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Thursday, January 12, 2017
Hawaii Better to Rent Than Buy
By News Release @ 9:42 PM :: 3408 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

Home Ownership More Costly Than Renting on Oahu, Maui, Big Island ....

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Thursday, January 05, 2017
Dean Nishina Appointed Consumer Advocate
By News Release @ 6:42 PM :: 3560 Views :: Energy, Hawaii State Government, Cost of Living

Nishina previously served in the role from December 2009 to January 2011....

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Wednesday, January 04, 2017
Harbors wharfage rates to rise 34.5% in 2017
By Michael Hansen @ 1:18 AM :: 4770 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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Friday, December 30, 2016
Minimum Wage $9.25 Effective January 1, 2017
By News Release @ 10:30 PM :: 3346 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 16, 2016
HECO Demands 7% Rate Hike–Blames Green Energy Schemers
By News Release @ 9:25 PM :: 3303 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

Company cites spending $900M in grid upgrades for reliability, renewable energy....

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Friday, December 16, 2016
Interest in building ohana units rising on Maui
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:32 AM :: 4336 Views :: Maui County, Land Use, Cost of Living

Instead of spending money on enforcement, it would be better to use resources to expedite the permitting process....

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Thursday, December 01, 2016
Harbors Division Fee Hike designed to boost $77M OHA Slush Fund?
By Andrew Walden @ 11:48 PM :: 6641 Views :: Economy, OHA, Taxes, Cost of Living

...OHA milked $12,684,000 from Harbors Division in 2015....

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Saturday, November 19, 2016
UHERO: Desperately Seeking Housing in Honolulu
By UHERO @ 11:29 PM :: 2620 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...presentation for the Building Industry Association of Hawaii's 2016 summit, "Still Houseless in Honolulu."....

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Is the Hawaii Wharfage increase justified?
By Michael Hansen @ 9:18 PM :: 3478 Views :: Jones Act, Taxes, Cost of Living

...asking Harbors to release the financial information that would justify the need for a wharfage rate increase....

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Sunday, November 06, 2016
Build up, build out, or accept Hawaii’s high cost of living
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:47 AM :: 3565 Views :: Land Use, Cost of Living

...what isn’t working....

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Saturday, November 05, 2016
Djou: I will Build 10,000 Affordable Units on Oahu
By Rep Charles Djou @ 3:01 AM :: 3672 Views :: Honolulu County, Homelessness, Cost of Living

... 10,000 ‘rent-to-equity,’ truly affordable homes ....

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Sunday, October 30, 2016
55% Hike in Harbor Fees: Transportation Department Grabs for More of Your Money
By News Release @ 5:03 PM :: 3529 Views :: Jones Act, Taxes, Cost of Living

...The first public hearing on the proposal will be Nov. 7 at noon at the Pier 11 terminal at Honolulu Harbor....

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Sunday, October 30, 2016
Lower Oil Prices Benefit Hawaii Most of All
By News Release @ 2:11 AM :: 3432 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

Expenditures on gasoline and other energy goods declined 27.4 percent in Hawaii....

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Saturday, October 22, 2016
HECO Touts Wholesale Solar Rates Higher than Mainland Retail Rates
By News Release @ 4:34 AM :: 2947 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

...Only 8 states have RETAIL rates higher than the 0.145 per kwh WHOLESALE rate HECO is touting here as if it were a good price for erratic electricity....

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Thursday, October 20, 2016
Time-of-Use Rates Punish Evening Consumers with 55% Rate Hike on Oahu
By News Release @ 3:32 AM :: 3414 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

Here's how the rates will compare with current residential rates....

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Thursday, October 13, 2016
Djou: My Plan To Create More Affordable Housing
By Rep Charles Djou @ 7:51 PM :: 2880 Views :: Honolulu County, Cost of Living

I've met so many young people on the campaign trail, who graduated from college, work hard, and are still unable to buy their first home....

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Friday, October 07, 2016
‘Incredible’ 35% HMSA Hawaii Obamacare Rate Hike for 2017
By News Release @ 3:37 PM :: 3842 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

Kaiser rates are going up 25.9% ....

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Friday, September 30, 2016
More Regulation Won’t Make Housing Affordable
By Selected News Articles @ 9:31 PM :: 3262 Views :: Land Use, Cost of Living

“local barriers to housing development have intensified....”

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Friday, September 30, 2016
US Census Report on Housing Affordability
By Selected News Articles @ 9:00 PM :: 2113 Views :: Cost of Living

Value-to-income ratios above 3 suggest real or artificial limits on the ability of homebuilders to meet the demand for new housing....

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Friday, September 30, 2016
Rand Paul: Give Caldwell a Cash Bonus so he Won’t Waste Affordable Housing Money
By Selected News Articles @ 3:43 PM :: 2927 Views :: Honolulu County, Cost of Living

...the city of Honolulu dumping nearly $10 million of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) money into buying apartments over property value to remain eligible for the funds....

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Friday, September 30, 2016
Maui County in Top 10 Least Affordable
By Selected News Articles @ 12:38 PM :: 3705 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

24 Percent of U.S. County Housing Markets Less Affordable Than Their Historic Norms in Q3 2016....

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Monday, September 26, 2016
Hawaii #1 State for long-term delinquent mortgage squatting
By Selected News Articles @ 11:25 PM :: 3010 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living
Hawaii tops the list of the states with the highest percentage of borrowers who refuse to pay their mortgages for three years or more….
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Monday, September 26, 2016
Affordable Housing Funds Wasted; There's a Better Way Forward
By Rep Charles Djou @ 10:45 PM :: 3009 Views :: Honolulu County, Cost of Living

...the City failed to spend $26 million in the affordable housing fund and such failure may require the City to give back these funds to the Federal government....

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Thursday, September 22, 2016
Djou, Savio: City Still Failing on Affordable Housing
By Rep Charles Djou @ 11:02 PM :: 4113 Views :: Development, Rail, Cost of Living

"Last week we learned that the City failed to spend tens of millions of dollars in the affordable housing fund and we may now lose this money."

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016
PUC Approves ‘Time of Use’ Electric Rates
By News Release @ 5:10 PM :: 3274 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

TOU rates are higher during the evening when the overall electricity demand is greatest....

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016
HELCO Proposes $19.3M Rate Hike, Blames Trees
By News Release @ 4:59 PM :: 4319 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy, Cost of Living

If approved, a typical residential bill for 500 kilowatt hours on Hawaiʽi Island would increase by $9.31 a month to $171.16....

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016
High Cost of Living Pushes Hawaii Poverty Rate to 9th in USA
By News Release @ 2:32 AM :: 3072 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...229,000 people are living below the poverty line in Hawaii.  This is 16.8% of the population....

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Saturday, September 10, 2016
Rent control would worsen affordable housing shortage
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:27 PM :: 2293 Views :: Cost of Living

When New York City implemented tough rent control policies during the 1970s and early 1980s, over 300,000 apartments were abandoned over an 11-year period....

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Thursday, September 08, 2016
Hawaii #1 Again--Average Home Price $904K
By News Release @ 5:47 PM :: 2647 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

The 2016 Coldwell Banker Home Listing Report ....

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Thursday, August 25, 2016
Airbnb Probably Isn’t Driving Rents Up Much, At Least Not Yet
By Selected News Articles @ 3:06 AM :: 3325 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism, Cost of Living

In Honolulu, Air BnB lists 295 commercial BnB units ....

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Saturday, August 20, 2016
Maili Most Stressed Place in Hawaii, Mountain View Least
By Selected News Articles @ 5:05 PM :: 3748 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Cost of Living

Percentage of population with a long commute, Hours worked, Percentage of income spent on rent....

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Thursday, August 11, 2016
Honolulu Most Expensive in USA--$100 worth only $80
By Tax Foundation @ 6:52 PM :: 3163 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

But in rural Hawaii $100 is worth $101.70....

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Hawaii Section 8 Waiting List Opening for First Time in Decade
By News Release @ 10:43 PM :: 3407 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Homelessness, Cost of Living

There is currently no one on the waiting list, which will reopen on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016....

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Thursday, August 04, 2016
Hawaii: $100 Worth only $85.62
By Selected News Articles @ 12:57 PM :: 3526 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...your purchasing power is among the worst in the country....

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Honolulu Tops Cities Where Coffee Costs the Most
By Selected News Articles @ 4:52 PM :: 2442 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

The most expensive nationwide is Honolulu, where coffee costs an average of $7.56....

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Saturday, July 16, 2016
Feds: Honolulu Highest Consumer Prices in USA
By News Release @ 6:38 PM :: 2501 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

Prices in urban Honolulu are 23.5% higher than average....

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Report: $10K ‘Affordability Gap’ for Hawaii College Students
By News Release @ 3:10 PM :: 2626 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Higher Education, Cost of Living

Between low wages and high net prices, no state can claim that the average four-year college is affordable for low-income students....

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016
DBEDT: Housing Over 40% of Consumer Spending for Kauai, Hawaii Co
By News Release @ 5:16 PM :: 4161 Views :: Hawaii County , Kauai County, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...An average household in Hawaii County spent an average of $51,700 in 2014....

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Sunday, June 12, 2016
Why Do We Tax Shipping?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 4456 Views :: Jones Act, Taxes, Cost of Living

...making the shipping more expensive and thereby directly adding to the cost of living....

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Friday, June 03, 2016
DBEDT: Housing, Transportation, and Food Cost $46,700/year
By News Release @ 4:11 PM :: 2539 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

A typical Maui household spent an average of $65,197 in 2014. About 72 percent of the total household spending went towards the three basic needs categories....

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Thursday, May 26, 2016
Hawaii Most Unaffordable Rentals of Any State
By News Release @ 2:55 AM :: 3250 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

In Hawaii the two-bedroom housing wage is $34.22/hr ....

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Monday, May 23, 2016
Hawaii Seniors’ Income: Say 'aloha' to a good retirement
By Selected News Articles @ 6:30 PM :: 4109 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...ratios of pre-retirement income that seniors are replacing range from a high of 72.59% in Hawaii to a low of 48.22% in Massachusetts....

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Monday, May 23, 2016
Hawaii: Worst State to make a Living
By Selected News Articles @ 3:44 AM :: 4756 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...For the sixth year in a row Hawaii was named the worst state to make a living for its 68.6 percent higher cost of living than the national average....

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Friday, May 13, 2016
Dollar Worth only $0.86 in Hawaii, the most expensive state
By Selected News Articles @ 7:03 PM :: 2854 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...compared to the national average cost of goods and services....

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Monday, May 09, 2016
Getting Old? Hawaii 7th Best Place to be
By News Release @ 11:39 PM :: 3031 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Cost of Living

...Study Examining Senior Care Cost and Quality Reveals Best and Worst States to Age in....

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Saturday, April 30, 2016
House Democrats: Ballot Photos, Gun Restrictions and Sex Change Operations
By News Release @ 8:22 PM :: 3565 Views :: Family, Health Care, Cost of Living

House Democrats are here to cut off your ....

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016
DBEDT: Housing Gobbles Up Hawaii Consumers Income
By News Release @ 3:30 AM :: 2646 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...Compared with 2004‐2005, Honolulu consumers spent more on housing in 2013‐2014, with the share of housing increasing from 31.7% to 43.2%....

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Monday, April 25, 2016
Hawaii Preschool Costs More Than College
By News Release @ 9:37 PM :: 3893 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...Child care for a 4-year-old costs an average of $776 each month....

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Friday, April 22, 2016
What is Hurting Hawaii’s Investment Climate?
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:13 PM :: 3859 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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Friday, April 15, 2016
Honolulu Average Monthly Rent Jumps 7.28%
By News Release @ 6:45 PM :: 2274 Views :: Cost of Living

...the average monthly rent for single-family homes in Honolulu was $2,691....

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