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If You Don’t Rock the Boat, How Do You Change Its Direction?

A little over twenty years ago, on May 6, 1998, then-Maui Mayor Linda Lingle was speaking to a group of business leaders from the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii. Before the meeting, she was told that she could speak on anything she wanted to, but she was specifically told not to criticize any specific person […]

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Published on 12 July 2018 | 7:22 pm


It’s Not Easy Bein’ — an Employer

It’s tough being an employer, especially here in Hawaii. If I am a business, or even a nonprofit, in Hawaii and I want to hire paid staff, there are all kinds of things to consider. Before I hire the worker, I need to comply with laws saying what I can and can’t ask the prospective […]

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Published on 5 July 2018 | 9:31 pm


Kymberly Pine starts a GoFundMe for VeteranX Runner John Gollner after he mysteriously goes blind

Over a decade ago, after returning from the war in Iraq, John Gollner began to lose his vision and hear a constant ringing in his ear. At first, no one in the medical profession could explain the origin of his symptoms.  He was the first Iraq veteran to have these symptoms. Then others started to […]

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Published on 5 July 2018 | 6:43 pm


The Warlord’s Hospital (Part Two)

Author’s Note: In June 1988, I joined an American non-governmental organization (NGO) and the Royal Thai Government Ministry of Public Health to manage a 5-year cooperative health and development project to provide comprehensive health services to highland residents of an isolated, politically sensitive and culturally unspoiled region in the extreme north of Thailand along the […]

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Published on 30 June 2018 | 10:40 pm


Pray I Don’t Alter It Any Further

A few days ago, I got my annual emailed reminder from the Social Security folks that they prepared an electronic statement for me – they’ve gone green, so they aren’t sending those statements on paper any more.  So, for the first time in years, I logged in and looked at it.  There, in the middle […]

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Published on 28 June 2018 | 12:24 am


Can’t You Just Change the Agenda?

Recently, State Auditor Les Kondo shocked the public and some Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) Board members when he charged, at a HART board meeting, that HART employees had been required to record all interviews with State Auditor personnel and then submit the recordings to management to be transcribed.  That’s “interference with the audit […]

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Published on 23 June 2018 | 5:22 pm


BREAKING NEWS FROM THE TAX FOUNDATION OF HAWAII

REVISED:  June 21, 2018, 4:40 pm.  Added link to SD law, revised discussion of differences. June 21, 2018:  The Supreme Court of the United States today decided Wayfair, Inc. v. South Dakota, and held that “physical presence” is not necessary before States can validly apply their taxing powers to businesses that have neither persons nor […]

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Published on 23 June 2018 | 5:19 pm


Balanced Budget

If you are a serious student of Hawaii constitutional law, here is a question for you.  Where in our state constitution does it say we have to have a balanced budget?  The answer appears later in this article. The part of our constitution directly governing our state’s budget is Article VII, section 8.  It says […]

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Published on 17 June 2018 | 5:17 pm


The Warlord’s Hospital (Part One)

Author’s Note: After two years of budget travel through fifteen Asia-Pacific countries and a wonderful visit to the USA – hosted all along the way by local and national YMCAs, I had settled high in the rugged, jungle-clad mountains along the Burmese border in the extreme north of Thailand. The journey to this remote outpost […]

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Published on 12 June 2018 | 6:39 am


So You Want to Play Politics, Do You?

BY FRANK SALVATO It is true that in the United States, everyone who qualifies under the requirements of the Constitution has the right to run for office. In fact, the beauty of the American experience is that our nation is governed by her people, not a ruling class, or so it is supposed to be. […]

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Published on 8 June 2018 | 7:48 pm


The California Stupidity Fund, Part 2

About three months ago, I wrote about the $10,000 limitation on deductions for state and local tax that is part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.  In a nutshell, you can only deduct up to $10,000 in state and local tax.  If you paid more, you get no tax deduction for the […]

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Published on 31 May 2018 | 1:09 am


We Can’t See It or Touch It, But We Can Tax It!

This week we look at HB 2416, a bill that applies Hawaii Use Tax to intangible property. The Use Tax is a tax designed to protect our local businesses.  As a consumer, you often have a choice between buying a product from a local seller and one from somewhere out of state.  Our general excise […]

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Published on 24 May 2018 | 12:25 am


Top Trending LAVA videos from the Volcano Kilauea currently erupting in Hawaii

  LIVE: Fountains of lava erupting from a Kilauea fissure in Hawaii. First it was catastrophic lava. Then it was sulfur dioxide. Now Hawaii’s Big Island residents have yet another danger to worry about.Lava flows are now hitting the ocean Super rare footage

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Published on 23 May 2018 | 9:22 am


ThinkTech: Business in Hawaii with Reg Baker and SamrTummy’s Dr. Shim

Dr. Walton Shim MD is a surgeon who started SmarTummy when he was in his 80’s. His patented surgical training innovation could revolutionize how surgeons are trained.

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Published on 21 May 2018 | 1:23 pm


Finding the Magic Bullet: City’s Share of Rail Administrative Costs

In a recent hearing in the Honolulu City Council’s Budget Committee, council leaders say that they might have found a “magic bullet” – one that they say will get the City’s share of rail funding done painlessly. Here’s the issue.  The City needs to cover $44 million in administrative costs for rail for 2018 and […]

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Published on 17 May 2018 | 9:13 pm


Asia-Pacific Tour: Return to Paradise

Journal Entry (In-flight) 8 May 1988: “Once again, the never-ending problem of too many beautiful women, and too damn many fascinating places – unable to decide where to go next, where to stay, and with whom. The flight attendants are cute – one is Oriental, the other two are Islanders, but I’m trying not to […]

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Published on 17 May 2018 | 12:37 am


Is this the end for the Waikiki Beach Boys? Hawaiian OCEAN’S Waikiki Comments on Concession Contracts

On Tuesday May 15, 2018 the City plans to evict Hawaiian Ocean’s Waikiki from  the Kuhio Beach concession stand that it operates. Every five years, the stand owners have to bid for a contract with the city of Honolulu. This time, Dive Oahu was awarded both concessions. After awarding Dive Oahu both concession stand contracts, […]

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Published on 15 May 2018 | 8:47 am


It is like the Home Shopping Channel…but with Local Girls!

GO LOCAL is a new show that broadcasts live on Facebook from Hawaii’s #1 Entertainment page, 808 Viral. The hosts Kumua and Kalei Timoteo, and shows creator Daniela Tow, broadcast weekly to over 200,000 followers. The show consists of talking story, doing reviews, challenges and giveaways all centered around local made in Hawaii products which […]

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Published on 12 May 2018 | 10:33 am


Reactionary Reaction to Resort Fees

One of the bills that has come out of the recently concluded legislative session is SB 2699, which proposes to make “resort fees” subject to our Transient Accommodations Tax (TAT). A “resort fee,” which also goes on your bill if you stay at a hotel, and not only in Hawaii but around the world, is […]

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Published on 10 May 2018 | 12:32 am


The Feds Gave You a Break? Now We, the State, Can Turn the Screws!

It’s not often that State lawmakers express their justification for imposing taxes in terms other than “We need the money to fund essential services and programs.”  But how about this?  The following language is from an actual bill. “The legislature finds that the federal government has significantly raised the threshold for the federal estate tax.  […]

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Published on 10 May 2018 | 12:31 am


ThinkTech: Business in Hawaii with Reg Baker

Booz Allen does much more than you might think. What a great company and community leader!  And, did I mention, they are looking for good people for fantastic careers?

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Published on 5 May 2018 | 7:14 pm


Asia-Pacific Tour: Back in the USA

Author’s Note: This is a series of selected highlights from two years (1986-88) of budget backpacker travel through 15 countries and a half-dozen US States – hosted all along the way by national and local YMCAs – from the Pacific Islands to selected Asian countries including: Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Burma, The Philippines, Hong Kong, Macau, […]

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Published on 5 May 2018 | 2:04 pm


Letting the Genie Out Of The Bottle…For Our Keiki?

This November, voters throughout the State will be given the opportunity to vote on a constitutional amendment, brought forward by Senate Bill 2922, supposedly to fund primary school education.  The amendment would give the State Legislature the power to impose a real property tax surcharge on “investment real property.” The amendment, if approved by the […]

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Published on 3 May 2018 | 12:57 am


FIRST IN THE NATION CHLORPYRIFOS BAN!

Today Hawaii did what the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under Scott Pruitt had failed to do: it banned the neurotoxin chlorpyrifos that can trace its genealogy to nerve agents used in World War 1. It took several years of grassroots activism, ongoing court battles, and a high profile advocacy campaign by a determined coalition, as […]

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Published on 2 May 2018 | 6:01 am


ThinkTech: Busines in Hawaii with Reg Baker

City Council Update Nine elected individuals on the Honolulu City Council control a huge budget and influences the lives of over 800,000 people.  Who better to ensure accountability in Government than an experienced CPA? Good luck Natalie!!  

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Published on 28 April 2018 | 1:17 am


The Tax Office Said So, So It Must Be True!

HB 2432, one of the bills actively being considered this session, proposes to hike the “transient occupancy tax,” or TOT, by an as-yet-unspecified amount.  This part of the bill is noteworthy for the factual support behind it.  Or, more particularly, the lack thereof.  It’s based on “the tax office said so, so it must be […]

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Published on 26 April 2018 | 12:22 am


Joe Moore & Pat Sajak Benefit Performance “Dial M for Murder” at the HAWAII THEATRE CENTER June 21, 2018 to July 1, 2018

Hawaii’s most recognized and highly rated news anchor Joe Moore and his long-time friend and television game show celebrity Pat Sajak return to the stage this summer where they will appear in a Benefit Performance for the historic Hawaii Theatre Center in an extended run of the classic thriller Dial M For Murder, June 21, […]

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Published on 23 April 2018 | 9:09 am


How to Terminate Ideological Tenured Professors

BY FRANK SALVATO By now everyone who is up to speed on current events knows that Randa Jarrar, a “professor” at California State University at Fresno, took to Twitter after the death of former First Lady Barbara Bush, to lambaste her memory. This cretin then bragged she couldn’t be fired because she was “tenured.” Jarrar […]

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Published on 22 April 2018 | 5:34 pm


Asia-Pacific Tour: Taiwan, Korea and Japan (Part Two)

Author’s Note: This is a series of selected highlights from two years (1986-88) of budget backpacker travel through 15 countries and a half-dozen US States – hosted all along the way by national and local YMCAs – from the Pacific Islands to selected Asian countries including: Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Burma, The Philippines, Hong Kong, Macau, […]

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Published on 22 April 2018 | 2:54 am


ThinkTech: Business in Hawaii with Reg Baker

Hawaii Republican Party in Hawaii – alive, well and making a difference. Top GOP leaders, Andria Tupola and Gene Ward provide an update on the current legislative session in Hawaii and nationally.  And they had a few warnings of potential laws being considered.  

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Published on 20 April 2018 | 9:38 pm


Mighty Morphin Power Bills!

In last week’s article, I said we should look forward to lots of surprises as lawmakers press forward with our legislative session with techniques such as “Gut and Replace” to give our legislative bills content that doesn’t at all resemble what they previously looked like.  Here are some that we have seen so far: HB […]

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Published on 19 April 2018 | 1:01 am


Asia-Pacific Tour: Taiwan, Korea and Japan (Part One)

Author’s Note: This is a series of selected highlights from two years (1986-88) of budget backpacker travel through 15 countries and a half-dozen US States – hosted all along the way by national and local YMCAs – from the Pacific Islands to selected Asian countries including: Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Burma, The Philippines, Hong Kong, Macau, […]

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Published on 18 April 2018 | 1:18 pm


Think Tech: Surviving Tax Season and Advocacy Work.

Aloha – This week’s broadcast of Business in Hawaii with Reg Baker: Quarterly Commentary – Surviving Tax Season and Advocacy Work.  Guest Host Ray Tsuchiyama interviews Reg Baker about tax reform, tax season, SBA Awards, SBA Board, SBDC and SBRRB activities.   It has been a very busy 3 months!  

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Published on 15 April 2018 | 8:14 pm


Can Government Avoid Its Responsibilities With LLCs?

Do you recognize any of these names:  Hiʻilei Aloha LLC, Hiʻipaka LLC, and Hoʻokele Pono LLC? For one thing, all of them have “LLC” in their names. LLC is an abbreviation for Limited Liability Company.  A LLC is a legal “person,” something like a corporation but much easier to create and maintain.  I could go […]

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Published on 11 April 2018 | 11:21 pm


RALLY AT CAPITOL TO URGE SENATE TO ACCEPT UNANIMOUS HOUSE YES TO SB3095hd1

Last week the Hawaiʻi House of Representatives unanimously passed the restricted use pesticide  (RUP) regulation bill, SB3095hd1 during its third and final reading on April 6, 2018. The bill is a significant milestone in a decades-long effort to put in place regulations to protect public health and the environment. The Senate now has the opportunity to speed this measure into law […]

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Published on 10 April 2018 | 3:06 am


ThinkTech: Business in Hawaii with Reg Baker and Rusty Komori

Rusty Komori holds the nations longest running string of state championships (22) in history. Now a successful author and motivational speaker, he shares a few of his secrets for winning at business and life on this weeks Business in Hawaii with Reg Baker.

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Published on 6 April 2018 | 8:13 pm


Asia-Pacific Tour: Hong Kong, Macau and China

Author’s Note: This is a series of selected highlights from two years (1986-88) of budget backpacker travel through 15 countries and a half-dozen US States – hosted all along the way by national and local YMCAs – from the Pacific Islands to selected Asian countries including: Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Burma, The Philippines, Hong Kong, Macau, […]

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Published on 6 April 2018 | 12:21 pm


PARKLINQ Introduces Concept of Parking Share to Honolulu

ParklinQ is a mobile app and accompanying website designed to make parking in Hawai‘i easy by allowing drivers to search for available parking spots for rent anywhere on the island, compare prices, and save up to 60% of the parking stall’s cost when they book their spot. ParklinQ is scheduled to launch May 1, 2018 […]

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Published on 5 April 2018 | 2:05 am


ThinkTech: Business in Hawaii with Reg Baker – Outback Steakhouse

This weeks Show was really special. Tyler Roukema who owns the Outback Steakhouse in Hawaii Kai (the east side of Oahu and in my neighborhood) was my guest. Tyler is a very successful business owner and restaurateur. He is the perfect example of what someone can do with a vision, discipline and lots of energy.

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Published on 31 March 2018 | 6:08 pm


Financial Planning For a $200M Per Year Deficit?

A recent news release from the Hawaii State Senate Majority Caucus says: The State Senate has drafted, discussed, and voted on SB508, SB2415, SB2484, SB2489, SB2699, and SB2821 that are projected to generate approximately $72 million in revenues based on the Department of Taxation estimates. The current State Financial Plan shows the State is over […]

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Published on 29 March 2018 | 12:05 am








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