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Wednesday, May 29, 2024
UHERO: Hawai‘i gender pay gap largely driven by motherhood
By UHERO @ 3:39 AM :: 824 Views :: Family, Hawaii Statistics

... In Hawaiʻi, mothers earn 74% of what fathers earn, while women without children make 99% of the income of men without children ....

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Tuesday, May 21, 2024
UHERO Factbook: 80% of Hawaii Families Cannot Afford Mortgage
By UHERO @ 4:54 AM :: 880 Views :: Development, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Twenty-eight percent of Hawaii residents spend more than 50% of their income on rent, and only 1-in-5 households can afford a median-priced home mortgage ....

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Thursday, May 16, 2024
40% of Lahaina Burn Zone Survivors Face Difficulty Accessing Medical Care
By UHERO @ 2:54 PM :: 984 Views :: Maui County, Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

... More than four in ten people reported difficulties accessing medical care and medications, compared to about one in ten before the fires ....

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Saturday, May 11, 2024
UHERO: 'Population slowing will reduce future growth'
By UHERO @ 2:58 AM :: 1277 Views :: Maui County, Economy, Tourism

... Hawaii’s economy will grow at a slower pace than in past years ....

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Tuesday, April 30, 2024
Unclaimed: Over $15 million in Tax Credits for Low Income Households
By UHERO @ 6:01 PM :: 1076 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tax Credits

... over one third—or $15.3 million—went unclaimed ....

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Tuesday, April 30, 2024
Wealth by Association? How Social Networks Drive Inequality in Hawaii
By UHERO @ 6:00 PM :: 1193 Views :: Education K-12, Development

... disparities exist in local schools ....

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Monday, April 22, 2024
How does Hawai‘i’s economic geography affect its healthcare industry?
By UHERO @ 9:42 PM :: 878 Views :: Health Care, Cost of Living

... The state’s high cost of living likely compounds these problems by hindering the recruitment of healthcare professionals ....

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Thursday, March 21, 2024
Mortgage Delinquencies Spike After Lahaina Fires
By UHERO @ 6:38 PM :: 1523 Views :: Maui County, Hawaii Statistics

... In total, 296 mortgages have been delinquent sometime in the period between August and November 2023; only 17 of which had already been delinquent in July 2023 prior to the fires .....

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Monday, March 4, 2024
UHERO: Regulations Double Cost of New Condos in Hawaii
By UHERO @ 4:22 PM :: 3209 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... regulatory costs $387,000 per unit ....

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Friday, February 23, 2024
UHERO: Hawaii Economy Slowing
By UHERO @ 6:17 AM :: 1409 Views :: Maui County, Economy, COVID-19

... disasters from COVID to Lahaina are the only thing holding Hawaii's economy together ....

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Tuesday, February 20, 2024
Hawaiʻi’s future jobs: 70% require postsecondary education by 2031
By UHERO @ 1:55 PM :: 1414 Views :: Economy, Higher Education

“...I think there is a misconception now that there are jobs that are great right here in Hawaiʻi that you can get right after high school with just a high school diploma and that’s just not the case....”

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Thursday, February 8, 2024
UHERO: After Six Months of 'Relief' Lahaina Survivors Health Worsens
By UHERO @ 3:30 PM :: 1464 Views :: Maui County, Hawaii Statistics

... About half of Maui residents impacted by the August wildfires say their health is worse now compared to a year ago ....

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Tuesday, November 7, 2023
Homeowner Politics and Housing Supply
By UHERO @ 12:48 AM :: 1755 Views :: Development, Land Use

... councillors representing a higher number of homeowners are more likely to oppose housing bills ....

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Tuesday, October 24, 2023
UHERO: Reduce fire risk with regulation, restoration of fallow ag lands
By UHERO @ 10:12 PM :: 1798 Views :: Maui County, Agriculture, Land Use

... Fallow agricultural lands now comprise approximately 40% of all agricultural lands or 25% of lands across the state ....

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Tuesday, October 24, 2023
Honolulu Businesses Invited to Participate in Small Business Survey
By UHERO @ 9:25 PM :: 899 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business

... Results from this survey will help the city allocate resources to better support the business community ....

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Thursday, September 28, 2023
New dashboard highlights areas of Hawaiʻi housing crisis
By UHERO @ 10:04 PM :: 2021 Views :: Development, Hawaii Statistics, Land Use, Cost of Living

... customize data reports based on location, with information such as property and rental market, demographics, zoning and housing stock ....

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Friday, September 22, 2023
Wildfires deliver heavy blow to Maui economy
By UHERO @ 4:30 PM :: 1741 Views :: Maui County, Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... Hawaii economists say Lahaina locals could be priced out of rebuilt town without zoning changes  ....

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Saturday, September 9, 2023
Economic Perspective of Maui’s Devastating Wildfires
By UHERO @ 3:35 AM :: 1792 Views :: Maui County, Economy

“Tourism…dropped off the edge of the Earth.”

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Friday, September 1, 2023
UHERO: Maui wildfire impacts and recovery challenges
By UHERO @ 4:28 AM :: 1513 Views :: Maui County

... displaced families are now searching for housing in one of the nation’s most expensive markets ....

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Wednesday, August 23, 2023
Solar Users Hit Hard by HECO 'Time of Use' Rate Increases
By UHERO @ 11:03 PM :: 3574 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

... NEM solar users bills increase: 100%, 200%, or more ... 

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Tuesday, August 15, 2023
What Does It Mean for HTA to be Administratively Attached to DBEDT?
By UHERO @ 9:07 PM :: 2079 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tourism

... HRS Chapter 26-35 spells out the requirements that apply to an agency administratively attached to a state department ....

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Wednesday, July 12, 2023
35 Years of Stagnation: Tourism Income Flat Since 1988
By UHERO @ 4:36 PM :: 5807 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... in recent decades visitor spending stopped growing while the number of tourists continued to increase ....

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Saturday, July 1, 2023
Long COVID and Unemployment in Hawaii
By UHERO @ 8:50 PM :: 1809 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, COVID-19

...Roughly 10-30% of people who get COVID, suffer persistent symptoms colloquially known as “long COVID”....

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Friday, May 12, 2023
Promise and peril for Hawaiʻi’s economy, UHERO forecasts
By UHERO @ 6:01 PM :: 2064 Views :: Economy

... A national recession will weigh on Hawaiʻi later this year ....

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Monday, April 24, 2023
UHERO: Effect of Eliminating all Short-term vacation rentals?
By UHERO @ 5:30 PM :: 2836 Views :: Tourism, Cost of Living

... In Waikiki, Lahaina, and Kihei, 10,000s of hotel condo units were built as STRs in the 1980s and 1990s long before anybody ever heard of AirBnB and long before the recent housing inflation.  'Removing all STRs' would include stripping these units of their rights.  You are not supposed to notice this fatuous little trick, but now you have ....

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Sunday, April 9, 2023
UHERO: Hawaii needs a Super-HTA with 'Authority and Force to Require Others to Carry out the Plan'
By UHERO @ 4:01 PM :: 2378 Views :: Tourism

"...HTA’s statutory authority lacks force .... HTA did not have sufficient authority or resources to require others to help carry out (the) plan...."

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Friday, March 3, 2023
UHERO: Public Campaign Financing for Hawaii?
By UHERO @ 11:00 AM :: 1771 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment

... Hawai‘i has had a system of partial public financing in place for more than forty years, but few candidates participate ....

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Monday, February 13, 2023
HB1049: Avoiding disincentives in new affordability plan
By UHERO @ 11:41 PM :: 1460 Views :: Tax Credits

... Policy “cliffs” occur when a large benefit is suddenly withdrawn when income exceeds some threshold, even if by only $1. Cliffs may also reduce incentives to work and earn more ....

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Thursday, January 5, 2023
Hawaii COVID Economy: Working only Two Jobs Instead of Three
By UHERO @ 3:26 PM :: 2063 Views :: Economy, COVID-19

... "7.2% of the individuals were furloughed, or reduced their working hours while 6.6% of them reported having someone in their family furloughed or reducing working hours" ....

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Saturday, December 17, 2022
UHERO: Severe economic downturn unlikely for Hawaiʻi
By UHERO @ 1:54 AM :: 1770 Views :: Economy, Tourism

... Rising interest rates, dwindling pandemic era savings and the coming U.S. downturn will cause a pause in growth next year. But the belated recovery of the Japanese visitor market and surging public sector construction will prevent a recession in the islands ....

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Wednesday, December 14, 2022
​The effects of the pandemic on the economy of Hawaii
By UHERO @ 10:58 PM :: 1962 Views :: Economy, COVID-19

... comparing the actual outcomes during the affected period with the pre-pandemic forecast ....

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Monday, November 14, 2022
UHERO: Visitors-only fee may be illegal
By UHERO @ 6:44 PM :: 2140 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes, Tourism

... Rethinking HTA’s “Regenerative Tourism Fee” ....

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Sunday, October 30, 2022
Supply-side constraints to expanding Hawaii residential housing
By UHERO @ 3:10 AM :: 1963 Views :: Development, Land Use

... UHERO Executive Director Carl Bonham participated in a panel on supply-side constraints to expanding residential housing at the Hawaii Economic Association’s 2022 Annual Conference ....

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Thursday, October 27, 2022
Hawai‘i Tourism in Search of the Promised Land
By UHERO @ 11:59 PM :: 1570 Views :: Tourism

"...The problem has been implementation...."

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Friday, September 23, 2022
UHERO: US recession will weigh on Hawaii’s recovery
By UHERO @ 12:23 PM :: 1734 Views :: Economy

... high inflation, higher travel costs, and the Fed’s interest rate hikes will still adversely impact Hawaii households and businesses ....

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Monday, August 22, 2022
To Tax or Not to Tax Sale of Food and Medicine
By UHERO @ 4:19 AM :: 1821 Views :: Taxes, Cost of Living

... taxes on the purchases of those expenditures disproportionately hurt low income households ....

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Monday, June 20, 2022
UHERO Study Looks at Current COVID Surge in Hawaii
By UHERO @ 7:13 AM :: 1531 Views :: COVID-19

... almost 1 in 3 adults in Hawai‘i infected with COVID-19 experience Long-COVID ....

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Tuesday, June 14, 2022
How much profit are private labs earning from PCR testing?
By UHERO @ 12:00 PM :: 2155 Views :: Economy, Health Care, COVID-19

“...In many concentrated insurance markets such as Hawaiʻi, insurers have few incentives to negotiate lower prices. They can easily pass these costs onto premiums without losing market share....”

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Sunday, May 15, 2022
UHERO: Effects of COVID-19 vaccine mandates on Hawaii Businesses
By UHERO @ 8:02 PM :: 1748 Views :: Small Business, COVID-19

... on September 13, 2021, the counties of Honolulu and Maui mandated that customers and employees provide proof of full vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test ....

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Thursday, May 12, 2022
UHERO: Real income will decline 5% this year
By UHERO @ 3:00 PM :: 1995 Views :: Economy, Tourism, Cost of Living

... Inflation in the Islands hit 7.5% in March ....

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Sunday, April 24, 2022
UHERO: Astronomy impact on Hawaiʻi even greater with ‘spillover’ effects
By UHERO @ 5:23 PM :: 1965 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Higher Education

... The extent of astronomy’s economic impact on the state goes well beyond the standard economic measurements when “spillover” effects are included ....

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Wednesday, April 20, 2022
The cost of “excess inflation” in Hawaii
By UHERO @ 12:02 AM :: 2299 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... inflation has not been over 7.5% since 1991 ....

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Thursday, April 14, 2022
VIDEO: Measuring the Burden of Housing Regulation in Hawaii
By UHERO @ 6:44 AM :: 2202 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... One of the factors that may explain Hawaii’s high home prices are government regulations that limit the ability of the housing market to create the units necessary to meet demand ....

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Sunday, March 6, 2022
UHERO: Economic Recovery Comes with End of COVID Restrictions
By UHERO @ 4:24 PM :: 2035 Views :: Economy, Tourism, COVID-19

... Optimistic UHERO forecast with Omicron end, expected return of international visitors ....

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Friday, January 7, 2022
UHERO: ​Effects of COVID-19 vaccine mandates in Hawai‘i
By UHERO @ 9:20 PM :: 3278 Views :: Labor, Small Business, COVID-19

... the trade-off in temporary losses during the adjustment period is met with significant gains in public health ....

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Friday, December 17, 2021
UHERO: Renewed international travel restrictions reduce near-term visitor outlook
By UHERO @ 4:15 PM :: 2274 Views :: Economy, Tourism, COVID-19

... Economic recovery resumed with the end of Hawaii’s COVID-19 wave. Now Omicron is a new threat .... 

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Wednesday, November 3, 2021
SB666: Unconstitutional Entry Fee for Tourists
By UHERO @ 5:37 PM :: 2366 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

... lump-sum entry fees assessed on visitors only are legally problematic in the U.S. as they may be judged to impede travel between states and discriminate against non-residents in violation of the U.S. Constitution and federal laws ....

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Friday, October 22, 2021
UHERO Looks at Maui County Plan to Impose $1.17B Tax Hike on Housing
By UHERO @ 2:42 AM :: 2491 Views :: Maui County, Taxes, Cost of Living

... How to build affordable housing?  Impose a $1.169 billion tax on housing.  Clue: 'Boondoggle' ....

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Friday, October 15, 2021
UHERO: Hawaii Needs to Focus on Developing Good Governance in Managing Tourism
By UHERO @ 12:14 AM :: 1800 Views :: Tourism

... a difficult obstacle stands in the way of achieving the HTA action plans:  “HTA lacks authority over state and county agencies.” ....

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Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Hawaii COVID-19 Business Mandates Boost Vaccination Rate 8%
By UHERO @ 11:55 PM :: 2260 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, COVID-19

... an additional 8% of employees were estimated to have been vaccinated as a result of the mandates. We also observed that 5.9% of employees elected regular COVID-19 testing, while 1.7% were either dismissed or resigned ....

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