As I See It: Doing business in Hawaii

Hawaii has a reputation as a notoriously difficult place to start a business. Kicking out astronomy won’t help. There are several impediments, some unavoidable, some hard to fix and some just plain stupid. Isolation is the unavoidable one. Some 2,600 miles of ocean makes obtaining supplies more difficult. The cost per ton mile is low but the cost and delay of removing cargo from the truck or train and securing it on a ship then transferring it to another truck can be significant. If the cargo is bound for a “bruddah” island, that is other than Oahu, repeat. Neighbor island sounds to me like we’re not part of the state. Same thing with deliveries between the “sistah” islands, and the Capitol, you can’t just drive over and drop something off.