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Newsletter and Updates

2017 Hawaii - Fall Magazine

Fall 2017

I'm honored to be the incoming president of the Hawaii Petroleum Marketers Association. I would like to thank our outgoing president, Aloha Petroleum CEO Richard Parry, for his stewardship during the past two years, and for his friendship over the many years we've known each other. I would also like to thank the HPMA membership and the WPMA for your confidence in me to lead the Hawaii organization for the next two years. Read More...

2017 Hawaii - Summer Magazine

Summer 2017

As I write this, our annual Hawaii legislative session is about to come to a close. It's a 60 'working' days session starting in January and running through May. Our legislators are heavily weighted to the Democrat side of politics, with 70 of the 76 representatives and senators being Democrat. Needless to say, we are always a bit nervous when they are in session! Read More...

2017 Hawaii State Report - Spring 2017

Spring 2017

As we come into Spring, we enter into the last days of the Hawaii legislative 90 day session. So far the big issue for the legislature to address has been whether to increase taxes again to pay for construction of the Honolulu rail system - it has already more than doubled its price tag from $4.5 billion to almost $10 billion! There are a few bills that affect our business, including a proposal to increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2019, then $22 per hour in 2022; bills to increase taxes on electronic cigarettes; and a bill to increase reporting to the state in emergency situations. Read More...

2017 Hawaii - Winter Magazine

Winter 2017

This is a great time of year, isn't it? The holidays are upon us, and state legislators - at least those in Hawaii are not in session.

Unfortunately the federal government is still making our lives difficult. There are many examples, from online gaming rules changes to electronic cigarette regulation, and from moves to change the obligated party under the Renewables Fuels Standards to attempts by the big banks and credit card companies to roll back progress on controlling excessive card fees. Read More...

2016 Hawaii - Fall Magazine

Fall 2016

Our legislature closed its 2016 session in May without doing too much damage to us, although they did pass one bill that we opposed. The bill prohibits the installation of new underground storage tanks within 100 yards of the shoreline, unless existing tanks are being replaced. It also requires that all fuel USTs within that 100 yards of the shoreline be removed by 2045. The stated justification is that rising sea levels brought on by global warming will inundate these tanks and risk "our aquifers, coastal water quality and marine ecosystems." Whether sea levels will actually rise to inundate the shoreline by 100 yards by that date doesn't appear to be important to the legislators. This won't really impact us for a while, of course, but it does illustrate the negative mindset of our politicians regarding our industry. Read More...

2016 Hawaii - Summer Magazine

Summer 2016

At this writing the Hawaii state legislature is still in session. Our legislators initially proposed a bill to eliminate fossil fuel for transportation in Hawaii by 2045. Eventually they decided that was not reasonable and that there should instead be a study of it; fortunately, that proposed study has also been killed.Read More...

2016 Hawaii - Spring Magazine

Spring 2016

We are in the midst of the 2016 legislative session and had hoped that this session would be a quiet one for us, but unfortunately our legislators have found new ways to frustrate us. Read More...

2015 Hawaii State Report - Fall

Fall 2015

Officials of the State of Hawaii Department of Health (DOH), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) and the Navy have agreed on a plan to upgrade the facility which includes twenty (20) underground storage tanks (USTs). After five months of review which includes changes based on public comments, the Administrative Order on Consent (AOC) was signed into effect on September 28, 2015 by the DOH, EPA, DLA and Navy. The tasks outlined in the AOC will also involve the Board of Water Supply (BWS) and the Department of Land and Natural Resources and also includes the installation of additional monitoring wells. The agreement provides a plan for immediate and long-term steps to minimize future leaks and threats to potable water. Read More...

2015 Hawaii Congratulations & Golf Winners

Fall 2015

Please welcome our new HPMA board: President Richard Parry of Aloha Petroleum Ltd in Honolulu, 1st Vice President Jim Yates of Mid Pac Petroleum LLC in Honolulu, 2nd Vice President Kimo Haynes of Hawaii Petroleum Inc in Kahului and I will now serve as the PMAA Director. Read More...

2015 Hawaii - Summer Magazine

Summer 2015

Since 2006, the State of Hawaii has required that 80 percent of the gasoline sold be blended with 10 percent ethanol (E10). The goal was to encourage ethanol production in the state with some tax incentives for new ethanol plants built in Hawaii. None were ever built, so now the State is looking at repealing the ethanol requirement. SB 717 is moving through the state legislature, and could eliminate the E10 requirement. However, it is really up to the two refiners to decide the fate of ethanol in Hawaii. Read More...

2015 Hawaii - Spring Magazine

Spring 2015

HB 1486, Relating to the Hawaii State Fuel Tax: Changes the assessment of the state fuel tax from a specified cents per gallon to the greater of a specified cents per gallon or a specified percentage of the wholesale price per gallon to the retailer, subject to a minimum monetary amount of tax based upon the tax paid by certain retailers. Read More...

2014 Hawaii - Winter Magazine

Winter 2014

Hawaiian Electric Co. (HECO) has begun the process of selecting final candidates for a project to supply and transport 800,000 tons of liquefied natural gas (LNG) over a 15 year period beginning in late 2016 or early 2017. Currently, HECO relies on liquid petroleum fuels (low sulfur fuel oil) to generate electricity. In the near future, HECO believes a containerized LNG option will allow them to cost-effectively generate power until a bulk LNG terminal can be constructed. Read More...

2014 Hawaii State Report - Success Through Change

Fall 2014

Par Petroleum Corp. will pay $107 million to purchase Koko?oha Investments Inc., the parent company of Mid Pac Petroleum LLC, which owns 80 76-brand retail stations and four terminals in Hawaii. The sale was announced by Par Petroleum back in June and is expected to close in the third quarter of 2014. Par Petroleum purchased the Hawaii assets of Tesoro last year. Read More...

2014 State Legislative Session - Summer

June 2014

The adjournment of the 2014 State Legislative Session is just around the corner, and we are currently tracking the following bills which could have an impact on the Hawaii petroleum industry if enacted into law:

SB 2609 increases the minimum wage of $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour by January 2018. The bill also increases the tip credit to $0.75 by January 2016. However, begin- ning in January 2015, the combined amount a tipped employee receives in wages and tips must exceed the applicable minimum wage by at least seven dollars in order for an employer to apply the tip credit. - Read More...

2014 State Legislative Session

Apr 2014

Hawaii's minimum wage will probably be the leading issue in 2014. The State's minimum hourly wage is currently at $7.25 and has not been increased since 2007. 21 states have higher minimums than that of Hawaii, and the State of Washington has the highest minimum hourly wage at $9.32. Governor Neil Abercrombie and Senate President Donna Mercado Kim have made it a priority for 2014. - Read More...

2013 Holiday Greeting - Hawaii State Report

Dec 2013

Economic indicators were mostly positive in the 2nd quarter of 2013. Hawaii experienced increases in visitor arrivals, visitor expenditures, private building permits, government contracts awarded, wage and salary jobs and personal income. State general excise tax revenue, an indicator of current economic activity, increased by $52.9 million or 7.5% in the 2nd quarter of 2013 compared to the same period last year. Consumer prices in Honolulu increased 1.8% in the first half of 2013 compared to the same period in 2012. - Read More...

2014 - Hawaii Fall State Report - Success Through Change

Par Petroleum Corp. will pay $107 million to purchase Koko?oha Investments Inc., the parent company of Mid Pac Petroleum LLC, which owns 80 76-brand retail stations and four terminals in Hawaii. The sale was announced by Par Petroleum back in June and is expected to close in the third quarter of 2014. Par Petroleum purchased the Hawaii assets of Tesoro last year. Read More...

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Oct 5th, 2017

HPMA Golf Tournament
The King Kamehameha Golf Club
Wailuku, HI