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Support SB 2941: Research & Development Tax Credits 1 Reply

Posted on behalf of Rick Holasek in support of SB 2941 There is a House hearing of a…Continue

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Started by Mika Leuck. Last reply by James P. Karins Mar 14, 2012.

HB 2319 Venture Accelerator Funding Bill 1 Reply

Posted on behalf of Karl Fooks, President of the Hawai'i Strategic Development Corporation The Senate Committee on Economic Development and Technology (EDT) has scheduled to hear the Venture…Continue

Started by Mika Leuck. Last reply by Jared I. Kuroiwa Mar 9, 2012.

HB 2319 Venture Accelerator Funding Bill

Posted on behalf of Karl Fooks, Oresident of the Hawai'i Strategic Development CorporationThe House Committee on Finance is expected to hear this bill early next week.  Your testimony in support of…Continue

Tags: capital formation, venture funding

Started by Mika Leuck Feb 24, 2012.

SB2822 - Mandating electronics recycling 1 Reply

The original bill would haveMandated recycling (scrapping for raw materials) of every electronic device of 4 ounces or more.Implemented a consumer based recycling fee on all electronics sold of 4…Continue

Started by Curtis J. Kropar. Last reply by Curtis J. Kropar Feb 19, 2012.

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Comment by Jerry Isdale on January 27, 2012 at 9:11am

Reading the testimony for HB2288, there were basically two letters in support (Honolulu Police, and one private citizen)  and dozens in opposition.  

The hotel/tourist folks dont seem to have caught on to this yet.  It could be very bad for them both in financial burden and as a turn-off for potential visitors.

Comment by Jerry Isdale on January 27, 2012 at 9:09am

Hawaii HB2288 may have gone down in flames (ok Deferred, but its basically dead), but there is an almost identical bill in the senate SB2530. Call or email your senator now ...  

Here is the basic text I sent to Senator English (upcountry maui)

The basic text says would require all "Internet Service Providers" (a company that provides access to the internet)  to record user information and internet history for at least 2 years.

1) this is a poorly written law that fails to account for the technology it seeks to regulate. The data requested would be of little use in any criminal investigation.
2) seeking to retain this data is a severe invasion of privacy, potentially unconstitutional
3) it puts an extreme financial and technical burden on the service providers, which would include not just large telecoms (Verizon, Hawaiian Tel) but small coffee shops, hotels and just about any company that uses the internet. (note: the bill does not say provides to public, but just 'provides access to internet'.  That could be construed as providing access to employees.)
4) improper security of the retained data is almost guaranteed. Depending on what is actually saved by the ISP, the data could be a tempting target for criminal elements.
5) there are no provisions for circumstances under which it should be turned over to ?? (unstated - law enforcement? political parties? citizens?)
5) This wil make a wonderful new slogan for tourism "What Happens in Hawaii stays on our poorly secured servers for at least two years".

Comment by Ken Berkun on January 27, 2012 at 8:36am

Bravo! And thanks for posting.

Comment by Kevin Schlag on January 27, 2012 at 8:31am

My rep., Gil Riviere, emailed me last night and said the bill didn't pass out of committee, so it's most likely dead for this year.

Comment by Peter Kay on January 26, 2012 at 10:23pm

I would be my dream come true for the tech community to band together, find a candidate that will run against each legislator who put their name on this bill, and beat them in the next election. If we could flex our political muscles like that, we would never see destructive bills cross us ever again. 

Comment by Jerry Isdale on January 26, 2012 at 10:36am

Aside from Rep Mizuno, contact your LOCAL representative.  For myself in Haiku that is 

Yamashita , Kyle T. (D) 
Hawaii State Capitol, Room 422
Phone 808-586-6330
Fax 808-586-6331

Find yours at

The financial burden will be devastating to not just internet companies, but any ISP --- which includes HOTELS and COFFEE SHOPS.   And can you imagine the publicity effect this will have on Tourism?  "Come to Hawaii - We will remember EVERY web site and email you sent for 2 years."

Comment by Jerry Isdale on January 26, 2012 at 8:15am

Very Bad Bill in Hawaii ...

Rep John MIzuno of Oahu is lead sponsor of a new bill that requiring the creation of virtual dossiers on state residents. The measure, H.B. 2288, says "Internet destination history information" and "subscriber's information" such as name and address must be saved for two years.  H.B. 2288, which was introduced Friday, says the dossiers must include a list of Internet Protocol addresses and domain names visited. 

We need to stop this thing ASAP.

And then get rid of anyone who sponsored or supports it.
Comment by Lauren Nichols on November 18, 2011 at 11:09am

Hawaii Telecommunications Association


"Hawaii Broadband Initiative: A Conversation to Envision the Future of Hawaii"


Please join the Hawaii Telecommunications Association and Yuka Nagashima of the State of Hawaii's High Technology Development Corporation.  Yuka will discuss the Governor's newly announced "Hawaii Broadband Initiative" to Bring Affordable World Class Internet Service by 2018."  As Executive Director & CEO, Ms. Nagashima leads the State's efforts in technology-based economic development through HTDC's mission to develop sound policy for the growth of the innovation economy in Hawaii, development of technology parks and infrastructure and by providing assistance to entrepreneurial businesses. After a brief presentation of the Hawaii Broadband Initiative, there will be an opportunity for the audience to provide their input.


Yuka brings over 10 years of executive management and startup experience in the Internet industry, as a co-founder of LavaNet, an award-winning local ISP.  She leverages to navigate within the government and to bridge the gap between the public sector and the community. HTDC's projects include the management of the Manoa Innovation Center and the Maui Technology and Research Center. She serves as an adviser to many organizations including Pacific Center for Advanced Technology Training and the Small Business Development Center of Hawaii. 


DATE : Wednesday, November 30, 2011
TIME:11:30 a.m. - Registration; Noon to 1 p.m. - Program

PLACE: Kalia Room at the Hale Koa Hotel

COST: $24 - HTCA; $34 - non-members 


Reservation Information: email with your name and contact information. Reservation deadline: 10a.m., Friday, November 25.  Cash or check payment accepted at time of checkin; or Paypal payments can be made via our website Sorry no refunds or cancellations. No Shows will be billed. If you are unable to attend, please send a replacement attendee to the event-any member discounts/pricing will be honored for the replacement. Please e-mail us at to inform us of a replacement so that we can have their name tag ready.

Comment by keiki-pua dancil on March 10, 2010 at 12:59pm
HSTC is changing its position on HB2867 HD1. We will be neutral and submitting comments only. This bill is similar to HB2984 HD2 in that our membership is split.
Comment by keiki-pua dancil on February 28, 2010 at 5:51pm
HB2867 Relating to Taxation has been updated:

Here is the description and title:
Report Title: Income Tax; Tax Credit Ceiling
Description: Reduces certain allowable tax credits for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2010, and ending before January 1, 2012. Imposes a temporary tax ceiling for certain tax credits. (HB2867 HD1)

Here is the latest on status:
2/23/2010 H The committees on FIN recommend that the measure be PASSED, WITH AMENDMENTS. The votes were as follows: 16 Ayes: Representative(s) M. Oshiro, M. Lee, Aquino, Awana, Brower, Choy, Coffman, Har, Keith-Agaran, C. Lee, Nishimoto, Sagum, Tokioka, Wooley, Yamashita; Ayes with reservations: Representative(s) Finnegan; Noes: none; and 1 Excused: Representative(s) Ward.
2/26/2010 H Reported from FIN (Stand. Com. Rep. No. 531-10) as amended in HD 1, recommending passage on Second Reading and placement on the calendar for Third Reading.
2/26/2010 H Passed Second Reading as amended in HD 1; placed on the calendar for Third Reading with none voting no (0) and Bertram, Souki, Thielen, Tokioka excused (4).

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