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ThinkTech: Business in Hawaii – Making Money Growing Plants

These two fantastic ladies stole the show today!!  Learned so much about growing flowers, plants and all kinds of things here in Hawaii. Watch this show and be prepared to learn!  Aloha, Reg  

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Published on 19 November 2017 | 7:37 am


No End to Litigation, Part 2

Two weeks ago, we wrote about a case now before the Hawaii Supreme Court in which the State audited and assessed the taxpayers, causing the taxpayers to spend millions of dollars on litigation that resulted in a court judgment. The State then audited and assessed more of the same taxes (General Excise taxes) for the […]

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Published on 16 November 2017 | 1:24 am


Asia-Pacific Tour: Burma (Myanmar)

Author’s Note: This is a series of selected highlights from two years (1986-88) of budget travel through 18 countries and a half-dozen US States – hosted all along the way by national and local YMCAs – from Samoa, Fiji, New Zealand, Australia, and Papua New Guinea, to Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Burma, The Philippines, Hong Kong, […]

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Published on 15 November 2017 | 1:31 am


The ‘Not So Much’ Hollywood Sex Scandals

You cannot turn on a television or cable news show these days without hearing about another Hollywood celebrity claiming to have been sexually assaulted by someone with influence in show business. From influential producers to prominent actors to lesser knowns trying to make it to stardom, there appears to be a wave of predatory depravity […]

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Published on 11 November 2017 | 9:43 pm


ThinkTech: Business in Hawaii with Reg Baker – Hawaii Five O Stuntman Shares His Story

Hawaii Five O stuntman shares his story about getting into the acting business.  Not an easy process and patience is one of the keys to success in acting.  Not to mention knowing people and having some outstanding skills!  

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Published on 11 November 2017 | 7:44 pm


Plaintiffs respond to Judge Valenciano’s ruling on lawsuit against BLNR and Syngenta

“We celebrate the affirmation of state law HRS 343,” say plaintiffs. Plaintiffs in a lawsuit brought by Ke Kauhulu o Mana against the State Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR) and Syngenta welcomed those portions of Judge Randal Valenciano’s ruling today affirming the importance of HRS 343 while rejecting his conclusions on other aspects […]

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Published on 10 November 2017 | 5:56 am


Department of Taxation Customer Service – Don’t’ Be a Victim

In an earlier article, I wrote about customer service at the Department of Taxation.  One alert reader wrote, with tongue firmly in cheek (I think), “I object to the use of the word ‘customer.’  It certainly doesn’t feel like that type of relationship to me.  Maybe ‘hostage’?” he writes. Calling a taxpayer a customer isn’t […]

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Published on 8 November 2017 | 8:37 pm


Asia-Pacific Tour: Thailand

Author’s Note: This is a series of selected highlights from two years (1986-88) of budget travel through 18 countries and a half-dozen US States – hosted all along the way by national and local YMCAs – from Samoa, Fiji, New Zealand, Australia, and Papua New Guinea, to Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Burma, The Philippines, Hong Kong, […]

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Published on 8 November 2017 | 1:40 pm


ThinkTech: Buisness in Hawaii with Reg Baker and The Amazing Hawaii Symphony

Wow! What a fantastic story! We are so lucky to have Michael Titterton and the Symphony in Hawaii. Truly an amazing story about how a few people in Hawaii was able to make such a huge impact on our community.

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Published on 4 November 2017 | 2:34 am


TRUE FORENSIC SCIENCE: A 36 year old murder mystery solved

by Prof. Carlos A. Gutierrez, M.S. After the horrendous crime was committed in 1981, everything pointed to Bell as the main suspect. Bell, however, maintained his innocence. After the development of forensic investigation and the analysis of the evidence found at the scene of the crime,At the end of March 2017, the Birmingham Crown Court, […]

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Published on 4 November 2017 | 1:18 am


A Halloween Nightmare:  No End to Litigation

Halloween may be over, but we still have lots of scary stories! Once upon a time there were several companies that were audited by our Department of Taxation.  The companies and the Department didn’t agree on what was owed.  They spent several years and millions of dollars in a heated court fight that went to […]

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Published on 1 November 2017 | 8:17 pm


From Hawai’i’s Ho’ala Greevy: Digital Health Security Conference – Paubox SECURE

Paubox SECURE will be held at the Cowell Theater on November 2nd (Thursday) from 1pm – 8pm. You can register here. Registration & Welcome Registration will begin at 1pm. As you make your way to the Cowell Theater entrance, you will be greeted by Paubox staff. Our staff as well as directional signs will guide you […]

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Published on 1 November 2017 | 6:12 pm


ThinkTech: Business in Hawaii with Reg Baker – Hawaii Employment Update

If you are having a hard time finding qualified workers you need to watch this!! A powerful secret is revealed to find qualified workers fast.

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Published on 28 October 2017 | 9:43 pm


Hawaii’s Top 8 Most Cringy TV Moments with comedian Daryl Bonilla

Actor and comedian Daryl Bonilla counts down Hawaii’s TOP 8 Most Cringy TV Moments. Moments include Saved by the Bell, 50 First dates, North Shore and BEYOND PARADISE where he reenacts his popular line “Oooohhh Mak Thompsonnnn!” Check out 808 Viral on Facebook for more entertaining Hawaii content~ http://www.facebook.com/808viral

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Published on 28 October 2017 | 7:05 am


Ocean-Friendly Restaurants – Do They Warrant a Property Tax Exemption?

Recently, the Honolulu City Council approved on first reading Bill 80 (2017), which would award a real property tax exemption to “ocean-friendly restaurants.” The term “ocean-friendly restaurant” was coined by a nonprofit organization called the Surfrider Foundation.  That organization, founded in 1984 with its home office in San Clemente, CA, has as its mission “the […]

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Published on 26 October 2017 | 1:23 am


Asia-Pacific Tour: Malaysia and Singapore

Author’s Note: This is a series of selected highlights from two years (1986-88) of budget travel through 18 countries and a half-dozen US States – hosted all along the way by national and local YMCAs – from Samoa, Fiji, New Zealand, Australia, and Papua New Guinea, to Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Burma, The Philippines, Hong Kong, […]

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Published on 25 October 2017 | 6:42 pm


ThinkTech: Business in Hawaii with the Hawaii Chambers YP’s

Hawaii Chambers Young Professionals are shaking and baking!! Jacob Noh (Chair-elect) and Emily Kleiner (VP of Programs and Development) explain the value and opportunity that the Chamber YP program offers its members. What a Team and what a program! The Chambers Young Professional program is a true success all on it own. In only six […]

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Published on 21 October 2017 | 1:04 am


Asia-Pacific Tour: Indonesia (Part Two)

Author’s Note: This is a series of selected highlights from two years (1986-88) of budget travel through 18 countries and a half-dozen US States – hosted all along the way by national and local YMCAs – from Samoa, Fiji, New Zealand, Australia, and Papua New Guinea, to Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Burma, The Philippines, Hong […]

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Published on 14 October 2017 | 9:58 pm


Hallowbaloo Music, Arts & Craft Beer Festival 2017

On Saturday, Oct. 28th, Honolulu’s Chinatown Arts District and historic downtown will once again transform into a spooktacular celebration of music, food, art, eclectic performance artists, street food, craft beer, burlesque and unbridled Halloween frivolity. It will feel like Oktoberfest with the largest open air craft beer event, where VIP ticket buyers will receive a […]

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Published on 14 October 2017 | 7:20 pm


Think Tech: Business in Hawaii with Reg Baker – Diving with Wounded Warriors

It was so interesting to learn about Darren Fox and his International Diving Academy called Ocean Legends. Starting from nothing he has built a company that serves international clients and is opening additional locations in southern California and Florida (Tampa Bay area). They are the first and only dive company in the US that has […]

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Published on 14 October 2017 | 7:10 pm


Incentives for Retirement Savings

During the past few months, the Tax Review Commission, a group provided for in our state constitution that is supposed to meet once every five years, has been busy at work. The Commission is tasked with recommending changes to our tax laws, and its consultant has recommended limiting the pension exemption that we now have […]

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Published on 11 October 2017 | 7:57 pm


How to leverage technology for personal investing

Editor’s Note: Technology is affecting virtually every aspect of our lives.  It is disrupting how we shop, how we eat and sleep, how we travel, how we interact with each other, and, of course, how we manage our finances. Today’s column features the latter. I recently met up with renowned local financial planner J.R. Robinson, […]

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Published on 9 October 2017 | 1:41 am


Asia-Pacific Tour: Indonesia (Part One)

Author’s Note: As a volunteer representing the International Division of the YMCA of the USA, I met with YMCA leaders throughout the Asia-Pacific region and the USA to help strengthen cooperation among YMCAs for technical, financial and human resource development. This is a series of highlights from two years (1986-88) of budget travel through 18 countries, […]

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Published on 8 October 2017 | 5:12 pm


Think Tech: Business in Hawaii with Reg Baker

Aloha! I was able to talk with Savan Patel of Infinium Interiors this week – A great success in a challenging industry!   A 15-year Navy veteran did the research and picked his industry.  The rest is history! Learn how he made his dream a reality.

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Published on 8 October 2017 | 1:23 am


Windward Ho’olaule’a 2017

KANEOHE— The 17th Annual Windward Ho‘olaule‘a, called “A Homegrown Celebration,” is set for Saturday, October 7, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the Great Lawn of the Windward Community College campus. But make no mistake—this is no backyard jam! Headliners this year include Merrie Monarch Award-winning hula from Chinky Mahoe and Na Hoku Hanohano […]

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Published on 1 October 2017 | 1:41 am


Fritz v. Department of Taxation, and Why You Should Care

Over the past several months, there has been a court fight brewing that could have changed how the Department of Taxation lobbies for legislation. That’s right. Not only special interest groups and activists lobby for legislation. The Department does too.  Every year, it introduces and strongly supports “Administration Bills.”  Many of these propose to make […]

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Published on 30 September 2017 | 1:22 am


East Oahu Chamber is Open for Business

East Oahu Chamber is now open for business but not entirely new to the area.  Formerly known as the Hawaii Kai Chamber they have greatly expanded their footprint and has big plans. Listen to how these two very motivated ladies will make the East Oahu Chamber a household name.

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Published on 29 September 2017 | 9:49 pm


Reg Baker Appointed by Governor Ige to Small Business Review Board

Governor Ige has appointed Reg Baker to the Hawaii Small Business Review Board, effective immediately. Please see appointment letter below. This state of Hawaii appointment, combined with my role on the federal SBA Regulatory Fairness Board will be powerful and allow me to work more effectively at helping small businesses with regulatory challenges at both […]

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Published on 29 September 2017 | 9:19 pm


Community invited to honor Gold Star Mothers, Families Sunday Sept 24 at Punchbowl

The Army invites the community to join in a special ceremony honoring the mothers and families of fallen service members, Sunday at 1 p.m., at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. The ceremony takes place on Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day, which is observed on the last Sunday of September in the U.S. This special day […]

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Published on 23 September 2017 | 11:31 pm


ThinkTech: Business in Hawaii with Reg Baker – Quarterly Commentary

What a fast paced information packed session this was! We touched on what a forensic audit is and why we need one for the Rail. And the sooner the better!! Otherwise we will continue to make the same mistakes over and over again. Also discussed the foreign bank account reporting deadline (many need to file […]

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Published on 23 September 2017 | 7:41 pm


Kuhl pants review

“Crossover” wear, clothing that can be worn in the wilderness, at home, at work and on social occasions is the rage these days. High-end brands such as Kuhl have become popular with everyone from hikers to secret service personnel. This style of wear is better tailored and more durable than run of the mill “tactical” clothing. They are […]

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Published on 23 September 2017 | 1:27 am


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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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.

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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 […]

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Published on 25 August 2017 | 1:15 am








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