years.   As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, the people who believe home ownership in Hawai’i is an impossible task should take the advice of others who purchased a unit at 801 and view it as an opportunity of a lifetime.

Affordable Rental Highrise in Kaka'ako Nears Completion

Dec 18, 2013
Wayne Yoshioka

An affordable rental high-rise project in Kaka’ako is nearing completion.  A ground breaking ceremony was conducted in January and construction is 2-months ahead of schedule.    HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka got a preview of the building.