Press Releases

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.

Hawai‘i Budget and Policy Center Hires Beth Giesting as its First Director

March 8, 2018

The Hawai‘i Appleseed Center on Law and Economic Justice is proud to announce the launch of the Hawai‘i Budget and Policy Center (HBPC) and the selection of Beth Giesting to serve as its Director.

Hawai‘i School Breakfast Scorecard Identifies 15 School Breakfast Champions

February 8, 2018

In the first-ever school-by-school report on school breakfast participation in the state of Hawai‘i, 15 schools were named “School Breakfast Champions.” These schools met or exceeded a national standard for high participation in school breakfast among low-income students.

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