Survey finds many at risk from holiday scams

Consumer fraud schemes escalate each year during the holidays, and a new research report, “Seasons Cheatings,” from the AARP Fraud Watch Network finds that a significant number of consumers are at risk of becoming victimized by common seasonal scams.

Ninety-One Hours in a Work Week?!

Recently, the website howmuch.net, a financial literacy website with interesting visualizations about various financial topics, came out with a comparison called, “This is How Long You Need to Work to Live Comfortably in Every State.”

Case proposal would amend Jones Act

HONOLULU — Congressman Ed Case has introduced three bills in Congress to reform the century-old Merchant Marine Act of 1920 (commonly referred to as the “Jones Act”), which he said is widely credited with artificially inflating the cost of shipping goods to Hawaii.

Enterprise donates $32,000 to food banks

HONOLULU — Four Hawaii food banks, Hawaii Foodbank on Oahu and Kauai, Maui Food Bank and The Food Basket (Hawaii Island Food Bank), recently received $8,000 each from the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation to address food insecurity throughout Hawaii.

“Piling On” to Transient Vacation Rentals

Piling on, for those of you who aren’t football fans, happens when a player or group of players jump on top of a runner who already has been tackled, just to make sure the runner is not going anywhere.

Maui Jim strategizes for another year

LAHAINA — From their birthplace in Maui, Maui Jim has expanded worldwide but the popular sunglasses brand still likes to return to their roots once a year.

Oyama awarded top CAK honor

LIHUE — With the call being issued for more housing, and new car sales being strong on the local marketplace, who is going to build them, or keep them running said a spokesperson from the Contractors Association of Kauai, during its 62nd annual meeting and installation of officers at the Kauai Marriott Resort and Beach Club.

Let’s not tax transportation

Some folks ask me if I have any radical ideas to change the tax system in Hawaii. Here’s one: Stop taxing transportation of goods and people.

Pier 1 Imports closing

LIHUE — Kauai is going to be minus one more home décor store as Pier 1 Imports prepares to close its doors.

Holiday giving: A time to be on guard

The hustle-bustle of the holiday season brings lots of excitement and stress. As you make your holiday gift list, fight the crowds on Black Friday and plan your menu for the festivities, you think about those less fortunate.

Hawaiian Airlines inaugurates new Fukuoka service

HONOLULU — Hawaiian Airlines on Tuesday welcomed guests aboard its inaugural flight between Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye Airport and Fukuoka Airport with a festive gate-side celebration as the carrier marked the start of its four-times-weekly nonstop service with Airbus A330 aircraft.

Kauai man in leadership grad class

HONOLULU — Pacific Resource Partnership’s inaugural Executive Leadership Series class has graduated and completed the 10-month leadership development program.

Wealth is a sin?

A recent op-ed column in Real Clear Politics by Scott Hodge, president of the national Tax Foundation (not related to the Tax Foundation of Hawaii although the names are similar) brought up some interesting ideas, spurred by the announced plans of Democratic presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders to enact a tax on wealth.

Safeguard your phone’s information

Just in time for the holiday season, scammers have found a new way to get your tinsel in a tangle. It’s called “juice jacking.” As if the stress and chaos of shopping and traveling isn’t enough, this new scam is popping up in airports, hotels and shopping malls.

Hawaiian Air strike possible

HONOLULU — Hawaiian Airlines flight attendants voted to strike on Wednesday, making history with 99.9 percent of votes authorizing the strike and 95.1 percent of flight attendants participating.

Jobless rate holds steady

LIHUE — The Hawaii State Department of Labor & Industrial Relations on Monday announced that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for October was 2.7 percent, for the third consecutive month.