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Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Hawaii residents most likely to live paycheck to paycheck
By News Release @ 2:59 AM :: 2805 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...Total leftover income after cost of living expenses: -$367.09  Hawaii is the only state where the median earner is in the hole....

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Gun Deaths Per Capita: Hawaii ranks 49th
By News Release @ 2:39 AM :: 3884 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Second Amendment

Household Gun Ownership 12.5 percent....

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Monday, January 16, 2017
Full Text: New report concludes Airbnb has ‘no material impact’ on Hawaii housing inventory
By News Release @ 4:48 PM :: 3425 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism, Cost of Living

Listings booked more than half the year on AirBnB make up only 0.18% of Hawaii housing stock....

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Monday, January 16, 2017
Oahu Veterans Treatment Court Celebrates 22 Successful Graduates
By News Release @ 4:20 PM :: 3261 Views :: Judiciary, Law Enforcement, Military

Twenty-two veterans have now successfully completed the First Circuit program since it was initiated by Judge Edward Kubo in 2013....

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Monday, January 16, 2017
Akina: Make King’s dream a reality for Hawaii
By Tax Foundation @ 4:17 PM :: 2048 Views :: OHA

Today, there is a growing stereotype of Native Hawaiians as a monolithic group that opposes all that is American and asserts exclusive rights against the majority of others who have made Hawaii their home. This stereotype is clearly not the true picture....

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Sunday, January 15, 2017
Legislature Opening Day Wednesday January 18
By News Release @ 11:39 PM :: 1871 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Convening at 10AM ....

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Sunday, January 15, 2017
Architects: Put Rail on the Ground—Save $4.2B
By News Release @ 5:17 PM :: 3595 Views :: Rail

Modifying the HART project to allow street level operation for the final five miles will save money ($2.9 - $4.2B), will save time (completed in 2020 vs. 2025) and will provide a much more environmentally acceptable system Downtown that can be easily extended to Waikiki and UH Manoa....

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Sunday, January 15, 2017
Michael, Row the Boat Ashore
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 2458 Views :: Jones Act, Taxes

On December 13, 2016, Governor Ige signed off on, and thereby finalized, significant increases in fees charged by the Department of Transportation Harbors Division....

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Sunday, January 15, 2017
UHERO Adjusts Economic Forecast Upward Thanks to Trump
By UHERO @ 1:37 AM :: 2540 Views :: Economy

...we have adjusted upward modestly our forecast for gross domestic product in 2017 to 2019....

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Sunday, January 15, 2017
Obama Admin: Hawaii DOI Rule Part of ‘Renewed Era of Federal-Tribal Relations’
By News Release @ 12:55 AM :: 3193 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

... Native Hawaiians are the largest indigenous group in the United States that lacks a government-to-government relationship with the United States.  (Because 'indigenous' does not equal 'tribal'.  Hello?) ....

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Sunday, January 15, 2017
Obamacare? Nobody Wants it Less than Honolulu
By Selected News Articles @ 12:11 AM :: 2789 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

Hawaii CD1 has the lowest Obamacare enrollment in the USA....

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Saturday, January 14, 2017
Ige: School system is simply not relevant to today’s students
By News Release @ 5:56 PM :: 2268 Views :: Education K-12

The success of today’s students in the future workplace and in our communities requires an absolute reboot of the rigid school system....

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Friday, January 13, 2017
Hawaii State Capitol Korea-Vietnam Veterans Memorial Vandalized With Excrement
By Rep Bob McDermott @ 3:47 PM :: 4000 Views :: Homelessness, Military

The accumulation of excrement and hundreds of flies have now become a serious public health problem in the front yard of the Hawaii State Capitol....

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Friday, January 13, 2017
Obamacare Repeal: How Will it Affect Hawaii?
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:22 PM :: 3553 Views :: Health Care

Dr Goodman is one of four people who have most influenced the changes shaping our health care system....

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Friday, January 13, 2017
Hawaii Healthcare Access Cut off by Regulations
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:21 PM :: 2734 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...some great scores...and some very, very poor ones....

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Friday, January 13, 2017
Hawaii Supreme Court: Do County Plans Override Zoning Laws?
By Robert Thomas @ 1:55 PM :: 3395 Views :: Maui County, Land Use

... the parcel is zoned "Hotel" but is designated on the Community Plan as "park" ....

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Friday, January 13, 2017
Did Activists Meet Deadline to Challenge Council Candidate?
By Robert Thomas @ 1:46 PM :: 3953 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Office of Elections

...Writ to Watch: Hyland v. Gonzales....

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Friday, January 13, 2017
UH: Students and Faculty Who Stay Home and Cry on Inauguration Day will Have to Make up Work
By News Release @ 5:26 AM :: 2913 Views :: First Amendment, Higher Education

...faculty need to make arrangements with their chair or dean for absence....

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Friday, January 13, 2017
Ige Campaign Manager Shows up on Two More Judicial Nomination Lists
By News Release @ 3:23 AM :: 2962 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary

Just in case Ige chickens out on the ICA nomination ....

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Friday, January 13, 2017
New DLNR Police Chief Announced
By News Release @ 2:02 AM :: 3125 Views :: Environment, Law Enforcement

Robert Farrell retired in 2015 as Assistant Chief for the California Department of Fish and Game. After retirement, Robert went to work for DOCARE as a conservation officer assigned to the Hilo district....

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Friday, January 13, 2017
Ige Announces Contracts for 33 Homeless Shelters, Claims Increase in Bed Count
By News Release @ 12:44 AM :: 2322 Views :: Homelessness

Additionally, the shelters are proposing to double the number of people they place in permanent housing from approximately 3,000 to 6,200....

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Friday, January 13, 2017
OHA Officially Named Papahānaumokuākea co-trustee
By News Release @ 12:33 AM :: 2358 Views :: Environment, OHA

...the state and two federal departments formalized an agreement adding OHA as a co-trustee of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument....

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Thursday, January 12, 2017
Best Places for STEM Professionals? After Dropping Billions on Phony High Tech Tax Credits, Honolulu Ranks 95th
By News Release @ 10:23 PM :: 2449 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

... What do we have to show for $2B in High-Tech tax credits?  Nothing ....

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Thursday, January 12, 2017
Hawaii Better to Rent Than Buy
By News Release @ 9:42 PM :: 3143 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

Home Ownership More Costly Than Renting on Oahu, Maui, Big Island ....

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Thursday, January 12, 2017
Pedestrian Deaths—Hawaii Ranks 26th
By News Release @ 9:30 PM :: 2930 Views :: Development, Hawaii Statistics

...older adults are over-represented among pedestrian deaths....

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Thursday, January 12, 2017
KIUC Signs 20MW ‘Peaker’ Battery Deal
By News Release @ 9:14 PM :: 3128 Views :: Kauai County, Energy

It will be the largest solar-plus-utility-scale-battery system in the state of Hawaiʻi and one of the biggest storage systems in the world....

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Thursday, January 12, 2017
Hawaii pension debt rises to $12 billion, but the real debt is more like $35 billion
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:16 PM :: 3059 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

State lawmakers were in shock this week as Hawaii’s pension debt increased from $8 billion to $12 billion....

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Thursday, January 12, 2017
Campaign-Finance Rules Chill Speech Unrelated to Election Campaigns
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:13 PM :: 3753 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment

Case on appeal to Supreme Court challenges "chilling effect" of campaign finance law....

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Which States Rely the Most on Federal Aid?–Hawaii 46th
By Tax Foundation @ 10:07 PM :: 1883 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

...states that rely heavily on federal assistance tend to have modest tax collections and a relatively large low-income population....

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Kakaako Kickbacks: Ethics Commission Investigates OHA Trustee Peter Apo
By Video @ 5:30 PM :: 4620 Views :: Ethics, Development, OHA

Heads Are Starting To Roll At The Office Of Hawaiian Affairs....

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Third UH Manoa Chancellor Candidate Magically Appears on Campus
By News Release @ 4:16 PM :: 2875 Views :: Ethics, Higher Education

Robel was (allegedly) originally identified as a finalist (but not publicly identified) and invited to campus at the same time as finalists John V. White and Sonny Ramaswamy, (who were identified as the only two finalists) but was unable to accept the invitation at that time.  (Whatever that means.)....

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Repeat Welfare Fraudster Gets Five Years Prison
By News Release @ 2:40 PM :: 2814 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Homelessness

From April 1, 2010 through April 30, 2014, Ponce, also known as Mary Jane Dalumpinis, was overpaid $3,723.00 in food stamp benefits....

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017
HDOT Sets Public Meeting on Use of OR&L Right of Way
By News Release @ 2:32 PM :: 2865 Views :: Hawaii History, Rail

...the OR&L ROW, a 40-foot wide stretch from Central Waipahu to Piliokahe Gulch in Nanakuli, owned by HDOT....

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017
State Announces 10-Year Invasive Species Plan
By News Release @ 1:57 PM :: 3060 Views :: Environment, Agriculture, Law Enforcement

...the State’s first interagency and comprehensive biosecurity plan to protect Hawai‘i’s agriculture, environment, economy and health....

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Full Text: Hawaii Kai Homeless Map Cleared by Attorney General
By Rep Gene Ward @ 12:51 PM :: 3338 Views :: First Amendment, Homelessness

According to Deputy Attorney General Diane Tiara, the Hawaii Kai Homeless Map poses no legal or constitutional issues....

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Full Text: ACLU Asks Feds to Investigate Hawaii Prison Conditions
By News Release @ 4:10 AM :: 2151 Views :: Law Enforcement

“Hawaii policymakers have long been warned that without a long-term plan to manage the growth of incarceration, the state could revert to conditions that led to class-action lawsuits and federal oversight."

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017
151 Candidates Register for Honolulu Neighborhood Board Elections
By News Release @ 9:25 PM :: 3093 Views :: Honolulu County

The deadline to apply as a candidate is February 17, 2017....

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Video GMO story: The near death and rescue of the Hawaiian papaya
By Selected News Articles @ 2:59 PM :: 2799 Views :: GMOs

The tiny anti-GMO movement in Hawaii grew into a sizable force in 2013-14, thanks largely to funding and directional support from organizations on the US mainland....

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017
UH Med School Resources Used to Organize Anti-Trump Protest
By News Release @ 1:35 PM :: 3880 Views :: First Amendment, Higher Education
Jerris Hedges, MD, JABSOM Dean said, “JABSOM is proud that our students hold such strong community values and will speak up for those patients who may not have a voice in the rapidly changing healthcare landscape.”
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Monday, January 09, 2017
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted January 9, 2017
By Congress.org @ 8:56 PM :: 1419 Views
Senate: Fiscal 2017 Budget Resolution
House: Objecting to UN Resolution 2334 Concerning Israeli-Palestinian Peace
House: Executive Regulations
House: Midnight Rules
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Monday, January 09, 2017
Hawaii most racially integrated state (Except Healthcare)
By News Release @ 5:22 PM :: 2735 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

Hawaii ranks 44th in "equality and integration" of healthcare....

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Monday, January 09, 2017
Problems with the Rail Initiative - Indebted to the HART
By Video @ 4:21 PM :: 2074 Views :: Rail
The Future of Rail on Oahu: Plan A, B, or C?
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Monday, January 09, 2017
Assisted Suicide: 2017 Bill Written to Facilitate Elder Abuse
By News Release @ 10:00 AM :: 2628 Views :: Health Care, Life

The bill eliminates “safeguards” from current doctor-prescribed suicide laws and proposals....

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Sunday, January 08, 2017
Lawyer: OHA Transferred Waimea Valley to Private Company Controlled by CEO Crabbe
By Andrew Walden @ 7:43 PM :: 8618 Views :: Ethics, OHA

According to its attorney, a private company controlled by OHA CEO Kamana’o Crabbe now possesses sole title to the 1,875 acres comprising Waimea Valley....

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Sunday, January 08, 2017
Native Hawaiian Astronomers Testify in Support of Telescope
By News Release @ 2:11 PM :: 4015 Views :: Hawaii County , Higher Education, OHA

“I see Maunakea as a special place that allows us to understand and study our origins....”

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Sunday, January 08, 2017
What's Next for Marijuana Tax?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 3002 Views :: Taxes, Drugs

... legislators are considering a special, higher GET rate for marijuana, but haven’t decided upon that rate yet ....

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Saturday, January 07, 2017
Hawaii Assisted Suicide Bill Abandons Safeguards
By Selected News Articles @ 1:04 AM :: 2536 Views :: Life

The bill gives insurance programs the opportunity to cut costs by denying payment of more expensive treatments while approving payment for the less costly prescription for a lethal drug overdose....

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Friday, January 06, 2017
Hawaiian Electric seeks onshore wind farm developers on Oahu
By News Release @ 11:56 PM :: 2942 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy

The purpose of this announcement is to show that insufficient wind projects are proposed for Oahu thus justifying an inter-island cable ....

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Friday, January 06, 2017
Report: Only 46% of HC&S Cane Workers Find New Jobs
By News Release @ 9:51 PM :: 4430 Views :: Maui County, Agriculture, Labor

The sole purpose of the taskforce was to help the 675 workers who were laid off last year....

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Friday, January 06, 2017
Retirement: HPD Chief Kealoha Finally Forced Out
By News Release @ 8:27 PM :: 4380 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Police

...Kealoha was not at today’s closed-door meeting....

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