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Stewart Yerton

This Long-Expired High-Tech Tax Credit Is Still Costing Hawaii Millions DonkeyHotey/flickr.com

This Long-Expired High-Tech Tax Credit Is Still Costing Hawaii Millions

The state awarded $289.1 million in tax credits in 2016, including $16.3 million for a program that no longer exists.

Filmmaker Settles Lawsuit After Hawaii Grants Him Tax Credits Tim Chey/RiverRain Productions

Filmmaker Settles Lawsuit After Hawaii Grants Him Tax Credits

Tim Chey had charged the state film office discriminated against him because it didn’t like his Christian-themed historical drama.

If You Thought Legislature Would Bury The Hatchet With Ige, Think Again Cory Lum/Civil Beat

If You Thought Legislature Would Bury The Hatchet With Ige, Think Again

The House Finance Committee chair questions the trustworthiness and organizational structure of the governor’s administration.

Addicted To Airbnb: Hawaii’s Tourism Economy Depends On Illegal Vacation Rentals Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Addicted To Airbnb: Hawaii’s Tourism Economy Depends On Illegal Vacation Rentals

While calls for a crackdown on short-term rentals grow louder, their rapid expansion accounts for a big chunk of the recent growth in the state’s largest industry.

Sylvia Luke Wants To Change The Way The State Spends Money Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Sylvia Luke Wants To Change The Way The State Spends Money

Agencies should have to justify every penny they ask for, says the House Finance Committee chair.

Ige Proposes Spending $125 Million For Ala Wai Canal Flood Control Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige Proposes Spending $125 Million For Ala Wai Canal Flood Control

The governor’s two-year budget plan also includes $315 million for affordable housing and $400 million for education infrastructure projects.

Experts: Kaneshiro Can Talk About Federal Investigation If He Wants To Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Experts: Kaneshiro Can Talk About Federal Investigation If He Wants To

There’s no rule that prohibits Honolulu’s elected prosecutor from telling the public whether he is the target of a Justice Department probe.

Why Has Wall Street Punished Hawaiian Airlines? Flickr: redlegsfan21

Why Has Wall Street Punished Hawaiian Airlines?

The high-flying growth of Hawaii’s largest private employer has slowed recently thanks to storms, volcanos, increased competition and lower fares.

 

Can A New Generation Save Honolulu’s Oldest Natural Foods Store? Stewart Yerton/Civil Beat

Can A New Generation Save Honolulu’s Oldest Natural Foods Store?

The Kokua Market is on life support, trying to survive in a marketplace where Whole Foods is ubiquitous and even McDonald’s serves quinoa.

New Shipping Rules May Drive Up Hawaii’s Power Bills Cory Lum/Civil Beat

New Shipping Rules May Drive Up Hawaii’s Power Bills

But experts say there is a silver lining: higher fuel prices will make renewable energy sources in Hawaii even more competitive.

Rushing To Mine A Sea Floor Full Of Treasure — And Unique Creatures Craig Smith/University of Hawaii

Rushing To Mine A Sea Floor Full Of Treasure — And Unique Creatures

Critics fear rules for opening a swath of ocean bed between Mexico and Hawaii won’t protect “the most pristine wilderness on the planet.”

Hawaii Democrats Cheer New Balance of Power In Washington Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Democrats Cheer New Balance of Power In Washington

But local Republicans took solace in their expanded majority in the U.S. Senate.