HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The last regular rate increase was late last summer, a little under six percent. Now Hawaiian Electric wants a combination of rate hikes that would add seven dollars to the average household bill. Some of the money would fund improvements to the grid and some would support programs to encourage renewable energy from third-party providers. All rate hike proposals are reviewed by the public utilities commission and that takes months if not a full year.
Another tidbit from the Hawaii Business Magazine economic roundtable. Dean Okimoto of Nalo Greens had to build a facility for washing produce. It took him two years to get the approvals and the coast quadrupled during that time, to $2 million. And that was so-called expedited process. Okimoto says you can be food-sustainable if red tape costs more time and money than a small farmer can afford.
The Los Angeles Times has a travel blog, and it ran a column spotlighting Hawaiian Airlines fares from LAX to Honolulu under $400, illustrated by two bronze beauties reading books at Lanikai. The deal expired over the weekend but maybe the LA Times blurb generated some bookings.