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Thursday, October 21, 2021
State of Hawaii Launches 'Non-Fungible Token' Scheme
By News Release @ 2:20 PM :: 261 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

... Eminem is an 'investor' ....

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Wednesday, October 20, 2021
The real enemy of aloha is uncertainty
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:06 AM :: 327 Views :: Small Business, COVID-19

... Why are some businesses treated differently than others? When will we be able to return to normal? Are any of these restrictions really saving lives? ....

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Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Hawaii COVID-19 Business Mandates Boost Vaccination Rate 8%
By UHERO @ 11:55 PM :: 384 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, COVID-19

... an additional 8% of employees were estimated to have been vaccinated as a result of the mandates. We also observed that 5.9% of employees elected regular COVID-19 testing, while 1.7% were either dismissed or resigned ....

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Saturday, October 9, 2021
BLNR Rejects Aquarium Fishing EIS
By News Release @ 3:55 AM :: 593 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

... Six board members voted to deny the FEIS, and one abstained ....

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Wednesday, September 29, 2021
HTA: Vacation Rentals Decline Sharply from 2019 Records
By News Release @ 3:06 AM :: 528 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Tourism

... In August 2021, the total monthly supply of statewide vacation rentals was 616,900 unit nights (+73.0% vs. 2020, -32.7% vs. 2019) ....

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Wednesday, September 29, 2021
NOAA-Supported Aquaculture Projects Seek to Build Hawaiʻi Seafood Sustainability
By News Release @ 12:28 AM :: 605 Views :: Environment, Agriculture, Small Business

... Aquaculture projects with Hawaiian sea cucumbers and goatfish could benefit ancient fishponds and commercial aquaculture operators .... 

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Friday, September 24, 2021
HDoT Revokes Plan to Terminate Dillingham Airfield
By News Release @ 4:39 AM :: 636 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, Tourism

... Members from the HDOT, U.S. Army, Congress, Executive Office, Legislature, Aircraft Owners and Pilot Association (AOPA), tenants and community members have been meeting every few weeks for the past nine months as a collaborative effort to help save the airfield ....

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Friday, September 17, 2021
UHERO ​Survey on COVID-19 Business Mandates
By UHERO @ 4:19 AM :: 794 Views :: Small Business, COVID-19

... conducting a brief 10-minute survey for business managers and owners to understand the impacts of the new COVID-19 vaccination and testing requirements on their business ....

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Thursday, September 16, 2021
Restaurant Defies Oahu’s new COVID rules--Gets Red Tagged
By News Release @ 6:19 PM :: 1211 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, COVID-19

... DOH Food Safety Branch has issued a Cease and Desist Order and a red “closed” placard to Doner Shack ....

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Tuesday, September 14, 2021
How COVID Rules Affect Maui Businesses
By Video @ 3:02 AM :: 730 Views :: Maui County, Small Business, COVID-19

... Questions include whether the mandates are practical, whether they are supported by data, and whether they are narrowly tailored to achieve a specific goal without violating the freedoms of Maui residents generally ....

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Tuesday, August 31, 2021
Rep Okimoto: Vaccine passport will increase spread among unvaccinated
By News Release @ 11:45 PM :: 1290 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, COVID-19

... if you implement a policy that segregates the vaccinated with the unvaccinated, we're inadvertently incentivizing the unvaccinated community to gather and spread COVID within their own communities ....

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Monday, August 30, 2021
City Launches Vaccine Pass System for Restaurants, Bars, Gyms
By News Release @ 11:43 PM :: 1174 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, COVID-19

... City launches “Safe Access O‘ahu” program to help protect businesses, employees and customers ....

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Saturday, August 28, 2021
Supreme Court Rules Against the Revised CDC Eviction Moratorium
By Selected News Articles @ 2:36 PM :: 865 Views :: Small Business, COVID-19

... Here is the Supreme Court majority's explanation of why the moratorium is illegal ....

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Friday, August 27, 2021
SCOTUS Strikes Down CDC Eviction Moratorium And Leaves Tantalizing Clues About Takings
By Robert Thomas @ 11:48 PM :: 1040 Views :: Small Business, COVID-19

... The other shoe -- perhaps the most predictable shoe drop in legal history -- dropped yesterday ....

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Tuesday, August 24, 2021
Large organized gatherings to be suspended on O‘ahu beginning Aug. 25, 2021
By News Release @ 7:38 PM :: 1192 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, COVID-19

... The modification will be in effect for 28 days ....

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Tuesday, August 24, 2021
Oahu Workplace Survey: 1 in 3 Already Have Vaccine Mandate
By UHERO @ 4:58 AM :: 847 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, COVID-19

... The largest businesses of 50 or more employees reported the lowest proportion of vaccinations at their workplaces ....

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Tuesday, August 24, 2021
​City submits revised short-term rental bill to Planning Commission
By News Release @ 1:33 AM :: 1139 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, Tourism

... would not allow any new STRs in residential areas, but allow STRs adjacent to existing resort areas ....

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Sunday, August 15, 2021
The Time Tax
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 947 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

... government not only taxes people by taking their money, but also imposes administrative burdens that waste countless precious hours of people’s time ....

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Wednesday, August 11, 2021
COVID Cash: Honolulu Rent and Utility Program Reopens
By News Release @ 11:53 PM :: 910 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, COVID-19

... Higher income limits mean more Oʻahu renters can qualify ....

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Wednesday, August 11, 2021
New website consolidates Hawaii remote work opportunities
By News Release @ 11:42 PM :: 748 Views :: Small Business

... invest.hawaii.gov/remote provides residents with direct links to partners of the Hawai‘i Remote Work Pilot Project and the local American Job Center (AJC)....

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Saturday, August 7, 2021
Eviction Ban Extension Only Applies to People who Apply for Aid
By News Release @ 12:09 AM :: 985 Views :: Law Enforcement, Small Business, COVID-19

... The CDC’s Eviction Order only applies to “covered persons.” To be eligible, tenants/renters must attest that they have used best efforts to obtain all available governmental assistance for housing ....

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Tuesday, August 3, 2021
Guam Mango Seizure Unconstitutional
By Robert Thomas @ 12:00 PM :: 980 Views :: Judiciary, Small Business

... "[i]n the case before us, the government is not merely restricting what Genpro may do with its dried mangoes, it is compelling the physical surrender of the mangoes to WSTCO." ....

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Friday, July 30, 2021
Victorino signs agreements with Expedia and Airbnb to curb illegal TVRs
By News Release @ 10:40 PM :: 1119 Views :: Maui County, Law Enforcement, Small Business, Tourism

... Both platforms will now require host-provided tax map key numbers to appear on online listings ....

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Wednesday, July 28, 2021
Vacation Rental Use up 910% from 2020
By News Release @ 10:41 AM :: 1041 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Tourism

... but down 32.9% vs. 2019 ....

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Friday, July 23, 2021
Where's the aloha for Hawaii bar owners?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:51 PM :: 1204 Views :: Small Business, Tourism, COVID-19

... Hawaii’s bars might be among those that have suffered the most under the confusing COVID-19 tier system ....

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Thursday, July 22, 2021
Lockdowns lower the bar for rule of law
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:33 PM :: 1060 Views :: Small Business, COVID-19

... Bill Comerford tells how Hawaii’s arbitrary lockdowns turned his world upside down ....

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Sunday, July 18, 2021
Shoring Up Water Transportation
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1107 Views :: Jones Act, Small Business, Cost of Living

... On July 9, 2021, President Biden issued the “Executive Order on Promoting Competition in the American Economy.”  There wasn’t much media coverage ....

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Friday, July 16, 2021
Hawaii Unemployment Rate Drops to 7.7%
By News Release @ 11:12 PM :: 1249 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Small Business

... Hawaii no longer has the nation’s highest unemployment rate ....

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Thursday, July 15, 2021
Ige: Eviction Moratorium Ends August 6
By News Release @ 10:34 PM :: 994 Views :: Small Business, COVID-19

... Ige today formally notified the Hawai‘i State Legislature and Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald that he will not be issuing any further eviction moratoria once the current moratorium expires on Aug. 6 ....

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Thursday, July 15, 2021
DBEDT Projects Support Military Contracting
By News Release @ 10:20 PM :: 1063 Views :: Military, Small Business

...“The emerging digital and clean energy in Hawai‘i is well aligned with the mission and purpose of Hawaii’s Defense Economy,” said Mike McCartney, director of DBEDT....

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Wednesday, July 14, 2021
Sue and Settle: Eco Group 'Sues' BLNR to Stop Aquarium Fishing
By News Release @ 5:11 AM :: 1075 Views :: Hawaii County , Environment, Small Business

... Today’s complaint, filed in Hawai‘i Circuit Court in Honolulu, challenges the board’s failure to reject the latest environmental impact statement submitted by trade representatives, which the group says violates state environmental protection laws ....

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Friday, July 2, 2021
Akina rides with Perry & The Posse to lament the 'tracks of our tiers'
By News Release @ 5:19 AM :: 1321 Views :: Small Business, Tourism, COVID-19

“Just when you think we’d reached the prize, somebody moves our cheese. But what that really shows is a lack of transparency about the tier system.”

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Tuesday, June 22, 2021
53,000 Unemployed in Hawaiʻi, But State Chamber Dealing with Employee Shortages
By News Release @ 3:55 PM :: 1150 Views :: Labor, Small Business, COVID-19

... in April 2021 the state of Hawaiʻi had 53,000 people unemployed and 27,415 job openings ....

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Monday, June 21, 2021
Four More Unlicensed Crypto Currency Dealers for Hawaii
By News Release @ 4:16 AM :: 1257 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

... Admittance into the DCIL enables the companies to conduct business in Hawaii without first obtaining a state money transmitter license ....

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Wednesday, June 16, 2021
Free Money from the Sky: Another $100 for MEUCs
By News Release @ 9:43 PM :: 1036 Views :: Labor, Small Business, COVID-19

... Department of Labor & Industrial Relations (DLIR) today announced it will start processing MEUC applications beginning on June 17, 2021 ....

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Sunday, June 13, 2021
Taxing Government Largesse
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1268 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, COVID-19

...“Landlords are subject to GET on these amounts whether the payments are received from the tenants or directly from the agency that administers the relief program on behalf of the tenant.”  The same reasoning applies to income tax, federal and state....

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Friday, June 11, 2021
O‘ahu moves into Tier 4 allowing larger group sizes outdoors and improved operations
By News Release @ 3:20 PM :: 1272 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, Tourism, COVID-19

... Social gatherings up to 25 people allowed outdoors ....

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Wednesday, June 9, 2021
DLNR: Tourists Must Pay $20 to Go Fish
By News Release @ 2:12 AM :: 1460 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, Tourism

... Today, Gov. David Ige signed House Bill 1023 into law. It establishes and requires a marine recreational fishing license for all non-Hawai‘i residents ....

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Wednesday, June 9, 2021
HB1019: Ige Signs $30M Fee Hike on Dive Tours
By News Release @ 12:56 AM :: 1316 Views :: Environment, Small Business, Taxes, Tourism

... Depending on tourism numbers, the user fee could generate anywhere from $14 million to more than $30 million over 15 years ....

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Monday, June 7, 2021
Ige Signs Emergency Order Linking Reopening to Vaccination rate
By News Release @ 11:33 PM :: 1317 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business, COVID-19

... eviction moratorium extended, procurement law restored ....

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Friday, June 4, 2021
DLIR: Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Recipients will Have to Look for Work
By News Release @ 6:11 AM :: 1096 Views :: Small Business, COVID-19

... PUA claimants will need to begin reporting the three job contacts on June 20, 2021 ....

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Thursday, June 3, 2021
​Taxes: How Hawaii Can Gouge Teleworkers
By News Release @ 5:52 AM :: 1249 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

... Taxing teleworking income from different states ....

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Saturday, May 29, 2021
Ige: More Re-openings at 60% Vaccination Rate
By News Release @ 3:09 AM :: 1289 Views :: Maui County, Small Business, Tourism, COVID-19

... wait until the State of Hawaii has vaccinated at least 60 percent of residents before allowing higher occupancy ....

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Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Act 18 Streamlines Professional Licensing for Military Spouses
By News Release @ 11:44 PM :: 1010 Views :: Military, Small Business

... Act 18 streamlines the process to obtain a temporary license for a military spouse in good standing with another state – allowing Hawaiʻi to tap qualified professionals to fill positions where there are shortages, such as social workers, counselors, and physicians ....

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Thursday, May 20, 2021
Job Search Requirement Reinstated for Unemployed
By News Release @ 8:59 PM :: 1202 Views :: Labor, Small Business

... Hawai‘i residents currently receiving unemployment insurance benefits will again be required to prove they are searching for work starting May 30 ....

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Sunday, May 16, 2021
General Excise Exemptions to be Shut Off for Two Years? 
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1650 Views :: Small Business, Tax Credits, Taxes

... “Frankenbill” House Bill 58 has cleared the Legislature and is on the Governor’s desk waiting to become law ....

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Thursday, May 13, 2021
$10M Taxpayer Money in 'High Tech' Giveaways
By News Release @ 8:58 PM :: 846 Views :: Small Business, COVID-19

"... to 36 small businesses across Hawaii for PPE manufacturing ...."

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Thursday, May 13, 2021
Expanded Marine Protections Benefited Hawaii Tuna Fishery, Study Shows
By Selected News Articles @ 12:22 AM :: 1126 Views :: Environment, Small Business

... Major fleets' catch and revenue rose after enlargement of two marine monuments ....

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Thursday, May 6, 2021
O‘ahu to continue in Tier 3 four more weeks
By News Release @ 9:15 PM :: 1253 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, COVID-19

... while the county and the state work together on incorporating vaccination counts on O‘ahu into modified metrics for the Tier system ....

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Thursday, May 6, 2021
44% of small-businesses have job openings they can't fill
By News Release @ 8:15 PM :: 1559 Views :: Small Business, COVID-19

... This number is 22 points higher than the 48-year historical average ....

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