The County Strikes Back (part 1)

This week we begin a series on a long and hotly litigated property tax case from Maui.  This case isn’t about wind turbines like...

Walden Versus OHA’s LLCs

About half a year ago, we wrote about some limited liability companies formed by our Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA).  These companies received cash...

It’s Real Property Because We Said So!

Today we look at a case now pending in the Hawaii Supreme Court that may give us some insight on county real property taxes...

Take-Aways From The “Con-Am” Argument

On October 18, 2018, the Supreme Court of Hawaii held oral argument on a petition by the four counties to invalidate the “Con-Am,” namely...

Do We Really Have a Spending Ceiling?

This week, we look at another provision that was passed by the 1978 Constitutional Convention to assure our fiscal health—and what our lawmakers have...

Fiji Guide updated for 2018/2019

Rob Kay, the Honolulu-based author of Lonely Planet’s original Fiji guidebook, along with Lautoka, Fiji-based web and applications developer David Barnes, have launched an...

Guess Which Agency May Be Forgoing Millions in Federal Dollars?

One article that recently appeared in the Star-Advertiser was titled, “State forgoing millions in federal reimbursements.”  The state agency referred to in that article...

Guess Which Agency Can Impose State Tax?

Lots of the controversy swirling around the ballot measure seeking to impose a “surcharge” on investment property to support public education involves our Department...

Falling for the Progressive Tactics on Kavanaugh

BY FRANK SALVATO Where the sideshow political circus that is the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings is concerned there are a few quotes and realities that we...

Say It’s a Tax!

The news recently mentioned a lawsuit that the City and County of Honolulu, now joined by the other three counties, has leveled against our...