KS&G’s Land Use Group work with county planning departments and their respective planning commissions, as well as with state agencies, such as the State Department of Land and Natural Resources (and all of its divisions), the State Land Use Commission, the State Office of Planning, the Hawaii Housing Finance & Development Corporation, and the Hawaii Community Development Authority.  Our attorneys have established relationships with officials in these agencies and with the government attorneys who represent these agencies.  This enables us to seek resolution of problems quickly and efficiently for our clients.  We represent state and county agencies, private landowners and developers engaged in the development of resorts, hotels, golf courses and other large scale developments, including solar and wind farms. 

Counsel provided by KS&G includes:


  • Due diligence analysis for zoning and land use approvals and entitlements for proposed sales or purchases
  • Land use entitlements including boundary amendments, county zone changes, special management area permits, special district permits, shoreline certifications, and similar entitlement procedures
  • Land dispute issues including boundary disputes, native Hawaiian access and trail rights
  • Ministerial permits, including easements, subdivisions, building permits
  • Compliance with county and state environmental impact requirements
  • Compliance with State historic preservation and burial laws
  • Compliance with Endangered Species Act, NEPA and similar federal and state requirements affecting proposed developments.