James Mak

Some thoughts on property taxes and school funding

By Carl Bonham and James Mak Voters will soon be weighing in on a possible …

Mandatory Food Waste Recycling Ordinance for Large Food Establishments in Honolulu, Hawaii

A recent study by two University of Hawaii at Manoa researchers estimates that more than …

Is the Hawaii Convention Center Profitable?

By James Mak In his testimony before the House Committee on Tourism on February 13, …

Rethinking Hawaii Tourism: Time to Shift from Marketing to Managing Tourism?

We know from Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) resident surveys that Hawaii residents perceive tourism is …

Making Sense of Mandatory Resort Fees

More than 1,000 hotels in the U.S. require guests to pay a mandatory resort fee, …

Time to End the Preferential Taxation of Timeshare Occupancy?

Timeshares comprise a significant percentage of visitor accommodations in Hawaii. There are currently over 11,000 …

Sustainable Tourism Development and Overtourism

Everyone agrees that tourism should be developed in a sustainable way. Yet, nearly 25 years …

Is Hawaii’s Hotel Room Tax Law Obsolete?

With tax collections falling behind expectations, State lawmakers are pressuring the tax department to increase …

Raising Property Taxes to Improve Public Schools

By James Mak and Carl Bonham Hawaii’s public school teachers’ union (HSTA) is back at the …