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Land Use In Hawaii

What Are the ‘Returned Lands’ of Hawaii?

Jere Krischel, a senior fellow with the Grassroots Institute, responds to University of Hawaii Law Professor Jon Van Dyke's essay on ceded lands.
Fight Over Future of Koolau Loa

Fight Over Future of Koolau Loa

North Shore community divided over whether to allow BYU-Hawaii and Polynesian Cultural Center to grow.
Next DLNR Chief Has Work To Do Civil Beat

Next DLNR Chief Has Work To Do

With Governor-elect Neil Abercrombie set to take office next month, Civil Beat looks at the issues facing whoever takes over one of Hawaii's most important departments.
I Say ‘Quarantine,’ You Say ‘Protective Measures’

I Say ‘Quarantine,’ You Say ‘Protective Measures’

The Hawaii Department of Agriculture took an important step Wednesday in recommending methods to keep the coffee berry borer beetle confined to Kona.
Coffee Beetle Leaves State Seeking Quick Fix

Coffee Beetle Leaves State Seeking Quick Fix

The Hawaii Department of Agriculture wants a quarantine to contain the pest, but that won't be the end of the fight.
What Are the ‘Ceded Lands’ of Hawaii? Civil Beat

What Are the ‘Ceded Lands’ of Hawaii?

UH law Professor Jon Van Dkyke explains key issue for future of state, both for Native Hawaiians and for general population.
What Land Use Lawyers Want to Know From the Gov Candidates

What Land Use Lawyers Want to Know From the Gov Candidates

Land and environmental attorneys gathered Tuesday to talk about the race and to hear this reporter-host's thoughts on the candidates' positions.
Losing Farmland, But Gaining Farmers

Losing Farmland, But Gaining Farmers

On the same day the state gave its OK to a community on 800 agricultural acres, Hawaii's food producers met to discuss the industry's future — and the need to cultivate the next generation of farmers.
Hawaii Beach Case Appealed to U.S. Supreme Court

Hawaii Beach Case Appealed to U.S. Supreme Court

The fight over who owns new sand on Hawaii beaches — nearby residents or the government — could be headed to Washington, D.C.
Pulling Up Roots, Seed Corn Co. to Leave Kauai

Pulling Up Roots, Seed Corn Co. to Leave Kauai

Worldwide layoffs announced by agricultural giant Monsanto included four full-time employees on the Garden Island and the closure of its small operation there.
What Does Right to Clean Environment Mean? Civil Beat

What Does Right to Clean Environment Mean?

A recent Hawaii Supreme Court ruling reaffirmed the individual, constitutional right to sue to enforce land use rules. Critics warn this new tool to fight development could cause havoc.
In Portland, a Fine Line Between City and Country

In Portland, a Fine Line Between City and Country

A short trip to the Pacific Northwest shows that some of the land use issues facing Hawaii are common in mainland locales. Oregon's biggest city has established an urban growth boundary that limits development to downtown. But it comes with a cost.
Land Use In Hawaii