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Honolulu minimum wage is lowest among 15 most expensive U.S. cities

With such high prices and low wages, it’s no wonder that Honolulu has a homelessness crisis.

Honolulu just moved to the forefront of vacation rental regulation

Once signed into law, Honolulu's Bill 89 will be the most progressive and comprehensive vacation rental regulation in the United States.

A tax on vacant units could provide housing crisis relief, if done right

On any given day, hundreds of Hawaiʻi residents struggling with homelessness can be found hanging on as best they can under the lengthy pall of Kakaʻako's modern day ivory towers.

Enforcement of vacation rental regulations would restore balance

The Honolulu City Council is set to take up the short term rentals (STRs) issue again tomorrow with new drafts of Bills 85 and 89. Whichever bill ends up being prefered, it is imperative that the council include strong enforcement mechanism in any city ordinance it chooses to pass. This post covers what those regulations should look like, and why they're so critical.

Incomes in Hawaii are not as high as you’ve heard: Here’s why

Over the years, the media has often reported that Hawai‘i incomes are among the highest in the nation. If that doesn’t sound quite right to you, trust your gut.

In the past, the U.S. Census Bureau has publicly released information about household and family incomes, but not individual incomes. So while the media is correct to report that we have, for example, the 4th highest median household income in the nation in 2017, they’re not reporting that we have…