Surrounded by community members and keiki, Mayor Kirk Caldwell and developer Stanford Carr unveiled the revitalized Mother Waldron Park in Kakaako on Friday.
Carr gave the city $500,000 to renovate the 1.76-acre park by adding a new basketball court, playground and landscaping. The area borders Carr’s new low-income housing development called Halekauwila Place.
Reopening ceremony for Waldron Park in Kakaako, Sept. 12, 2014.
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The historic park, which was built in 1937, was designed by Harry Sims Bent in the art deco style, and named after Margaret
Chevy Chase, Maryland. Hidden Hills, California. Mauanawili, Hawaii.
Although they’re thousands of miles apart, these neighborhoods all have one thing in common: Their residents are the wealthiest in each state, according to an analysis of Census data by Business Insider.
The median household income in Maunawili is $137,143, more than twice as much as the statewide median of $67,492. And it’s way more than the national median household income of $53,046.
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The Hawaii Community Development Authority board is planning to meet to decide whether or not to appoint a committee that could increase Executive Directory Anthony Ching’s salary by as much as $20,000.
UPDATE The meeting was supposed to be held on Tuesday at noon but will be rescheduled because the board didn’t have enough members to meet quorum.
The meeting will be closed to the public, pursuant to a Hawaii law that allows the board to hold closed meetings if they deal with private matters of an employee.
Honolulu Councilman Ron Menor wants to encourage homeowners to build accessory dwelling units, currently known as ohana units, to increase the supply of low-cost housing in Hawaii.
The council member from central Oahu has introduced a resolution amending the city’s land use ordinance to allow homeowners to build a second housing unit on their properties that they can rent to anyone. Right now, the city limits occupancy of such units to family members (hence the name “ohana units”).
Halekauwila Place is the only new development in fast-growing Kakaako considered “affordable” for
New data from the Honolulu Board of Realtors reveals that Honolulu’s median home price dropped slightly last month compared with August 2013, falling from $665,000 to $650,000 for a single-family home.
The price of a condo remained the same at $350,000. Sales of homes and condos were also down, as well as the average price of both.
Just two months ago, Honolulu’s median home price hit a record high of $700,000.
Julie Meier, president of the Honolulu Board of Realtors, said the data still shows that Hawaii has a healthy housing market, noting
Howard Hughes Corp. has withdrawn its petition to the Hawaii Community Development Authority asking whether it would satisfy the agency’s affordable housing requirements in Kakaako to build fewer affordable rental units that remain affordable a longer period of time instead of more for-sale units.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported last week that Howard Hughes Corp. had submitted the application, which could reduce the amount of moderate-priced housing created in the redevelopment district.
Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie has appointed three interim members to the state Land Use Commission, allowing the board in charge of administering the state land use law to resume conducting official business.
The commission’s work came to a standstill in July when four members resigned and another’s term ended. At least two of the resignations were prompted by concerns regarding a new law requiring disclosure of personal financial interests.
The appointees include Brandon Ahakuelo from Honolulu, a director at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 1260; Kent Hiranaga from Paia, Maui,
It pays to be a doctor in Hawaii. A new analysis of Hawaii’s 2013 workforce from the state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations found that the top five highest-earning occupations were all different types of physicians, with internists earning a median wage of about $111 per hour.
But not many Hawaii residents fall into that category. More than 24,000 people work in retail sales earning a median wage of just $10.92 per hour. That’s the state’s biggest occupation next to office clerks and cashiers, which each have about 14,000, the