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Sunday, April 07, 2019
Revenue Raisers Already Sent to the Governor
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1083 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

...our legislature has a dogged focus on new taxes....

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Friday, April 05, 2019
DLNR Seeks Bidders to Redevelop Ala Wai Harbor
By News Release @ 2:09 PM :: 1094 Views :: Honolulu County, Land Use, OHA, Small Business, Tourism

...The redevelopment should take into consideration input received in the DTL, LLC Final Report....

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Sunday, March 31, 2019
Judgments Aren’t Necessarily the End of Litigation
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 835 Views :: Judiciary, Taxes, Tourism

...Before the ink was dry on those judgments, the Department of Taxation produced additional assessments against the taxpayers, this time on car rental commissions....

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Friday, March 29, 2019
Tourist Numbers Up, Spending Down (again)
By News Release @ 1:24 AM :: 731 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...Hawaii Visitor Statistics Released for February 2019....

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Thursday, March 28, 2019
Environmental Review for Aloha Stadium Tear-Down Begins
By News Release @ 6:07 PM :: 982 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government, Higher Education, Rail, Tourism

...We already have a good stadium.  And this consultant now admits Aloha Stadium is located in the best possible place.  So why tear it down for yet another unnecessary boondoggle?....

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Thursday, March 28, 2019
Reforming Rental Car Excise Taxes
By News Release @ 1:48 PM :: 679 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

...a byzantine structure of taxes and fees, with effective tax rates on consumers often exceeding 30 percent....

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Maui Mayor Proposes $869.5M Budget
By News Release @ 3:16 PM :: 796 Views :: Maui County, Small Business, Taxes, Tourism

...tax increases would affect commercial, up by 14 cents per $1,000 of valuation; industrial, up by 3 cents per thousand; hotel and resort, up by 23 cents per thousand; and short-term rental, up by 27 cents per thousand....

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019
House Resolution Seeks Return of Hawaiian Airlines Call Center
By Rep Bob McDermott @ 11:37 AM :: 1018 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Tourism

...the House Labor Committee unanimously approved a draft resolution calling on Hawaiian Airlines to return the 200 plus call center jobs it has outsourced to the Philippines....

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Friday, March 08, 2019
SB931: Tourism Industry Aims to Shut Down Aquarium Fishery
By Selected News Articles @ 7:12 PM :: 937 Views :: Environment, Small Business, Tourism

...Introduction of the aquarium fishery closure bill is the tourist groups’ attempt to preempt the HEPA environmental review completion....

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Thursday, March 07, 2019
DoH Launches Marijuana Sales to Tourists
By News Release @ 2:39 AM :: 857 Views :: Tourism, Drugs

...Out-of-state minors can also apply if they (claim to) meet specific eligibility criteria....

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Wednesday, March 06, 2019
Hirono Suggests She Was Joking When She Criticized the Green New Deal
By Selected News Articles @ 3:23 AM :: 1533 Views :: Environment, Congressional Delegation, Tourism

...Just kidding! It turns out Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) is a fan of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez....

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Thursday, February 28, 2019
January: More Tourists--Less Spending
By News Release @ 3:12 PM :: 646 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...Visitors to the Hawaiian Islands spent a total of $1.62 billion in January 2019, a decrease of 3.8 percent compared to January 2018....

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Sunday, February 24, 2019
Aloha Stadium Scheme Exploits Federal Tax Breaks
By Selected News Articles @ 6:52 PM :: 869 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government, Tourism

...the program’s requirement that investments must “substantially improve” zone property in order to qualify for tax breaks is quite loose....

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Friday, February 22, 2019
Anti-Sunscreen Hysteria Designed to Force New Products Past FDA
By Selected News Articles @ 5:44 PM :: 816 Views :: Environment, Tourism

...Sunscreen has been in the news a lot lately. Both Hawaii and Key West, Florida, are trying to ban sunscreens containing certain ingredients....

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Thursday, February 21, 2019
DOBOR Sets Hearings for Massive Fee Hikes
By News Release @ 4:19 PM :: 921 Views :: Small Business, Tourism, Cost of Living

...People who use any of Hawai‘i’s small boat harbors, offshore moorings, landings or wharfs will have a chance to comment on new proposed fees and rules....

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Friday, February 15, 2019
Charting a New Course For Hawaii Tourism
By UHERO @ 1:21 PM :: 710 Views :: Tourism

...Diminishing economic contribution, eroding resident sentiment, and increasing congestion and stress on sites and attractions provide evidence that the current governance model is inadequate....

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Thursday, February 07, 2019
Green New Deal: Kamala Harris Endorses Socialist Plan to Ban Air Travel and Cows
By Selected News Articles @ 10:14 PM :: 2674 Views :: Democratic Party, Environment, Agriculture, Congressional Delegation, Tourism

“That would be pretty hard for Hawaii” -- Sen Mazie Hirono

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Wednesday, February 06, 2019
There’s insufficient evidence your sunscreen harms coral reefs
By Selected News Articles @ 1:56 AM :: 1056 Views :: Environment, Health Care, Tourism

...the few studies that have addressed the environmental impacts of sunscreens experimentally “are not representative of real world conditions”....

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Wednesday, February 06, 2019
ICA Throws out Case Against Vacation Rental
By Robert Thomas @ 1:24 AM :: 1148 Views :: Honolulu County, Land Use, Tourism

...Hitting someone with a notice of violation and then telling them to disprove it (all the while laboring under ever-increasing daily fines) just won't cut it....

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Tuesday, February 05, 2019
Restaurant Closures Correlate to Minimum Wage Hikes
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:05 PM :: 1129 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Tourism

...For every dollar that the San Francisco minimum wage went up, there was a 4 to 10 percent increase in the likelihood of restaurant closings....

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Monday, February 04, 2019
​Volcano Homeowners Face New Threat—From Government
By Selected News Articles @ 3:52 PM :: 1253 Views :: Hawaii County , Land Use, Tourism

...Beginning April 1, homeowners won’t be allowed to offer their homes as short-term rentals unless their properties fall within designated “resort zones”—and they can face tens of thousands of dollars in fines for violating that law....

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Thursday, January 31, 2019
Tourist Arrivals up 5.9% for 2018
By News Release @ 10:40 PM :: 540 Views :: Tourism

...Visitors to the Hawaiian Islands spent $17.82 billion in 2018, an increase of 6.8 percent compared to 2017....

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Shark Bites: Hawaii Still #2 in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 11:48 AM :: 883 Views :: Environment, Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...In addition to the 66 unprovoked attacks worldwide, there were also 34 provoked attacks. Those include instances where divers are bitten after harassing or trying to touch sharks, as well as attacks on spearfishers or people trying to feed sharks....

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Friday, January 25, 2019
Auction: Omidyar Dairy Liquidating?
By Andrew Walden @ 9:46 PM :: 1368 Views :: Kauai County, Agriculture, Tourism

...In addition to spawning anti-dairy activism, Omidyar’s Kauai dairy proposal created a political and perhaps legal precedent requiring previously exempt farmers to obtain an environmental impact statement before commencing operations....

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Saturday, December 29, 2018
Nancy Pelosi Vacations at Fairmont Orchid During Government Shutdown
By Selected News Articles @ 3:20 PM :: 2454 Views :: National News, Tourism

...Pelosi was spotted on Thursday vacationing at a four-diamond resort in Hawaii despite an ongoing battle in Washington, D.C., that led to a government shutdown....

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Thursday, December 27, 2018
November: Visitor Arrivals Up, Spending Flat
By News Release @ 2:13 PM :: 1227 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...Total visitor arrivals rose to 781,990 (+4.3%) in November compared to a year ago....

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Sunday, December 23, 2018
Ige Approves Rule Changes for Small Boat Harbors
By News Release @ 3:39 PM :: 1581 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 :: 1726 Views :: Environment, Greenmail, Small Business, Tourism

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

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Sunday, December 16, 2018
The County Strikes Back (part 4)
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1299 Views :: Maui County, Taxes, Tourism

...We continue with our series about a timeshare association suing Maui County seeking to invalidate its “Time Share” property classification, with the county then striking back.... 

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Thursday, December 13, 2018
Hawaii hotel strike linked to lack of economic freedom
By Selected News Articles @ 8:42 PM :: 1921 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Tourism, Cost of Living

...According to the Grassroot Institute, high taxes, high government spending and burdensome regulation were major reasons economic freedom in the state continued to decline; they also contributed heavily to the state’s high cost of living....

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Sunday, December 09, 2018
The County Strikes Back (part 3)
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 1387 Views :: Maui County, Taxes, Tourism

...We continue with our series about a timeshare association suing the county, with the county then back assessing the association for $10 million.... 

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Sunday, December 02, 2018
The County Strikes Back (part 2)
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 1494 Views :: Maui County, Taxes, Tourism

...Timeshare association sues county; county then back assesses association for $10 million.... 

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Thursday, November 29, 2018
Visitor Arrivals Jump 4.4% for October--Spending Drops
By News Release @ 2:42 PM :: 864 Views :: Tourism

...The average daily census (i.e. number of visitors on any given day) in October was 210,960, up 1.8 percent compared to a year ago....

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Thursday, November 29, 2018
$3.56M Tourism Industry Payoffs to Community Groups Statewide
By News Release @ 2:36 PM :: 892 Views :: Tourism

...$3.56 Million to Support 130 Hawaiian Culture, Natural Resources and Community Programs....

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Connected: Rail, Pensions, and Vacation Rentals
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:48 PM :: 1563 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Rail, Taxes, Tourism

...Keli'i Akina and Joe Kent discuss the latest research by the Grassroot Institute on rail, vacation rentals and the unfunded liabilty of Hawaii's public pension system....

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Monday, November 26, 2018
Council Resolution: Ban Cars, Buses from Waikiki by 2030
By News Release @ 2:11 PM :: 2208 Views :: Energy, Environment, Tourism

... The Public Works, Infrastructure & Sustainability Committee will publicly discuss its Draft 1 of Resolution 18-221 [1] in the City Council Committee Meeting Room, on the 2nd floor of Honolulu Hale, at 1:00 pm Weds ....

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Monday, November 26, 2018
The County Strikes Back (part 1)
By Tom Yamachika @ 2:03 PM :: 1382 Views :: Maui County, Taxes, Tourism

...a long and hotly litigated property tax case from Maui....

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Saturday, November 17, 2018
Maui rental fines not fine
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:25 AM :: 1635 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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Friday, November 02, 2018
Haleiwa Shark Tour Boat Busted for Chumming
By News Release @ 4:07 PM :: 1087 Views :: Environment, Tourism

...The violation is petty misdemeanor that upon conviction could have fines and jail time....

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Tourist Count up 3.5% --Big Island Drops 14%
By News Release @ 8:09 PM :: 1141 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...visitor spending and arrivals are up sharply everywhere except the Big Island....

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Sunday, October 21, 2018
Shore water event application deadline extended for non-North Shore surf events
By News Release @ 3:28 PM :: 1164 Views :: Honolulu County, Tourism

...Short term extension valid for events scheduled between October 22, 2018 and February 28, 2019....

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Wednesday, October 03, 2018
Senate Approves American Samoa Airline Cabotage Reform
By News Release @ 2:54 PM :: 1882 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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Thursday, September 27, 2018
Hawaii Visitor Spending Increased 1.4 Percent to $1.41 Billion in August
By News Release @ 4:02 PM :: 916 Views :: Tourism

“The 1.4 percent increase in visitor spending for August was the lowest of any month since May 2016. Additionally, the $1.41 billion in total visitor spending was the lowest of any month so far this year."

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Thursday, September 27, 2018
Kauai We Have a Problem
By Video @ 3:56 PM :: 1419 Views :: Kauai County, Tourism

...overtourism....

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Engineers: Sea Life Park Falling Apart- A Disaster Waiting To Happen
By News Release @ 4:39 PM :: 1693 Views :: Tourism

...“when the wind was blowing, the building was moving, if this building collapses during a show, the dolphins, and possibly hundreds of people will be injured or possibly killed.”...

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Friday, August 31, 2018
State Visitor Count Up 5.2% for July--Big Island Down 12.7%
By News Release @ 1:37 AM :: 1130 Views :: Tourism

...The island of Hawaii recorded decreases in visitor spending (-7.2% to $201.1 million) and arrivals (-12.7% to 153,906) compared to last year....

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Thursday, August 23, 2018
New Rabies Quarantine Rules Announced
By News Release @ 3:08 AM :: 1740 Views :: Agriculture, Tourism

...Revises Requirements for 5 Day or Less Program....

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Sunset Beach Dune Restoration Project utilizing private public partnership
By News Release @ 7:22 PM :: 1759 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 01, 2018
Hawaii Visitor Spending Up 10.8% in First Half of 2018--Down for June on Big Island
By News Release @ 4:27 AM :: 2111 Views :: Hawaii County , Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...Hawaii island eruption-related tourism losses could exceed $200 million....

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Monday, July 30, 2018
Honolulu Surf Contests: New Rules in Effect Starting July 30
By News Release @ 2:35 AM :: 1470 Views :: Honolulu County, Tourism

...Application deadline for first triennial calendar set for September 28, 2018.... 

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