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Kym Pine Announces Run to Become the Mayor of the City and County of Honolulu in 2020

Kym Pine
Honolulu – Today, Kym Pine officially announces her run to become the Mayor of the City and County of Honolulu in 2020. Pine, currently in her second four-year term as a member of the Honolulu City Council from District 1, launches an island-wide campaign to encourage all Honolulu voters “who love this island...

Saving the Legislature from Itself!

This week we look at the State Auditor’s recent follow-up report, Report No. 19-14, on the Motion Picture, Digital Media, and Film Production income tax credit.  It notes that when the Auditor’s office previously took up the issue, in Report No. 16-08, the Auditor took the Department of Taxation to task for allowing out-of-state production related expenses to qualify for the credit, despite...

Business Fees Go Down! –Huh?

In the news recently was a story about business and licensing fees actually going down.  These fees were imposed by the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA).  The money from those fees was funneled to special funds that were supposed to assist with the costs of regulating the industries to which they pertained, namely financial institutions, the...

Backpacker Yachties (Part Three)

Author’s Note: It had been a long haul since completing my doctoral studies in Public Health. Two years of fruitless job hunting -- even resorting to wearing a suit and tie (and shoes) for interviews in Washington DC, New York and Boston. So when Eddie approached me to join him for a second season of sailing...

The Strange Case of Bank of America

Once upon a time, there was a big bank called Bank of America.  It wanted to try doing business in Hawaii, since it was already in many of the other western states, so it reached a deal to buy Honolulu Federal (do you remember HonFed?) and took over all of their branches in Hawaii.  This was in 1992. 

Backpacker Yachties (Part Two)

Author’s Note: Despite nearly losing our vessel ‘Nudge Nudge’ on the rocks, ‘Captain Crunch’ and his crew enjoyed a delightful five days in Niuatoputapu, the northernmost island group in the Tongan archipelago. Hiking, swimming, breakfasting in the lagoon – feasting with the islanders who prepared a delicious banquet for us. We traded fishing...

The Dumbing Down of the US Perfectly Illustrated in the Ukraine ‘Investigation’

This is what happens when we stop teaching civics and government classes in high school. People start believing that politics is government and that appearances and personal opinion circumvent the rule of law and the US Constitution. This is a direct result of the Progressive Movement having captured the education system and the mainstream media complex. The Associated...

Backpacker Yachties (Part One)

Author’s Note: Come join us – three rough and ready young sailors in a tiny 26-foot steel-hull yacht -- for some high adventure, at times hilarious and often precarious voyaging through the South Pacific. Braving the high seas for up to ten days at a stretch between sun-drenched, castaway islands – some so remote they can...

If Housing Costs in Honolulu Are Bad Now…

The cost of having four walls and a roof over your head in Honolulu has been staggeringly expensive relative to the rest of the nation for a while now.  The median price of a single-family home on Oahu in July reached $835,000, while the median price of a condominium rose to $460,000, according to a report from Honolulu real estate firm Locations...

Beef over Red Meat Advice Reveals Medical Corruption

In case you haven’t consumed any health news recently, there is a big beef over research showing red meat is not bad for you. A huge study has contradicted decades of anti-red-meat advice, and the experts who gave that advice are red-faced and livid. The new research was a systematic review of existing research,...