Press Releases

Poverty data obscures reality faced by Hawaii residents

September 10, 2019 The U.S. Census Bureau's more accurate Supplemental Poverty Measure ranks Hawai‘i at 13th highest for poverty in the nation.

Andy Fisher, food justice author, to speak at UH Manoa

September 5, 2019 Andy Fisher, author of "Big Hunger," will discuss why wealthy countries like the U.S. continue to struggle with food insecurity.

Hawaii Appleseed Center Announces Victor Geminiani’s Retirement

August 21, 2019 After a 50-year career as an advocate for the low-income community, Victor Geminiani, founder and Executive Director of Hawai‘i Appleseed Center, will retire on August 31, 2019.

Fewer than one in 11 low-income keiki get free summer food

July 10, 2019 A national report released today shows Hawai‘i has dropped to 43rd in the nation in providing free or reduced-price school lunches to keiki over the summer, but there is reason for optimism going forward.

Bill 89 most progressive vacation rental regulation in the U.S.

June 24, 2019 After three decades of illegal proliferation of short-term rentals on O‘ahu driving up housing costs for everyday residents, the city finally has the comprehensive tool kit it needs to bring the situation under control and balance the needs of the tourism industry with the needs of residents and the community.

Hawaii’s working women and parents are chief benefactors of proposed minimum wage increase

April 24, 2019 New analysis sheds light on demographics of affected workers and effects on local economy should wage increase to $17

New report provides solutions to Hawaii vacation rental problem

November 20, 2018 Lawmakers should follow these steps to create a sensible balance between the vacation rental industry and residential needs.

Hawai‘i’s “Housing Wage” Highest in the Nation

June 13, 2018

Hawai‘i has the highest “housing wage” in the country, at $36.13 per hour, according to a new national report released today, or over $75,000 per year.

Hawai‘i in Bottom 3 States for Serving Afterschool Suppers to Low-Income Keiki

April 12, 2018

The first-ever national report on federal afterschool nutrition programs finds Hawai‘i lagging far behind other states in serving afterschool snacks or suppers to low-income students.

Hawai‘i Appleseed Center for Law & Economic Justice Releases “Hawaiʻi Vacation Rentals: Impact on Housing & Hawaiʻi’s Economy”

March 22, 2018

The Hawai‘i Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice is releasing a report entitled “Hawai?i Vacation Rentals: Impact on Housing & Hawai?i’s Economy,” which explores the consequences of the proliferation of vacation rentals in Hawai?i. Vacation rental units (VRUs) put pressure on Hawai?i’s already-stressed housing market by reducing the shelter available for Hawai‘i residents and driving up rents.

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