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Friday, December 31, 2021
Honolulu Hale Multiple Resignations, Retirements
By News Release @ 3:47 PM :: 2714 Views :: Honolulu County

... Blangiardi Administration Cabinet Reshuffle ....

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Friday, December 31, 2021
A clear abuse of power: Auditor Rips Legislators 'Nonsense attempt to conjure up malfeasance'
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 2:22 AM :: 1681 Views :: Ethics

... Whether the committee ultimately steps back from its excursion beyond the bounds of its legally authorized investigation remains to be seen; that will depend on the committee’s final report ....

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Friday, December 31, 2021
Ige's Latest COVID Emergency Proclamation Does Only One Thing: Suspend Part of Sunshine Law
By News Release @ 1:27 AM :: 1512 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... Ige has signed an emergency proclamation temporarily suspending an upcoming provision in Hawaiʻi’s Sunshine Law that would have mandated at least one in-person location be held for public meetings ....

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Friday, December 31, 2021
DHS Waiver Makes Life Easier for Welfare Cheats
By News Release @ 1:15 AM :: 1252 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... beginning January 1, 2022 through March 31, 2022, the interview requirement for new applications and renewals will be waived ....

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Friday, December 31, 2021
​Maui Revises Definition of 'Fully Vaccinated'
By News Release @ 1:11 AM :: 1825 Views :: Maui County, COVID-19

... “fully vaccinated” to include getting a booster shot ....

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Thursday, December 30, 2021
COVID: HSTA Urges Sickout
By News Release @ 5:23 PM :: 2065 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, COVID-19

... HSTA encourages all of our members to ensure they stay home from work if they have mild symptoms, notify their health care provider, and get tested right away. HSTA members should know they have the right to request quarantine leave benefits ....

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Thursday, December 30, 2021
Maui County Delays Plastic Disposable Foodware Ban
By News Release @ 10:14 AM :: 2590 Views :: Maui County, Environment, Small Business

... Banned items include plastic disposable food service containers and utensils such forks, spoons and knives, and plates, trays, bowls, cups, hinged (plate lunch) containers and straws ....

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Thursday, December 30, 2021
HIDOE schools expected to resume in-person learning following winter break
By News Release @ 1:56 AM :: 965 Views :: Education K-12, COVID-19

... With the continued support and guidance from the state Department of Health, the Department remains committed to full in-person learning during the second semester that begins next week ....

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Wednesday, December 29, 2021
DoH Eases COVID Quarantine Rules
By News Release @ 7:57 PM :: 919 Views :: COVID-19

... Isolate for at least 5 days and until symptoms are gone.  Continue to wear a mask for five days after isolation ....

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Wednesday, December 29, 2021
DLIR Reports Seven Workplace fatalities in 2021
By News Release @ 7:54 PM :: 961 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

... seven fatalities to date occurred in 2021 among twenty-three major incidents reported unrelated to the COVID-19 Pandemic ....

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Wednesday, December 29, 2021
Here’s How Life Expectancy in Hawaii Compares to the Nation
By Selected News Articles @ 5:34 PM :: 1871 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Life

... life expectancy at birth in Hawaii is 82.3 years, the highest among states and well above the comparable national average of 79.2 years ....

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Wednesday, December 29, 2021
Tourist Spending Down 11.5% from 2019
By News Release @ 4:28 PM :: 1042 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... November 2021 visitor spending was lower compared to the $1.34 billion (-11.5%) reported for November 2019 ....

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Tuesday, December 28, 2021
Many UH classes to move online for first two weeks of spring semester
By News Release @ 5:51 PM :: 895 Views :: Higher Education, COVID-19

... only courses that can be “effectively taught online” will be impacted ....

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Tuesday, December 28, 2021
Maui No-shows leave COVID-19 test gaps
By News Release @ 4:32 AM :: 1073 Views :: Maui County, COVID-19

... Personnel at COVID-19 test sites are reporting that many individuals who made appointments are failing to show up as scheduled ....

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Monday, December 27, 2021
March of Dimes: Hawaii Grade 'C' for Premature Births
By News Release @ 5:11 PM :: 1058 Views :: Family, Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

... score improves from D+ ....

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Monday, December 27, 2021
Retire in Hawaii: Got $1.48M?
By Selected News Articles @ 12:47 PM :: 1833 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Goods and services in the state are 19.3% more expensive than they are on average nationwide, and the average 65 year old should plan on spending $1,481,336 throughout retirement, nearly $361,000 more than the national average .... 

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Sunday, December 26, 2021
More on 'Green Fees'
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1243 Views :: Environment, Taxes

... a chance to get in front of lawmakers and argue that we aren’t being taxed enough ....

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Sunday, December 26, 2021
Can We Beat COVID Without Lockdowns?
By Andrew Walden @ 2:11 AM :: 2588 Views :: Honolulu County, COVID-19

... If Hawaii follows the same pattern as South Africa, we should experience increasing COVID cases until around New Year’s, followed by a sharp decline .... 

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Sunday, December 26, 2021
Take heart: We represent the mainstream
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:00 AM :: 1290 Views :: Economy, Taxes

... these are majority opinions in our state ....

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Sunday, December 26, 2021
‘Tourist tax’ surcharges threaten Hawaii recovery
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:52 AM :: 1205 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

... the Aloha State now has the highest tourist taxes in the nation, topping out at 17.75% ....

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Sunday, December 26, 2021
Jones Act needs an update, and so does the Jones Act fleet
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:41 AM :: 796 Views

... U.S. shipyards capable of building large oceangoing commercial ships have dwindled from 30 in 1953 to just four as of November 2021 ....

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Sunday, December 26, 2021
Number of initial unemployment claims up in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 12:00 AM :: 1106 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

... New weekly unemployment claims increased by 291 in Hawaii to 1,615 for the week ending Dec. 18 ....

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Sunday, December 26, 2021
Hawaii Ranks #4 for Dental Health
By Selected News Articles @ 12:00 AM :: 959 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

... Connecticut has the best dental health, followed by the District of Columbia, Massachusetts, Hawaii and New Jersey ....

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Saturday, December 25, 2021
How Christmas Came to Hawaii
By Hoku Paoa Stevenson @ 12:01 AM :: 35064 Views :: Hawaii History, Religion

As presented by Hoku Paoa Stevenson at the Summer Palace....

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Thursday, December 23, 2021
HTA: Fewer Tourists Paying More Money
By Hawaii Tourism Authority @ 9:53 PM :: 1005 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... Compared with November 2019, RevPAR was 3.8 percent lower, driven by lower occupancy (-19.4 percentage points) which could not be offset by increased ADR (+27.5%) ....

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Thursday, December 23, 2021
HPD officer arrested after Niu Valley shooting 
By Andrew Walden @ 9:26 PM :: 1736 Views :: Honolulu County, Police, Second Amendment

... It was reported to us that the officer's (personal) AR-15 was dropped and discharged a round. This round then struck another occupant (relative) in the same home ....

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Thursday, December 23, 2021
New Record: 2,205 COVID Cases in One Day--12.64% of tests positive
By Video @ 6:00 PM :: 2021 Views :: COVID-19

... 12,777 cases are considered to be active as of Dec 26 ....

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Thursday, December 23, 2021
State budget windfall opens way for tax cuts
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:15 PM :: 1104 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... calculations show there is plenty of room for the Legislature to break its habit of continually increasing taxes ....

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Thursday, December 23, 2021
Appeals court affirms federal authority to ban cockfighting in US territories
By News Release @ 3:42 PM :: 1067 Views :: Agriculture, Law Enforcement

“The challenges originating in Guam and Puerto Rico to the federal law banning all animal fighting have been turned back by four federal courts and also denied by the U.S. Supreme Court”

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Wednesday, December 22, 2021
Hawaii Roads 2nd Worst in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 9:44 PM :: 976 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

... Residents in each state rated their local roads on a scale from 1 to 10 ....

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Wednesday, December 22, 2021
Nine Years After Katherine Kealoha's Bungled Prosecution, Supreme Court Orders Return of Alleged Gambling Machines
By Robert Thomas @ 1:26 AM :: 1560 Views :: Ethics, Gambling

... Police Corruption Scandals Revenge for Gambling Prosecutions? ....

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Wednesday, December 22, 2021
UH funding priorities included in Governor’s 2022 budget
By News Release @ 12:57 AM :: 855 Views :: Higher Education

... Ige’s supplemental executive budget for the 2022 legislative session includes most of the University of Hawaiʻi’s budget wish list ....

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Tuesday, December 21, 2021
MECO Plan: Replace Kahului Power Plant with Solar and Batteries
By News Release @ 10:03 PM :: 2353 Views :: Maui County, Energy

... As the oldest power plant on Maui, with the first generating unit placed in service in 1948, KPP’s four steam-generating units currently provide power and system stability on the island's transmission system ....

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Tuesday, December 21, 2021
Election Integrity? Hawaii Dead Last
By Heritage Foundation @ 10:02 PM :: 1806 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Office of Elections

... Assessing the Status of State Election Fairness and Security ....

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Tuesday, December 21, 2021
Honolulu: Largest percentage of homes with inadequate kitchens
By Selected News Articles @ 11:00 AM :: 1370 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... 2021’s Neediest Cities ....

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Tuesday, December 21, 2021
Ige Releases Supplemental Budget--Boosts Spending 12.2%
By News Release @ 2:30 AM :: 1077 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

... $942.3 million over the current appropriation level of $7.759 billion ....

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Tuesday, December 21, 2021
Feds Bust Two Restaurants for Failure to Pay Overtime
By News Release @ 2:13 AM :: 1424 Views :: Labor, Law Enforcement, Small Business

... The division’s investigation led to the recovery of $40,000 in back wages plus another $40,000 in liquidated damages for five workers ....

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Tuesday, December 21, 2021
DPP Online System to let Solar Contractors Bypass DPP Grifters
By News Release @ 1:58 AM :: 1143 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy

... a new online building permit application process in response to the increase in number of homeowners seeking photovoltaic (PV), PV battery and battery-only tax credits and other incentives from Hawaiian Electric Co.’s Battery Bonus program ....

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Tuesday, December 21, 2021
DoD Inspector General to Investigate Red Hill
By News Release @ 12:55 AM :: 1039 Views :: Environment, Military

... Project Announcement: Evaluation of the Operation, Maintenance, Safety, and Oversight of the Navy's Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility ....

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Monday, December 20, 2021
VIDEO: Trump and O'Reilly Denounce Anti-Vaxxers
By Video @ 6:46 PM :: 2473 Views :: Republican Party, COVID-19

"“Take credit for it. Take credit for it. You’re playing right into their hands [when you doubt the vaccine].” -- Donald J Trump

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Monday, December 20, 2021
Hawaii--2nd Lowest Job Growth in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 4:13 AM :: 2516 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Labor, COVID-19

... States Whose Unemployment Rates Are Bouncing Back Most from COVID ....

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Monday, December 20, 2021
Kalani HS and Waipahu HS will compete in Hawaii LifeSmarts State Competition
By News Release @ 3:39 AM :: 876 Views :: Education K-12

... The Virtual State Competition takes place on Saturday, February 12, 2022, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. ....

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Monday, December 20, 2021
'Affordable Connectivity Program' to Subsidize Broadband for 100,000 in Hawaii
By News Release @ 3:26 AM :: 1252 Views :: Education K-12, Cost of Living, COVID-19

... ACP provides up to $30 a month off internet service bills ....

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Sunday, December 19, 2021
NYT Looks at Honolulu Rail: Why U.S. Infrastructure Is So Expensive
By Selected News Articles @ 3:15 PM :: 1986 Views :: Rail

... Using the Honolulu rail project as an example, the New York Times wants to know why so many infrastructure projects suffer from such large cost overruns ....

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Sunday, December 19, 2021
Gender Queer: DoE Makes Gay Blowjob Book Available in School Libraries
By News Release @ 3:00 PM :: 3485 Views :: Education K-12, Family, First Amendment

... Images from ‘Gender Queer’ book checked out of Waianae High School library should help make underage boys more readily available to older homosexuals ....

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Sunday, December 19, 2021
The New County TAT Earmarks Aren’t the Real Problem
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1127 Views :: Rail, Taxes, Tourism

... these debates are meaningless ....

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Sunday, December 19, 2021
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted December 18, 2021
By GovTrack .us @ 4:16 AM :: 847 Views :: Congressional Delegation

... votes cast and bills introduced to Congress from GovTrack.us ....

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Sunday, December 19, 2021
Kauai Judicial Vacancy – District Judge, District Court of the Fifth Circuit
By News Release @ 4:08 AM :: 908 Views :: Judiciary

... The Judicial Selection Commission is extending the deadline for accepting applications to fill the judicial vacancy ....

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Saturday, December 18, 2021
State Closing COVID Quarantine Facilities -- Says Delta, Omicron too Fast
By News Release @ 4:29 AM :: 1143 Views :: COVID-19

... The Delta and Omicron variants are highly transmissible. It is likely anyone who tests positive will have infected household members by the time they get test results. Therefore, they are advised to self-isolate at home ....

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Saturday, December 18, 2021
Calling OHA's Bluff: Legislators Recommend Removing All Observatories from Maunakea
By News Release @ 4:21 AM :: 2928 Views :: Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

... without telescopes, who will be left to pay OHA rent? ....

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