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Wednesday, January 31, 2018
OHA Draft Audit: Millions given to those who “know how and who to ask.”
By News Release @ 9:44 PM :: 2710 Views :: Ethics, OHA

"...OHA is extremely disappointed with the unauthorized release of the draft audit...."

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Honolulu Neighborhood Boards--27 Vacant Positions
By News Release @ 7:18 PM :: 1359 Views :: Honolulu County

...Apply to your local Neighborhood Board to be appointed to fill a vacant position....

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018
ACLU: Financially Successful Criminals Can Make Bail
By News Release @ 4:48 PM :: 1623 Views :: Judiciary, Justice Reinvestment, Law Enforcement

...ACLU wants lots of unconvicted criminals back out on the streets....

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Report: Hawaii is an Expensive Place to Get Married
By Selected News Articles @ 2:47 PM :: 2270 Views :: Family, Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Tourism, Cost of Living

...the cost only adds more stress, with the average couple shelling out over $35,000 for their big day....

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Trigger Modification Ban and Other Anti-Gun Bills To Be Heard in Committee
By News Release @ 3:38 AM :: 1236 Views :: Second Amendment

...On Thursday, February 1st, the Hawaii state Senate Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental, and Military Affairs will be considering Senate Bill 2046 and Senate Bill 2436, and the House Committee on Judiciary will be considering House Bill 2024....

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Video and Text: President Trump State of the Union Address
By Video @ 11:15 PM :: 1362 Views :: National News

...As long as we are proud of who we are and what we are fighting for, there is nothing we cannot achieve. As long as we have confidence in our values, faith in our citizens, and trust in our God, we will never fail....

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018
OHA Audit: LLCs Refuse to Show Check Registers
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:02 PM :: 1745 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...Trustee Keli‘i Akina urges LLCs not to obstruct audit....

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018
HSTA Pushing Massive Property Tax Hike
By News Release @ 3:22 PM :: 2278 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Taxes, Tourism

....more money and less accountability....

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Hawaii: Economic Impact of Immigration
By Selected News Articles @ 1:13 PM :: 1290 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics

...comparing the economic impact of foreign-born populations on the 50 states and the District of Columbia...

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018
DLNR Website Promotes Legal Hiking Trails
By News Release @ 12:53 PM :: 1534 Views :: Environment, Tourism

...More than 100 Trails in Na Ala Hele Trail & Access Program Featured....

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Captive Insurance Puts $1B into Hawaii Banks
By News Release @ 12:46 PM :: 1222 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics

...Hawaii was ranked third in the U.S. based upon total premium, fourth in the U.S. for largest captive domiciles and eleventh in the world based on total number of active captive licenses....

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018
FCC: Hawaii false missile alert sent by worker believing attack was real
By News Release @ 11:28 AM :: 2251 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Military

...Federal Communications Commission conducts open meeting to hear investigator's report on false missile alert....

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018
HB1970: Support Apprentice Hunting in the Aloha State
By News Release @ 2:02 AM :: 1063 Views :: Second Amendment

...On Wednesday, January 31st, the Hawaii House Committee on Water and Land will hold a hearing on House Bill 1970....

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Wage floor great for robots
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:57 AM :: 1410 Views :: Labor, Small Business

...it’s not a living wage if you’ve been replaced by a robot....

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Monday, January 29, 2018
Olelo TV Moving to Siberia?
By News Release @ 8:52 PM :: 1746 Views :: First Amendment, Hawaii State Government

...Spectrum is channel slamming ‘Ōlelo – displacing channels 49, 53, 54, and 55, including Video On Demand channels 50 and 52....

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Monday, January 29, 2018
$1M Per Bed -- State Contract to Design, Build New State Hospital Building
By News Release @ 8:18 PM :: 1158 Views :: Health Care

...$140M for 144 beds....

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Monday, January 29, 2018
Rep Cynthia Thielen for House Speaker
By Rep Cynthia Thielen @ 7:29 PM :: 2227 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

...To stop the factional fighting and stalemate-causing dysfunction in the Hawaii House of Representatives, Representative Cynthia Thielen has placed her name for consideration as Speaker....

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Monday, January 29, 2018
UH to target former students for degree completion?
By News Release @ 3:10 PM :: 1280 Views :: Higher Education

...a two-day planning session to craft a strategy to encourage thousands of former UH students to return to school....

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Monday, January 29, 2018
‘Audit The Rail’ in Twilight Zone
By Joe Kent @ 2:08 AM :: 1770 Views :: Ethics, Rail, Taxes

...elected officials raised taxes to pay for Honolulu County’s rail system while indicating their intention to conduct an in-depth, forensic audit of the over-budget, behind-schedule megaproject....

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Sunday, January 28, 2018
Ethics Complaint: 'Sen DelaCruz Using Office for Personal Gain'
By News Release @ 7:39 PM :: 2632 Views :: Ethics, OHA, Politicians

...via his Company DTL, which is a self-described "a Hawaiian strategic multidisciplinary studio that helps business, governments, organizations and communities navigate change."....

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Sunday, January 28, 2018
Grand Theft Aina: OHA Trustees Set to 'Compel LLCs to Submit'
By Andrew Walden @ 5:53 PM :: 2574 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...Waimea Valley and all of the LLCs are still 100% owned by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs--but the LLCs' lawyer says otherwise.... 

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Sunday, January 28, 2018
Oops! DoTax Math Error!
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 1363 Views :: Taxes

...“math error authority” brings to mind one of the failings in Hawaii’s tax system....

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Saturday, January 27, 2018
What is the state of our state? 
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:26 PM :: 1270 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

...the 2017 Economic Freedom of North America report, ranks Hawaii a low 46th in the nation in terms of economic freedom, due to its high taxation, high regulation and high cost of living....

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Saturday, January 27, 2018
Hawaii Family Forum Legislative Week in Review
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 1:58 AM :: 1618 Views :: Family, Life

...Suicide Prevention Month Bill Clears First Committee....

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Saturday, January 27, 2018
Hawaii: More Anti-Gun Bills Introduced
By News Release @ 1:27 AM :: 1520 Views :: Second Amendment

...Senate Bill 2265, introduced by Senator Josh Green (D-3), is an omnibus bill that requires re-registration of firearms every five years; bans trigger modifications, trigger adjustments, and after-market triggers; bans certain muzzle devices; and modifications that prevent a firearm from overheating....

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Saturday, January 27, 2018
TOTE Places Hawaii Plans on Hold, Cancels Ship Purchases
By News Release @ 1:08 AM :: 1628 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Jones Act

...Updates required at Hawai’i Terminals would prevent TOTE from entering Hawai’i trade in 2020/2021....

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Friday, January 26, 2018
Ward: Fire Employees who do not Cooperate with Missile Alert Investigation
By Rep Gene Ward @ 9:33 PM :: 1939 Views :: Ethics, Labor, Military

“This is not about an individual, this is about our national security."

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Friday, January 26, 2018
Hawaii Fishermen’s Alliance and Aquarium Fishery Team Up To Save Industry, Protect Environment
By News Release @ 9:28 PM :: 1946 Views :: Environment, Small Business, Tourism

“...The state has a responsibility to ensure its natural resources are managed in a scientifically credible way for the benefit of all its citizens. We look forward to being partners in this important work....”

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Friday, January 26, 2018
Hawaii Hotels Set New Records in 2017
By News Release @ 6:03 PM :: 1865 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...Statewide Average Daily Rate Rose to $319 in December -- Highest of Any Month in 2017....

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Friday, January 26, 2018
UH Hyperbaric Treatment Center reopens
By News Release @ 5:55 PM :: 2235 Views :: Health Care, Higher Education

...since the facility closed on October 19, 2017, new physicians have been trained in hyperbaric techniques. HTC reopened on January 15, 2018....

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Friday, January 26, 2018
Tulsi Gabbard, Donald Trump Team up to cut off aid to Muslim Pakistan
By Selected News Articles @ 5:35 PM :: 2207 Views :: Military, Politicians

...Calls for ending aid to Pakistan are growing on both sides of the aisle. In the House of Representatives, Republican Rep. Mark Sanford of South Carolina and Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii are preparing to introduce a similar bill....

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Friday, January 26, 2018
FCC: Employee Who Sent False Hawaii Nuke Alert Is ‘Refusing To Cooperate’
By Selected News Articles @ 5:26 PM :: 2039 Views :: Ethics, Military

...“it appears that the false alert was a result of two failures: First, simple human error. Second, the state did not have safeguards or process controls in place to prevent the human error from resulting in the transmission of a false alert.”....

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Friday, January 26, 2018
Agreement to Fund Government Delays Three Health Care-Related Taxes
By Tax Foundation @ 4:25 PM :: 1171 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

...these three health-related taxes would have taken $31.25 billion over the ten-year period from 2018 to 2027....

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Friday, January 26, 2018
Hawaii Cigarette Taxes 5th Highest in USA
By Tax Foundation @ 3:55 PM :: 1876 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Taxes, Cost of Living

...Connecticut and New York share the highest tax rate with $4.35 per pack, trailed by Rhode Island ($4.25), Massachusetts ($3.51), and Hawaii ($3.20)....

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Friday, January 26, 2018
Hawaii’s False Missile Alarm Exposed Critical Weaknesses. Here’s What Must Be Done.
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:33 AM :: 1541 Views :: Military

...It was clear to anyone who has worked any level of civil defense planning, or who has lived through the drills of the 1950s and ’60s, that after the false alarm went out, no one in Hawaii had any idea what to do....

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Friday, January 26, 2018
Ethics: DoE Ass't Sup't Pursues UH Degree While on the Job
By News Release @ 1:16 AM :: 2685 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, Higher Education

...if the Ethics Comm takes down all the state and county employees who are doing UH school work on the taxpayers dime, we would probably cut UH enrollment 20%.  I suggest starting with every state and county employee at UH Richardson School of Law....

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Friday, January 26, 2018
DoE to Display Classroom Temperatures Online
By News Release @ 1:04 AM :: 1641 Views :: Education K-12, Energy

...HIDOE's Thermal Comfort website features data collected from weather stations and indoor monitoring sensors at Hawaii's public schools....

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Friday, January 26, 2018
Hawaii 2nd Most Unionized State
By News Release @ 12:55 AM :: 1485 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

...Hawaii -- 21.3 percent of employees are union members....

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Thursday, January 25, 2018
Ward: Release HI-EMA Missile Alert Tapes
By Rep Gene Ward @ 7:57 PM :: 1387 Views :: Ethics, Military

...Representative Gene Ward (R–Hawaii Kai, Kalama Valley) wrote a letter to Governor Ige urging him to release the HI-EMA security tapes on the morning of January 13th....

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Thursday, January 25, 2018
Judiciary Drops arrest warrant over refusal to speak English--Announces New Hawaiian Language Interpreter Policy
By News Release @ 7:45 PM :: 3057 Views :: Greenmail, Higher Education, Judiciary, OHA

"...Judiciary Announces Hawaiian Language Interpreter Policy...."

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Thursday, January 25, 2018
SB2003: Hawaii Senate urged to drop ornamental fish ban
By News Release @ 12:23 PM :: 1660 Views :: Environment, Small Business

...Senate Bill 2003, which is being heard by the Senate Land & Water Committee on Friday, bans the issue of all new aquarium fishing licenses....

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Thursday, January 25, 2018
VIDEO: Homelessness and Affordable Housing Solutions with Rep Gene Ward
By Video @ 4:26 AM :: 1443 Views :: Homelessness, Cost of Living

...Live at the Legislature with Rep. Gene Ward....

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Thursday, January 25, 2018
Robotics: 19 Hawaii Teams Heading for World Championship
By News Release @ 4:09 AM :: 1288 Views :: Education K-12

...Nineteen robotics teams from across Hawaii achieved significant scores and demonstrated exceptional skill and performance at the Hawaiian Electric Companies Hawaii State VEX Championships held Jan. 13-14 at Kamehameha Schools....

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Thursday, January 25, 2018
New bills could make life difficult for Hawaii vapers
By Selected News Articles @ 3:52 AM :: 1647 Views :: Health Care, Small Business

...Last Friday, Hawaii’s state senate introduced a bill that threatens to make it much harder to open a new vape shop. Now it’s emerged that another bill put forward at the same time could ban all online sales of vapor products....

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Thursday, January 25, 2018
Screening for Health Barriers to Learning--Hawaii Schools Receive Mixed Scores
By News Release @ 3:36 AM :: 1779 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...Missed Opportunities: Do States Require Screening of Children for Health Conditions that Interfere with Learning....

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Thursday, January 25, 2018
HB2253: Driverless Cars for Hawaii
By Rep Gene Ward @ 2:38 AM :: 2110 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...jump-start the testing and operation of "driverless" cars in Hawaii....

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Freddy Rice: Hawaiian Patriot?
By Video @ 6:13 PM :: 2398 Views :: Akaka Bill, Hawaii History, OHA

...Freddy Called Himself Hawaiian & Had Reasons For Suing To Vote In OHA Elections That Were Unlike What You May Have Heard....

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Deal for Senate Seat? Gabbard Endorses Hanabusa for Governor
By News Release @ 5:58 PM :: 2447 Views :: Democratic Party, Politicians

"...That's because Tulsi wants Governor Colleen to appoint her to the U.S. Senate ...."

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018
EPA Shuts 19 Illegal Cesspools, $500K Fines
By News Release @ 4:46 PM :: 1479 Views :: Environment, Small Business

...The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s enforcement actions this year in Hawaii resulted in closures of 19 large capacity cesspools (LCC) and over $500,000 in fines....

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Hawaii 2nd-Fewest Car Repair Shops per Capita
By Selected News Articles @ 3:59 PM :: 1789 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Cost of Living

... Auto Repair Shops per Capita – 49th ....

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