With all of the attention thats been given to affordable rentals on this island over the last several years, one area thats been sorely neglected is the influence of real property taxes on rents. Having worked for the County of Hawaii Real Property Tax Office for 22 years as a real property appraiser (retired now) I benefit from a unique experience and perspective.
The April 1 humor article by April Fuhl was intended as farcical; unfortunately it is all too true. It wasnt that long ago that Hawaii County had council members who did what they could to stop a very important roadway for West Hawaii called the Alii Highway (planned from Keauhou to Kailua). This highway would have alleviated the Kuakini crunch and significantly reduced traffic on Alii Drive by providing an alternative north-to-south commuting corridor.
I just received the Wall Street Journal dated for the March 23-24 weekend from a friend on the mainland who, like me, loves this island paradise. The rail line received front page coverage with a full page story on page 10.