Colourful hats on sandy beach by the sea, Guest house or ADU, short for Accessory Dwelling Unit.

The 9 Basic Requirements for Building an ADU in Hawaii

This entry is part 12 of 13 in the series Accessory Dwelling Unit

Since the dawn of property ownership, people have been building smaller dwellings near their pre-existing homes. In Australia, they call them Granny Flats, in certain parts of the continental US, they’re called Mother-in-Law houses and here in Hawaii, the official term is ADU, short for Accessory Dwelling Unit. Like the acronym says, these are little homes that […]

Property on a slope or high grade percentage

How to Calculate the Slope of Your Property for the ESCP

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Erosion & Sediment Control Plan (ESCP)

  Lately, on our blog, we have been discussing the new Erosion and Sediment Control Plan requirement. The Department of Permitting and Planning recently handed down the new requirement, which directly affects all . If you’ve been following our blog, you will recall that we discussed who all needs to have a plan and what […]

Bulldozers and front end loader working on a summer day, land disruption concept

A Guide to Calculate Your Project’s Land Disruption for the ESCP

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Erosion & Sediment Control Plan (ESCP)

  As part of our series of blogs regarding the Erosion and Sediment Control Plan, we are bringing you information about how to proceed with the project. Today, we want to focus on one aspect of the plan, land disruption. If you recall from our previous blogs, one of the first steps in creating the […]

Planned renovation of an ADU. Hands creating a border in the interior of a living room with french windows and garden outside

Six Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Build an ADU in Hawaii

This entry is part 11 of 13 in the series Accessory Dwelling Unit

It has been awhile since we discussed the benefits of having an accessory dwelling unit (or ADU) – including their potential for bringing more affordable housing options into the Hawaiian housing market and how ADUs can provide a new source of income. If you need to refresh your memory or read it for the first time, you can […]

House on dunes with strong erosion of dunes by the ocean

Tips to Help You Develop Your Erosion and Sediment Control Plan

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Erosion & Sediment Control Plan (ESCP)

Recently the Department of Permitting and Planning developed new regulations requiring Erosion and Sediment Control Plan for people doing construction on their property. This includes people who want to: Build a home Create a home addition Develop a Grade their land Install a driveway or sidewalk Install an in ground pool This is just a partial list […]