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Priced Out Of Paradise
Priced Out Of Paradise
Hong Kong’s affordable housing crisis makes Oahu look like paradise
The latest international housing data shows the average Hong Kong resident has to pay almost 21 times their annual income to buy an average home. Because of that, many residents are living in subdivided apartment units or "cage homes."
90% of Singapore’s residents own a home. What’s their secret?
First-time homeowners handed the keys to new affordable housing towers in Kakaako
‘A no-brainer’: Thousands on Big Island now eligible for big discounts on produce
“It’s a dollar-for-dollar match.”
Published April 3, 2019 at 11:09 AM
Program that helps cover costs of kupuna care faces uncertain future
Without the program, families say they'll face tough decisions.
Published March 25, 2019 at 7:23 PM
State wants to build huge affordable housing projects with units on 99-year leases
The dense projects would not have income restrictions.
Published March 15, 2019 at 11:50 PM
Poll: Hawaii residents say they’re buckling under strain of state’s high cost of living
“How much it costs to live in paradise is pushing people to the brink."
Published March 14, 2019 at 11:36 AM
City report: Oahu’s housing shortage on pace to ease significantly by 2030
The study is based on projects that are currently underway or are being planned.
Published March 8, 2019 at 11:56 AM
Oahu highrise to be converted into affordable housing units
The owner of one of Honolulu’s most recognizable office buildings unveiled plans on Tuesday to convert most of the property into hundreds of workforce rental apartments.
Published February 12, 2019 at 4:08 PM
City Council to hold final vote on bills regulating Oahu's vacation rentals
Council committee moves forward with bills regulating short-term vacation rentals
Hong Kong's affordable housing crisis makes Oahu look like paradise
To solve Hawaii's housing crisis, leaders are looking to ... Singapore
As construction nears, residents stand up against planned Maili affordable housing development
Are you being charged for the actual amount of water you use? Maybe.
Governor’s plan would boost minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2024
Some claim a $15 minimum wage would harm small businesses.
Published January 23, 2019 at 3:26 PM
Relative to wages, Honolulu’s rents are second-least affordable in nation
The report is based on new federal wage and fair market rent data.
Published January 16, 2019 at 2:34 PM
Oahu’s housing market is starting to see something that’s been missing for a while: Balance
"It appears that trends point toward a more balanced market for buyers and sellers."
Published January 7, 2019 at 4:40 PM
Hawaii’s population declined for a second year. The reason: People leaving for the mainland
Hawaii’s total resident population on July 1, 2018 was 1,420,491.
Published December 21, 2018 at 12:28 PM
Is the housing market finally cooling off? Maybe
Low mortgage rates and a stable economy mean it’s a “favorable time” to buy a home.
Published December 6, 2018 at 11:22 AM
Hawaii ranks among the worst on Forbes ‘Best States for Business’ list
Forbes said the cost of doing business in the islands is 21 percent higher than the national average.
Published November 30, 2018 at 4:26 PM
Hawaii ranks no. 2 for highest down payment percentage
The analysis found that the average down payment in the islands is nearly $70,000.
HECO disputes analysis that ranks Hawaii first in the nation for utility costs
Hawaii’s highest average cost for utilities was thanks to high electricity cost.
Contractors complain city’s permitting delays are forcing workforce lay-offs
The city's Department of Planning and Permitting issues about 20,000 building permits a year.
Construction kicks off for 751-unit condo in Kakaako
The smallest unit is 300 square feet and the largest is 900.
August saw a record-high for home prices on Oahu. Then came September
A new report by the Honolulu Board of Realtors is likely to make potential homebuyers cringe.
Published October 6, 2018 at 11:13 PM
In the market? You now need to earn nearly $160K to buy a home on Oahu
A new report also says wages aren’t keeping pace with rising housing prices.
Published October 5, 2018 at 1:41 PM
Census: Household incomes rose in Hawaii last year, but not by much
Hawaii's economy is doing well. Tourism and construction are up, unemployment is at record lows.
Published September 14, 2018 at 2:17 PM
Public invited to meeting to discuss west Kauai affordable housing project
Kauai County's Housing Agency is holding a public meeting to discuss a new affordable housing project in west Kauai.
Published August 20, 2018 at 6:43 AM
Affordable housing complex to bring hundreds of new units to Ala Moana area
Plans are moving forward to build an affordable housing complex next to Ala Moana Center despite the mayor's alternate ideas for the area.
Published August 15, 2018 at 6:23 PM
Here’s how long that $1M nest egg lasts in Hawaii
Saving for retirement isn't easy, especially in the state with the nation's highest cost of living.
Published August 13, 2018 at 4:28 PM
Georgia man critically injured at Maui’s Big Beach
Neighbors fear for their safety after squatters take over dead man’s home
In battle over iwi kupuna, Maui judge invalidates license for archeology firm
FEMA wants some eruption evacuees to return disaster assistance funds
Residents: Growing piles of garbage in Chinatown may be linked to city rule change
After 58 witnesses, prosecution rests its case in Kealoha ‘mailbox trial’
Median sales price for Oahu homes continues to rise
The median sales price for a single-family home on Oahu grew to $789,500 in July, according to the Honolulu Board of Realtors.
Published August 7, 2018 at 11:01 AM
Analysis: Rents in Honolulu 13th-highest in the nation
Honolulu is the 13th most expensive city for renters.
Published July 31, 2018 at 2:07 PM
The city opened its waitlist for rental subsidies for 4 days — and 11,000 households applied
In May, the city opened its waiting list for Section 8 rental housing subsidies for the first time in four years.
Published July 11, 2018 at 6:04 PM
New law aims to preserve, create affordable housing on Maui
A new law is aiming to create and preserve affordable housing on the Valley Isle.
Published July 8, 2018 at 1:38 PM
ACLU officials prepared to sue over new city proposals concerning homeless
The American Civil Liberties Union says new proposals from Honolulu's mayor to move along homeless people may be illegal.
Published July 7, 2018 at 11:43 AM
To address pay gap, bill set to become law will ban employers from asking for salary history
Job applicants are often asked for their salary history.
Published July 4, 2018 at 2:09 PM
Increase to Hawaii County’s general excise tax coming next year
The Hawaii County Council has voted to increase the general excise tax.
Published June 30, 2018 at 3:46 PM
HUD: $93,000 now considered ‘low income’ on Oahu
An Oahu family of four bringing in $93,300 or less this year is considered "low income" under newly-released U.S. Housing and Urban Development guidelines, which are used to determine who can qualify for affordable and subsidized housing programs.
Published June 26, 2018 at 6:28 PM