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HHF Planners provides a full range of professional services to assist clients with obtaining land use permits and approvals for development throughout Hawaiʽi. HHF personnel have extensive experience with and knowledge of state and county land use regulations and refined skills to guide projects through compliance and processing issues.

HHF has prepared and processed a wide range of state and county development applications and permits, in all four counties of Hawaiʽi, including:

  • State Land Use District Boundary Amendments
  • State Conservation District Use Permits
  • County General Plan and Community Plan Amendments
  • County Zoning, Plan Review, and Conditional Use Permits
  • County Special Management Area (SMA) Permits and Shoreline Setback Variances

A large percentage of projects that need permit approvals also require preparation of either an Environmental Assessment (EA) or Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to accompany entitlement requests, as part of necessary State and County environmental reviews. HHF’s comprehensive understanding of the intricacies of the interface between environmental rules and application processes provides our clients with efficient management of permit requests, some of which require multiple applications to multiple agencies at the State and County levels.

Many large-scale projects need to develop and implement comprehensive public participation programs to ensure that the interests of the community have been adequately addressed in the overall project design. HHF has involved community groups and other key stakeholders in the development process for numerous projects around the state through informational sessions, facilitated meetings, citizen advisory committees, newsletters, and websites.

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  • Land Use Entitlements Projects

    Koa Ridge Makai-Waiawa

    HHF led a multi-disciplinary team in evaluating the potential impacts of Castle & Cooke Homes Hawai‘i’s new, 760-acre master planned community in Central O‘ahu, which will consist of 5,000 homes, a major medical center, Village Center, commercial, light industrial, and community support amenities. HHF prepared an environmental impact statement (EIS) complying with Hawai‘i’s environmental law […]

    UH Maui College Science Building

    This new science building at University of Hawai‘i Maui is a LEED Silver building intended to combine state-of-the-art instructional facilities with sustainable design practices. This facility continues implementation of the college’s Long-Range Development Plan, prepared by HHF in 2007. Because the project involves the use of State lands and funds, and because it is in […]

    Puakō Marine Education Center

    HHF assisted the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo with conceptual site planning, landscape design, and the acquisition of various State and County land use permit approvals required for the proposed marine education and research center at Puakō. Development of the proposed project on a 5-acre undeveloped site adjacent to Puakō Boat Ramp provides a permanent […]

    Kewalo Basin Improvements

    Working as a consultant to harbor engineers Moffatt & Nichol (M&N), HHF Planners (HHF) was responsible for preparing the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and managing applications for a Special Management Area (SMA) Use Permit and a Conservation District Use Permit (CDUP) for a range of improvements to the 22-acre Kewalo Basin. Now owned by the […]

    Kapolei West

    HHF created the master plan for a 548-acre residential and golf community together with the former Ko ‘Olina Phase II project area now in the State Land Use Urban District to be part of “Kapolei West.” The proposed project includes approximately 1,200 low and medium-density residential units, approximately 60 acres of golf course, and nearly […]

    Honolulu Community College LRDP

    HHF was involved in preparing the Long Range Development Plan (LRDP) and the Plan Review Use (PRU) Permit for the 90 year-old institution in Honolulu’s Urban Core to capitalize on planned investments in a new science building and planned Kapālama Transit Station. The project looked at the needs of the campus from the present to […]

    St. Augustine By-The-Sea

    HHF Planners (HHF) completed environmental documentation and land use approvals for the Roman Catholic Church in Hawai‘i to allow the St. Augustine by-the-Sea Church in Waikīkī implement master plan improvements that included a new St. Damien Museum and multi-purpose building to replace their existing parish hall. Conceptual landscape plans were also developed to support the architect’s […]