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BY SEN. SAM SLOM – Realistic Budget. The Senate Minority will present an alternative state budget today at 12:30 pm in Room 214 of the Capitol. The realistic biennium (2014-2015) Budget, is lower than the Governor’s original proposal, the House Budget and the Senate Majority Budget. It cuts out a lot of overpriced and wasteful programs that Hawaii taxpayers just can’t afford.



HECO Breaks Wind. Yesterday the Public Utilities Commission ruled that Hawaiian Electric can stiff its customers for the $3.9 million it spent on “studies” for the First Wind project on Lanai and Molokai (rejected by residents on both Islands) and the accompanying undersea electric cable project. Rate payers will pay for HECO over the next three years of yet more monthly surcharges. It is way past time to deregulate this state monopoly.


NO to Taxpayer Funded Politicians.

With a shortage of cash, no new revenues and continuing demands for your money, the annual proposal to take millions of dollars from you annually to fund politicians is ludicrous. Should we educate the keiki, or subsidize politicians? Fix the roads or subsidize politicians? Get my drift? Taxpayer funded elections will neither guarantee you better lawmakers or better legislation, just more cost to you.


Akina Heads Grassroot. In a surprise move, President & co-founder of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii Dick Rowland, stepped down in March and named his successor, Ke’ali Akina, PhD. The GRIH 6-member board had previously split 3-3 on Rowland’s decision, and three members resigned after the announcement. GRIH is Hawaii’s first and oldest free market think tank and member of the State Policy Network.


Health Forum Coming. SBH and its partner, HMAA, are sponsoring a Health Update: “How Will Obamacare (ACA)

Impact YOUR Business?” on Tuesday, April 23,
11 am – 1 pm at the Hawaii Kai Outback.You will want to know. Lunch included in reservation (limited seating). The SBH forums are open to the public. Advance paid reservations are required Contact Darlyn at SBH, 396-1724 for details.


Small Business Awardees Sought. SBH and the Small Business Hawaii Entrepreneurial Education Foundation will be hosting the 6th annual Business All-Stars Awards Banquet on Friday, September 20, at the Waialae Country Club (5-8 pm). You may nominate individual orcompany awardees for consideration by sending your nomination to


Categories include:

SBH Person/Business of the Year
Civic Leadership
Business Booster
Young Entrepreneur
Outstanding Business Reporting

You can also inquire about sponsorship and donating Silent Auction items by calling Malia Zimmerman at 808-306-3161.


Wal*Mart Downtown? It has been widely reported that Wal*Mart will take over the former downtown Macy’s site.


Duke, Moore to Star in “Heaven Forbid.” Emmy® and Academy Award® winning actress, Patty Duke, and KHON-TV’s Joe Moore will top a stellar cast on stage at the Hawaii Theatre June 23-29 in Michael Aitkens’ wonderfully funny comedy, Heaven Forbid!. Performances will be held at the Historic Theatre for 11 performances only. Ticket sales to the general public begin April 16.


Michael Aitkens’ Heaven Forbid! is about two rebellious seniors in a New Jersey retirement home who refuse to grow old gracefully.  It is a smart adult comedy that holds a mirror up to the dilemmas of aging and remaining independent in the face of those who wish the old would just fade away. Aitkens adapted Heaven Forbid! from his award winning BBC series, Waiting for God.

Sponsored, in part, by Hawaiian Springs Natural WaterAston at the Executive CenterCity & County of Honolulu, and the Mayor’s Office on Culture & Arts.


Cheqbook Launched on Maui. After two years of development funded in part by the State of Hawaii’s Qualified High Tech Business tax credits, Cheqbook.com is now open to small businesses and accounting professionals.


Doug Levin, Cheqbook CEO and partner at Levin & Hu, Hawaii’s largest CPA firm outside of Honolulu, described Cheqbook as an online accounting system similar in function to industry leader Intuit’s Quickbooks and includes all necessary accounting functionality and reporting. Cheqbook is a hosted accounting solution, meaning businesses can access their company data from any web browser.


To celebrate Cheqbook’s local launch there is a free year of accounting service to all who sign up and connect a bank account by April 14th. The first 1,000 customers to invite a friend who also completes a sign up and attaches a bank account will receive a lifetime free account.



Tommy Russo, CMO

(808) 283-0512

77 Ho`okele St. Suite 301, Kahului, HI



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delivers the daily Hawaii Reporter news briefing very day at

7:05 am on KHVH. Get the REAL news with Malia!


SBH can help you with YOUR business. Just starting a business?   Call me personally for help at 396-1724 or email: SBH@lava.net. Smart Business Hawaii Means Business and we’re here to help you.



Hawaii Reporter On The Air. Go to www.HawaiiReporter.comfor the real investigative news. HR, founded by Malia Zimmerman, continues to break major investigative stories that most of the media won’t touch. Tune in to KHVH (830 am) every week day now at 7:05 am to hear Malia’s report.





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