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Friday, October 14, 2016
DLNR: Fishing Fleet Labor Law not our Kuleana
By News Release @ 8:41 PM :: 3235 Views :: Labor, Small Business
“The petition’s amendments appear to focus on labor issues that are not part of DLNR’s jurisdiction.”
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Friday, October 14, 2016
Am Samoa Tuna Canneries Shutting--Again
By News Release @ 3:51 PM :: 3175 Views :: Environment, Small Business

Due to a complex series of factors, including a long history of poorly thought out and misguided government policies, we find ourselves at a crossroads....

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Monday, October 03, 2016
Hawaii Department of Transportation to study isle ferry services
By Michael Hansen @ 10:03 PM :: 2571 Views :: Small Business

...a feasibility study of various intra-island and interisland ferry services....

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Monday, September 26, 2016
Hawaii: Worst State to Start a Business
By Selected News Articles @ 10:40 PM :: 3271 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

...in Hawaii, the top challenge that entrepreneurs face is high costs, as this state has the highest cost of living in the U.S....

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Sunday, September 25, 2016
Obamacare Forcing Hawaii Doctors out of Business—Many become Hospital Employees
By News Release @ 7:21 PM :: 4472 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Small Business

81.7% Regional Growth in Hospital Ownership of Physician Practices and Employment of Physicians....

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Fishing Industry to Enforce Good Labor Practices
By News Release @ 6:50 PM :: 3106 Views :: Labor, Small Business

On the day the AP report was published, a Task Force was formed made up of influential vessel owners, suppliers, the Honolulu Fish Auction and the Hawaii Seafood Council to begin to assess the problem and work on solutions to protect the welfare of the crewmen....

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Thursday, September 08, 2016
Papahanaumokuakea: The race for vast remote ‘marine protected areas’ may be a diversion
By Selected News Articles @ 10:17 PM :: 3613 Views :: Environment, Small Business

... Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument will be as big as France, Spain and Germany combined ....

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Tuesday, September 06, 2016
Victory: NOAA removes humpback from endangered list
By News Release @ 7:04 PM :: 2948 Views :: Environment, Small Business

...But Humpbacks are still protected against the murderous onslaught of anti-Superferry whale watching boats....

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Sunday, August 28, 2016
Why Don’t We Even Look at the Regulation?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 2370 Views :: Small Business
“...Hawaii Regulatory Licensing Reform Act....”
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Thursday, August 25, 2016
Supreme Court to hear Hanalei Boatyard Case
By Robert Thomas @ 12:29 AM :: 4166 Views :: Kauai County, Land Use, Small Business

...the County of Kauai is condemning several Hanalei-area parcels to expand an adjacent public beach park....

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Saturday, August 20, 2016
Honolulu adds hurdles for military families driving for Uber, Lyft
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:31 PM :: 3202 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business

...in a state that is consistently ranked the worst place in America to make a living, the government decided to make getting a job even more challenging....

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Thursday, August 18, 2016
Construction 5.9% of Hawaii GDP—#2 in USA
By News Release @ 7:18 PM :: 4117 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Rail, Small Business

Hawaii’s construction industry made the second largest contribution to state GDP at 5.9 percent with an increase of 0.5 percent from 2014, the largest year-over-year improvement of any state....

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Hanalei Boatyard: NFIB, Owners Counsel ask Hawaii Supreme Court to Intervene
By News Release @ 5:17 AM :: 4419 Views :: Kauai County, Land Use, Small Business

The brief asks the Supreme Court to correct a critical error that could impact future eminent domain cases....

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Saturday, August 13, 2016
Papahānaumokuākea: A Model for Everything Wrong in Hawaii Politics
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:43 PM :: 3602 Views :: Environment, OHA, Small Business

Unnecessary division, stoked by ethnic, racial, and historical issues, pushed forward by an environmental movement that holds disproportionate influence in Hawaii (often heavily driven by mainland interests)....

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Thursday, August 11, 2016
Hunting, Farming & Fishing Association backs candidates who “help feed Hawaii”
By News Release @ 1:02 PM :: 4778 Views :: Environment, Politicians, Second Amendment, Small Business
“Our elected officials across the islands must work with local, state and federal governments to preserve and not restrict our rural Hawaii lifestyle.”
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Sunday, August 07, 2016
Fishery Council Asks for Transparent Analysis of Proposed Marine Monument Expansion
By News Release @ 7:45 PM :: 3441 Views :: Environment, Small Business

The proposed monument expansion could prohibit commercial tuna fishing by U.S. vessels in two-thirds of U.S. offshore waters around Hawaii....

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Saturday, August 06, 2016
Occupational Licensing: Hawaii Most Burdensome Requirements in USA
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:00 PM :: 3061 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

Hawaii has the most burdensome licensing requirements for low to middle income jobs compared to the rest of the nation....

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Thursday, August 04, 2016
DLNR Initiates Public Comment Period to Post One Sign at Marina
By News Release @ 2:55 AM :: 1777 Views :: Small Business

DOBOR’s Hawai‘i district office received a request from one of the six commercial operators moored in Keauhou bay to install a sign in order to identify their business to their customers....

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Monday, August 01, 2016
Papahānaumokuākea Expansion Public Meetings
By News Release @ 2:53 PM :: 3459 Views :: Environment, Small Business

Meetings set for Oahu and Kauai ....

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Sunday, July 31, 2016
A Dream and a Vision
By Joni Kamiya @ 5:46 PM :: 3614 Views :: Environment, Second Amendment, Small Business

...the Hunting, Farming, and Fishing Association....

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Papahanaumokuakea: OHA’s Power Grab will harm State's ability to continue trust responsibility to Native Hawaiians
By News Release @ 3:59 AM :: 5089 Views :: Environment, OHA, Small Business

Letter to Obama from Sen Akaka, Gov Cayetano, and Gov Ariyoshi ....

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Thursday, July 21, 2016
Papahanaumokuakea: Hawaii Fishermen get no response from Obama, Schatz
By News Release @ 5:25 PM :: 3421 Views :: Environment, Small Business

“As you yourself note, the Hawaii longline fishery uses ‘responsible and sustainable practices and has resulted in Honolulu’s recognition as one of the nation’s ten most productive fishing ports....’”

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016
A Practical Approach to Occupational Licensing Reform
By NCPA @ 11:28 PM :: 2270 Views :: Small Business

On average, a cosmetologist needed 372 days in training while an EMT needed just 33....

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016
CNBC: Top States for Business—Hawaii Ranks 49th
By Selected News Articles @ 7:52 PM :: 3383 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

...costs are the highest in the nation....

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Ige Vetoes Workplace Social-Media Privacy Bill
By Selected News Articles @ 5:24 PM :: 2186 Views :: Small Business

Touted by advocates as a model for laws in other states, HB 1739 nonetheless raised enforcement questions....

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Friday, July 08, 2016
Significant Increases in Labor Law Penalties
By News Release @ 3:40 AM :: 2603 Views :: Labor, Small Business

Penalties for Workers’ Compensation, Temporary Disability Insurance and Prevailing Wages Violations Increase....

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Wednesday, July 06, 2016
Former AG: Hawaii’s Short-Term Rental Regulation Preempted By Federal Law
By News Release @ 2:06 AM :: 4155 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, Tourism

“There are ... concerns about the legality of 2015’s Act 204.... It is our hope that Governor Ige will allow HB 1850 to become law...."

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Thursday, June 02, 2016
Nailed for Cronyism, DoE forced to Reopen Bidding on $100M Cool Schools Bonanza
By News Release @ 5:37 AM :: 3679 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, Small Business

...Government Contracting Explained: How Air Conditioning Costs $100K Per Classroom....

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Wednesday, June 01, 2016
Petition: Save Hawaii Fisheries
By News Release @ 3:32 PM :: 3651 Views :: Environment, Agriculture, Small Business

Petition the President of the United States to Not expand the outer boundary of the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Moument from 50 nautical miles out to 200 nautical miles....

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Sunday, May 29, 2016
Hawaii Regulatory Review Board Seeks Volunteers
By Video @ 1:15 PM :: 2149 Views :: Small Business
Did you know Hawaii had a Small Business Regulatory Review Board (SBRRB)? 
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Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Hawaii Painters Business Agent Pleads Guilty in $1.5M Theft
By Selected News Articles @ 1:38 AM :: 3954 Views :: Ethics, Labor, Small Business

...he diverted client money to his own personal use over a 17-year period....

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Jalousie Work: After 10 Years Union Lawsuit Ends
By News Release @ 1:33 AM :: 3585 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Small Business

The dispute began when the painters and glazers’ union complained to the State Contractors License Board that the contractors hired to renovate Lanakila Elementary School in 2005 were installing jalousie windows....

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Monday, May 09, 2016
UHERO: Hawaii Innovation Matters
By UHERO @ 9:17 PM :: 3189 Views :: Economy, Small Business

Innovation is the key to economic growth and prosperity....

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Friday, May 06, 2016
New FDA Regs May Shut Down 95% of E-Cig Industry
By News Release @ 3:50 PM :: 3701 Views :: Health Care, Small Business, Drugs

...The rule goes into effect August 8, 2016....

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Wednesday, May 04, 2016
Farming Entrepreneurs
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:20 PM :: 2714 Views :: Agriculture, Small Business

...GoFarm Hawaii director Steven Chiang and host Keli`i Akina discuss how a new generation of farmers is being equipped to succeed....

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Friday, April 22, 2016
What is Hurting Hawaii’s Investment Climate?
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:13 PM :: 3957 Views :: Development, Small Business, Cost of Living

“The main reason is a very cumbersome permitting process, in a way that prevents people from building housing quickly and at a low cost…."

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Bag Ban: Going Green Mindlessly
By Joni Kamiya @ 8:15 PM :: 2924 Views :: Environment, Small Business

...not only are thicker bags around, I’ve got a stock pile of paper bags now....

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Friday, April 01, 2016
Economist: GE Taxes Favor Big Business
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:02 PM :: 2772 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

Interview with David Friedman, an economist and professor of law at Santa Clara University....

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Sunday, March 27, 2016
HB1739: Boss Can Demand Your Social Media Passwords
By Selected News Articles @ 4:34 AM :: 4138 Views :: First Amendment, Labor, Small Business

...the bill provides a pretext for employers to demand employee passwords in the case of a suspected data breach....

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Monday, March 21, 2016
Hawaii Legislation Would Strengthen Franchisee Rights
By News Release @ 10:04 PM :: 2336 Views :: Small Business

...new, comprehensive guide to state franchising laws....

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Small Business Day at the Capitol, March 30
By News Release @ 2:56 PM :: 2334 Views :: Small Business

...Don't Freeze Small Business Out! is the theme of this year's Small Business Day....

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Friday, March 11, 2016
American Samoa Fights Feds for Fishing Zone
By Selected News Articles @ 2:58 PM :: 2671 Views :: Environment, Small Business

American Samoa says the U.S. government violated its sovereign rights by shrinking the zone around the territory....

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Sunday, February 14, 2016
Solving the Online Tax Dodge with Cookies?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 2836 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

Every year, lawmakers seeking to fund their favorite programs or services inevitably ask themselves....

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Thursday, February 04, 2016
KSBE: We Will Fight Leasehold Conversion Bills
By News Release @ 7:02 PM :: 4723 Views :: Education K-12, Land Use, Small Business

A message from the Kam Schools CEO....

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Thursday, February 04, 2016
State Corporate Income Tax—Hawaii Competitive?
By Selected News Articles @ 2:46 AM :: 3059 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

Though often thought of as a major tax type, corporate income taxes account for just 5.3 percent of state tax collections nationally ....

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Thursday, January 21, 2016
Speaker Souki Proposes Fee Simple Conversion of Commercial Land Leases
By Selected News Articles @ 2:52 AM :: 4536 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Land Use, Small Business

Hawaii has done it before with lands supporting single-family and multi-family homes. Those historic actions gave the ordinary working person new opportunities for true homeownership....

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Friday, January 08, 2016
DLNR to Loosen Death Grip on Hilo Businesses?
By News Release @ 1:53 PM :: 4274 Views :: Hawaii County , Land Use, Small Business

One of the leases at Banyan Drive has expired and has been placed on a month-to-month revocable permit. Other leases at Banyan Drive and in the Kanoelehua Industrial Area will expire in the next several years....

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Wednesday, December 23, 2015
2016: Unemployment Taxes to Drop 26%
By News Release @ 11:00 PM :: 3438 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Taxes

Improved Rates Projected to Save Employers $50 Million....

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Thursday, December 17, 2015
Honolulu: Average Small Business Invoices $105K per Year
By News Release @ 12:57 PM :: 2702 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

Invoice2go’s ranking, pulled from aggregated usage data from more than 23,000 small and micro business owners across the U.S., shines a light on an otherwise difficult to measure subset of the economy....

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Thursday, November 19, 2015
Hawaii Small Businesses Slowest to be Paid in USA
By News Release @ 6:01 AM :: 3817 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

Hawaii small businesses wait 95 days on average to get paid on invoices....

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