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Monday, March 4, 2024
Short-term Rental Crackdown: State, County Bills Threaten Residents
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:58 PM :: 70 Views :: Maui County, Small Business, Tourism

... to phase out short-term rentals and impose higher taxes on them ....

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Saturday, March 2, 2024
Short-term rental owners stand firm for their rights
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:35 PM :: 628 Views :: Hawaii County , Small Business, Tourism

... Short-term rental owners in Hawaii could hardly find a better spokesperson for their cause ....

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Wednesday, February 28, 2024
Unlicensed Midwives Sue State
By News Release @ 2:13 PM :: 554 Views :: Health Care, Small Business

... there were no professional licenses in Hawaii before Captain Cook arrived, therefore unlicensed midwifery is 'indigenous' ....

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Sunday, February 25, 2024
Greater usage of cryptocurrency in Hawaii?
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:22 PM :: 430 Views :: Small Business

... After the state Division of Financial Institutions started implementing stringent cryptocurrency regulations in 2014, crypto companies started fleeing the state ....

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Tuesday, February 13, 2024
Liberation of crypto is win for Hawaii
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:35 PM :: 1134 Views :: Small Business

... the state Division of Financial Institutions has quietly decided to let cryptocurrency companies operate freely in Hawaii ....

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Wednesday, February 7, 2024
Kula Fire Recovery: "No one is coming to save you"
By Selected News Articles @ 4:47 PM :: 1432 Views :: Maui County, Development, Small Business

“For a long time, people looked to government like it was their job to take care of everything. But the best course of action is not to go through elected officials, it’s to stand up and do it."

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Monday, February 5, 2024
Court: HMSA Physician Contracts “oppressive, unconscionable, and unenforceable”
By Andrew Walden @ 7:48 PM :: 2835 Views :: Health Care, Small Business

... In a February 2, 2024 Order, 3rd Circuit Judge Robert D S Kim has voided HMSA, HMSA Medicare, and Quest ‘Participating Physician Agreements’ ....

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Saturday, February 3, 2024
DCCA Dumps Mis-Named 'Innovation Lab': Crypto Suddenly Deregulated
By News Release @ 1:20 AM :: 1075 Views :: Small Business

... The Aloha State had persistently earned a virtually worst-in-the-nation popularity for its unfriendliness towards digital currencies—second solely to New York, a state with a Bitlicense that Hawaii was trying to adapt ....

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Monday, January 29, 2024
Senate Sets Triple Hearing on Vacation Rental Bill
By News Release @ 9:06 PM :: 1216 Views :: Development, Small Business, Tourism

... Senate Bill 2919 establishes State Regulations for short-term vacation rentals, allows the counties to adopt zoning ordinances and regulations for the amortization or phasing out of certain land lands or structures, and applies the TAT to shelters and vehicles with, or advertised as including, sleeping accommodations ....

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Sunday, January 28, 2024
Proposed STR regulations pose threat to Hawaii Island economy
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:39 PM :: 1312 Views :: Hawaii County , Economy, Small Business, Tourism

“...30% respondents reported that if there was not a home and vacation rental option during their recent stay in Hawaii, they would not have made the trip....”

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Sunday, January 28, 2024
DoTAX Grabs for Restaurants' COVID Relief Money
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:23 PM :: 1091 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, COVID-19

... restaurants hit with surprise tax bill applicable to the financial aid received under federal Restaurant Revitalization Fund .... 

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Sunday, January 28, 2024
LLC Ownership Secrecy: Oh BOI, More Red Tape for All
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1199 Views :: Ethics, Small Business

... ultra-wealthy oligarchs, bad actors, and others are seeing us—the United States—as a haven where they can park money or assets in entities, like limited liability companies ....

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Tuesday, January 23, 2024
Hawaii Bill Would Legalize Raw Milk Sales
By News Release @ 1:23 PM :: 1017 Views :: Health Care, Small Business

... Passage into law would take an important step toward further rejecting a federal prohibition scheme in practice and effect ....

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Tuesday, January 16, 2024
Hawaii 9th Worst State to Start a Business
By Selected News Articles @ 8:15 PM :: 1115 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

... 2024’s Best & Worst States to Start a Business ....

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Wednesday, January 10, 2024
​Hawaii Isle property tax bill could penalize owners with ohana units
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:45 AM :: 1186 Views :: Hawaii County , Small Business, Cost of Living

... they often foot the bill for property tax increases in the form of higher rent ....

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Sunday, December 31, 2023
Restaurants Getting Cooked
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1959 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

... A number of restaurants are in a pinch recently.  Here’s what happened to them ....

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Thursday, December 28, 2023
Minimum wage jumps to $14 January 1st
By News Release @ 2:18 PM :: 811 Views :: Labor, Small Business

... the minimum wage will increase to $14 per hour beginning on Jan. 1, 2024. Act 114 incrementally increases the minimum wage to $16 per hour Jan. 1, 2026, and to $18 per hour Jan. 1, 2028 ....

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Friday, December 22, 2023
Existing short-term Hawaii rentals may remain in operation, judge rules
By Selected News Articles @ 8:04 AM :: 2056 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, Tourism

... The ordinance that levies heavy fines on short-term rentals in Honolulu remains in effect only for new rentals beginning operations after the ordinance was put in place ....

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Wednesday, December 20, 2023
Army and HDOT Set to Negotiate 50-Year Lease for Dillingham Airfield
By News Release @ 5:32 PM :: 1056 Views :: Military, Small Business, Tourism

... Typically, local commanders are permitted to approve routine five-year leases, however, with HDOT seeking a longer term (50 years), the Army had to seek approval in Washington, D.C. ....

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Saturday, December 16, 2023
Green announces plan to use short-term rentals to help with Maui housing
By Selected News Articles @ 11:59 PM :: 937 Views :: Maui County, Small Business, Tourism

... Should the incentives fail to motivate enough STRs to become available, Green may impose a short-term moratorium by mid-January, he said ....

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Sunday, December 10, 2023
Empowering Food Entrepreneurs: Education, Policy Changes Needed
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:10 AM :: 1069 Views :: Agriculture, Small Business

...there are a few state rules holding them back....

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Sunday, November 26, 2023
Wholesaling:  What You Don’t Know
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1297 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

... you as a taxpayer can never really know, but you can protect yourself ....

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Tuesday, November 21, 2023
DOBOR: We Knew Surf School Bidding Was Rigged
By News Release @ 5:35 PM :: 1940 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Small Business

... After 'randomly' choosing four companies it turned out three of them are owned by the same person. ...

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Friday, November 17, 2023
Hawaii job count increases by 6,600
By Selected News Articles @ 2:26 PM :: 1303 Views :: Kauai County, Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

... unemployment on Maui Island stands at 7.4% ....

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Tuesday, November 14, 2023
Hawaii is the fourth most impacted state by retail crime in America
By News Release @ 3:14 PM :: 2715 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Law Enforcement, Small Business

... $288 stolen per resident ....

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Monday, November 13, 2023
While Lahaina Waits, One Business Quickly Allowed to Reopen
By News Release @ 4:59 PM :: 1592 Views :: Maui County, Small Business, Drugs

... its a cannabis dispensary ....

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Saturday, November 11, 2023
Relax rules on ‘cottage food’ entrepreneurs
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:49 AM :: 1489 Views :: Agriculture, Small Business

... folks who simply want to sell homemade food products must jump through numerous hoops. Considering that one of the state’s official goals is to boost local food production, that just doesn’t seem right ....

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Wednesday, October 25, 2023
Hawaii Among Worst: 2024 State Business Tax Climate Index
By Selected News Articles @ 3:49 PM :: 1610 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

... the state’s property tax system ranked 31st and its unemployment insurance tax ranked 41st. The state is 42nd overall ....

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Tuesday, October 24, 2023
Honolulu Businesses Invited to Participate in Small Business Survey
By UHERO @ 9:25 PM :: 796 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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Sunday, September 3, 2023
Steps we could take to help Lahaina rebuild more quickly
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:14 AM :: 1722 Views :: Maui County, Development, Small Business

... licensure laws that constrain the supply of skilled trades workers, building codes that complicate and disincentivize adding accessory dwelling units, and laws prohibiting prefabricated homes ....

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Thursday, August 24, 2023
House Committee demands SBA briefing on Hawaii wildfire relief
By Selected News Articles @ 4:56 PM :: 1483 Views :: Maui County, Small Business

...The House Small Business Committee sent a letter to the Small Business Administration seeking information and a staff-level briefing on how the agency is assisting victims of the Hawaii wildfire....

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Monday, August 21, 2023
​New healthcare law a practical and philosophical win for Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:00 AM :: 1688 Views :: Health Care, Small Business

... how a licensure compact is likely to benefit Hawaii residents ....

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Thursday, August 17, 2023
Realtors 'Cautioned' on Pressuring Lahaina Property Owners for Sales
By News Release @ 8:50 PM :: 1999 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Small Business

... According to sources, these people have been cold-calling landowners in an attempt to purchase properties from those injured and to take advantage of their vulnerable situation ....

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Saturday, August 12, 2023
City to temporarily suspend short-term vacation rental laws in response to Maui wildfires
By News Release @ 3:39 AM :: 2180 Views :: Honolulu County, Maui County, Small Business, Tourism

... Blangiardi directed DPP to suspend the short-term vacation rental 30–day minimum rental period requirement to increase the availability of temporary housing on Oʻahu ....

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Friday, August 4, 2023
FAA Outlines Hawaii Air Tour Safety Improvements
By News Release @ 8:50 PM :: 2308 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

... The public will have 30 days to comment on the new process, which would take effect in spring 2024. It would replace an outdated, 15-year-old manual ....

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Sunday, July 30, 2023
Why is it hard to buy and sell cryptocurrency in Hawaii?
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:00 PM :: 2312 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

... Hawaii is the worst state in the nation for cryptocurrency, due to the state's strict and confusing regulations ....

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Thursday, June 29, 2023
Small Business Regulatory Review Board Elects Officers
By News Release @ 3:49 PM :: 810 Views :: Small Business

“...The SBRRB oversees rules and regulations for Hawai‘i small businesses promulgated by state and county agencies...."

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Sunday, June 25, 2023
‘Think outside the box’ to fix Hawaii’s unemployment tax
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:24 PM :: 1948 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

... businesses in Hawaii are going to be paying $130 million more this year in unemployment taxes than they did last year. That’s a 46% increase ....

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Wednesday, June 14, 2023
Retailers to stop shipping cigars to Hawaii July 1
By Selected News Articles @ 5:47 PM :: 2810 Views :: Small Business

... in response to S.B. 975, a recently-passed law in Hawaii that purportedly aims to cut down on youth vaping ....

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Wednesday, June 7, 2023
Resolution 33: Tinkering with Property Tax Rates on Rental Units
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:47 PM :: 1682 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, Taxes

... decrease the rates on the first tier of Residential A homes from $4.50 to $4.00 per $1,000 and increase rates on the second tier from $10.50 to $11.40 per $1,000 ....

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Wednesday, June 7, 2023
Bill 56: Increase amount for permit exemptions to ease 209 day backlog
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:31 PM :: 1714 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Small Business

... 209 days spent waiting for a permit often equates to higher costs for labor and materials ....

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Tuesday, June 6, 2023
Some gems amid Legislature’s overspending?
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:25 PM :: 1791 Views :: Health Care, Small Business, Taxes

... two bills that would improve Hawaii’s economy ....

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Monday, June 5, 2023
Helicopter Association Slams Air Tour Plans for Hawaii National Parks
By News Release @ 3:09 PM :: 1844 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

... air tour management plans would severely limit helitours at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and the Haleakalā National Park ....

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Friday, June 2, 2023
Drone Bills in Hawaii Legislature
By News Release @ 2:49 AM :: 1622 Views :: Small Business

... For the 2023 legislative session, Hawaii introduced five measures, two of which passed ....

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Thursday, June 1, 2023
Grassroot Institute urges special session to block huge unemployment tax increase
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:48 PM :: 1742 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Taxes

... If no action is taken, Hawaii businesses will pay about $355 million for 2023, up 46% over last year ....

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Wednesday, May 24, 2023
Governor urged to veto ‘crypto crackdown’ bills
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:01 AM :: 1620 Views :: Small Business

... the two cryptocurrency bills now sitting on Gov. Josh Green’s desk are SB945 and HB525 ....

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Tuesday, May 23, 2023
Flags Lowered for Late Senator Sam Slom
By News Release @ 12:15 AM :: 2045 Views :: Hawaii History, Republican Party, Small Business

“Sam dedicated some 20 years to representing East Honolulu and was a vocal member of the Republican Party and a longtime strong voice for small business.”

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Sunday, May 21, 2023
A short list for the governor
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:32 AM :: 2004 Views :: Health Care, Small Business, Taxes

... use his line-item veto power to trim back this massive spending overreach, including the $200 million “slush fund” ...

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Thursday, May 18, 2023
US Pacific Fishing Fleet Role in Countering China
By Video @ 2:26 AM :: 2001 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Military, Small Business

... US Coast Guard Permanent Presence Also Emphasized ....

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Saturday, May 13, 2023
‘One step forward, one step back’ was Legislature’s MO
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:59 PM :: 1957 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Small Business

... the Legislature approved a bill authorizing the state to join the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, which will help alleviate the state’s doctor shortage, but shelved other licensure compact bills that would have applied to nurses and other healthcare professionals. It also failed to exempt medical services from the state’s general excise tax ....

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