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Kymberly Pine starts a GoFundMe for VeteranX Runner John Gollner after he mysteriously goes blind

Over a decade ago, after returning from the war in Iraq, John Gollner began to lose his vision and hear a constant ringing in his ear. At first, no one in the medical profession could explain the origin of his symptoms.  He was the first Iraq veteran to have these symptoms. Then others started to report similar issues. He has had years...

We Can’t See It or Touch It, But We Can Tax It!

This week we look at HB 2416, a bill that applies Hawaii Use Tax to intangible property. The Use Tax is a tax designed to protect our local businesses.  As a consumer, you often have a choice between buying a product from a local seller and one from somewhere out of state.  Our general excise tax applies to the local...

Top Trending LAVA videos from the Volcano Kilauea currently erupting in Hawaii

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  LIVE: Fountains of lava erupting from a Kilauea fissure in Hawaii. First it was catastrophic lava. Then it was sulfur dioxide. Now Hawaii's Big Island residents have yet another danger to worry about.Lava flows are now hitting the ocean Super rare footage

Finding the Magic Bullet: City’s Share of Rail Administrative Costs

In a recent hearing in the Honolulu City Council’s Budget Committee, council leaders say that they might have found a “magic bullet” – one that they say will get the City’s share of rail funding done painlessly. Here’s the issue.  The City needs to cover $44 million in administrative costs for rail for 2018 and 2019.  The City previously didn’t...

ThinkTech: Business in Hawaii with Reg Baker and SamrTummy’s Dr. Shim

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Dr. Walton Shim MD is a surgeon who started SmarTummy when he was in his 80's. His patented surgical training innovation could revolutionize how surgeons are trained.

Is this the end for the Waikiki Beach Boys? Hawaiian OCEAN’S Waikiki Comments on Concession Contracts

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On Tuesday May 15, 2018 the City plans to evict Hawaiian Ocean’s Waikiki from  the Kuhio Beach concession stand that it operates. Every five years, the stand owners have to bid for a contract with the city of Honolulu. This time, Dive Oahu was awarded both concessions. After awarding Dive Oahu both concession stand contracts, the City is proceeding its...

Reactionary Reaction to Resort Fees

One of the bills that has come out of the recently concluded legislative session is SB 2699, which proposes to make “resort fees” subject to our Transient Accommodations Tax (TAT). A “resort fee,” which also goes on your bill if you stay at a hotel, and not only in Hawaii but around the world, is to pay for other amenities...

It is like the Home Shopping Channel…but with Local Girls!

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GO LOCAL is a new show that broadcasts live on Facebook from Hawaii's #1 Entertainment page, 808 Viral. The hosts Kumua and Kalei Timoteo, and shows creator Daniela Tow, broadcast weekly to over 200,000 followers. The show consists of talking story, doing reviews, challenges and giveaways all centered around local made in Hawaii products which viewers can buy for a...

Asia-Pacific Tour: Return to Paradise

Journal Entry (In-flight) 8 May 1988: “Once again, the never-ending problem of too many beautiful women, and too damn many fascinating places – unable to decide where to go next, where to stay, and with whom. The flight attendants are cute – one is Oriental, the other two are Islanders, but I’m trying not to think about them because...

Letting the Genie Out Of The Bottle…For Our Keiki?

This November, voters throughout the State will be given the opportunity to vote on a constitutional amendment, brought forward by Senate Bill 2922, supposedly to fund primary school education.  The amendment would give the State Legislature the power to impose a real property tax surcharge on “investment real property.” The amendment, if approved by the voters, does not define what...