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Friday, February 23, 2024
UHERO: Hawaii Economy Slowing
By UHERO @ 6:17 AM :: 190 Views :: Maui County, Economy, COVID-19

... disasters from COVID to Lahaina are the only thing holding Hawaii's economy together ....

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Tuesday, February 20, 2024
Hawaiʻi’s future jobs: 70% require postsecondary education by 2031
By UHERO @ 1:55 PM :: 354 Views :: Economy, Higher Education

“...I think there is a misconception now that there are jobs that are great right here in Hawaiʻi that you can get right after high school with just a high school diploma and that’s just not the case....”

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Thursday, February 8, 2024
UHERO: After Six Months of 'Relief' Lahaina Survivors Health Worsens
By UHERO @ 3:30 PM :: 1011 Views :: Maui County, Hawaii Statistics

... About half of Maui residents impacted by the August wildfires say their health is worse now compared to a year ago ....

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Tuesday, November 7, 2023
Homeowner Politics and Housing Supply
By UHERO @ 12:48 AM :: 1572 Views :: Development, Land Use

... councillors representing a higher number of homeowners are more likely to oppose housing bills ....

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Tuesday, October 24, 2023
UHERO: Reduce fire risk with regulation, restoration of fallow ag lands
By UHERO @ 10:12 PM :: 1593 Views :: Maui County, Agriculture, Land Use

... Fallow agricultural lands now comprise approximately 40% of all agricultural lands or 25% of lands across the state ....

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Tuesday, October 24, 2023
Honolulu Businesses Invited to Participate in Small Business Survey
By UHERO @ 9:25 PM :: 786 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business

... Results from this survey will help the city allocate resources to better support the business community ....

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Thursday, September 28, 2023
New dashboard highlights areas of Hawaiʻi housing crisis
By UHERO @ 10:04 PM :: 1782 Views :: Development, Hawaii Statistics, Land Use, Cost of Living

... customize data reports based on location, with information such as property and rental market, demographics, zoning and housing stock ....

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Friday, September 22, 2023
Wildfires deliver heavy blow to Maui economy
By UHERO @ 4:30 PM :: 1525 Views :: Maui County, Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... Hawaii economists say Lahaina locals could be priced out of rebuilt town without zoning changes  ....

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Saturday, September 9, 2023
Economic Perspective of Maui’s Devastating Wildfires
By UHERO @ 3:35 AM :: 1604 Views :: Maui County, Economy

“Tourism…dropped off the edge of the Earth.”

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Friday, September 1, 2023
UHERO: Maui wildfire impacts and recovery challenges
By UHERO @ 4:28 AM :: 1395 Views :: Maui County

... displaced families are now searching for housing in one of the nation’s most expensive markets ....

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Wednesday, August 23, 2023
Solar Users Hit Hard by HECO 'Time of Use' Rate Increases
By UHERO @ 11:03 PM :: 3209 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

... NEM solar users bills increase: 100%, 200%, or more ... 

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Tuesday, August 15, 2023
What Does It Mean for HTA to be Administratively Attached to DBEDT?
By UHERO @ 9:07 PM :: 1909 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tourism

... HRS Chapter 26-35 spells out the requirements that apply to an agency administratively attached to a state department ....

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Wednesday, July 12, 2023
35 Years of Stagnation: Tourism Income Flat Since 1988
By UHERO @ 4:36 PM :: 4535 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... in recent decades visitor spending stopped growing while the number of tourists continued to increase ....

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Saturday, July 1, 2023
Long COVID and Unemployment in Hawaii
By UHERO @ 8:50 PM :: 1595 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, COVID-19

...Roughly 10-30% of people who get COVID, suffer persistent symptoms colloquially known as “long COVID”....

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Friday, May 12, 2023
Promise and peril for Hawaiʻi’s economy, UHERO forecasts
By UHERO @ 6:01 PM :: 1878 Views :: Economy

... A national recession will weigh on Hawaiʻi later this year ....

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Monday, April 24, 2023
UHERO: Effect of Eliminating all Short-term vacation rentals?
By UHERO @ 5:30 PM :: 2691 Views :: Tourism, Cost of Living

... In Waikiki, Lahaina, and Kihei, 10,000s of hotel condo units were built as STRs in the 1980s and 1990s long before anybody ever heard of AirBnB and long before the recent housing inflation.  'Removing all STRs' would include stripping these units of their rights.  You are not supposed to notice this fatuous little trick, but now you have ....

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Sunday, April 9, 2023
UHERO: Hawaii needs a Super-HTA with 'Authority and Force to Require Others to Carry out the Plan'
By UHERO @ 4:01 PM :: 2239 Views :: Tourism

"...HTA’s statutory authority lacks force .... HTA did not have sufficient authority or resources to require others to help carry out (the) plan...."

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Friday, March 3, 2023
UHERO: Public Campaign Financing for Hawaii?
By UHERO @ 11:00 AM :: 1604 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment

... Hawai‘i has had a system of partial public financing in place for more than forty years, but few candidates participate ....

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Monday, February 13, 2023
HB1049: Avoiding disincentives in new affordability plan
By UHERO @ 11:41 PM :: 1343 Views :: Tax Credits

... Policy “cliffs” occur when a large benefit is suddenly withdrawn when income exceeds some threshold, even if by only $1. Cliffs may also reduce incentives to work and earn more ....

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Thursday, January 5, 2023
Hawaii COVID Economy: Working only Two Jobs Instead of Three
By UHERO @ 3:26 PM :: 1872 Views :: Economy, COVID-19

... "7.2% of the individuals were furloughed, or reduced their working hours while 6.6% of them reported having someone in their family furloughed or reducing working hours" ....

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Saturday, December 17, 2022
UHERO: Severe economic downturn unlikely for Hawaiʻi
By UHERO @ 1:54 AM :: 1615 Views :: Economy, Tourism

... Rising interest rates, dwindling pandemic era savings and the coming U.S. downturn will cause a pause in growth next year. But the belated recovery of the Japanese visitor market and surging public sector construction will prevent a recession in the islands ....

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Wednesday, December 14, 2022
​The effects of the pandemic on the economy of Hawaii
By UHERO @ 10:58 PM :: 1786 Views :: Economy, COVID-19

... comparing the actual outcomes during the affected period with the pre-pandemic forecast ....

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Monday, November 14, 2022
UHERO: Visitors-only fee may be illegal
By UHERO @ 6:44 PM :: 1974 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes, Tourism

... Rethinking HTA’s “Regenerative Tourism Fee” ....

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Sunday, October 30, 2022
Supply-side constraints to expanding Hawaii residential housing
By UHERO @ 3:10 AM :: 1829 Views :: Development, Land Use

... UHERO Executive Director Carl Bonham participated in a panel on supply-side constraints to expanding residential housing at the Hawaii Economic Association’s 2022 Annual Conference ....

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Thursday, October 27, 2022
Hawai‘i Tourism in Search of the Promised Land
By UHERO @ 11:59 PM :: 1452 Views :: Tourism

"...The problem has been implementation...."

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Friday, September 23, 2022
UHERO: US recession will weigh on Hawaii’s recovery
By UHERO @ 12:23 PM :: 1629 Views :: Economy

... high inflation, higher travel costs, and the Fed’s interest rate hikes will still adversely impact Hawaii households and businesses ....

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Monday, August 22, 2022
To Tax or Not to Tax Sale of Food and Medicine
By UHERO @ 4:19 AM :: 1690 Views :: Taxes, Cost of Living

... taxes on the purchases of those expenditures disproportionately hurt low income households ....

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Monday, June 20, 2022
UHERO Study Looks at Current COVID Surge in Hawaii
By UHERO @ 7:13 AM :: 1436 Views :: COVID-19

... almost 1 in 3 adults in Hawai‘i infected with COVID-19 experience Long-COVID ....

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Tuesday, June 14, 2022
How much profit are private labs earning from PCR testing?
By UHERO @ 12:00 PM :: 1982 Views :: Economy, Health Care, COVID-19

“...In many concentrated insurance markets such as Hawaiʻi, insurers have few incentives to negotiate lower prices. They can easily pass these costs onto premiums without losing market share....”

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Sunday, May 15, 2022
UHERO: Effects of COVID-19 vaccine mandates on Hawaii Businesses
By UHERO @ 8:02 PM :: 1620 Views :: Small Business, COVID-19

... on September 13, 2021, the counties of Honolulu and Maui mandated that customers and employees provide proof of full vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test ....

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Thursday, May 12, 2022
UHERO: Real income will decline 5% this year
By UHERO @ 3:00 PM :: 1845 Views :: Economy, Tourism, Cost of Living

... Inflation in the Islands hit 7.5% in March ....

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Sunday, April 24, 2022
UHERO: Astronomy impact on Hawaiʻi even greater with ‘spillover’ effects
By UHERO @ 5:23 PM :: 1809 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Higher Education

... The extent of astronomy’s economic impact on the state goes well beyond the standard economic measurements when “spillover” effects are included ....

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Wednesday, April 20, 2022
The cost of “excess inflation” in Hawaii
By UHERO @ 12:02 AM :: 2053 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... inflation has not been over 7.5% since 1991 ....

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Thursday, April 14, 2022
VIDEO: Measuring the Burden of Housing Regulation in Hawaii
By UHERO @ 6:44 AM :: 2034 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... One of the factors that may explain Hawaii’s high home prices are government regulations that limit the ability of the housing market to create the units necessary to meet demand ....

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Sunday, March 6, 2022
UHERO: Economic Recovery Comes with End of COVID Restrictions
By UHERO @ 4:24 PM :: 1901 Views :: Economy, Tourism, COVID-19

... Optimistic UHERO forecast with Omicron end, expected return of international visitors ....

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Friday, January 7, 2022
UHERO: ​Effects of COVID-19 vaccine mandates in Hawai‘i
By UHERO @ 9:20 PM :: 3150 Views :: Labor, Small Business, COVID-19

... the trade-off in temporary losses during the adjustment period is met with significant gains in public health ....

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Friday, December 17, 2021
UHERO: Renewed international travel restrictions reduce near-term visitor outlook
By UHERO @ 4:15 PM :: 2133 Views :: Economy, Tourism, COVID-19

... Economic recovery resumed with the end of Hawaii’s COVID-19 wave. Now Omicron is a new threat .... 

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Wednesday, November 3, 2021
SB666: Unconstitutional Entry Fee for Tourists
By UHERO @ 5:37 PM :: 2201 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

... lump-sum entry fees assessed on visitors only are legally problematic in the U.S. as they may be judged to impede travel between states and discriminate against non-residents in violation of the U.S. Constitution and federal laws ....

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Friday, October 22, 2021
UHERO Looks at Maui County Plan to Impose $1.17B Tax Hike on Housing
By UHERO @ 2:42 AM :: 2323 Views :: Maui County, Taxes, Cost of Living

... How to build affordable housing?  Impose a $1.169 billion tax on housing.  Clue: 'Boondoggle' ....

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Friday, October 15, 2021
UHERO: Hawaii Needs to Focus on Developing Good Governance in Managing Tourism
By UHERO @ 12:14 AM :: 1702 Views :: Tourism

... a difficult obstacle stands in the way of achieving the HTA action plans:  “HTA lacks authority over state and county agencies.” ....

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Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Hawaii COVID-19 Business Mandates Boost Vaccination Rate 8%
By UHERO @ 11:55 PM :: 2116 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, COVID-19

... an additional 8% of employees were estimated to have been vaccinated as a result of the mandates. We also observed that 5.9% of employees elected regular COVID-19 testing, while 1.7% were either dismissed or resigned ....

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Saturday, October 2, 2021
Refrigerators, Water Heaters top energy use in Hawaiʻi households
By UHERO @ 4:16 AM :: 2057 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics

... refrigerators have the highest share of the total household energy (21.4%), followed by electric devices (18.6%) and water heating (17.9%) ....

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Friday, September 17, 2021
UHERO ​Survey on COVID-19 Business Mandates
By UHERO @ 4:19 AM :: 2107 Views :: Small Business, COVID-19

... conducting a brief 10-minute survey for business managers and owners to understand the impacts of the new COVID-19 vaccination and testing requirements on their business ....

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Tuesday, August 24, 2021
Oahu Workplace Survey: 1 in 3 Already Have Vaccine Mandate
By UHERO @ 4:58 AM :: 2628 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, COVID-19

... The largest businesses of 50 or more employees reported the lowest proportion of vaccinations at their workplaces ....

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Friday, August 13, 2021
​Improving Pedestrian Safety in Hawaiʻi
By UHERO @ 12:00 PM :: 1582 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

... This tool can help the public and policymakers identify areas that are particularly dangerous for drivers and pedestrians ....

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Thursday, August 12, 2021
Fake it to make it: A Look at Hawai‘i’s GHG Emissions
By UHERO @ 4:42 AM :: 2287 Views :: Energy, Environment

... CLUE: ‘Domestic’ aviation means Hawaii inter-island, not ‘domestic’ within the USA.  If trans-oceanic aviation were included, Hawaii would be nowhere near the goal--so they ‘solve’ the problem by ignoring it ....

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Wednesday, June 30, 2021
​Funding the Hawaii Tourism Authority: TAT vs General Fund…Or?
By UHERO @ 12:04 AM :: 2733 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes, Tourism

... According to the U.S. Travel Association, fourteen state tourism offices are funded either partly or entirely by a statewide lodging tax ....

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Wednesday, June 16, 2021
UHERO: Should the Counties Get a Share of the Transient Accommodation Tax?
By UHERO @ 11:05 PM :: 2569 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes, Tourism

... The Legislature’s decision to strip the county’s share of TAT revenues is certainly a stark change from just a few years ago ....

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Thursday, April 29, 2021
How Bad? Labor Underutilization in Hawaii During the Pandemic
By UHERO @ 4:55 AM :: 2402 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

... Hawaii led the nation with the highest percentage of its civilian labor force unemployed for 15 weeks or longer 5.3% ....

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Sunday, April 18, 2021
​COVID-19 infections, vaccines, and economic recovery
By UHERO @ 3:25 AM :: 3528 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

... As business activity contracted, the state quickly shed more than 150,000 jobs, and the unemployment rate jumped from 2% to 22% ....

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