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Friday, April 30, 2021
Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:19 PM :: 2460 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment, COVID-19

...The Fumble or The Phantom Punch....

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Friday, April 30, 2021
Locals Worry Wind and Solar Will Gobble Up Forests and Farms
By Selected News Articles @ 2:05 PM :: 2529 Views :: Energy, Environment, Development

... locals are pushing back, saying that forests and farmlands should not be sacrificed in the fight against climate change ....

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Friday, April 30, 2021
Will Supreme Court Consolidate Hawaii Gun Case with NY Case?
By Selected News Articles @ 5:20 AM :: 2220 Views :: Second Amendment

... the Court can consolidate the New York Case with Young v. Hawaii ....

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Friday, April 30, 2021
Hawaii State Legislature Declares Climate Emergency
By Court House News @ 5:15 AM :: 2052 Views :: Energy, Environment

... SCR44 is just a toothless symbolic statement, but it is being hyped nationwide ....

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Friday, April 30, 2021
March Visitor Arrivals Up 1.1%
By Hawaii Tourism Authority @ 5:02 AM :: 2151 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism, COVID-19

... This was the first time in a year where visitor arrivals were up, but the year-to-date arrivals were still significantly down (-60.1%) ....

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Friday, April 30, 2021
Maui, Kona Rental Car Rates Top $900/wk
By News Release @ 12:15 AM :: 2978 Views :: Hawaii County , Maui County, Tourism, Cost of Living, COVID-19

... Kahului, Hawaii, is the most expensive U.S. destination in which to rent a car this spring ....

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Thursday, April 29, 2021
Legislature allows governor to act without restraint for another year
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:26 PM :: 2307 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... This bill was so close to the finish line that the only question seemed to be whether Gov. Ige would agree to limit his power ....

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Thursday, April 29, 2021
Surprise! Another Cash Giveaway to HSTA Members -- $2,200 This Time
By News Release @ 9:19 PM :: 3522 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government, Labor

... The payments aim for “workforce stabilization to retain teachers” and will be made to full- and half-time teachers. (Translation: Incumbent stabilization to retain HSTA endorsement for 2022.) ....

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Thursday, April 29, 2021
How Bad? Labor Underutilization in Hawaii During the Pandemic
By UHERO @ 4:55 AM :: 1860 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

... Hawaii led the nation with the highest percentage of its civilian labor force unemployed for 15 weeks or longer 5.3% ....

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Thursday, April 29, 2021
HB891: Proposed Taser Law Would Outlaw Common Medical Devices
By News Release @ 3:50 AM :: 2271 Views :: Health Care, Second Amendment

"...any portable device that is designed to discharge electric energy, charge, voltage, or current into the body...."

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Thursday, April 29, 2021
VIDEO: Squatters Take Over Uncle Billy's Hotel
By Video @ 1:10 AM :: 3119 Views :: Hawaii County , Homelessness, Tourism, Drugs

... Akamai readers will remember this is exactly what happened to the old Hilo Hotel on Kinoole St during the 1990s depression ....

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Bills would Increase efficiency of State procurement
By News Release @ 9:36 PM :: 2675 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Small Business

... HB526 and SB1329 ....

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Keep Your Eyes on These Three
By Video @ 8:53 PM :: 3129 Views :: Akaka Bill, Congressional Delegation, OHA

... Don't Take What They're Planning To Dangle In Front Of You ....

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Hawaii Individual Income Tax $1,711 per person
By Tax Foundation @ 6:47 PM :: 2083 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... Hawaii 9th-Highest State and Local Individual Income Tax Collections Per Capita ....

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021
OHA aide accused of wire fraud--Tried to Flee Country
By Selected News Articles @ 5:49 PM :: 3391 Views :: Ethics, OHA, Small Business

... Court documents said Harleman used his firm, Precision Accounting Hawaii, to defraud an Oahu landscaping business out more than $415,000 ....

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Hawaii Government Assistance Payments Jumped 62% for 2020
By Selected News Articles @ 5:54 AM :: 2109 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

... Earnings, which mostly reflect wages and other employee compensation, fell in Hawaii by 7.7% ....

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Caltech Submillimeter Observatory Decommissioning Update
By News Release @ 5:47 AM :: 2627 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

... Caltech hopes to have its plans approved by early 2022, which would enable the physical deconstruction and restoration to begin by summer 2022 ....

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Maui, Kauai Mayors to Pursue TAT Tax Hike
By News Release @ 5:24 AM :: 2612 Views :: Maui County, Taxes, Tourism

... House Bill 862 authorizes counties to impose a new hotel room tax of up to 3% ....

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Real ID enforcement deadline extended to May 2023
By News Release @ 12:09 AM :: 2230 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement, Tourism

... Oahu residents now have an additional 19 months to get the REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses and state identification cards before they will need it to board domestic flights and enter some federal buildings ....

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Kerry Announces 'Green' Cashflow to Hawaii Insiders
By News Release @ 12:01 AM :: 2066 Views :: Energy, Environment

... John Kerry announced the United States’ support for the Local2030 Islands Network during a virtual event in support of the Leaders Summit on Climate Change hosted by President Biden this week ....

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Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Lock and dam system for Honolulu? Is this just the beginning?
By Selected News Articles @ 11:55 PM :: 2855 Views :: Environment, Congressional Delegation, Hawaii State Government

... Chow believes there is “a good chance that the feasibility study will be funded in Federal fiscal year 2022 by the application of Congress’ Community Project Funding (CPF)” and asks for support from the harbors’ group “convincing Congress to fund the Honolulu Harbor feasibility study.”….

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Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Capital improvement procurement protests grind to a halt
By Andrew Walden @ 11:30 PM :: 2302 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... a “potential catastrophe” enabling “abuse of discretion… (which) …will promote and enable favoritism and/or corruption in public procurement.” ....

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Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Sen J Kalani 'Powdernose' English Resigns--Ige to Appoint Replacement
By News Release @ 5:10 PM :: 3273 Views :: Democratic Party, Hawaii State Government

... In accordance with State law, Democratic Party officers from the fifteen precincts in Senate District 7 will convene to identify three names that will be transmitted to Governor Ige for consideration. The Governor has sixty days to fill the vacancy ....

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Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Hirono Defends University Discrimination Against Asian Students
By Selected News Articles @ 6:19 AM :: 3204 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Higher Education

... The GOP amendment was a single sentence. It said no college “may receive any Federal funding if the institution has a policy in place or engages in a practice that discriminates against Asian Americans in recruitment, applicant review, or admissions.” ....

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Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Red tape hurts Maui housing
By Video @ 6:06 AM :: 2401 Views :: Maui County, Development, Cost of Living

... Maui County Councilmember Yuki Lei Sugimura discusses with Grassroot Institute president Keli’i Akina the detrimental impact such a well-intentioned but wrong-headed policy might have on affordable housing ....

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Monday, April 26, 2021
Census: Hawaii Gains 7% in Decade
By News Release @ 7:46 PM :: 1866 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Hawaii Statistics

... The population of Hawaii has increased by 7% to 1,455,271 over the last 10 years, with no change to its two U.S. House of Representatives seats .... 

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Monday, April 26, 2021
'Stop The Racializiation Of Everyone’--Tulsi Gabbard
By Video @ 5:42 PM :: 3990 Views :: National News, Congressional Delegation, Police

... Tulsi Gabbard Says Mainstream Media And Politicians Are Forcing Racial Division ....

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Sunday, April 25, 2021
Mehau in Majuro – How the US Meth Epidemic Began
By Andrew Walden @ 10:02 PM :: 9923 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii History, Drugs

... “We’re not proud of it.  But crystal methamphetamine is our gift to the nation. It started here.” -- Judge and Former US Attorney Ed Kubo ....

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Sunday, April 25, 2021
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted April 24, 2021
By GovTrack .us @ 9:29 PM :: 1604 Views :: Congressional Delegation

... votes cast and bills introduced ...

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Sunday, April 25, 2021
The Whackee Strikes Back!
By Tom Yamachika @ 2:38 PM :: 2924 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... and he pulls no punches ....

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Sunday, April 25, 2021
Union Contract Talks: HGEA, UPW, UHPA Ratify and Reject--HSTA Still Holding Out
By News Release @ 12:54 AM :: 3240 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

... HGEA BU13 and UPW BU10 rejected contract proposals ....

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Saturday, April 24, 2021
Hawaii Towns Ranked by Economic Diversity
By Selected News Articles @ 11:50 PM :: 2097 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics

... During the Great Recession, local economies that diversified, tapping into new ideas and innovations, proved to be more resilient than the cities that stuck to their old tricks ....

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Saturday, April 24, 2021
​How to tell which bills to veto
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:34 PM :: 2091 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... the spotlight is moving toward Gov. David Ige .... 

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Saturday, April 24, 2021
Modernizing Rental Car and Peer-to-Peer Car Sharing Taxes for a Post-Pandemic Future
By Tax Foundation @ 6:21 PM :: 2055 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

... Hawaii’s Department of Taxation adopted rules in February 2021 to levy the state’s rental car tax onto peer-to-peer car sharing by interpreting car sharing platforms as being the lessor of the vehicles on the marketplace ....

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Saturday, April 24, 2021
Hawaii Family Forum Legislative Week in Review
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 6:09 PM :: 2166 Views :: Family, Life

... APR 29 - ADJOURNMENT SINE DIE .... 

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Saturday, April 24, 2021
Legislative Audit of OHA’s Limited Liability Companies Cancelled
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:28 AM :: 2706 Views :: Ethics, OHA

"...This is a great loss to OHA‘s beneficiaries. There are numerous questions of accountability and transparency which will go unanswered without the state legislative audit...."

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Saturday, April 24, 2021
Hawaii Republicans Set Annual Convention
By News Release @ 3:59 AM :: 1956 Views :: Republican Party

... a virtual convention on Saturday, May 15, 2021 ....

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Friday, April 23, 2021
How high housing prices are encouraging residents to leave Hawaii
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:57 AM :: 2795 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... How to make housing affordable and help stop the exodus .... 

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Friday, April 23, 2021
FEMA Rate Hike Socks 87% of Hawaii Flood Insurance Policyholders
By News Release @ 3:47 AM :: 2400 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Under FEMA's Risk Rating 2.0 system, the cost of flood insurance will increase ....

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Thursday, April 22, 2021
City, State, HECO Celebrate Earth Day by Announcing Big, Big Plans for Your Life
By News Release @ 11:10 PM :: 3213 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy, Environment

... Ige asks Biden to outlaw gasoline and diesel vehicles ....

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Thursday, April 22, 2021
America’s Future Is In Hawaii--A dispatch from the tropical dystopia.
By Selected News Articles @ 12:00 PM :: 2467 Views :: Homelessness, COVID-19

... The future includes internal travel restrictions ....

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Thursday, April 22, 2021
March Hotel Performance Flat
By News Release @ 5:39 AM :: 2295 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism, COVID-19

... In March 2021, Hawai‘i hotels statewide reported similar revenue per available room (RevPAR), average daily rate (ADR), and occupancy compared to March 2020 ....

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Thursday, April 22, 2021
Who are the Fed Wreck Secret Agents?
By Video @ 3:49 AM :: 2514 Views :: OHA

... They're Waiting In The Wings To Spring Into Action ....

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Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Hawaii most expensive state for energy bills
By News Release @ 9:09 PM :: 2396 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... the average monthly energy bill comes to $321 ....

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Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Hawaii Most Gambling Arrests Per Capita
By Selected News Articles @ 8:29 PM :: 2383 Views :: Gambling, Hawaii Statistics, Law Enforcement

... and Hawaii is #2 for gambling addiction treatment ....

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Wednesday, April 21, 2021
How Are Your State’s Roads Funded?
By Tax Foundation @ 8:07 PM :: 1682 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

... Hawaii 84.1% of State & Local Road Spending Covered by State & Local Tolls, User Fees, & User Taxes (8th highest percentage) ....

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Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Hawaii ​Most Expensive State for Household Bills
By Selected News Articles @ 7:56 PM :: 2155 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... The cost of bills in Hawaii totals an average of $2,731 per month, 44.6% higher than the national average ....

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Wednesday, April 21, 2021
White House Finalizes Pacific Ocean Protections for Humpback Whale
By Court House News @ 7:49 PM :: 2268 Views :: Environment, Tourism

... the Biden administration agrees to designate more than 100,000 square nautical miles as critical habitat for the endangered humpback whale ....

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Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Four Years Later: Lehua Island Still Rat-Free
By News Release @ 7:40 PM :: 1909 Views :: Kauai County

... Learn About Hysteria and Ignorance on Kauai ....

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Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Irrational Covid Vaccine Fears
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 3:00 AM :: 2107 Views :: COVID-19

... If you’re vaccinated, Covid presents a minuscule risk to you, and you present a minuscule Covid risk to anyone else ....

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