Land Use, Zoning and Entitlements

Our Land Use Practice Group provides a full range of legal services to assist potential purchasers, landowners, developers, and individual homeowners in navigating Hawai`i’s relatively complex land use regulatory systems.  We help our clients identify land use constraints and opportunities and apply for and receive necessary and appropriate land use approvals in a timely and cost-effective manner.


  • Due Diligence Reviews
  • Environmental Assessments and Impact Statements
  • Procuring Land Use Entitlements, including:
    • District Boundary Amendments
    • Zoning Changes
    • Subdivisions and Planned Unit Developments
    • Use Permits, Variances and Special Use Permits
    • Conservation District Use Permits
    • Special Management Area Use Permits
    • Special Zoning Districts
  • Shoreline Certification and Encroachment Easements, Erosion and Accretion
  • Easements, Rights of Way, Beach and Trail Access
  • Native Land Rights and Traditional Uses
  • Historic Preservation and Island Burial Council Matters
  • Water Rights
  • Development Agreements
  • Defense of Enforcement Actions
  • Contested Case Hearings and Appeals
  • Ranching and Farming Issues

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