Trump Tax In Hawaii?

One of the more visible tax issues that our lawmakers will be thinking about this session is how to adapt the new federal tax law changes, sometimes called the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and what we have been calling Trump Tax, to Hawaii.

K-Drama weekly update: 02-18-18

Black Panther, in theatres now, is another Marvel film that was filmed in South Korea. A car chase scene was filmed in Busan, Korea, last March.

Island Life 02-17-18

A chandelier plant blooms above Honaunau Bay this week. (Terri Olsem/Community Contributor)

Community Seed Library great way to expand varieties

Estela asks: I grew up in Mexico where we had a wonderful avocado tree and lots of different chili peppers growing. I have recently become an American citizen and now live in Hawaii. I want to get some seeds so I can grow peppers and avocados here. Can you recommend a source?

New Zealand avocados OK, but Kona’s still best

We are in the Land of Maori now and will be exploring the North Island starting in Aukland. Traveling around New Zealand, it was a surprise to see how the avocado industry has expanded since our last visit. Seeds were brought here in the early 1900s and now it has become the country’s third largest fresh fruit export.

Small Business Matters: Ain’t gonna work on maggie’s farm no more

The lyric from Bob Dylan pretty much sums up a common entrepreneurial attitude. It’s the credo of the worker bee who is tired of being a worker bee, who sees a better way of doing things, who wants to take full advantage of the income generated by the business in which he or she is generally a key worker, and, most importantly, who wants to take more control over his or her life. Along with all that “freedom,” comes the responsibility, and most worker bees who have been working in a particular industry for a while realize that as the flip side of the entrepreneurial coin and are willing to make that bargain.

Is new bill worth it?

One of the bills making its way through our legislative system this session is one that would create a special fund for public education, and then funnel to that fund twenty-five percent of all the money that our general excise tax brings in.

Island Life 02-25-18

A sea cucumber and sea urchins occupy a tide pool near Ho’okena Beach on Saturday morning. (Terri Olsem/Community Contributor)