monster homes

Catherine Cruz

New limits on the construction of so-called "monster homes" will take effect immediately after Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell allowed a regulatory measure to become law without his signature.

Catherine Cruz

HONOLULU — A bill making it a misdemeanor to lie to government investigators or inspectors during building inspections won approval from both houses of the Hawaiʻi Legislature.

Ryan Finnerty / Hawaii Public Radio

Homeowners and members of Oahu’s construction industry rallied outside Honolulu Hale Thursday morning to highlight a growing backlog of building permits. The Building Industry Association says months-long delays in the permitting process are harming local businesses, and homeowners. The demonstration was meant as a show of support for City Council Bill 64, which would streamline the permitting process using lessons learned from other cities.

State Cracks Down on Monster Home Builders

Jun 4, 2018
Catherine Cruz

Scrutiny over monster home construction triggered a complaint about a contractor who lost his license, yet continued to build. The Hawaii Construction Alliance flagged the problem to the City Department of Planning and Permitting and the State Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs.

Honolulu Councilmember Goes After Monster Home Violators

Apr 23, 2018
Catherine Cruz

City enforcement of zoning and building laws has been a chronic problem. After one local contractor, Brilliant Construction, continued building after receiving an order to stop. City Councilmember Ikaika Anderson is trying to get tough on violators.

Catherine Cruz

Enforcing Building Codes; Excellence in School Leadership; Radio for the Blind; You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown

Honolulu City Council Explores Monster Home Regulation

Feb 14, 2018
Catherine Cruz

Critics say extra-large structures known as “Monster Homes” are apartment buildings masquerading as single or two family dwellings in residential neighborhoods. Issues of parking, impact on property taxes, and sewer capacity prompted calls for relief, but the City Council is struggling with how best to address the situation.

The Conversation: Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

Feb 14, 2018
Catherine Cruz

Monster Homes; Synthetic Experiences and Pop Culture; Local Study on Depression; International Graduate Student Conference

Hawaii’s Housing Hardships

Feb 8, 2018
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Lack of affordability, convoluted permitting process, monster homes, and more. There is no shortage of challenges in addressing Hawaii’s housing market. Today’s panel will explore those challenges, their causes, and possible solutions.

Wayne Yoshioka

The Honolulu City Council advanced a measure calling for a moratorium on “Monster Homes.”  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

The Conversation: Friday, November 17th, 2017

Nov 17, 2017
U.S. Navy / Flickr

Saving the Vaquita Porpoise; Navy Plans Increased Training in Hawaii; Ukulele Music Therapy