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Real estate transactions in Hawaiʻi must now disclose risks of sea level rise

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April 29, 2022, 3:40 PM HST
* Updated April 29, 12:59 PM

Nearby homes at Rocky Point, O‘ahu. (Feb. 28, 2022). PC: DLNR Hawaiʻi.

Beginning Sunday, May 1, 2022,  all real estate transactions conducted in Hawai‘i must include disclosures about the risk of sea level rise (SLR) to the property. The mandate, enacted in 2021, requires disclosure about sea level rise, up to and including 3.2 feet. 

The Hawaiʻi Climate Change Mitigation & Adaption Commission, in collaboration with the University of Hawaiʻi Sea Grant Program, and the DLNR Office of Conservation and Coastal Lands outlined the requirements in a flyer which provides background information on the new requirement, including guidance to the Hawaiʻi Sea Level Rise Viewer. The application, developed by the Pacific Islands Ocean Observing System at UH, allows users to assess specific properties for sea level rise risk.  

Nearby homes at Rocky Point, O‘ahu. (Feb. 28, 2022)….

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