Carbon Credits

Today I have some help from the Hawaii State Watch Doggie’s wife, who is a passionate researcher.  Those who know them know who’s the brains...

OHA’s LLCs: The Noose Is Tightening

Our Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) formed some limited liability companies (LLCs) a while ago and dropped significant assets into them, including some 1,875...

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...

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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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...