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UPDATE: Tourism Secrecy Bill Becomes Law

Keeping strategies to lure visitors under wraps but at the expense of transparency?
If Hawaii Doesn’t Pay Now, Will It Have To Pay More Later?

If Hawaii Doesn’t Pay Now, Will It Have To Pay More Later?

A decision to defer $593 million in tax credits to help deal with the state's budget deficit may have saved programs from cuts in the short term, but could hurt the state financially for years to come.

Do charities cross the line to help donors?

Tax deductions may be bigger than merited because some nonprofits don't want to charge donors with full cost of events they attend.

UPDATE: How To Follow Unemployment Numbers in Hawaii

A new tool created by the state government helps the public track unemployment claims in Hawaii counties.

UPDATE: Still Unemployed? You’re Not Alone

A new study on national unemployment rates says that national long-term unemployment is here for the long-haul.

UPDATE: Maui Pineapple Co. Dragged Into Human Trafficking Story

One of Hawaii's oldest and most successful agricultural companies is implicated in a new report detailing immoral and potentially illegal labor practices involving a company that provides migrant Thai workers.
No Strings on Tourism Tax, A “Double-Edge Sword” For Counties

No Strings on Tourism Tax, A “Double-Edge Sword” For Counties

State has been siphoning off larger and larger amount of revenue from tax on lodging because counties can't point specifically to what it pays for. But they know losing it would be a huge blow.
Rent or Buy? Not An Easy Question in Honolulu

Rent or Buy? Not An Easy Question in Honolulu

Even though Hawaii is the most expensive state in the nation for renters — and Honolulu ranks third among cities — house prices in the city are so steep it may still make more sense not to buy.
Six Years After Plan, Homeless Problem Even Worse

Six Years After Plan, Homeless Problem Even Worse

Hawaii set the goal of ending chronic homelessness by 2014. While some recommendations were achieved, the problem has become even more serious.
Is Hawaii helped by uncontested elections?

Is Hawaii helped by uncontested elections?

Dan Inouye has been virtually unopposed in his lengthy career in the U.S. Senate. Even in his…

Should I buy or should I rent? And should the feds help?

Hawaii is the least affordable state in the nation for renters, the National Low Income Housing Coalition reported April…
Hawaii Economy