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Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Maui Mayor Signs Polystyrene Ban
By News Release @ 12:11 AM :: 7312 Views :: Maui County, Environment, Small Business

The law is set to go into effect on Dec. 31, 2018....

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Saturday, June 3, 2017
VIDEO: The Right to Home Share in Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:26 PM :: 5326 Views :: Small Business

...Airbnb and other home-sharing applications are regulated by market demands for safety and quality, most notably, by star ratings....

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Thursday, June 1, 2017
Q-Mark Shreds its Own Reputation with Poll Claiming Anti-Aquarium Hysteria Reaches 90%
By News Release @ 10:50 PM :: 6245 Views :: Environment, Small Business

...Does anybody really believe that 90% of the public has even heard of the aquarium fisheries issue--much less have an opinion on it?

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Thursday, May 25, 2017
The case for short-term rentals
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:37 AM :: 6221 Views :: Land Use, Small Business, Tourism

...the home sharing economy helps locals deal with Hawaii’s cost of living....

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017
NFIB: Hanalei River Ruling a Victory for Small Business
By News Release @ 4:31 AM :: 7068 Views :: Kauai County, Small Business

...The NFIB Small Business Legal Center, speaking on behalf of Hawaii’s small-business community, commends the Hawaii Supreme Court decision in County of Kauai v. Hanalei River Holdings, Ltd....

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Thursday, May 18, 2017
FCC Takes Step Towards Freeing the Internet
By Heritage Foundation @ 6:08 PM :: 4592 Views :: First Amendment, Small Business

...preventing “1930s-era regulations on internet providers.”....

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Friday, May 5, 2017
Interior Department Releases List of Monuments Under Review—Announces Public Comment Period
By News Release @ 3:56 PM :: 4730 Views :: Environment, Small Business

... Four Pacific 'Monuments' are under review ....

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Thursday, May 4, 2017
The First Step in Revoking Obama’s Land (and Ocean) Grab
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:56 PM :: 4989 Views :: Environment, Small Business

What is done by executive power can be undone by executive power....

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Hawaii Business Tax Burden -- 7th Highest in USA
By News Release @ 3:59 PM :: 4766 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

The experts at Anderson Economic Group have considered 11 taxes that businesses pay in order to produce the most comprehensive business tax burden ranking to date....

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Trump Orders Interior Department to Review Obama Tuna Monuments
By News Release @ 3:15 AM :: 6752 Views :: Environment, National News, Small Business
"Finally, rural America has a voice again"
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Sunday, April 23, 2017
Best Small Cities to Start a Business? Kaneohe Ranks 1176th
By Selected News Articles @ 3:42 PM :: 4160 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

....Kahului, Pearl City, Waipahu, Hilo, Kaneohe....

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Friday, April 21, 2017
HTA: Without TVRs Hawaii Would Lose 15% of Tourists
By News Release @ 4:15 PM :: 5063 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

HTA commentary about House Bill 1471 and Senate Bill 704, as they relate to transient accommodations....

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Friday, April 21, 2017
Are Enviros Finally Ready to Accept Fish Farming?
By Selected News Articles @ 12:25 AM :: 7498 Views :: Environment, Small Business

...some environmentalists are saying open-ocean aquaculture deserves a fresh look....

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Friday, April 7, 2017
HB1022: $10M for Latest Honolulu Airport Mess
By News Release @ 3:51 PM :: 4952 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

“Settling these claims now spares all parties years of litigation and lets HDOT use existing project monies to pay subs for the work that was done,” said Doug Chin....

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Sunday, April 2, 2017
Carnival Cancelled Thanks to OHA Money Grab?
By Andrew Walden @ 5:32 PM :: 7274 Views :: Maui County, OHA, Small Business

“A little over half of this increase is attributable to State wharfage charges"

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Thursday, March 30, 2017
OHA issues two more business loans
By News Release @ 6:00 PM :: 4790 Views :: OHA, Small Business

...two Hua Kanu business loans, totaling $450,000, to Reliant Trucking Inc. and Goldwings Supply Service Inc....

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Sunday, March 26, 2017
Feds to Reopen Papahanaumokuakea to Fishing?
By News Release @ 9:38 PM :: 7389 Views :: Environment, Small Business

...request that the President remove fishing prohibitions within the Marine National Monuments in the U.S. Pacific Islands....

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Thursday, March 16, 2017
American Samoa Rep Calls on Trump to Undo Fishing Bans in Obama Tuna Monuments
By News Release @ 5:22 AM :: 3907 Views :: Small Business

The panel overwhelmingly objected to the lack of local input, transparency and scientific scrutiny in the marine monument designation process....

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Monday, March 6, 2017
Congress Repeals Obama’s Blacklist of Federal Contractors
By News Release @ 8:57 PM :: 4569 Views :: Labor, Small Business

This measure, the so-called Fair Pay and Safety Workplaces rule, would have allowed government officials to debar, or blacklist, construction companies from bidding on federal projects based on the mere allegation of labor law violations without any due process....

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Monday, March 6, 2017
NOAA: How are Coral Reef Fish Doing in Hawaii?
By News Release @ 5:41 PM :: 5345 Views :: Environment, Small Business

...this assessment generates management options for a range of overfishing risk levels....

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Thursday, March 2, 2017
Ethics: DLNR Harbor Agent Grabs for Payoff Beyond $200 Allowed Under Law
By News Release @ 4:56 PM :: 4901 Views :: Ethics, Small Business

...More DOBOR Corruption from Sunny Kailua Kona....

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Monday, February 27, 2017
DCCA Chases Bitcoin Provider out of Hawaii
By News Release @ 4:39 PM :: 5305 Views :: Small Business

Bitcoin Shutdown related to Hawaii Marijuana Dispensaries Tax Evasion System?....

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Saturday, February 25, 2017
62% Hike in Minimum Wage Hike Will Hit Consumers, Small Business Hard
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:58 AM :: 6080 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

SB107 would raise the minimum wage 62% from $9.25 / hour ....

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Local business owners speak out about the minimum wage
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:17 PM :: 4920 Views :: Labor, Small Business

...if the minimum wage was increased, many grocery stores today would simply replace workers with automated tablets....

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Thursday, February 16, 2017
Economic Impact of Immigration by State—Hawaii 10th
By Selected News Articles @ 1:59 AM :: 4070 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

...Highest Percentage of Jobs Generated by Immigrant-Owned Businesses Rank -- 3rd....

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Monday, February 13, 2017
Anti-Fishing Lies Exposed: Attorney General Releases Point by Point Debunk of Kaniela Ing
By News Release @ 4:17 PM :: 6765 Views :: Environment, Labor, Small Business

...Must read: AG responds to 9 questions from Ing.  Short version of responses: “No, No, No, No, No, No, No, No, and No.”....

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Thursday, February 9, 2017
UH Law Review Sharing Economy Symposium
By Robert Thomas @ 3:34 AM :: 4518 Views :: Small Business

...the University of Hawaii Law Review is devoting one of its issues to a symposium on issues related to the sharing economy....

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Thursday, February 2, 2017
Recycling Company Cited for Water Pollution
By News Release @ 10:08 AM :: 6051 Views :: Environment, Small Business, Taxes

The company had also placed discarded materials and equipment in a drainage ditch that is recognized as a state water body and protected by state and federal regulations....

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Saturday, January 28, 2017
FSMA: Unknown Regulatory Threat Leaves Agriculture in Limbo
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:27 PM :: 4834 Views :: Agriculture, Small Business
“The little guy gets squeezed out.”
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Friday, January 20, 2017
Lost Jobs: Obamacare Impact on Hawaii
By News Release @ 9:32 PM :: 5320 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Small Business

How many lost jobs, shuttered businesses and lost earnings in Hawaii? ....

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Hawaii Dead Last for Pass-Thru Businesses
By Tax Foundation @ 8:36 PM :: 4379 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

In 49 out of 50 states, pass-through businesses employ over 50 percent of the private workforce. The one exception is Hawaii....

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Legislative Changes to Ensure Brokerage Compliance?
By News Release @ 10:42 AM :: 3704 Views :: Small Business

In August 2016, Oahu brokerage and property management firm Re/Max Kai Lani abruptly shut their doors, disconnected their phones, and took down their website....

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Friday, January 6, 2017
UHERO: Regulating Home-Share Rentals in Hawaii
By UHERO @ 2:08 AM :: 5649 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Tourism

Last year nearly one in three U.S. travelers stayed in home-based accommodation units compared to one in ten in 2011....

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Harbors wharfage rates to rise 34.5% in 2017
By Michael Hansen @ 1:18 AM :: 8241 Views :: Jones Act, OHA, Small Business, Cost of Living

The first two wharfage increases of 17% and 15% on February 1st and October 1st respectively will result in a 34.5% increase in 2017 on a compound basis....

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Monday, January 2, 2017
Legislative Agenda: Small Business on Defense (Again)
By News Release @ 4:53 PM :: 4544 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

The 28th Hawaii State Legislature ended on May 5, 2016, with some important victories for small business. The 29th session commences Jan. 18, 2017....

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Friday, December 30, 2016
Hawaii Gets Small Business Waiver–First in the Nation to Escape Obamacare
By News Release @ 11:16 PM :: 5133 Views :: Health Care, Small Business

“This action acknowledges the success of the state’s Prepaid Health Care Act in providing insurance to a majority of Hawaiʻi’s residents...."

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Friday, December 30, 2016
Minimum Wage $9.25 Effective January 1, 2017
By News Release @ 10:30 PM :: 5658 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

The next scheduled raise is Jan. 1, 2018 when it will increase to $10.10....

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Friday, December 30, 2016
$500K: OHA's Giant Cookie Loan
By News Release @ 2:17 AM :: 5297 Views :: OHA, Small Business

Earlier this year, OHA issued a $236,000 business loan to Mahealani Strong to support the growth of her insurance brokerage company, I A Maui Associates....

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Downtown Café Serves Crooked Politicians -- but not Trump Voters
By Andrew Walden @ 1:32 AM :: 7717 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment, Politicians, Small Business

... they let Nestor Garcia eat there ....

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Friday, December 16, 2016
Ride-Sharing bill becomes Law Without Caldwell Signature
By News Release @ 8:43 PM :: 4677 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business
He also stated his belief that “private transportation companies should be able to operate with less government regulation going forward.”
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Friday, December 16, 2016
WESPAC to Obama: Tuna Monuments Destroy Jobs
By News Release @ 1:56 PM :: 6121 Views :: Environment, Small Business

...Papahanuamokueakea MNM may account for a potential loss of about 2.5 million pounds per year of tuna and other pelagic species and affect more than 100 jobs....

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Monday, December 12, 2016
OHA Fishing for Money from Fishermen?
By Andrew Walden @ 5:40 PM :: 6649 Views :: OHA, Small Business, Taxes

OHA may be able to pick boaters’ pockets, but it turns out shore-bound fishermen are protected....

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Friday, December 9, 2016
‘Sharing’ the American Dream
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:07 PM :: 3575 Views :: Small Business

The term "shared economy" tends to bring to mind app-based services like Uber, Lyft, or Airbnb. But that's only one facet....

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Thursday, November 24, 2016
Hawaii's Aquarium Fishery: Regulated, Valuable, Sustainable
By Video @ 1:38 AM :: 6489 Views :: Environment, Small Business

It is the most intensively managed of all fisheries in the State....

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Health Department Sets Public Hearings on Changes to Food Safety Code
By News Release @ 2:14 AM :: 5528 Views :: Agriculture, Small Business

...public hearings on Hawaii Island, Maui, Oahu, and Kauai from Dec. 5-9, 2016....

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Monday, November 14, 2016
Public Hearing on Uber/Lyft rules November 21
By News Release @ 7:16 PM :: 4696 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business

...Monday, November 21, 2016 at 1 p.m. in the Mission Memorial Building hearings room....

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Monday, November 14, 2016
Fishing Groups Question Legality of Antiquities Act in Monument Designation
By News Release @ 5:57 PM :: 4912 Views :: Environment, Small Business

...President's use of the Antiquities Act to declare new marine monuments in the United States' exclusive economic zone (EEZ) is "an illegal and illegitimate use of presidential authority."....

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Sunday, October 30, 2016
Judge Posner: Cab Companies Were Chumps To Rely On Govt Monopoly to Protect Them From Competition
By Robert Thomas @ 3:37 AM :: 4439 Views :: Small Business

...holdovers from the legacy economy -- the owners of city-issued taxi medallions and permits -- did not have their property taken when the city allowed ridesharing services to operate....

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Sunday, October 30, 2016
Does Hawaii Need a "Property Ownership Fairness Act"
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:41 AM :: 5074 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

In Hawaii, this can be seen most starkly with the advent of the "shared" economy....

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Sunday, October 16, 2016
DBEDT Launches Small Business Regulatory Review
By News Release @ 4:23 PM :: 4011 Views :: Small Business

Small Business Regulatory Review Board (SBRRB) announces the newly created “Regulatory Review Card.”....

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