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Saturday, July 11, 2020
​HB1819: Legislature passes bill to legalize industrial hemp
By News Release @ 3:33 AM :: 56 Views :: Agriculture, Small Business, Drugs

...Another hemp bill, Senate Bill 1353, was vetoed by Governor Ige last year, after he expressed concerns that it was unenforceable. This year’s version was worked on directly with the Governor's administration to ensure its enactment....

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Friday, July 10, 2020
Jobs Report: Lets Avoid Aggravating the Problem
By News Release @ 11:52 PM :: 108 Views :: Economy, Small Business, COVID-19

...the Hawaii Legislature should not make a dismal situation worse....

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Thursday, July 09, 2020
DoH: 'Severe Consequences' for Food Establishments Violating COVID Rules
By News Release @ 7:34 PM :: 252 Views :: Small Business, COVID-19

...Food Safety Branch will begin to temporarily suspend the operations of restaurants, bars and other food establishments that do not comply.... 

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Thursday, July 09, 2020
Hawaii GET Taxes 105 percent of the state’s personal income
By Tax Foundation @ 2:52 PM :: 229 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

...Hawaii has the broadest sales tax in the United States, but it taxes many products multiple times and, by one estimate, ultimately taxes 105 percent of the state’s personal income.  This base is far wider than the national median, where the sales tax applies to 34.25 percent of personal income....

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Friday, July 03, 2020
Can the current YB management actually control costs?
By Michael Hansen @ 11:55 PM :: 496 Views :: Jones Act, Small Business, Cost of Living

...The HPUC perceives the underlying problem as YB management’s inability to control costs and operate an effective service....

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Thursday, June 25, 2020
Ige Defers Harbor Tariff Hike
By News Release @ 10:22 PM :: 296 Views :: Jones Act, OHA, Small Business, Taxes

"...This will allow local shippers and businesses, especially those on the neighbor islands, to conduct business without worrying about a rate increase at this time....”

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Thursday, June 25, 2020
Hawaii Fisheries Down 80%
By News Release @ 10:00 AM :: 528 Views :: Small Business, COVID-19

...Federal Fishery Managers Weigh-In on Marine National Monument draft plans, COVID-19 Impacts to Fisheries and More....

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Effects of COVID-19 impact expected to be more severe and longer in Hawaii
By News Release @ 5:56 PM :: 388 Views :: Small Business, COVID-19

... Results from a national survey of small-business owners released yesterday ....

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020
AirBnB Occupancy Bounces Back – But Not in Hawaii
By News Release @ 10:53 PM :: 447 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Tourism

...Hawaii AirBnB occupancy rates are running far below those of other US destinations....

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Sunday, June 21, 2020
Pitfalls of the Subcontractor Deduction
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 634 Views :: Small Business, Tax Credits, Taxes

...another general excise tax exemption that the State Auditor has put under the microscope....

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Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Saving coral reef fisheries with management areas
By News Release @ 4:42 AM :: 420 Views :: Environment, Small Business

...setting aside some areas where fishing is prohibited....

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Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Another Hawaii Lawsuit: Coronavirus Orders Violate Right To Travel, Equal Protection, Due Process
By Robert Thomas @ 6:04 PM :: 1558 Views :: Small Business, COVID-19

...the second complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii challenging the governor's coronavirus shut down orders....

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Lockdown victims include Hawaii healthcare providers
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:37 PM :: 530 Views :: Health Care, Small Business, COVID-19

...by mid-April, the same Convention Center that was poised to be converted into extra hospital facilities was instead turned into a phone bank facility to handle the influx of unemployment claims....

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Saturday, June 06, 2020
Life in the time of lockdowns
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 10:19 PM :: 847 Views :: Small Business, COVID-19

...caught off guard by another last-minute government switcheroo....

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Saturday, June 06, 2020
Repeal Bill 40, Honolulu's discriminatory builder contracting law
By Joe Kent @ 9:56 PM :: 717 Views :: Honolulu County, Labor, Small Business

...use of CWAs, also known as project labor agreements, would drastically limit the use of nonunion employees on public projects, thereby reducing competition among bidding contractors and increasing costs for Honolulu taxpayers....

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Saturday, May 30, 2020
Report: Native Hawaiian Businesses Less Exposed to Tourism Downturn
By News Release @ 3:41 AM :: 641 Views :: OHA, Small Business, COVID-19

...New report details challenges, needs and potential of Native Hawaiian businesses during and after pandemic....

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Friday, May 29, 2020
No Bill 40 PLA: Contractors Demand Full Repeal of Union Preference Ordinance
By News Release @ 6:35 PM :: 736 Views :: Honolulu County, Labor, Small Business

...City Council to hear union preference 'fixer bill' next Wednesday, June 3....

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Mayor Victorino announces broad reopening of businesses and services on June 1 in Maui County
By News Release @ 7:38 PM :: 725 Views :: Maui County, Small Business, COVID-19

...The County’s proposed rules and reopening date have been sent to the Governor and Attorney General’s Office for review and approval....

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Mayor outlines plan to get more of Oʻahu safely back to work
By News Release @ 7:03 PM :: 759 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, COVID-19

...“Personal Service Providers” would be allowed to resume operations with modifications on Friday, May 29....

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Debunked: YB Demands $25M COVID Relief on Top of Rate Hike
By News Release @ 4:26 AM :: 1534 Views :: Jones Act, Small Business, Cost of Living, COVID-19

... YB is absorbing operating costs for Saltchuck's unregulated services.  This is a standard accounting trick for companies that are partly regulated and partly unregulated ....

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Saturday, May 23, 2020
BLNR Rejects Aquarium Fishing EIS
By News Release @ 8:26 PM :: 571 Views :: Hawaii County , Environment, Small Business

...The over 2000-page EIS had been produced by a group of ten West Hawaiʻi aquarium fishers and the National Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council, on their proposal to ask the DLNR to issue permits to the ten aquarium fishers....

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Saturday, May 23, 2020
Counties Reopening 'Medium Risk' Businesses
By News Release @ 5:10 PM :: 662 Views :: Small Business, COVID-19

...approved reopenings for Maui, Kauai, Oahu....

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Friday, May 22, 2020
26 States Will Protect Businesses from COVID-19-Related Unemployment Tax Hikes--Hawaii isn't one of them
By Tax Foundation @ 11:44 PM :: 1101 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Taxes, COVID-19

...One way policymakers can help expedite their state’s economic recovery is by protecting employers from facing higher UI tax rates at a time when they can least afford to pay them....

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Thursday, May 21, 2020
Caldwell provides re-opening requirements for Oʻahu churches and restaurants
By News Release @ 10:08 PM :: 1113 Views :: Honolulu County, First Amendment, Religion, Small Business, COVID-19

...Mayor Caldwell provides guidelines for resuming in-person spiritual services....

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Thursday, May 21, 2020
Hochberg: Governor can be sued over State of Emergency
By Video @ 8:34 PM :: 1222 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business, COVID-19

...the State of Emergency is not justified by the numbers.... 

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020
To What Extent Does Your State Rely on Sales Taxes?
By Tax Foundation @ 7:35 PM :: 600 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

...Hawaii is 9th at 36.6%....

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Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Health Department Orders Shutdown of Free Meal Service
By News Release @ 5:33 AM :: 712 Views :: Small Business, COVID-19

...Malama Meals has provided nearly 350,000 free meals to individuals impacted by the Coronavirus Crisis....

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Monday, May 18, 2020
Ige Extends Quarantine, Releases Recovery Plan
By News Release @ 9:22 PM :: 896 Views :: Small Business, COVID-19

...According to the plan – the state will start to gradually re-open medium-risk businesses and operations beginning in June – assuming the state’s COVID-19 activity remains manageable....

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Saturday, May 16, 2020
Salons are united and ready to open with modifications
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 8:42 PM :: 1032 Views :: Small Business, COVID-19

...Leading salon industry panelists demonstrated today in a live online forum hosted by Honolulu City Councilmember Kym Pine, that they are ready to open for business.... 

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Friday, May 15, 2020
Powerful stories highlight need to lift lockdown
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:22 AM :: 805 Views :: Small Business, COVID-19

...It's not too late to sign 'Let Hawaii Work' petition....

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020
CARES Money: Honolulu to Give $10K to Small Businesses
By News Release @ 5:26 PM :: 720 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, COVID-19

...Small Business Relief and Recovery Fund using $25 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding....

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Survey: Hawaii Solar installers slowed by COVID-19
By News Release @ 4:54 PM :: 658 Views :: Energy, Economy, Small Business, COVID-19

...companies indicated difficulty generating sales, and cited customer uncertainty as a primary driver of declining sales volume....

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Monday, May 11, 2020
VIDEO: Keli'i Akina Urges Gov. Ige to Continue to Reopen Economy in Balanced Way  
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:39 PM :: 880 Views :: Economy, Labor, Small Business, COVID-19

"...Thousands of people in Hawaii are calling upon the governor to 'Let Hawaii Work' again...."

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Saturday, May 09, 2020
How Solvent is Hawaii Unemployment Trust Fund?
By Tax Foundation @ 3:17 AM :: 761 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Small Business, COVID-19

...A Visual Guide to Unemployment Benefit Claims....

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Wednesday, May 06, 2020
Ige Announces First Round of Business Re-Openings
By News Release @ 5:23 AM :: 763 Views :: Small Business, COVID-19

...The latest proclamation also allows residents to leave their homes to patronize certain businesses and activities under the new “Safer-at-Home” order....

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Tuesday, May 05, 2020
COVID Wipes Out 69% of Jobs on Maui
By UHERO @ 9:45 PM :: 1793 Views :: Hawaii County , Honolulu County, Kauai County, Maui County, Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Small Business, COVID-19

...total job reductions between January and April in Honolulu county were 34% of full-time jobs and 41% of part-time. These numbers were much higher on Hawaii (50% and 67%), Maui (69% and 68%), and Kauai (56% and 62%)....

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Saturday, May 02, 2020
Court Orders FAA Clampdown on Helicopter Tours over National Parks
By Court House News @ 4:32 PM :: 947 Views :: Hawaii County , Small Business, Tourism

...Friday’s ruling says the agencies must bring 23 national parks into compliance with commercial air tour regulations.... 

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Saturday, May 02, 2020
Justice Department Approves Sale of Dairy Producer Amid Antitrust Concerns
By Court House News @ 4:15 PM :: 737 Views :: Agriculture, Small Business

...On April 30, Dean Foods completed the sales of its Hilo facility and related distribution branches on the Big Island, Kauai and Maui, as well as a license to the Meadow Gold Hawaii brand name and related intellectual property to MGD Acquisition LLC....

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Thursday, April 30, 2020
Mālama Meals - Bringing Hope Amidst the Coronavirus Crisis
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:21 AM :: 710 Views :: Small Business, COVID-19

... Mālama Meals, a new group formed by Da Spot and other partners, currently provides more than 10,000 meals a day to kupuna and others in need ....

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Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Wall Street Journal Denounces Maui Liquor Commission
By Selected News Articles @ 3:35 AM :: 1154 Views :: Maui County, Law Enforcement, Small Business, COVID-19

...Wiser regulators than those in Maui would avoid bloody-minded enforcement that deters voluntary civic action to help the public in a crisis....

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Wednesday, April 22, 2020
A Low-Risk Plan to Re-Start Hawaii’s Economy Now
By Andrew Walden @ 2:25 AM :: 4096 Views :: Economy, Small Business, COVID-19

...To reopen the economy, start with high dollar-per-human-contact businesses—ie the ones nobody is talking about.  We don’t need to wait a month to do this.... 

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Monday, April 20, 2020
Hawaii 2nd-Worst State for Work at Home
By Selected News Articles @ 6:48 PM :: 968 Views :: Small Business, Cost of Living, COVID-19

"...We also considered factors like how large and how crowded homes are in the state...."

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Sunday, April 19, 2020
Taxing Medical Practice to Death
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1115 Views :: Health Care, Small Business, Taxes

...Unless you like the idea of having doctors in rural areas being scarcer than toilet paper....

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Friday, April 17, 2020
Governor Ige Orders Face Masks in Stores Statewide
By News Release @ 8:21 PM :: 1151 Views :: Small Business, COVID-19

...Violations of these orders could result in a misdemeanor with fines of up to $5,000 and/or up to one year in prison or both....

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Thursday, April 16, 2020
HDoT Gives Dillingham Airfield Another Year
By News Release @ 10:40 AM :: 640 Views :: Small Business, Tourism, COVID-19

...HDOT Airports Division has notified tenants of Dillingham Airfield the termination of their permit at the facility has been rescinded due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic....

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Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Hawaii CoC petitions governor for more COVID aid
By News Release @ 5:23 PM :: 661 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, COVID-19

...Suspension, deferment of general excise tax collections....

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Wednesday, April 15, 2020
COVID Cluster at Two Kailua-Kona McDonalds
By News Release @ 6:13 AM :: 725 Views :: Hawaii County , Small Business, COVID-19

...We have closed our Kona Commons and McDonald’s of Walmart Kona locations for deep cleaning....

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Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Deal to Save Meadow Gold Collapses--Honolulu Plant Will Shut Down April 30
By News Release @ 5:32 AM :: 1668 Views :: Agriculture, Small Business

...Reached Agreement in Principle with an Interested Party for the Sale of Dean Foods’ Hilo Facility and Related Assets on the Big Island, Kauai and Maui as an Ongoing Business--Operations of Honolulu Facility Set to Close By April 30, 2020....

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Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Economist unpacks disruptions to Kauai, Hawaii Island real estate
By News Release @ 10:04 PM :: 1184 Views :: Hawaii County , Kauai County, Economy, Small Business, COVID-19

...Paul Brewbaker shares his COVID-19 analysis and forecast with a joint meeting of three boards of REALTORS®....

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Monday, April 13, 2020
Unmasked: Petition Demands Caldwell Reopen Fabric Stores
By News Release @ 4:36 PM :: 765 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, COVID-19

...Mayor Kirk Caldwell: Classify Fabric Stores As An Essential Business....

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