Hawaii Taxes Skyrocketing!!

Hold on to your wallets!! Hawaii taxes likely to significantly increase this year.  Tom Yamachika, President of the Tax Foundation of Hawaii, joins Reg Baker on Business in Hawaii to discuss the various proposed new taxes in Hawaii.  Scary times and Holloween still months away!

Sniffing Out the Fakes - Service Dogs

Aloha –

This week’s show breaks from the regular format a little. 

I had Dr. Lucy Miller, who is a local and national advocate for the ADA, provide some insight and training on the do’s and don’ts all businesses need to know about service dogs.  A very interesting topic and one that all businesses and their employees need to be aware of. 

What is PAU & How can it Save my Business Money??

Aloha!!  And Happy New Year!! 

This week’s episode of Business in Hawaii with Reg Baker discusses the PEO market in Hawaii and how it continues to evolve. 

Hawaii’s PEO market for the last few years have been dominated by the big three - Altres, HiHR and ProService.  With ProService’s acquisition of HiHR there was only two dominant players left.  For those looking for an option other that the “Dominant Ones”, there is PAU or Pacific Advantage Unlimited. 

PAU has formed some very interesting affiliations and the synergies of these relationships will be impressive.  During 2017 PAU and their affiliates will be rolling out new products, services and pricing.  A third very competitive option will soon be available.  PAU will be a firm to watch during 2017!

Hee is the link to find out more about PAU and the very talented staff they have to help your business save some big bucks! 

Thank you and everyone please have a great 2017!!  It is already looking good!

Teacher Shortage Solved!!

This week’s Business in Hawaii Show focused on solving the Teacher and Healthcare Workers shortage in Hawaii.  A very simple solution exists that is immediately available and could help solve the shortage problem.  Active duty military and their spouses are highly trained, experienced and ready to start.  All we need to do is match the supply with the demand.  Not a total solution but a this would go a long way to solving the need for teachers and healthcare workers.  

Additionally, there are many other trained individuals ready, willing and able to get started.  These individuals have lived in Hawaii, are comfortable living here and want to stay.  This is a low risk, low cost alternative to moving someone recently hired from the mainland to see if they “like it”.  The children of those deciding to stay would also attend our schools, colleges and universities and bring additional dollars into the system.  Not to mention the tax dollars generated from the families who decide to stay.

Overall a win-won for everyone and a great way to support our veterans!

We need employers to assist with keeping these highly trained and motivated professionals in Hawaii.

Maui Means Business!

Maui means Business! This week’s show was an outstanding tribute to doing business on Maui and the Maui Chamber of Commerce.   Pam Tumpap who heads up the Maui Chamber has a powerful and very supportive organization promoting Maui businesses.  Sherri Reeve of Sherri Reeve Gallery and Gifts is a testimonial to the Maui Chambers success.  Hear what these very successful and accomplished women have to say about doing business on Maui.

Women Owned Healthcare Businesses


This week I talked with Mylene Reyes about her business supplying medical equipment to patients at the VA and direct to health Insurance members.  It is a tough business with razor thin margins but she has succeeded and made it work for over 10 years.  An amazing success story! 

Bank of Hawaii Transformation

Here is this week’s Business in Hawaii Show featuring the Bank of Hawaii and the Private Banking Professional Services Group.  We discuss the transformation of the Bank of Hawaii to a much more customer focused and technology based bank.  As a side note – My son, Robert Baker, is very involved with the technology portion of the transformation since joining the Bank of Hawaii in their IT Division in 2015.