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Hawaii County beekeepers hope Bill 144 will open up new vistas

Zoning is a hot-button issue in Hawaii, primarily as it relates to increasing the housing supply. But the latest guest on “Hawaii Together” on ThinkTech Hawaii shed light on what could be an unexpected beneficiary of zoning reform — the beekeeping industry.  Harry Holm, president of the Big Island Beekeepers

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‘Surprise’ state tax last straw for veteran Hawaii bar owner?

Government is supposed to represent the people — not itself — Hawaii entrepreneur Bill Comerford said on the March 25 episode of “Hawaii Together,” titled “Surprise tax last straw for bar owner.”  Speaking on the ThinkTech Hawaii program with host Keliʻi Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, Comerford

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Welcome to Syd Smith’s Maui, land of infernal regulations

Maui is known for its breathtaking scenery, but its regulatory landscape is anything but paradise. On the latest episode of “Hawaii Together” on ThinkTech Hawaii, Syd Smith, owner of Maliko Estate Coffee in Upcountry Maui and a member of the County Council’s Agriculture Working Group, detailed some of Maui’s logic-defying

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Short-term rental owners stand firm for their rights

Short-term rental owners in Hawaii could hardly find a better spokesperson for their cause than Joshua Montgomery, an STR owner himself and director of the Ohana Aina Association, which represents homestay, farmstay and other transient accommodations owners on Hawaii Island.  During a recent appearance on “Hawaii Together” on the ThinkTech

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Hawaii energy policy bedeviled by price, reliability tradeoffs

Hawaii intends to meet 100% of its power needs with renewable energy sources by the year 2045, but in the wake of Hawaiian Electric Co.s rolling blackouts in January, what sort of questions should lawmakers and the state’s Public Utilities Commission be asking about the feasibility of that goal? According

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‘Hasn’t been a lot of interest’ in governor’s housing proclamations

Gov. Josh Green’s effort to address Hawaii’s housing shortage through a succession of emergency orders that suspended various regulatory barriers has amounted to “just a temporary workaround” with not much yet to show for it, according to Grassroot Institute of Hawaii research associate Andrew Luff. “Despite all the controversy and

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Hawaii’s housing crisis deemed ’eminently solvable’

Tackling Hawaii’s housing crisis might seem daunting, but Andrew Justus, housing policy analyst at the Niskanen Center, believes it’s “eminently solvable” — if we let ourselves solve it.  Speaking to host Jonathan Helton on the latest episode of “Hawaii Together” on ThinkTech Hawaii, Justus said building enough homes was once

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Hayashi on a mission to help Hawaii churches provide housing

Could church-owned affordable housing be the game changer Hawaii needs?  On the latest episode of “Hawaii Together” on ThinkTech Hawaii, Ted Kefalas, director of strategic campaigns at the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, hosted the Rev. Joshua Hayashi to discuss how church properties could be leveraged to alleviate Hawaii’s housing shortage. 

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Hawaii County beekeepers hope Bill 144 will open up new vistas

Zoning is a hot-button issue in Hawaii, primarily as it relates to increasing the housing supply. But the latest guest on “Hawaii Together” on ThinkTech Hawaii shed light on what could be an unexpected beneficiary of zoning reform — the beekeeping industry.  Harry Holm, president of the Big Island Beekeepers

Read More →

‘Surprise’ state tax last straw for veteran Hawaii bar owner?

Government is supposed to represent the people — not itself — Hawaii entrepreneur Bill Comerford said on the March 25 episode of “Hawaii Together,” titled “Surprise tax last straw for bar owner.”  Speaking on the ThinkTech Hawaii program with host Keliʻi Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, Comerford

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Welcome to Syd Smith’s Maui, land of infernal regulations

Maui is known for its breathtaking scenery, but its regulatory landscape is anything but paradise. On the latest episode of “Hawaii Together” on ThinkTech Hawaii, Syd Smith, owner of Maliko Estate Coffee in Upcountry Maui and a member of the County Council’s Agriculture Working Group, detailed some of Maui’s logic-defying

Read More →

Short-term rental owners stand firm for their rights

Short-term rental owners in Hawaii could hardly find a better spokesperson for their cause than Joshua Montgomery, an STR owner himself and director of the Ohana Aina Association, which represents homestay, farmstay and other transient accommodations owners on Hawaii Island.  During a recent appearance on “Hawaii Together” on the ThinkTech

Read More →

Hawaii energy policy bedeviled by price, reliability tradeoffs

Hawaii intends to meet 100% of its power needs with renewable energy sources by the year 2045, but in the wake of Hawaiian Electric Co.s rolling blackouts in January, what sort of questions should lawmakers and the state’s Public Utilities Commission be asking about the feasibility of that goal? According

Read More →

‘Hasn’t been a lot of interest’ in governor’s housing proclamations

Gov. Josh Green’s effort to address Hawaii’s housing shortage through a succession of emergency orders that suspended various regulatory barriers has amounted to “just a temporary workaround” with not much yet to show for it, according to Grassroot Institute of Hawaii research associate Andrew Luff. “Despite all the controversy and

Read More →

Hawaii’s housing crisis deemed ’eminently solvable’

Tackling Hawaii’s housing crisis might seem daunting, but Andrew Justus, housing policy analyst at the Niskanen Center, believes it’s “eminently solvable” — if we let ourselves solve it.  Speaking to host Jonathan Helton on the latest episode of “Hawaii Together” on ThinkTech Hawaii, Justus said building enough homes was once

Read More →

Hayashi on a mission to help Hawaii churches provide housing

Could church-owned affordable housing be the game changer Hawaii needs?  On the latest episode of “Hawaii Together” on ThinkTech Hawaii, Ted Kefalas, director of strategic campaigns at the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, hosted the Rev. Joshua Hayashi to discuss how church properties could be leveraged to alleviate Hawaii’s housing shortage. 

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