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Conflicts, Antitrust Questions Raised Regarding Maui Solar Farm Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Conflicts, Antitrust Questions Raised Regarding Maui Solar Farm

Utilities and others are concerned that the same lawyers are representing multiple parties in a competitive bidding process.

$88 Billion: A New Price Tag For Fixing Hawaii’s Infrastructure And Retirement Systems Cory Lum/Civil Beat

$88 Billion: A New Price Tag For Fixing Hawaii’s Infrastructure And Retirement Systems

A new report from the Hawaii Executive Conference details the state’s worsening financial problems, but it doesn’t offer any solutions.

Kauai: Island’s Biggest Credit Union Grows Bigger In Effort To Remain Independent Allan Parachini

Kauai: Island’s Biggest Credit Union Grows Bigger In Effort To Remain Independent

Gather Federal Credit Union’s CEO estimates the number of credit unions in Hawaii has shrunk from nearly 100 to slightly more than 50 in the last decade.

How ‘Green Fees’ Might Offset The Hidden Costs Of Tourism In Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How ‘Green Fees’ Might Offset The Hidden Costs Of Tourism In Hawaii

A growing number of tourism hot spots, ranging from Mallorca to Bhutan to New Zealand, are imposing new taxes and fees on visitors.

Why No One Knows How Many Green Energy Jobs Exist In Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Why No One Knows How Many Green Energy Jobs Exist In Hawaii

Hawaii’s shift to renewable energy was meant to trigger an explosion of new jobs, but officials aren’t closely tracking employment in the sector.

Economists: Airbnb Crackdown Will Likely Cause Big Drop In Oahu Tourism Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Economists: Airbnb Crackdown Will Likely Cause Big Drop In Oahu Tourism

The expected decline could cost the island more than $30 million per month in direct spending, based on state tourism data.

Looming Recession Expected To Take A Bite Out Of State Revenues Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Looming Recession Expected To Take A Bite Out Of State Revenues

A slew of tax legislation passed by the Legislature in 2019 was offset by tax breaks and will make little difference.

Hawaiian Airlines Stock Slumping Amid Fears Of Competition Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaiian Airlines Stock Slumping Amid Fears Of Competition

Southwest is bringing lower fares to Hawaii and new restrictions on Airbnbs are also creating uncertainty about future traffic.

Can This New Hawaii Venture Become The Stock Fund For Millennials? Stewart Yerton/Civil Beat

Can This New Hawaii Venture Become The Stock Fund For Millennials?

A Colorado portfolio manager has big plans for a $44 million S&P 500 index fund that he has brought to Hawaii.

Tourists Scramble As Oahu Vacation Rentals Disappear Under New Law Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Tourists Scramble As Oahu Vacation Rentals Disappear Under New Law

Amid mass Airbnb cancellations, one local bride said two of her bridesmaids can no longer attend her wedding.

HI-Priced Q&A: How This Family Of 4 Lives On A Firefighter Salary In Laie

HI-Priced Q&A: How This Family Of 4 Lives On A Firefighter Salary In Laie

“It’s like you’re in that middle zone where you’re making too much to receive help, but you’re not making enough to really prosper.”

Critics Fear Trump’s Plan To Redefine Poverty Could Mean Bad News For Hawaii Denby Fawcett/Civil Beat

Critics Fear Trump’s Plan To Redefine Poverty Could Mean Bad News For Hawaii

The federal poverty line already doesn’t take into account the state’s high cost of living.

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