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ThinkTech: Business in Hawaii with Reg Baker

We have amazing talent and experience right here in Hawaii if we only take the time and look for it. Sometimes we get too caught up with what is happening on the mainland (which we have no control over) and we lose sight of what is happening right here in our own backyard (which we […]

Published on 17 September 2017 | 7:07 pm


Legislature with U R Missing

This week, I was inspired by a sign on the First Baptist Church on Pensacola Street here in Honolulu.  Their sign read, “CH _ _ C H – what’s missing?   U R !” If you take away “U R” from “CHURCH,” you are left with “CHCH,” which isn’t even a word.  Apparently, the point there […]

Published on 16 September 2017 | 1:23 am


ThinkTech: Native Hawaiian, Woman Owned, SBA Success Story

Aloha – So good to be back and in the saddle again.  Had a fantastic show with Lia Hunt Young of Goldwing Supply Service and Dennis Wong from Hawaii National Bank.  Two very dynamic individuals.  Lia’s company is a Native Hawaiian, women owned, 2nd generation and SBA Certified small business success! Very impressive story of […]

Published on 8 September 2017 | 9:44 pm


Rail: Heads We Win, Tails You Lose

The tax bill moving through the Rail Special Session contains one provision that, to me, sticks out above the rest as a “Heads We Win, Tails You Lose” proposition. As you may remember, the Tax Foundation sued the State, contending that the “10% Skim” that the State helps itself to off the top of the […]

Published on 8 September 2017 | 12:23 am


Take a culinary tour of Malaysia with Christina Arokiasamy

Hawaii Reporter had the opportunity to interview chef Christina Arokiasamy, author of The Malaysian Kitchen: 150 Recipes for Simple Home Cooking , a new cookbook published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt New York. Arokiasamy provides a tempting selection of Malaysian delights in this collection of recipes  which are influenced by the country’s main ethnic groups—Malay, Indian, Chinese, Nyonya, […]

Published on 7 September 2017 | 2:41 am


Reg Baker Report from Washington DC

Aloha – I just returned from spending a week in Washington DC. Although Congress was on recess and many of the President’s Senior Administrators were traveling with him in Texas due to Harvey, we were able to get a lot done during the SBA’s Regulatory Fairness Board Meetings and Testimony’s. I was able to help […]

Published on 6 September 2017 | 8:16 am


SPOTLIGHT ON OUR `AINA

TAKING POSITIVE STEPS TO PRESERVE OUR `AINA By Kymberly Marcos Pine The other day, I was sitting on the beach with my husband Brian and our two year-old daughter. We were watching the sun sparkling off the water as it set and I was thinking how lucky we are to be living in such a […]

Published on 5 September 2017 | 10:15 pm


ThinkTech: Business in Hawaii with Reg Baker

What is an ASC? Can it help solve the health crisis in Hawaii and the nation? Learn about ASC’s in today’s Business in Hawaii with Reg Baker.

Published on 28 August 2017 | 3:04 pm


Highest and Best Use, and Why You Should Care

Earlier this year, the City & County of Honolulu tinkered with its real property tax system.  People who aren’t aware of what happened may find themselves with property tax bills many times what they are now. In Honolulu, as in most other counties here and in many jurisdictions on the Mainland, there are several property […]

Published on 25 August 2017 | 1:15 am


AAA Hawaii Weekend Gas Watch: Prices Mostly Stuck

Gas price averages showed little to no movement throughout the islands again this past week, according to the AAA Hawaii Weekend Gas Watch. Today’s statewide average price is $3.09, up one penny from last Thursday and five cents more than on this date a month ago. Today’s state average price is 38 cents higher than […]

Published on 24 August 2017 | 8:52 pm


The Grand Skim of Things, Part 2

Last week, we began a discussion about the 5% charge that is assessed against the “special funds” in Hawaii government, which we called the “Central Services Skim.”  For the last few fiscal years, the Central Services Skim has redirected about $45 million a year from the special funds to the state general fund, ostensibly to […]

Published on 21 August 2017 | 8:02 pm


ThinkTech: Business in Hawaii with Reg Baker – The Very Busy World of Senator Green

Aloha –  Senator Green is a busy guy!  And if (correction – when) he wins the next Lieutenant Governors election he will be busier than ever!  Such a down to earth and articulate guy.   Headed to Washington DC late next week for the annual US Small Business Administration (SBA) Board of Directors meeting for […]

Published on 19 August 2017 | 9:28 pm


The Grand Skim of Things, Part 3

We continue our discussion about the 5% charge assessed against special funds in Hawaii government, also known as the “Central Services Skim.”  Last week, we examined the exemptions from the skim and the danger that the funds who are paying the assessments can claim that they are being gouged.  This week, we look at the […]

Published on 17 August 2017 | 12:13 am


ThinkTech: Business in Hawaii with Reg Baker

Do you know what medical tourism is? This week’s commentary discusses the concept of medical tourism and how it can help the local economy. Plus we touch on the North Korea situation and the Rail (again). I am headed to the National U. S. Small Business Administration Board meeting for regulatory fairness in DC on […]

Published on 13 August 2017 | 6:30 pm


AirAsia adds Sihanoukville to its Cambodia routes

SEPANG, 11 AUGUST 2017 – AirAsia continues to connect southest Asia further with the inaugural flight of its latest route to Sihanoukville, Cambodia that flies four times weekly directly from Kuala Lumpur. The airlines is also the first Malaysian carrier to operate the unique route in Cambodia. The maiden flight, AK264, recorded a remarkable flight load […]

Published on 11 August 2017 | 10:06 pm


AAA Hawaii Weekend Gas Watch: Prices Inch Up

Gas price averages moved up slightly throughout the islands this past week, according to the AAA Hawaii Weekend Gas Watch. Today’s statewide average price is $3.07, up two cents from last Thursday and three cents more on this date a month ago. Today’s state average price is 34 cents higher than on this date a […]

Published on 10 August 2017 | 7:49 pm


ThinkTech: Business in Hawaii with Reg Baker – RAIL Update from a Tax Perspective

All I can say about this week’s Show is “WOW”! Originally we wanted to talk about local and national taxes and what to expect from the special session coming up at the end of August and the Trump Administration. It turned into a RAIL update from a tax perspective. Very expensive and challenging times ahead. […]

Published on 5 August 2017 | 8:05 pm


The Hawaii Social Media Group 808 Viral has added some new faces to their cast.

You might recognize some familiar faces on 808 Viral. Nine cast members from the recent production of Happily Eva Afta have decided to take their talents from on stage to online. “808 Viral has been the source for people to come together and share funny and engaging Hawaii content. It was always the mission to […]

Published on 4 August 2017 | 8:23 am


New Information: Detective who accused Fox News reporter Malia Zimmerman of fabricating quotes keeps changing story

One America news has obtained new information shedding light on the Seth Rich murder investigation, and allegedly debunking the Trump administration’s purported ties to Russia. OAN spoke with Ed Butowksy who is named in a new lawsuit, along with Malia Zimmerman of Fox News, filed by long-time paid Fox News contributor and private investigator Rod […]

Published on 4 August 2017 | 6:46 am


The Grand Skim of Things, Part 1

In this space, we have often spoken of funding government with “special funds.”  Special funds are pots of money dedicated to a specified purpose.  Money in the fund can be spent for the specified purpose without going through the general appropriation process at the Legislature.  Agencies love them because they can spend money without interference […]

Published on 3 August 2017 | 8:17 pm


SPOTLIGHT ON OAHU’S FUTURE

HONORING THE MISSION OF HŌKŪLEˋA, HER CREW, AND THEIR MESSAGE OF MALAMA HONUA: TO CARE FOR OUR ISLAND EARTH. WE LOOK TO HAWAII’S PAST IN ORDER TO SEE OUR FUTURE By Kymberly Marcos Pine Wednesday July 12, 2017 was no ordinary full council session at Honolulu Hale. It was the day I was blessed to […]

Published on 2 August 2017 | 8:25 pm


SPOTLIGHT ON OAHU’S FUTURE

HONORING THE MISSION OF HŌKŪLEˋA, HER CREW, AND THEIR MESSAGE OF MALAMA HONUA: TO CARE FOR OUR ISLAND EARTH. WE LOOK TO HAWAII’S PAST IN ORDER TO SEE OUR FUTURE By Kymberly Marcos Pine Wednesday July 12, 2017 was no ordinary full council session at Honolulu Hale. It was the day I was blessed to […]

Published on 2 August 2017 | 8:03 pm


ThinkTech: Business in Hawaii with Reg Baker – SBA Update

This weeks Business in Hawaii with Reg Baker Show is an national and local update of the SBA with Jane Sawyer (SBA District Director) and Dailyn Yanagida (Managing Director for Vantaggio in Hawaii). Jane has one of the best performing SBA Districts in the US. She is consistently setting new highs with loan guarantees and […]

Published on 30 July 2017 | 11:08 pm


AAA Hawaii Weekend Gas Watch: Prices Stable

Gas price averages continued to remain steady throughout most of the islands this past week, according to the AAA Hawaii Weekend Gas Watch. Today’s statewide average price is $3.05, which is a penny higher than last Thursday and the same price on this date a month ago. Today’s state average price is 26 cents higher than on this date a year […]

Published on 28 July 2017 | 10:50 pm


No Hanahana, Kaukau Anyway

Growing up in these islands, I always heard the part-Hawaiian proverb that describes a very simple work ethic: “No hanahana, no kaukau.”  Meaning: if you don’t work, you don’t eat. Recently, some very notable people including Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook have been championing the idea of “universal basic income,” which basically is a payment from […]

Published on 27 July 2017 | 12:28 am


The Mainstream Media Won’t Change Until the Ratings Game Is Removed

BY FRANK SALVATO There is a lot of complaining about the disingenuous nature of the mainstream media, and rightly so. Most news outlets have morphed into what the National Enquirer used to be before they attained a modicum of credibility. Or, perhaps, it’s just that the news media has devolved that far. But, there is […]

Published on 22 July 2017 | 9:10 pm


ThinkTech: Business in Hawaii with Reg Baker – Healthcare Challenge is Growing

Healthcare in Hawaii is huge and growing.  As our population grows older and lives longer the need will escalate and qualified staff will become an acute problem.  The time to fix this is now, not when it becomes critical.  If we wait much longer this will just be one more reason for our elders to […]

Published on 22 July 2017 | 8:20 pm


EITC:  Devil in the Details

By Tom Yamachika – On July 10, 2017, Governor Ige proudly signed House Bill 209, a bill that establishes a Hawaii earned income tax credit (HI-EITC for short).  The EITC has been described as “a federal tax credit that helps families work their way into the middle class.  Since its inception in 1975, the federal […]

Published on 20 July 2017 | 11:41 pm


808 Cleanups is tenacious when it comes to cleaning up other people’s messes

by Ethan Pearson-Pomerantz I’m in a familiar place, high up on the Pali, raindrops splattering on the dirt next to me, traffic noises just barely audible from below between the gusts of wind buffeting the ridgeline. A new sound fills my ears as 808 Cleanups Executive Director Michael Loftin triggers a cordless drill with a […]

Published on 17 July 2017 | 8:56 pm


ThinkTech: Business in Hawaii with Reg Baker – Special Session Update

This week Gene Ward and I discuss the special session that the Governor announced for the end of August.  Hold on to your wallets!!  More taxes coming to fund an outdated and obsolete, elevated fixed rail system that will never cover its own operating costs.  It is also the most expensive rail system ever built in the […]

Published on 17 July 2017 | 12:45 am


The Field of Dreams Led to the Slammer

By Tom Yamachika – On June 7, 2017,the Honolulu City Council voted to authorize bond funding to keep the Honolulu rail project on track. What they might not realize is that bond funding dramatically raises the stakes for transparency around the rail project. Beginning in late 2007, the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission began scrutinizing state […]

Published on 14 July 2017 | 9:50 pm


Randall Roth Testimony at Honolulu Hale

Published on 10 July 2017 | 5:08 am


ThinkTech: Business in Hawaii with Reg Baker – Bar and Restaurant Legal Update

Did you know that the stacking rules for drinks have changed??    Mia Obciana, who is an attorney that has extensive experience in the restaurant and bar business in Hawaii, provides us an update and provides some thoughts on how to stay out for trouble.  The restaurant and bar business is complicated and risky and you need someone […]

Published on 9 July 2017 | 9:58 pm


The Media’s Tortured Cultural Marxism

BY FRANK SALVATO It really is getting painful to endure. The media’s self-righteous and snobbish hangman’s noose flailing to remain hip and relevant is beyond embarrassing. It has crossed into the land of the pathetic. The first of the last nails in the mainstream media coffin came with their labeling of President Trump’s speech in […]

Published on 8 July 2017 | 9:30 pm


Weekly Fuel Prices Report from AAA Hawaii: Gas Prices Flat Nearly All Year

Gas price averages continued to remain stable throughout the islands this past week as has been the case since the beginning of the year, according to the AAA Hawaii Weekend Gas Watch. Today’s statewide average price is $3.05, which is just four cents higher than on Jan. 1, and is the same price as last Thursday, […]

Published on 6 July 2017 | 6:55 pm


SPOTLIGHT ON WEST OAHU

SPOTLIGHT ON THE 5th ANNUAL HIRE LEEWARD JOB & CAREER FAIR “CONNECTING LEEWARD RESIDENTS WITH LEEWARD JOBS” By Kymberly Marcos Pine   What does a successful job fair sound like? If you ask the attendees who came in search of one of the many local jobs and careers being offered at this year’s Hire Leeward […]

Published on 6 July 2017 | 3:35 am


Mucking Around in the Past?

By Tom Yamachika – On Thursday, June 22nd, the board of Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) stunned critics by cancelling a special audit that would have examined past cost overruns. Ember Shinn, former City Managing Director and HART board member, was quoted as saying, “It’s not my intent to muck around in the past and […]

Published on 5 July 2017 | 8:06 pm


ThinkTech: Business in Hawaii with Reg Baker

Hawaii Group Leans Forward!  A One Stop Shop for SMB’s.  What a Team!!  Matt Delaney and Sean Knox make a great team offering professional staffing and executive search to Hawaii’s SMB’s (Small and Mid-Sized Businesses).  Watch how these two individuals combine their talents to make the Hawaii Group a “one stop shop” for all back-office […]

Published on 2 July 2017 | 7:26 pm


Carving Up the Price of Car Rentals

By Tom Yamachika – One of the legislative bills that is now being considered by Gov. David Ige is a curious bill, HB 735, involving the car rental industry.  The bill doesn’t seek to impose new taxes or fees upon rental cars.  Instead, it affects how car rental businesses can show these fees on rental car […]

Published on 29 June 2017 | 11:39 pm








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