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Saturday, March 12, 2022
Halftime at the Legislature--What's Hot, and Not, in Tax
By Tom Yamachika @ 2:56 AM :: 618 Views :: Taxes

... Some that are likely to get resurrected or with their content inserted into another vehicle ....

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Friday, March 11, 2022
Blangiardi meets with FTA to discuss Honolulu Rail Project
By News Release @ 2:14 AM :: 1272 Views :: Rail

... Mayor Blangiardi said, “Even though this was a very quick turn-around trip for me, the time I spent with the Administrator was well worth the trip" ....

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Thursday, March 10, 2022
Honolulu ‘Ethics’ Commission: Kealoha Investigations Closed, Lets go After Tupola
By Andrew Walden @ 2:10 PM :: 2390 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, COVID-19

... Honolulu ‘ethics’ function--covering up for the big sharks while spearfishing manini to make it look like they are doing something ....

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Thursday, March 10, 2022
​UH Mānoa receives full 10-year accreditation
By News Release @ 10:00 AM :: 706 Views :: Higher Education

... The work toward accreditation began in 2017 and involved the new WASC process—Thematic Pathway for Reaffirmation.... UH Mānoa’s themes were Native Hawaiian Place of Learning, Transformational Student Success, and Academic Innovation and Engaged Learning.....

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Wednesday, March 9, 2022
Ige appoints Luella Costales to House District 39 Seat
By News Release @ 11:19 PM :: 887 Views :: Democratic Party, Hawaii State Government

... Costales fills the vacancy left by former Rep. Ty Cullen, who resigned on Feb. 8, 2022 ....

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Wednesday, March 9, 2022
Hawaii Moves to Weekly COVID Reporting
By News Release @ 11:15 PM :: 869 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

... Case counts and vaccination updates will be published on the DOH COVID-19 dashboard every Wednesday beginning March 16 ....

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Wednesday, March 9, 2022
Schatz: Earmarks Are Back
By News Release @ 11:06 PM :: 743 Views :: Congressional Delegation

... After Decade-Long Ban, Earmarks Return With Schatz Securing More Than $240 Million In New Funding for 'organizations'....

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Wednesday, March 9, 2022
Senate Approves More Millions for Red Hill
By News Release @ 11:01 PM :: 680 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Congressional Delegation, Military

... $150 Million In New Federal Funding To Defuel, Permanently Close Red Hill, Clean Up Water  ....

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Wednesday, March 9, 2022
'Tokyo Model' Can Create More Housing for Hawaii
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:00 PM :: 1012 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... how Tokyo’s deregulation of its housing market resulted in more housing availability and affordable housing prices ....

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Wednesday, March 9, 2022
Ignoring the Science for Ideologies
By Joni Kamiya @ 3:00 PM :: 632 Views :: GMOs, COVID-19

... Russian bots spread anti-vaccination messages across the social media ....

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Wednesday, March 9, 2022
​Maui’s Automated Planning and Permitting System to launch April 18
By News Release @ 10:00 AM :: 794 Views :: Maui County, Development

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

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Wednesday, March 9, 2022
State Releases Agricultural Land Use Baseline Study
By News Release @ 9:00 AM :: 558 Views :: Agriculture, Hawaii Statistics

... the 2020 baseline report for the state has 886,211 total agricultural acres, a decrease of 27,050 acres, or minus 3 percent from 2015. Total acres in planted crops in 2020 was 120,632, a decrease of 31,199 acres or minus 21 percent. The loss in planted acres was attributed to the closure of the Hawai`i Commercial & Sugar Company on Maui in 2016 which removed 38,810 acres in crop acreage ....

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Wednesday, March 9, 2022
Case Asks Biden to Waive Jones Act to Ship US Oil to Hawaii
By Ed Case @ 12:02 AM :: 1521 Views :: Energy, Congressional Delegation, Jones Act

... Case also introduced a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives today to mandate such a waiver. ...

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Tuesday, March 8, 2022
Feds Indict Russian Agent -- Organized Kauai Council Junket to Russia
By News Release @ 11:41 PM :: 2526 Views :: Kauai County, Law Enforcement, GMOs

... FBI agents interviewed Kauai Councilmember Felicia Cowden in September, 2020 ....

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Tuesday, March 8, 2022
Special Funds? In 2022 Legislature 100% Fail Analysis
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 10:14 PM :: 818 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... We reviewed 104 Senate and House bills introduced during the 2022 legislative session proposing 63 special and revolving funds.  None satisfied the criteria set forth in section 23-11, HRS ....

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Tuesday, March 8, 2022
OSHA Raids: Hawaii 4th Most Likely Target
By Selected News Articles @ 10:00 PM :: 1136 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Law Enforcement, Small Business

... nine out of the top 10 states are State Plan states ....

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Tuesday, March 8, 2022
Thanks to Sneaky Lawyers, Jones Act Waiver will Require Act of Congress
By Selected News Articles @ 9:53 PM :: 1055 Views :: Energy, Jones Act

... Little noticed language was included in the National Defense Authorization Act that became law in 2021 when Congress overrode then-President Donald Trump’s veto ....

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Tuesday, March 8, 2022
How Hawaii’s Spike in Gas Prices Compares to the Nation
By Selected News Articles @ 9:38 PM :: 1118 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Hawaii gasoline prices are increasing more slowly than other states .... 

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Tuesday, March 8, 2022
Ige: Hawaii Indoor Mask Mandate Ends March 26
By News Release @ 9:12 PM :: 876 Views :: COVID-19

“We continue to recommend masks be worn in classrooms, at least for the time being. We are no longer recommending quarantine for students who are exposed to COVID-19 at school."

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Tuesday, March 8, 2022
Outdoor masking to be optional at HIDOE schools and offices
By News Release @ 4:29 PM :: 555 Views

... Outdoor masking at public school campuses and HIDOE facilities will be optional for students, faculty and staff, effective on Wednesday, Mar. 9 ....

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Tuesday, March 8, 2022
What does it take to convince four chronic homeless to get off streets?
By News Release @ 3:43 PM :: 774 Views :: Honolulu County, Homelessness

“These are the kinds of successes the Administration and Legislature envisioned when it passed $32 million in ‘Ohana Zone funds to address homelessness statewide.”

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Monday, March 7, 2022
DoD to Permanently Close Red Hill
By News Release @ 5:19 PM :: 777 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Military

"...After close consultation with senior civilian and military leaders, I have decided to defuel and permanently close the Red Hill bulk fuel storage facility in Hawaii...."

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Monday, March 7, 2022
Oahu Family Court Vacancy
By News Release @ 11:00 AM :: 839 Views :: Honolulu County, Family, Judiciary

... The Judicial Selection Commission is accepting applications and nominations ....

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Monday, March 7, 2022
HB1697: DoE to Promote Sex Change for K-12 Students
By Rep Bob McDermott @ 3:41 AM :: 1425 Views :: Education K-12, Family

... to teach our children that gender is "fluid", and that it is normal for kids to change orientation and identities ....

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Sunday, March 6, 2022
UHERO: Economic Recovery Comes with End of COVID Restrictions
By UHERO @ 4:24 PM :: 677 Views :: Economy, Tourism, COVID-19

... Optimistic UHERO forecast with Omicron end, expected return of international visitors ....

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Sunday, March 6, 2022
Launching an Annual Attack on the Wealthy
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1184 Views :: Taxes

... “wealth tax” in Senate Bill 3182 ....

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Saturday, March 5, 2022
No More Russian Oil: Rep Ed Case Seeks Jones Act Waiver
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:41 PM :: 1215 Views :: Energy, Congressional Delegation, Jones Act

... with the outbreak of war between Russia and Ukraine, the 101-year-old federal maritime law is even being recognized as a danger to Hawaii’s energy security ....

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Saturday, March 5, 2022
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted March 5, 2022
By GovTrack .us @ 4:33 PM :: 786 Views :: Congressional Delegation

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

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Saturday, March 5, 2022
Inflation: 49% of Hawaii Households Have Difficulty with Monthly Bills
By Selected News Articles @ 3:09 AM :: 798 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Changing economic conditions are making it more difficult for people to afford household expenses ....

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Friday, March 4, 2022
Tourists Evacuated: Drugged-out Homeless Zombies Torch Hotel After DLNR Cuts Security
By News Release @ 8:15 PM :: 1703 Views :: Homelessness, Tourism, Drugs

"...An interim security contract at the property lapsed at the end of December 2021.  DLNR continues to explore cost-effective options for further securing the property...." -- DLNR

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Friday, March 4, 2022
Bill 9: ‘Empty homes’ tax won’t fulfill intention
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:57 PM :: 878 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes

... Bill 9 would impose a 3% property tax surcharge ....

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Friday, March 4, 2022
Supreme Court Finds State Violated Water Leasing Law in East Maui
By News Release @ 7:41 PM :: 747 Views :: Maui County, Agriculture

... The Court held that, per state statute and BLNR’s trust duties, the BLNR should have determined—but did not—that the leases were “in the best interests of the State” before continuing them in 2014 ....

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Friday, March 4, 2022
It Took Two Arrests to Do It, but Finally State Capitol Will Reopen to Public
By News Release @ 7:28 PM :: 883 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... one month after the arrest of English and Cullen, all state facilities managed by DAGS will reopen to the general public ....

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Friday, March 4, 2022
Hawaii Needs Jones Act Waiver for Fuel Imports
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:24 AM :: 1007 Views :: Energy, Jones Act

... Par Hawaii's suspension of oil imports from Russia underscores the need for Hawaii to achieve greater oil-purchasing flexibility ....

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Thursday, March 3, 2022
Hawaii's Only Refiner Suspends Purchases of Russian Oil
By News Release @ 4:40 PM :: 773 Views :: Energy

... we are turning to other grades of crude, principally from North and South America, to meet fuel production requirements ....

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Wednesday, March 2, 2022
Gun Bills Set for House Floor Votes
By News Release @ 11:48 PM :: 951 Views :: Second Amendment

... HB2464 – Removes the duty to retreat when using deadly force to protect yourself from death or serious bodily injury ....

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Wednesday, March 2, 2022
​Revised minimum wage bill takes legislators off the hot seat
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:26 PM :: 764 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

... HB2510 HD1 proposes increasing Hawaii’s mandatory minimum wage to $18 an hour by 2030, followed by a variable annual increase in the minimum wage thereafter ....

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Wednesday, March 2, 2022
CARES Money Housed 787 Homeless on Oahu
By News Release @ 11:14 PM :: 717 Views :: Honolulu County, Homelessness, COVID-19

... Rapid Rehousing provides short-term rental assistance and supportive services to assist people in obtaining housing quickly ....

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Wednesday, March 2, 2022
DoH Revises Admin Rules for Marijuana and Hemp
By News Release @ 11:02 PM :: 889 Views :: Agriculture, Small Business, Drugs

... As of January 31, 2022, a statewide total of 33,951 in-state patients and 2,748 caregivers were registered statewide. The primary reported condition for registered adult patients is 'severe pain'. The primary reported conditions for children under 18 years of age are 'seizures' and 'severe pain' ....

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Wednesday, March 2, 2022
DHS Touts Effort to Keep Children With Families
By News Release @ 10:58 PM :: 771 Views :: Family, Law Enforcement

... goal of preventing children from entering foster care by providing family strengthening services to keep families safely together ....

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Wednesday, March 2, 2022
Hawaiian Electric seeking proposals for firm renewable energy on Oahu
By News Release @ 10:55 PM :: 572 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy

... Firm renewable energy differs from intermittent resources such as solar and wind in that it is available for use at all times ....

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Wednesday, March 2, 2022
Hawai'i Supreme Court Ends Deceptive Legislative Practice
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:33 AM :: 964 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... The practice of gut-and-replace allowed state lawmakers to pass laws without a full set of public hearings ....

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Wednesday, March 2, 2022
DBEDT: Tourists Back at Record Levels by 2025
By News Release @ 2:55 AM :: 1030 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

... Visitor arrivals are projected to increase to 9.7 million in 2023, 10.0 million in 2024, and 10.4 million in 2025 ....

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Wednesday, March 2, 2022
Ige: Safe Travels to End March 25
By News Release @ 2:46 AM :: 1141 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

... Incoming passengers will no longer be required to create a Safe Travels account or provide travelers information and trip details ....

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Wednesday, March 2, 2022
Maui County Plastic Ban Now in Effect
By News Release @ 2:37 AM :: 886 Views :: Maui County, Environment, Small Business

... The ban affects businesses that package food or beverages to order (take-out, deli counter, and drinks), as well as businesses that sell these items for use ....

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Wednesday, March 2, 2022
Results: Honolulu survey on spending of federal recovery funds
By News Release @ 2:20 AM :: 1511 Views :: Honolulu County, COVID-19

... The online survey asked community members to rank eight priorities for the use of the City’s multi-million dollar share of the Fiscal Recovery Fund ....

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Wednesday, March 2, 2022
Blangiardi Appoints Sheet Metal Union Boss to HART Board
By News Release @ 2:16 AM :: 1256 Views :: Honolulu County, Labor, Rail

"...Art’s management background at Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation (SMART) Workers Local Union 293 and his experience on the Planning Commission make him the perfect candidate...."

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Wednesday, March 2, 2022
Hawaii Republicans Kick Off Campaign Season
By News Release @ 2:04 AM :: 821 Views :: Republican Party

... launch of the election season Stand for Hawai‘i Victory 2022 campaign ....

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Tuesday, March 1, 2022
DoH: Navy Already in Violation of Emergency Order
By News Release @ 5:30 PM :: 695 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Military

... The Emergency Order issued by DOH on December 6, 2021 specifies that the Navy must hire a qualified independent contractor, to be approved by DOH ....

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Tuesday, March 1, 2022
HGEA Members Finally Returning to Work at DHS Processing Centers
By News Release @ 4:09 AM :: 768 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... The in-person services are available Monday through Friday (except holidays), 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. ....

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