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Legislation would pile it on the GET

Last week, we mentioned the state Legislature was considering several bills that would add increases or surcharges to the Hawaii General Excise Tax (GET). This week, we will talk about what those bills actually do, and provide bill numbers so those of you who are so inclined can track their progress. In no special order, here they are.

Disease prevention is best control

Plant diseases are usually what we consider in a garden column, but gardeners and other Hawaii residents need to be wary, as well when it comes to carrying human diseases. We discovered this in the South Pacific.

Sanitation a crucial method to control fruit fly

Do your oranges, guava, papaya, tomatoes or zucchini turn to mush before their time? Ever picked a fruit that looked fine on the outside but was rotten on the inside? Ever see small white, jumpy “worms” in a coffee cherry? Is there a pinhole less than 1 millimeter at the wound site? Does the wound ooze if you squeeze it? If so, your produce may have been damaged by a fruit fly.

Waikoloa Beach Resort tunes up for ukulele festival

Strumming and humming, hundreds of ukulele players and fans, keiki to kupuna, find their way to Waikoloa Beach Resort each year for the Great Waikoloa Ukulele Festival. This year’s 15th annual event on March 7 brings legendary entertainers together with some of the hottest stars in Hawaiian music for a day full of music from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Our best export – our taxes

In our Legislature, it looks like policymakers love surcharges on our General Excise Tax. There are bills to extend the existing Oahu county surcharge to pay for rail in perpetuity. There are bills to establish another surcharge to fund a defined benefit plan to pay for long-term care.

Right at Home:

Outdoor living spaces have come a long way from the days when “outdoor furnishings” meant a few inexpensive folding chairs around a flimsy plastic table.