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Sunday, October 9, 2016
Dog Parks: Djou on Creating Livable Communities
By Rep Charles Djou @ 5:14 AM :: 3404 Views :: Honolulu County

This week we had a wonderful time meeting dog owners from around Oahu to discuss expanding the number of dog parks in our city....

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Sunday, October 9, 2016
DHHL: Can’t Spend $60M, Asks for $500M
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 4424 Views :: DHHL

One year ago, DHHL was sitting on about $55 million in federal funds unspent, as a result of which HUD stopped providing additional funding....

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Saturday, October 8, 2016
Ideological Diversity? Honolulu Ranks 295th
By Selected News Articles @ 6:55 PM :: 2993 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

...we calculated the standard deviation of donor ideology - the average distance between any two donors - for each city....

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Saturday, October 8, 2016
OHA Chair’s Charter School Gets Seven Times More Than All Other Charters Combined
By Selected News Articles @ 2:24 PM :: 7093 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, OHA

Politically Connected Board Members....

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Saturday, October 8, 2016
Can a feasibility study make or break the inter-island ferry?
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:24 AM :: 4112 Views :: Jones Act

...consider how a Jones Act exemption and privately-operated model can change the game....

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Saturday, October 8, 2016
No, the Bee-Pocalypse Isn’t Here Yet
By Selected News Articles @ 3:17 AM :: 4282 Views :: Environment

“The bees are dying,” read one Washington Post lede....

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Friday, October 7, 2016
‘Incredible’ 35% HMSA Hawaii Obamacare Rate Hike for 2017
By News Release @ 3:37 PM :: 5487 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

Kaiser rates are going up 25.9% ....

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Friday, October 7, 2016
OHA Illegally Contributing to Lindsey Campaign?
By Selected News Articles @ 1:09 PM :: 4110 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...there are plans to secretly divert OHA funds and use them for the re-election campaign of OHA chair Robert Lindsey....

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Friday, October 7, 2016
Victory: Hawaii Supreme Court Approves Haleakala Solar Telescope
By News Release @ 3:01 AM :: 8850 Views :: Maui County, Environment, Higher Education, Land Use, OHA

By a 3-2 majority the court affirmed the state land board’s decision in 2012 to grant a permit to build the Telescope....

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Friday, October 7, 2016
2016 Hawaii elections: proposed amendments, part 1
By Rachelle Chang @ 12:21 AM :: 10471 Views :: Hawaii County , Honolulu County, Kauai County, Maui County

In addition to selecting the best candidates for elected office, Hawaii voters have many decisions to make that will have a big impact on County charters and our future....

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Thursday, October 6, 2016
Police Release Rape Kit Test Info
By News Release @ 11:25 PM :: 9428 Views :: Law Enforcement, Police

Maui, Kauai, and Hawaii county police departments successfully inventoried their untested sexual assault evidence collection kits....

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Thursday, October 6, 2016
Politicians In Un-Contested Races Get More Contributions
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:51 PM :: 3368 Views :: Ethics
Why would candidates in uncontested races be given so much money?
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Thursday, October 6, 2016
Supreme Court Hearing Hanalei Boatyard Case Today
By Robert Thomas @ 3:48 PM :: 5695 Views :: Kauai County, Land Use

Thursday, October 6, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at Aliiolani Hale....

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Thursday, October 6, 2016
Indiana Seed Producer Buys Kauai Seed Farm from BASF
By News Release @ 12:49 PM :: 6547 Views :: Kauai County, Agriculture, GMOs

Beck’s, the largest family-owned, retail seed company in the United States....

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Thursday, October 6, 2016
CATO: Excessive Spending Earns Ige an ‘F’
By News Release @ 3:31 AM :: 3893 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

General fund spending rose 7 percent in 2016, and Ige proposed to increase it 12 percent in 2017....

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Thursday, October 6, 2016
DoE HS Absenteeism 19% -- only 39% of 11th Grade Students Meet Benchmark
By News Release @ 3:10 AM :: 4219 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics

"We will be taking a close look at our highest achieving schools and determine best practices that can be implemented in schools that need supports."

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Hawaii House Leaders Agree—No Fake Indian Tribe Needed
By Andrew Walden @ 11:10 PM :: 5439 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

You’ve got some influential friends in the House....

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016
OHA to Silence Dissident Trustees?
By Selected News Articles @ 11:08 PM :: 5916 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment, OHA

On August 24th, the BAE Committee and OHA’s CEO proposed a new policy called “One Voice, One Message,” which requires that all external communications be submitted to the CEO for review and approval....

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Does OHA Need a Watchdog?
By Video @ 5:04 PM :: 4551 Views :: Ethics, OHA

Huge Sums Of Hawaiian Beneficiary Money Have Again Been Spent At The Office Of Hawaiian Affairs With No One There To Stop It....

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016
International Sex-Trafficking Bust Reaches into Hawaii
By News Release @ 3:31 PM :: 5184 Views :: Law Enforcement

...an international sex trafficking organization transporting hundreds of women from Thailand....

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016
DoE Touts Improvement in ‘Smarter Balanced’ Test Results
By News Release @ 1:44 AM :: 4779 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics

...51 percent of students tested met or exceeded the achievement standard in ELA, up three percentage points from the previous year....

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Draft rules for Maunakea lands moving towards formal public hearing process
By News Release @ 1:11 AM :: 5544 Views :: Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

The community is strongly encouraged to participate in the public hearing process....

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Caldwell Campaign "Volunteer" Paid With Your Tax Money
By Rep Charles Djou @ 8:21 PM :: 8347 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics

..."earns" tens of thousands of dollars in City public relations contracts....

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Instead of Submitting Plan, HART begs Feds for Another Extension
By Andrew Walden @ 3:09 AM :: 3551 Views :: Rail

"The City is requesting an extension of the December 2016 Recovery Plan submittal date to June 30, 2017"

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Monday, October 3, 2016
Hawaii Department of Transportation to study isle ferry services
By Michael Hansen @ 10:03 PM :: 3972 Views :: Small Business

...a feasibility study of various intra-island and interisland ferry services....

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Monday, October 3, 2016
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted October 3, 2016
By Congress.org @ 9:23 PM :: 4727 Views :: Congressional Delegation
CO-OP Consumer Protection – Passage
Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism – Veto Override
Water Resource Development – Passage
Continuing Federal Government Funding, Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations and Zika Funding
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Monday, October 3, 2016
HR3764 is on the Move—Bill Blocks Recognition of Indian Tribes Without Congressional Vote
By Andrew Walden @ 9:14 PM :: 6302 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

Two weeks after the Committee vote, the Obama Administration published its “final rule” bypassing Congress with administrative recognition of a fake Hawaiian Indian tribe....

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Monday, October 3, 2016
Inclusion for the Disabled: Hawaii Ranks 5th
By News Release @ 5:58 PM :: 4311 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...The Case for Inclusion, an annual ranking of how well State Medicaid programs serve Americans with intellectual and developmental disabilities....

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Monday, October 3, 2016
Hawaii Insurance Commissioner one of only Two With Secret Financial ‘Disclosures’
By News Release @ 2:59 AM :: 3127 Views :: Ethics

... Review your state regulator's financial ties?  -- Not in Hawaii ....

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Sunday, October 2, 2016
HIDOT Fails to Answer -- $78K Administrative Cost Per Mile
By Andrew Walden @ 11:46 PM :: 6906 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

"...Our numbers come from the DOT submittals to the federal government for the HI state-owned road system, so if they are ‘wrong’ then the DOT needs to say why they submitted them ‘wrong’...."

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Sunday, October 2, 2016
Fuel for Thought
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 3379 Views :: Taxes

...a $4 million federal grant to come up with a “reimagining” of the taxes we currently pay....

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Saturday, October 1, 2016
UHERO: Hawaii Growth Downshifting, Building Cycle Approaches Peak
By UHERO @ 1:05 AM :: 6484 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...signs of a slowdown ahead....

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Saturday, October 1, 2016
DoH: Hawaii has highest rate of tooth decay among kids
By News Release @ 12:57 AM :: 5374 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

The results of Hawaii Smiles confirm that Hawaii’s children have the highest prevalence of tooth decay in the United States....

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