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Monday, May 22, 2023
Hawaii Residents Furthest Behind on Retirement Savings
By Selected News Articles @ 4:17 PM :: 2056 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Hawaii’s ideal savings benchmark is $1,813,768. But the average retirement fund there contains just $366,776. That’s 80% off the mark ....

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Tuesday, May 16, 2023
HECO Admits De-carbonization Means Rate Hikes
By News Release @ 2:37 AM :: 1926 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

"...Hawaiian Electric’s modeling shows that...energy rates may rise in the near-term transition to clean energy...."

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Monday, May 15, 2023
Honolulu Lowest Starting Salaries in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 5:45 PM :: 2160 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... 2023’s Best & Worst Places to Start a Career ....

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Monday, May 15, 2023
Got $1.5M? You Can Retire in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 5:04 AM :: 2210 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Hawaii residents can reasonably expect to spend, on average, $1,501,762 over the course of their retirement starting at age 65, the highest amount of all states ....

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Thursday, May 11, 2023
ALICE Hawaii: $104,052 is 'Household Survival Budget'
By News Release @ 3:00 AM :: 2419 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... $104,052 Household Survival Budget drops to $85,812 when CTC (Child Tax Credit) and CDCTC (Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit) are applied ....

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Wednesday, May 3, 2023
​DOD Implements New Overseas Cost-of-Living Allowance Adjustment Process
By News Release @ 4:19 PM :: 2125 Views :: Military, Cost of Living

... Many of the locations that we will see initially will be in areas such as Hawaii, Guam, Japan and other locations in the [U.S. Indo-Pacific Command] theater .... 

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Tuesday, May 2, 2023
Worst State for Nurses -- Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 8:00 PM :: 2280 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Cost of Living

... Annual Nursing Salary When Adjusted for Cost of Living ....

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Tuesday, May 2, 2023
Honolulu: Where You Can Earn Six Figures and Still Be Broke
By Selected News Articles @ 12:00 PM :: 2146 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... in Honolulu, spending on the basics is $865 higher than the monthly income for a family of three that earns $100,000 annually ....

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Monday, April 24, 2023
UHERO: Effect of Eliminating all Short-term vacation rentals?
By UHERO @ 5:30 PM :: 2822 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 23, 2023
Wanna know why homebuilders in Hawaii prefer to build mansions?
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:22 PM :: 2874 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... homebuilders say multi-unit projects could be more profitable, but there are just too many rules, regulations and delays to make it worth the effort ....

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Tuesday, April 18, 2023
How Much Home You Can Buy for $200K in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 5:56 AM :: 2653 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... 300 square feet, smallest in USA ....

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Wednesday, April 12, 2023
Fixing Hawaii’s Transportation System; A Dose of the Private Sector Would Help
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:09 AM :: 2400 Views :: Jones Act, Rail, Cost of Living

... how Hawai'i can reduce the costs and the improve service quality of its various mass transportation systems ....

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Saturday, April 8, 2023
Hawaii Average Monthly Utility Cost $611.87
By Selected News Articles @ 8:49 PM :: 4030 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Hawaii has the highest electricity price, nearly triple the US average rate, and the state relies on imported petroleum for 60% of its electricity generation ....

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Saturday, April 8, 2023
In Honolulu $100K only worth $36,026
By Selected News Articles @ 6:26 PM :: 2914 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... In Honolulu, $100K amounts to just $36,036 when you consider taxes and the cost of living ....

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Saturday, April 8, 2023
Counties must prioritize property tax relief
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:08 PM :: 1633 Views :: Taxes, Cost of Living

... No one likes the idea of our county governments profiting from Hawaii’s high cost of living.  But that’s what is going to happen soon unless we engineer some property tax relief ....

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Saturday, April 8, 2023
Is there relief for rising property taxes on Oahu?
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:53 AM :: 2645 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Taxes, Cost of Living

... Akina said Hawaii home prices are sky-high because of the scarcity of housing caused by “all the regulation … that developers and individual home builders have to go through in order to renovate or in order to build.” ....

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Thursday, April 6, 2023
Hawaii Minimum salary needed to be happy: $195,300
By Selected News Articles @ 6:04 AM :: 2427 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... but you can settle for emotional well-being at $111,600 ....

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Tuesday, April 4, 2023
Rate Hikes Coming: Hawaiian Electric seeks public comment on draft ‘Integrated Grid Plan: A pathway to a clean energy future’
By News Release @ 4:42 AM :: 2264 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

... Your rates will be going up to pay for the infrastructure we need to make irregular and erratic wind and solar electricity less damaging to our grid ....

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Monday, April 3, 2023
Priced Out: Millennials Buying Cheapest Homes in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 10:36 PM :: 2370 Views :: Development, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... In most US metro areas, millennials are buying homes at prices above the general market.  But in Honolulu millennials are buying homes 4.2% below the market average.  This is the biggest downside gap in any of the 56 large metros studied ....

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Sunday, April 2, 2023
​Is there life after Downtown Walmart?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:47 PM :: 2223 Views :: Development, Cost of Living

... adaptive reuse ....

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Friday, March 31, 2023
2017 cesspool law creating a mess for Hawaii property owners
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:39 PM :: 2276 Views :: Development, Cost of Living

... the state’s mandate to eliminate cesspools is too costly for homeowners ....

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Monday, March 27, 2023
Update Hawaii licensing laws to attract more doctors
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:05 AM :: 1959 Views :: Health Care, Cost of Living

... medical professionals have found Hawaii to be an increasingly uninviting place to practice ....

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Friday, March 17, 2023
Nominee for State Planning Director responsible for Oahu’s High Electricity Costs
By Selected News Articles @ 6:01 AM :: 3448 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

... HECO announced a rate increase of 7% to buy more oil ....

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Friday, March 17, 2023
Hawaii most expensive state to live in--86% Higher than US Average
By Selected News Articles @ 4:33 AM :: 2375 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... State cost of living index: 186 ....

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Wednesday, March 15, 2023
Hawaii Supreme Court rejects Big Island bioenergy plant
By Court House News @ 6:08 AM :: 1779 Views :: Environment, Cost of Living

... Rate hikes and massive amounts of greenhouse gases from a proposed biomass burning power plant would outweigh any benefits, the court found ....

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Wednesday, March 15, 2023
Hawaii has the most expensive gas, nationwide
By Selected News Articles @ 4:19 AM :: 1666 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... over the past year gas prices in Hawaii jumped from $4.57 to $4.88, a 6.8% increase ....

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Sunday, March 12, 2023
Building Vs. Buying: Which Is Cheaper in The Aloha State?
By Selected News Articles @ 3:01 PM :: 2818 Views :: Development, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Hawaii shines as #1 out of only 18 states where it’s more cost-effective to build rather than buy ....

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Monday, March 6, 2023
Link home exemption to increase in home values
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:05 PM :: 1823 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes, Cost of Living

... Bill 40’s proposal would increase the home exemption by a mere 10% and the exemption for older individuals by just 7% ....

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Wednesday, March 1, 2023
Hawai‘i Would Not be the Same Without Hawaiians
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:50 PM :: 2150 Views :: OHA, Cost of Living

... more Hawaiians are moving out of Hawaiʻi every year ....

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Wednesday, March 1, 2023
Hawaii’s Housing Shortage Explained
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:08 PM :: 2608 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... Housing expert says Hawaii fits pattern of areas losing residents ....

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Monday, February 27, 2023
Priced out of paradise
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:27 PM :: 4643 Views :: Cost of Living

... Now living in Seattle, Tongi was asked by judge Lionel Richie, “Why on Earth would you leave Hawaii?” ....

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Wednesday, February 22, 2023
Hawaii Household Bills Among Highest in USA
By News Release @ 10:51 PM :: 1824 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... 2023 U.S. Bill Pay Category Breakout Report ....

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Tuesday, February 21, 2023
Hawaii Prepaid Health Care Act Keeps Employer Insurance Costs High
By Selected News Articles @ 3:26 AM :: 2130 Views :: Health Care, Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

... This can make it very difficult for Hawaii employers to offer HDHPs to their employees ....

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Thursday, February 16, 2023
Hawaii Families Spend 62.3% of Income on Mortgage--Highest in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 2:53 AM :: 1975 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Median Monthly Mortgage Payment: $4,403 ....

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Saturday, February 4, 2023
After Fraudsters Jailed, Auditor Discovers Affordable Housing Program Has no Administrative Rules
By News Release @ 8:15 PM :: 2911 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Development, Cost of Living

... Decades of neglect in monitoring the program has left the department unable to evaluate its success ....

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Saturday, February 4, 2023
Green Affordability Plan: It would be simpler to just cut the tax rate for food
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:12 PM :: 1730 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes, Cost of Living

... Green’s “GAP” plan seeks to provide tax credits for food, rent and child care expenses primarily to Hawaii’s lower- and middle-class families ....

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Thursday, February 2, 2023
Families in Hawaii spend 20.8% of their income on child care
By News Release @ 9:57 PM :: 1645 Views :: Family, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... This is the 5th-highest percentage, nationwide .... 

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Wednesday, February 1, 2023
Biomass plant appeals to Hawaii Supreme Court to begin operations
By Selected News Articles @ 2:53 PM :: 1941 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy, Environment, Cost of Living

... greenhouse gas concerns, as well as the comparatively high cost of biomass electricity ....

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Sunday, January 29, 2023
Are Zoning Laws the Cause of Hawaii's Housing Crisis?
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:49 PM :: 1843 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... Arbitrary Lines: How Zoning Broke the American City and How to Fix It ....

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Sunday, January 29, 2023
High cost of living drives family, friends out of Hawaii
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:20 PM :: 1837 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... More than 15,000 people left Hawaii for the mainland last year ....

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Wednesday, January 25, 2023
​There’s still time to counter higher property taxes
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:00 PM :: 1539 Views :: Taxes, Cost of Living

“They should look for ways to make government cost less and run more efficiently and operate on a leaner budget."

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Tuesday, January 24, 2023
Could this be a good year at the Hawaii Legislature?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 10:54 PM :: 1954 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government, Land Use, Small Business, Cost of Living

... we have high hopes for a few ideas that could make a real difference for our state ....

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Tuesday, January 24, 2023
Hawaii ranked as most expensive state to buy eggs
By Selected News Articles @ 3:36 AM :: 2172 Views :: Agriculture, Small Business, Cost of Living

... the average cost for a dozen eggs in Hawaii is about $9.73. That's 51% higher than a year earlier and 53% higher than #2 Florida ....

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Saturday, January 21, 2023
Hawaii #1 for multigenerational households
By Selected News Articles @ 6:57 PM :: 2181 Views :: Family, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Areas with high living costs, large immigrant populations, and housing shortages are abundant with multigenerational homes ....

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Thursday, January 19, 2023
​Slashing tax rates best way to offset higher property assessments
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:10 PM :: 1403 Views :: Taxes, Cost of Living

... Residential A properties went up 39.9% ....

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Thursday, January 19, 2023
Corruption at every level: Why I left Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:47 PM :: 5028 Views :: Ethics, Cost of Living, COVID-19

... To this day, I still wonder where the $58 million that was earmarked for testing and tracing went or whose pockets it lined ....

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Wednesday, January 18, 2023
Hawaii targets housing reform as Legislature returns
By Selected News Articles @ 3:39 AM :: 1984 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government, Land Use, Tax Credits, Taxes, Cost of Living

... 156 bills are on the current docket to be introduced in the House of Representatives and Senate ....

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Tuesday, January 17, 2023
The COVID Emergency Lives on in Food Stamps
By News Release @ 11:00 AM :: 1567 Views :: Cost of Living, COVID-19

... Governor Josh Green, M.D. signed a sixth emergency proclamation to extend federal funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) emergency allotment benefits, in keeping with ongoing federal COVID relief efforts ....

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Monday, January 16, 2023
Hawaii Worst State to Drive In
By Selected News Articles @ 9:18 PM :: 1350 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... high gas prices, rush-hour traffic congestion and poor road quality ....

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Sunday, January 15, 2023
​How to avert the looming property tax crisis
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 10:10 PM :: 1900 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes, Cost of Living

... Hawaii’s population has been declining for six straight years, and if policymakers don’t do something quickly to avert the looming increase in county property taxes, that is likely to continue ....

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