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RED CROSS ANNOUNCES NEW REGIONAL CEO: DIANE PETERS-NGUYEN

The American Red Cross is excited to announce the selection of Diane Peters-Nguyen as the new Regional Chief Executive Officer for the Pacific Islands Region; the region includes the state of Hawaii, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands and American Samoa. Diane brings with her more than 25 years of proven...

Damn the Tax Clearances, Full Speed Ahead!

Several articles in this space have been about features in Governor Ige’s emergency proclamations.  We are now on the tenth one and counting, which makes us wonder about the 60-day limit written into the emergency powers statutes (see HRS section 127A-14(d)), but that issue may be sorted out in lawsuits that were recently filed.

Blangiardi thinks he should be mayor

UPDATE: Civil Beat reports that Blangiardi was involved in a 1980's bank fraud scheme. This is one of those things that speaks to a man's character, whether you like it or not. Are Oahu residents prepared to help Rick Blangiardi fulfill an item on his bucket list? When...

Future of the Aloha Stadium

While everyone’s attention is focused on COVID-19 and racially charged police brutality, we should also pay some attention to major happenings here at home. One of them is the venerable Aloha Stadium, former home to the Aloha Bowl and now affectionately called the Rust Bucket.  The stadium was built using a then-new product called...

Pitfalls of the Subcontractor Deduction

This week we’ll look at another general excise tax exemption that the State Auditor has put under the microscope in Report No. 20-05. It affects the construction industry, and the price tag the Auditor put on it, based on 2018 numbers, was $19 million.  The primary benefit of this exemption occurs when a construction...

The Media & First Amendment Protection: Abuse of Power

LISTEN TO THE PODCAST In the beginning, back when the Framers were first debating the ground rules for the great American experiment, they concluded that a free media was important to society in that it would serve as a balance; an oversight body to government. It was believed then that should the government set...

The Org That Ignores Genocide Weighs in on US Racism

“A draft UN resolution...singles out the United States and could become the centerpiece of a hastily scheduled debate by the Human Rights Council in Geneva on Wednesday. “The text calls for a commission of inquiry — the rights body’s most powerful tool to inspect human rights violations — to look into ‘systemic racism’ and...

The Giant Sucking Sound

You may remember back in the 1992 U.S. Presidential campaign, independent businessman and candidate Ross Perot argued, on live TV:  “We have got to stop sending jobs overseas. It's pretty simple: If … you can move your factory South of the border, pay a dollar an hour for labor, ... there will be a giant sucking sound...

Is Our GET Too Soft on Sales to the Feds?

Our Legislature will be reopening soon, and some lawmakers are undoubtedly thinking of ways to make our budget balance because the grim reality is that much of our economic engine has ground to a halt and is no longer spinning out tax revenues.  Our State Auditor has thought about this too and came out with Report 20-05.

A look at Councilmember Kym Pine for Mayor

Kym Pine is the only candidate running for mayor that is currently holding elected office. Unlike former mayor Mufi Hannemann or former U. S. Representative Colleen Hanabusa, she is currently in office. Pine has held office for the last 15 years, serving as a member of the Hawaii House of Representatives for 43rd...