Hawaiian Air buying Boeing 787-9s

Hawaiian Airlines has an agreement to purchase of 10 Boeing 787-9 aircraft with purchase rights for an additional 10 aircraft, the airline announced Tuesday.

Leaders look for solutions to avoid overtourism

Tourist destinations around the world are reacting to growing numbers of visitors adding to congestion, increasing costs of living and disrupting fragile ecosystems. “This is our state’s largest industry, so we have to do a better job of addressing our parks, traffic and safety,” said state Rep. Nadine Nakamura, a Democrat who represents Wailua to the North Shore.

By the way, could we have $50 million more?

Our Legislature is now in session, and one of the big functions of the money committees — the Senate Committee on Ways and Means and the House Committee on Finance — is to balance the state budget.

Business is booming

Business is booming and consumer confidence is growing — including on Kauai. Island residents are purchasing second vehicles, buying new clothes and going out to dinner, while the increasing number of visitors is steadily impacting the economy.

A penny for education

One of the bills making its way through our legislative system this session is one that would create a special fund for public education, and then funnel to that fund 25 percent of all the money that our General Excise Tax brings in.

Home prices continue increasing statewide

In 2017, Hawaii saw several record-breaking statistics in the local economy. The real estate market was one, with median home sale prices up across the state. According to Title Guaranty Hawaii’s 2017 year-end residential report, sales volume was up in all counties except Kauai, which saw a 3.7 percent decrease for the year.

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.

Creagan, Kona Coffee farmers pushed expanded product regulation

The Kona Coffee Farmers Association is seeing red — KonaRed, in fact. The KCFA also has its collective eye on several other ready-to-drink coffee companies, which like KonaRed are selling products in Hawaii that purport connections to the Kona coffee brand on their labels without specifying the extent.