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Hawaii 2011 Our Quality of Life: Six challenges facing our state and the path forward (Hawaii Business, 2011)
This report provides key information and offers sensible ways to build on Hawai`i’s economic successes and overcome obstacles. It focuses on six crucial challenges for Hawai`i: the economy, health, education, the environment, housing and homelessness, and crime and communities. It offers statistics, personal stories, and ways forward.

Hawai`i State Asset Building and Financial Education Task Force – Final Report (2010)
In 2008, the Hawai`i State Legislature passed a resolution to create an Asset Building and Financial Education Task Force. This final report includes the Task Force’s policy recommendations on asset-building strategies and mechanisms for: [1] universal matched savings accounts for newborns, [2] statewide standards for financial and economic education for public and private employees, and [3] the elimination of asset limits as a bar to eligibility to public benefits programs.


Springboard to Prosperity: Building The Financial Stability, Wealth & Well-Being of Hawai`i’s Working Families, Dec. 9-10, 2010
Springboard to Prosperity was a day and a half symposium that brought together a diverse range of community stakeholders including families, youth, policymakers, community practitioners, financial institutions, and private sector entities interested in organizing around actions that address asset poverty and build the wealth and financial stability of Hawai`i’s working families. Local and national experts shared strategies and tools for action to increase family and community assets within the unique context of Hawai`i. Featured speakers included, County of Hawai`i Mayor, Billy Kenoi, and City of San Francisco Treasurer, Jose Cisneros. Click here to learn more and view presentations.

Asset Policy Roadmap: A Strategy For Advancing Financial Security & Opportunity In Hawai`i (HACBED, 2006)
This report outlines four asset policy priorities that would significantly help working families in Hawai`i build wealth and assets. The policy priorities include: enhancing financial skills of low- and moderate-income families in Hawai`i; removing the disincentives to save resulting from asset limits in public benefit programs; enacting a state Earned Income Tax Credit to help make work pay; and providing state support for matched savings to help people save for a home, business, or education.

Asset-Building Policy for Hawai`i (HACBED, 2006)
This document describes the state of asset policy and why asset-building policies are needed for Hawai`i’s families and communities. It also lays out the six key goal areas of a comprehensive asset-building policy framework for Hawai`i: make work pay, teach asset building, break down barriers to asset building, help people save, help people start businesses, and help people by homes.

Self-Sufficiency

Self-Sufficiency Income Standard: Estimate for Hawaii 2009, State of Hawaii, Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, December 2011
Hawaii Revised Statues 201-3(b) requires that beginning in 2008, the State Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism establish and update biennially a self-sufficiency standard that incorporates existing methods of calculations reflecting costs relating to housing, food, child care, transportation, health care, clothing and household expenses, taxes, children’s ages, geography, and the number of household wage earners. This report is an update on the performance of Hawai`i’s self-sufficiency standard.

Wider Opportunities for Women:
Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW) works nationally to build pathways to economic independence for America's families, women, and girls.  WOW has a distinctive history in changing the landscpae of women and work. 

Other State-level resources:

CFED’s 2012 Assets & Opportunity Scorecard – Hawai`i
The 2012 Assets & Opportunity Scorecard is a comprehensive look at wealth, poverty and the financial security of families. This state profile for Hawaii assesses and provides information on how well residents are faring and what the state can do to help residents build and protect assets. Six issue areas are measured including: financial assets & income, businesses & jobs, housing & homeownership, health care, education and community investment & accountability policies.

Hawaii Reports & Information on Tax Policy – Institute on Taxation & Economic Policy
This website provides reports, publications, and data snapshots of key features of Hawaii’s tax system.

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