A Perfect Getaway… Hawaii Film Tax Incentive (House Bill 1551)

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Hawaii Film Incentive

Hawaii Film Incentive

House Bill 1551:

  • Establishes an assignable infrastructure tax credit of:
    • – 25% in counties with population over 700,000
    • – 40% in counties with population under 700,000
    • – $25mm cap
  • Provides for an increase to the income tax credit for qualified productions to:
    • – 35% for population over 700,000
    • – 40% for population under 700,000
    • – Remove tax credit caps
    • – Make assignable
    • – Provide an additional 5% bonus for special and visual effects and animation
  • Provides the State with a fee equal to ½ of 1 percent of the production spend for the administration, monitoring, auditing and certification of the tax credit with a cap of $75,000
  • Allows for purchases and rentals not available in Hawaii to qualify for the tax credit if obtained through a resident production services company

Statement from Kauai Mayor Bernanrd Carvalho on SB 1186 (TAT)

Media Release:

County of Kaua’i Mayor Bernard P. Carvalho, Jr. commented today on the latest draft of Senate Bill 1186, which would reduce the amount of transient accommodations tax (TAT) revenues that would be distributed to the counties:

Kaua'i Mayor Bernard P. Carvalho, Jr

Kaua'i Mayor Bernard P. Carvalho, Jr

“Although we understand the need for a temporary cap, the counties are very concerned about the Senate’s proposal to lower the cap on TAT distributions to $85 million. Such a drastic cut would have significant impacts for us, as the TAT is our second largest source of revenue behind real property taxes. At this point I endorse the House position, which would cap TAT distribution to the counties at the 2010 level, or roughly $102 million,” stated Mayor Carvalho, adding that any cap on the TAT should be temporary until the state’s fiscal position improves.

The TAT was established in 1986 under Act 304, Session Laws of Hawai’i and imposes a tax on the gross revenues derived from the furnishing of transient accommodations. In 1990, in recognition of the profound impact tourism has on county services, the state began to distribute a significant portion of the TAT to the counties on an annual basis.

Mayor Kenoi Expresses Concern with Hotel Tax Proposal

Media Release:

County of Hawaii Mayor Billy Kenoi released the following statement today on the new draft of Senate Bill 1186, which would reduce the distribution of the transient accommodations tax (TAT) revenues to the counties:

Mayor Billy Kenoi

Mayor Billy Kenoi

“We are deeply concerned about the Senate position on the hotel room tax. The Senate proposal to cap the TAT distributions at $85 million for all of the counties represents a deep cut into our second largest source of revenue,” Mayor Kenoi said.

“The Senate draft would hurt all of the counties. We ask that the Senate instead accept the House position, which would cap the TAT distribution at the 2010 level, or about $102 million,” Mayor Kenoi said.

From the time of the establishment of the TAT in 1986, the Legislature planned to make the Counties beneficiaries of the hotel room tax because lawmakers recognized the importance of county facilities and services to support and enhance the visitor experience.

The TAT is distributed to the counties in recognition of the fact that county services are critical to a healthy visitor industry. The counties provide the police officers, firefighters, lifeguards, water and sewer service, transportation infrastructure and other essential services for visitors.

Record Attendance Expected for First Annual Ka’u Half Marathon

Media Release:

O Ka’u Kakou proudly announces the first annual Ka’u Family Fun Fest on Saturday, June 11, 2011 at Na’alehu Park on Hawai’I Island.  Online registration and event details are now available at http://race360.com/15811.

Ka'u Family Fun Fest

Ka'u Family Fun Fest

Known as “The Southernmost Goodwill Games in the USA”, this unprecedented event features a Half Marathon, 10K and 5K races, and a variety of athletic tournaments for all ages.  Bay Clinic, a network of nonprofit community clinics, has been named the beneficiary of this summer fundraiser with proceeds going toward the construction of a new Ka’u Family Health Center.

This event promises to be a memorable experience for runners of all ages and abilities.  The race course traverses an old historic “Cane Field Road” in Ka’u, once used for hauling sugar cane to Na’alehu and Pahala sugar plantations. Offering one of the most scenic views of the Big Island’s southern coast, the route encompasses over 30 miles of breathtaking coastal landscapes from mauka to makai (mountain to sea).

Following the race, athletes will demonstrate their skills and compete for prizes in archery, basketball, Jan Ken Po, a hunter’s obstacle course and Portuguese horse shoe tournaments.  Live music and entertainment, a live auction with Mayor Billy Kenoi, food and vendor booths, a health expo and a number of children’s activities will be also featured.

Early registration ends May 11, 2011.  Event information and updates can be found at okaukakou.com, bayclinic.org, on Facebook (Kau Family Fun Fest) and Twitter (@KauFamFunFest).

The Ka’u Family Fun Fest will be marketed heavily both locally and internationally, offering significant media exposure for participating sponsors and community leaders.  Contact race director Raylene Moses at (808) 235-8251 or kaufamilyfunfest@gmail.com for information on volunteer, sponsorship and vendor opportunities.

Next Stop TV – The Big Island… Airs This Weekend

The travel adventure show Next Stop TV that filmed here last month on the Big Island will start airing the Big Island segments tomorrow.

Next Stop TV

Next Stop TV talks to Rob Pacheco of Hawaii Forest & Trail

I was lucky enough to be an “Extra” on the show during the scenes that were filmed with Hawaii Forest and Trail along the Kohala Coast.

Next Stop TV

Riding in a Pinzgauer

The time slots are on KHNL (NBC) at 6:00 pm on Saturday night and 11:00 pm on Sunday night.

Next Stop TV
Next Stop TV airs this weekend

You can check out some clips that host John Olsen did with KHNL news here: http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/14534845/next-stop-big-island

New Pahoa Police Station Open for Business Effective May 2nd

Media Release:

The Hawai’i Police Department announces that the new Pāhoa police station will be open for business effective May 2. This station in lower Puna, which is larger and more modern than the Kea‘au police station, will serve the public temporarily as Puna’s main district station.

Pahoa Police Station

Pahoa Police Station

The Kea’au station, which is no longer large enough to meet the demands of a district station, will be converted to a substation until a more suitable facility for a main Puna station is acquired. The Puna District is the third busiest police district on the island—behind South Hilo and Kona.

The new Pāhoa station is located just north of Pāhoa town on Highway 130. Business hours of operation will be 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday (except holidays and county furlough days).

The new expanded facility will offer enhanced services to the public. Beginning in May, citizens will be able to apply for gun permits and register firearms by appointment only on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Persons wishing to make an appointment for these services may call the station’s business number at 965-2716.

Driver’s license renewal and vehicle registration are already available in a portion of the new building operated by the County Department of Finance.

The public is reminded to call 911 in case of emergency or 935-3311 for non-emergency calls for service.

The Blue Screen of Death!

So last night I was plugging away and after nearly about 5 – 6 years with my old computer… I finally came across the Blue Screen of Death!

Blue Screen of Death

Blue Screen of Death (Not the message I had)

The Blue Screen (also known as BSoD or bluescreen), known officially as a Stop Error [1] or a bug check, is the error screen displayed by the Microsoft Windows family of operating systems upon encountering a critical error, of a non-recoverable nature, that causes the system to “crash.” The term is named after the color of the screen generated by the error. In UNIX-based operating systems, a similar term is kernel panic.

Stop errors are usually hardware or driver related, causing the computer to stop responding in order to prevent damage to the hardware, whereupon, in the latest versions of Windows, the screen presents information for diagnostic purposes that was collected as the operating system performed a bug check.

So instead of trying to locate all my drivers and basically rebuild my entire computer over again… I figured it was time to get a new one.  So this is my new toy.  It’s basic… does what  I need to do and I kept the price under $700.00.

Dell Inspiron

My Little Dell

Now I have to figure out how to use it as well as regain many of the old programs that I was using on my old beast.  This may take me a few days to get caught up on things.