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Sunday, April 3, 2022
Immigration Fraud Plea Bargain in Philippine Church Case
By News Release @ 5:01 PM :: 685 Views :: Religion

... Los Angeles Paralegal Admits Role in Scheme to Fraudulently Obtain Legal U.S. Residency for Members of Philippines-Based Church ....

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Sunday, April 3, 2022
Hawaii Family Forum Legislative Week in Review
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 4:53 PM :: 553 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Life

... Assisted Suicide Expansion Makes it through Final Hearing ....

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Sunday, April 3, 2022
A Tax Game-Changer for Nonprofits
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 986 Views :: Taxes

... some legislation that has the potential to change our tax system in very bold ways ....

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Sunday, April 3, 2022
Honolulu job growth outpacing new housing supply 32-1
By Selected News Articles @ 1:33 AM :: 706 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Cost of Living

... When the demand far outweighs the available properties in a given area, costs get artificially driven up ....

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Saturday, April 2, 2022
Maui Council unanimously approves resolution seeking Jones Act waiver -- Hawaii County Next?
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:47 PM :: 975 Views :: Hawaii County , Maui County, Jones Act

... Hawaii County Council member Matt Kanealii-Kleinfelder said today he also is planning to introduce a resolution soon seeking a Hawaii waiver from the Jones Act .... 

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Saturday, April 2, 2022
SB514: $100 Taxpayer Refund is Still Possible
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:36 PM :: 748 Views :: Tax Credits

... The state of Hawaii is currently enjoying a nearly $4 billion budget windfall ....

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Saturday, April 2, 2022
Security Guards Checking ID of Capitol Visitors
By News Release @ 12:32 AM :: 645 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... New procedures have been put in place to access the Capitol building ....

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Friday, April 1, 2022
Annual Report: UIPA Requests for FY2021
By News Release @ 11:30 PM :: 435 Views :: Ethics

... The biggest change during the pandemic came in the number of routine requests estimated by the agencies ....

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Friday, April 1, 2022
Maui Taser Lawsuit Filed
By News Release @ 10:38 PM :: 766 Views :: Maui County, Second Amendment

... The lawsuit is needed to force the County of Maui to start issuing electric gun dealers licenses ....

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Friday, April 1, 2022
Red Hill Closure Fake?
By Rep Bob McDermott @ 7:06 PM :: 847 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Military

"... Red Hill is not going to be shut down anytime soon or in the foreseeable future ...."

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Friday, April 1, 2022
Is Council District 2 Reserved for Crime Families?
By Andrew Walden @ 5:41 PM :: 2325 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Politicians

... in Council District Two, Makua Rothman pulled papers on March 4, 2022 ....

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Friday, April 1, 2022
Akina: Success of OHA’s Grants Program is a Strong Reason to Increase OHA’s PLT Share
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:22 PM :: 727 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... there had been serious concerns over the integrity of the program, including concerns over favoritism ....

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Thursday, March 31, 2022
Corruption Reforms: What They Left Out
By Andrew Walden @ 11:51 PM :: 768 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... The purpose of the Commission is to dissipate reform energy in order to preserve the status quo. ... 

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Thursday, March 31, 2022
PEW: Hawaii Still Not Meeting Pension Funding Obligations
By Selected News Articles @ 8:09 PM :: 664 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

... Hawaii’s contributions have fallen below minimum actuarial standards since 2011, which has caused the state’s funding level to decline from 94% in 2000 to 55% as of 2019 ....

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Thursday, March 31, 2022
'Our Girlfriend Tulsi' -- Is she some sort of Russian Agent?
By Selected News Articles @ 5:40 PM :: 1697 Views :: World News, Politicians

... Vitaly Tretyakov, quipped amid the crosstalk "Is she some sort of Russian agent?" prompting Solovyov to joke "yes." ....

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Thursday, March 31, 2022
February Tourist Count Down 23.5% from Pre-COVID Peak
By News Release @ 4:49 PM :: 697 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

... February 2022 visitor spending was lower than the $1.46 billion (-10.4%) spent in February 2020 ....

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Thursday, March 31, 2022
UH Faculty Senate Denounces Sen Donna Mercado Kim
By News Release @ 3:49 PM :: 906 Views :: First Amendment, Higher Education

... Senator Kim pushed the elimination of a tenured faculty member’s position and introduced SB 3269 SD1, a bill that attempted to alter tenure and transfer managerial authority over the university from the Board of Regents to the legislature ....

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Thursday, March 31, 2022
Ige Appoints Five to BoE and Two to BoR
By News Release @ 3:42 AM :: 878 Views :: Education K-12, Higher Education

 ... The appointments are subject to approval by the Senate .... 

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Wednesday, March 30, 2022
Hawaiian Electric upgrades Battery Bonus program with new perks for customers who add storage to PV systems
By News Release @ 10:00 PM :: 890 Views :: Energy

... The fixed monthly bill credit will be applied at an amount equivalent to the respective retail rate for exporting energy during a two-hour period of the evening peak ....

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Wednesday, March 30, 2022
More than 30 Hawaii VEX Robotics teams qualify for World event
By News Release @ 9:00 PM :: 543 Views :: Education K-12

... the Hawaii VEX Robotics State Championships held in February and March qualified 32 out of 77 Hawaii VEX robotics teams to advance to the 2022 VEX Robotics World Championship in Dallas, May 3-12 ....

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Wednesday, March 30, 2022
Bill would add much-needed oversight of state’s emergency powers
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:39 PM :: 786 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... SB3089 SD2 HD1 would amend the state’s emergency-management statute to clarify that the powers granted for emergency purposes should not be inconsistent with the Hawaii Constitution, require justification for the suspension of laws and place limits on such suspensions, and allow the Legislature or county councils to terminate an emergency, in part or in whole, by a two-thirds vote. ...

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Wednesday, March 30, 2022
Minimum wage mostly hurts the people it is intended to help
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:20 AM :: 843 Views :: Labor, Small Business

... evidence on the effect of minimum wages on employment, skills, wage and income distributions, and longer-term labor market outcomes ....

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Wednesday, March 30, 2022
Hawaii 2nd Highest Tax Burden in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 2:12 AM :: 917 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... three tax types of state tax burdens — property taxes, individual income taxes and sales and excise taxes — as a share of total personal income in the state ....

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Wednesday, March 30, 2022
Vacant Homes? Hawaii Ranks 18th
By News Release @ 1:58 AM :: 746 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... when it comes to vacant homes, Hawaii is just average.  This demonstrates that home vacancy rates do not correspond with housing costs ....

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Tuesday, March 29, 2022
We can breathe freely again; what have we learned?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:09 PM :: 692 Views :: Small Business, COVID-19

... it is not possible to turn an economy on and off like a light switch ....

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Tuesday, March 29, 2022
‘Shipping security’ more Jones Act shibai
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:52 PM :: 642 Views :: Jones Act

... the International Longshore and Warehouse Union’s contract with the Pacific Maritime Association, a maritime employer representative, ends in July 2022 ....

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Tuesday, March 29, 2022
Former OHA Aide Pleads Guilty to $1.2 Million Fraud and Money Laundering
By News Release @ 4:53 PM :: 1037 Views :: Ethics, OHA, Small Business

... Harleman faces up to 20 years imprisonment on each of the wire fraud counts and up to 10 years imprisonment on each of the money laundering counts, as well as a fine of up to $250,000 on each count, plus a term of supervised release up to three years ....

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Tuesday, March 29, 2022
Detainee Pleads Guilty to Injuring Officers in Assault at Detention Center
By News Release @ 4:00 PM :: 527 Views :: Law Enforcement

... David Akui-Cabanilla, III, 36, pleaded guilty today in federal court to two counts of assaulting a federal officer ....

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Tuesday, March 29, 2022
College enrollment down sharply
By News Release @ 4:28 AM :: 819 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, Higher Education

... public universities were hit the hardest with a 13.2 drop in new freshmen enrollment over the two-year pandemic period ....

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Monday, March 28, 2022
UH Prof Named KSBE Trustee
By News Release @ 11:09 PM :: 756 Views :: Higher Education

... Noelani Goodyear-Kaʻōpua, interim assistant vice provost for faculty excellence and Department of Political Science professor, is the newest addition to the five-member Kamehameha Schools Board of Trustees ....

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Monday, March 28, 2022
DoD to Spend $1B on Red Hill
By Selected News Articles @ 6:51 PM :: 604 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Military

... Case’s Appropriations Committee will review the request as part of the President’s Fiscal Year 2023 budget request ....

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Monday, March 28, 2022
Senate Judiciary Hearing Pistol Permitting & Registration Bill
By NRA ILA @ 5:47 PM :: 568 Views :: Second Amendment

... Tomorrow, the Senate Committee on Judiciary will hear House Bill 2075HD1, to make changes to Hawaii’s pistol permitting and registration system in an effort to comply with the recent Yukutake v. Connors court case decision ....

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Monday, March 28, 2022
Discouraging short-term rentals won’t ease housing shortage
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:47 AM :: 873 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

... Honolulu rents since 2018 have continued to increase, despite a downturn in short-term rental stays during that time frame ....

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Monday, March 28, 2022
‘Empty homes’ tax will not achieve goal
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:42 AM :: 798 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

... an empty homes tax would have the effect of 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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Monday, March 28, 2022
Hawaii 4th Highest Gas Tax in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 4:23 AM :: 892 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes, Cost of Living

... Including the federal tax, taxes account for 13.8% of the average price of a gallon of gas in the state ....

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Monday, March 28, 2022
33,234 in Hawaii Behind on Mortgage
By Selected News Articles @ 3:50 AM :: 735 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... in Hawaii 9.6% of mortgage holders are behind on their payments ....

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Sunday, March 27, 2022
A Bold Step Forward from Diapers
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 959 Views :: Family, Taxes, Cost of Living

... people on the lower end of the income spectrum spend comparatively more of their hard-earned dollars on general excise tax ....

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Saturday, March 26, 2022
Russians Kidnap Pastor with Hawaii Ties
By Selected News Articles @ 4:52 PM :: 1222 Views :: World News, Religion

... Esther Bodyu-Ogawa said word of his kidnapping took days to become public because the city was captured by Russia and the troops confiscated the family's cellphones and other devices ....

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Saturday, March 26, 2022
Study: Hawaii sells the most expensive Starbucks in America
By Selected News Articles @ 12:00 PM :: 943 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... $3.92 for a Tall Latte ....

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Saturday, March 26, 2022
Do it for Hawaii: Waive the Jones Act
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:19 AM :: 815 Views :: Maui County, Congressional Delegation, Jones Act

... Maui council member plans to offer JA waiver resolution ....

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Friday, March 25, 2022
Hawaii Family Forum Legislative Week in Review
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 11:55 PM :: 708 Views :: Education K-12, Family, First Amendment

... HB1697 Becomes Resolution: Let the Keiki do the Dirty Work ....

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Friday, March 25, 2022
Many bills, both bad and good, still have chance at Legislature
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:53 PM :: 528 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... the dust hasn't settled yet ....

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Friday, March 25, 2022
Lawsuit challenges rule banning swimming with spinner dolphins in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 6:05 PM :: 855 Views :: Environment, Small Business, Tourism

... The Pacific Legal Foundation said the ban was an unlawful move by a low-level federal bureaucrat who destroyed a business avenue central to the livelihoods of many in Hawaii ....

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Friday, March 25, 2022
Prince Kuhio's Fight to Americanize Hawaii
By Andrew Walden @ 12:01 AM :: 28612 Views :: DHHL, Agriculture, Hawaii History, Land Use

...the homestead associations he championed in his first decade of service were multi-ethnic groups seeking the fee-simple ownership of land promised in the Hawaii Organic Act....

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Thursday, March 24, 2022
Open-records exemption would open Pandora’s box
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:48 PM :: 583 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment

... a deliberative process exemption to the UIPA would be little more than a loophole by which state agencies could evade records requests ....

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Thursday, March 24, 2022
Jobs Recovery: Hawaii Among Three Worst States
By News Release @ 6:49 PM :: 862 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Labor, COVID-19

... Only Hawaii, North Dakota and Louisiana have not reached at least a 70 percent recovery of jobs lost as of the peak of the coronavirus pandemic. ....

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Thursday, March 24, 2022
Hawaii: 13,400 Renters May Soon Face Eviction
By Selected News Articles @ 6:42 PM :: 1054 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living, COVID-19

... Hawaii is home to some 70,410 renters who owe their landlords rent, and an estimated 19.1% of them reported being either somewhat likely or very likely to face eviction in the coming months - the fourth smallest share among states ....

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Thursday, March 24, 2022
538: What If Hawaii Voted First In The Democratic Presidential Primaries?
By Selected News Articles @ 6:25 PM :: 765 Views :: Democratic Party, Office of Elections

... Hawaii doesn’t have a presidential primary law — Democrats there used a party-run event in 2020 ....

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Thursday, March 24, 2022
Anti-Telescope Leaders Oppose HB2024 -- 'Bill does not provide any benefits'
By Andrew Walden @ 5:49 AM :: 1009 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

"...Thi$ Bill DOE$ NOT provide for any benefit$, or any procedure for $uch benefit$ to tran$fer to the beneficiarie$...." -- Anti-Telescope Protest Leaders

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Wednesday, March 23, 2022
HB2125 Deferred: Would Criminalize Parental Involvement in Education
By Brett Kulbis @ 11:52 PM :: 2518 Views :: Education K-12, First Amendment, COVID-19

... Senator Kidani Education Committee Chair, announced bill 2125 will be deferred, sighting a "fracturing of relationships between DOE and our special education families and community" ....

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