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Monday, October 31, 2022
Short-term rental ban deserves short life
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:57 PM :: 747 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, Tourism

... Formerly known as Bill 41, the new law was supposed to go into effect this week, but a federal judge temporarily blocked it until its provisions can be hashed out in court ....

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Sunday, October 30, 2022
“Dedicated Funding Source”?  Nah
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 641 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... the “dedication” of the funding source is often porous ....

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Sunday, October 30, 2022
Public meetings for proposed tuition increase in 2025, 2026
By News Release @ 3:22 AM :: 533 Views :: Higher Education, Cost of Living

... a 2% increase in resident tuition rates at the three UH universities in AY 2025–26 and a 2% increase in AY 2026–27 ....

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Sunday, October 30, 2022
Supply-side constraints to expanding Hawaii residential housing
By UHERO @ 3:10 AM :: 709 Views :: Development, Land Use

... UHERO Executive Director Carl Bonham participated in a panel on supply-side constraints to expanding residential housing at the Hawaii Economic Association’s 2022 Annual Conference ....

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Saturday, October 29, 2022
JSC Announces Opening for Second Supreme Court Justice
By News Release @ 4:16 PM :: 536 Views :: Judiciary

... This JSC announcement seeks a replacement for Associate Justice Paula Nakayama who turns 70 next October.  It is separate from the October 14, 2022, JSC notice seeking a replacement for Associate Justice Michael Wilson ....

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Saturday, October 29, 2022
​Former JROTC Instructor Receives 168 Months in Prison for Sexual Exploitation of Student
By News Release @ 5:03 AM :: 747 Views :: Kauai County, Education K-12, Military

... United States District Judge Jill A. Otake today sentenced Victor Aguilar, 66, of Kauai, Hawaii to 168 months of imprisonment ....

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Friday, October 28, 2022
Hawaii Sex Offender Arrested Quickly After Foolishly Leaving State
By News Release @ 4:02 AM :: 1043 Views :: Maui County, Law Enforcement

... Maui rapist and drug dealer now in a Louisiana jail on $505,000 bail ....

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Thursday, October 27, 2022
Hawai‘i Tourism in Search of the Promised Land
By UHERO @ 11:59 PM :: 598 Views :: Tourism

"...The problem has been implementation...."

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Thursday, October 27, 2022
BLNR Repeals Waikiki blue card requirement
By News Release @ 11:24 PM :: 628 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, Tourism

... Certification permits have long been required for surf and sailboard instructors, catamaran and canoe captains and second captains, and commercial motorboat operators, operating in Waikiki ....

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Thursday, October 27, 2022
Tourist Count Reaches 95.5% of Pre-COVID Number--Spending Flat
By News Release @ 7:19 PM :: 643 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... accounting for inflation, the actual dollar increase in tourist spending is a paltry $30M ....

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Thursday, October 27, 2022
Voting Power? Hawaii Ranks 10th
By Selected News Articles @ 6:41 PM :: 632 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Hawaii Statistics, Office of Elections

... how much your individual vote counts ....

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Thursday, October 27, 2022
‘If you want to get mad about something, get mad about the Jones Act’
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:20 PM :: 771 Views :: Jones Act

... if your state is on a navigable river or an external coast you have been missing out on massive amounts of economic activity for decades ....

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Thursday, October 27, 2022
Defamation trial begins in pregnancy porn promotion case
By Court House News @ 5:40 AM :: 791 Views :: Health Care

... Doula defendants take the stand against a fellow birth worker they accused of enticing women into creating maternity and breastfeeding porn ....

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Wednesday, October 26, 2022
Short-term Rental Ban: City Warned About Enforcement
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:18 PM :: 1176 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, Tourism

... a warning letter Kugle sent Oct. 21 to Honolulu officials about how they should be cautious that their publicized intent to 'aggressively' enforce the law doesn’t violate the judge’s order ....

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Tuesday, October 25, 2022
2023 State Business Tax Climate Index--Hawaii Ranks 43rd
By Tax Foundation @ 10:46 PM :: 610 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... The Tax Foundation’s State Business Tax Climate Index enables business leaders, government policymakers, and taxpayers to gauge how their states’ tax systems compare ....

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Tuesday, October 25, 2022
GE Tax Takes $200M Bite out of Health Care
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:02 PM :: 651 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

“If we exempted medical care from the general excise tax it would save doctors and patients more than $200 million [a year]. And that would help keep doctors in our state, rather than having to flee the state to earn money elsewhere...."

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Tuesday, October 25, 2022
Hawaii’s biggest barrier to more housing is politics
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:27 PM :: 896 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... The result is exactly what we have in Hawaii: a lot of talk about lowering the cost of housing, but very little effective reform ....

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Tuesday, October 25, 2022
CEO and President of Hawaii Shipbuilding Company Charged with Securities Fraud
By Selected News Articles @ 5:06 PM :: 1025 Views :: Jones Act, Law Enforcement, Small Business

... a decade-long scheme to defraud investors of millions of dollars in connection with Semisub Inc ....

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Tuesday, October 25, 2022
Red Hill Fuel to Stay at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickham
By Selected News Articles @ 6:12 AM :: 660 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Military

... Draining the pipelines, which have approximately 1.16 million gallons of fuel split between them, is the first step in completely defueling Red Hill ....

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Monday, October 24, 2022
Fake it to Make it: The whole DoE gets shut down and test scores don’t drop
By News Release @ 4:15 PM :: 1821 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics

... The worst performing students are now chronically absentee, so we aren't testing them.  So these 'steady' test numbers actually show that the top DoE students have dropped to the pre-COVID level of the average students ....

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Sunday, October 23, 2022
Green announces plan to address homelessness
By News Release @ 8:52 PM :: 953 Views :: Homelessness

... kauhale communities are already thriving in Waianae and Waimanalo, with the ten more intended for Oahu ....

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Sunday, October 23, 2022
An Aiona/Tupa'i administration would not support a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for children.
By Lt Gov Duke Aiona @ 8:45 PM :: 887 Views :: Education K-12, Republican Party, COVID-19

"...I know many parents are concerned that this recommendation can lead to schools mandating it...."

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Sunday, October 23, 2022
Yes, People Move Because of Taxes
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 944 Views :: Taxes

... we gained a few high-income individuals but lost more of those folks scraping to make ends meet ....

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Saturday, October 22, 2022
Maui Bill 107 Orders Developers to Reduce Price 20%
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:57 PM :: 723 Views :: Maui County, Development, Cost of Living

... the new ordinance is likely to do more harm than good by discouraging more homebuilding ....

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Saturday, October 22, 2022
Front Page News: Petition to End GE Tax on Medical Care
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:51 PM :: 665 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

... the petition, which can be viewed here, calls on lawmakers to exempt medical services from the state’s general excise tax ....

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Saturday, October 22, 2022
Maritime panel urged Jones Act critics be charged with treason
By Cato Foundation @ 3:59 AM :: 829 Views :: First Amendment, Jones Act

... In March 2020, a maritime shipping advisory panel offered a simple suggestion to the government: Charge all past and current members of two libertarian think tanks with treason ....

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Friday, October 21, 2022
EPA ordering closure of three illegal cesspools
By News Release @ 11:53 PM :: 616 Views :: Hawaii County , Environment, Small Business

... two illegal large capacity cesspools at the Wailuku Professional Plaza in Hilo and one cesspool at the SKS Management LLC self-storage business in Kailua-Kona .... 

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Friday, October 21, 2022
Two Nights in a Row -- Lack of Wind Threatens Rolling Blackouts for Big Island
By News Release @ 8:09 PM :: 1349 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy

... but, on the bright side, the lack of wind will save bats' lives ....

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Friday, October 21, 2022
Red Hill Pipeline Defueling Rescheduled After Water Main Repairs
By Selected News Articles @ 6:03 AM :: 1049 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Military

... The Navy was supposed to start unpacking fuel from three pipelines Monday, but the Friday water main break affected the systems that would be used for removing the fuel ....

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Friday, October 21, 2022
UH enrollment dips
By News Release @ 4:27 AM :: 660 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Higher Education

... There are 48,373 students currently enrolled at UH, down from 49,773 students in 2021, a 2.8% decrease ....

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Friday, October 21, 2022
Hawaii Unemployment Drops to 3.5%
By News Release @ 3:59 AM :: 727 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

...Job gains occurred in Leisure & Hospitality (+2,700); Education & Health Services (+500); Construction (+400); and Professional & Business Services (+200)....

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Thursday, October 20, 2022
Preserves Anti-Hu Honua Majority: Ige Appoints Solar Exec to PUC
By News Release @ 2:56 AM :: 1518 Views :: Education K-12, Energy, Hawaii State Government

... ​Yost vs Wakai over Hu Honua ....

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Thursday, October 20, 2022
Increased Fire Risk Surrounds Paeahu Solar Project in Kihei, Maui
By News Release @ 12:11 AM :: 743 Views :: Maui County, Energy

... live electrical currents, combined with the large lithium-ion batteries that are proposed for this project, could make gaining control of a fire more difficult and dangerous ....

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Wednesday, October 19, 2022
Maui Bill 107 to change affordable housing guidelines
By News Release @ 7:57 PM :: 666 Views :: Maui County, Development, Cost of Living

... the new sales price calculations will reduce the cost of affordable homes by an average of 22% ....

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Wednesday, October 19, 2022
Felony Record: Alleged Fentanyl Trafficker was HOPE Probationer
By News Release @ 7:12 PM :: 1189 Views :: Law Enforcement, Drugs

... law enforcement officers executed a federal search warrant on Kepa‘a’s Pearl City residence and recovered approximately 61 grams of suspected fentanyl and one kilogram suspected crystal methamphetamine as well as a loaded firearm, semiautomatic rifles, and boxes of ammunition ....

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Wednesday, October 19, 2022
'Creating safe spaces for LGBTQ' -- DoE Signs Statewide K-12 Mental Tele-Health Contract
By News Release @ 4:41 AM :: 880 Views :: Education K-12, Family, Health Care

"... LGBTQ+ students should have equitable access to confidential healthcare ...."

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Tuesday, October 18, 2022
Federal Court: Honolulu's 3-Month Minimum Rental Term Preempted By State Law
By Robert Thomas @ 9:28 PM :: 1279 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, Tourism

... Violating the ordinance meant massive daily fines ($10k), plus disgorgement of the rent. Thus, not surprisingly, the ordinance drew a federal court challenge from property owners ....

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Tuesday, October 18, 2022
OHA Panel Discussion TONIGHT -- ʻŌlelo channel 53 at 7pm
By Samuel Wilder King II @ 8:39 PM :: 621 Views :: OHA

... Unfortunately the incumbents are not showing up, but the other candidates will be there to share their visions for OHA ....

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Tuesday, October 18, 2022
Do the right thing for Maui housing, not just ‘something’
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:29 PM :: 632 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

“...First, do no harm....”

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Tuesday, October 18, 2022
Hawaii Family Forum 2022 General Election Voter Guide
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 7:22 PM :: 917 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Life, Religion

... Voting centers will open on October 25 for all of you who want to vote in person ....

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Tuesday, October 18, 2022
Interior Department Announces Development of First-Ever Consultation Policy with Native Hawaiian Community
By News Release @ 5:14 PM :: 1078 Views :: Akaka Bill, DHHL, OHA

“The Interior Department is committed to working with the Native Hawaiian Community on a government-to-sovereign basis to address concerns related to self-governance, Native Hawaiian trust resources, and other Native Hawaiian rights,” said Secretary Deb Haaland.

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Monday, October 17, 2022
Breiner Busted: Reprimand for Kealoha Conflict of Interest
By News Release @ 11:21 PM :: 1496 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary, Police

... the Disciplinary Board of the Hawaiʻi Supreme Court imposed a Public Reprimand upon Honolulu attorney Myles S. Breiner for representing clients with concurrent conflicts of interest ....

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Monday, October 17, 2022
Fa'a Samoa Survives: Supreme Court Lets Citizenship Decision Stand
By Court House News @ 1:36 PM :: 727 Views :: National News

... the American Samoan Legislature recently passed a unanimous resolution opposing citizenship without their consent ....

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Sunday, October 16, 2022
Housing Crisis: Data Beats Anecdotes
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 9:51 PM :: 691 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

“...Are out-of-state buyers, especially foreigners, really driving Hawaii’s high home prices?....”

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Sunday, October 16, 2022
Honolulu Among Worst Cities to Drive In
By Selected News Articles @ 9:35 PM :: 618 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Honolulu ranks 90th of 100 cities ....

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Sunday, October 16, 2022
Auditor: DLNR Land Conservation Fund Wastes Money on Non-Land Projects
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 9:25 PM :: 605 Views :: Environment, Ethics, Land Use

... DOFAW obtained funding from the Land Conservation Fund for its own projects outside of the Legacy Land Conservation Program ....

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Sunday, October 16, 2022
Office of Language Access--15 Years of Doing Nothing
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 9:06 PM :: 605 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... We found that OLA has done little of consequence ....

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Sunday, October 16, 2022
State Financial Condition Still Dismal
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 736 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

... $37,000 of shortfall per taxpayer ....

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Sunday, October 16, 2022
Hawaii highest earning hotels in USA
By News Release @ 4:53 AM :: 688 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... Hawaii's 277 hotel businesses average over $25M annual revenue ....

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Sunday, October 16, 2022
Hawaii foreclosures slowest in USA
By News Release @ 4:16 AM :: 658 Views

... Hawaii foreclosures average 2,121 days (almost 6 yrs) -- slowest in USA ....

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