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Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Maui Council to Consider 7.6% Property Tax Hike
By News Release @ 2:38 PM :: 61 Views :: Maui County, Taxes

The hearing will start at 6 p.m. Wednesday April 26 in Council Chambers on the eighth floor of Kalana O Maui at 200 S. High St....

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Talking GMOs at the March for Science
By Joni Kamiya @ 2:07 PM :: 78 Views :: Higher Education, GMOs

...people would lean in close and whisper quietly if we were about GMOs....

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Emergency Preparedness? Hawaii Below Average State
By News Release @ 2:54 AM :: 125 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Military

Preparedness Index assesses all 50 states & District of Columbia for health security and preparedness....

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Oral Health: Hawaii Kids Rank 49th in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 2:35 AM :: 127 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

28 key indicators of cost, quality and access to children’s health care....

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Monday, April 24, 2017
Vice President Mike Pence Visits Am Samoa
By News Release @ 11:22 AM :: 1688 Views :: Military

The Vice President is concluding his trip with a visit to Honolulu, Hawaii on April 24....

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Sunday, April 23, 2017
Tracking Eleven Tax Hike Bills into Secretive Conference Committees
By Andrew Walden @ 8:17 PM :: 5278 Views :: Taxes

Here is a complete list with links to the bill page on the Legislative website....

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Sunday, April 23, 2017
Honolulu Neighborhood Board--List of Contested Races and Candidates
By News Release @ 7:02 PM :: 4095 Views :: Honolulu County

The election is slated to begin April 28, 2017 and end May 19, 2017....

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Sunday, April 23, 2017
Don’t Compel Doctors to Promote State-Favored Programs
By Selected News Articles @ 6:26 PM :: 321 Views :: First Amendment, Life

Compelling licensed professionals to speak the government’s message is dangerous....

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Sunday, April 23, 2017
Best Small Cities to Start a Business? Kaneohe Ranks 1176th
By Selected News Articles @ 3:42 PM :: 389 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

....Kahului, Pearl City, Waipahu, Hilo, Kaneohe....

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Sunday, April 23, 2017
IRS: Hawaii Legislature Voted to Destroy Employee Retirement System
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 1734 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor, Taxes

IRS Ruling: Act 1 Cash Payout to HGEA members would cost ERS its nonprofit status .... 

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Sunday, April 23, 2017
HSTA Contract Agreement: 13.6% Raise, ‘Streamlined Evaluations’
By News Release @ 2:44 AM :: 718 Views :: Labor

HSTA members are very grateful to Gov. David Ige for personally taking part in negotiations over several days to help us....

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Saturday, April 22, 2017
HECO Touts Green Energy Progress on Earth Day
By News Release @ 4:45 AM :: 210 Views :: Energy, Environment

...in 2016 26 percent of the electricity used by customers came from renewable resources - up from 23 percent the year before....

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Saturday, April 22, 2017
Ira Einhorn, Earth Day's Dirty Secret
By Selected News Articles @ 3:02 AM :: 35561 Views :: Environment

Ira Einhorn, Master of Ceremonies, Earth Day Rally on Belmont Plateau in Fairmount Park, Phila, PA, Apr. 22, 1970.

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Saturday, April 22, 2017
Crichton: Environmentalism is a religion
By Selected News Articles @ 3:01 AM :: 55967 Views :: Environment, Religion
There's an initial Eden, a paradise, a state of grace and unity with nature, there's a fall from grace into a state of pollution as a result of eating from the tree of knowledge....
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Saturday, April 22, 2017
Hawaii Family Forum Legislative Week in Review
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 2:32 AM :: 252 Views :: Family, Life

...Upcoming Legislative Dates....

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Friday, April 21, 2017
HB165: How Lawmakers can Deal with Annoying Citizens
By Dr Kelii Akina PhD @ 6:34 PM :: 474 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...HB165 (now headed to a Conference Committee) would modernize the existing Sunshine Law by requiring electronic posting of public agency meeting notices and minutes and making board packets available for public inspection....

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Friday, April 21, 2017
HTA: Tamp Down all this Rat Lungworm Talk
By News Release @ 4:32 PM :: 513 Views :: Health Care, Tourism

“To the visitors already in the Hawaiian Islands or planning a trip here in the coming months, there is no need to be overly concerned. Please patronize our restaurants...."

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Friday, April 21, 2017
The day when America moved toward becoming a global power
By Selected News Articles @ 4:17 PM :: 1225 Views :: Hawaii History

On April 21, 1898, Spain broke off diplomatic relations with the United States....

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Friday, April 21, 2017
HTA: Without TVRs Hawaii Would Lose 15% of Tourists
By News Release @ 4:15 PM :: 569 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

HTA commentary about House Bill 1471 and Senate Bill 704, as they relate to transient accommodations....

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Friday, April 21, 2017
Cayetano to Trump: Cancel Federal Rail Funding
By News Release @ 2:56 PM :: 1202 Views :: Rail

...the Final Environmental Impact Statement concluded that rail would reduce traffic congestion by less than 2% and that “traffic congestion will be worse in the future with rail than what it is today....

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Friday, April 21, 2017
Desperate to Influence Conference Committee, Caldwell Pretends to Take Responsibility for Massive GE Tax Hike
By News Release @ 11:57 AM :: 757 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...Caldwell introduces bill authorizing city to extend GET surcharge to pay for rail construction....

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Friday, April 21, 2017
Are Enviros Finally Ready to Accept Fish Farming?
By Selected News Articles @ 12:25 AM :: 1039 Views :: Environment, Small Business

...some environmentalists are saying open-ocean aquaculture deserves a fresh look....

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Thursday, April 20, 2017
Conference Committee to Hear SB501: Mandatory Abortion Promotion
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 7:04 PM :: 292 Views :: First Amendment, Life

The watered down version of SB501 (Relating to Health) has been scheduled for a hearing in the conference committee tomorrow (04-21-17) at 1:00PM in conference room 016....

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Thursday, April 20, 2017
TMT Contested Case Deadline Set
By News Release @ 7:00 PM :: 474 Views :: Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

...June 13, 2017....

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Thursday, April 20, 2017
Hawaii Officially Proclaims Children of Fallen Patriots Day
By News Release @ 6:52 PM :: 388 Views :: Education K-12, Family, Military

...Governor of Hawaii, David Ige, has officially proclaimed May 13th as Children of Fallen Patriots Day....

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Thursday, April 20, 2017
Punish Judiciary? House Censors Legislator
By Rep Gene Ward @ 3:07 AM :: 545 Views :: First Amendment, Hawaii State Government, Judiciary

Rep Gene Ward today sent Attorney General Doug Chin a letter asking for a first Amendment ruling regarding the potential misuse of censorship on the House Floor on April 11, 2017....

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Thursday, April 20, 2017
Ciber: Company Behind 7-Year HDOT Software Failure Files Bankruptcy
By News Release @ 12:55 AM :: 506 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

2015: State Sues Tech Firm for Buying Influence with Abercrombie Administration....

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017
House-Senate Conference Committee Begins Budget Negotiations
By News Release @ 11:59 PM :: 21 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Early agreements include funds for Medicaid increases, telehealth, housing....

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Accountability? DoE Releases ESSA Plan
By News Release @ 6:09 PM :: 387 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

The 30-day public comment period begins today, Tuesday, April 18, and will run through Thursday, May 18, 2017....

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017
To What Extent Does Your State Rely on Corporate Income Taxes?
By Tax Foundation @ 5:33 PM :: 292 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Corporate income taxes are one of the smallest sources of state and local tax revenue....

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Schatz Gins up Phony Investigation to Help Hotel Industry Beat Airbnb
By Selected News Articles @ 1:21 PM :: 951 Views :: Politicians, Tourism

...Schatz asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Airbnb's impact on rising housing costs, at the AHLA's urging....

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017
‘30-35’ Applications for Honolulu Police Chief—Will Outsiders be Allowed to Compete?
By News Release @ 1:05 PM :: 724 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Police
HB1534: Will Legislators Allow Outsiders to Apply for HPD Chief?
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Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Rich States-Poor States: Hawaii Ranks 43rd
By News Release @ 10:13 PM :: 742 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...after the Legislature finishes raising taxes, Hawaii will be back up to 50th....

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017
FBI Investigating Muslim Terrorists in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 7:34 PM :: 964 Views :: Law Enforcement, Military, Religion

...because a caliphate is in place, more and more Muslims are beginning to practice their religion....

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017
What will happen to Food for Peace cargo preference?
By Michael Hansen @ 7:03 PM :: 364 Views :: Jones Act

...there is new criticism of the Food for Peace program and the requirement that much of the food aid be grown in the U.S. and transported on U.S. flag ships....

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Kawananakoa Letter Debunks OHA LLCs Claim to be Immune from UIPA
By Andrew Walden @ 3:34 PM :: 725 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...attorneys representing Abigail Kawananakoa effectively debunk arguments used by the LLC lawyer Kimberly Greeley in opposition to an earlier open records request--which is still pending--from Hawai'i Free Press....

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Hawaii: April 19 is Tax Freedom Day
By Selected News Articles @ 3:17 PM :: 326 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Tax Freedom Day is the day when the state as a whole has earned enough money to pay its total tax bill for the year....

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Office of Maunakea Management awarded 2017 Preservation Commendation
By News Release @ 2:22 AM :: 566 Views :: Environment, Higher Education, OHA

The Historic Hawaiʻi Foundation will honor the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Office of Maunakea Management (OMKM) for its outstanding preservation efforts of Maunakea....

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Monday, April 17, 2017
Video: Free Market Solutions for Hawaii's Economy
By Video @ 11:51 PM :: 390 Views :: Economy

Affordable housing, homelessness, the high cost of living, and unfunded state worker liabilities. These are just a few of the serious problems facing Hawaii's economy....

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Monday, April 17, 2017
Race for Hawaii Republican Party Chair—Interviews with Ostrov and Tupola
By Video @ 4:49 PM :: 582 Views :: Republican Party

Grassroot Institute President Kelii Akina interviews Andria Tupola and Shirlene Ostrov....

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Sunday, April 16, 2017
Tax Casualty? Maui County Carnival
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 572 Views :: Maui County, Jones Act, Taxes

The 2nd Annual Maui County Carnival, scheduled for April 6-9, 2017, has been cancelled. Skyrocketing state government fees have been blamed....

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Saturday, April 15, 2017
Study: House GOP Blueprint Would Put $5613 in Your Pocket, Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 4:58 AM :: 502 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

There have been a raft of studies recently isolating the effect of certain elements of the House GOP tax reform “Blueprint” on various industries and even the 50 states....

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Saturday, April 15, 2017
Connect to Careers: Preparing next generation of Hawaii workforce
By News Release @ 3:19 AM :: 565 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

...business and education partners including the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii, Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR) and the Hawaii Carpenters Apprenticeship and Training Fund....

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Saturday, April 15, 2017
Free Speech Crackdown on Hawaii Pregnancy Centers Passes House
By Selected News Articles @ 2:19 AM :: 574 Views :: First Amendment, Life

With only 10 of Hawaii's 51 state representatives voting against SB 510....

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Saturday, April 15, 2017
Hawaii Family Forum Legislative Week in Review
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 1:39 AM :: 424 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Life
Upcoming Legislative Dates....
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Friday, April 14, 2017
Telescope Solution: Maunakea World Park?
By News Release @ 4:12 PM :: 669 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

'Maunakea World Park' Advanced by Hawaii Mayor Kim at ILOA Galaxy Forum Kona....

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Friday, April 14, 2017
How to Change the Jones Act
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:05 PM :: 577 Views :: Jones Act

At nearly 100 years old, it is still able to defeat reform efforts … despite a mountain of evidence that it cripples the economy, fails to achieve its aims and is badly in need of modernization....

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Friday, April 14, 2017
House Approves Massive Rail Tax Hike and 37 Other Bills
By News Release @ 2:52 AM :: 714 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Rail, Taxes

...an additional $1.2 billion funding package for the City’s financially troubled rail project....

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Friday, April 14, 2017
Hawaii's Good Friday Holiday - What's Up With That?
By Robert Thomas @ 12:01 AM :: 8992 Views :: 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 13, 2017
To What Extent Does Your State Rely on Property Taxes?
By Selected News Articles @ 9:11 PM :: 487 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

This is the first in a four-part map series in which we will examine the primary sources of state and local tax collections....

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