Monday, January 17, 2022
The Hawaii Tax Review Commission, under our state constitution, convenes once every five years or so to examine and report on our state tax system. It recently published its report addressed to the Legislature.
Once every five years or so, the Hawaii Constitution asks our government officials to put together a Tax Review Commission.  Its job is to “conduct a systematic review of the State’s tax structure, using such standards as equity and efficiency.” To some people, it...
Editor's Note: The world keeps on turning. In spite of the chaos of the last year, we’re moving forward and, whenever possible, even with a little panache. Kurt Stewart, our writer-at-large in Europe, recently bought a 230-year-old house in the center of Portugal. With the help...
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...
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...