Saturday, May 28, 2022
By Keli'i Akina At this point, the one thing we can rely on concerning the Honolulu rail project is the long list of unanswered questions. Among them: >> How much will it really cost?  >> How will we...
In last week’s column we started a list of bills that the Hawaii Legislature has passed up to the Governor for action.  Here’s a list of some of the eyebrow-raising bills that have gone to the fifth floor. Senate Bill 3040 is a bill...
By Melissa Newsham It has been more than two years since Hawaii’s coronavirus restrictions were put into place, and as they have slowly been lifted, life in the islands is finally starting  to resemble the pre-pandemic “normal.” We must remember, however, that...
By Keli'i Akina The 2022 Legislative session is officially over, and now we turn to the governor. Which bills will he sign right away? Which will he veto? Which will he allow to become law without his signature?
The Hawaii Legislature is done for the year.  Its last day for this session was May 5th.  It has done all its work on new laws for this season.  Some of the bills it finally passed have already been signed into law.  Others are awaiting the Governor’s...
Photo by Charley Myers By Keli'i Akina It looks like we could be on the verge of a new tourism policy for Hawaii. Legislators have been dickering this past week over how much money the state tourism...
Photo by Charley Myers By Keli'i Akina I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but banning short-term vacation rentals is not going to lower Oahu housing prices. On Wednesday, the Honolulu City...
By Joe Kent Hawaii has a record-high state budget surplus this year of $4 billion, and here are some of the ways our legislators currently are planning to spend it: >> $250 million on tax rebates of $300 for each taxpayer who earns less than $100,000, and $300...
Many of the most draconian measures of Hawaii’s coronavirus lockdown measures have been lifted, but it still is important that we reform the state’s emergency-management law, according to Sandy Ma, executive director of Common Cause Hawaii, and Malia Blom Hill, policy director for the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii.
By Keli'i Akina There’s no getting around the basic rules of economics. For years, I have been saying that the housing crisis is exacerbated by regulatory roadblocks at the municipal, county and state levels. Delays, zoning rules and a long pathway...