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Thursday, November 11, 2021
Survey shows concern about government spending and debt
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:48 PM :: 1978 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... The poll of nearly 1,000 Hawaii residents also found significant agreement that private firms should be more involved in delivering public services ....

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Thursday, November 11, 2021
Spying on You: Hawaii Insurer Testing 'Accident Predictive System' Based on 'Drive Recorder' in Cars
By News Release @ 4:29 PM :: 1580 Views :: Higher Education, Small Business

... when a risk of an accident is detected by the algorithm based on the data captured by the drive recorder, effective safety measures such as notifying the operations manager of the relevant company and/or encouraging the driver to take a break ....

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Thursday, November 11, 2021
Cesspools: Four Years Later EPA Fines Hawaii County Again
By News Release @ 3:02 PM :: 1676 Views :: Hawaii County , Environment

“...County of Hawai‘i has failed to meet its legal commitment to modernize wastewater infrastructure....”

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Thursday, November 11, 2021
VIDEO: Police Allege Isabella Kalua Killed One Month Before Disappearance Reported
By Video @ 3:18 AM :: 2109 Views :: Honolulu County, Family, Police

... Full Video of HPD News Conference .... 

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Thursday, November 11, 2021
Applicants sought for Maui County Boards and Commissions
By News Release @ 3:14 AM :: 1246 Views :: Maui County

... Applicants are being sought for 63 vacancies on various Maui County boards, commissions, councils and committees ....

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Wednesday, November 10, 2021
Full Text: HPD Point-by-Point Debunk of ACLU After Arrest of 10-Year-Old Girl
By News Release @ 1:27 PM :: 2363 Views :: Education K-12, Police

... if the requested policy changes were in place, this would not have changed the outcome of the present case. A threat to shoot and kill another student is, and must be considered to be, "a threat of significant harm to someone," which you acknowledge is something officers could arrest a student for on school property. Thus, the arrest of your client on school property is consistent with your own assessment of the situation. ...

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Wednesday, November 10, 2021
Judge tosses claims over King’s Hawaiian rolls packaging
By Court House News @ 5:39 AM :: 1730 Views :: Small Business

... A logo depicting a crown slightly evocative of a pineapple alongside "Hilo, Hawaii" did not persuade a federal judge to accept claims that King's Hawaiian misleads customers into believing its rolls are actually made in Hawaii ....

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Tuesday, November 9, 2021
7,000 Legal Vacation Rentals on Maui in Jeopardy
By Video @ 4:19 PM :: 2593 Views :: Maui County, Land Use, Tourism, Cost of Living

... a Maui County Council proposal that aspires to create more housing on Maui by phasing out about 7,000 vacation rentals ....

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Tuesday, November 9, 2021
Oahu Ambulances may now take patients to urgent care
By News Release @ 2:54 PM :: 1320 Views :: Honolulu County, Health Care

... Both HESD and DOH plan to expand the program to other selected alternative care sites throughout O’ahu and Neighbor Islands. Other alternative sites are being identified and may be ready by the end of this year ....

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Monday, November 8, 2021
​Kalihi Uka Elementary hosts first HIDOE school-based vaccination clinic for elementary students
By News Release @ 7:47 PM :: 1317 Views :: Education K-12, COVID-19

... More than 100 public schools are registered to host vaccination clinics in the coming weeks ....

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Monday, November 8, 2021
State Launches ABLE Savings Program for Disabled
By News Release @ 7:05 PM :: 1601 Views :: Health Care, Labor, Small Business

... In 2019, Gov. Ige signed Kal’s Law, which allowed individuals with a qualifying disability to work full-time at minimum wage without losing state or federal benefits. This year, Gov. Ige signed a bill that became Act 55 — which removes the practice of paying individuals a sub-minimum wage based solely on the fact the individual has a disability ....

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Sunday, November 7, 2021
Good riddance to ‘gut and replace’
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:23 PM :: 1547 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... Grassroot Institute submitted an amicus curiae brief in support of the plaintiffs, arguing that the practice was eroding public trust in government and short-circuiting the democratic process ....

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Sunday, November 7, 2021
Hike Traffic Fines for Profit
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1685 Views :: Honolulu County, Police

... The Honolulu City Council wants to raise money for the Honolulu Police Department by adding a surcharge to traffic fines .... 

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Sunday, November 7, 2021
What is the Passenger Vessel Services Act?
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:42 AM :: 1848 Views :: Jones Act, Tourism

... cruise ships that are registered in Bermuda or the Bahamas are required to sail to Fanning Island, 1,000 miles to the south of Hawaii ....

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Sunday, November 7, 2021
Hawaii: Highest Cost of Moving up to Home Ownership
By Selected News Articles @ 12:26 AM :: 2113 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... The cost of moving up in Hawaii is 84.9% higher than the national average ....

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Saturday, November 6, 2021
Rolling Blackouts Coming: HECO Doubles Down on Promise to Close Coal Plant
By News Release @ 9:56 PM :: 2280 Views :: Energy, Environment, Cost of Living

... Hawaiian Electric sets goal of 70% carbon reduction by 2030, envisions zero emissions by 2045 ....

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Saturday, November 6, 2021
Hawaii Republican State Committee to Elect New Chair
By News Release @ 5:41 PM :: 3097 Views :: Republican Party

... Nomination period opens on November 13th, 2021 ....

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Saturday, November 6, 2021
JSC Announces Seven Judicial Vacancies
By News Release @ 5:36 PM :: 1328 Views :: Judiciary

... three of the seven are seeking reappointment ....

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Saturday, November 6, 2021
DoH Orders Embry Health to Stop COVID Testing
By News Release @ 3:53 AM :: 5736 Views :: Honolulu County, COVID-19

... After learning that Embry Health was collecting specimens for COVID-19 tests in Hawai‘i, DOH made repeated attempts to work with Embry Health to secure the necessary certification or approval. Embry Health withdrew its application for certification on October 19....

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Friday, November 5, 2021
HECO Suddenly Agrees to 39% Reduction in Cost of Electricity Bought from Kalaeloa Partners
By News Release @ 3:42 AM :: 1702 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy, Cost of Living

... charge being reduced to $100/kilowatts (kW) per year for the full 208 MW, as compared to $164.35/kW per year for the first 180 MW ....

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Thursday, November 4, 2021
City introduces amended short-term rental bill
By News Release @ 11:17 PM :: 2065 Views :: Honolulu County, Tourism

... Bill 41 Relating to Transient Accommodations was transmitted to the Council by the Honolulu Planning Commission last month and is scheduled for First Reading at its full Council meeting on Nov. 10, 2021 ....

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Thursday, November 4, 2021
State Adopting Ballot Tracking System
By News Release @ 10:27 PM :: 1835 Views :: Kauai County, Office of Elections

... the Ballot Tracking System will be available for the upcoming Kauai Prosecutor Special Election and then for Statewide Elections and Primaries in 2022 ....

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Thursday, November 4, 2021
"Gut and Replace" Held Unconstitutional  
By News Release @ 9:38 PM :: 1976 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... The Hawaii Supreme Court, in a 3-2 decision, dealt a serious blow to the Legislature’s “gut and replace” tactic ....

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Thursday, November 4, 2021
DLIR to Partially Reopen December 1
By News Release @ 3:35 AM :: 1482 Views :: Labor, COVID-19

... Services from all programs in the department will be available Wednesdays through Fridays. Telephone appointments for general unemployment insurance and claims adjudication services will continue on Mondays and Tuesdays ....

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Thursday, November 4, 2021
Former Maui Police Officer Receives 30 Months in Prison for Soliciting Sexual Relationship for Official Acts
By News Release @ 3:21 AM :: 1993 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Police

... he engaged in a bribery scheme wherein he solicited a sexual relationship with a female motorist in exchange for an official act as an MPD officer ....

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Wednesday, November 3, 2021
Build Back Better? Hawaii Top Tax Rate to Hit 62.4%
By Tax Foundation @ 6:39 PM :: 2373 Views :: National News, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...A Tax Break for the Rich Could End up Being the Largest Part of the 'Build Back Better' Plan....

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Wednesday, November 3, 2021
Kaiser Permanente mental health clinicians authorize strike in Hawaii
By News Release @ 6:24 PM :: 1844 Views :: Health Care, Labor

... Clinicians are also seeking a state investigation into Kaiser’s violation of laws ensuring parity for mental health care ....

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Wednesday, November 3, 2021
Rethinking prosecution: How San Francisco's Failure can be Imported to Honolulu
By News Release @ 5:58 PM :: 1295 Views :: Law Enforcement

... the University of Hawaiʻi Better (Worse) Tomorrow Speaker Series will host a live, online conversation featuring San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin, Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney Steve Alm and federal public defender Minda Yamaga ....

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Wednesday, November 3, 2021
SB666: Unconstitutional Entry Fee for Tourists
By UHERO @ 5:37 PM :: 1624 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

... lump-sum entry fees assessed on visitors only are legally problematic in the U.S. as they may be judged to impede travel between states and discriminate against non-residents in violation of the U.S. Constitution and federal laws ....

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Wednesday, November 3, 2021
Pfizer Vax Immediately Available for Children 5-11
By News Release @ 3:14 AM :: 5269 Views :: Education K-12, COVID-19

... The Hawai‘i Department of Health is authorizing certified vaccination providers to administer Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children age 5-11 immediately ....

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Wednesday, November 3, 2021
Ige Eases COVID Rules for Gyms, Bars, Restaurants
By News Release @ 2:55 AM :: 2021 Views :: Small Business, Tourism, COVID-19

... Kawakami: New state order ‘essentially forces’ vaccine requirements ....

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Wednesday, November 3, 2021
Ige Opens Door to International Travelers Following US Rules
By News Release @ 2:47 AM :: 1633 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

... The State of Hawaiʻi will welcome international travelers under the new federal requirements starting next Monday, Nov. 8 ....

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Tuesday, November 2, 2021
Poll: Isle residents aware of Jones Act mostly favor its repeal or reform
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:49 PM :: 1608 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Jones Act

... Many Hawaii policymakers support the protectionist federal shipping law, but a new survey indicates they might be out of step with Hawaii's public ....

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Tuesday, November 2, 2021
Congressional Delegation Squeezes Navy on Fuel Leak
By News Release @ 6:03 PM :: 1772 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Congressional Delegation, Military

... Hawai‘i Congressional Delegation Calls On Navy To Improve Accountability To Public On Hawai‘i Fuel Operations, Plans To Ensure Health And Safety Of Oahu Residents ....

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Tuesday, November 2, 2021
Maui County TAT Takes Effect
By News Release @ 5:23 PM :: 1782 Views :: Maui County, Taxes, Tourism

... the Maui County Transient Accommodations Tax (MCTAT) goes into effect November 1, 2021 ....

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Tuesday, November 2, 2021
Maui Council Proposal Would Outlaw 7,300 Legal Vacation Rentals
By News Release @ 5:53 AM :: 2333 Views :: Maui County, Land Use, Tourism

... eliminating TVR use from these subject condominiums would result in a possible loss of $23 million in revenue annually, and upwards of $74 million in annual revenue lost overall ....

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Tuesday, November 2, 2021
Spewing CO2 Governor Jets off to Scotland Global Warming Confab
By News Release @ 5:31 AM :: 1723 Views :: Environment, Hawaii State Government

... Jeff Bezos' Gulf Stream leads parade of 400 private jets into COP26 ....

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Tuesday, November 2, 2021
Solar Developer Abandons Big Island Project
By News Release @ 5:21 AM :: 2222 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy

... to abandon the Puako solar and storage project due to elevated interconnection costs coupled with global supply chain and production issues, as well as tariffs and trade disputes specifically affecting the photovoltaic solar industry ....

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Tuesday, November 2, 2021
Honolulu Council Employee Guilty of Smuggling Heroin
By News Release @ 3:57 AM :: 2550 Views :: Honolulu County, Drugs

... Arlene-Anela Kekoolani, 30, of Honolulu, Hawaii, pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin ....

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Monday, November 1, 2021
VIDEO: DLNR Clears Homeless Camp from Coco Palms Area
By Video @ 10:08 PM :: 1798 Views :: Kauai County, Homelessness

"...some of these folks have refused offers of shelter or transitional housing...."

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Monday, November 1, 2021
Hawaiians: Diverse and Dispersed Yet Bound Together in Aloha
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:08 PM :: 1478 Views :: OHA

... “Who speaks for Native Hawaiians?” and how disagreements are resolved when Native Hawaiians disagree ....

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Monday, November 1, 2021
HIDOE seeking feedback to develop financial literacy content standards
By News Release @ 4:19 PM :: 1212 Views :: Education K-12

... The financial literacy feedback form is open until November 15 ....

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Monday, November 1, 2021
There’s nothing so permanent as a temporary government measure
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:03 AM :: 1925 Views :: Taxes, Tourism, COVID-19

... the federal funds made it unnecessary for our legislators to take all of the TAT funds. But they did it anyway ....

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