In the news recently was a story about business and licensing fees actually going down.
Weve come a long way in the 20 years that have passed since the TMT protesters decided to turn back time and not be part of the future: another generation of continuing dependence on tourisms whims, limited opportunities for our young people, and brain drain. All of this accompanied by a sort of general societal letdown after the promise of all the good that could have been being abruptly snatched away; a kind of cultural deflation.
Forget about dogs, mushrooms may be modern mans new best friend. Aside from portobello burgers and the trippy magical mushrooms that you fooled around with in high school, there are hundreds of mushroom species that have medicinal and beneficial properties that the Anthropocene could really use.
Once upon a time, there was a big bank called Bank of America. It wanted to try doing business in Hawaii, since it was already in many of the other western states, so it reached a deal to buy Honolulu Federal (do you remember HonFed?) and took over all of their branches in Hawaii. This was in 1992.
The cost of having four walls and a roof over your head in Honolulu has been staggeringly expensive relative to the rest of the nation for a while now.
A few months ago, we tried to remind folks about Its the economy, stupid. There we reported that we had been getting lots of news about our economy, and none of it was good.
KAILUA-KONA – Robert Blair is a master of the skies.
Here in Hawaii, we are intensely dependent on goods that come into the state from faraway places, whether it be the U.S. mainland, Asia, or anywhere else in the world.
Say the word permitting to anybody in Hawaii County who has had any interaction with our beleaguered system whatsoever, and blood pressures spike while words unfit for print arise out of the mouths of otherwise aloha-filled residents. Permitting on the Big Island is indeed an aloha-killer.
Q: We continue our series on the past 30 years of state tax with our researcher, the Hawaii State Tax Watch Doggies wife.
The fight over short-term rentals in Honolulu has entered another phase.