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Mobile video light review When it comes to a video light, I used to lug heavy camera gear around to capture the funny, meaningful or downright awesome moments that can spontaneously arise during the days of our lives. Since the cellphone revolution, my camera has become my choice mostly for it’s light weight, flexibility of use and features, and reasonably...

GoalZero & Sunjack reviews

Portable Powerpack Solar panel reviews As everyone who lives here knows, Hawaii is no stranger to power outrages. The last big storm that came through knocked power out on the North Shore for half a day, yet that of course would be child's play, if we got hit by something the magnitude of Iniki or Irma. As we all know,...

Earth Day 2017

How many of you remember the first time you saw our Earth? This view of ourselves embedded in a living planet, wrapped in oneness, exploded into our collective consciousness. Did you know soon after this view of our whole planet was available to us, the modern global environmental movement was birthed? “Once a photograph of the Earth, taken from the outside,...

Riseup

What's your calling? What motivates you to get out into the urban world to stand and speak for positive vision of the future? In 2007, as he lay in the hospital, his body succumbing to the ravages of chemo and cancer, my younger brother called me out. I was there with about 30 of his family and friends. Tim had been...

The Science of Consciousness & Healing

I want to share a little-known secret for improving your quality of life, achieving deep healing and radiant health… even living longer… and better. It’s not a new super-food. It’s not a new yoga practice. And, it’s certainly not a new pill... It’s your own consciousness.    Consciousness is the “x-factor” behind deep healing, radiant health and living a long, productive...

Story of a Freelancer

Story of a Freelancer by Carleen MacKay :: Rob Kinslow In our April 5th post, we introduced you to the new world of work, to “Freelancers,” or people who work on behalf of organizations when and wherever needed. By 2020, according to a raft of experts, 40%+ of American workers will be “freelancers” in all sectors of the economy. Other experts predict...

HIDOE Achieves Success with Job Order Contracting

We’ve written a lot about the Hawaii State Watch Doggie.  Those who have visited our Twitter site have seen that the Doggie is a family man, with a wife and son.  His son is five and loves to ask questions.  He also really, really, really loves to eat. Q:  Are you reading something about my school, Dad?

Thinktech Interview: Real Estate Firms in 2019 (Business in Hawaii)

by Ray Tsuchiyama Host Dailynn Yanagida, an expert in business organizations, interviewed me in January 2019 for 2019 Hawaii Real Estate trends. I recalled my first phase in Hawaii real estate – in the 1980s -- a turbulent period characterized by stagflation (residential mortgage rates skyrocketed to 18 percent) with high...

Blankety Blank

The story you are about to read is true.  The names have not been changed to protect the innocent.  This is the city:  Honolulu, Hawaii.  I live here.  I’m a doggie.  The suspect is Blankety Blank. No, that isn’t a cuss word.  It’s just the facts, ma’am.  Blankety Blank is House Bill 1190.  Its purpose, should you decide...

Revenue Raisers Already Sent to the Governor

We’ve previously warned that our legislature has a dogged focus on new taxes – “ARF!  Don’t make fun of me like that!” It’s the Hawaii State Tax Watch Doggie, with a report on recent bills! Q:        What would you like to report? A:        Our Legislature...

Judgments Aren’t Necessarily the End of Litigation

Several online travel companies engaged in protracted litigation against the Department of Taxation over whether and to what extent they are liable for Hawaii General Excise and Transient Accommodations Taxes on hotel accommodations that they sold to third parties on their respective platforms.  The litigation spanned multiple years, resulted in one exhaustive Hawaii Supreme Court opinion, In re Travelocity.com,...

Post Those Tax Returns, Darn It!

One of the more debate-worthy bills at our Legislature (Senate Bill 94) involves requiring candidates for President and Vice President of the United States to post their tax returns on the Internet.  If they don’t, the bill says, they won’t appear on the Hawaii ballot and even if they somehow win, the folks that we send to the Electoral...

Hawaii Supreme Court Rejects Rail Surcharge Lawsuit

HONOLULU, HAWAII–March 21, 2019–The Supreme Court of the State of Hawaii today rejected the lawsuit by the Tax Foundation of Hawaii to invalidate the “skim” of 10% on the Oahu rail surcharge from the inception of the surcharge in 2007 until it was slashed to 1% in late 2017.  The Supreme Court concluded that “in 2005, it was uncertain...

Blank the Amount, Defect the Date

If you’re following bills as they move through our legislature, there are a couple of practices that we need you to know about. Often, committee chairs will refer to one or both of these practices when they move bills forward. Each bill must have an effective date so that we know when it starts doing what it is supposed to...

Can’t You Spare Half a Penny for Education?

“Friends!  Romans!  Countrymen!  We desperately need to lift our public schools and our namesake university into the 21st Century.  Senate Bill 1474 will do this by a teensy little increase of half a percent to our general excise tax (“GET”), and by establishing two special funds for the Department of Education and the University of Hawaii that will give...

Beware of Tax Software?

Well, we’re in the thick of tax season!  It’s that time of year when individuals, gritting and gnashing their teeth, scour through their financial records and begin the arduous process of completing their 2018 federal and state tax returns. Here are some thoughts to keep in mind when filling out your Hawaii return.  Do not assume that specialized computer tax...