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Monday, June 18, 2018
Hawaii Hotel Workers Win Right to Refuse to Pay Union Dues
By News Release @ 4:31 PM :: 3641 Views :: First Amendment, Labor

...The case was brought by several nonmember employees at Hyatt Regency Hotel in Hawaii who received a letter from union officials demanding payment of dues for which the union had no legal claim....

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Sunday, June 17, 2018
Can’t You Just Change the Agenda?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 3496 Views :: Ethics, Rail

...Recently, State Auditor Les Kondo shocked the public and some Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) Board members when he charged, at a HART board meeting, that HART employees had been required to record all interviews with State Auditor personnel....

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Sunday, June 17, 2018
Manufacturing and Logistics Report Card -- Hawaii Stuck on 'F'
By News Release @ 2:09 AM :: 3878 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

...The 2018 Manufacturing & Logistics Report Card shows how each state ranks among its peers in several categories that are of particular interest to site selection experts for the manufacturing and logistics industries....

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Sunday, June 17, 2018
HART Board to Discuss Public-Private Partnerships
By News Release @ 1:45 AM :: 2714 Views :: Rail

...The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 21 at 8:00 a.m. in Suite 150 of Ali'i Place in downtown Honolulu (1099 Alakea Street).  The meeting is open to the public....

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Saturday, June 16, 2018
Chief Justice Appoints Shimozono, Yoo, Hiatt, and DeWeese as District Court Judges
By News Release @ 3:51 PM :: 2393 Views :: Judiciary

...Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald has today appointed Kenneth J. Shimozono to the District Family Court of the First Circuit and Kristine Y. Yoo to the District Court of the First Circuit.  He has also appointed Mahilani E.K. Hiatt and Wendy M. DeWeese to the District Family Court of the Third Circuit....

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Saturday, June 16, 2018
​OHA to host flood relief outreach events on Kauai
By News Release @ 4:18 AM :: 3114 Views :: Kauai County, OHA

...OHA is collaborating with Catholic Charities Hawaiʻi to distribute $200,000...in addition, OHA has allocated $50,000 to assist kalo farmers affected by the flooding and is also offering disaster relief loans....  

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Saturday, June 16, 2018
PUC: Geothermal Shutdown Means Higher Rates, Dirtier Air
By News Release @ 2:31 AM :: 4124 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy, Cost of Living

... PUC Plan: More solar and energy efficiency programs ....

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Saturday, June 16, 2018
Kauai Man Sentenced To 25 Years In Prison For Manufacturing Child Pornography
By News Release @ 12:55 AM :: 4473 Views :: Kauai County, Law Enforcement, Religion

...Each charge involved a different boy and carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years....

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Friday, June 15, 2018
Never too late to ‘Audit the rail’
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:49 PM :: 3464 Views :: Ethics, Rail

...The Grassroot Institute recently obtained a letter written by HART board member John Henry Felix to HART Chairman Damien Kim in which he also urged the board to call for a forensic audit....

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Friday, June 15, 2018
HART violating FTA funding agreement?
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:10 PM :: 4247 Views :: Ethics, Rail

...Board member John Henry Felix says there might be a breach of contract with the feds....

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Friday, June 15, 2018
Special Ed: DoE Loses Class Action Suit Filed for 495 Students
By News Release @ 4:03 PM :: 5048 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, Health Care, Labor

...495 young adults from Hawai'i will soon be receiving compensatory education and education-related services thanks to the recent settlement....

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Friday, June 15, 2018
Expedited Building Permits for Hanalei Flood Victims
By News Release @ 1:29 PM :: 3349 Views :: Kauai County, Development

...Mayor Carvalho to sign emergency permitting bill into law Tuesday--Planning Department to open field offices for expedited permitting the same day....

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Friday, June 15, 2018
Audit: State Asset Forfeiture Program -- 30 Years Without Rules
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 1:06 AM :: 4150 Views :: Judiciary, Law Enforcement, Drugs

...after nearly 30 years since the program’s inception, the department has not yet adopted administrative rules describing procedures and practice requirements for asset forfeiture....

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Friday, June 15, 2018
PUC seeks public comment on Electric Vehicle road map
By News Release @ 12:46 AM :: 3094 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

... 5 ways to transfer more of your money to Elon Musk ....

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Thursday, June 14, 2018
Trump Approves Federal Individual Assistance for Volcano Victims
By News Release @ 11:59 PM :: 3381 Views :: Hawaii County

...Hawai’i County Residents May Register for Assistance, Disaster Recovery Center to Open....

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Thursday, June 14, 2018
Hawaii Supreme Court Limits Jurisdiction of Civil Rights Commission
By News Release @ 11:18 PM :: 4410 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, Judiciary, Law Enforcement

...The HTA decision drastically restricted and reduced the number of state and state-funded programs that are covered under § 368-1.5, as there are very few such programs or agencies that do not receive any federal funding....

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Thursday, June 14, 2018
Sam King for OHA: I will work with Trustees to enact change
By News Release @ 3:20 PM :: 3048 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...The pivotal vote for enacting change at OHA will come from the Oahu seat....

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Thursday, June 14, 2018
Wanna Buy Some Land?--DLNR has Got Money for You
By News Release @ 4:54 AM :: 4096 Views :: Environment, Land Use, Tax Credits

...You will be tested on the catechism of the State Religion....

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Thursday, June 14, 2018
Hawaii—Need $75K Income to Afford 2br Apartment
By News Release @ 4:36 AM :: 2780 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...On Oahu the ‘housing wage’ is $39.06 -- In Hawaii County it is $25.42, thanks to the subdivisions shifting the supply demand equation....

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Thursday, June 14, 2018
Mapping 2018 Tax Reform
By Tax Foundation @ 4:23 AM :: 2625 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...The Impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act by Congressional District....

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Kauai, Oahu Floods: Ige Asks FEMA to Reconsider Individual Assistance
By News Release @ 8:56 PM :: 2940 Views :: Honolulu County, Kauai County, Hawaii State Government

...Of the 187 homes destroyed or severely damaged, 109 were owner-occupied....

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Is the Office of Hawaiian Affairs on Fire?
By Video @ 8:28 PM :: 2863 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...What Has OHA Done To Extinguish The Flames Of The Recent State Audit?....

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Wind Farms Request Permission to Kill More Bats, Petrels, and Nene
By News Release @ 2:38 PM :: 3586 Views :: Energy, Environment

...Public meetings: The three public scoping meetings will be held at the following locations....

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Community Discussion on Electric Utility Regulatory Models
By News Release @ 2:25 PM :: 2224 Views :: Energy

...As directed by the Hawaii State Legislature, the Department of Business, Economic Development and  Tourism (DBEDT) is conducting a study on alternative electric utility and regulatory models in Hawaii....

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018
HGEA Endorses Hanabusa
By News Release @ 6:36 PM :: 3026 Views :: Labor, Politicians

...Really Obvious Question: Why should any politician help HGEA get a fatter contract?  Ige gave HGEA the Sun, Moon, and Stars and look how they repay him....

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Summit: US Security Guarantees for North Korean Denuclearization--Peace Treaty Next
By News Release @ 12:30 PM :: 2564 Views :: Military

...President Donald J. Trump has departed Singapore and will arrive at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam in Hawaii later today....

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Best States for Working Dads--Hawaii 25th
By Selected News Articles @ 3:25 AM :: 2853 Views :: Family, Hawaii Statistics

...WalletHub compared the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia across 20 key indicators of friendliness toward working fathers....

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Monday, June 11, 2018
​Public-Private Partnerships in Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:41 PM :: 3897 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Labor

...how to ease barriers to public-private partnerships in the state, and the benefits that could result if done right....

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Sunday, June 10, 2018
Travel Ban? Janus? Supreme Court Poised for Blockbuster Finish
By Selected News Articles @ 3:00 PM :: 4257 Views :: National News, Judiciary, Labor

...With the U.S. Supreme Court approaching the conclusion of its 2017 – 2018 term, the justices are expected to release a deluge of decisions in the coming weeks....

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Sunday, June 10, 2018
Oahu Drivers Burn More Than $11K in Yearly Commuting Costs
By News Release @ 2:08 PM :: 3538 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Rail, Cost of Living

...Oahu commuters would save $11,773 by commuting through public transportation versus driving and absorbing all of its associated costs such as gas, insurance, car maintenance, parking, depreciation, etc....

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Sunday, June 10, 2018
What Does State Constitution Say About Balanced Budget?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 3074 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...here is a question for you....

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Sunday, June 10, 2018
Just home from Iraq, air traffic controllers answer call for Volcano Relief
By Selected News Articles @ 3:13 AM :: 3306 Views :: Hawaii County , Military

...When the Kilauea volcano erupted on Hawaii’s Big Island, members of the 297th Air Traffic Control Squadron, Hawaii Air National Guard, were just getting home from a seven-month deployment that sent them to Al Asad Airbase, Al Anbar Province, Iraq.... 

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Sunday, June 10, 2018
Nanawale on Alert After Small Breakout Near Lava Tree
By News Release @ 2:54 AM :: 2508 Views :: Hawaii County

...Mid-morning, lava started to slowly spill over the channel levees in the vicinity of Pohoiki road but most of the lava did not extend far enough to reach ground not already covered by lava. By early afternoon, lava was again confined to the flow channel....

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Sunday, June 10, 2018
Culture of accountability results in academic successes at Kamehameha III Elementary
By News Release @ 12:13 AM :: 2387 Views :: Education K-12

...King Kamehameha III Elementary has seen its achievement steadily climb in all subjects while maintaining high levels of growth....

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Saturday, June 9, 2018
Attention Friends and Family: Puna Volcano and Kauai Floods Spur OHA Cash Giveaway
By News Release @ 2:54 PM :: 2919 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...$500,000 Cash Giveaway for Those Who Know How and Who to Ask....

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Friday, June 8, 2018
HB2748: Ige Signs Housing Bill
By News Release @ 10:10 PM :: 3918 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government

...HB2748 appropriates $200 million to the Hawai‘i Housing Finance and Development Corporation’s (HHFDC) Rental Housing Revolving Fund....

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Friday, June 8, 2018
Tax Collections Soar for FY2018
By News Release @ 10:00 PM :: 2534 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...general fund tax deposits are up by 8.5% compared with the same period in FY 2017....

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Friday, June 8, 2018
Filing Open Until June 22 for Ewa Beach Senate Dist 19 Race
By News Release @ 4:54 PM :: 2772 Views :: Office of Elections

...for the purpose of nominating and electing a State Senator to fill a vacant seat, caused by the resignation of the Honorable Will Espero, from the Hawaii State Senate....

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Friday, June 8, 2018
Nago Closes Puna Polling Places—Absentee-Only for Lava Zone
By News Release @ 4:49 PM :: 3331 Views :: Hawaii County , Office of Elections

...voters assigned to Pahoa Community Center (District Precinct 04-03) and Pahoa High & Intermediate School (District Precinct 04-04) are at risk of not being able to vote....

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Friday, June 8, 2018
As least we’re not as bad as California
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:05 PM :: 2979 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics

...Hawaii does not perform well on the annual EFNA Index, ranking 45th out of the 50 states in terms of economic freedom....

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Friday, June 8, 2018
'Surge pricing' ban will hurt Honolulu consumers
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:59 PM :: 2920 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business

...The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii urges Mayor Caldwell to reject the City Council measure....

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Friday, June 8, 2018
VA Reform: Mission Act streamlines community care options for veterans
By News Release @ 4:26 AM :: 2619 Views :: Military

...funds the current, outgoing Veterans Choice program during the transition phase to make certain veterans receive the same care through the current program until the new Veterans Community Care Program is fully in effect....

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Friday, June 8, 2018
S2980: Missile Defense for Hawaii, Alaska
By News Release @ 4:02 AM :: 2399 Views :: Military

...U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) was recently joined by Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) in introducing S. 2980, the Integrated Missile Defense Act of 2018....

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Friday, June 8, 2018
UPW Endorses Ige, UHPA Endorses Hanabusa
By News Release @ 2:13 AM :: 3991 Views :: Democratic Party, Labor, Politicians

...HGEA still silent on Gubernatorial race....

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Thursday, June 7, 2018
Ige Releases $12M for Volcano Response
By News Release @ 10:06 PM :: 3344 Views :: Hawaii County , Hawaii State Government, Labor

...costs for overtime, equipment and materials are mounting....

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Thursday, June 7, 2018
Hawaii #3 in Sin Taxes
By Tax Foundation @ 4:09 PM :: 3469 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

...The State of Hawaii is the senior partner in the sin business....

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Thursday, June 7, 2018
A Housing “Boom” and a Volcanic “Bang”
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:57 PM :: 3318 Views :: Hawaii County , Land Use

...how the state government’s housing policies have gone up in flames....

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Thursday, June 7, 2018
UH Manoa Ranks 302nd in Survey of 800 Universities
By News Release @ 2:40 AM :: 2714 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Higher Education

...the ranking most used and referenced by international students....

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Thursday, June 7, 2018
Is the Hawaii Convention Center Profitable?
By UHERO @ 1:59 AM :: 3730 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Tourism

...HTA CEO George Szegeti said “In CY2017 the convention center turned a net operating profit of $1.1 million, marking its second consecutive year of profitability.” This is surprising news, indeed....

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Cam Cavasso for Congress Dist 1
By News Release @ 11:21 PM :: 2451 Views

...Cam Cavasso today announced his candidacy to represent Hawaii in the US Congress (Hawaii Congressional District 1) to replace Colleen Hanabusa....

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