Tax Foundation of Hawaii: An expensive charter crisis on Maui

Maui has figured out a way to bleed cash from its budget very quickly. It’s called a “charter crisis.” It pits one part of government against another one. Lawyers then are needed to represent one or both warring parties, and when those lawyers get paid, there’s a good chance that taxpayers will end up footing the bill.

Piilani Partners appeals permit denial

HILO — An attorney representing a company appealing the county’s denial of a Special Management Area permit to drill for and bottle water in Hilo argued in court Tuesday the Windward Planning Commission’s decision was based on “speculation about things that could potentially happen.”

Small Business Matters: TMT, 20 years later: what could have been

We’ve 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 tourism’s 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.

Tax Foundation of Hawaii: The strange case of Bank of America

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.