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Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Caldwell Announces More COVID Restrictions--Targets Non-Economic Activity
By News Release @ 3:36 AM :: 1445 Views :: Honolulu County, Economy, Small Business, COVID-19

...Caldwell said at the news briefing that county and state leaders discussed the modified restrictions for O‘ahu over the past five days, trying to decide whether to use a scalpel or a hammer. “We’ve chosen a scalpel,” Caldwell said....

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Friday, August 14, 2020
Survey update shows widespread hardship for local businesses
By UHERO @ 10:31 PM :: 1412 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, COVID-19

...With the exception of jobs in information technology and other services, no industry category saw a meaningful increase from the devastating April 2020 job numbers....

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Sunday, August 2, 2020
Unemployment Tax in the Nonprofit Sector
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1042 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

...employers are likely to be hit with a significant and automatic rate increase at the end of this year....

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Tuesday, July 28, 2020
Stimulate the Economy--Get a Job!
By News Release @ 4:52 AM :: 1329 Views :: Economy, Small Business, COVID-19

... more than 16,000 jobs are available across the state. Top positions included retail salesperson, network and systems administrator and security guard ....

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Saturday, July 25, 2020
DLIR: Fraudsters got $35.98M from Hawaii Unemployment
By News Release @ 3:45 AM :: 1770 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Small Business, COVID-19

...Through July 14, the department has issued $35,980,789 to imposter fraud claimants....

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Friday, July 24, 2020
Women’s Legislative Caucus Bills Sent to Governor Ige
By News Release @ 1:03 AM :: 1115 Views :: Family, Small Business

... Measures address harassment in the workplace and domestic violence ....

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Saturday, July 18, 2020
Follow-Up Survey to Gauge the Business Impact of COVID-19
By News Release @ 1:48 PM :: 1287 Views :: Economy, Small Business, Tourism, COVID-19

...which measures changes in employment and employee wages, monthly revenue and revenue sources, current state of operations and plan for trans-Pacific tourism opening, impact of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and business outlook....

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Thursday, July 16, 2020
Hawaii has Fewest Pass-Through Businesses in USA--and 4th highest taxes
By Tax Foundation @ 7:23 PM :: 1329 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

...Pass-through businesses, such as sole proprietorships, S corporations, and partnerships, make up a majority of businesses in the United States....

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Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Federal Lawsuit Challenges Revocation of Molokai TVR Permits
By News Release @ 8:45 PM :: 1657 Views :: Maui County, Small Business, Tourism

... On March 10, 2020 Maui County passed Bill 22, signing into law Ordinance 5059 that set the Molokai legal, short term rental cap to zero. This, effectively, canceled the operations of 17 families ....

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Sunday, July 12, 2020
Future of Unemployment Insurance
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1578 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Taxes

...unemployment insurance and how it is going to fare after the pandemic....

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Saturday, July 11, 2020
​HB1819: Legislature passes bill to legalize industrial hemp
By News Release @ 3:33 AM :: 1732 Views :: Agriculture, Small Business, Drugs

...Another hemp bill, Senate Bill 1353, was vetoed by Governor Ige last year, after he expressed concerns that it was unenforceable. This year’s version was worked on directly with the Governor's administration to ensure its enactment....

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Friday, July 10, 2020
Jobs Report: Lets Avoid Aggravating the Problem
By News Release @ 11:52 PM :: 1059 Views :: Economy, Small Business, COVID-19

...the Hawaii Legislature should not make a dismal situation worse....

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Thursday, July 9, 2020
DoH: 'Severe Consequences' for Food Establishments Violating COVID Rules
By News Release @ 7:34 PM :: 1233 Views :: Small Business, COVID-19

...Food Safety Branch will begin to temporarily suspend the operations of restaurants, bars and other food establishments that do not comply.... 

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Thursday, July 9, 2020
Hawaii GET Taxes 105 percent of the state’s personal income
By Tax Foundation @ 2:52 PM :: 1456 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

...Hawaii has the broadest sales tax in the United States, but it taxes many products multiple times and, by one estimate, ultimately taxes 105 percent of the state’s personal income.  This base is far wider than the national median, where the sales tax applies to 34.25 percent of personal income....

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Friday, July 3, 2020
Can the current YB management actually control costs?
By Michael Hansen @ 11:55 PM :: 1380 Views :: Jones Act, Small Business, Cost of Living

...The HPUC perceives the underlying problem as YB management’s inability to control costs and operate an effective service....

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Thursday, June 25, 2020
Ige Defers Harbor Tariff Hike
By News Release @ 10:22 PM :: 1168 Views :: Jones Act, OHA, Small Business, Taxes

"...This will allow local shippers and businesses, especially those on the neighbor islands, to conduct business without worrying about a rate increase at this time....”

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Thursday, June 25, 2020
Hawaii Fisheries Down 80%
By News Release @ 10:00 AM :: 1184 Views :: Small Business, COVID-19

...Federal Fishery Managers Weigh-In on Marine National Monument draft plans, COVID-19 Impacts to Fisheries and More....

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Effects of COVID-19 impact expected to be more severe and longer in Hawaii
By News Release @ 5:56 PM :: 929 Views :: Small Business, COVID-19

... Results from a national survey of small-business owners released yesterday ....

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020
AirBnB Occupancy Bounces Back – But Not in Hawaii
By News Release @ 10:53 PM :: 1296 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Tourism

...Hawaii AirBnB occupancy rates are running far below those of other US destinations....

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Sunday, June 21, 2020
Pitfalls of the Subcontractor Deduction
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1405 Views :: Small Business, Tax Credits, Taxes

...another general excise tax exemption that the State Auditor has put under the microscope....

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Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Saving coral reef fisheries with management areas
By News Release @ 4:42 AM :: 995 Views :: Environment, Small Business

...setting aside some areas where fishing is prohibited....

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Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Another Hawaii Lawsuit: Coronavirus Orders Violate Right To Travel, Equal Protection, Due Process
By Robert Thomas @ 6:04 PM :: 2170 Views :: Small Business, COVID-19

...the second complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii challenging the governor's coronavirus shut down orders....

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Lockdown victims include Hawaii healthcare providers
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:37 PM :: 1234 Views :: Health Care, Small Business, COVID-19

...by mid-April, the same Convention Center that was poised to be converted into extra hospital facilities was instead turned into a phone bank facility to handle the influx of unemployment claims....

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Saturday, June 6, 2020
Life in the time of lockdowns
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 10:19 PM :: 1381 Views :: Small Business, COVID-19

...caught off guard by another last-minute government switcheroo....

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Saturday, June 6, 2020
Repeal Bill 40, Honolulu's discriminatory builder contracting law
By Joe Kent @ 9:56 PM :: 1495 Views :: Honolulu County, Labor, Small Business

...use of CWAs, also known as project labor agreements, would drastically limit the use of nonunion employees on public projects, thereby reducing competition among bidding contractors and increasing costs for Honolulu taxpayers....

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Saturday, May 30, 2020
Report: Native Hawaiian Businesses Less Exposed to Tourism Downturn
By News Release @ 3:41 AM :: 1233 Views :: OHA, Small Business, COVID-19

...New report details challenges, needs and potential of Native Hawaiian businesses during and after pandemic....

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Friday, May 29, 2020
No Bill 40 PLA: Contractors Demand Full Repeal of Union Preference Ordinance
By News Release @ 6:35 PM :: 1446 Views :: Honolulu County, Labor, Small Business

...City Council to hear union preference 'fixer bill' next Wednesday, June 3....

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Mayor Victorino announces broad reopening of businesses and services on June 1 in Maui County
By News Release @ 7:38 PM :: 1432 Views :: Maui County, Small Business, COVID-19

...The County’s proposed rules and reopening date have been sent to the Governor and Attorney General’s Office for review and approval....

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Mayor outlines plan to get more of Oʻahu safely back to work
By News Release @ 7:03 PM :: 1373 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, COVID-19

...“Personal Service Providers” would be allowed to resume operations with modifications on Friday, May 29....

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Debunked: YB Demands $25M COVID Relief on Top of Rate Hike
By News Release @ 4:26 AM :: 3104 Views :: Jones Act, Small Business, Cost of Living, COVID-19

... YB is absorbing operating costs for Saltchuck's unregulated services.  This is a standard accounting trick for companies that are partly regulated and partly unregulated ....

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Saturday, May 23, 2020
BLNR Rejects Aquarium Fishing EIS
By News Release @ 8:26 PM :: 1287 Views :: Hawaii County , Environment, Small Business

...The over 2000-page EIS had been produced by a group of ten West Hawaiʻi aquarium fishers and the National Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council, on their proposal to ask the DLNR to issue permits to the ten aquarium fishers....

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Saturday, May 23, 2020
Counties Reopening 'Medium Risk' Businesses
By News Release @ 5:10 PM :: 1140 Views :: Small Business, COVID-19

...approved reopenings for Maui, Kauai, Oahu....

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Friday, May 22, 2020
26 States Will Protect Businesses from COVID-19-Related Unemployment Tax Hikes--Hawaii isn't one of them
By Tax Foundation @ 11:44 PM :: 2019 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Taxes, COVID-19

...One way policymakers can help expedite their state’s economic recovery is by protecting employers from facing higher UI tax rates at a time when they can least afford to pay them....

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Thursday, May 21, 2020
Caldwell provides re-opening requirements for Oʻahu churches and restaurants
By News Release @ 10:08 PM :: 2184 Views :: Honolulu County, First Amendment, Religion, Small Business, COVID-19

...Mayor Caldwell provides guidelines for resuming in-person spiritual services....

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Thursday, May 21, 2020
Hochberg: Governor can be sued over State of Emergency
By Video @ 8:34 PM :: 1885 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business, COVID-19

...the State of Emergency is not justified by the numbers.... 

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020
To What Extent Does Your State Rely on Sales Taxes?
By Tax Foundation @ 7:35 PM :: 1223 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

...Hawaii is 9th at 36.6%....

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Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Health Department Orders Shutdown of Free Meal Service
By News Release @ 5:33 AM :: 1237 Views :: Small Business, COVID-19

...Malama Meals has provided nearly 350,000 free meals to individuals impacted by the Coronavirus Crisis....

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Monday, May 18, 2020
Ige Extends Quarantine, Releases Recovery Plan
By News Release @ 9:22 PM :: 1437 Views :: Small Business, COVID-19

...According to the plan – the state will start to gradually re-open medium-risk businesses and operations beginning in June – assuming the state’s COVID-19 activity remains manageable....

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Saturday, May 16, 2020
Salons are united and ready to open with modifications
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 8:42 PM :: 1529 Views :: Small Business, COVID-19

...Leading salon industry panelists demonstrated today in a live online forum hosted by Honolulu City Councilmember Kym Pine, that they are ready to open for business.... 

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Friday, May 15, 2020
Powerful stories highlight need to lift lockdown
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:22 AM :: 1314 Views :: Small Business, COVID-19

...It's not too late to sign 'Let Hawaii Work' petition....

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020
CARES Money: Honolulu to Give $10K to Small Businesses
By News Release @ 5:26 PM :: 1453 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, COVID-19

...Small Business Relief and Recovery Fund using $25 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding....

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Survey: Hawaii Solar installers slowed by COVID-19
By News Release @ 4:54 PM :: 1443 Views :: Energy, Economy, Small Business, COVID-19

...companies indicated difficulty generating sales, and cited customer uncertainty as a primary driver of declining sales volume....

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Monday, May 11, 2020
VIDEO: Keli'i Akina Urges Gov. Ige to Continue to Reopen Economy in Balanced Way  
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:39 PM :: 1601 Views :: Economy, Labor, Small Business, COVID-19

"...Thousands of people in Hawaii are calling upon the governor to 'Let Hawaii Work' again...."

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Saturday, May 9, 2020
How Solvent is Hawaii Unemployment Trust Fund?
By Tax Foundation @ 3:17 AM :: 1481 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Small Business, COVID-19

...A Visual Guide to Unemployment Benefit Claims....

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Wednesday, May 6, 2020
Ige Announces First Round of Business Re-Openings
By News Release @ 5:23 AM :: 1236 Views :: Small Business, COVID-19

...The latest proclamation also allows residents to leave their homes to patronize certain businesses and activities under the new “Safer-at-Home” order....

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Tuesday, May 5, 2020
COVID Wipes Out 69% of Jobs on Maui
By UHERO @ 9:45 PM :: 3106 Views :: Hawaii County , Honolulu County, Kauai County, Maui County, Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Small Business, COVID-19

...total job reductions between January and April in Honolulu county were 34% of full-time jobs and 41% of part-time. These numbers were much higher on Hawaii (50% and 67%), Maui (69% and 68%), and Kauai (56% and 62%)....

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Saturday, May 2, 2020
Court Orders FAA Clampdown on Helicopter Tours over National Parks
By Court House News @ 4:32 PM :: 1600 Views :: Hawaii County , Small Business, Tourism

...Friday’s ruling says the agencies must bring 23 national parks into compliance with commercial air tour regulations.... 

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Saturday, May 2, 2020
Justice Department Approves Sale of Dairy Producer Amid Antitrust Concerns
By Court House News @ 4:15 PM :: 1310 Views :: Agriculture, Small Business

...On April 30, Dean Foods completed the sales of its Hilo facility and related distribution branches on the Big Island, Kauai and Maui, as well as a license to the Meadow Gold Hawaii brand name and related intellectual property to MGD Acquisition LLC....

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Thursday, April 30, 2020
Mālama Meals - Bringing Hope Amidst the Coronavirus Crisis
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:21 AM :: 1191 Views :: Small Business, COVID-19

... Mālama Meals, a new group formed by Da Spot and other partners, currently provides more than 10,000 meals a day to kupuna and others in need ....

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Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Wall Street Journal Denounces Maui Liquor Commission
By Selected News Articles @ 3:35 AM :: 1937 Views :: Maui County, Law Enforcement, Small Business, COVID-19

...Wiser regulators than those in Maui would avoid bloody-minded enforcement that deters voluntary civic action to help the public in a crisis....

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