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Friday, October 22, 2021
A+ Fees to Increase 67%
By News Release @ 9:02 PM :: 142 Views :: Education K-12, Taxes, Cost of Living

... Monthly fees for A+ programming will be increasing from $120 to $200 ....

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Friday, October 22, 2021
UHERO Looks at Maui County Plan to Impose $1.17B Tax Hike on Housing
By UHERO @ 2:42 AM :: 179 Views :: Maui County, Taxes, Cost of Living

... How to build affordable housing?  Impose a $1.169 billion tax on housing.  Clue: 'Boondoggle' ....

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Monday, October 18, 2021
‘OahuJoe’ TikTok video on Hawaii housing draws more than a million views
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:21 AM :: 658 Views :: Cost of Living

... In just 13 seconds, Joe Kent of the Grassroot Institute explains why relatively modest homes in Hawaii are so darn expensive ....

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Thursday, October 14, 2021
Most Hawaii residents want lower taxes, new survey shows
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:14 AM :: 499 Views :: Taxes, Cost of Living

... A professional poll of almost 1,000 people throughout the islands suggests lawmakers are ignoring what their constituents really want ....

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Friday, October 8, 2021
Are the COVID-related ocean shipping capacity shortages impacting Hawaii?
By Michael Hansen @ 9:26 PM :: 746 Views :: Jones Act, Cost of Living, COVID-19

... cargo freight rates, Eastbound and Trans-Pacific, have gone from around $2,000-$2,500 up to $4,500 for a 40-foot dry standard box ....

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Sunday, September 26, 2021
Best States for Teachers? Hawaii Ranks 44th
By Selected News Articles @ 3:54 AM :: 751 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Cost of Living

... Earlier in 2021, teachers in many schools across the U.S. had to provide online-only instruction to students...a massive number of students experienced significant learning loss ....

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Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Zombie power plant refuses to die
By Video @ 2:50 AM :: 924 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy, Cost of Living

... Who's who and What with Hu Honua ....

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Monday, September 20, 2021
46% Rate Hike: Audit Exposes Young Bros Fraudulent Accounting Tricks
By Andrew Walden @ 11:53 PM :: 1616 Views :: Jones Act, Labor, Cost of Living, COVID-19

... Saltchuk and Foss transferring expenses to YBs books makes YB seem less profitable, thereby fraudulently ‘justifying’ PUC rate hikes ....

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Tuesday, September 14, 2021
Hawaii has Cheapest Auto Insurance Premiums
By Selected News Articles @ 4:26 AM :: 917 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... In Hawaii, the average auto insurance premium comes in at just $1,096 ....

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Saturday, September 11, 2021
Hawaii most expensive state to raise children
By Selected News Articles @ 4:25 AM :: 840 Views :: Family, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Parents in Hawaii may spend the most on bringing up their children with an estimated total cost of $281,597 to support a kid’s basic needs for 18 years ....

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Saturday, August 28, 2021
Hawaiʻi graduates among nation's best on student debt
By News Release @ 5:38 PM :: 839 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Higher Education, Cost of Living

... Hawaiʻi college graduates are among the least likely to leave school with debt. And for those who do graduate with debt, they owe among the least in the country ....

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Friday, August 27, 2021
Hawaii: Highest Food Costs in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 4:21 AM :: 956 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Hawaii Households spend the most dollars on food according to a LendingTree study ....

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Thursday, August 12, 2021
Honolulu 2nd Least Pet-Friendly City
By Selected News Articles @ 12:00 PM :: 900 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... veterinary care costs highest in USA ....

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Saturday, July 31, 2021
Hey, people are still leaving Hawaii because of taxes and overregulation
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:26 PM :: 1173 Views :: Cost of Living

... We hear almost every day from Hawaii residents who are thinking of leaving, or from former Hawaii residents who already have left ....

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Thursday, July 29, 2021
Maui County accepting applications for First-Time Homebuyer's Down Payment Assistance Program
By News Release @ 4:43 PM :: 759 Views :: Maui County, Cost of Living

... up to 5 percent of the home purchase price, not to exceed $30,000 ....

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Tuesday, July 20, 2021
$34M rate hike to pay rich people to get discount solar battery program
By News Release @ 4:33 PM :: 1630 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

... “This is exciting,” said Rocky Mould, executive director of the Hawaii Solar Energy Association ....

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Sunday, July 18, 2021
Shoring Up Water Transportation
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1106 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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Thursday, July 15, 2021
It's not a mystery why so many people have been leaving the Aloha State
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:28 PM :: 3356 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Over the past four years, Hawaii’s population has declined by more than 22,000 people, equaling the third-fastest population decline per capita in the entire nation ....

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Thursday, July 8, 2021
Hawaii Energy: Highest Cost, Lowest Usage
By Selected News Articles @ 10:56 PM :: 1334 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... 2021’s Most & Least Energy-Expensive States ....

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Thursday, July 8, 2021
First Time Homebuyer? Honolulu Among Worst in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 10:30 PM :: 1293 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Honolulu ranks 269th out of 300 ....

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Friday, June 25, 2021
Aloha too often means goodbye
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:58 PM :: 1268 Views :: Cost of Living

... I’ve watched my children leave for the mainland to start college or their careers. And I know there’s a good chance they won’t be coming back, except for short visits ....

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Thursday, June 24, 2021
Hawaiian Electric to auto-enroll past due accounts in 12-month payment plan to avoid disconnection
By News Release @ 4:21 AM :: 939 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living, COVID-19

... First installment appears in July bills ....

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Tuesday, June 1, 2021
Homeownership for Hawaiians Requires Big Thinking!
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 9:27 PM :: 1299 Views :: DHHL, OHA, Cost of Living

... The median price of a home on Oʻahu has just reached $950,000 ....

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Friday, May 28, 2021
Affordable Housing Income Limit Drops to 'Only' $120K/yr for Family of Four
By News Release @ 11:47 PM :: 1056 Views :: Cost of Living

... the income limit for a household of four at the median level (100 percent) in 2021 is $120,800, down from last year’s $125,850. The maximum monthly rent for this household is $2,720 for a two-bedroom unit, according to DPP calculations, down from last year’s maximum rent of $2,975 ....

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Friday, May 21, 2021
Hawaii Is Replacing Its Last Coal Plant With a ‘Giant Battery’—Powered by Oil
By Selected News Articles @ 8:13 PM :: 1892 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy, Cost of Living

... The revelation that the Kapolei Energy Storage Facility will be powered with oil caused an uproar at a recent meeting, but the project is slated to continue ....

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Friday, May 21, 2021
Successful program audit helps Maui County consumers maintain low flood insurance rates
By News Release @ 8:05 PM :: 855 Views :: Maui County, Cost of Living

... Maui County policyholders save an estimated $1.4 million annually ....

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Friday, May 14, 2021
Everyone wants affordable housing
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:38 PM :: 1145 Views :: Maui County, Development, Cost of Living

... We want a Hawaii where everyone who wants to buy a home can buy one in their price range ....

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Thursday, May 13, 2021
Stung by PUC, HECO Releases 'Customer Energy Resources Strategy'
By News Release @ 4:45 PM :: 1151 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy, Cost of Living

"... to increase rooftop solar and similar customer energy resources to the scale needed to reach the state’s clean energy benchmarks ...."

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Tuesday, May 11, 2021
The affordable housing trap - Mandates can't create more housing
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:16 PM :: 1083 Views :: Maui County, Development, Cost of Living

... why housing prices have soared statewide and why affordability mandates won’t have the desired results ....

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Saturday, May 8, 2021
Mayor Victorino Bill 10 Veto Upheld, Saves Affordable Housing
By News Release @ 2:19 PM :: 2940 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

"... In theory, Bill 10 would require more affordable housing to be built, but in reality, history has shown that such additional restrictions have the opposite effect ....”

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Friday, April 30, 2021
Maui, Kona Rental Car Rates Top $900/wk
By News Release @ 12:15 AM :: 1743 Views :: Hawaii County , Maui County, Tourism, Cost of Living, COVID-19

... Kahului, Hawaii, is the most expensive U.S. destination in which to rent a car this spring ....

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Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Red tape hurts Maui housing
By Video @ 6:06 AM :: 1465 Views :: Maui County, Development, Cost of Living

... Maui County Councilmember Yuki Lei Sugimura discusses with Grassroot Institute president Keli’i Akina the detrimental impact such a well-intentioned but wrong-headed policy might have on affordable housing ....

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Friday, April 23, 2021
How high housing prices are encouraging residents to leave Hawaii
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:57 AM :: 1798 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... How to make housing affordable and help stop the exodus .... 

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Friday, April 23, 2021
FEMA Rate Hike Socks 87% of Hawaii Flood Insurance Policyholders
By News Release @ 3:47 AM :: 1489 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Under FEMA's Risk Rating 2.0 system, the cost of flood insurance will increase ....

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Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Hawaii most expensive state for energy bills
By News Release @ 9:09 PM :: 1507 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... the average monthly energy bill comes to $321 ....

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Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Hawaii ​Most Expensive State for Household Bills
By Selected News Articles @ 7:56 PM :: 1416 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... The cost of bills in Hawaii totals an average of $2,731 per month, 44.6% higher than the national average ....

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Monday, April 19, 2021
Hawaii Highest Electric Rates in USA
By News Release @ 9:54 PM :: 1914 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

“...When the government inserts itself into markets, taxpayers often foot the bill....”

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Friday, April 9, 2021
Maui Beware!
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 10:48 PM :: 1987 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... This would give Maui the second most restrictive affordable-housing law in the country ....

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Sunday, March 28, 2021
Which Hawaii Towns Have Most Overleveraged Mortgage Debtors?
By Selected News Articles @ 4:27 AM :: 1887 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... 11 of 16 Hawaii towns are in the top 10% of most overextended mortgage borrowers ....

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Monday, March 22, 2021
Doctors' Pay? Hawaii Ranks 47th
By Selected News Articles @ 9:04 PM :: 1560 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Cost of Living

... Hawaii has the 5th lowest Avg. Annual Wage for Physicians (adj for cost of living) ....

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Saturday, March 20, 2021
Former Hawaii doctor tells why he moved to the mainland
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:39 PM :: 4481 Views :: Health Care, Cost of Living

... I have a 5,000-square-foot, five-bedroom house on half an acre with a view that stretches to a river, and that house costs me $539,000 ....

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Saturday, March 20, 2021
How to worsen our doctor shortage
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:15 AM :: 1568 Views :: Health Care, Cost of Living

... Hawaii is down by more than 1,000 physicians, with no prospect of the situation improving ....

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Thursday, March 11, 2021
 How 'Affordable' Housing rules often result in no homebuilding
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:04 AM :: 1982 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... A Maui bill to increase affordability requirements is the backdrop for a discussion on how current housing policy can be improved ....

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Saturday, February 27, 2021
ALOHA Homes: Unintended Consequences
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:17 PM :: 1643 Views :: Development, Cost of Living

... the ALOHA homes program as currently envisioned in SB1 likely would result in an expensive, non-sustainable government project that would fail ....

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Friday, February 26, 2021
Good intentions not a great foundation for building houses
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:22 PM :: 1557 Views :: Maui County, Cost of Living

... Instead of creating more affordable homes, they reduce development and cause prices to go up ....

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Monday, February 22, 2021
How Minimum Wage Worker Makes $72K
By News Release @ 3:35 PM :: 1879 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

... in Full-Service Restaurants, most workers who earn minimum wage receive significantly more compensation in tips ....

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Monday, February 22, 2021
Hawaii: 4,619 residents moved out between 2018 and 2019
By Selected News Articles @ 1:22 PM :: 1598 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Where They Moved To: California, Texas and Washington ....

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Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Four Bills to Make Housing More Affordable
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:06 AM :: 1465 Views :: Development, Cost of Living

... lift zoning restrictions that hamper creative solutions to the lack of affordable housing ....

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Thursday, January 28, 2021
Labor unions push lawmakers to drop GET on groceries
By News Release @ 2:51 AM :: 2138 Views :: Labor, Taxes, Cost of Living

... ILWU, Teamsters, IATSE, UFCW ....

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Saturday, January 23, 2021
Rental Market: Troubling Signs Remain As State Prepares for an Uncertain 2021
By UHERO @ 12:54 AM :: 1898 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living, COVID-19

... UHERO second quarterly survey of rental property owners and managers ....

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