Wednesday, January 26, 2022
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...
In recent weeks, it’s been no secret that the Hawaii State Teachers Association (HSTA) has had some concerns about their working conditions. Schools are about to start up again with in-person instruction. Teachers are then supposed to be teaching a bunch of random kids, few of whom may be vaccinated because vaccines only recently have been approved for early teenagers and still aren’t approved for kids under 12.
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...
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...
On October 13th, the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii published the result of a poll of about 1,000 Hawaii residents.  They found, not surprisingly, that people don’t like our high state taxes: Maybe I’m too cynical after being at the...
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...
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...
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 live here. I’m a doggie.
The Honolulu City Council wants to raise money for the Honolulu Police Department by adding a surcharge to traffic fines.  As KHON2 reports, they say that the money can and should be used to recruit, retain, and equip police officers.  It’s definitely a creative idea to raise...
You might not know this, but our tax workers enjoy all kinds of special privileges. Suppose, for example, a tax auditor told all your customers you were a tax cheat, rifled through your garbage, asked embarrassing questions of your friends and maybe some enemies,...