Local Connection: Priced out of paradise

Local Connection: Priced out of paradise

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - At Hawaii News Now, we are proud to take on the biggest issues of the day. That's why we partnered with the Honolulu Advertiser to focus coverage on homelessness.  Our promise was and remains to keep the light shining on the homeless issue and hold leaders accountable for dealing with it.

Now we are applying that same level of focus on an issue that affects every family and every business in Hawaii. The cost of living.

We began the project - which we are calling "Priced out of paradise" with experts who clarified the facts - that the main drivers of high costs are housing and energy. We reported that economists also agree that shipping… is no longer the factor it once was.

We also launched this effort in advance of broadcast on social media and boy, did we strike a nerve.

By the time we aired our first story, thousands of people had responded, shared or viewed our posts.

This is a tremendously rich opportunity for you to weigh in on this important issue and a rich opportunity for us to learn what is most important to our viewers and our state.

Stay tuned for this important project as we do a deep dive into the issues that impact us all, not just to lament the challenges of living here, but to offer insight, tactics and solutions.

And once again, the hold our leaders accountable for dealing with the most important issues of our time.

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