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Tuesday, March 1, 2022
Applicants Sought for State Ethics Commission
By News Release @ 3:58 AM :: 586 Views :: Ethics

... The Judicial Council nominates two individuals for each vacancy on the Commission. The nominees’ names are sent to the Governor, who selects one of the nominees for appointment....

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Monday, February 28, 2022
Blangiardi announces the end of the City’s COVID-19 emergency orders
By News Release @ 8:08 PM :: 814 Views :: Honolulu County, COVID-19

... The decision not to extend the emergency order means the Safe Access O‘ahu program, which required businesses such as restaurants, fitness centers, and events that served food, to verify employees and customers were fully vaccinated or had a negative COVID-19 test, will no longer be a government mandate ....

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Monday, February 28, 2022
Tourist Spending Down 19% from Pre-Pandemic Numbers
By News Release @ 6:53 PM :: 636 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... tourist headcount down 29.8% ....

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Monday, February 28, 2022
Navy Secretary Visits Red Hill Again
By News Release @ 6:36 PM :: 648 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Military

... Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro traveled to Oahu Feb. 25-28 to meet with families and senior officials and to see first-hand the progress that has been made in restoring and protecting the island’s safe drinking water ....

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Monday, February 28, 2022
Hawaii 2nd-Lowest COVID Deaths Per Capita
By Selected News Articles @ 2:47 AM :: 956 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

... Total COVID-19 deaths in Hawaii: 91 per 100,000 people ....

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Monday, February 28, 2022
Lawmaker asks Ige to drop Hawaii's mask mandate
By Selected News Articles @ 2:31 AM :: 1256 Views :: Republican Party, COVID-19

... House Minority Whip Val Okimoto is asking Hawaii Gov. David Ige to rescind the state's mask mandate in light of new guidelines released by the US CDC ....

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Sunday, February 27, 2022
Putin's Pet Tulsi Gabbard draws cheers as CPAC Keynote
By Selected News Articles @ 5:03 AM :: 2363 Views :: Democratic Party, Politicians

... Oahu Democrats vote 15-2 in resolutions committee to condemn former Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard for speaking as featured guest at CPAC dinner ....

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Sunday, February 27, 2022
Blockbusters Buried in “Tax Administration”
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 659 Views :: Taxes

... late filing penalties, which are now 5% a month but are capped at 25%, can go to 75% ....

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Saturday, February 26, 2022
Heroic HSTA Steward Keeps Teachers out of Classroom
By News Release @ 11:43 PM :: 964 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, COVID-19

... In August 2021, nine teachers were absent from their classrooms, but the school could only secure four substitute teachers. So the principal, Thomas Swan, texted academic coaches and other non-classroom teachers to fill the remaining openings ....

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Saturday, February 26, 2022
SB3209: $16M Pay Hike and Less Classroom Time for Teachers
By News Release @ 10:52 PM :: 694 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

... SB 3209 D1 would appropriate around $16 million to fund the restoration of 'professional development' for educators ....

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Saturday, February 26, 2022
Hawaii: Second-Largest Families in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 10:42 PM :: 777 Views :: Family, Hawaii Statistics

... The average household size in Hawaii is 2.95 ....

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Saturday, February 26, 2022
HB1732: Legislators Vote to Ban Carrying Tasers
By News Release @ 5:49 PM :: 737 Views :: Second Amendment

... Tasers were made legal in Hawaii on January 1st, and a new law has already been proposed to ban carrying them ....

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Saturday, February 26, 2022
Halfway Point Legislation Alive and Dead
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 5:39 PM :: 669 Views :: Family, Life

... Hawaii Family Forum, legislative week in review ....

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Saturday, February 26, 2022
Jones Act a threat to Hawaii security?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:57 PM :: 1012 Views :: Jones Act, Military, Cost of Living

... for years, Hawaii has been getting about one-third of its crude oil from Russia ....

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Saturday, February 26, 2022
HB2303: Help State and County Agencies Keep Their Secrets
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:08 AM :: 632 Views :: Ethics

... HB2303 HD1, which would exempt “drafts, internal memoranda and correspondence, and other deliberative and pre-decisional materials that are a direct part of an agency’s internal decision-making process” from Hawaii’s open records law ....

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Saturday, February 26, 2022
​Mayor Victorino repeals all Maui County Public Health Emergency Rules as of March 1
By News Release @ 1:55 AM :: 722 Views :: Maui County, COVID-19

... The repeal is only for county rules, the state’s Safe Travels Program and the statewide requirement to wear masks indoors will remain in effect, subject to Gov. David Ige’s proclamation ....

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Friday, February 25, 2022
HD39: Democrats Pick Three to Replace Ty Cullen
By News Release @ 7:21 PM :: 1359 Views :: Honolulu County, Democratic Party, Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... Ige will choose one of the three who, remarkably, don't include former HSTA president Rosenlee ....

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Friday, February 25, 2022
SB2967 SD1 frees cryptocurrency from having to hold actual money
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:06 PM :: 899 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

... Hawaii has been largely left out of the cryptocurrency revolution .... 

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Friday, February 25, 2022
HB2278: Fuel tax damage will far outweigh measly tax credit
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:59 AM :: 1145 Views :: Energy, Environment, Tax Credits, Taxes, Cost of Living

... The gasoline tax in 2035 will be $33.16 a barrel ....

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Friday, February 25, 2022
Mililani Trask Selected as OHA Trustee
By News Release @ 4:12 AM :: 898 Views :: Hawaii County , OHA

... OHA Board of Trustees today selected former OHA Trustee Mililani Trask of Hilo to serve as the new OHA Trustee for Hawaiʻi Island ....

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Wednesday, February 23, 2022
HB2164 Self-Defense: House Judiciary Committee Hearing
By NRA ILA @ 8:58 PM :: 971 Views :: Second Amendment

... House Bill 2464 empowers law-abiding citizens to defend themselves and their loved ones by repealing the requirement in state law that citizens must retreat, relinquish property, or comply with the demands of assailants before defending with deadly force ....

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Wednesday, February 23, 2022
Ban Fundraisers During Session? SB555 Goes to Senate Floor
By Selected News Articles @ 6:36 PM :: 654 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... The Hawaii Senate Judiciary Committee has recommended approval of a bill that would ban fundraising activities for lawmakers during legislative sessions. ...

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Wednesday, February 23, 2022
Conspiracy to Defraud Honolulu Homeless Program Nets Federal Prison Sentences
By News Release @ 5:58 PM :: 1397 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Homelessness, Law Enforcement

... Defendants Sentenced for Scheme to Defraud Local Housing Programs of Over $100,000 ....

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Wednesday, February 23, 2022
Mauna Kea: UH Seeks Cultural Practitioners for 'Cultural Impact Assessment'
By News Release @ 3:45 PM :: 734 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

... possible effects on cultural practices by future land authorizations ....

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Wednesday, February 23, 2022
Dead Bats: Supreme Court Upholds BLNR Approval of Na Pua Makani Windfarm
By News Release @ 2:29 PM :: 831 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy, Environment

... the Board authorized Na Pua Makani to kill up to 51 ‘ōpe‘ape‘a bats ....

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Wednesday, February 23, 2022
​Exempt Hawaii from Jones Act to ensure continued oil imports
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:25 PM :: 1017 Views :: Energy, Jones Act

... the 1920 law is a main reason Hawaii relies on Russia for more than a third of its crude oil supply ....

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Tuesday, February 22, 2022
Cocaine News: Heidi Tsuneyoshi declares candidacy for Governor--as Republican
By News Release @ 7:00 PM :: 2938 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Office of Elections, Politicians, Drugs

... Heidi's husband, Chad Tsuneyoshi, is a federal ex-con convicted for his part in a 1000kg cocaine ring ....

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Tuesday, February 22, 2022
COVID Fraud: Stacy Higa Sentenced to 46 Months in Federal Prison
By News Release @ 6:47 PM :: 1706 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, COVID-19

... Former Executive Director of the Hawaii Commission Sentenced To 46 Months in Prison for Embezzling from AmeriCorps And Offering a Bribe in Return for CARES Act Grants ....

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Tuesday, February 22, 2022
OHA Does not Back HB2024: Wants to Make Money from Telescopes
By Andrew Walden @ 8:03 AM :: 1972 Views

... Mauna Kea should be handed over to us .... We will make money from tolls, tours, and telescopes ....

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Tuesday, February 22, 2022
Hawaii 3rd Highest Jobs Opening Rate
By Selected News Articles @ 1:51 AM :: 1037 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Labor, COVID-19

... where employers are struggling the most in hiring ....

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Tuesday, February 22, 2022
What Census Data Reveals About Hawaii AntiVaxxers
By Selected News Articles @ 1:36 AM :: 2103 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

... analysts looked at the latest information on vaccine hesitancy to find the main reasons why parents don’t want to vaccinate their children ....

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Monday, February 21, 2022
Record graduation rates at UH campuses across the state
By News Release @ 11:50 PM :: 638 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Higher Education, COVID-19

... University of Hawaiʻi campuses across the state achieved record highs in important graduation and retention metrics for the academic year 2020–21, the first full academic year impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic ....

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Monday, February 21, 2022
Hawaii Cost of Living 93% Above US Average
By Selected News Articles @ 2:08 AM :: 1897 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... the cost of living in Hawaii ranks as the highest among states ....

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Monday, February 21, 2022
Hawaii is the #2 state with the most pothole complaints
By News Release @ 1:59 AM :: 679 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

... Hawaii Pothole complaints: 20.6 for every 1,000 km of road ....

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Sunday, February 20, 2022
Samuel Wilder King II, Kalanikupua, Enters OHA At-Large-Trustee Race
By Samuel Wilder King II @ 5:30 PM :: 1299 Views :: OHA

... For more information about the campaign and Sam, please visit his website at votesamking.com ....

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Sunday, February 20, 2022
​SB555: Ban Fundraisers During Session
By News Release @ 3:03 PM :: 642 Views :: Ethics

... The committee on JDC has scheduled a public hearing on 02-22-22 at 9:30 am. ...

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Sunday, February 20, 2022
We Have a Health Care Crisis – And Our Taxes Aren’t Helping
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 845 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

... Medicare will only reimburse medical work at “reasonable charges” and will not reimburse the doctors for the GET they have to pay ....

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Sunday, February 20, 2022
SB2819: $26K Pay Hike for Teachers Outside Collective Bargaining
By News Release @ 2:10 AM :: 1276 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

... 8,700 of Hawaii’s 13,500 public and charter school teachers would have their annual salaries adjusted anywhere from $7,700 to $26,000 under SB2819, depending on their years of service ....

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Sunday, February 20, 2022
Auditor: OHA Created $15M Special Fund, Did not Report to Legislature
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 12:48 AM :: 1053 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... Native Hawaiian Revolving Loan Fund Revolving Fund $15,448,000 ....

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Sunday, February 20, 2022
Election year or not, higher taxes are on the Legislature’s agenda
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:17 AM :: 923 Views :: Taxes

... Watching proposed tax hikes make their way through the Legislature has become an annual tradition ....

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Saturday, February 19, 2022
On the Move in the Legislature: the good, the bad and the ugly
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:57 AM :: 971 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... the Capitol is filled with eager beavers ....

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Saturday, February 19, 2022
Small businesses would be paying for wage hike in more ways than one
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:47 AM :: 971 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

... minimum wage hikes kill jobs for teens, young adults, and the less educated ....

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Saturday, February 19, 2022
SB3250, SB3182 ‘wealth asset tax’ dangerous
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:13 AM :: 1031 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

... ‘wealth tax’ great way to encourage capital flight ....

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Saturday, February 19, 2022
Jones Act lobby sails with dubious job estimates to bolster defense
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:01 AM :: 878 Views :: Jones Act

... The numbers keep increasing, even as the “Jones Act industry” declines ....

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Saturday, February 19, 2022
Chief Justice Seeks Public Comment on Judicial Nominees
By News Release @ 1:41 AM :: 902 Views :: Honolulu County, Judiciary

... judicial nominees for one position each in the District Court and District Family Court of the First Circuit, island of Oahu ....

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Friday, February 18, 2022
Maui County ​Vaccine and testing requirements for restaurants, bars and gyms to be eliminated beginning Feb. 21
By News Release @ 11:17 PM :: 995 Views :: Maui County, COVID-19

... Maui County’s indoor mask requirement must be lifted by the governor ....

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Friday, February 18, 2022
Former HSTA Pres and five others on short list to become Next Ty Cullen
By News Release @ 7:00 PM :: 975 Views :: Honolulu County, Democratic Party, Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... Dems will forward Rosenlee and two others to Gov Ige so he can pick Rosenlee ....

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Friday, February 18, 2022
Chief Investigator: State Attorney General Refusing to Indict Government Corruption Cases
By Andrew Walden @ 1:06 PM :: 3569 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement

"The CLFCU unit was to spearhead the criminal prosecution of White Collar and government corruption crimes. So far, completed cases that were sent to the unit have not been forwarded for indictments and are held in abeyance for no reason." -- Chief Investigator Daniel Hanagami

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Friday, February 18, 2022
Student Press Freedom: Hawaii considers ‘New Voices’ legislation as Senate version clears first legislative hurdles
By Selected News Articles @ 12:57 PM :: 1016 Views :: Education K-12, First Amendment

... Senate Bill 214, and its House companion HB 781, are patterned on the Student Press Law Center’s “New Voices” model legislation ....

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Friday, February 18, 2022
Red Hill: Senate Approves $350M
By News Release @ 2:33 AM :: 859 Views :: Environment, Congressional Delegation, Military

... $250 million in funding for the Navy, Marine Corps, Army, and Air Force to cover expenses incurred related to drinking water contamination and $100 million for the Department of Defense to comply with the State of Hawaii’s emergency order to defuel the Red Hill tanks ....

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