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Sunday, April 18, 2021
Is the Pacific Ocean now “ceded land?”
By Andrew Walden @ 11:46 PM :: 3158 Views :: OHA, Small Business, Taxes, Tourism

... HB1019, creating a new OHA revenue stream at the expense of small dive-tour businesses, is quietly heading to conference committee ....

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Thursday, April 15, 2021
Fourth Hawaiʻi Commercial Rent Survey Shows Some Recovery
By News Release @ 2:52 AM :: 1900 Views :: Small Business, COVID-19

... 40 percent of businesses did not pay rent in full versus 50 percent in the third survey ....

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Mokuleia Crash: A Nest of Incompetents Surrounding 11 Deaths
By News Release @ 11:05 PM :: 3700 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

... Accident Involving Inadequately Trained Pilot Leads to Call for Better Monitoring of Flight Instructors ....

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Monday, April 12, 2021
Hawaii Small Businesses Among Most Exposed to Pandemic Losses
By Selected News Articles @ 12:17 PM :: 1902 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, COVID-19

... States With the Most Pandemic-Proof Small Businesses -- Hawaii 50th ....

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Monday, April 12, 2021
SB251 Favors Uber/Lyft at Expense of Local Companies
By News Release @ 12:03 PM :: 1518 Views :: Small Business

... “The true intent of this effort is to create a façade of regulation that will allow the TNC’s to bypass all the current rules, regulations and taxes that Hawaii based operators must comply with.” ....

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Wednesday, April 7, 2021
O‘ahu businesses and activities to continue operations in Tier 3
By News Release @ 11:22 PM :: 1965 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, COVID-19

... Honolulu will continue to operate in Tier 3 of the reopening strategy for the next four weeks, meaning O‘ahu businesses and activities will continue operations without reverting back to the Tier 2 framework ....

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Saturday, April 3, 2021
Help for Native Hawaiian Businesses Facing the COVID Storm
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:15 AM :: 2112 Views :: OHA, Small Business, COVID-19

... Native Hawaiians own 3,147 firms in Hawaiʻi, constituting 11.1% of all businesses in the state ....

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Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Is Bitcoin illegal in Hawaii?
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:27 PM :: 2536 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

... options to buy crypto are very limited at the moment. That’s because of a little-known rule from a little-known government organization ....

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Tuesday, March 30, 2021
​Public hearing set on Honolulu short-term rental draft rules
By News Release @ 10:53 PM :: 2222 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, Tourism

... DPP will hold a public hearing April 6 on draft rules to regulate and register short-term rentals on O‘ahu ....

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Tuesday, March 30, 2021
​Should Hawaii Raise Taxes on 'the Rich'? 
By Video @ 4:38 AM :: 1903 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

... state policymakers are determined to raise taxes with bills such as SB56 and HB58. They say their hikes are aimed at 'the rich', but they’re not looking at the whole economic picture ....

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Monday, March 29, 2021
Fools. No Joke: Plastic Ware to be Outlawed Effective April 1
By News Release @ 9:47 PM :: 2540 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Small Business

... Bill 40 or the Disposable Food Ware Ordinance (DFWO), takes effect April 1, 2021 ....

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Friday, March 26, 2021
Outdoor Weddings up to 100 People Now Allowed on Oahu
By News Release @ 10:24 PM :: 2146 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, Tourism, COVID-19

... the request to modify Honolulu’s COVID-19 recovery framework to include “weddings” as a category has been approved and is effective immediately ....

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Saturday, March 20, 2021
Hawaii: Highest Paid Waiters in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 7:21 PM :: 2286 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Small Business

... Hawaii Waiters/Waitresses: average annual wage: $55,200; employment: 19,500 ....

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Friday, March 19, 2021
Mayor Blangiardi meets with wedding industry demonstrators
By News Release @ 6:38 PM :: 2395 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, Tourism, COVID-19

... Mayor Rick Blangiardi listened to members of the wedding industry during a demonstration outside of Honolulu Hale ....

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Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Raising Hawaii taxes could worsen MD shortage
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:58 PM :: 2532 Views :: Health Care, Small Business, Taxes

... Lawmakers may impose the highest income tax in the nation on Hawaii residents making over $200,000, and this may be damaging to Hawaii's health system ....

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Tuesday, March 16, 2021
98 percent of Hawaiʻi residents say small business is important to Hawaiʻi
By News Release @ 4:47 AM :: 1626 Views :: Small Business, COVID-19

... The “Peopleʻs Pulse Survey,” in partnership with OmniTrak and with the support of Central Pacific Bank Foundation, highlights the urgency of helping businesses through this extremely difficult time, Chamber President and CEO Sherry Menor-McNamara said....

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Monday, March 15, 2021
New COVID Relief Law Creates $29 Billion Grant Program For Local Restaurants, Bars
By News Release @ 8:08 PM :: 2032 Views :: Small Business, Tourism, COVID-19

... The grant is equal to the business’s pandemic-related revenue loss: 2019 gross receipts minus 2020 gross receipts ....

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Sunday, March 14, 2021
C’mon, Let’s Soak the Rich!
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 1928 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

... a kind of crabs-in-the-bucket argument ....

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Friday, March 5, 2021
New Survey: 50% of Hawaii businesses not paying rent
By News Release @ 6:59 PM :: 2357 Views :: Economy, Small Business, COVID-19

... 1,126 Hawaiʻi business owners share their feedback ....

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Ige Signs Bill Lowering Unemployment Tax
By News Release @ 8:24 PM :: 2293 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Taxes, COVID-19

... The measure allows employers to pay, on average, less than half of what they would otherwise pay into the system ....

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Sunday, February 28, 2021
More Taxes for Movies and TV
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:25 AM :: 2062 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

... “I am altering the deal.  Pray I don’t alter it any further.” ....

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Saturday, February 27, 2021
Hawaii Among States Taxing Forgiven PPP Loans
By Tax Foundation @ 7:36 PM :: 4535 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, COVID-19

... If policymakers wish to avoid imposing taxes on these small business lifelines  they need to act quickly, as tax deadlines are fast approaching ....

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Friday, February 26, 2021
CNHA Approved as Small Business Microlender
By News Release @ 11:09 PM :: 2472 Views :: DHHL, OHA, Small Business

... delivering loan capital to small businesses having difficulty with access to financing ....

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Friday, February 26, 2021
$272K Fine for Aquarium Fishing
By News Release @ 10:53 PM :: 2261 Views :: Hawaii County , Small Business

... This case achieved a lot of notoriety ....

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Monday, February 22, 2021
How Minimum Wage Worker Makes $72K
By News Release @ 3:35 PM :: 2557 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

... in Full-Service Restaurants, most workers who earn minimum wage receive significantly more compensation in tips ....

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Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Hawaii #1 in USA for Fast-Food Restaurants
By Selected News Articles @ 3:00 AM :: 2053 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

... Hawaii has a fast-food joint for every 1,025 residents ....

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Monday, February 8, 2021
Comparing State Corporate Income Tax Rates
By Tax Foundation @ 4:16 AM :: 2132 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

... Hawaii Corporate Income tax tops out at 6.4% .... 

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Saturday, February 6, 2021
COVID Unemployment Insurance Relief on Fast Track for Approval
By News Release @ 3:56 PM :: 2621 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, COVID-19

... Ige must sign a bill into law before March in order to prevent automatic assessment increases from being triggered ....

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Friday, February 5, 2021
Hawaii Longline Association Supports Federal Agency Recommendations Regarding Human Trafficking
By News Release @ 3:21 AM :: 1441 Views :: Small Business

... Paramount among the recommendations covering domestic fisheries is the development of a temporary visa program for foreign fishing crews ....

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Tuesday, February 2, 2021
HB1316: Hawaii Democrats Open New Front in War on Plastic
By News Release @ 3:07 PM :: 1970 Views :: Environment, Small Business

"...a coordinated effort to hold producers responsible for the end-of-life management of plastic packaging...."

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Sunday, January 31, 2021
Grim Reality of Unemployment Taxes
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2792 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Taxes, COVID-19

... Our unemployment system, as of January 8, 2021, has paid out $3.4 billion in unemployment benefits ....

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Tuesday, January 26, 2021
COVID Tourism: TVR Occupancy 40.5%
By News Release @ 12:24 AM :: 2378 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Tourism

... monthly demand was 251,300 unit nights (-59.9%), resulting in an average monthly unit occupancy of 40.5% (-34.9%) ...

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Thursday, January 21, 2021
Case Reintroduces Bill to Regulate Air Tours
By Ed Case @ 8:56 PM :: 2089 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Small Business, Tourism

... He reintroduces his Safe and Quiet Skies Act targeting increasing safety and community disruption concerns from tour helicopters and small aircraft operations ....

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Thursday, January 14, 2021
Court Order: All commercial aquarium fishing completely banned in Hawaii
By News Release @ 11:56 AM :: 2553 Views :: Environment, Small Business, Tourism

... until the aquarium fishing industry has completed the Chapter 343 environmental review process ....

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Thursday, December 31, 2020
River of Life to Leave Chinatown
By News Release @ 4:35 AM :: 2512 Views :: Honolulu County, Homelessness, Small Business, Tourism

... will relocate to Iwilei homeless services zone ... 

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Wednesday, December 30, 2020
Small Business COVID Resource Guide
By News Release @ 8:50 PM :: 2005 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Small Business, COVID-19

...Updated Resource Guide Includes Information On New Relief Funding, New Program To Support Live Venue Operators, Museums, Independent Movie Theaters....

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Wednesday, December 23, 2020
Survey says more than half of Hawaii restaurants will shut down for good by April if tourism doesn’t increase
By News Release @ 6:08 PM :: 2306 Views :: Small Business, Tourism, COVID-19

... There is a consensus among restaurateurs that a lack of communication, transparency, and planning by the government is to blame for the economic hardships they now face. ...

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Tuesday, December 22, 2020
US Senate Report: Whistleblower Retaliation Behind Hawaii Helicopter Crashes
By News Release @ 4:51 PM :: 3284 Views :: Ethics, Small Business, Tourism

... Allegations of Misconduct at the Honolulu Flight Standards District Office ....

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Sunday, December 20, 2020
Don’t Give Me Back Rent, I Want to Continue Hiding from Tax
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 3152 Views :: Law Enforcement, Small Business, Taxes, COVID-19

... Developments during this COVID crisis have brought out tax scofflaws in some of the most unexpected ways ....

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Friday, December 18, 2020
Big Brother Is Watching: Satellites Used to Survey Fishing in High Seas
By News Release @ 4:04 PM :: 1976 Views :: Environment, Small Business

... Rounding out the top ten of most active companies were a series of Chinese corporations and one U.S. corporation based out of Hawaii. Two other key figures in the top ten list were Sajo Group and Dongwon, two Korean companies that own the United States subsidiary Starkist ....

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Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Ranking State Unemployment Insurance Taxes
By Tax Foundation @ 9:10 PM :: 2366 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

... Hawaii ranks 25th ....

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Sunday, December 13, 2020
​Business Entity Registration Scam
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2012 Views :: Ethics, Small Business

... The first problem is that some people think that the letter comes from a government agency. It doesn’t ....

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Friday, December 11, 2020
A new way to address unemployment
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:39 PM :: 1937 Views :: Small Business, COVID-19

... Hawaii’s unemployment insurance system has become a ticking time bomb that threatens Hawaii’s fiscal future. ... 

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Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Maui County seeks bar closures
By News Release @ 11:16 PM :: 2005 Views :: Maui County, Small Business, Tourism

"...The Maui District Health Office reported that numerous positive cases are tied to close interactions among patrons in bar settings...."

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Tuesday, December 8, 2020
A Better Way to Help Hawaii's Unemployed
By Video @ 3:06 AM :: 2153 Views :: Economy, Labor, Small Business

... Hawaii’s unemployment insurance system is in crisis, with stalled payments, rampant fraud, and massive debt leading to higher taxes ....

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Tuesday, December 1, 2020
House Leaders: Safe Travels Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It
By News Release @ 2:39 AM :: 2370 Views :: Small Business, Tourism, COVID-19

... Business leaders, legislators urge Gov. Ige to walk back changes to travel plan ....

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Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Court Clamps Down Even Harder on Aquarium Fishing Activities Near Billionaire Vacation Homes
By News Release @ 2:18 AM :: 2145 Views :: Environment, Small Business

... Michael Dell wants to see pretty fish when he comes to Kailua-Kona ....

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Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Hawaii Commercial Rent Survey Goes National
By News Release @ 1:55 AM :: 1710 Views :: Small Business, COVID-19

... NCRS will analyze the hardship the business community across the country is facing and the impact commercial rent is having on their operations heading into 2021 ....

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Unemployment Tax Blues
By Video @ 10:31 PM :: 2861 Views :: Economy, Small Business, Taxes, COVID-19

...the looming massive increase in the state’s unemployment insurance tax....

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Expedia, Airbnb, Caldwell Announce Short-term Rental Agreement
By News Release @ 9:36 PM :: 2240 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

... Under the agreement, Airbnb will create two new fields on its listing—one for the City-issued Tax Map Key (TMK) number and another for the Transient Accommodations Tax License Number (TAT) ....

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