affordable housing

The Conversation: Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

Apr 25, 2018
Hawaii County / Flickr

Affordable Housing Initiative; Voter Turnout; Kahua Ranch; Culinary Apprentice Program; Black Snow 

Jay Parasco / Office of the Mayor

The failure of counties to enforce zoning codes has added to the state's housing crisis with a staggering number of runaway illegal vacation rentals. Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell is proposing to try and fix that broken picture by legalizing Bed and Breakfasts, with operators paying higher taxes and penalties for violations.

Honolulu Habitat for Humanity

Many high-profile developers include affordable housing as required by law, but some developers specialize in that type of housing. Pacific Business News editor in chief A. Kam Napier has more on the people and projects adding affordable housing in Hawaii.

Catherine Cruz

The Honolulu City Council is wrestling with a half a dozen versions of a bill to slow the growth of so-called “monster homes.” Today we sit down with to talk about a proposed moratorium and to understand what is wrong with our land use laws, and why enforcement is such a problem. 


Hawaii’s Housing Hardships

Feb 8, 2018
Wikimedia Commons

Lack of affordability, convoluted permitting process, monster homes, and more. There is no shortage of challenges in addressing Hawaii’s housing market. Today’s panel will explore those challenges, their causes, and possible solutions.

Ku'uwehi Hiraishi

Kūpuna in an affordable housing complex in Kaka‘ako were given quite the scare last week. They received notices that their rent would soon increase – some would even double. HPR Reporter Ku‘uwehi Hiraishi has more.

Wayne Yoshioka

Opening Day for the 2018 State Legislature is Wednesday. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka has this preview.

The Conversation: Thursday, December 21st, 2017

Dec 21, 2017
JDNX / Flickr

Hawaii’s Economic Outlook for 2018

Honolulu Habitat for Humanity

A home for the holidays is a gift that can seem next to impossible here in the islands, especially for those of us with limited budgets.  Affordable housing remains one of the biggest issues facing Hawaiʻi residents. But one organization is dedicating a home this holiday season, and vows to build more homes than ever in the coming years. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has this story.

BIA Housing Summit: "Still Houseless in Hawai'i"

Nov 14, 2017
Wayne Yoshioka

The Building Industry Association of Hawai’i sponsored its 3rd Summit titled, “Still Houseless in Hawai’i.” HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Developers to Lawmakers: Cut Processing Time

Aug 16, 2017
Wayne Yoshioka

A Joint Legislative Committee conducted another informational hearing on Affordable Housing today.  As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, this time, lawmakers heard from developers.

The Conversation: Monday, August 14th, 2017

Aug 14, 2017
Wikimedia Commons

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

Flickr / Daniel Ramirez
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.

Model Home Archive Photo
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.

Wikipedia Commons
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
Flickr - Jai Mansson

First Nations and Conservation; Life on Mars; Skirting Affordable Housing Regulations; Neal Conan

Pixabay Commons
Pixabay Commons



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
Flickr - Cold Press Publishing

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
Francisco Armangac

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
Tina Yuen

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
Edmund Garman / Flickr
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.