James Mak

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How Many Visitors Are Coming to Hawaii During this Pandemic? Making Sense of Hawaii’s Visitor Arrival Data

By James Mak To curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Hawaii imposed a 14-day …

Annual net migration to Hawai'i 2018

Aloha ‘Oe: Population Migration Between Hawaii and the U.S. Mainland

By James Mak and Justin Tyndall The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that, between July 1, …

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Unemployment and Underemployment in Hawaii: A Troubling Picture

By James Mak, Justin Tyndall and Carl Bonham In 2019 Hawaii recorded one of the …

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How Can the State Government Restore Fiscal Balance?

The impact of COVID-19 and the efforts taken to contain it have led to a …

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Saving the Class of 2020 From the COVID-19 Economic Crisis

By Sumner La Croix and James Mak At Hawai‘i’s high schools, 11,000+ students at public …

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Can Hawai‘i Rise from the Ashes of COVID-19 as a Smart Destination?

By Frank Haas and James Mak A recent headline in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser said it …

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Tap Fed Lending Facilities to Support Local Economy

By Carl Bonham, Byron Gangnes, Sumner LaCroix, and James Mak The State and counties are …

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Hawaii Tourism Authority and Sustainable Destination Management In Hawaii

The first rule in tourism development is that the wellbeing of destination residents must come …

To Tax or Not to Tax: Making a High-Quality State Revenue/Tax System

By James Mak When Hawaii’s state lawmakers gather each year at the State Capitol to …