Housing Shortage

Casey Harlow / HPR

Legislators are looking for ways to ease the cost of housing in Hawaii. One potential target they’re looking at: foreign investors.

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Hawaii House and Senate leaders, with the support of Gov. David Ige, on Tuesday unveiled a long list of measures to boost housing, early childhood education and incomes with a particular focus on alleviating the struggles of Hawaii’s working families and poor.

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Hawaii has some of the highest construction costs in the country. That makes building new housing an expensive prospect.

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It’s a city on the water, where tourism plays an important role and housing costs have spiraled beyond affordability for many residents. But government officials are floating new ideas to deal with the housing crisis. The city is not Honolulu, but Hong Kong. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Hawai'i Short 50K New Housing Units by 2016

Nov 12, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

State Lawmakers conducted a comprehensive briefing on Housing requirements state-wide today.  And, HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, the shortfall is staggering.