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Tips for Successful Speakers

I sat down with Allen Klein at the Speakers Association of Hawaii (SAH) January, 2018 meeting. He was an entertaining speaker with a flair for telling stories that reveal lessons for living. His one-of-a-kind, designed-just-for-speakers presentation, scattered 10 speaking gems that brought him several awards as a professional speaker. I’m going to write about 5 […]

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Published on 21 February 2018 | 6:54 am


ThinkTech: Business in Hawaii with Reg Baker

Payroll and HR issues can be very challenging for a small business. These guys fix that chaos and make it easy.  And very possibly save your business money!  

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Published on 18 February 2018 | 4:08 pm


Trump Tax In Hawaii?

One of the more visible tax issues that our lawmakers will be thinking about this session is how to adapt the new federal tax law changes, sometimes called the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and what we have been calling Trump Tax, to Hawaii. Each year, our Department of Taxation is required to consider the […]

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Published on 14 February 2018 | 11:16 pm


ThinkTech: Business in Hawaii and Hawaii’s Small Business Development Center

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has a huge impact on the health of small business in Hawaii. Watch and see how it can help your business too!

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Published on 11 February 2018 | 3:48 am


Beth Chapman Responds to ACLU Release of Anticipated “Pre-trial Report”

President of the Professional Bail Agents of the United States (PBUS), Beth Chapman, Responds to ACLU Release of Anticipated “Pre-trial Report” “I want to applaud the decision by the Senate public safety Committee on governmental and military affairs in holding SB2860 until the Pre-trial Taskforce can complete their work and present a complete report to […]

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Published on 1 February 2018 | 5:48 pm


Bail Reform in Hawaii would eliminate bail and release people before trial

In early May, former “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Dina Manzo and her boyfriend Dave Cantin arrived home from a party on a Saturday night to find themselves greeted by some unwelcome visitors. Two masked men had entered their townhouse, jumped the couple, tied them up, assaulted and robbed them. Cardin was beaten with […]

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Published on 1 February 2018 | 5:31 pm


Think Tech: Tax Reform Debated – Pro and Con

What was supposed to be an interview about Tax Reform turned into a very lively and pointed political debate. Jay Fidel, founder of Think Tech Hawaii and Reg Baker, Small Business Advocate, go head to head to debate the pro’s and con’s of the 2017 tax reform act. If you want to hear both sides […]

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Published on 1 February 2018 | 2:13 am


How Much Does a Crosswalk Cost?

Most of us are very familiar with crosswalks and traffic signals.  We pass a few of them every day.  We might get stopped by a red light from one of them.  But have we ever stopped to think how much one of these things cost? One of the bills introduced in the recent legislative session, […]

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Published on 31 January 2018 | 11:24 pm


Think Tech: Business in Hawaii with Reg Baker – SMB Regulation

Business regulations in Hawaii are certainly a challenge.  But there is a way to voice your frustration and potentially make changes.  This weeks Business in Hawaii Show with Reg Baker highlights Hawaii’s Small Business Regulatory Review Board and how they can help make it easier for SMB’s to stay compliant.

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Published on 31 January 2018 | 4:16 pm


Oops! Math Error!

The National Taxpayer Advocate recently produced a “Purple Book” containing her top 50 recommendations for the IRS.  One of them concerned “math error authority,” which brought to mind one of the failings in Hawaii’s tax system. On the federal side, disputes between the IRS and taxpayers play out through a lengthy process.  The IRS proposes […]

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Published on 24 January 2018 | 11:30 pm


Sipping Wine in Marlborough Country

Editor’s Note: This the last in a series of three articles on wine tasting in New Zealand. It’s by no means a definitive work but we think it will at least provide anyone interested in the subject a primer–someplace to start. A big mahalo to the Kiwis we met, all of whom were friendly, gracious […]

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Published on 23 January 2018 | 6:59 am


ThinkTech: Preparing High School Students for Sucess

Business in Hawaii with Reg Baker Broadcast. Preparing our high school students for successful careers is critical. And Shayne Greenland at Campbell High School is doing this very well and the kids love it!! This is the type of practical education that needs to be in all out schools.  Of course we need the basics, […]

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Published on 20 January 2018 | 3:37 am


TrumpTax, Part 2

One of the new, key components of Trump Tax is a provision important to the vast majority of small businesses.  Practitioners may know it as the Section 199A deduction. Under Trump Tax, corporations that used to see a maximum tax rate of 35% got that rate slashed to 21%.  About 75% of businesses, however, are […]

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Published on 18 January 2018 | 1:15 am


Postscript on Hawaii’s brush with Armageddon

  Editor’s Note: We received this letter from New York reader, Anthony Donovan, and thought it would appropriate to publish. Thank you Mr. Donovan for the thoughtful missive. Hawaii, from NYC, we are humbled by your experience and know we would have reacted the very same, not know what to do, nor how to prepare […]

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Published on 16 January 2018 | 5:53 am


ThinkTech: Business in Hawaii – State of Hawaii CIO Update

Reg Baker and State of Hawaii CIO Todd Nacapuy discuss technology upgrades and Hawaii’s Department of Taxation tax systems. What a challenge he has!!  And then add a massive tax reform package!

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Published on 14 January 2018 | 11:41 pm


An afternoon in Nelson, New Zealand wine country

The New Zealand Wine website (the trade group for nation’s winegrowers) describes the Nelson/Tasman region, where some of the country’s best wine is produced, as “slightly off the beaten track“. I would beg to differ. At the end of an afternoon with Vintage Wine Tours, a company that specializes in wine tasting, I’d have to […]

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Published on 11 January 2018 | 8:56 pm


TrumpTax, Part 1

As we nervously await the opening of the 2018 Legislature, we wonder how our state will approach tax conformity now that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, or “Trump Tax,” is now law. Most states, including ours, conform to federal tax law.  That means we generally adopt the federal law provisions that tell us what […]

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Published on 10 January 2018 | 7:43 pm


Hawke’s Bay Wine Tasting Odyssey

“In the early eighties,” said Brendan McDonald, our guide to the Hawke’s Bay region and a native son of the Napier area, “there were about eight wineries.” The local wine industry was a new phenomenon and McDonald said that most people thought it would be a passing fad. “I remember my father telling friends,” he […]

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Published on 8 January 2018 | 8:48 am


ThinkTech: Workforce Training (Business in Hawaii with Reg Baker)

Educating our youth for employment and careers has changed. Unfortunately our education system does not embrace this reality (some educators do try). Learn more on how you can help with the transformation.

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Published on 7 January 2018 | 7:57 pm


GEMS Takes One On The Chin From The PUC

Off and on, we have been discussing the Green Energy Market Securitization or GEMS program.  GEMS is a financing program that was supposed to provide loans at a low interest rate to finance alternative energy systems and other clean energy improvements for those, such as nonprofits and individuals with lower credit scores, who might not […]

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Published on 3 January 2018 | 9:47 pm


Let it Snow Maui – The most realistic snow show in Hawaii – Queen Ka’ahumanu Center

808 Viral had a chance to visit this year and share their experience with what is called, “the most realistic snow show in Hawaii”. “Let it Snow!” is a snowfall experience December every year in Maui. Visitors are treated annually to a “white Christmas” during the holiday season where Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center transforms into a […]

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Published on 1 January 2018 | 6:27 am


ThinkTech: Business in Hawaii with Reg Baker

The last show of the year focuses on tax reform and Hawaii’s economic diversification, or lack thereof. Very fast paced discussion. Tax reform – Something for almost everyone, especially small businesses.  Most individuals will save on their 2018 taxes.  Some will save a lot.  Be prepared and work with your tax preparer to maximize the […]

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Published on 31 December 2017 | 11:45 pm


What’s A Carbon Tax?

Recently, the Hawaii Tax Review Commission’s primary consultant, PFM Group, issued a final report to the Commission asking it to review many taxing alternatives, including a “carbon tax” that had the potential to put an additional $360 million per year into our state coffers (assuming a tax rate of $20 per metric ton of CO2 […]

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Published on 27 December 2017 | 11:15 pm


ThinkTech: Business in Hawaii

This weeks Business in Hawaii features guest host Dailyn Yanagida and guest Chad Higa of Express Employment Professionals, the largest staffing company in the US with 750 locations.  Dailyn and Chad discuss the very challenging employment situation in Hawaii and what companies can do to deal with the challenge.

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Published on 23 December 2017 | 12:50 am


Constitutional Convention

The 2018 general election is going to be a special one for our state because we get to vote on whether to have a constitutional convention. Normally, our legislature acts as the gatekeeper for any changes to the Hawaii Constitution.  No proposed amendment can even get on the ballot if our legislature hasn’t approved it.  […]

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Published on 20 December 2017 | 10:00 pm


My #MeToo Moment with my Bra

Special Report by Soma Grismaijer, Medical Anthropologist, Co-Author of Dressed to Kill: The Link Between Breast Cancer and Bras Most women hate their bras. They pinch, bind, constrict, and irritate. They can also cause breast pain, cysts, and cancer. And yet, we women are supposed to wear them in public, suppressing our discomfort to conform […]

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Published on 20 December 2017 | 12:31 am


SureFire Powerpak

Mobile video light review When it comes to a video light, I used to lug heavy camera gear around to capture the funny, meaningful or downright awesome moments that can spontaneously arise during the days of our lives. Since the cellphone revolution, my camera has become my choice mostly for it’s light weight, flexibility of […]

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Published on 19 December 2017 | 8:33 pm


Mayors commit to 100% renewable ground transportation by 2045

In Waiʻanae, west O`ahu island leaders from the City and County of Honolulu, Maui County, Hawaiʻi County and Kauaʻi County came together today on the Polynesian voyaging canoe Hōkūleʻa committing to transform Hawaiʻi’s public and private ground transportation to 100 percent renewable fuel sources by 2045. Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell, Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa, Kauaʻi County Mayor Bernard […]

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Published on 18 December 2017 | 1:16 am


ThinkTech: Business in Hawaii with Reg Baker

These two ladies were so much fun and had a great message to share. Leaving the corporate world to roll the dice on starting your own business is very scary! But boy are they having so much fun and helping people too!!  

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Published on 17 December 2017 | 3:03 am


A Government Shutdown? It Has Nothing to Do with Government

As we hear all of the talking heads and news show mouthpieces claim calamity at the prospect of a so-called “government shutdown,” once again the American people have to suffer the egos and power play of politicians in Washington, DC. But the fact of the matter is this. This moment in time isn’t about a government […]

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Published on 16 December 2017 | 6:55 pm


Cybergambling

Our state was recently in the news when State Reps. Chris Lee and Sean Quinlan held a press conference in response to the controversy surrounding loot boxes and microtransactions in video games.  Lee announced that he would be looking to introduce legislation to combat predatory practices by game publishers.  He called Star Wars: Battlefront II […]

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Published on 13 December 2017 | 11:30 pm


Time to Understand: Accusations Are Not Convictions

To say that the media is knee-jerk and irresponsible is to make the understatement of the millennium. To say that the American people are gullible to their knee-jerk is to speak a sad truth. On no other subject is this more relevant than the matter of sexual harassment claims. To be perfectly clear: Sexual harassment […]

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Published on 12 December 2017 | 6:41 pm


Hawaii’s Music Festival at Kualoa Ranch

Want to end the year with a new experience? Check out the Hawaii Traveling Lotus Project Music Festival on December 23, 2017 at Kualoa Ranch. Immerse yourself in nature, yoga, music and dance. Musical lineup includes some of Hawaii’s great musicians such as rising reggae music star Mike Love, acoustic Rythym & Blues group HOOK […]

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Published on 12 December 2017 | 2:02 am


Delusion, Democrats & Bernie Sanders

US Senator Bernie Sanders (S-VT), took to NBC’s Meet the Press Sunday to say that Democrats shouldn’t “jump the gun” on their attempts to impeach President Trump. He is clinging, incredulously, to the false-narrative of Trump-Russian collusion advanced by the discredited Fusion GPS Trump dossier. “[I]f Mueller brings forth the clear evidence that there was […]

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Published on 10 December 2017 | 7:32 pm


Hawaiian Coqui Frogs Increase Bird Populations, Study Finds

Coquis are jumping for joy at news that they have been vindicated for alleged crimes against Hawaii. Contrary to what we have been told, coquis do not compete with native birds for insects, and there are predators for coquis in Hawaii. For years, the government has made a lot of noise about the coquis frogs. […]

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Published on 9 December 2017 | 2:17 pm


ThinkTech: Women Owned Busines Sucess Story

Business in Hawaii with Reg Baker Lorraine Minatoishi has done what most women can not. She is highly successful in a male dominated industry. Learn how she did it in this week’s Business in Hawaii with Reg Baker show.

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Published on 8 December 2017 | 9:37 pm


Voluntary Additional Tax?

Recently I received an email from an alert citizen whose remarks were published in Money magazine in March 2017.  It apparently impressed the editors of the magazine enough to print this comment in extra-large type.  It was in response to an article titled “The 2017 Washington Wish List,” and here it is: “Here’s my wish […]

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Published on 7 December 2017 | 1:39 am


GoalZero & Sunjack reviews

Portable Powerpack Solar panel reviews As everyone who lives here knows, Hawaii is no stranger to power outrages. The last big storm that came through knocked power out on the North Shore for half a day, yet that of course would be child’s play, if we got hit by something the magnitude of Iniki or […]

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Published on 2 December 2017 | 8:20 am


ThinkTech: Being a CPA as a Career Choice

Aloha!! Welcome to the Business in Hawaii Show with Reg Baker and Carl Williams. What happens when you get two “very experienced” CPA’s on the same show? Actually, more than you might expect!! Carl Williams who has about 40 years’ experience and I with about 35 years’ experience had a lot of fun chatting about […]

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Published on 2 December 2017 | 1:53 am


The Tax Administration Slush Fund

In early November 2017, the State Auditor issued Report 17-10, which reviewed special, revolving, and trust funds administered by the Department of Taxation.  One of them is the Tax Administration Special Fund, which, although not an area of concern for the auditor, is becoming an all-purpose slush fund for which corrective action is needed. The […]

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Published on 30 November 2017 | 12:09 am








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