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Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Peter Pakemai, Master Canoe Carver
By Selected News Articles @ 11:59 PM :: 1858 Views :: National News

Peter Pakemai, a far-sighted traditionalist died in mid-January on Yap....

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Information sessions for Oahu Neighborhood Board Candidates
By News Release @ 11:25 PM :: 2069 Views :: Honolulu County

There are 437 seats available for 33 neighborhood boards....

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Rep Kaniela Ing: Tickets, Lies, and Bin Laden
By Andrew Walden @ 6:10 PM :: 4011 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Politicians

...Legislative Candidate Mark Ing: Bin Laden Was “Leading a Movement Against the American Crusade”

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017
‘Challenging and exciting times’
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:07 PM :: 2019 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...challenging times include high shipping costs, high taxes, a high rate of public sector unionism, shaky government pension programs, inadequate housing supply and pervasive homelessness, excessive business and employment regulations, cronyism and corruption....

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017
SB938: Eliminate DoTax 10% Rail Skim
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:58 PM :: 2347 Views :: Rail, Taxes

Grassroot Institute Urges Legislature to Act on Surcharge "Skimming"....

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017
BLNR Approves Big Island Carbon Credit Scam
By News Release @ 2:52 PM :: 2358 Views :: Environment, Tax Credits

...Growing Trees will Provide Opportunity for Purchase of Credits....

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017
County workers in Hawaii make highest wages in the nation
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:22 PM :: 4332 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

...county workers in Hawaii make a mean average wage of $61,365 a year....

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017
‘Natural’ Toxins for your Baby: ‘Homeopathic’ Profiteers Refuse Recall Order
By News Release @ 12:21 PM :: 2949 Views :: Ethics, Agriculture, Health Care, GMOs

...Hyland’s homeopathic teething tablet products labeled as containing belladonna....

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Former Hawaii GOP Chair Joins National Rifle Association Board
By Willes Lee @ 11:38 AM :: 2200 Views :: Second Amendment

...Willes K. Lee was sworn in today as the newest member of the National Rifle Association's board of directors....

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Call for a Forensic Audit at OHA
By Selected News Articles @ 11:23 AM :: 2156 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...spending has more than doubled to over $51,000,000 annually in 2015, while actual beneficiary spending has remained constant over the years at only $9,000,000 per year....

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Robert Lindsey: OHA Trustees Must “Walk on Water, Be Holier Than Thou”
By Andrew Walden @ 3:50 AM :: 2721 Views :: Ethics, OHA

"I have said at our People's table several times and I know I'm beginning to sound like a broken record: To be at our table one must have 'clean hands,' 'be able to walk on water (like Jesus)' and be 'Holier than thou.'"

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Trump Immigration: UH Administrators Pander Relentlessly
By News Release @ 2:49 AM :: 1566 Views :: Higher Education

Do you remember all the ‘concern’ expressed by UH Admin in 2011 when The Obama banned Iraqis?  No?  Me neither....

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017
2016 National Citizen Survey for the City and County of Honolulu
By News Release @ 1:49 AM :: 1916 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics

This is the eighth National Citizen Survey of Honolulu residents conducted for the City....

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017
High-Speed Internet: Hawaii Schools #1 in USA
By News Release @ 1:25 AM :: 1950 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics

...every student in Hawaii, Kentucky, North Dakota, South Carolina, and Wyoming meets the minimum connectivity goal of 100 kilobits per second (kbps) per student....

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017
New Tourism Record for 2016 -- 8.9 Million Arrivals
By News Release @ 12:51 AM :: 1605 Views :: Tourism

This marked the fifth straight year of record growth....

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Monday, January 30, 2017
VIDEO: UH Manoa Chancellor Candidates Public Forum
By Video @ 10:39 PM :: 1924 Views :: Higher Education

Please leave feedback through the executive search website....

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Monday, January 30, 2017
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted January 30, 2017
By Congress.org @ 4:17 PM :: 1922 Views :: Congressional Delegation
Senate: GAO Access and Oversight Act
Senate: Confirmation of Gen. James Mattis to be Secretary of Defense
Senate: Confirmation of Gen. John Kelly to be Secretary of Homeland Security
Senate: Confirmation of Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo to be Director of the CIA
Senate: Confirmation of South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley to be UN ambassador 
House: Abortion Funding
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Monday, January 30, 2017
Notice of Anticipated Judicial Vacancy – Circuit Court of the Third Circuit
By News Release @ 10:01 AM :: 2519 Views :: Hawaii County , Judiciary

... nomination deadline is Monday, March 13, 2017 -- application deadline is Thursday, April 27, 2017 ....

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Sunday, January 29, 2017
OHA 2016 Check Register: Money Flows to Lawyers, LLCs, Insiders and More
By Andrew Walden @ 9:00 PM :: 4330 Views :: Ethics, OHA

See the complete, searchable OHA FY2016 Check Register ....

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Sunday, January 29, 2017
Hawaii Attorney General Sues Trump to Keep Muslim ‘Refugees’ Flowing Into Country
By Selected News Articles @ 5:10 PM :: 4218 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement, Military

...We have lots of liberal federal judges here so we can get a favorable ruling without difficulty....

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Sunday, January 29, 2017
Ige Campaign Manager Shows up on Fourth Judicial Nomination List
By News Release @ 5:06 PM :: 2295 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary

Ige’s office did not immediately respond to questions about whether the governor would also enlist Duffy in deliberations over the Circuit Court appointments….

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Sunday, January 29, 2017
12 Caldwell administration cabinet members confirmed
By News Release @ 4:58 PM :: 1481 Views :: Honolulu County

...the Honolulu City Council confirmed the appointment of the following cabinet members....

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Sunday, January 29, 2017
Judge Throws Criminal Al Hee’s Company Out of Court
By News Release @ 4:51 PM :: 2523 Views :: DHHL, Ethics

...Sandwich Isles sued the PUC to restore millions of dollars in federal subsidies....

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Sunday, January 29, 2017
239 Candidates Register for Honolulu Neighborhood Board Elections
By News Release @ 2:27 PM :: 1999 Views :: Honolulu County

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

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Sunday, January 29, 2017
Duke Aiona: “What is Your Legislator Pushing?”
By Lt Gov Duke Aiona @ 2:10 PM :: 2938 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Life

Legislative Agenda for Your Life: Abortion, legalized drugs, transsexual children, gambling, and suicide ....

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Sunday, January 29, 2017
Peek-A-Boo -- I See Your Tax Return
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 1571 Views :: Ethics
Would the proponents of this bill be willing to demonstrate their endorsement of that policy by producing their own tax returns for all to see?
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Saturday, January 28, 2017
Trask: Trustee Apo uses OHA Resources for Private Business Deals
By Selected News Articles @ 5:44 PM :: 2191 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...communications from Apo to his OHA secretary regarding accessing OHA Protocol funds for his private contract with Civil Beat....

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Saturday, January 28, 2017
VIDEO: School Choice Dance 2017!
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:42 PM :: 1517 Views :: Education K-12

Students, parents and teachers from Lanakila Baptist School held a special event this week to celebrate National School Choice Week....

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Saturday, January 28, 2017
FSMA: Unknown Regulatory Threat Leaves Agriculture in Limbo
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:27 PM :: 2130 Views :: Agriculture, Small Business
“The little guy gets squeezed out.”
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Saturday, January 28, 2017
VIDEO: OHA Board Protesters Throw Salt, Call for FBI Investigation
By Video @ 1:54 AM :: 2494 Views :: Ethics, OHA
"Your CEO last year gave a gift of half a million dollars to the IUCN global environmental conference so that he and a few others could become a master of ceremonies for a Hollywood-like opening event."
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Friday, January 27, 2017
Third Circuit Seeking Applicants for Independent Grand Jury Counsels
By News Release @ 9:23 PM :: 1672 Views :: Judiciary

... Independent Grand Jury Counsels (Hilo and Kona) ....

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Friday, January 27, 2017
Hawaii 8th Largest Educational Attainment Gap
By News Release @ 1:37 PM :: 1739 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Higher Education

Generally, the higher the level of education one attains, the more income potential grows and the lower chances of unemployment become....

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Friday, January 27, 2017
Governor says treat symptoms, not causes of our economic woes
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:42 PM :: 1868 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

3,600 words full of spending proposals and sunny guarantees about the future....

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Friday, January 27, 2017
Homeless Community Outreach Court is Now Open
By News Release @ 12:37 PM :: 2878 Views :: Homelessness, Judiciary, Law Enforcement

Four homeless individuals who collectively had more than 50 pending citations and/or warrants appeared before The Honorable Clarence A. Pacarro.....

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Friday, January 27, 2017
OHA Audit: Trustee says it’s time to reassure beneficiaries
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:22 PM :: 2068 Views :: Ethics, OHA
“OHA currently undergoes three types of audits, but none of these audits focus on identifying internal weaknesses such as fraud, waste, and abuse....”
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Friday, January 27, 2017
Honolulu 7th Most Expensive Housing on Earth
By Selected News Articles @ 1:36 AM :: 2270 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...unaffordable housing is almost everywhere and every time caused by the same factor: housing supply restrictions....

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Thursday, January 26, 2017
Farm Bureau: 12 Anti-Agriculture Bills Introduced to Legislature
By News Release @ 3:05 PM :: 2968 Views :: Agriculture, Greenmail, GMOs

...Bills that could increase the regulatory and financial burdens on Hawaii farmers....

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Thursday, January 26, 2017
Grassroot: Stop the Return of Earmarks
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:52 PM :: 2023 Views :: Ethics, Congressional Delegation

We congratulate the Senate Republican Conference for its vote on January 10th to keep the ban on earmarks....

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Thursday, January 26, 2017
Haven of Aloha: Democrats Declare Hawaii to be a ‘Safe Space’ from The Trumpmonster
By News Release @ 12:10 PM :: 2932 Views :: Democratic Party, First Amendment

"... the 2016 presidential and congressional elections ... outcome is unacceptable to the people of Hawai’i and contrary to the core values of our society...."

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Thursday, January 26, 2017
SB702 Would Punish Short-Term Rentals Like Sexual Assaults
By Selected News Articles @ 10:01 AM :: 2744 Views :: Law Enforcement, Tourism, Cost of Living

Hawaii lawmakers want to make unlicensed short-term rentals a class C felony....

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Thursday, January 26, 2017
Study: More Corrupt States Have Higher Public Debt
By Selected News Articles @ 2:18 AM :: 1993 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii Statistics

The link between corruption and debt is particularly prominent for private projects, such as stadiums....

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Thursday, January 26, 2017
Hawaii #2 in USA for Arrests of K-12 Students
By News Release @ 1:52 AM :: 2509 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Law Enforcement

And a whopping 9.8% of Hawaii K-12 students were referred to law enforcement, by far the highest in USA....

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Thursday, January 26, 2017
Medicare Overbilling: Hawaii ranks 16th
By News Release @ 1:14 AM :: 1965 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...Waste Chief Reason Medicare Predicted to be Bankrupt by 2028....

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Full Text: 2017 State of the Judiciary Address
By News Release @ 6:26 PM :: 1869 Views :: Judiciary

...courts are helping to address the underlying problems that affect our community through programs like the Veterans Treatment Court, Mental Health Court, Drug Court, HOPE Probation, and the Steps to Avoid Eviction program....

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Who Covered up OHA Sex Harassment Settlement?
By Video @ 6:20 PM :: 2589 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...They Kept It A Secret From Everyone Until After The Election....

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017
HB1367: Accountability and Involvement with Homeless Provider Agencies
By News Release @ 5:47 PM :: 1912 Views :: Ethics, Homelessness

Amends the definition of provider agency for homelessness services to include nonprofits that accept funds without a contract. Requires annual reports of providers' effectiveness....

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Crabbes in the Bucket: Secret OHA Employee Surveys Reveal Distrust, Anger
By Andrew Walden @ 3:23 AM :: 3288 Views :: OHA

"Too much want-a-bees getting caught up in the hype of being N(ative) H(awaiian) cultural experts...."

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Hawaii Non-Governmental Workers Receive Lowest Pay in USA
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:59 PM :: 3351 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Cost of Living

...non-government workers in Hawaii make, on average, $43,544 in annual pay and benefits (adjusted for cost of living) which ranks as the lowest compensation in in the nation....

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Making property taxes less taxing
By Rachelle Chang @ 11:58 PM :: 1693 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes

A few weeks ago, Hawaii homeowners received their 2017 property tax assessments. It was not a pleasant way to end the holidays or start the new year....

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Trump infrastructure priority list focuses on Public-Private Partnerships--Does Not Include Honolulu Rail
By Selected News Articles @ 7:26 PM :: 2849 Views :: Rail

The document obtained by the Star proposes funding the projects as public-private partnerships, with half the money coming from private investment....

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