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Wednesday, August 18, 2021
Inside Look: U.S. Army-Hawaii Responds to the Waimea Wildfire, the Largest in Hawaii History
By News Release @ 10:21 PM :: 1839 Views :: Hawaii County , Military

... U.S. Army-Hawaii (including Hawaii Army National Guard) support Hawaii County Fire Department to battle the 40,000 acre Waimea wildfire, considered the largest in Hawaii Island history ....

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Wednesday, August 18, 2021
DoH to Receive 500 Healthcare Surge Staff
By News Release @ 9:54 PM :: 1668 Views :: Health Care, COVID-19

... They are expected to work in Hawai‘i for eight weeks each ....

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Wednesday, August 18, 2021
DLIR Delays Reopening Unemployment Offices (again)
By News Release @ 9:51 PM :: 1592 Views :: Labor, COVID-19

... DLIR today announced it will not open statewide offices as planned on September 7, 2021 due to the significant increase in COVID-19 cases ....

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Tuesday, August 17, 2021
Video: First Responders Oppose Vaccine Mandate
By Video @ 11:42 PM :: 1781 Views :: Labor, COVID-19

... A class action lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court on Friday for City and County workers who believe they are being forced to take the COVID- 19 vaccine ....

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Tuesday, August 17, 2021
Unions Ask Gov. Ige to Intervene in C&C of Honolulu's Vaccine Mandate
By News Release @ 11:27 PM :: 2006 Views :: Honolulu County, Labor, COVID-19

... The City & County of Honolulu is the only Hawaii government employer that is not providing all unvaccinated employees the “alternative” of regular COVID-19 testing ....

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Tuesday, August 17, 2021
DBEDT Releases 2020 Hawaii Data Book
By News Release @ 6:24 AM :: 1436 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

... The book is in electronic form and is available on the DBEDT website ....

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Monday, August 16, 2021
Two Hawaii Gun Regulations Struck Down
By Selected News Articles @ 10:26 PM :: 2927 Views :: Second Amendment

... the Government has entirely failed to demonstrate how each law effectuates its asserted interest in public safety, neither law can pass constitutional muster ....

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Monday, August 16, 2021
UH Community Colleges named best system in U.S.
By News Release @ 10:18 PM :: 2564 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Higher Education

... The study ranked the schools and their systems through cost and financing, educational outcomes and career outcomes ....

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Monday, August 16, 2021
Public Employee Unions Join Anti-Vaxxers
By News Release @ 2:38 AM :: 1962 Views :: Labor, COVID-19

... they believe their sacred union contracts supersede all other laws including health emergency laws ....

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Monday, August 16, 2021
NEA announces support for educator vaccine and testing requirement
By News Release @ 2:25 AM :: 1893 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, COVID-19

... HSTA parent union supports Ige's mandatory vaccination-or-testing program .... 

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Monday, August 16, 2021
How Unemployment Insurance Fraud Exploded During the Pandemic
By Selected News Articles @ 12:00 AM :: 3015 Views :: Ethics, Labor, COVID-19

... what may turn out to be the biggest fraud wave in U.S. history ....

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Sunday, August 15, 2021
Three Years Later: Auditor Reviews OHA Compliance
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 2:33 PM :: 1739 Views :: Ethics, OHA

"We found the Office of Hawaiian Affairs has implemented 10 and partially implemented 1 of the 11 recommendations made in our report...."

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Sunday, August 15, 2021
The Time Tax
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1802 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

... government not only taxes people by taking their money, but also imposes administrative burdens that waste countless precious hours of people’s time ....

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Saturday, August 14, 2021
Open-records law restored, but transparency still needed
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:10 AM :: 1995 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment, COVID-19

... It’s been about 525 days since the first lockdown began ....

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Saturday, August 14, 2021
List: Did Your School Have COVID this week?
By News Release @ 2:47 AM :: 2032 Views :: Education K-12, COVID-19

... This week's total cases: 325 (70 cases with no HIDOE facility impact) ....

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Saturday, August 14, 2021
HIDOE to implement weekly COVID-19 testing requirement
By News Release @ 1:38 AM :: 1964 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, COVID-19

... Employees who certify and provide proof of full vaccination will not be subject to testing requirement ....

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Saturday, August 14, 2021
DLIR to Accept Telephone Appointments for Complex Unemployment Claims
By News Release @ 12:46 AM :: 1509 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

... Claimants May Request Slots to Speak with an Investigator ....

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Friday, August 13, 2021
Kamehameha Schools Trustee Selection Underway
By News Release @ 3:49 PM :: 1123 Views

... Sept 30, 2021 deadline to apply ....

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Friday, August 13, 2021
​Improving Pedestrian Safety in Hawaiʻi
By UHERO @ 12:00 PM :: 1199 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

... This tool can help the public and policymakers identify areas that are particularly dangerous for drivers and pedestrians ....

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Friday, August 13, 2021
Rumble Gives Tulsi Gabbard her own Channel
By News Release @ 4:03 AM :: 1708 Views :: Congressional Delegation

... calls her a 'thought leader' ....

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Thursday, August 12, 2021
U.S. Census Bureau Delivers Data for States to Begin Redistricting Efforts
By News Release @ 5:17 PM :: 1671 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

... the Hawaii apportionment commission has been waiting for this data ....

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Thursday, August 12, 2021
Grassroot Institute of Hawaii receives CHANGE Grant award
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:10 PM :: 1448 Views :: Economy

... The $30,000 gift from one of Hawaii's most important foundations marks an "exciting development" in the history of the institute ....

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Thursday, August 12, 2021
Honolulu 2nd Least Pet-Friendly City
By Selected News Articles @ 12:00 PM :: 1704 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... veterinary care costs highest in USA ....

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Thursday, August 12, 2021
Fake it to make it: A Look at Hawai‘i’s GHG Emissions
By UHERO @ 4:42 AM :: 1686 Views :: Energy, Environment

... CLUE: ‘Domestic’ aviation means Hawaii inter-island, not ‘domestic’ within the USA.  If trans-oceanic aviation were included, Hawaii would be nowhere near the goal--so they ‘solve’ the problem by ignoring it ....

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Thursday, August 12, 2021
Full Text: Proposed UH Policy Regarding COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination and Testing
By News Release @ 3:44 AM :: 1840 Views :: Higher Education, Labor, COVID-19

... scheduled to take effect on August 23, 2021, the first day of the 2021 fall semester ....

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Thursday, August 12, 2021
Vaccine requirement announced for City and County of Honolulu employees
By News Release @ 12:06 AM :: 1634 Views :: Honolulu County, COVID-19

... City and County of Honolulu employees will be required to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated, have completed a single-dose vaccine or initiated the first dose of a two-dose series by Aug. 16, 2021 ....

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Wednesday, August 11, 2021
COVID Cash: Honolulu Rent and Utility Program Reopens
By News Release @ 11:53 PM :: 5426 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, COVID-19

... Higher income limits mean more Oʻahu renters can qualify ....

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Wednesday, August 11, 2021
New website consolidates Hawaii remote work opportunities
By News Release @ 11:42 PM :: 1406 Views :: Small Business

... invest.hawaii.gov/remote provides residents with direct links to partners of the Hawai‘i Remote Work Pilot Project and the local American Job Center (AJC)....

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Tuesday, August 10, 2021
Video: Ige Announces New Restrictions on Gatherings
By Video @ 9:36 PM :: 1625 Views :: COVID-19

... Gov. David Ige restricts indoor gatherings to 10 people and outdoor activities to 25 ....

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Tuesday, August 10, 2021
The Breath of Life
By Joni Kamiya @ 1:38 AM :: 1969 Views :: Education K-12, COVID-19

... There’s always some excuse as to why they have not taken the vaccine ....

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Tuesday, August 10, 2021
Lawsuit Challenges Gun Confiscation After Disorderly Conduct Conviction
By News Release @ 12:40 AM :: 2343 Views :: Honolulu County, Police, Second Amendment

... Both plaintiffs were sent letters from HPD denying them the ability to obtain a permit or register firearms and ordering them to surrender any they may have in their possession ....

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Monday, August 9, 2021
Honolulu City Lights application deadline is August 31
By News Release @ 10:14 PM :: 2068 Views :: Honolulu County, First Amendment, Religion

... Permits will be issued for five display sites through a lottery ....

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Monday, August 9, 2021
HDoT: Global Warming Can be a Real Money Spinner for us
By News Release @ 5:43 PM :: 1744 Views :: Environment, Hawaii State Government

... you believe so we get billions ....

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Sunday, August 8, 2021
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted August 7, 2021
By News Release @ 3:15 PM :: 1430 Views :: Congressional Delegation

... bills introduced and votes in Congress ....

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Sunday, August 8, 2021
A Policy Statement About Fines
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2565 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Law Enforcement

... Bill 17 would allow the city’s Department of Planning and Permitting to record liens against property and then to foreclose on the liens....

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Saturday, August 7, 2021
OHA: Disproportionate Spike in COVID-19 Cases in Native Hawaiian Communities
By News Release @ 6:54 PM :: 2367 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, OHA, COVID-19

... the vaccination rate among the Native Hawaiian community may be as low as 35% ....

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Saturday, August 7, 2021
From "E komo mai" to "Stay away"?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:45 PM :: 2612 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

... Hawaii is more than happy to tax the golden goose of tourism. But when it comes to feeding, caring for and cleaning up after it, we can’t seem to get on the same page ....

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Saturday, August 7, 2021
List: Did Your School Have COVID this week?
By News Release @ 1:19 AM :: 3203 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

... DoE reports 105 COVID cases this week but 78 'have no DoE facility impact' ....

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Saturday, August 7, 2021
Ige Lifts Suspension Of Hawaii’s Open Government Laws
By News Release @ 12:48 AM :: 2399 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment

... Consequently, the UIPA and all its deadlines are back in full effect.  As OIP has advised agencies all along, it will be disinclined to grant any further extensions in pending UIPA and Sunshine Law appeals filed with OIP ....

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Saturday, August 7, 2021
Eviction Ban Extension Only Applies to People who Apply for Aid
By News Release @ 12:09 AM :: 2058 Views :: Law Enforcement, Small Business, COVID-19

... The CDC’s Eviction Order only applies to “covered persons.” To be eligible, tenants/renters must attest that they have used best efforts to obtain all available governmental assistance for housing ....

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Friday, August 6, 2021
Hawaii GOP Against Vaccine Mandates
By Video @ 11:58 PM :: 945 Views :: Republican Party, COVID-19
HAWAII REPUBLICAN PARTY NOT SILENT ANYMORE  News Release from Hawaii Republican Party, August 6, 2021 HONOLULU, HI – “I believe...
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Friday, August 6, 2021
Ige Appoints Sonja McCullen to Intermediate Court of Appeals
By News Release @ 11:49 PM :: 1421 Views :: Judiciary

... McCullen has served in her role as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for a combined 11 years, most recently in the Appellate Division ....

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Friday, August 6, 2021
Anti-Vaxxers Set 'F*ck Ige' Rally for Capitol
By News Release @ 2:08 PM :: 2362 Views :: Republican Party, COVID-19

"... and call for Governor Ige’s impeachment ...."

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Friday, August 6, 2021
Hawaii Fishermen Concerned Over Growing Chinese Presence
By Selected News Articles @ 12:52 PM :: 2022 Views :: Military

... Confrontations are rare on the high seas near Hawaii, where the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command is based and the U.S. Coast Guard maintains a strong presence ....

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Friday, August 6, 2021
Feds Give Hawaii DoE $137M to Support School Reopening
By News Release @ 11:51 AM :: 1555 Views :: Education K-12, COVID-19

“Our priorities are centered around our efforts to safely begin the new school year with in-person learning...."

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Friday, August 6, 2021
Ige Mandates Vax or Testing for Public Employees--Unions Resist
By News Release @ 2:43 AM :: 2269 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, COVID-19

... Beginning Aug. 16, 2021, all State and county employees must provide their vaccination status to their department ....

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Friday, August 6, 2021
Chief Justice Recktenwald Statement on COVID Vaccinations
By News Release @ 2:15 AM :: 1844 Views :: Judiciary, COVID-19

"... we are planning a vaccination and testing program to require that all employees be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or undergo testing on a regular basis ...."

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Thursday, August 5, 2021
Are Hawaii's government finances really so bad? Yes. Find out why.
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:10 AM :: 2327 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii State Government

... Hawaii’s finances are in worse shape than our state and county officials would have us believe ....

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Wednesday, August 4, 2021
White House Touts 'Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act' for Hawaii
By News Release @ 11:59 PM :: 2310 Views :: National News, Development, Rail

"...For decades, infrastructure in Hawaii has suffered from a systemic lack of investment...."

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Wednesday, August 4, 2021
Mauna Kea Working Group Creates Webpage, Working on Report to the Legislature
By News Release @ 11:46 PM :: 2390 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

... MKWG is to present recommendations for a new governance and management structure for Mauna Kea to the Legislature by December 31, 2021 ....

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