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HAWAII MAY UP TAX CREDITS FOR SHOOTING OUTSIDE OAHU

May 2, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

Roy Rjioe

Some Hawaiian lawmakers want to see some of the other islands share in the benefits of film production that the principal island of Oahu, where Honolulu is located, has enjoyed. A bill currently before the legislature would increase production tax credits from 20 to 40 percent on all the islands except Oahu, where they would rise from 15 to 30 percent. The bill faces opposition from some Hawaiian legislators who deplore special treatment for some industries and point out that it could cut tax revenue from production companies who come to the state simply for its lush locations and favorable climate. But Roy Rjioe, co-founder of Island Film Group, which recently produced the hit film Soul Surfer, said in a news release, “In Hawaii, we’re looking at an industry that has the power to employ thousands of residents in skilled, creative and well-paying jobs for years to come. What other viable, clean industries are expanding in Hawaii? At a time when we compete on a global level for every job, it makes no sense to discourage growth in an industry that creates meaningful employment in Hawaii.”