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Monday, May 2, 2022
Legislature Burns $1B on 'Affordable Housing'
By News Release @ 5:47 PM :: 2893 Views :: DHHL, Development, Hawaii State Government, Homelessness, Cost of Living

... Housing bills that will be sent to the Governor for his signature include ....

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Sunday, May 1, 2022
VIDEO: Can Youth Solve Hawaii Housing Crisis?
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:38 PM :: 1951 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... Gen-Xers and millennials are “the most viscerally affected by the cost of housing and forced to leave the state to pursue a life elsewhere” ....

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Monday, April 25, 2022
Vacation rental ban won’t solve Hawaii housing crisis
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:25 PM :: 2401 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, Tourism, Cost of Living

... Oahu tightened the screws in 2019. Yet, housing prices still went up. Even when vacation rental usage declined during the lockdowns, it didn’t result in a significant drop in housing costs....

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Thursday, April 21, 2022
How Much Food Costs in Hawaii, Compared to the Nation
By Selected News Articles @ 2:35 PM :: 2696 Views :: Family, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... In Hawaii, a family of four can expect to spend an average of $14,042 on food in 2022, the highest amount among states ....

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Wednesday, April 20, 2022
The cost of “excess inflation” in Hawaii
By UHERO @ 12:02 AM :: 2281 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

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

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Tuesday, April 19, 2022
86% Of Renters Can’t Afford to Buy Home in Honolulu
By News Release @ 3:55 PM :: 1836 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... On Maui, it's 90% ....

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Tuesday, April 19, 2022
Hawaii Banks Charging More Than Payday Lenders for Small Loans
By Selected News Articles @ 3:38 PM :: 2557 Views :: Ethics, Cost of Living

... FDIC-supervised institutions’ prices equal or surpass payday lenders’ in Hawaii ....

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Saturday, April 16, 2022
UHERO is my new housing policy hero
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:56 PM :: 2287 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... Delays, zoning rules and a long pathway to approval make homebuilding difficult and expensive ....

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Friday, April 15, 2022
How Much it Costs to House a Family of 4 in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 4:02 PM :: 2043 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... This amount reflects both housing and utilities costs for a modest two-bedroom rental ....

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Thursday, April 14, 2022
VIDEO: Measuring the Burden of Housing Regulation in Hawaii
By UHERO @ 6:44 AM :: 2194 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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Friday, April 8, 2022
Hawaii Land Use Policy Designed to Keep Housing Expensive
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:06 PM :: 1893 Views :: Land Use, Cost of Living

... Research showing the need to liberalize Hawaii’s land-use and zoning laws is out there for all to see, and more is forthcoming ....

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Thursday, April 7, 2022
KIUC Rate Hikes Far Lower than HECO's
By News Release @ 3:10 PM :: 2609 Views :: Kauai County, Energy, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Kauaʻi’s power generation mix for 2021 included 45% solar, 14% hydro and 11% biomass ....

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Wednesday, April 6, 2022
Where Hawaii Ranks: American cities with the highest rents
By News Release @ 7:38 PM :: 1895 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Urban Honolulu is #2 in USA ....

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Sunday, April 3, 2022
Honolulu job growth outpacing new housing supply 32-1
By Selected News Articles @ 1:33 AM :: 1905 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Cost of Living

... When the demand far outweighs the available properties in a given area, costs get artificially driven up ....

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Wednesday, March 30, 2022
Vacant Homes? Hawaii Ranks 18th
By News Release @ 1:58 AM :: 1772 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... when it comes to vacant homes, Hawaii is just average.  This demonstrates that home vacancy rates do not correspond with housing costs ....

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Monday, March 28, 2022
Hawaii 4th Highest Gas Tax in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 4:23 AM :: 2265 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes, Cost of Living

... Including the federal tax, taxes account for 13.8% of the average price of a gallon of gas in the state ....

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Monday, March 28, 2022
33,234 in Hawaii Behind on Mortgage
By Selected News Articles @ 3:50 AM :: 1726 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... in Hawaii 9.6% of mortgage holders are behind on their payments ....

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Sunday, March 27, 2022
A Bold Step Forward from Diapers
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2259 Views :: Family, Taxes, Cost of Living

... people on the lower end of the income spectrum spend comparatively more of their hard-earned dollars on general excise tax ....

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Saturday, March 26, 2022
Study: Hawaii sells the most expensive Starbucks in America
By Selected News Articles @ 12:00 PM :: 2642 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... $3.92 for a Tall Latte ....

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Thursday, March 24, 2022
Hawaii: 13,400 Renters May Soon Face Eviction
By Selected News Articles @ 6:42 PM :: 2332 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living, COVID-19

... Hawaii is home to some 70,410 renters who owe their landlords rent, and an estimated 19.1% of them reported being either somewhat likely or very likely to face eviction in the coming months - the fourth smallest share among states ....

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Tuesday, March 22, 2022
Hawaii Residents Spend Most on Groceries--as a Percentage of Income
By News Release @ 10:55 PM :: 2134 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Top 5: Hawaii, Mississippi, Kentucky, Maine, Kansas.   High income Hawaii is more costly--as a proportion of income--than the other four which are low income states ....

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Tuesday, March 22, 2022
Hawaii Steepest Housing Cost Increases in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 3:20 AM :: 1950 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... In terms of dollar figures, Hawaii spent the last two years in a class by itself. The state tallied the steepest increases in the country across every category and every time period throughout the entirety of the pandemic. ....

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Saturday, March 19, 2022
HB1837 HD1 a good vehicle for identifying Hawaii housing barriers
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:44 PM :: 1784 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... first step toward identifying the regulatory barriers that restrain homebuilding in Hawaii and has led to the state’s notoriously high cost of housing ....

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Saturday, March 19, 2022
ALOHA homes proposal 'fundamentally flawed'
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:49 AM :: 1572 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Cost of Living

... the ALOHA homes program as currently envisioned in this bill would result in an expensive, nonsustainable government project that would fail to effectively assist those it is intended to help ....

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Friday, March 18, 2022
Your house probably made more than you did last year
By News Release @ 9:06 PM :: 1933 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Expensive coastal markets in California and Hawaii saw home value growth wallop local median incomes by the largest amounts ....

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Thursday, March 17, 2022
Hawaii highest household net worth in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 12:20 PM :: 2471 Views :: Family, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Hawaii took home the top spot for state with the highest median household net worth in 2019 ....

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Thursday, March 17, 2022
Hawaii 4th-Fewest One-Person Households
By Selected News Articles @ 12:10 PM :: 2037 Views :: Family, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... In California and Hawaii, the reason for their relatively few single-person residences could be economics. Both have some of the most expensive housing costs in the nation ....

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Sunday, March 13, 2022
Can we please try some housing policies that work, like the ‘Tokyo model’?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:18 PM :: 2531 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... Hawaii had robust housing construction up until about 1972 or 1973, but then it collapsed and it has never recovered ....

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Wednesday, March 9, 2022
'Tokyo Model' Can Create More Housing for Hawaii
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:00 PM :: 2403 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... how Tokyo’s deregulation of its housing market resulted in more housing availability and affordable housing prices ....

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Tuesday, March 8, 2022
How Hawaii’s Spike in Gas Prices Compares to the Nation
By Selected News Articles @ 9:38 PM :: 2467 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Hawaii gasoline prices are increasing more slowly than other states .... 

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Saturday, March 5, 2022
Inflation: 49% of Hawaii Households Have Difficulty with Monthly Bills
By Selected News Articles @ 3:09 AM :: 1791 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Changing economic conditions are making it more difficult for people to afford household expenses ....

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Wednesday, March 2, 2022
​Revised minimum wage bill takes legislators off the hot seat
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:26 PM :: 1894 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

... HB2510 HD1 proposes increasing Hawaii’s mandatory minimum wage to $18 an hour by 2030, followed by a variable annual increase in the minimum wage thereafter ....

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Saturday, February 26, 2022
Jones Act a threat to Hawaii security?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:57 PM :: 2362 Views :: Jones Act, Military, Cost of Living

... for years, Hawaii has been getting about one-third of its crude oil from Russia ....

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Friday, February 25, 2022
HB2278: Fuel tax damage will far outweigh measly tax credit
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:59 AM :: 2951 Views :: Energy, Environment, Tax Credits, Taxes, Cost of Living

... The gasoline tax in 2035 will be $33.16 a barrel ....

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Monday, February 21, 2022
Hawaii Cost of Living 93% Above US Average
By Selected News Articles @ 2:08 AM :: 3349 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... the cost of living in Hawaii ranks as the highest among states ....

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Saturday, February 19, 2022
Small businesses would be paying for wage hike in more ways than one
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:47 AM :: 2171 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

... minimum wage hikes kill jobs for teens, young adults, and the less educated ....

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Wednesday, February 16, 2022
Change in Long-Term Care Costs in Hawaii Mixed
By News Release @ 11:32 PM :: 2182 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Cost of Living

... in Hawaii the increase in the cost for assisted living facility care surpassed the national trend while the increase in costs for home care services was less than what was seen nationally ....

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Sunday, February 13, 2022
Audio: Grassroot Debates Living Wage Hawaii
By Audio @ 4:28 AM :: 2167 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

... Hawaii Public Radio considered the question, with Jensen Ahokovi of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii contending such an increase would likely cause more harm than good.  Also on the program was Nate Hix, director of Living Wage Hawaii; HPR’s Catherine Cruz was host and moderator ....

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Sunday, February 13, 2022
HB1919: No GE Tax on Food, Medical Care and Feminine Hygiene Products
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:07 AM :: 2377 Views :: Health Care, Taxes, Cost of Living

... the regressive general excise tax is one of the reasons for Hawaii’s high cost of living ....

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Sunday, February 13, 2022
America’s Rising Housing Prices
By Selected News Articles @ 3:27 AM :: 2340 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... In 1961, Hawaii became the first state in the nation to pass a growth-management law. ...

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Wednesday, February 9, 2022
Who's Overpaying for Cars--16 Hawaii Towns Compared
By Selected News Articles @ 3:50 PM :: 1697 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... auto-loan balances have grown ....

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Sunday, February 6, 2022
ALOHA Homes: Unintended Consequences
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:49 PM :: 1882 Views :: Development, Cost of Living

... the ALOHA homes program as currently envisioned in this bill would result in an expensive, nonsustainable government project that would fail to effectively assist those it is intended to help ....

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Friday, February 4, 2022
HECO Offers Electric Car Chargers 58% Discount on Electricity
By News Release @ 2:45 PM :: 2824 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

... New pilot program to offer lower rate as incentive for businesses, building owners to host EV chargers ....

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Wednesday, February 2, 2022
Tunnel Vision
By Joni Kamiya @ 5:55 PM :: 4899 Views :: Agriculture, Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living, GMOs

... The legislature appears to be dead set on ignoring the entire impact of short term solutions and catchy soundbites ....

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Sunday, January 30, 2022
Hawaii Second Highest Homelessness Rate in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 3:51 AM :: 4689 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Homelessness, Cost of Living

... In Hawaii, an estimated 6,458 people are experiencing homelessness - or about 45.6 for every 10,000 people, the second highest homeless rate among states ....

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Saturday, January 29, 2022
Minimum debate over minimum wage
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:44 PM :: 3562 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

... the Senate has tried to avoid any real debate on the issue ....

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Thursday, January 27, 2022
​Hawaii businesses say proposed minimum wage hike would hurt
By Selected News Articles @ 3:09 AM :: 3819 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

... 21% of the chamber’s businesses said the proposed minimum wage increase would put them out of business ....

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Tuesday, January 25, 2022
Minimum Wage Hike? You can be replaced by a Robot
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:16 AM :: 4093 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

... businesses cut hours, turn to technology or even cut jobs in order to mitigate the higher costs ....

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Sunday, January 23, 2022
Where People from Hawaii Are Moving to the Most
By Selected News Articles @ 5:47 PM :: 5854 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... In a 2019 poll by Pacific Resource Partnership, 45% of the island residents surveyed said they were leaving the state or considering a move. Of those contemplating leaving, 47% named the cost of living as the most important reason ....  

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Saturday, January 1, 2022
Native Hawaiian Access to Healthcare is a Symptom of a Statewide Problem
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:38 PM :: 3396 Views :: Health Care, OHA, Taxes, Cost of Living

... “Hawaiʻi is the ʻmost hostile health environment to practice in," physician says ....

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