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Sunday, July 7, 2024
Hawaii's chance to expand housing freedom
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:55 PM :: 445 Views :: Development, Cost of Living

... severe restrictions on homebuilding have resulted in too few homes and some of the nation’s highest housing prices ....

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Saturday, July 6, 2024
'Sun Bucks' -- $177 per kid Boost on EBT Cards
By News Release @ 2:29 AM :: 1280 Views :: Education K-12, Family, Cost of Living

... Most eligible families will get SUN Bucks automatically without the need for an application ....

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Thursday, July 4, 2024
'Shift and Save' -- 16,000 Hawaiian Electric Customers Can Escape --if they act now
By News Release @ 12:22 AM :: 846 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

... Customers urged to review bills, take action if they choose not to continue ....

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Sunday, June 30, 2024
Green Announces Appointments, Creates Insurance Task Force
By News Release @ 8:39 PM :: 754 Views :: Maui County, Hawaii State Government, Cost of Living

... The positions and appointees are listed below; House and Senate appointees also are included ....

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Saturday, June 29, 2024
Can Hawaii afford climate change lawsuit settlement?
By Selected News Articles @ 4:33 AM :: 624 Views :: Energy, Environment, Taxes, Cost of Living

"...There's going to be some pain...."

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Friday, June 28, 2024
Did Hawaii just pave the way for court enforcement of California's climate promises?
By Selected News Articles @ 6:12 PM :: 510 Views :: Environment, Cost of Living

... The settlement provides benchmarks for a greenhouse gas reduction plan that will be overseen and enforced by a court through 2045 ....

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Tuesday, June 25, 2024
Maui TVR phase-out wrong means for good goal
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:45 PM :: 567 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use, Small Business, Tourism, Cost of Living

... virtually all local economists realize the main cause of Hawaii’s housing crisis is the state’s extremely high number of land-use and other housing-related regulations that have hindered homebuilding ....

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Tuesday, June 25, 2024
Building Benchmarking Report -- deadline extended
By News Release @ 7:12 PM :: 500 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy, Cost of Living

... requires large commercial and multi-family buildings to annually report aggregate energy and water utility data to the City and County of Honolulu ....

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Tuesday, June 25, 2024
Maui Short-Term Rentals, the Minatoya List, and Housing Supply
By UHERO @ 6:37 PM :: 792 Views :: Maui County, Small Business, Tourism, Cost of Living

... we would expect to see significant–possibly double digit–declines in condominium prices on Maui ....

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Sunday, June 23, 2024
Your Input Inspires Us 
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:51 AM :: 494 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Cost of Living

... we don’t know what we don’t know ....

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Saturday, June 22, 2024
VIDEO: Condo Insurance Town Hall Meeting
By Video @ 2:56 AM :: 560 Views :: Cost of Living

... industry experts discuss the rising costs of condo insurance ....

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Thursday, June 20, 2024
These Hawaii Cities Have the Highest and Lowest Cost of Living in 2024
By Selected News Articles @ 2:38 PM :: 923 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Hilo vs Haleiwa ... or ... Kapolei vs Makawao ....

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Monday, June 17, 2024
7 Reasons $1 Million Will Only Last You 9 Years in Retirement in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 4:22 PM :: 1040 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... $1 million might not be enough to get you through your retirement ....

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Monday, June 17, 2024
Hawaii Beer Taxes 4th-Highest in USA
By Tax Foundation @ 3:45 PM :: 571 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, Tourism, Cost of Living

... Hawaii taxes beer at $0.93 per gallon ....

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Sunday, June 16, 2024
Honolulu Inflation Picking Up Again
By News Release @ 7:01 PM :: 635 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Area prices were up 0.7 percent over the past two months, up 5.2 percent from a year ago ....

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Saturday, June 15, 2024
How Urban Planning Made Honolulu 'Impossibly Unaffordable'
By Selected News Articles @ 9:44 PM :: 1541 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Hawaii Statistics, Land Use, Cost of Living

... The crisis stems principally from land use policies that artificially restrict housing supply ....

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Wednesday, June 5, 2024
Hawaii Cost of Living 80% Above US Average
By Selected News Articles @ 4:53 AM :: 894 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Most of the pain can be traced to home purchases, which cost an astounding 313% more than average ....

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Tuesday, June 4, 2024
Court Upholds Governor's Emergency Proclamation on Affordable Housing
By News Release @ 8:52 PM :: 634 Views :: Maui County, Development, Cost of Living

... the Sixth Proclamation Relating to Affordable Housing—remains in full effect ....

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Monday, June 3, 2024
Hawaii Ranks #1 for Hidden Home Buyer Fees
By Selected News Articles @ 4:00 PM :: 710 Views :: Cost of Living

... Hawaii tops the list with $17,966.04 of unexpected fees on average ....

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Sunday, June 2, 2024
Kauai: Grassroot Legislative Wrapup
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:42 PM :: 871 Views :: Kauai County, Development, Hawaii State Government, Taxes, Cost of Living

... It was mostly a good year for Hawaii at the 2024 Legislature, and policy experts from Grassroot will explain how that came to be ....

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Sunday, June 2, 2024
Dealing with the Insurance Crisis
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1116 Views :: Small Business, Cost of Living

... premiums are rising at astronomical rates ....

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Sunday, June 2, 2024
Keeping more of your own money is a good thing
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:26 AM :: 1162 Views :: Taxes, Cost of Living

... passing the biggest income tax cut in state history ....

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Friday, May 31, 2024
Hawaii County Property Tax Cuts for Homeowners and 'Affordable Rentals'
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:51 PM :: 994 Views :: Hawaii County , Small Business, Taxes, Cost of Living

... The County Council actually improved on a tax cut proposed by Mayor Roth, but neither version gives a break to industrial or commercial properties ....

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Friday, May 31, 2024
Green Signs Condo Bills
By News Release @ 4:28 PM :: 834 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

... designed to streamline processes, enhance management practices, and increase accessibility to clean energy programs ....

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Thursday, May 30, 2024
Hawaii Highest Fast Food Prices in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 4:59 PM :: 1113 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism, Cost of Living

... Hawaii emerges as the state with the highest average price for a medium cheese pizza, reaching $18.99 ....

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Wednesday, May 29, 2024
Green Signs Six Housing Bills Into Law
By News Release @ 3:04 AM :: 1342 Views :: Development, Cost of Living

... bills designed to expand the affordable housing inventory and improve the governance of rental laws under the Residential Landlord-Tenant Code ....

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Tuesday, May 28, 2024
Hawaii 2nd Worst State for Renters
By Selected News Articles @ 4:50 PM :: 1186 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... What makes some states better than others for renters? ....

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Thursday, May 23, 2024
Green Announces Plan: Fly 3,000 Lahaina Survivors to Mainland
By News Release @ 4:00 PM :: 3563 Views :: Maui County, Tourism, Cost of Living

... To make a buck, CNHA will help move Hawaiians out of Hawaii ....

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Tuesday, May 21, 2024
UHERO Factbook: 80% of Hawaii Families Cannot Afford Mortgage
By UHERO @ 4:54 AM :: 958 Views :: Development, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Twenty-eight percent of Hawaii residents spend more than 50% of their income on rent, and only 1-in-5 households can afford a median-priced home mortgage ....

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Thursday, May 16, 2024
Tax cut great. Now let’s cut regulations.
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:31 PM :: 1027 Views :: Taxes, Cost of Living

... there is still plenty of work to be done to reduce the cost of living in Hawaii ....

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Wednesday, May 15, 2024
Honolulu Highest Inflation in USA
By Wallet Hub @ 5:44 PM :: 1232 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... WalletHub compared 23 major MSAs (Metropolitan Statistical Areas) ....

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Saturday, May 11, 2024
Defeating Bad Bills Also a Form of Winning
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 9:31 PM :: 1515 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Cost of Living

... helping to defeat many measures that would have harmed Hawaii’s economy and added to our already high cost of living ....

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Saturday, May 11, 2024
How Long $2 Million Will Last in Retirement in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 3:00 PM :: 1905 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... the average salary in the Aloha State is $61,420, or $23.35 an hour, putting it behind 16 other states whose average employees earn more ....

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Friday, May 10, 2024
Here’s How Much You Need To Budget for Groceries for Just a Week in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 3:00 PM :: 1689 Views :: Cost of Living

... groceries cost more in Hawaii than in any other state ....

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Thursday, May 2, 2024
Hawaii Worst State for Nurses
By Wallet Hub @ 12:00 PM :: 1484 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Cost of Living

... Hawaii ranks 47th in health care facilities per capita ....

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Monday, April 29, 2024
These Are the 10 Worst Places To Retire in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 11:19 PM :: 1924 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... From expensive housing to pricey food and utility costs, you should plan on boosting your budget if you intend to retire in Hawaii ....

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Friday, April 26, 2024
After Wildfire Lawsuits, Soaring PG&E power rates approach Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 3:43 PM :: 1534 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

... Can you guess what’s going to happen as a result of Lahaina? ....

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Tuesday, April 23, 2024
Here’s the Salary a Person Needs To Be Considered Middle Class in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 2:56 AM :: 1940 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

“...housing is the biggest income-eater....”

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Monday, April 22, 2024
How does Hawai‘i’s economic geography affect its healthcare industry?
By UHERO @ 9:42 PM :: 927 Views :: Health Care, Cost of Living

... The state’s high cost of living likely compounds these problems by hindering the recruitment of healthcare professionals ....

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Friday, April 19, 2024
Insurance ‘stabilization’ bill would spread pain to everyone
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:57 PM :: 1360 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, Cost of Living

“...if you look through the bill, it’s a bunch of blank spaces. It says conveyance taxes will increase by blank percent. Or short-term rental taxes are gonna have a blank percent tax on them....”

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Friday, April 19, 2024
PLA? State keeps piling on rules that increase Hawaii’s cost of living
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 9:20 PM :: 1454 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

... Hawaii’s $1.5 million PLA threshold is now the lowest in the nation ....

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Thursday, April 18, 2024
Hawaii's Insurance Crisis as Premiums Nearly Quadruple
By Selected News Articles @ 4:54 PM :: 1420 Views :: Cost of Living

... insurance costs for condominiums have risen by 100 percent to 1,000 percent ....

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Saturday, April 13, 2024
"How it feels to move to Las Vegas" Grassroot Hawaii Instagram posts attract 2.2 million views in March
By News Release @ 11:14 PM :: 1601 Views :: Taxes, Cost of Living

... Here are the top videos that were posted in March ....

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Thursday, April 11, 2024
Study: Honolulu Is the City with the Highest Inflation Problem
By Selected News Articles @ 5:39 PM :: 1273 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... inflation 4.8% year over year for urban Honolulu ....

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Wednesday, April 10, 2024
Prices in Hawaii are Ridiculous: 7 Things that Cost Way More
By Selected News Articles @ 5:30 PM :: 2576 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Groceries, Gas, Electricity, Housing, Taxes, and more ....

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Friday, April 5, 2024
Lahaina Fire Solution: A Rate Hike, of Course
By Selected News Articles @ 3:32 AM :: 1444 Views :: Maui County, Energy, Cost of Living

"Making ratepayers to pay for the cost of their negligence and mismanagement is not the way to go"

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Monday, April 1, 2024
Salary Needed for family of Four to Live Comfortably in Honolulu -- $299K
By Selected News Articles @ 4:42 PM :: 1966 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Total salary needed for two working adults with two children $299,520 ....

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Sunday, March 31, 2024
Crucial housing, healthcare bills still very much alive at Legislature
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:08 PM :: 1534 Views :: Development, Cost of Living

... The bills would enable starter homes, widen mixed-use housing, attract nurses to Hawaii and exempt doctors from the state GET ....

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Saturday, March 30, 2024
Stop Big Oil Suit: Did Hawaii's Hyper-Ideological Supreme Court Blow It?
By Selected News Articles @ 1:52 PM :: 2546 Views :: Environment, Ethics, Judiciary, Cost of Living

... there's a price to be paid for preening and posturing .... 

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Thursday, March 28, 2024
A hard look at the root causes of the exodus
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:33 AM :: 1873 Views :: Taxes, Cost of Living

...When government is finally saying it is the problem, it’s on the right track to finding a solution....

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