Hanalei Dolphin cleans up after latest flooding

When the torrential rains from Hurricane Lane started, Hanalei Dolphin manager Morgan Needham got worried. “It was nerve-wracking because I wasn’t there. Last time I was there,” she said. “But it was 5 inches of water this time versus 5 feet.”

Maui, Kauai, Oahu drive hotel performance

Hawaii hotels statewide reported a 3.6 percent increase in revenue per available room (RevPAR) to $248 in July 2018, according to the Hawaii Hotel Performance Report released Wednesday by the Hawaii Tourism Authority.

CVS offered help during storm

CVS Health issued a number of reminders to help Longs Drugs customers and patients prepare for their prescription needs due to Tropical Storm Lane. CVS Health and CVS Pharmacy operate Longs Drugs in Hawaii.

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.