James Mak

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The Hawaii Film Tax Credit: An Update

By Sumner La Croix and James Mak In 1997, Hawaii was one of the first …

UH West Oahu ACM

Understanding the Role of the Hawaii Film/TV/Digital Production Tax Credit In Diversifying the Hawaii Economy

By Sumner La Croix and James Mak Blog: The Hawaii Film Tax Credit: An Update …

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Legalizing Casino Gaming to Fund Homes for Native Hawaiians

By James Mak Times are hard at the state legislature as lawmakers grapple with the …

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Reviving Agriculture to Diversify Hawaii’s Economy

Hawaii state policymakers have identified agriculture as a sector capable of substantial expansion as part …

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The Hawaii Research Activity Tax Credit: Is It Effective and How Can It Be Improved?

In 2013, the Hawaii State Legislature enacted a tax credit for Hawaii technology firms engaged …

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Pre-Travel Testing and Hawaii’s Daily Trans-Pacific Visitors

By James Mak and Carl Bonham The front page headline on Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s October 16 …

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Charging Higher User Fees to Tourists at Hawaii’s State Parks

By James Mak “Ua mau ke ea o ka aina i ka pono” [1] In …

The Future of Travel and Tourism After the COVID-19 Pandemic And Implications for Hawaiʻi

Shortly after the start of the coronavirus epidemic in the U.S., CNN Business ran a …

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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 …