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33
Portion of Hālawa, ‘Aiea, Waimalu
Representative Sam Satoru Kong joined the Hawaii State Legislature in 2014 as the Representative for District 33 (Halawa, Aiea, and Waimalu). Representative Kong served in the United States Air Force as an electronic technician for ten years and a computer technician before owning Aiea Florist from 1992-2016. He currently serves as a committee member on the House Committees of Economic Development, Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs, and Tourism.


April 2, 2018

Representative Sam Kong Prompts the Department of Planning and Permitting to Examine New Protocol for "Monster Homes"

Due to inquiries from State Representative Sam Kong’s office staff and the overwhelming complaints received by the Honolulu Department of Planning and Permitting (DPP) regarding problems with large residential structures or "high occupancy residential dwellings," a new protocol to the Inspection Process is being considered by DPP to address the recent growth of large residential structures, according to DPP Building Inspector (Waipahu Area) Mr. Steve Wescott.

Inquiries from Honolulu residents, whose neighborhoods are being impacted with these large structures, range from but are not limited to, concerns regarding Land Use Ordinance (LUO) compliance of required setbacks, driveway construction, and off-street parking requirements.

Consequently, there has been serious consideration by DPP in the recent weeks to adopt a new inspection protocol for the issuance of Certificates of Completion and Certificates of Occupancy for high occupancy residential dwellings.

Routinely, a Certificates of Completion and a Certificate of Occupancy are concurrently issued by Inspectors upon inspection and completion of construction.

However, with the new protocol, a high occupancy residential dwelling unit will be issued a "Certificate of Completion" upon construction completion, and a temporary "Certificate of Occupancy" will be issued with a one-year temporary status.

The temporary "Certificate of Occupancy" will have a continuing inspection period of one year and will be assigned to a special DPP inspector. Currently, Mr. Edmond Castro is the only Special Inspector assigned to follow this specific issue. Mr. Castro is responsible for confirming LUO compliance, finding potential violations, and any other concerns related to high occupancy dwelling units.

According to Mr. Wescott, this new proposed protocol is currently being evaluated by DPP's Senior Building Inspector, Lynn Asaoka and will soon be in draft form for implementation. Representative Sam Kong and his staff will diligently monitor the status of the proposed new protocol regarding these high occupancy dwellings, and will obtain a written copy of such as soon as they are made available by DPP.


December 28, 2017

Sam discusses solutions to homelessness on Thinktech Hawaii's Navigating the Journey series




 2023 Allowance Report
 Measures Introduced in 2023
Measure and Title
HB41
RELATING TO PRICE TRANSPARENCY.
HB42 HD1
RELATING TO CAMPAIGN FINANCE.
HB43
RELATING TO RECYCLING.
HB44
RELATING TO LITTERING.
HB154
RELATING TO TAXATION.
HB155
RELATING TO STUDENT INSTRUCTIONAL HOURS.
HB156
RELATING TO CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE THIRTY-THIRD REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT.
HB298
RELATING TO PROFESSIONAL AND VOCATIONAL LICENSING.
HB299
RELATING TO PROPERTY MANAGEMENT.
HB513
RELATING TO INCOME TAX CREDITS.
HB514
RELATING TO PRICE TRANSPARENCY.
HB613
RELATING TO THE CONVEYANCE TAX.
HB1139
RELATING TO COMPLIANCE ON HAWAIIAN HOME LANDS.
HB1305
RELATING TO COMMUNITY-INITIATED DEVELOPMENT.
HB1306
RELATING TO FIREARMS.
HB1307
RELATING TO EDUCATION.
HCR6
REQUESTING THE AUDITOR TO CONDUCT A SUNRISE REVIEW OF THE LICENSURE AND REGULATION OF ASSOCIATION MANAGERS.
HCR13
URGING THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES TO CALL A CONVENTION FOR PROPOSING AMENDMENTS PURSUANT TO ARTICLE V OF THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION LIMITED TO PROPOSING AMENDMENTS THAT IMPOSE FISCAL RESTRAINTS ON THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, LIMIT THE POWER AND JURISDICTION OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, AND LIMIT THE TERMS OF OFFICE FOR ITS OFFICIALS AND FOR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS.
HCR15
URGING AND APPLYING TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF ARTICLE V OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES FOR THE CALLING OF A CONVENTION OF THE STATES, LIMITED TO PROPOSING AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES THAT LIMIT THE TERMS OF OFFICE FOR OFFICIALS OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND MEMBERS OF CONGRESS.
HCR29 HD1
REQUESTING THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS TO STUDY POTENTIAL SOLUTIONS AND MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR A LONG-TERM MANAGEMENT PLAN FOR SUNSET MEMORIAL PARK.
HCR33
DESIGNATING NOVEMBER 22, 2023, AS "KIMCHI DAY" IN THE STATE OF HAWAII.
HCR64
URGING THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES TO CALL A CONVENTION FOR PROPOSING AMENDMENTS PURSUANT TO ARTICLE V OF THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION LIMITED TO PROPOSING AMENDMENTS THAT IMPOSE FISCAL RESTRAINTS ON THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, LIMIT THE POWER AND JURISDICTION OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, AND LIMIT THE TERMS OF OFFICE FOR ITS OFFICIALS AND FOR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS.
HCR65
URGING THE CITY AND COUNTY OF HONOLULU TO INTERVENE IN THE SITUATION AT SUNSET MEMORIAL PARK AND USE ANY NECESSARY LEGAL MEANS TO TAKE CONTROL OF SUNSET MEMORIAL PARK.
HCR79
REQUESTING THE CITY AND COUNTY OF HONOLULU TO ENACT AN ORDINANCE TO FACILITATE COMMUNITY-INITIATED DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS.
HR12
URGING THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES TO CALL A CONVENTION FOR PROPOSING AMENDMENTS PURSUANT TO ARTICLE V OF THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION LIMITED TO PROPOSING AMENDMENTS THAT IMPOSE FISCAL RESTRAINTS ON THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, LIMIT THE POWER AND JURISDICTION OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, AND LIMIT THE TERMS OF OFFICE FOR ITS OFFICIALS AND FOR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS.
HR15
URGING AND APPLYING TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF ARTICLE V OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES FOR THE CALLING OF A CONVENTION OF THE STATES, LIMITED TO PROPOSING AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES THAT LIMIT THE TERMS OF OFFICE FOR OFFICIALS OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND MEMBERS OF CONGRESS.
HR30 HD1
REQUESTING THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS TO STUDY POTENTIAL SOLUTIONS AND MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR A LONG-TERM MANAGEMENT PLAN FOR SUNSET MEMORIAL PARK.
HR34
DESIGNATING NOVEMBER 22, 2023, AS "KIMCHI DAY" IN THE STATE OF HAWAII.
HR66
URGING THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES TO CALL A CONVENTION FOR PROPOSING AMENDMENTS PURSUANT TO ARTICLE V OF THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION LIMITED TO PROPOSING AMENDMENTS THAT IMPOSE FISCAL RESTRAINTS ON THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, LIMIT THE POWER AND JURISDICTION OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, AND LIMIT THE TERMS OF OFFICE FOR ITS OFFICIALS AND FOR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS.
HR67
URGING THE CITY AND COUNTY OF HONOLULU TO INTERVENE IN THE SITUATION AT SUNSET MEMORIAL PARK AND USE ANY NECESSARY LEGAL MEANS TO TAKE CONTROL OF SUNSET MEMORIAL PARK.
HR84
REQUESTING THE CITY AND COUNTY OF HONOLULU TO ENACT AN ORDINANCE TO FACILITATE COMMUNITY-INITIATED DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS.