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Yellow ‘Kanaka Maoli’ Flag has no Historical Lineage—Was Invented by T Shirt Vendors in 1990s

KITV: … This flag is everywhere. It flies on cars and is seen on flag poles and apparel. …

"People have been led to believe this flag was from the ancient days before the Union Jack," Keanu Sai says (and he's a convicted mortgage scammer so he should speak with authority among sovereignty activists).

He explains, however "This flag is not the Kanaka Maoli flag this flag was made by this guy in the 1990's as part of the sovereignty movement."…

'Jawaiian'," adds Sai….

the public perception of this flag's significance is misguided…

read … What is the real meaning of this flag?

Sovereignty Activists Running Homeless Tent City Ignore Court Orders

HTH: … The owners of a downtown Hilo lot that has become a homeless camp have failed to appeal their case.

The lot, located between Ponahawai and Mamo streets in Hilo, was the subject of a court order signed at the beginning of October requiring the lot’s owners — Elizabeth Jerilyn Rose and Michael Ravenswing, both Big Island residents — to clear unpermitted structures from the property.

Rose and Ravenswing had until the end of October to appeal the case. Hawaii County Corporation Counsel Joe Kamelamela said earlier this week that they have not done so.

The two owners have consistently failed to respond to requests from the county to remove unpermitted structures — including a concrete base, a chain-link fence and several improvised dwellings — from the lot throughout the last year, having incurred nearly $200,000 in fines for their defiance. Several attempts to deliver notices to the duo evidently failed, leading to delays in the enforcement process.

During the rare times when Rose did communicate with the county, she used confusing legal arguments to defend her position that were not backed up by legal records.

In one instance, she said that the property had been transferred to the “Hawaiian Rose Trust” in 2018, but no record of such a transfer could be found. In another, letters addressed to Rose were returned to the county unopened with “refused for cause, no such person” written on the envelope.

read … County plots next course of action as lot owners fail to appeal

County Fees Obstruct Affordable Housing: $19K per Unit Before Construction

TGI: … after considerable grinding and debate, the Additional Rental Unit (ARU) law was signed into law in March of 2018 under Chapter 8-30.1 of the Kauai County Code.

The law allows any property with Residential Zoning (except west of Hanalei River and SPA-D zoned property in the Rice Street district) to build an attached or detached rental unit on their property (up to 800 square feet) for every residential unit. It can get confusing, but the basics of the entitlement are that if a residential property has the density for two homes, then it can do two ARUs. If it has the density for three homes, then it can do three ARUs, and so on….

What the council didn’t realize at the time was that the cost to build one of these units is significantly increased by the cost of county fees. The fees can add up to around $19,000 before you even put a stick in the ground. Yikes! That may be why only 12 have been permitted so far….

But wait, the council is making new sausage, I mean laws, intended to further encourage the construction of ARUs. Draft Bills No. 2740, 2741, 2742, 2743, 2744, and 2745 are all under consideration by the County Council, and unless TGI wants me to use a whole page, I can’t get into the details of each bill.

Suffice it to say that the cumulative goal of the first five of those bills is to get those county fees down to zero dollars! The final bill, Draft Bill No. 2745, would simply remove the prohibition of ARUs in the Rice Street district so that if these bills pass, property owners in the Lihue town core can take advantage of the same incentives as the rest of the island.

So what’s the catch? If you build an ARU and rent it as “affordable” for five years, you don’t have to pay the county back for the subsidies. As all things government-related, there are hoops to jump through to make sure people don’t take advantage of the county, and there is some debate about the ideal length of time for the affordable compliance period. But the basics of the idea are mostly agreed upon.

read … Support actions to create more housing

Most Hawaii court documents moving online

ILind: … The State Judiciary is in the midst of a major transition from paper documents to digital files.

The transformation has been done in phases, with Circuit Court Criminal and Family Court (Adult) Criminal cases, along with cases before the Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals and Hawaii Supreme Court, making the move earlier.

Then in October 2019, District Court civil cases went online, followed by Circuit Court civil cases, which joined the digital domain on October 28.

You can access the eCourt Kokua system through a link at the top left of the Hawai State Judiciary’s main web page.

While all Circuit Court civil cases from the older Ho`ohiki system will be migrated to the online case management system, only new documents filed after that date will be available for online purchase and viewing. And you will still be able to view case dockets of older cases, even though those files won’t be available to view online….

read … Most Hawaii court documents moving online





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