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Waikiki Beach Is Shrinking, But Hotel Tower Is Rising

Waikiki Beach Is Shrinking, But Hotel Tower Is Rising

Erosion and economics push and pull in opposite directions.
Planning for Disaster on Big Island of Hawaii

Planning for Disaster on Big Island of Hawaii

Oceanfront building rules protect us from nature — and ourselves.

City to Contact Property Owner About Short-Term Obama Rental

Honolulu's Department of Planning and Permitting is drafting a letter to the property owner who rented his house to the first family without the proper permit.
North Shore Plan Earns National Recognition

North Shore Plan Earns National Recognition

American Planning Association says plan protecting Oahu's Paalaa-to-Kapaeloa stretch is "innovative and sustainable."
Obama’s Winter White House an Illegal Rental

Obama’s Winter White House an Illegal Rental

Owner of president's Hawaii vacation home violates Honolulu law requiring minimum 30-day rental agreement.

Billionaire With Rundown Kahala Homes Wants Private Museum

Neighbors raise concerns about Japanese tycoon's plans at community meeting.
It’s Blue vs. Green in Battle Over Koolau Loa Plan

It’s Blue vs. Green in Battle Over Koolau Loa Plan

Proponents and opponents of development near Laie wore different color T-shirts at packed hearing Tuesday.
Lingle Rail Consultant: ‘Bus Is Good. Rail Is Bad.’

Lingle Rail Consultant: ‘Bus Is Good. Rail Is Bad.’

Outspoken critic of rail was part of group governor hired to assess the project's finances, raising questions about fairness of findings.
Will Green Light for Tanoue Be Green Light for Developers?

Will Green Light for Tanoue Be Green Light for Developers?

Honolulu City Council poised to approve reappointment of Hannemann's planning director over objection of environmentalists.
Our Hawaiian Manhattan

Our Hawaiian Manhattan

Imagine if Hawaii builds upward, instead of outward. Traffic melts away and farms remain farms. Rush-hour traffic inspires Lee Hiromoto to take us along for the ride.

Discussion: Honolulu Sewage Settlement

Honolulu has agreed to upgrade its sewer system to the tune of more than $1 billion after years of neglect.
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