Michael, Row the Boat Ashore

By Tom Yamachika, President On December 13, 2016, Governor Ige signed off on, and thereby finalized, significant increases in fees charged by the Department of Transportation Harbors Division.  These charges are assessed each time cargo enters or leaves a Hawaii … Read More


  By Tom Yamachika, President   In almost every year that the Peanuts comic strip by Charles Schulz has run, Lucy offers to hold a football for Charlie Brown, Charlie Brown comes running up to kick it, and then Lucy … Read More

Can the Unions Dodge the Law?

By Tom Yamachika, President A recent decision of the Hawaii Labor Relations Board (HLRB) has some people wondering if the United Public Workers (UPW), one of the government employee unions, has figured out how to ignore the law. Earlier this … Read More

The Homeless

By Tom Yamachika   One of the most visible crises to hit us in recent years is the problem of the homeless. Certainly, the issue has been around for a very long time, but the problem seems to have intensified … Read More

Zombie States – Hawaii Is No. 6

By Tom Yamachika, President Although Halloween is over for this year, various ghosts and ghouls remain to haunt our society. Those include “Zombie States.” Zombie States are states that are financially “dead” but are somehow shambling on, through a combination … Read More

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