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 […]

Residential estate, Maui, Hawaii

Do I Need an Erosion and Sediment Control Plan?

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Erosion & Sediment Control Plan (ESCP)

If you plan to do construction on your property such as building a home or other structure, it’s important to understand the new regulations set forth by the Department of Permitting and Planning. These regulations pertain to the erosion and sedimentation of your property and the property surrounding it. Here are the details of what is […]

Panoramic view of Waikiki and Honolulu as seen from Diamond Head

What’s the 411 with Hawaii ADU’s: The FAQs Continued

This entry is part 7 of 13 in the series Accessory Dwelling Unit

If you live or even occasionally visit , you’re probably already aware of the intense housing crunch going on, especially when it comes to affordable rental properties for working families. While is usually something that happens to people who can’t or won’t work, it’s an unfortunate fact that many families are finding themselves without proper […]

A group of people sitting at a table looking at construction blue prints and building permit

What Does It Take to Get a Building Permit on Oahu?

Need a building permit to build a single family residence, accessory dwelling unit (ADU) or Ohana unit on Oahu? An awareness of all relevant regulations and requirements is important. Precise increases the chances of a project that smoothly proceeds from conception to completion. Although the permitting process may present a challenge on occasion, it important to realize the […]

Owner-builder smiling and checking the result of his work

How Hard Is It To Be An Owner Builder And To Act As Your Own General Contractor?

A typical property owner who wants to embark on an ADU project as an owner-builder finds the advantages very compelling – reduced project costs followed by a new revenue stream from rental income, potential tax benefits, and increased property value. However, there are pitfalls that can quickly erase or seriously postpone the hoped-for gains. In many ways, […]

A young family standing in front of their new home thanks to hawaii's new ADUs

Why Are ADUs So Important in Hawaii?

This entry is part 9 of 13 in the series Accessory Dwelling Unit

Housing affordability has long been an issue on Oahu. The challenge remains, according to the 2017 Housing Affordability Table compiled by the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University. According to the table, urban Honolulu is the 54th largest metro area in the country but has the most expensive single-family homes. Honolulu Leads Top 100 Cities […]

Why ADUs Make Financial Sense

This entry is part 10 of 13 in the series Accessory Dwelling Unit

The accessory dwelling units (ADU) is an increasingly popular idea which benefits homeowners, tenants and local governments alike. On , ADUs provide much-needed affordable housing. Hawaii Life reported on September 14, 2015, signing of Bill 20 by Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell. By mid-January of 2016, there were already 29 ADU applications pending. Since then, interest in ADUs continues to surge, in part […]

Scenic Honolulu Oahu Hawaii Suburban Neighborhood showing homes with new ADUs concept

What’s the 411 with Hawaii ADUs?

This entry is part 6 of 13 in the series Accessory Dwelling Unit

‘s mayor signed a provision for accessory dwelling units (ADUs) in September 2015. Now, qualifying owners of freestanding, single-family homes have a new way to generate revenue – by renting a secondary residence situated on their property. s are a response to the Mayor’s Affordable Housing Strategy, developed in response to the shortage of inexpensive rental […]

Beachside foundation erosion

Foundation Erosion and How to Deal with It

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Trouble in Paradise

Foundation erosion is a common problem in Hawaii. For a number of reasons, not the least of which are rising sea levels and frequent flash floods. Whether your is beachfront or inland, and no matter which you live on, foundation erosion is one of the most devastating things that can happen to your home — and […]