Hilton Grand Vacations gives $25K to volcano recovery fund

HONOLULU — In an effort to support the volcano recovery effort on Hawaii island, Hilton Grand Vacations has donated $25,000 to the Hawaii Island Volcano Recovery Fund at the Hawaii Community Foundation. To date, the fund has raised over $750,000 to support Hawaii Island communities affected by the Kilauea volcano eruption.

Raising taxes means decreasing prices?

I’ve often heard the argument that taxes on Hawaii real property are too low. Because the taxes are low, the argument goes, prices are driven sky high, leading to economic pandemonium. But is that really true? Maybe it’s just a question of semantics.

Cashing in on production credits

In this space, I often have unflattering things to say about tax credits. Every year, legislators propose tax credits for some little-noticed niche in an industry. Sometimes the credit is well thought through, and sometimes it isn’t. Sometimes the desired effect can be accomplished more cheaply and simply, and sometimes the justification for the credit is sketchy at best.

Ishihara opens under new ownership

The common concern among shoppers was the poke, and bento lunches, Tuesday when Ishihara Market reopened under the ownership of the Kalama Beach Corporation.