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Thursday, June 30, 2022
Honolulu Rail: $9.9 Billion to Go Nowhere
By Selected News Articles @ 2:00 AM :: 1762 Views :: Rail, COVID-19

... the state of Hawaii has released a report explaining why the rail project will fail no matter where it goes or how much it costs ....

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Wednesday, June 29, 2022
Property Rights and the New Feudalism
By Selected News Articles @ 11:59 PM :: 1195 Views :: Development, Hawaii History, Land Use

... In the United States, Hawaii was the first to pass a town-and-country-type land-use law in 1961 ....

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Wednesday, June 29, 2022
He Owned the Land for Just a Day, But Received 212 Credits from County
By Selected News Articles @ 10:21 PM :: 2901 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Development, Land Use, Tax Credits

“...Rajesh Budhabhatti is a subject of a public corruption/wire fraud case....”

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Wednesday, June 29, 2022
Counties in Hawaii with the most pre-war homes
By Selected News Articles @ 6:33 PM :: 961 Views :: Development, Hawaii Statistics

... how many houses built before 1939 and after 2000 ....

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Wednesday, June 29, 2022
Hawaii: Worst Place for Bitcoin Mining
By Selected News Articles @ 5:18 PM :: 1202 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... $54,862 to mine one bitcoin in Hawaii ....

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Wednesday, June 29, 2022
SB3089: Ige Threatens Veto of Emergency Powers Reform
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:26 AM :: 901 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... SB3089 would ensure checks and balances during times of emergency ....

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Tuesday, June 28, 2022
Time to get real about rail
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:33 PM :: 1437 Views :: Rail

... It was sold to the public on the promise that it would only cost about $4 billion, that it would be completed by 2019 and that the general excise tax surcharge associated with it would end by 2022 ....

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Tuesday, June 28, 2022
Federal Court Ruling Outlines Hawaii CWS Kidnapping, Conspiracy
By Selected News Articles @ 6:33 AM :: 1748 Views :: Kauai County, Family, Police

... CWS officials conducted a “grab and go” of B.D. without a court order or prior notice to David. State officials took B.D. from her school, placed her in Keahiolalo’s custody, immediately escorted Keahiolalo and B.D. to the airport, and flew them to Kauai ....

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Tuesday, June 28, 2022
Ige 'Intent to Veto' List -- 30 Bills
By News Release @ 4:50 AM :: 1090 Views :: Hawaii State Government

 ... including cash bail and Hu Honua -- but not Mauna Kea ....

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Tuesday, June 28, 2022
Hawaii Least Affordable State in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 4:28 AM :: 1155 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... With inflation rates soaring and the cost of living spiraling, more and more people are moving away ....

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Monday, June 27, 2022
How Many Anti-Vaxxers at Your School?
By News Release @ 4:35 PM :: 1612 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, COVID-19

... A Map of Regressive Progressives:  School by school data shows anti-vaxxers concentrated in areas known for anti-GMO and anti-Superferry protests ....

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Monday, June 27, 2022
Hawaii: Fewest Elected Officials Per Capita in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 3:34 AM :: 1060 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Politicians

... Hawaii has 1.7 elected officials per 10,000 citizens, fewest in USA -- this is largely because Hawaii has only 92 elected officials below the state level.  The next lowest state, Rhode Island, has 983 ....

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Monday, June 27, 2022
Marijuana Dispensary Oligopoly Enforcers: Drug Raid on Pinky's Hempire
By News Release @ 12:33 AM :: 1069 Views :: Drugs

... Levels of THC in edibles at Waikiki stores more potent than those sold at dispensaries ....

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Sunday, June 26, 2022
Maui No Ka $$
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1001 Views :: Maui County, Taxes

... Maui County proposes to spend more than One Billion Dollars in this fiscal year, a 26% increase over last fiscal year ....

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Sunday, June 26, 2022
Pearl City -- Highest Credit Card Debt in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 3:05 AM :: 1451 Views :: Honolulu County, Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... total outstanding credit card debt stood at $222.6 million in the first quarter of 2022, or an average of $15,709 per household ....

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Saturday, June 25, 2022
On 50th Anniversary of Title IX, Hirono Blocks GOP Attempt to Advance Anti-Transgender Legislation
By News Release @ 8:04 PM :: 851 Views :: Education K-12

... meanwhile ... 9th Circuit Allows Class Action Suit over Lack of Female Locker Rooms in Hawaii DoE Schools ....

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Saturday, June 25, 2022
Rail: Feds Urged to be Skeptical of HART 'Recovery Plan'
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:43 AM :: 1212 Views :: Rail

...HART’s new plan appears to contain “overly optimistic assumptions about revenues, ridership and costs, and this could saddle local taxpayers with unstated liabilities in the future.”....

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Saturday, June 25, 2022
‘Essentially Erase Women’: Tulsi Gabbard Slams Biden Admin’s Overhaul of Title IX
By Selected News Articles @ 4:28 AM :: 1330 Views :: Education K-12, Family

“...They’re saying that there is no such thing as a woman....”

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Saturday, June 25, 2022
The Hawaiʻi State Public Charter School Commission Approves Two New Charter Schools
By News Release @ 4:03 AM :: 762 Views :: Education K-12

... The two newly approved schools are Namahana School, which will be located in Kalihiwai on the north side of the island of Kauaʻi, and Kūlia Academy, which will be located in Kalihi on the island of Oʻahu ....

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Friday, June 24, 2022
The day pro-lifers have been anticipating for 50 years
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 7:31 PM :: 1165 Views :: Life

... Unfortunately, in Hawaii, abortion will still be allowed in most circumstances ....

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Friday, June 24, 2022
Hawaii Household Bills Highest in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 6:27 PM :: 1136 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... The typical Hawaii household spends an average of $2,911 per month--42% of income--on bills ....

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Thursday, June 23, 2022
NRA Wins Supreme Court Case, NYSRPA v. Bruen -- Will Affect Hawaii Gun Laws
By News Release @ 3:47 PM :: 1292 Views :: Second Amendment

... the first major Second Amendment decision from the court in more than a decade ....

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Thursday, June 23, 2022
HDoT: Car-Mounted Probes to Hunt Potholes
By News Release @ 3:29 PM :: 774 Views :: Honolulu County

... HDOT announces a new pilot with i-Probe Inc to test connected automobile hardware and software technologies ....

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Thursday, June 23, 2022
S. 2907 Federal 'Truth and Healing Commission' will dig for Bodies at Kamehameha School
By Andrew Walden @ 2:36 PM :: 1562 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii History

... Waihee operative Norma Wong -- kitted out with a spanking new Hawaiian name ‘Kawelokū’ -- was sent, June 22, 2022, to denounce Kamehameha Schools and Lahainaluna School before the Sen Brian Schatz’ Indian Affairs Committee ‘Oversight Hearing on Indian Boarding Schools' ....

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Thursday, June 23, 2022
HSTA primary election endorsements
By News Release @ 12:00 PM :: 1164 Views :: Democratic Party, Labor, Politicians

... Hawaii State Teachers Association recommendations for Hawaii State House and Senate candidates in the upcoming 2022 primary election ....

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Thursday, June 23, 2022
Oahu Schoolteacher Detained on Charge of Sexually Exploiting Minor Student
By News Release @ 5:29 AM :: 1112 Views :: Education K-12, Law Enforcement

... Individuals with information, or those who believe they are a victim, are urged to immediately contact the Honolulu FBI at (808) 673-2705 or BunagInvestigation@fbi.gov ....

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Thursday, June 23, 2022
Ukraine Needs Robot Dogs to Clear Mines -- Will HPD Donate?
By Selected News Articles @ 5:08 AM :: 953 Views :: Honolulu County, Military, Police

... it has become increasingly common for deminers to use robots in the field to increase their productivity and mitigate the risk of blowing themselves up ....

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Wednesday, June 22, 2022
2022 Primary Election--Get a Sample Ballot for Your District
By News Release @ 11:39 PM :: 1225 Views :: Office of Elections

... get a copy of a sample ballot specific to your district ....

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Wednesday, June 22, 2022
Ige Signs Minimum Wage Hike, makes Earned Income Tax Credit Refundable
By News Release @ 11:22 PM :: 1149 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Tax Credits

... Act 114 increases the minimum wage to $12.00 per hour starting Oct. 1, 2022 ....

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Wednesday, June 22, 2022
Patrick Branco Part of 'Gay Victory' Plan for CD2
By News Release @ 5:57 PM :: 1699 Views :: Democratic Party, Politicians

"...we must still elect over 35,000 out LGBTQ people to office...."

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Tuesday, June 21, 2022
How to make housing affordable in Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:18 PM :: 1717 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... no-holds-barred ....

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Tuesday, June 21, 2022
After a Kauai woman was brutally murdered in 2010, police say they may be getting closer to solving the crime.
By News Release @ 12:00 PM :: 1152 Views :: Kauai County, Law Enforcement

"... We believe this case is solvable ...."

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Tuesday, June 21, 2022
COVID Unemployment Bounce Back? Hawaii 48th
By Selected News Articles @ 3:34 AM :: 965 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

... In May, there were notable gains in sectors including leisure and hospitality but Hawaii still lags ....

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Tuesday, June 21, 2022
VIDEO: Sam King for OHA Trustee
By Video @ 3:10 AM :: 931 Views :: OHA

... Sam King explains his priorities for ensuring OHA services and remedies critical needs of the Hawaiian community like affordable housing, homelessness, education and much more ....

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Tuesday, June 21, 2022
Why Panos Prevedouros Left Hawaii
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:47 AM :: 2432 Views :: Higher Education, Rail, Cost of Living

... The former chairman of the University of Hawaii’s civil engineering department says aloha ....

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Monday, June 20, 2022
Hawaii Loses 4.3% of Construction Jobs
By News Release @ 5:57 PM :: 1189 Views :: Development, Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

... Hawaii lost 1,600 construction jobs, -4.3 percent, the largest percentage loss in USA ....

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Monday, June 20, 2022
$119M: Another Extension for Rail Management Contract
By News Release @ 4:47 PM :: 933 Views :: Rail

... The US$119 million contract is an extension of existing construction and engineering services Stantec is providing to HART and will run through the end of 2026, with the possibility of a 5-year extension to expected project completion in 2031 ....

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Monday, June 20, 2022
UHERO Study Looks at Current COVID Surge in Hawaii
By UHERO @ 7:13 AM :: 941 Views :: COVID-19

... almost 1 in 3 adults in Hawai‘i infected with COVID-19 experience Long-COVID ....

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Monday, June 20, 2022
ExxonMobil calls for a Jones Act waiver ahead of Big Oil Meeting with Administration
By Michael Hansen @ 5:44 AM :: 1060 Views :: Jones Act

... The Administration is scheduled to meet with oil company executives on Tuesday, June 21, 2022, to discuss ways to increase domestic production and lower costs, and one of the issues likely to be addressed is the Jones Act ....

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Sunday, June 19, 2022
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted June 18, 2022
By GovTrack .us @ 7:06 PM :: 826 Views :: Congressional Delegation

... bills introduced and votes cast ....

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Sunday, June 19, 2022
Hawaii's labor force participation rate increasing, jobs report shows
By Selected News Articles @ 5:08 PM :: 959 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Small Business

... Hawaii's labor force increased by 7,400 people from May 2021 to May 2022 ....

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Sunday, June 19, 2022
We’ve Got Bills – Lots of Them
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 886 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... how Hawaii compares on the ten most common household bills ....

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Sunday, June 19, 2022
We can do something about inflation
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:17 AM :: 835 Views :: Economy

... From a rate of 1.9% in 2018, inflation jumped to 7.1% in 2021 and was 8.2% as of April 2022 ....

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Saturday, June 18, 2022
Jones Act lobby feeling the heat as calls for waivers or reform increase
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:47 PM :: 899 Views :: Jones Act

... A confluence of events both in Hawaii and nationwide has led to a growing chorus of voices calling for either waivers from or reform of the federal maritime law known as the Jones Act ....

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Saturday, June 18, 2022
Evidence keeps rolling in against proposed minimum-wage increase
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:42 PM :: 1033 Views :: Labor, Small Business

“...Evidence of the Unintended Labor Scheduling Implications of the Minimum Wage....”

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Saturday, June 18, 2022
DHHL Summary of 2022 Legislative Session
By News Release @ 12:00 PM :: 769 Views :: DHHL

... In September 2021, the Hawaiian Homes Commission approved ten legislative proposals ....

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Saturday, June 18, 2022
News That Criminals Can Use: Girls Used to Commit Crimes will not be Jailed
By Selected News Articles @ 4:57 AM :: 1348 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Law Enforcement

...  Another world is possible.  A world where girls can get away with anything ....

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Friday, June 17, 2022
Bribery: Kaneshiro, Mitsunaga Arrested by FBI
By Selected News Articles @ 4:48 PM :: 3660 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Law Enforcement

... Kaneshiro was on paid leave for two years ....

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Friday, June 17, 2022
'Reef Friendly' Sunscreens Caught Lying About SPF Protection
By News Release @ 5:15 AM :: 2453 Views :: Hawaii County , Environment, Greenmail

... All the mineral-based products we tested failed SPF or UVA tests - and shockingly several products failed on both counts ....

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Thursday, June 16, 2022
Hawaii Unemployment Rate 4.2% for May
By News Release @ 8:07 PM :: 898 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

... the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for May was 4.2 percent, compared to the revised rate of 4.1 percent in April ....

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