January 2021 Newsletter

Message from the Chair

            On behalf of the SBRRB, we hope that all of our members and the small businesses we support had a safe, healthy and joyful holiday season. We wish everyone continued good health, happiness and prosperity in the New Year!
Happy Martin Luther King Day – Monday, January 18th.

In this month’s issue, we spotlight SBRRB member Mr. Garth Yamanaka.  Garth has been with the SBRRB since 2015 and is its Second Vice Chair.
-Robert Cundiff, Chair

Member Spotlight

Garth Yamanaka, SBRRB Second Vice Chair
          Garth resides with his family on the Island of Hawaii and works in a family-owned real estate business, Yamanaka Enterprises, Inc., in Hilo.  Garth specializes in residential and commercial sales and property management.     
           Garth is very active in the Hilo community.  He sits on the board of the Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce and the Kanoelehua Industrial Area Association, is a member of the National Association of Realtors and is an SRA Designated Member of the Appraisal Institute.
-Do you believe there are advantages to working in a family-owned business?  
         The real estate business is extremely diverse in its scope of work.  Having a small family business that has excelled in a broad section of the market has put me in situations that I wouldn't have experienced otherwise.   

-How has COVID-19 impacted the following, if at all: 
  • -Your Family’s Business
            The residential real estate market has been busy. The commercial real estate market was slow, but we are starting to see a lot of interest in commercial space both for lease and purchase right now.  I am also a residential appraiser, and appraisal services have been keeping me busy as everyone is trying to take advantage of low interest rates.                     
  • -The County of Hawaii
            Hilo has been hit hard by COVID-19 based on the numbers reported.  It is hard to gauge the impact on business as there are programs that are helping people and even more help could be on the way.  I do know that the businesses most impacted have been restaurants, retail, and anything related to tourism.

-How do you see your professional background to be integral in understanding small businesses’ rules and regulations?           

          My commercial property management background is integral to my understanding of what is going on in the economy.  It allows me to meet various business owners, to understand what their needs and expectations are, and to keep abreast of the changing trends.  It also allows me to understand the numbers side of the equation, as that is typically the area that the government doesn't consider when creating rules and regulations. 

-As an essential State Board, what do you believe are the important factors in the SBRRB’s continued existence?         

         The most important factor is our advocacy for small business.  Most business owners are busy running their business and don't have time to attend meetings and keep track of proposed administrative rules.  The timing of the rule changes leaves only a small window to provide commentary before it goes to a public hearing.  At that point, it could be too late to make any changes.  By running the proposals through the SBRRB, it ensures that we have professionals from a broad section of the economy that will ask the questions needed to make sure the changes are reasonable for the businesses most affected. 
The 2021 Legislative Session is Right Around the Corner
Hawaii ‘s legislative session begins Wednesday, January 20, 2021.  If you are aware of any bills that may impact small business and that you would like the SBRRB’s support, please let us know.
This year several changes have been made by the Legislature.  One change is that submitting testimony to the legislative committees will no longer be accepted by email; everyone must submit their testimony through the Legislative portal.
Another change is that for both the Senate and House, all hearings will be conducted through Zoom and live streamed via YouTube.  Hearings will be recorded and stored on YouTube so anyone can access them; see links below:

Senate YouTube:
House YouTube:
Request for SBRRB Meeting Packets
Copies of the Board Packet will be available on-line for review at:
 An electronic draft of the minutes for this meeting will also be made available at the same location when completed.
 In addition to “attending” the remote board meeting, members of the public may submit written testimony via e-mail to:
Include the word “Testimony” and the subject matter following the address line. 
Please Note:  All written testimony should be received no later than 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, January 20, 2021.
Thank you!
 This month, the SBRRB meeting is scheduled for
January 21, 2021
and will feature the following 
Hawaii Administrative Rules (HAR) prior to and after public hearing:
After Public Hearing:

1.  HAR Title 13 Chapter 256 Section 73, Kaneohe Bay Ocean Waters, promulgated by Department of Land and Natural Resources
Before Public Hearing:

2.  Section 5A-11.4 of the Kauai County Code, Home and Related Exemption Rules, promulgated by County of Kauai Department of Finance

3.  HAR Title 15 Chapter 218,
Kakaako Reserved Housing Rules, promulgated by Hawaii Community Development Authority / Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism

4.  HAR Title 11, Chapter 60.1,
Air Pollution Control, promulgated by Department of Health 
As authorized under the Governor’s Seventeenth Proclamation Related to the COVID-19 Emergency, the meeting will be held remotely, with Board members, Staff and Agencies participating via online meeting venue.  The public can participate in the meeting through audio-visual livestream. 
To join the meeting, go to: 
If you would like any of the exhibits, they can be found on the State’s Calendar at
 - select “Small Business Regulatory Review Board” in the appropriate space bar.

Click here to view Agenda
The next SBRRB meeting will be held on Thursday,
February 18, 2021
at 10:00 am
 Contact Information
Telephone: (808) 586-2419 
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