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‘Still Houseless in Hawaii’ Summit Coming Up

The Building Industry Association of Hawaii (BIA-Hawaii) will hold its third housing summit Tuesday, Nov. 14, from 8 a.m. to noon in the Pomaikai Ballroom at Dole Cannery. The program will include panel discussions and presentations by experts well versed on local housing issues.

Previously titled “Houseless in Honolulu,” the event has covered issues and concerns over the lack of housing in Honolulu. However, this year, the summit has been expanded to address the housing crisis Statewide.

“Still Houseless in Hawaii: A Sensible Way Forward” will focus on the decisions and circumstances that led to the state’s current housing crisis and segue into discussions on opportunities that Hawaii currently has to build more housing at the County level. Mayors and representatives from all four Counties, and Denise Iseri-Matsubara, director, Office of the Governor, and board member of the State’s Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corp., will participate in a full panel on the topic.

The event also will dive deep into a current successful affordable housing project created through a collaboration between the public and private sectors, and real-life examples of policies from other states that have prioritized the production of housing. The summit seeks to move the conversation forward and address the acute housing need felt throughout the State.

California State Senator Scott Wiener, author of Bill 35 — part of an innovative affordable housing package that was recently signed into law by California Governor Jerry Brown — will speak on reaching housing production goals, funding, project streamlining, enforcement and accountability.

Cost to attend is $95 for BIA-Hawaii members and partner organizations, $125 for non-members and $135 for walk-ins. Student participation is highly encouraged, and $45 for students and teachers is available (must provide a valid student ID). To register online, visit


The Building Industry Association of Hawaii (BIA-Hawaii) is the voice of the construction industry. BIA-Hawaii is a not-for-profit trade organization chartered in 1955 and is affiliated with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Members include developers, general contractors, specialty contractors, suppliers and associates. The Awards in Construction Excellence and the Home Building & Remodeling Show are annual BIA events. Sponsors include: Servco Home & Appliance, Hawaiian Electric Companies, HK Construction, and HPM Building Supply. Sponsors of the Housing Summit include SSFM International and Castle & Cooke.

Earlier this year D.R. Horton Hawaii began sales at Hoopili, its newest master-planned community in East Kapolei. With at least 30 percent of Hoopili’s 11,750 homes planned as affordable units, the first increment of affordable homes is now available at Haloa. Fifty six of Haloa’s 140 townhomes are being offered as affordable units under the City and County of Honolulu affordable housing guidelines. Homes are being sold at both the 80 percent and 120 percent of area median income levels. Pricing for these affordable homes begin in the low-$300,000s (FS).

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