Thursday, January 27, 2022
Honolulu, just like most of the other neighbor Island counties, has passed a 3% addition to the Transient Accommodations Tax (TAT). It had to. The State was giving it millions of dollars a year in revenue sharing, but in 2020 the...
During the past two years, when tourism in the Aloha State imploded, digital media was one of the few shining stars in our beleaguered economy. The Honolulu International Film Festival is a key component in expanding this sector. By providing a watering hole...
Photo by Charley Myers By Keli'i Akina Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, we were warned that lack of healthcare capacity in our state was a deepening problem. The last two years have revealed that things are even worse than we...
If you’re in downtown Honolulu and you’re driving past Restaurant Row, you’re likely to see a sign on the makai side saying, “Foreign Trade Zone No. 9.” In this country, a foreign trade zone (FTZ) is a geographical area, in (or adjacent to) a...
It’s no secret that adding a red dot optic to a handgun is a red-hot trend. Over the last few years this has been catching on with polymer guns, such as the Glock MOS system, the Smith & Wesson M&P series and other manufacturers...
Fiji is back in the tourism business. The South Pacific Island nation closed its borders to international tourists in March 2020, and remained closed for nearly two years, reopening on 1 December 2021. During this period, all of us have had the opportunity to...
Several times in this space, we have discussed the Governor’s emergency powers.  Our laws (chapter 127A, HRS) give the Governor broad powers to deal with emergencies.  One of those powers is to:  “Suspend any law that impedes or tends to impede or be detrimental...
President Barack Obama regularly referred to his home state of Hawaii as a big, harmonious community, where he was born and spent his boyhood and adolescence. In fact, his Hawaiian background is, in many ways, a key to understanding who he really is. There...
Once upon a time there were some property developers on Oahu. They thought that agricultural development would be a good thing. There were lots of tax incentives associated with agricultural development.
I recently had a chance to connect with my old friend Roberta Davis, who has spent the last two years at her B&B-style property called Makaira on the Garden Island of Taveuni. Located in the north of the Fiji Archipelago, it's far from civilization and remains...