[Note: Senator Maile Shimabukuro sponsored the bill, SB1412 (2021), that allocated $95m in special purpose revenue bonds for this project.]
By Andrew Gomes
Investors wanted for Oahu surf park project, Star-Advertiser, 24 Sep. 2022
Developers of a planned surf park on state land at Kalaeloa are trying to interest the general public in the venture as investors through an unusual offering.
An Ohio-based company is seeking to raise about $100,000 for the $155 million project called Honokea Surf Villages and Resort by selling shares of stock in an affiliated company.
Honokea’s developers, local big-wave surfer Brian Keaulana and Kenan “Keno” Knieriem Jr. of HK Management, partnered with Columbus, Ohio-based real estate fundraising firm Rhove to help finance the surf park project, which Rhove describes as being in a pre-development phase with high loss risk.Continue reading
SB828 (2021) allows domestic violence victims and others to file for divorce in Hawaii immediately upon arrival, rather than go through the waiting period under previous law. Here is a link to SB828, which was introduced by Sen. Maile Shimabukuro, and was part of the Legislative Women’s Caucus Package: https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/Archives/measure_indiv_Archives.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=828&year=2021
Here is a link to a September 2022 KHON news story about SB828: https://www.khon2.com/local-news/more-shelter-space-needed-as-domestic-violence-survivors-flee/amp/
By Star-Advertiser Staff 19 Aug. 2022
Hawaii households in food-insecure areas now are eligible for grants up to $5,000 for small-scale gardening, herding and livestock operations.
The Micro-Grants for Food Security Program is now in its second year and is accepting grant applications, the state Department of Agriculture announced today.Continue reading
Overnight park closures considered to curb illegal camping
by Max Rodriguez, KHON2, 11 July 2022
The Kailua Neighborhood Board Chair Bill Hicks said they are putting a motion forward to close the rest of the park overnight with the intent to help enforce overnight camping violations.
Hicks said, “Because the park itself is not closed overnight HPD did not feel there was anything they could cite.”
The City’s Parks and Recreation Department spokesperson Nate Serota said they are hearing from neighbors before adjusting hours of operation. He said access to the beach will remain uninterrupted.Continue reading
By Blaze Lovell & Kevin Dayton, Honolulu Civil Beat, 5 May 2022
Lawmakers gaveled out of the 2022 session having tucked away billions of dollars for Native Hawaiian causes, housing projects and other initiatives.
The Legislature just ended what may be one of the most significant sessions in state history that saw billions of dollars allocated to Native Hawaiian causes, housing projects and a slew of other initiatives that could put some money back in the pockets of taxpayers.
If the session had to get a letter grade, Senate President Ron Kouchi said his fellow lawmakers deserve an “A.”
“I’ve never achieved every single bill I’ve talked about before,” Kouchi said, adding that almost every session lawmakers lose priority measures as problems crop up.Continue reading
By Rob Perez, Star-Advertiser, 6 May 2022
The Hawaii Legislature on Thursday unanimously passed landmark legislation appropriating $600 million for the state’s Native Hawaiian homesteading program, a chronically underfunded initiative that has long fallen short of its promise to return Native people to their ancestral land.
The amount represents the largest one-time infusion of money in the program’s 101-year history, and it’s more than seven times the record amount that state lawmakers approved in 2021. The majority of the funds will go toward the development of nearly 3,000 lots, most of them residential, on Hawaii’s main islands.Continue reading