Good News! The Hawaii State governments attempt to find clever new ways to tax us has been thwarted by the Hawaii High Court. Historically the four counties of Hawaii charge a tax on real estate to run the county. The State tried to grab part of that tax by charging it’s own tax on real estate. They promised to spend it on education but as we all know it never happens. To help the children many people feel they should eliminate the top-heavy State education department and pay the teachers a living wage and fix up our aging schools.