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Wednesday, January 26, 2022
Meetings Being Cancelled Due to Improper Notice
By News Release @ 4:04 PM :: 972 Views :: Ethics

... OIP has recently received dozens of complaints from the public alleging deficient meeting notices for various Sunshine Law boards that were filed on the State Calendar ....

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Wednesday, January 26, 2022
Defense Appropriations Chairman Jon Tester Tours Red Hill, Does Not Commit to Shut Down
By Video @ 3:09 AM :: 2918 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Military

... said Chairman Tester. “We’ve got work to do, and I’m going to keep working with Senator Schatz to make sure the Department of Defense is getting Hawai‘i and the Navy the tools they need to move forward.” ....

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Tuesday, January 25, 2022
DoH: 'No Evidence Board of Water Supply drinking water impacted by Red Hill Spill'
By News Release @ 8:56 PM :: 1903 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Military

"... at this time, there is no evidence that Board of Water Supply drinking water has been impacted ...." -- Hawaii Department of Health

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Tuesday, January 25, 2022
Honolulu 3rd Worst 'Sinkhole City'
By News Release @ 8:33 PM :: 2782 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... HONOLULU remained a Sinkhole City because it needed more than $3.9 billion, or $31,700 from each taxpayer, to pay its bills ....

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Tuesday, January 25, 2022
$100 Refund--How About $1,361?
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:58 PM :: 2236 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes

"...increase the refund amount...."

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Tuesday, January 25, 2022
Maui County to implement COVID-19 booster requirement
By News Release @ 6:50 PM :: 1745 Views :: Maui County, Small Business, COVID-19

... The revised rules require proof of a booster shot to confirm patrons are “up to date” with their COVID-19 vaccinations if they want to dine indoors at a restaurant or bar, or exercise inside of a gym ....

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Tuesday, January 25, 2022
Minimum Wage Hike? You can be replaced by a Robot
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:16 AM :: 3083 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

... businesses cut hours, turn to technology or even cut jobs in order to mitigate the higher costs ....

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Tuesday, January 25, 2022
Hawaii Unemployment Drops to 5.7% for December
By News Release @ 3:47 AM :: 1801 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

... the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for December was 5.7 percent compared to 6.0 percent in November. Statewide, 610,350 were employed and 37,050 unemployed ....

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Monday, January 24, 2022
Full Text: State of the State Address
By News Release @ 4:29 PM :: 1810 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... Governor David Y. Ige to the Thirty-First State Legislature meeting in joint session, January 24, 2022 .... 

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Monday, January 24, 2022
DoH: 69% of Seniors are Boosted
By News Release @ 3:38 PM :: 1047 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

... This revision results in the current percentage of the population that has received a booster dose increasing from 31.4% last Friday to 33.1% today ....

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Monday, January 24, 2022
UH Football Coach Selection Process Illegal?
By Rep Bob McDermott @ 2:00 AM :: 3426 Views :: Ethics, Higher Education

... attorney Mike Green indicated in the Sunday paper, President Lassner and AD Matlin’s actions may cause legal jeopardy for the State of Hawaii ....

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Sunday, January 23, 2022
Where People from Hawaii Are Moving to the Most
By Selected News Articles @ 5:47 PM :: 4822 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... In a 2019 poll by Pacific Resource Partnership, 45% of the island residents surveyed said they were leaving the state or considering a move. Of those contemplating leaving, 47% named the cost of living as the most important reason ....  

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Sunday, January 23, 2022
Spotlight on Retirement Income
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2090 Views :: Taxes

... Their recommendation:  “Tax pension and other retirement income...."

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Saturday, January 22, 2022
Short-term rentals a convenient scapegoat?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:07 PM :: 2002 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

... Based on how short-term vacation rentals are so often portrayed, I wouldn’t blame you if you thought their owners were all terrible people ....

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Saturday, January 22, 2022
Free Needles for Addicts: Hawaii Grade B for Hepatitis Elimination
By News Release @ 7:36 PM :: 2296 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Drugs

... Free needles.  Lots of free needles ....

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Saturday, January 22, 2022
DBEDT: Hawaii Family of Four Must Earn $85,372 to Stay off Welfare
By News Release @ 4:26 PM :: 3249 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Small Business, Tax Credits

... the amount of money that individuals and families require to meet their basic needs without government and/or other subsidies ....

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Saturday, January 22, 2022
Report: Hawaii Worst State to Drive in
By Selected News Articles @ 4:10 PM :: 1124 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

... 2022’s Best & Worst States to Drive in ....

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Saturday, January 22, 2022
GOP: Reopen the State Capitol
By News Release @ 4:01 PM :: 3490 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Republican Party, COVID-19

... The word now is that leaders are reconsidering ....

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Friday, January 21, 2022
Ing Tells Russia US Military Not Wanted in Hawaii
By Audio @ 6:00 PM :: 2430 Views :: Military, Politicians

... Somebody needs to tell ex-Rep Kaniela Ing the left doesn't like Russia anymore ....

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Friday, January 21, 2022
Honolulu Rate Commission seeks input on TheBus, HandiVan fare changes
By News Release @ 5:29 PM :: 1461 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail

... The Honolulu Rate Commission will be taking public testimony on proposed fare policy changes affecting TheBus and TheHandi-Van at its January 24th and February 8th meetings ....

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Friday, January 21, 2022
Rep Kai Kahele Doubles Down on COVID Lockdowns
By Video @ 4:24 AM :: 1903 Views :: Congressional Delegation, COVID-19

... on the Opening Day of the 30th Session of the Hawaiʻi State Legislature, Kahele implores state leaders to act decisively and execute a multi-year statewide strategy to mitigate the pandemic and save lives ....

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Friday, January 21, 2022
UH Regents approve new Maunakea Master Plan
By News Release @ 4:10 AM :: 4025 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

... The plan’s strategies include broadening Native Hawaiian and community participation in planning and programming ....

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Thursday, January 20, 2022
Hawaii Communities Bring Hope, Can-Do Spirit to School Choice Week Celebrations
By News Release @ 3:55 PM :: 1367 Views :: Education K-12

... As School Disruptions Continue, Families Call Attention to Educational Flexibility, Opportunity During Twelfth Annual Public Awareness Week ....

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Thursday, January 20, 2022
VIDEO: Day One Speeches at Hawaii Legislature
By Video @ 4:37 AM :: 2057 Views :: DHHL, Hawaii State Government

... House Speaker Scott Saiki announced plans in an unusually specific, brief speech ....

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Wednesday, January 19, 2022
Minimum Wage: Legislature Finishes what COVID Started?
By Heartland Foundation @ 5:24 PM :: 2983 Views :: Labor, Small Business, COVID-19

... 60 percent of businesses have been devastated by the pandemic ....

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Wednesday, January 19, 2022
Closed to the People: 2022 Legislative Session Begins Today
By Brett Kulbis @ 5:03 PM :: 1924 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party, Second Amendment

... we’re also being told that we can’t fully open the State Capitol to public interaction because it isn’t safe ....

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Wednesday, January 19, 2022
Solar: 1,000 megawatts now online
By News Release @ 11:00 AM :: 2041 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics

... Nearly 4,700 rooftop solar systems installed in 2021; 92,500 now online ....

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Tuesday, January 18, 2022
ARPA: Where did $1.6B Go?
By News Release @ 9:48 PM :: 2358 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... Ige today said the State of Hawaiʻi allocated all the $1.6 billion received last May ....

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Tuesday, January 18, 2022
Hundreds in Hawaii will get cut of Student Loan Settlement
By News Release @ 9:41 PM :: 1194 Views :: Higher Education

... As part of the settlement, Hawai‘i will receive a total of $367,867 in restitution payments for 1,380 federal loan borrowers. Additionally, 196 Hawai‘i borrowers will receive a total of more than $4.3 million in private loan debt cancellation .... 

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Tuesday, January 18, 2022
Audit of the City's Information Technology Modernization, Services, and Support
By News Release @ 8:31 PM :: 1222 Views :: Honolulu County

... DIT is Unable to Meet Certain Service and Support Expectations .... 

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Tuesday, January 18, 2022
Before Pandemic, Spending Exceeded Long-Term Revenue in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 7:59 PM :: 1648 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... Insights From Fiscal 50’s Key Measures of State Fiscal Health ....

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Tuesday, January 18, 2022
Legislature to Consider Auto-IRA Saving for Private Sector Workers
By Selected News Articles @ 7:48 PM :: 3363 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Small Business

... workers at employers of a minimum size would be enrolled automatically in the program with the ability to opt out ....

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Tuesday, January 18, 2022
Update: US Aid Following Tonga Volcanic Eruption and Tsunami
By News Release @ 7:38 PM :: 1033 Views :: World News

... Tonga, which was devastated this weekend by volcanic ash and tsunami waves, with unknown loss of life, major damages, and an outage of the undersea cable communications ....

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Tuesday, January 18, 2022
Rep Bob McDermott Announces Campaign for US Senate
By Rep Bob McDermott @ 3:41 PM :: 2964 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Republican Party

... McDermott (R) Ewa Beach announced he will be a candidate for US Senate this year, challenging incumbent Brian Schatz ....

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Tuesday, January 18, 2022
Marketing: Hawaii Resorts Score 'Green Business Awards'
By News Release @ 12:31 PM :: 2568 Views :: Environment, Tourism

... A total of 14 venues and events were recognized ....

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Tuesday, January 18, 2022
Best Cities for Remote Workers? Honolulu 2nd Worst
By Selected News Articles @ 2:06 AM :: 1029 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

... LawnStarter ranked nearly 200 of the largest U.S. cities on remote worker-friendliness ....

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Tuesday, January 18, 2022
Bill 41 Could Squash Short-term Rentals
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:47 AM :: 2293 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, Tourism

... Honolulu Council Bill 41, that would limit "short-term” rentals on Oahu to no less than 180 days at a time ....

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Monday, January 17, 2022
1959: Martin Luther King Jr Salutes Hawaii Statehood
By Selected News Articles @ 12:01 AM :: 36979 Views :: Hawaii History

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Sunday, January 16, 2022
Under the Big Top
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2903 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... With this kind of money projected to come in the door, politicians of all stripes are staying up nights plotting and planning how to spend it ....

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Sunday, January 16, 2022
Unemployment insurance mess back to haunt us
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:37 AM :: 1207 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

...Just like they were a year ago at this time, the businesses that provide jobs to the state’s civilian workforce are in danger of having their annual unemployment taxes skyrocket....

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Sunday, January 16, 2022
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted January 15, 2022
By GovTrack .us @ 3:09 AM :: 927 Views :: Congressional Delegation

... bills introduced and votes cast this week  ....

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Saturday, January 15, 2022
UH regents to consider new Maunakea Master Plan
By News Release @ 11:00 AM :: 1072 Views :: Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

... Board of Regents (BOR) will consider adopting the draft Master Plan for UH-managed lands on Maunakea at the BOR January 20, 2022 meeting  ....

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Saturday, January 15, 2022
No Buyout:  Todd Graham resigns as University of Hawaii head football coach
By News Release @ 3:08 AM :: 1205 Views :: Higher Education

... Graham resigned, so aside from normal reimbursements and compensation earned, no additional monies will be owed to the coach ....

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Saturday, January 15, 2022
Commission Hears Complaints on Election Integrity
By News Release @ 2:36 AM :: 2159 Views :: Office of Elections, Republican Party

"...what he is bringing to the table is absolutely valid.…"

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Thursday, January 13, 2022
Put state budget on a diet, Akina says on ‘Perry & The Posse’ show
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:50 PM :: 1398 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... What to do with the state’s $3 billion budget surplus ....

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Thursday, January 13, 2022
Which County has the Most Small Businesses?
By News Release @ 11:01 PM :: 840 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

... According to the study, Maui County ranked as the top place in Hawaii for small business owners ....

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Thursday, January 13, 2022
Al Hee's Hawaiian Homelands Monopoly Broken
By News Release @ 9:38 PM :: 1376 Views :: DHHL, Ethics

... Broadband telecommunication customers on Hawaiian Home Lands will soon have more options under the lifting of a former exclusivity clause that allowed only one provider ....

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Thursday, January 13, 2022
Feds: Ali'i Security Rips off 171 Guards for $1.54M Overtime
By News Release @ 3:19 AM :: 1324 Views :: Labor, Small Business

... A Hawaii company that provides security officers to the state’s National Guard, the Hawaii State Arts Museum, Foster Botanical Gardens and other public and private facilities ....

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Thursday, January 13, 2022
State budget windfall should be shared with taxpayers
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:39 AM :: 1652 Views :: Taxes

... the problem isn’t too little money, it’s too much ....

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Thursday, January 13, 2022
SHOPO Statement on Federal Indictment of Three Honolulu Officials
By News Release @ 12:15 AM :: 2000 Views :: Ethics, Police

"...For these accused felons to have taken money budgeted to hire more police officers and use it to pay off a failed former police chief is sickening...."

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