HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Today, Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell will hold the first of several town hall meetings to discuss affordable housing. In his plan he has incentives for developers to build spaces with more units. The meeting gets underway at 7 p.m. at the Blaisdell. This morning, Sunrise invited Jenny Lee of the Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice to discuss why Honolulu is in need of more affordable housing.
Jenny plans to attend tonight's meeting and his hoping to find out the specific details of the Mayor's plan. Fair market rent in Hawaii is $1800 per month for a two bedroom apartment. In order to afford this you need to earn at least $31 per hour. The problem is the median wage in Honolulu is $14 per hour.
This disparity is one of the many reasons developers are eyeing the Kakaako area for construction of new housing. These issues and more will be covered tonight at the meeting.