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Monday, April 18, 2022
Maui’s Automated Planning and Permitting System is LIVE
By News Release @ 11:59 PM :: 483 Views :: Maui County, Development

... a new web-based software designed to support planning and permit processing ....

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Monday, April 18, 2022
Court Order: Masks not Required in Airports or on Bus
By News Release @ 11:40 PM :: 518 Views :: COVID-19

... but Masks Still Required Indoors for Hawaii Public School Students ....

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Monday, April 18, 2022
SB2070: $50M for ‘thinly veiled scam’?
By Andrew Walden @ 11:02 PM :: 1158 Views :: Environment, Ethics, Agriculture

... When a couple of penny-stock touts, one of whom is listed in the Panama Papers, team up to sell timber futures and carbon credits what does the Legislature do? ....

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Monday, April 18, 2022
Hawaii's Best & Worst Small Cities to Start a Business
By Selected News Articles @ 5:30 PM :: 826 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

... six Hawaii towns compared ....

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Monday, April 18, 2022
High Tax Hawaii 43rd in Economic Growth
By Selected News Articles @ 4:53 PM :: 759 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... A newly released report examines the tax burden and economic climate of all 50 states ....

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Sunday, April 17, 2022
Once Upon a Rebate
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 734 Views :: Tax Credits

... Governor Dorothy’s two bills died in the Legislature ....

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Saturday, April 16, 2022
UHERO is my new housing policy hero
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:56 PM :: 832 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... Delays, zoning rules and a long pathway to approval make homebuilding difficult and expensive ....

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Saturday, April 16, 2022
Will Legislators loan $50M to a drunken rave promoter?
By Andrew Walden @ 8:01 PM :: 2021 Views :: Ethics

... Karamatsu Bonds have been a legislative perennial ever since he got two DUI’s while spiraling down from Vice Speaker of the House to working in Keith Kaneshiro’s corruption-riddled Honolulu Prosecutor’s office and promoting rave parties ....

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Saturday, April 16, 2022
Hawaii Family Forum Legislative Week in Review
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 1:37 AM :: 577 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Life

... Assisted Suicide Bill Passes Final Reading ....

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Friday, April 15, 2022
National Community Survey of Honolulu Residents
By News Release @ 10:21 PM :: 692 Views :: Honolulu County

... residents’ opinions across 10 facets of the community: Economy; Mobility; Community Design; Utilities; Safety; Natural Environment; Parks and Recreation; Health and Wellness; Education, Arts, and Culture; and Inclusivity and Engagement ....

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Friday, April 15, 2022
How Much it Costs to House a Family of 4 in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 4:02 PM :: 1052 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... This amount reflects both housing and utilities costs for a modest two-bedroom rental ....

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Friday, April 15, 2022
Unemployment Bounceback? Hawaii Ranks 50th
By Selected News Articles @ 3:49 PM :: 545 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

... In order to identify the states whose unemployment rates are bouncing back most, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia ....

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Friday, April 15, 2022
Hawaii's Good Friday Holiday - What's Up With That?
By Robert Thomas @ 12:00 AM :: 30257 Views :: Hawaii History, Labor, Religion

If you ask how "a religious holiday observed primarily by Christians commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary" squares with the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, let us explain ....

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Thursday, April 14, 2022
Hawaii Unemployment 4.1% for March
By News Release @ 9:23 PM :: 435 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

... total nonagricultural jobs decreased by 300 over-the-month ....

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Thursday, April 14, 2022
VIDEO: Measuring the Burden of Housing Regulation in Hawaii
By UHERO @ 6:44 AM :: 672 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... One of the factors that may explain Hawaii’s high home prices are government regulations that limit the ability of the housing market to create the units necessary to meet demand ....

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Wednesday, April 13, 2022
Honolulu Population Down 1.2% in Year
By Selected News Articles @ 4:17 PM :: 649 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics

... 13,690 more people moved out of the metro area than moved in over the last year ....

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Wednesday, April 13, 2022
'Sustainability' -- HECO Plans to Close Largest and Cheapest Electricity Plant in September
By News Release @ 3:02 PM :: 781 Views :: Energy, Environment

... retirement of the AES coal plant at the end of September ....

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Wednesday, April 13, 2022
State Response to COVID: Hawaii Ranks 39th
By News Release @ 6:23 AM :: 674 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

... found little health benefit of closing schools or businesses ....

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Wednesday, April 13, 2022
Ige Announces $276M CIP
By News Release @ 5:52 AM :: 533 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... These funds were released in February and March of 2022 ....

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Tuesday, April 12, 2022
Tribal Consultation Bill Hits Alaska-Hawaii Snag
By Selected News Articles @ 4:10 AM :: 623 Views :: Akaka Bill, DHHL, OHA

... H.R.3587, as introduced by Grijalva on May 28, 2021, does not mention Alaska Native corporations or Native Hawaiian organizations.... But Grijalva planned to unveil a new version of the RESPECT Act with Alaska Native corporations and Native Hawaiian organizations on the morning of the April 6 markup ....

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Tuesday, April 12, 2022
Reining in the State’s Emergency Powers; Why we Must Restore Checks and Balances
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:06 AM :: 602 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... A bill to limit the governor’s emergency power is nearing the legislative finish line ....

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Tuesday, April 12, 2022
Audit: DHS Skipping Criminal Background Checks on Foster Parents
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 12:59 AM :: 973 Views :: Ethics, Family, Law Enforcement

... auditors found 20% of case files where the state, FBI, and/or child abuse and neglect clearances were missing ....

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Monday, April 11, 2022
HB1823: Legislators Sneak Same Day Assisted Suicide
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 11:40 PM :: 838 Views :: Health Care, Life

... To eliminate waiting period physicians need only to "believe" the time period is too long ....

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Monday, April 11, 2022
DPP Scandal Spreads to Liquor Commission?
By Andrew Walden @ 5:18 AM :: 2225 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics

... On March 7, 2022, Co-Vice Chair of Honolulu Liquor Commission, Darren Y Lee, resigned ‘effective immediately’ .... 

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Sunday, April 10, 2022
UHPA: UH Faculty Approve 14.35% Pay Hike
By News Release @ 6:24 PM :: 674 Views :: Higher Education, Labor

...Increases salaries by 14.35% compounded over the three years, not including the one-time 1% bonus--99.1% vote to approve....

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Sunday, April 10, 2022
Hawaii lawmakers propose $300 rebate checks
By Selected News Articles @ 4:35 AM :: 596 Views :: Tax Credits

... Senate Bill 514 would pay one-time tax rebate checks of $300 to people making $100,000 a year or less and $100 to those making more than $100,000 a year .... 

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Saturday, April 9, 2022
Hawaii taxpayers deserve a rebate — a big one
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:48 PM :: 778 Views :: Tax Credits

... Simply allowing the market to operate helped create a windfall in state revenues ....

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Saturday, April 9, 2022
Army invites public comments on draft EIS for Pōhakuloa Training Area
By News Release @ 7:34 PM :: 751 Views :: Hawaii County , Environment, Military

... Draft EIS 60-day public comment period April 8 through June 7, 2022 ....

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Saturday, April 9, 2022
Auditor Persecution Continues
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 831 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Land Use

... DLNR Land Division failed to bill/collect the proper base rents for the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel lease and failed to collect over $500,000 ....

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Friday, April 8, 2022
Hawaii Legislative Session: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:16 PM :: 706 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... Numerous bills aimed at increasing our taxes have been shelved, and some good measures actually have a chance of passing ....

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Friday, April 8, 2022
Hawaii Land Use Policy Designed to Keep Housing Expensive
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:06 PM :: 798 Views :: Land Use, Cost of Living

... Research showing the need to liberalize Hawaii’s land-use and zoning laws is out there for all to see, and more is forthcoming ....

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Friday, April 8, 2022
New Monitoring Wells to be Installed at Red Hill
By News Release @ 5:01 PM :: 695 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Military

... “These wells will add to our existing knowledge of the hydrogeology of the area and provide for long term monitoring of our water resources” ....

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Friday, April 8, 2022
PIT Count: Chronic Homeless up 18% in Hawaii
By News Release @ 6:23 AM :: 630 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Homelessness

... 745 homeless individuals demonstrating chronicity. This represents an 18 percent increase ....

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Thursday, April 7, 2022
KIUC Rate Hikes Far Lower than HECO's
By News Release @ 3:10 PM :: 793 Views :: Kauai County, Energy, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Kauaʻi’s power generation mix for 2021 included 45% solar, 14% hydro and 11% biomass ....

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Wednesday, April 6, 2022
Where Hawaii Ranks: American cities with the highest rents
By News Release @ 7:38 PM :: 938 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Urban Honolulu is #2 in USA ....

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Wednesday, April 6, 2022
Study: Hawaii most 'inclusive' state
By News Release @ 7:33 PM :: 799 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

... a new study from UC Berkeley's Othering & Belonging Institute ....

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Wednesday, April 6, 2022
‘Empty homes’ tax resolution has good intentions, but that’s all
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:22 PM :: 721 Views :: Taxes

... penalizing homeowners, driving up already sky-high taxes, implementing privacy-invasive and severe enforcement measures and providing little to benefit to residents in need of affordable housing ....

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Wednesday, April 6, 2022
Minimum Wage Hike a good way to put more people out of work
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:16 PM :: 497 Views :: Labor, Small Business

... HB2510 HD2 SD1 that proposes increasing Hawaii’s mandatory minimum wage to $18 an hour by 2026 while reducing the tip credit to zero over the same period ....

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Wednesday, April 6, 2022
How the Jones Act helps thwart ‘Buy American’ policy
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:55 PM :: 752 Views :: Jones Act

... pathways to policy failure ....

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Wednesday, April 6, 2022
SB2695 SD2 HD1 a needless delay tactic for cryptocurrency
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:49 PM :: 737 Views :: Small Business

... This requirement has made it nearly impossible for cryptocurrency companies to do business in Hawaii ....

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Wednesday, April 6, 2022
HPD Sued for Violating Second Amendment Rights (again)
By News Release @ 4:38 AM :: 775 Views :: Second Amendment

... Currently, anytime a person applies for a permit to acquire a firearm, they must provide a waiver allowing HPD to contact medical professionals .... 

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Wednesday, April 6, 2022
Class of 2022 high school graduation ceremonies scheduled
By News Release @ 4:26 AM :: 669 Views :: Education K-12

... dates and locations ....

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Tuesday, April 5, 2022
Poll: Lt Gov Race Wide Open
By News Release @ 8:32 PM :: 1275 Views :: Democratic Party, Politicians

... survey of likely 2022 Democratic Primary voters in Hawai’i shows the race for Lieutenant Governor is essentially a four-way tie ....

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Tuesday, April 5, 2022
The Great Earned Income Tax Credit Hunt
By Tom Yamachika @ 3:30 PM :: 1199 Views :: Tax Credits

... DoTax hides the EITC application form so you can't apply for the credit ....

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Tuesday, April 5, 2022
9th Circuit Allows Class Action Suit over Lack of Female Locker Rooms in Hawaii DoE Schools
By Court House News @ 3:22 PM :: 708 Views

... Once again a local Hawaii federal judge protecting a local power structure has been reversed by the 9th ....

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Tuesday, April 5, 2022
​One-time teacher pay increase could cost Hawaii millions
By Selected News Articles @ 3:01 PM :: 744 Views :: Education K-12

... Senate Bill 2819 could cost the state $94 million, according to an estimate from the Senate Education Committee. The money would go to about 8,000 HSTA members ....

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Tuesday, April 5, 2022
Red Hill Captain Relieved--Rear Admiral Takes Over
By News Release @ 5:32 AM :: 643 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Military

... following a series of leadership and oversight failures at the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility ....

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Tuesday, April 5, 2022
State Let Double Rapist and Child Molester out of Prison--Then the Feds Got Involved
By News Release @ 5:19 AM :: 997 Views :: Law Enforcement

... Gabris, a tattoo-validated member of the "La Familia" prison gang and registered sex offender, was on parole (of course!) with the State of Hawaii on October 8, 2019, when law enforcement found a Glock .40 S&W firearm and 70 rounds of ammunition hidden in his car ....

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Monday, April 4, 2022
Justice Department Alleges Disability Discrimination in Hawaii Condos
By News Release @ 4:33 PM :: 859 Views :: Development

... alleging that 14 entities designed and constructed five condominium and apartment complexes in Hawaii without accessible features required by the Fair Housing Act ....

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Sunday, April 3, 2022
Sylvia Luke Buys Lt Governorship by Giving Lots of Money to HSTA
By Andrew Walden @ 9:15 PM :: 1468 Views :: Labor, Politicians

... HSTA priority bills clear House Finance Committee to full House, Senate votes ....

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