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Thursday, May 23, 2024
Green Announces Plan: Fly 3,000 Lahaina Survivors to Mainland
By News Release @ 4:00 PM :: 389 Views :: Maui County, Tourism, Cost of Living

... To make a buck, CNHA will help move Hawaiians out of Hawaii ....

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Tuesday, May 21, 2024
UHERO Factbook: 80% of Hawaii Families Cannot Afford Mortgage
By UHERO @ 4:54 AM :: 329 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
Tax cut great. Now let’s cut regulations.
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:31 PM :: 615 Views :: Taxes, Cost of Living

... there is still plenty of work to be done to reduce the cost of living in Hawaii ....

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Wednesday, May 15, 2024
Honolulu Highest Inflation in USA
By Wallet Hub @ 5:44 PM :: 809 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... WalletHub compared 23 major MSAs (Metropolitan Statistical Areas) ....

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Saturday, May 11, 2024
Defeating Bad Bills Also a Form of Winning
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 9:31 PM :: 970 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Cost of Living

... helping to defeat many measures that would have harmed Hawaii’s economy and added to our already high cost of living ....

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Saturday, May 11, 2024
How Long $2 Million Will Last in Retirement in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 3:00 PM :: 1543 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... the average salary in the Aloha State is $61,420, or $23.35 an hour, putting it behind 16 other states whose average employees earn more ....

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Friday, May 10, 2024
Here’s How Much You Need To Budget for Groceries for Just a Week in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 3:00 PM :: 1301 Views :: Cost of Living

... groceries cost more in Hawaii than in any other state ....

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Thursday, May 2, 2024
Hawaii Worst State for Nurses
By Wallet Hub @ 12:00 PM :: 1270 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Cost of Living

... Hawaii ranks 47th in health care facilities per capita ....

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Monday, April 29, 2024
These Are the 10 Worst Places To Retire in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 11:19 PM :: 1735 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... From expensive housing to pricey food and utility costs, you should plan on boosting your budget if you intend to retire in Hawaii ....

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Friday, April 26, 2024
After Wildfire Lawsuits, Soaring PG&E power rates approach Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 3:43 PM :: 1372 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

... Can you guess what’s going to happen as a result of Lahaina? ....

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Tuesday, April 23, 2024
Here’s the Salary a Person Needs To Be Considered Middle Class in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 2:56 AM :: 1500 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

“...housing is the biggest income-eater....”

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Monday, April 22, 2024
How does Hawai‘i’s economic geography affect its healthcare industry?
By UHERO @ 9:42 PM :: 776 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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Friday, April 19, 2024
Insurance ‘stabilization’ bill would spread pain to everyone
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:57 PM :: 1139 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, Cost of Living

“...if you look through the bill, it’s a bunch of blank spaces. It says conveyance taxes will increase by blank percent. Or short-term rental taxes are gonna have a blank percent tax on them....”

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Friday, April 19, 2024
PLA? State keeps piling on rules that increase Hawaii’s cost of living
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 9:20 PM :: 1248 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

... Hawaii’s $1.5 million PLA threshold is now the lowest in the nation ....

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Thursday, April 18, 2024
Hawaii's Insurance Crisis as Premiums Nearly Quadruple
By Selected News Articles @ 4:54 PM :: 1301 Views :: Cost of Living

... insurance costs for condominiums have risen by 100 percent to 1,000 percent ....

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Saturday, April 13, 2024
"How it feels to move to Las Vegas" Grassroot Hawaii Instagram posts attract 2.2 million views in March
By News Release @ 11:14 PM :: 1454 Views :: Taxes, Cost of Living

... Here are the top videos that were posted in March ....

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Thursday, April 11, 2024
Study: Honolulu Is the City with the Highest Inflation Problem
By Selected News Articles @ 5:39 PM :: 1078 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... inflation 4.8% year over year for urban Honolulu ....

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Wednesday, April 10, 2024
Prices in Hawaii are Ridiculous: 7 Things that Cost Way More
By Selected News Articles @ 5:30 PM :: 1846 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Groceries, Gas, Electricity, Housing, Taxes, and more ....

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Friday, April 5, 2024
Lahaina Fire Solution: A Rate Hike, of Course
By Selected News Articles @ 3:32 AM :: 1299 Views :: Maui County, Energy, Cost of Living

"Making ratepayers to pay for the cost of their negligence and mismanagement is not the way to go"

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Monday, April 1, 2024
Salary Needed for family of Four to Live Comfortably in Honolulu -- $299K
By Selected News Articles @ 4:42 PM :: 1762 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Total salary needed for two working adults with two children $299,520 ....

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Sunday, March 31, 2024
Crucial housing, healthcare bills still very much alive at Legislature
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:08 PM :: 1315 Views :: Development, Cost of Living

... The bills would enable starter homes, widen mixed-use housing, attract nurses to Hawaii and exempt doctors from the state GET ....

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Saturday, March 30, 2024
Stop Big Oil Suit: Did Hawaii's Hyper-Ideological Supreme Court Blow It?
By Selected News Articles @ 1:52 PM :: 2316 Views :: Environment, Ethics, Judiciary, Cost of Living

... there's a price to be paid for preening and posturing .... 

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Thursday, March 28, 2024
A hard look at the root causes of the exodus
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:33 AM :: 1694 Views :: Taxes, Cost of Living

...When government is finally saying it is the problem, it’s on the right track to finding a solution....

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Tuesday, March 26, 2024
Exodus to Mainland: State Loses $185M Tax Revenue
By News Release @ 6:39 PM :: 1556 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes, Cost of Living

... outmigration since 2020 has resulted in the loss of $185 million in general excise taxes and state income taxes, or approximately $61.8 million per year ....

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Friday, March 22, 2024
States Adding the Most Mortgage Debt -- Hawaii Ranks 3rd
By News Release @ 3:32 AM :: 1392 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... The average mortgage balance in Hawaii was $366,362 in Q4 2023 ....

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Friday, March 22, 2024
Hawaii -- Most Affordable State For Healthcare
By Selected News Articles @ 3:16 AM :: 1518 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Cost of Living

... Hawaii boasts the lowest percentages and costs in several key metrics ....

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Sunday, March 17, 2024
Grassroot Institute Bills on the Move in the Legislature
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:56 AM :: 1390 Views :: Development, Health Care, Cost of Living

... 2024 Legislature resumes session and Grassroot Institute is on the case ....

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Saturday, March 16, 2024
Green Releases 'The Hawai‘i We Deserve' policy report
By News Release @ 4:35 PM :: 1477 Views :: Maui County, Hawaii State Government, Cost of Living

... a comprehensive outline of the Green Administration’s plans to confront key issues facing the state of Hawai‘i ....

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Thursday, March 14, 2024
“Smaller homes on smaller lots”
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:47 PM :: 1590 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... HB1630 and SB3202 would allow homeowners to subdivide their lots and build additional homes ....

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Wednesday, March 13, 2024
Hawaii bill that would increase automobile insurance draws ire
By News Release @ 4:11 AM :: 1758 Views :: Small Business, Cost of Living

... The Senate passed the bill 23-2, with Republican Sens. Brenton Awa and Kurt Fevella casting the lone "no" votes ....

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Sunday, March 10, 2024
The Worst State to be Rich, Poor, or In Between
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 3167 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... One state made the top five on all lists ....

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Sunday, March 10, 2024
Listening to naysayers in the housing debate
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:51 AM :: 1798 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... monsters lurk behind every corner ....

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Tuesday, March 5, 2024
Your cost of living just went up
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:31 AM :: 1617 Views :: Maui County, Labor, Cost of Living

... a new “administrative directive” that requires all state construction projects worth more than $1.5 million to be performed under so-called project labor agreements ....

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Monday, March 4, 2024
UHERO: Regulations Double Cost of New Condos in Hawaii
By UHERO @ 4:22 PM :: 2683 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

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

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Monday, March 4, 2024
Rate Hike News: Comments Sought on next round of renewable energy procurements
By News Release @ 1:31 PM :: 1282 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

... clean energy procurements aimed at stabilizing rates and advancing energy equity ....

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Thursday, February 29, 2024
Climate Activist And Liberal Billionaire Quietly Gobbles Up Rural Land In Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 1:27 PM :: 2425 Views :: Hawaii County , Cost of Living

"...a more fair, equal and sustainable capitalism...."

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Wednesday, February 28, 2024
Not so Smart: Affordable Housing Loss Study Debunked
By News Release @ 4:43 PM :: 1496 Views :: Development, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... the study from Washington, D.C.-based Smart Growth America commissioned by AARP Hawai‘i didn’t account for numerous affordable-housing projects ....

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Tuesday, February 27, 2024
The real cost of returning to the office in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 11:57 AM :: 1650 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Employees in Hawaii can expect to shell out more than a quarter of the median household income to work from the office ....

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Sunday, February 25, 2024
Taxes, Housing, Energy: High Costs Driving People out of Hawaii
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:30 PM :: 1433 Views :: Cost of Living

... inflation means you’re not making any more money, but you’re being taxed a lot more for the money that you’re making ....

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Sunday, February 25, 2024
City Demands Energy Use Data on Apartments and Commercial Buildings
By News Release @ 2:30 AM :: 1352 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy, Cost of Living

... Starting in 2023, buildings 100,000 square feet and larger were required to begin annually reporting their utility data to the City. By June 30, 2024, buildings 50,000 square feet and larger must report, followed by buildings 25,000 square feet and larger by June 30, 2025 ....

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Saturday, February 24, 2024
Green Kills off 'Affordable' Housing Group, Hands Authority to HHFDC
By News Release @ 3:42 AM :: 1445 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... Green assigns the BBB’s duties to the Hawai‘i Housing Finance and Development Corporation (HHFDC), which will review developer applications for eligibility and process fee waiver exemptions ....

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Sunday, February 18, 2024
Hawaii's high cost of living is due to “one little thing after another, just building on each other”
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:22 PM :: 1488 Views :: Development, Taxes, Cost of Living

... good housing bills, awful tax bills at Legislature ....

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Friday, February 16, 2024
Hawaii is State With the Least Disposable Income
By Selected News Articles @ 8:54 PM :: 1425 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Hawaii ranks last with an adjusted after-tax income per capita of only $47,894 ....

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Saturday, February 10, 2024
Hawaii energy policy bedeviled by price, reliability tradeoffs
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:10 PM :: 1354 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

... ‘What will it cost, and at what price in terms of reliability?’ ....

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Thursday, February 8, 2024
House to Consider Three Bills to Reduce Cost of Living
By News Release @ 3:04 AM :: 1466 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

... On Thursday, February 8, the House Committee on Consumer Protection and Commerce will take up three measures aimed at reducing the financial burden for Hawaiʻi's residents ....

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Sunday, February 4, 2024
Hawaii’s cost-of-living problem is an economic freedom problem
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:35 PM :: 1294 Views :: Cost of Living

“...We get used to the low level of economic freedom here in Hawaii, but we don’t realize that that’s the reason our children are leaving...."

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Thursday, February 1, 2024
PUC Approves $95M Rate Hike for 5-year HECO grid resilience plan
By News Release @ 11:47 PM :: 1240 Views :: Maui County, Energy, Cost of Living

"... The estimated impact on a typical monthly bill for a residential customer using 500 kilowatt hours will be $0.17 on Oahu, $0.47 on Hawaii Island and $0.39 in Maui County ...."

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Thursday, February 1, 2024
HECO New Welcome Home Rate: $0.62 per kwh
By News Release @ 11:20 PM :: 1822 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

... Have a day job?  You are sooo screwed ....

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Thursday, February 1, 2024
Three Ways to Lower Hawaii's Cost of Living
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:18 PM :: 1466 Views :: Development, Jones Act, Taxes, Cost of Living

... reduce housing regulations, support reform of the federal Jones Act and cut taxes ....

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Thursday, February 1, 2024
Reduce Minimum Lot Size to Lower Housing Costs
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:06 PM :: 1234 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... the minimum lot size on Maui of 6,000 square feet incentivizes the construction of large homes rather than smaller, more affordable ones ....

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