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Saturday, January 31, 2009
Kenoi Fundraiser payout? Gotti lawyer on Pali murder case
By Andrew Walden @ 12:53 PM :: 4985 Views

Update Jan 31: Hear Malu Motta tapes -- "Like, he did them like nothin', know what I mean?"

Admitted Pali Golf Course shooter Ethan “Malu” Motta apparently had a lot of friends in Hilo—including politicians. Nine months after the January 7, 2004 O`ahu murders, hundreds of Motta’s friends gathered at Hilo’s Nani Mau Gardens to raise funds to help pay his legal fees. Billy Kenoi spoke at the event. Stacey Higa says he was given tickets. One source indicates “700 to 1,000 people” were there. The $100 tickets for the October 30, 2004 “Gathering at the Garden” invite supporters “to share this beautiful evening with family, friends and dignitaries in support of a very special man we love dearly.” A ticket obtained by Hawai`i Free Press, says the event was “Hosted by Billy K. Live & Direct.”

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Saturday, January 31, 2009
Kauai police crime roundup: Sergeant dismissed for sex assault, etc, etc, etc
By Andrew Walden @ 1:56 AM :: 4078 Views

A sergeant was dismissed for “commission of a criminal act,” specified as sexual assault....and much more in this month's Kauai PD news.... 

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Friday, January 30, 2009
Michael Steele elected Chair, Republican National Committee
By Andrew Walden @ 3:22 PM :: 1396 Views

Working to seek voters among a 90% Democrat community may seem an exercise in Republican futility, but in a democracy, it is an inherently unstable arrangement for 90% of any electorate to consistently vote one way. Black voters tip the balance in favor of Democrats in Missouri, Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware, and Maryland. Republicans need only gain 20-30% of the black vote to dramatically shift the balance of power in some or all of these states.

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Thursday, January 29, 2009
Governor submits legislative package
By News Release @ 3:46 PM :: 2435 Views

Governor Linda Lingle on Monday submitted a package of 168 legislative bills to the Hawai‘i State Legislature. 

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Thursday, January 29, 2009
Governor, DLNR unveil "Recreational Renaissance"
By News Release @ 3:43 PM :: 1711 Views

Important changes include adopting a national model that establishes comprehensive standards for maintenance schedules to sustain parks, trails and small boat harbors at a measurable standard, and a new integrated project management approach at DLNR to maximize efficiency and professionalism in maintaining recreational facilities and spaces. 

RELATED: Protection Racket shakes down resort workers, ruins parks HFP June 7, 2008

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009
2009 Hawaii Pork Report released
By News Release @ 11:31 PM :: 1390 Views

Hawaii taxpayers recently paid almost $3,000 for a state employee to travel to Los Angeles for the Grammy Music Awards, according to a new report from The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii (GRIH) and premiere taxpayer watchdog group Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW).

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Governor, Legislators back broadband expansion
By News Release @ 10:45 PM :: 2243 Views

The bill would consolidate regulation of cable operators and telecommunications providers under a single entity, the Hawai‘i Communications Commission....Combining regulation of these two areas under one agency will position the state to take advantage of the 21st century convergence of technologies that are used to provide voice, data and video services

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Administration proposals to close FY09 budget gap
By News Release @ 5:43 PM :: 1302 Views

The following letter from Budget and Finance Director Georgina Kawamura were sent to Senate Ways and Means Chair Donna Mercado Kim and House Finance Chair Marcus Oshiro yesterday afternoon. The letter outlines proposals for closing the FY09 budget gap.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009
$1.87 billion capital improvement project
By Gov. Linda Lingle @ 5:33 PM :: 1403 Views

Current infrastructure funding barely maintains the status quo. This plan proposes new revenue streams, generated by increases in the liquid fuel tax, state vehicle registration fee, vehicle weight tax and rental car surcharges, that would boost the amount of available funds we have from $2 billion to $4 billion for needed highway improvements statewide.

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Monday, January 26, 2009
Full Text: Governor Lingle's State of the State Speech
By Gov. Linda Lingle @ 4:35 PM :: 1338 Views

We can’t meet our responsibility by kicking the can down the road.
We must make meaningful choices now that address the reality we face today while laying the foundation for a better future.
That better future is one that transitions us from an economy over-reliant on land development to one that is innovation-driven and relies on the capacity of our people.

“A number of projects will likely be delayed, curtailed or possibly eliminated.... We will have to ask government employees, like those who work in the private sector, to accept some reduction in wages and benefits.... Some who enjoy special tax credits, exemptions and deductions will see them reduced or eliminated.”

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Friday, January 23, 2009
Pork Frenzy: Lobbyists 'stimulated' by bailout
By Ronald D Utt PhD @ 11:27 AM :: 1611 Views

...not since late 2001, after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon unleashed an unprecedented business, local government, and lobbyist assault on the federal bud­get, has there been such a fiscal feeding frenzy chomp­ing its way through the halls of Congress....

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Friday, January 23, 2009
Fish Fight: Enviros file WESPAC FOIA suit
By News Release @ 10:57 AM :: 1831 Views

Based in Honolulu, WESPAC is the subject of at least two active federal investigations; one by the U.S. Department of Commerce Office of the Inspector General (IG), and another by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO).

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Thursday, January 22, 2009
Governor seeks input on Supreme Court nominees
By News Release @ 11:51 PM :: 1210 Views

Governor Lingle is making the list available to the public to encourage public comment on the nominees.

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Thursday, January 22, 2009
Gas tax increase to pay for highway work
By News Release @ 11:48 PM :: 1345 Views

Under the proposed legislation, the state fuel tax which is currently $0.17 per gallon would be raised to $0.27 per gallon, generating an estimated increase in annual revenues of $51 million.  Vehicle weight taxes, currently set at 3/4 of a cent per pound for vehicles up to 4,000 pounds, would be raised to 2 and 3/4 of a cent per pound, generating an additional $68 million in annual revenues.  Motor vehicle registration fees would also be increased from $25 per year to $45 per year, adding an additional $23.3 million in annual revenues.

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Thursday, January 22, 2009
Obama, the Akaka Bill, and the abolition of slavery in Hawaii
By Andrew Walden @ 2:43 PM :: 5138 Views

As contract laborers their bodies were practically the property of the sugar planters, to be abused and even whipped with black snake whips. In several places the Japanese went on strike to enforce their demand on the planters who were daily violating a US law in keeping them under servitude....

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Governor nominates Michael Dahilig to UH Board of Regents
By News Release @ 11:30 PM :: 1579 Views
HONOLULU – Governor Linda Lingle today announced she has nominated Michael A. Dahilig to fill the remaining University of Hawai‘i Board of Regents at-...
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Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Stepping up job training of inmates on the Big Island
By Lt Gov Duke Aiona @ 10:33 PM :: 2913 Views

On Jan. 14, the state Department of Public Safety opened the Hale Nani facility in Hilo, where a new re-entry program called “START” will provide education, job training and counseling for inmates a few months before their release.

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Saturday, January 17, 2009
Organic food tied to Puna Rat Lungworm outbreak -- more cases reported
By Andrew Walden @ 12:07 PM :: 7714 Views

Another case or Rat Lungworm disease has been diagnosed in the Kapoho-Kalapana area of Puna and more unreported cases have been revealed. The outbreak has been tied to organic farming.

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Friday, January 16, 2009
Akaka Bill rewrite: Tribal jurisdiction for Hawaii?
By Andrew Walden @ 4:02 PM :: 4651 Views

If the language imposed by the Bush Justice Department in 2005 is written out of what will become the 2009 version of the Akaka Bill, the changes could impact the dynamics of Senate debate.  

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Akaka Bill Reading List
By Andrew Walden @ 5:10 PM :: 15822 Views

The Akaka Tribe vs Hawaiians and Hawai`i: dozens of articles and informative links

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Lingle appoints Gilbert Keith-Agaran House Rep. -- Dist 9
By News Release @ 7:38 AM :: 1256 Views

Governor Linda Lingle today appointed Gilbert S. C. Keith-Agaran as the representative for House District 9, which includes Kahului, Wailuku, Pu‘unene, Spreckelsville, and Paia on Maui.  Keith-Agaran will fill the remaining two-year term of the late Representative Bob Nakasone, who passed away on December 7, 2008.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009
H-1 Traffic relief for O`ahu
By News Release @ 12:13 PM :: 1980 Views

The first project focuses on improving the westbound afternoon rush hour commute on the H-1 Freeway from Honolulu to Central and Leeward O‘ahu by adding a 6.2-mile contraflow lane starting at the Radford Drive overpass and ending at the Waiawa Interchange (H1-H-2 merge).

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Monday, January 12, 2009
Fish fight: DLNR to hold public meetings on uhu, weke, and ulua
By Andrew Walden @ 12:22 PM :: 2862 Views

The public discussion will center on using minimum size rules to protect harvested resource fish that may be at risk of being over harvested, and will focus on at least three main fish families that the DLNR feels may be in need of updated regulations.  They are: Parrotfish (uhu), Goatfish (weke), and Jacks (ulua/papio).

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Saturday, January 10, 2009
The day the job market turned
By Andrew Walden @ 1:36 PM :: 1561 Views
Basically, when Aloha Airlines was closing and Altres helped sponsor a job fair for the employees, from that moment on, it completely shifted.
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Friday, January 09, 2009
Additional $125 M shortfall: Governor Lingle responds to reduced revenue forecast
By News Release @ 9:32 PM :: 1261 Views
The lower revenue projections reflect the challenges we will face as a state in the next couple of years, and underscore the need for all of us to work together. By law the State is required to enact a budget and financial plan that does not result in a deficit at the end of the fiscal year.
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Thursday, January 08, 2009
Newly discovered video: Bob Jacobson, other leftists greet Dennis Kucinich
By Andrew Walden @ 4:42 PM :: 3561 Views
Painfully hilarious: You gotta see this peek into the inner workings of the Hawaii County Council....
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Thursday, January 08, 2009
Hawai`i progressives dump Obama: “How soon can he be impeached?”
By Andrew Walden @ 4:02 PM :: 4230 Views
Writing at Disappearednews.com, Larry Geller of Kaua`i asks: “How soon can he be impeached?”
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Wednesday, January 07, 2009
Lingle Admin: Two proposals for Turtle Bay purchase
By News Release @ 8:37 PM :: 1314 Views
The State’s offers allowed for an exit strategy that would have eliminated or limited the need to use State tax dollars to acquire the land. This included possible options of the State selling, and/or working with other entities that would purchase the resort hotel, golf courses, related businesses and condominiums as part of the financing.
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Wednesday, January 07, 2009
Hawai`i ceded lands anti-Semitism? Hawai`i ceded lands anti-Semitism?
By Andrew Walden @ 3:25 PM :: 4487 Views
“No anti-Semitism here” insist OHA's admittedly pro-Palestinian protesters January 3 lining Kanoelehua St.
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Wednesday, January 07, 2009
Obama's Church: Millionaire neurosurgeon stops paying for elderly mom's nursing home
By Andrew Walden @ 12:55 PM :: 2881 Views
This case is being used as an argument in favor of socialized medicine. We're just going to put all these pieces together in one place and let readers explore all the interconnections...
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Tuesday, January 06, 2009
Three New Year's Resolutions with the Economy in Mind
By Willes Lee @ 12:11 AM :: 1512 Views
1. Economic Stabilization & Revitalization
2. Energy Independence
3. Education Focused on STEM
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Monday, January 05, 2009
Ceded lands: OHA’s attack on constitutional rights
By Andrew Walden @ 2:21 PM :: 4918 Views
All citizens should be alarmed that the Office of Hawaiian Affairs is attempting to use political pressure to force the State of Hawai`i to abandon its “ceded lands” appeal to the US Supreme Court. OHA apparently expects to lose out in any Supreme Court decision. In spite of the fact that 32 other states support Hawai`i’s appeal, OHA does not respect the right to have the case heard before the Supreme Court.

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Monday, January 05, 2009
Obama loses Richardson: More pay to play
By Andrew Walden @ 1:44 PM :: 1662 Views
A federal grand jury is investigating how a California firm that contributed to the political activities of New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, the nominee to head the Commerce Department, won a lucrative government contract.
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Monday, January 05, 2009
News to Puna: Raw Food=Rat Lungworm
By Andrew Walden @ 1:35 AM :: 5997 Views

Humans have been cooking food since before they were Homo sapiens....but ... There was a raw food festival in Novemeber 20-23, 2008 in Kalapana....and now ... an outbreak of Rat Lungworm disease....

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Saturday, January 03, 2009
Governor nominates five UH Regents
By News Release @ 4:19 PM :: 1514 Views
Governor Linda Lingle today announced she has selected five individuals to immediately replace University of Hawai‘i regents who have been serving as holdovers.
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Friday, January 02, 2009
Governor Lingle nominates prosecutor Rom Trader Judge First Circuit
By News Release @ 6:40 PM :: 3066 Views
Governor Linda Lingle today nominated Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Rom Alex Trader to serve as a judge of the First Circuit Court (O‘ahu). Trader’s nomination is subject to confirmation by the Hawai‘i State Senate.
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Thursday, January 01, 2009
$1.8 B Capital improvement initiative
By Gov. Linda Lingle @ 12:01 AM :: 1986 Views
The start of the New Year offers us a chance to think about what we would like to achieve in the coming months and how we can work together. A major focus for my Administration is our collaborative capital improvement initiative.
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