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Friday, January 25, 2019
HDOT: Uber/Lyft Eligible to Begin Sister Isle Airport Pickups
By News Release @ 4:14 AM :: 1406 Views :: Small Business

...ride share pick up locations at Kahului Airport (OGG), Lihue Airport (LIH), Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keahole (KOA), Hilo International Airport (ITO) and Kapalua Airport (JHM) have been established by HDOT....

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Small Business Poll: 88% Say 'No' to Minimum Wage Hike
By News Release @ 5:12 PM :: 1951 Views :: Labor, Small Business

...Hawaii employers have the added expense of complying with the state’s Prepaid Healthcare Act, which should be considered when examining the minimum wage....

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Thursday, January 17, 2019
Hawaii Tax Structure Uniquely Anti-Manufacturing
By Tax Foundation @ 8:42 PM :: 1894 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

...Hawaii, a state with a sales tax base so broad that it applies to more than the state’s entire economy, taxes not just the machinery businesses use to manufacture goods, but also the raw materials used in manufacturing....

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Monday, January 14, 2019
Birth Control: Judge Blocks Religious Freedom in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 11:42 AM :: 3465 Views :: First Amendment, Judiciary, Religion, Small Business

...The decision comes after a divided Ninth Circuit last month rebuked Gilliam for “abuse of discretion” by blocking interim versions of the rules in December 2017 in all 50 states....

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Wednesday, January 09, 2019
The Misinformed, Ineffective War on Styrofoam
By Heritage Foundation @ 4:43 PM :: 2223 Views :: Environment, Small Business

...a recent report on Oahu suggests that a Styrofoam ban is unlikely to reduce litter and increase recycling....

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Sunday, January 06, 2019
VIDEO: Economic Cost of Jones Act to Koloa Rum Co
By Video @ 10:45 PM :: 2378 Views :: Jones Act, Small Business

...How the Jones Act affects one Hawaii business....

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Friday, January 04, 2019
Government-Funded Sweatshops: No Minimum Wage for Hawaii Disabled Workers
By Selected News Articles @ 9:39 PM :: 4159 Views :: Ethics, Health Care, Labor, Small Business

...people with disabilities in Hawaii often work for pennies per hour while living on welfare benefits....

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Monday, December 31, 2018
Auditor: Styrofoam Ban Doesn't Reduce Litter
By News Release @ 3:13 PM :: 2612 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Small Business

...H-Power allows recycling without requiring participation in the rituals of the eco-religion....

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Sunday, December 30, 2018
OHA’s $500K Cookie Crumbles
By Andrew Walden @ 2:38 AM :: 4036 Views :: Ethics, OHA, Small Business

... “Hawaii Gourmet Cookies has ceased operations.”   That’s the word from Oahu Auctions and Liquidations ....

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Sunday, December 23, 2018
Ige Approves Rule Changes for Small Boat Harbors
By News Release @ 3:39 PM :: 2441 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

...drunks, bums, and feral animals....

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Sunday, December 23, 2018
Hawaii Becomes the Second State to Shut Out Wild-Animal Circuses
By News Release @ 3:33 PM :: 3027 Views :: Environment, Greenmail, Small Business, Tourism

...Gov. David Ige approved the new regulation Dec 21, 2018....

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Sunday, December 23, 2018
Environmental Council Completes Rewrite of Environmental Review Rules
By News Release @ 3:08 PM :: 2839 Views :: Environment, Development, Small Business

... The proposed rules now go before the Small Business Regulatory Review Board, which issues a recommendation to the Governor ....

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Thursday, December 20, 2018
Surfboards count as 'vessels' under the Jones Act, and it's creating big problems for workers' comp
By Selected News Articles @ 3:39 PM :: 2823 Views :: Jones Act, Small Business

...this would technically require the business to have both state and federal workers’ compensation insurance, which means paying two separate premiums....

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Thursday, December 20, 2018
DLNR, Animal Liberation Nuts Imagine Aquarium Poachers--Post Reward
By News Release @ 3:38 AM :: 2172 Views :: Environment, Small Business

...they're upset because nobody has been accused of violating the law....

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Thursday, December 13, 2018
Auditor: DLNR Held Back Ceded Lands Payments
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 9:32 PM :: 3391 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Land Use, OHA, Small Business

...Over $26 Million of State Portion of Ceded Land Revenues were not Transferred to the State General Fund in a Timely Manner....

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Saturday, December 08, 2018
Will US Supreme Court Hear Lesbian Home Invasion Case?
By Andrew Walden @ 5:24 PM :: 2730 Views :: First Amendment, Small Business

...The high court has Aloha BnB 'Distributed for Conference' –to decide whether to hear the case--on January 4, 2019....

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Friday, November 30, 2018
Forbes Best States for Business: Hawaii Ranks 46th
By Selected News Articles @ 3:45 PM :: 2262 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Cost of Living

...Hawaii has one of the most onerous business tax situations. Another drawback: the highest cost of living in the U.S. Hawaii’s median home price of $708,000 is $115,000 more than any other state....

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Caldwell Allows 60-Day Permitting Bill to Become Law Without Signature
By News Release @ 10:09 PM :: 3079 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Small Business

...However, Bill 64 requires certain mandates that residents and contractors should be aware of....

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Saturday, November 17, 2018
Maui rental fines not fine
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:25 AM :: 2736 Views :: Maui County, Small Business, Tourism

...Renting out your room illegally to someone vacationing on the island for 10 days would mean more than $100,000 in fines....

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Thursday, November 15, 2018
HR5025: Protect Fishermen from Enviro Fines
By News Release @ 10:57 PM :: 1603 Views :: Environment, Small Business

...Thursday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata’s bill (H.R. 5025) to put sensible time limits on any government fines and penalties for fishing vessels was marked up and passed by the Natural Resources Committee....

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Caldwell: No Limebike Treatment for Ride Sharee
By News Release @ 5:09 PM :: 2511 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business

...Unlike Limebike, Ride Sharee hired local insider Alex Wong.  That makes all the difference.  It is amusing to watch them try to explain why Ride Sharee bikes are OK and Limebikes are not....

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Thursday, November 08, 2018
EPA requires closures of 10 illegal cesspools in Hawaii in 2018
By News Release @ 5:42 PM :: 2263 Views :: Environment, Small Business

...The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s enforcement actions this year in Hawaii led to closures of 10 large-capacity cesspools and over $640,000 in fines....

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Monday, November 05, 2018
DCCA Seeking Applicants for State Boards
By News Release @ 5:21 PM :: 1794 Views :: Small Business

...DCCA is looking for qualified and dedicated volunteers to fill current and upcoming vacancies on boards, commissions and committees across the state....

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Monday, October 22, 2018
DoE Antique Mainframe Crashes--Vendors Still Waiting 3 weeks Later
By News Release @ 5:58 PM :: 2197 Views :: Education K-12, Small Business

...The DOE’s Financial Management System, which dates to the 1990s and is used to process purchase orders and payments, went out of service during an Oct. 6 upgrade....

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Monday, October 22, 2018
Test Case for Hawaii? Internet Providers Take On Vermont Net Neutrality
By Selected News Articles @ 3:05 PM :: 3002 Views :: First Amendment, Hawaii State Government, Labor, Small Business

...internet service providers sued Vermont on Thursday in an effort to overturn its recently enacted net neutrality rules....

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Thursday, October 18, 2018
Ranking Sales Taxes on the 2019 State Business Tax Climate Index
By Tax Foundation @ 3:38 PM :: 2288 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

...Hawaii 24th....

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Thursday, October 18, 2018
Lesbians Mandatory? Aloha B&B Case Appealed to US Supreme Court
By Andrew Walden @ 4:55 AM :: 2883 Views :: First Amendment, Small Business

...The Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals judicially rewrote the “Mrs. Murphy exemption” for the first time in Mrs. Young’s case....

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Wednesday, October 03, 2018
Senate Approves American Samoa Airline Cabotage Reform
By News Release @ 2:54 PM :: 3191 Views :: Jones Act, Small Business, Tourism

...Amata’s provision streamlines the requirement of foreign carriers who service the routes between Tutuila and Manu'a to reduce unnecessary paperwork....

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Monday, October 01, 2018
Food Waste Recycling Program Makes Pigs Happy--But Costs City at H-Power
By UHERO @ 8:45 PM :: 2796 Views :: Honolulu County, Agriculture, Small Business

“The vast majority of those businesses impacted by the City’s food waste recycling ordinance are continuing to use local piggeries to recycle their food waste.”

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Thursday, September 27, 2018
Business Tax Climate--Hawaii Ranks 38th
By Tax Foundation @ 4:58 PM :: 1946 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

...Hawaii 4th-worst 'Individual Income Tax'....

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Friday, September 21, 2018
Can Aloha Poke Be Trademarked?
By Selected News Articles @ 7:37 PM :: 3132 Views :: OHA, Small Business

...Although there has been extensive discussion regarding whether Aloha Poke Co.’s actions are morally justified, there has been little, if any, serious analysis as to whether its position is legally valid....

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Saturday, September 08, 2018
How Much Does Your State Collect in Corporate Income Taxes Per Capita?
By Tax Foundation @ 12:45 AM :: 2229 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

...Hawaii ranks 41st collecting $76 per capita....

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Is Hawaii Ready to Tax Internet Sellers?
By Tax Foundation @ 2:40 PM :: 1776 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

...State should proceed only after making legislative changes....

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Saturday, August 18, 2018
Uber Caldwell: Level the Playing Field for Everybody Except HandiVan
By Andrew Walden @ 5:34 PM :: 2690 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business

...In the midst of all the Uber/Lyft hysteria, Caldwell conveniently leaves the UPW job trust Handi-Van Service out of the equation.... 

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018
HDoT: New Rules Make Uber/Lyft Permanent at Airport
By News Release @ 7:58 PM :: 1712 Views :: Small Business

... The rules are in place to ensure there is a level playing field for all prearranged ground transportation companies ....

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Sunset Beach Dune Restoration Project utilizing private public partnership
By News Release @ 7:22 PM :: 2574 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, Tourism

... Project involving numerous city agencies, community groups, and local non-profits for erosion mitigation ....

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Hawaii graded 'F' for small businesses
By News Release @ 4:21 AM :: 2349 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

...Since 2012, the Thumbtack Small Business Friendliness Survey has surveyed thousands of entrepreneurs on the state and local public policies that affect their ability to start, operate, and grow a business....

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Sunday, August 05, 2018
Wayfair – Playing Catch-Up
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2496 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

...One good thing is that Hawaii has made its position known early, so that those businesses who choose to compete in our marketplace will know what the rules are....

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Friday, August 03, 2018
At NELHA, Tenant Debt Accumulates For Years, Then Is Simply Written Off
By Selected News Articles @ 10:04 PM :: 4039 Views :: Hawaii County , Small Business, Tax Credits

...Thanks to the changes in lease language, the state landlord has no clear idea of how many tenants are at NELHA, what they produce, or what rent they pay....

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Friday, August 03, 2018
WESPAC to Trump: Veto HR4528
By News Release @ 4:39 AM :: 2344 Views :: Environment, Small Business

...America's seafood consumers may soon be deprived of sustainably harvested domestic marlin products should President Trump sign legislation to prohibit interstate commerce of billfish landed in Hawaii....

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Friday, August 03, 2018
Home Care Agencies must apply for State License
By News Release @ 3:22 AM :: 2833 Views :: Health Care, Small Business

...Beginning Aug. 10, 2018, the Hawai‘i Department of Health will require all Home Care Agencies to apply for licensure by the state....

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Thursday, August 02, 2018
Mainland Animal Liberation Nuts Demand End to Aquarium Fishing
By News Release @ 2:46 AM :: 2265 Views :: Environment, Small Business

...(the usual suspects) urged Hawaii Governor David Ige to immediately halt all extraction of marine animals for aquarium purposes on Friday, July 27....

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Wednesday, August 01, 2018
20 Year Anniversary of Hawaii Small Business Regulatory Review Board
By News Release @ 6:58 PM :: 1877 Views :: Small Business

...The SBRRB is the “watchdog” for the more than 128,000 small businesses in that may be impacted by rules and regulations promulgated by state and county agencies....

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Sunday, July 29, 2018
The Wayfair Switch in Time
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2044 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

...In late June, the U.S. Supreme Court decided the Wayfair v. South Dakota case. It was a huge turning point in constitutional law involving the ability of states to tax “online sellers”....

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Saturday, July 28, 2018
EIS Will Be Required for Aquarium Permits
By News Release @ 3:26 AM :: 2036 Views :: Environment, Small Business

"...It will also give interested parties the opportunity to offer additional documentation and comment...."

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Thursday, July 26, 2018
Report: Illegal TVRs Create 7,000 Jobs on Oahu
By News Release @ 11:49 PM :: 2138 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

...the following economic impact would be at risk if 60% of O‘ahu’s Alternative Accommodation inventory were eliminated....

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Thursday, July 19, 2018
Legislature 2018: Accomplishments for small business
By News Release @ 2:36 PM :: 1492 Views :: Small Business

...paid leave, predictive scheduling, State-run retirement program....

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Farm Fair 2018: Eating the GMO Papaya
By Joni Kamiya @ 1:05 PM :: 2741 Views :: Small Business, GMOs

...A few minutes later, she came back and took a slice and ate it to the skin....

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Friday, July 13, 2018
Retroactive Internet Sales Tax--DoTax Chickens Out
By Selected News Articles @ 5:38 PM :: 2771 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

...“To avoid any constitutional concerns, the department will not retroactively administer Act 41....” 

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Friday, July 13, 2018
Caldwell Proposes Reducing Regulatory Burden on Transportation Providers
By Selected News Articles @ 2:51 AM :: 2179 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business

...“Instead of putting more restrictions on ride-hailing customers, Hawaii should explore ways to relieve taxi drivers of over-burdensome regulations,” Akina said....

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