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House District 33
Portion of Hālawa, ‘Aiea, Waimalu
Room: 305
Phone: 808-586-8455
Fax: 808-586-8459
[email protected]
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




 2024 Allowance Report
 Measures Introduced in 2024
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.
HB1674 HD1
RELATING TO CAMPAIGN FINANCE.
HB1675 HD1
RELATING TO THE GENERAL EXCISE TAX.
HB1909
RELATING TO SMALL BUSINESS.
HB1910
RELATING TO INCOME TAX CREDITS.
HB1950
RELATING TO KIMCHI DAY.
HB1961
RELATING TO EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT.
HB1962
RELATING TO TOBACCO PRODUCTS.
HB1963 HD1
RELATING TO HEALTH CARE.
HB2192 HD1
RELATING TO CEMETERIES.
HB2532
RELATING TO CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE THIRTY-THIRD REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT.
HB2533
RELATING TO TORT LIABILITY.