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Sunday, December 5, 2021
Kauai Wipes out 1,450 illegal TVRs
By News Release @ 4:37 PM :: 3373 Views :: Kauai County, Law Enforcement, Small Business, Tourism

“...With a combined effort of increased enforcement, as well as partnerships with third-party platforms such as Expedia, the Kaua‘i Planning Department estimates that illegal vacation rentals on Kaua‘i have gone from roughly 1,500 in 2017 down to less than 50 today....”

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Friday, November 19, 2021
COVID-19 regulations aren’t cost-free
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:16 PM :: 2163 Views :: Labor, Small Business, COVID-19

... ignoring the full cost is tantamount to malpractice ....

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Tuesday, November 16, 2021
Government regulations get thumbs down in Hawaii survey
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:26 PM :: 1988 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

... Solid majorities agree there are too many regulations and they hurt small businesses ....

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Thursday, November 11, 2021
Spying on You: Hawaii Insurer Testing 'Accident Predictive System' Based on 'Drive Recorder' in Cars
By News Release @ 4:29 PM :: 2038 Views :: Higher Education, Small Business

... when a risk of an accident is detected by the algorithm based on the data captured by the drive recorder, effective safety measures such as notifying the operations manager of the relevant company and/or encouraging the driver to take a break ....

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Wednesday, November 10, 2021
Judge tosses claims over King’s Hawaiian rolls packaging
By Court House News @ 5:39 AM :: 2188 Views :: Small Business

... A logo depicting a crown slightly evocative of a pineapple alongside "Hilo, Hawaii" did not persuade a federal judge to accept claims that King's Hawaiian misleads customers into believing its rolls are actually made in Hawaii ....

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Monday, November 8, 2021
State Launches ABLE Savings Program for Disabled
By News Release @ 7:05 PM :: 2167 Views :: Health Care, Labor, Small Business

... In 2019, Gov. Ige signed Kal’s Law, which allowed individuals with a qualifying disability to work full-time at minimum wage without losing state or federal benefits. This year, Gov. Ige signed a bill that became Act 55 — which removes the practice of paying individuals a sub-minimum wage based solely on the fact the individual has a disability ....

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Wednesday, November 3, 2021
Ige Eases COVID Rules for Gyms, Bars, Restaurants
By News Release @ 2:55 AM :: 2793 Views :: Small Business, Tourism, COVID-19

... Kawakami: New state order ‘essentially forces’ vaccine requirements ....

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Sunday, October 31, 2021
2021 State Business Tax Climate Index -- Hawaii 38th
By Tax Foundation @ 4:50 PM :: 4035 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

... the Index is designed to show how well states structure their tax systems and provides a road map for improvement ....

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Tuesday, October 26, 2021
VIDEO: How Hawaii Scares Entrepreneurs Away
By Video @ 2:05 AM :: 2565 Views :: Economy, Small Business

... Gerard Dericks, Ph.D., is the new director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Education at Hawaii Pacific University ....

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Thursday, October 21, 2021
Honolulu Bookkeeper Indicted for $1.2 Million Fraud and Money Laundering
By News Release @ 11:17 PM :: 1416 Views :: OHA, Small Business

... six counts of wire fraud and seven counts of money laundering ....

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Thursday, October 21, 2021
State of Hawaii Launches 'Non-Fungible Token' Scheme
By News Release @ 2:20 PM :: 2242 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

... Eminem is an 'investor' ....

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Wednesday, October 20, 2021
The real enemy of aloha is uncertainty
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:06 AM :: 2083 Views :: Small Business, COVID-19

... Why are some businesses treated differently than others? When will we be able to return to normal? Are any of these restrictions really saving lives? ....

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Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Hawaii COVID-19 Business Mandates Boost Vaccination Rate 8%
By UHERO @ 11:55 PM :: 2168 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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Saturday, October 9, 2021
BLNR Rejects Aquarium Fishing EIS
By News Release @ 3:55 AM :: 2018 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

... Six board members voted to deny the FEIS, and one abstained ....

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Wednesday, September 29, 2021
HTA: Vacation Rentals Decline Sharply from 2019 Records
By News Release @ 3:06 AM :: 2068 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Tourism

... In August 2021, the total monthly supply of statewide vacation rentals was 616,900 unit nights (+73.0% vs. 2020, -32.7% vs. 2019) ....

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Wednesday, September 29, 2021
NOAA-Supported Aquaculture Projects Seek to Build Hawaiʻi Seafood Sustainability
By News Release @ 12:28 AM :: 2506 Views :: Environment, Agriculture, Small Business

... Aquaculture projects with Hawaiian sea cucumbers and goatfish could benefit ancient fishponds and commercial aquaculture operators .... 

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Friday, September 24, 2021
HDoT Revokes Plan to Terminate Dillingham Airfield
By News Release @ 4:39 AM :: 2354 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, Tourism

... Members from the HDOT, U.S. Army, Congress, Executive Office, Legislature, Aircraft Owners and Pilot Association (AOPA), tenants and community members have been meeting every few weeks for the past nine months as a collaborative effort to help save the airfield ....

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Friday, September 17, 2021
UHERO ​Survey on COVID-19 Business Mandates
By UHERO @ 4:19 AM :: 2150 Views :: Small Business, COVID-19

... conducting a brief 10-minute survey for business managers and owners to understand the impacts of the new COVID-19 vaccination and testing requirements on their business ....

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Thursday, September 16, 2021
Restaurant Defies Oahu’s new COVID rules--Gets Red Tagged
By News Release @ 6:19 PM :: 3007 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, COVID-19

... DOH Food Safety Branch has issued a Cease and Desist Order and a red “closed” placard to Doner Shack ....

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Tuesday, September 14, 2021
How COVID Rules Affect Maui Businesses
By Video @ 3:02 AM :: 2438 Views :: Maui County, Small Business, COVID-19

... Questions include whether the mandates are practical, whether they are supported by data, and whether they are narrowly tailored to achieve a specific goal without violating the freedoms of Maui residents generally ....

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Tuesday, August 31, 2021
Rep Okimoto: Vaccine passport will increase spread among unvaccinated
By News Release @ 11:45 PM :: 2890 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, COVID-19

... if you implement a policy that segregates the vaccinated with the unvaccinated, we're inadvertently incentivizing the unvaccinated community to gather and spread COVID within their own communities ....

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Monday, August 30, 2021
City Launches Vaccine Pass System for Restaurants, Bars, Gyms
By News Release @ 11:43 PM :: 2854 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, COVID-19

... City launches “Safe Access O‘ahu” program to help protect businesses, employees and customers ....

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Saturday, August 28, 2021
Supreme Court Rules Against the Revised CDC Eviction Moratorium
By Selected News Articles @ 2:36 PM :: 2161 Views :: Small Business, COVID-19

... Here is the Supreme Court majority's explanation of why the moratorium is illegal ....

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Friday, August 27, 2021
SCOTUS Strikes Down CDC Eviction Moratorium And Leaves Tantalizing Clues About Takings
By Robert Thomas @ 11:48 PM :: 2613 Views :: Small Business, COVID-19

... The other shoe -- perhaps the most predictable shoe drop in legal history -- dropped yesterday ....

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Tuesday, August 24, 2021
Large organized gatherings to be suspended on O‘ahu beginning Aug. 25, 2021
By News Release @ 7:38 PM :: 2800 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, COVID-19

... The modification will be in effect for 28 days ....

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Tuesday, August 24, 2021
Oahu Workplace Survey: 1 in 3 Already Have Vaccine Mandate
By UHERO @ 4:58 AM :: 2691 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, COVID-19

... The largest businesses of 50 or more employees reported the lowest proportion of vaccinations at their workplaces ....

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Tuesday, August 24, 2021
​City submits revised short-term rental bill to Planning Commission
By News Release @ 1:33 AM :: 3005 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, Tourism

... would not allow any new STRs in residential areas, but allow STRs adjacent to existing resort areas ....

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Sunday, August 15, 2021
The Time Tax
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2249 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

... government not only taxes people by taking their money, but also imposes administrative burdens that waste countless precious hours of people’s time ....

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Wednesday, August 11, 2021
COVID Cash: Honolulu Rent and Utility Program Reopens
By News Release @ 11:53 PM :: 9374 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, COVID-19

... Higher income limits mean more Oʻahu renters can qualify ....

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Wednesday, August 11, 2021
New website consolidates Hawaii remote work opportunities
By News Release @ 11:42 PM :: 1788 Views :: Small Business

... invest.hawaii.gov/remote provides residents with direct links to partners of the Hawai‘i Remote Work Pilot Project and the local American Job Center (AJC)....

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Saturday, August 7, 2021
Eviction Ban Extension Only Applies to People who Apply for Aid
By News Release @ 12:09 AM :: 2606 Views :: Law Enforcement, Small Business, COVID-19

... The CDC’s Eviction Order only applies to “covered persons.” To be eligible, tenants/renters must attest that they have used best efforts to obtain all available governmental assistance for housing ....

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Tuesday, August 3, 2021
Guam Mango Seizure Unconstitutional
By Robert Thomas @ 12:00 PM :: 2352 Views :: Judiciary, Small Business

... "[i]n the case before us, the government is not merely restricting what Genpro may do with its dried mangoes, it is compelling the physical surrender of the mangoes to WSTCO." ....

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Friday, July 30, 2021
Victorino signs agreements with Expedia and Airbnb to curb illegal TVRs
By News Release @ 10:40 PM :: 3200 Views :: Maui County, Law Enforcement, Small Business, Tourism

... Both platforms will now require host-provided tax map key numbers to appear on online listings ....

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Wednesday, July 28, 2021
Vacation Rental Use up 910% from 2020
By News Release @ 10:41 AM :: 2535 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Tourism

... but down 32.9% vs. 2019 ....

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Friday, July 23, 2021
Where's the aloha for Hawaii bar owners?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:51 PM :: 2818 Views :: Small Business, Tourism, COVID-19

... Hawaii’s bars might be among those that have suffered the most under the confusing COVID-19 tier system ....

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Thursday, July 22, 2021
Lockdowns lower the bar for rule of law
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:33 PM :: 2378 Views :: Small Business, COVID-19

... Bill Comerford tells how Hawaii’s arbitrary lockdowns turned his world upside down ....

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Sunday, July 18, 2021
Shoring Up Water Transportation
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 3166 Views :: Jones Act, Small Business, Cost of Living

... On July 9, 2021, President Biden issued the “Executive Order on Promoting Competition in the American Economy.”  There wasn’t much media coverage ....

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Friday, July 16, 2021
Hawaii Unemployment Rate Drops to 7.7%
By News Release @ 11:12 PM :: 2896 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Small Business

... Hawaii no longer has the nation’s highest unemployment rate ....

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Thursday, July 15, 2021
Ige: Eviction Moratorium Ends August 6
By News Release @ 10:34 PM :: 2239 Views :: Small Business, COVID-19

... Ige today formally notified the Hawai‘i State Legislature and Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald that he will not be issuing any further eviction moratoria once the current moratorium expires on Aug. 6 ....

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Thursday, July 15, 2021
DBEDT Projects Support Military Contracting
By News Release @ 10:20 PM :: 2458 Views :: Military, Small Business

...“The emerging digital and clean energy in Hawai‘i is well aligned with the mission and purpose of Hawaii’s Defense Economy,” said Mike McCartney, director of DBEDT....

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Wednesday, July 14, 2021
Sue and Settle: Eco Group 'Sues' BLNR to Stop Aquarium Fishing
By News Release @ 5:11 AM :: 2774 Views :: Hawaii County , Environment, Small Business

... Today’s complaint, filed in Hawai‘i Circuit Court in Honolulu, challenges the board’s failure to reject the latest environmental impact statement submitted by trade representatives, which the group says violates state environmental protection laws ....

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Friday, July 2, 2021
Akina rides with Perry & The Posse to lament the 'tracks of our tiers'
By News Release @ 5:19 AM :: 2874 Views :: Small Business, Tourism, COVID-19

“Just when you think we’d reached the prize, somebody moves our cheese. But what that really shows is a lack of transparency about the tier system.”

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Tuesday, June 22, 2021
53,000 Unemployed in Hawaiʻi, But State Chamber Dealing with Employee Shortages
By News Release @ 3:55 PM :: 2891 Views :: Labor, Small Business, COVID-19

... in April 2021 the state of Hawaiʻi had 53,000 people unemployed and 27,415 job openings ....

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Monday, June 21, 2021
Four More Unlicensed Crypto Currency Dealers for Hawaii
By News Release @ 4:16 AM :: 3024 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

... Admittance into the DCIL enables the companies to conduct business in Hawaii without first obtaining a state money transmitter license ....

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Wednesday, June 16, 2021
Free Money from the Sky: Another $100 for MEUCs
By News Release @ 9:43 PM :: 2763 Views :: Labor, Small Business, COVID-19

... Department of Labor & Industrial Relations (DLIR) today announced it will start processing MEUC applications beginning on June 17, 2021 ....

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Sunday, June 13, 2021
Taxing Government Largesse
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2928 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, COVID-19

...“Landlords are subject to GET on these amounts whether the payments are received from the tenants or directly from the agency that administers the relief program on behalf of the tenant.”  The same reasoning applies to income tax, federal and state....

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Friday, June 11, 2021
O‘ahu moves into Tier 4 allowing larger group sizes outdoors and improved operations
By News Release @ 3:20 PM :: 3014 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, Tourism, COVID-19

... Social gatherings up to 25 people allowed outdoors ....

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Wednesday, June 9, 2021
DLNR: Tourists Must Pay $20 to Go Fish
By News Release @ 2:12 AM :: 3113 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, Tourism

... Today, Gov. David Ige signed House Bill 1023 into law. It establishes and requires a marine recreational fishing license for all non-Hawai‘i residents ....

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Wednesday, June 9, 2021
HB1019: Ige Signs $30M Fee Hike on Dive Tours
By News Release @ 12:56 AM :: 3139 Views :: Environment, Small Business, Taxes, Tourism

... Depending on tourism numbers, the user fee could generate anywhere from $14 million to more than $30 million over 15 years ....

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Monday, June 7, 2021
Ige Signs Emergency Order Linking Reopening to Vaccination rate
By News Release @ 11:33 PM :: 2875 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business, COVID-19

... eviction moratorium extended, procurement law restored ....

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