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Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Local business owners speak out about the minimum wage
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:17 PM :: 3658 Views :: Labor, Small Business

...if the minimum wage was increased, many grocery stores today would simply replace workers with automated tablets....

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Thursday, February 16, 2017
Economic Impact of Immigration by State—Hawaii 10th
By Selected News Articles @ 1:59 AM :: 3178 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

...Highest Percentage of Jobs Generated by Immigrant-Owned Businesses Rank -- 3rd....

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Monday, February 13, 2017
Anti-Fishing Lies Exposed: Attorney General Releases Point by Point Debunk of Kaniela Ing
By News Release @ 4:17 PM :: 5351 Views :: Environment, Labor, Small Business

...Must read: AG responds to 9 questions from Ing.  Short version of responses: “No, No, No, No, No, No, No, No, and No.”....

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Thursday, February 9, 2017
UH Law Review Sharing Economy Symposium
By Robert Thomas @ 3:34 AM :: 3533 Views :: Small Business

...the University of Hawaii Law Review is devoting one of its issues to a symposium on issues related to the sharing economy....

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Thursday, February 2, 2017
Recycling Company Cited for Water Pollution
By News Release @ 10:08 AM :: 4467 Views :: Environment, Small Business, Taxes

The company had also placed discarded materials and equipment in a drainage ditch that is recognized as a state water body and protected by state and federal regulations....

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Saturday, January 28, 2017
FSMA: Unknown Regulatory Threat Leaves Agriculture in Limbo
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:27 PM :: 3547 Views :: Agriculture, Small Business
“The little guy gets squeezed out.”
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Friday, January 20, 2017
Lost Jobs: Obamacare Impact on Hawaii
By News Release @ 9:32 PM :: 4055 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Small Business

How many lost jobs, shuttered businesses and lost earnings in Hawaii? ....

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Hawaii Dead Last for Pass-Thru Businesses
By Tax Foundation @ 8:36 PM :: 3412 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

In 49 out of 50 states, pass-through businesses employ over 50 percent of the private workforce. The one exception is Hawaii....

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Legislative Changes to Ensure Brokerage Compliance?
By News Release @ 10:42 AM :: 2543 Views :: Small Business

In August 2016, Oahu brokerage and property management firm Re/Max Kai Lani abruptly shut their doors, disconnected their phones, and took down their website....

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Friday, January 6, 2017
UHERO: Regulating Home-Share Rentals in Hawaii
By UHERO @ 2:08 AM :: 4397 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Tourism

Last year nearly one in three U.S. travelers stayed in home-based accommodation units compared to one in ten in 2011....

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Harbors wharfage rates to rise 34.5% in 2017
By Michael Hansen @ 1:18 AM :: 6139 Views :: Jones Act, OHA, Small Business, Cost of Living

The first two wharfage increases of 17% and 15% on February 1st and October 1st respectively will result in a 34.5% increase in 2017 on a compound basis....

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Monday, January 2, 2017
Legislative Agenda: Small Business on Defense (Again)
By News Release @ 4:53 PM :: 3607 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

The 28th Hawaii State Legislature ended on May 5, 2016, with some important victories for small business. The 29th session commences Jan. 18, 2017....

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Friday, December 30, 2016
Hawaii Gets Small Business Waiver–First in the Nation to Escape Obamacare
By News Release @ 11:16 PM :: 3913 Views :: Health Care, Small Business

“This action acknowledges the success of the state’s Prepaid Health Care Act in providing insurance to a majority of Hawaiʻi’s residents...."

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Friday, December 30, 2016
Minimum Wage $9.25 Effective January 1, 2017
By News Release @ 10:30 PM :: 4198 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

The next scheduled raise is Jan. 1, 2018 when it will increase to $10.10....

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Friday, December 30, 2016
$500K: OHA's Giant Cookie Loan
By News Release @ 2:17 AM :: 4108 Views :: OHA, Small Business

Earlier this year, OHA issued a $236,000 business loan to Mahealani Strong to support the growth of her insurance brokerage company, I A Maui Associates....

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Downtown Café Serves Crooked Politicians -- but not Trump Voters
By Andrew Walden @ 1:32 AM :: 6004 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment, Politicians, Small Business

... they let Nestor Garcia eat there ....

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Friday, December 16, 2016
Ride-Sharing bill becomes Law Without Caldwell Signature
By News Release @ 8:43 PM :: 3707 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business
He also stated his belief that “private transportation companies should be able to operate with less government regulation going forward.”
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Friday, December 16, 2016
WESPAC to Obama: Tuna Monuments Destroy Jobs
By News Release @ 1:56 PM :: 4565 Views :: Environment, Small Business

...Papahanuamokueakea MNM may account for a potential loss of about 2.5 million pounds per year of tuna and other pelagic species and affect more than 100 jobs....

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Monday, December 12, 2016
OHA Fishing for Money from Fishermen?
By Andrew Walden @ 5:40 PM :: 5302 Views :: OHA, Small Business, Taxes

OHA may be able to pick boaters’ pockets, but it turns out shore-bound fishermen are protected....

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Friday, December 9, 2016
‘Sharing’ the American Dream
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:07 PM :: 2746 Views :: Small Business

The term "shared economy" tends to bring to mind app-based services like Uber, Lyft, or Airbnb. But that's only one facet....

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Thursday, November 24, 2016
Hawaii's Aquarium Fishery: Regulated, Valuable, Sustainable
By Video @ 1:38 AM :: 4918 Views :: Environment, Small Business

It is the most intensively managed of all fisheries in the State....

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Health Department Sets Public Hearings on Changes to Food Safety Code
By News Release @ 2:14 AM :: 4248 Views :: Agriculture, Small Business

...public hearings on Hawaii Island, Maui, Oahu, and Kauai from Dec. 5-9, 2016....

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Monday, November 14, 2016
Public Hearing on Uber/Lyft rules November 21
By News Release @ 7:16 PM :: 3638 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business

...Monday, November 21, 2016 at 1 p.m. in the Mission Memorial Building hearings room....

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Monday, November 14, 2016
Fishing Groups Question Legality of Antiquities Act in Monument Designation
By News Release @ 5:57 PM :: 3746 Views :: Environment, Small Business

...President's use of the Antiquities Act to declare new marine monuments in the United States' exclusive economic zone (EEZ) is "an illegal and illegitimate use of presidential authority."....

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Sunday, October 30, 2016
Judge Posner: Cab Companies Were Chumps To Rely On Govt Monopoly to Protect Them From Competition
By Robert Thomas @ 3:37 AM :: 3463 Views :: Small Business

...holdovers from the legacy economy -- the owners of city-issued taxi medallions and permits -- did not have their property taken when the city allowed ridesharing services to operate....

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Sunday, October 30, 2016
Does Hawaii Need a "Property Ownership Fairness Act"
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:41 AM :: 3917 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

In Hawaii, this can be seen most starkly with the advent of the "shared" economy....

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Sunday, October 16, 2016
DBEDT Launches Small Business Regulatory Review
By News Release @ 4:23 PM :: 3168 Views :: Small Business

Small Business Regulatory Review Board (SBRRB) announces the newly created “Regulatory Review Card.”....

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Friday, October 14, 2016
DLNR: Fishing Fleet Labor Law not our Kuleana
By News Release @ 8:41 PM :: 3947 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 :: 3860 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 3, 2016
Hawaii Department of Transportation to study isle ferry services
By Michael Hansen @ 10:03 PM :: 3021 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 :: 4050 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 :: 5291 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 :: 3663 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 8, 2016
Papahanaumokuakea: The race for vast remote ‘marine protected areas’ may be a diversion
By Selected News Articles @ 10:17 PM :: 4313 Views :: Environment, Small Business

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

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Victory: NOAA removes humpback from endangered list
By News Release @ 7:04 PM :: 3565 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 :: 2763 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 :: 4963 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 :: 3806 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 :: 5084 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 :: 5084 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 :: 4276 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 :: 5757 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 7, 2016
Fishery Council Asks for Transparent Analysis of Proposed Marine Monument Expansion
By News Release @ 7:45 PM :: 4095 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 6, 2016
Occupational Licensing: Hawaii Most Burdensome Requirements in USA
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:00 PM :: 3664 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 4, 2016
DLNR Initiates Public Comment Period to Post One Sign at Marina
By News Release @ 2:55 AM :: 2212 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 1, 2016
Papahānaumokuākea Expansion Public Meetings
By News Release @ 2:53 PM :: 4073 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 :: 4500 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 :: 6281 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 :: 4211 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 :: 2740 Views :: Small Business

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

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