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Thursday, December 31, 2015
Hawaii Pesticide Complaints: Urban Homeowners are #1 Violator
By Joni Kamiya @ 11:12 PM :: 4240 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs

...I found a total of 365 complaints made.  If you listened to the Center for Food Safety, you’d think all of them are agriculture related.  It turns out that there were 91 out of that 365 being agriculture related....

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Thursday, December 31, 2015
‘Santa Claus Came Early’ for Hawaii’s Politically-Connected Marijuana License Seekers
By News Release @ 9:55 PM :: 4249 Views :: Drugs

Santa came early this year for Hawaii dispensary applicant hopefuls when the Department of Health officials opted out of an official public commentary period and dispensary regulations were adopted just days before Christmas....

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Thursday, December 31, 2015
Man OK With Pedophilia Loses Bid to Teach Kids
By Selected News Articles @ 5:06 PM :: 4234 Views :: Education K-12, Higher Education

"the university could look to what Oyama said as an indication of what he would do once certified."

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Thursday, December 31, 2015
First Hawaiian No Longer Servicing OHA ‘Malama Loans’
By Andrew Walden @ 12:05 AM :: 3581 Views :: OHA

Coupon books will be sent out the beginning of February....

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015
State of the State Budget 2016
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:25 PM :: 3122 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Tuesday, January 19th, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM....

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015
New High School? What is DoE’s top priority?
By Rep Bob McDermott @ 9:18 PM :: 3372 Views :: Education K-12

The State is breaking ground on a new high school in Kihei....

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015
KOLEA: After Burning $155M, Hawaii’s Other Obamacare Eligibility System Falls Short
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 5:45 PM :: 3986 Views :: Health Care

Med-QUEST Division did not properly plan for or implement the ACA....

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Report: Return County TAT Deal to Status Quo Ante
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 5:16 PM :: 5643 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes, Tourism

Report of the 13-person Working Group....

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Real ID Begins Jan 10: Will Washington State Residents Need Passport to Fly to Hawaii?
By Selected News Articles @ 5:13 PM :: 5012 Views :: Tourism

For California, the passport requirement is set to take effect May 10 ....

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Only Moments Left to Stop Fed Wreck
By Video @ 4:07 PM :: 4801 Views :: Akaka Bill, DHHL, OHA

SUBMIT TESTIMONY NOW >>> ainalahui.com

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Champagne Taxes? Hawaii Ranks #3 in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 3:59 PM :: 3451 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

This Thursday night, millions of Americans will celebrate the New Year with close friends, good food, and champagne....

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Last Day: Say "No!" to Interior Department Rule
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:45 PM :: 4492 Views :: Akaka Bill, DHHL, OHA

Comments are open until December 30th at 11:59 pm EST (6:59 pm HST)....

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Jones Act Unions file protest over crewing of APL Guam
By Michael Hansen @ 4:16 AM :: 5133 Views :: Jones Act, Labor

...a labor dispute over the manning of the U.S. Flag containership APL GUAM which is scheduled to provide regular liner service between Yokohama, Japan, Apra Harbor, Guam, and Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands....

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Hawaii’s Expensive Green Energy Program Saves No Energy
By Selected News Articles @ 3:48 AM :: 4930 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits, Taxes

Hawaii's Green Energy Market Securitization program (GEMS) financed with $145 million in bonds....

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Hawaii Visitor Arrivals Set New Record for November
By News Release @ 2:26 AM :: 3447 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

Extends streak of nine consecutive monthly records total visitor expenditures increased 2.5 percent....

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Grassroot Comments on DOI Proposed Rule
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:13 PM :: 4793 Views :: Akaka Bill, DHHL, OHA

December 30 is the last day to submit comments ....

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Obama Vacations Cost Nearly $500K per Day
By News Release @ 5:52 PM :: 3798 Views :: Obama

These new expenses bring the total for the Hawaii Christmas vacation trip to $8,098,060.33....

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Lifting US Oil Export Ban could substantially change Jones Act dynamics
By Michael Hansen @ 1:21 PM :: 4079 Views :: Energy, Jones Act
“This [Jones Act] market did receive a boost from the coastwise transportation of crude oil in the past, but these movements, which already declined significantly in 2015, may disappear altogether....
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Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Bill to drop American Samoa flight fee reaches Senate
By Michael Hansen @ 1:13 PM :: 4557 Views :: National News, Tourism, Cost of Living

...Murkowski (R-AK) introduced a bill that would exclude intra-state air transportation within the U.S. Territory of American Samoa from federal aviation cabotage....

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Hawaiian Humane Society restores services under city contract
By News Release @ 4:44 AM :: 4020 Views :: Honolulu County, Law Enforcement

Stray dog pickups and law enforcement work such as dangerous dog investigations and barking dog complaints resume today....

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Hoopili: Is the State Prohibited from Rezoning "Potential" Important Ag Land?
By Robert Thomas @ 4:10 AM :: 6523 Views :: Agriculture, Development, Land Use, Rail

...last week, the Hawaii Supreme Court issued a 4-1 ruling in Friends of Makakilo v. D.R. Horton-Schuler Homes, LLC....

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Green Party v Nago: ‘Mistakes were made, Election Office Fell Short’
By Robert Thomas @ 3:54 AM :: 3099 Views :: Office of Elections

..."execution of the 2012 General Election fell short of the electorate's reasonable expectations" -- ICA, Dec 18, 2015....

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Survey Designed to Push for Long Term Care Insurance Mandate
By News Release @ 3:23 AM :: 3208 Views :: Health Care

...only 24 percent trust that the government will help them....

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Top High School Teams to Compete in Lifesmarts Hawaii State Championship
By News Release @ 2:26 AM :: 3200 Views :: Education K-12

LifeSmarts is a consumer education program designed to teach students in grades 6-12 about personal finance, health and safety, the environment, technology, and consumer rights and responsibilities through online quizzes and in-person competitions....

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Monday, December 28, 2015
Housing Cheaper to Rent than Buy -- only in Honolulu and Silicon Valley
By Selected News Articles @ 7:12 PM :: 5600 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

Our rent vs. buy metric is especially tight for young prospective buyers....

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Sunday, December 27, 2015
Joint Hearing Set for Marijuana Dispensaries
By News Release @ 1:57 PM :: 2898 Views :: Drugs
DATE: Monday, December 28, 2015
TIME: 1:30 PM
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Sunday, December 27, 2015
KPD implements first body-worn camera program in state
By News Release @ 12:56 PM :: 4985 Views :: Kauai County, Law Enforcement, Police

...body-worn cameras help to create a positive impact on police interactions by encouraging officers to maintain the highest level of professionalism, while protecting them from false allegations of misconduct....

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Sunday, December 27, 2015
Delays Upon Delays at DHHL
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 3350 Views :: DHHL

DHHL was listed as having $55 million in federal housing funds awarded for Native Hawaiians but unspent, resulting in HUD suspending additional funding....

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Friday, December 25, 2015
Jones Act unfairly hurts Hawaii while jeopardizing security of U.S.
By Michael Hansen @ 11:59 PM :: 3318 Views :: Jones Act

Outlawing international competition is advantageous to U.S. ship builders, but is very costly to every other industry in America....

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Thursday, December 24, 2015
HART Didn’t Pick Lowest Bid For Rail Stations
By News Release @ 9:57 PM :: 3609 Views :: Rail

$3.1M higher ....

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Thursday, December 24, 2015
‘Conditional’ -- 22 Delegates Demand Changes to Aha Agenda
By News Release @ 8:03 PM :: 3516 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

About 22 of the 150 `aha participants, send the same or similar email to Na`i Aupuni confirming their participation but noted several conditions....

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Thursday, December 24, 2015
Obamacare: COFA Gets 60 Day Extension after 4,300 fail to Reenroll
By News Release @ 7:18 PM :: 3474 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...the total number of lives covered through 2015 enrollment was 16,803. For the current 2016 open enrollment period preliminary reports indicate enrollments of approximately 12,500 lives....

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Thursday, December 24, 2015
Ige Issues New Homelessness Emergency Proclamation
By News Release @ 7:13 PM :: 3158 Views :: Homelessness

Ige today signed a second supplemental proclamation that allows the state to continue its coordinated efforts with the counties....

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Thursday, December 24, 2015
Leaked Email Reveals Aha Agenda
By Andrew Walden @ 4:11 PM :: 5018 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA
The following has been provided to www.HawaiiFreePress.com by an Aha Delegate....
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Thursday, December 24, 2015
Judges Lead Grassroots Effort to Help Landlords and Tenants Curb Evictions
By News Release @ 3:46 PM :: 3824 Views :: Homelessness, Judiciary

Group named STAE (Steps to Avoid Eviction) to distribute flyers in the community....

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Thursday, December 24, 2015
Airport Division Turned Blind Eye to Sex Harassment
By Selected News Articles @ 2:35 PM :: 4182 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Labor

A federal jury on Tuesday found the state of Hawaii and the Hawaii Department of Transportation's airports division violated a former employee's civil rights....

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Thursday, December 24, 2015
Need a Job? OHA is Hiring
By News Release @ 4:06 AM :: 2973 Views :: OHA

To apply for any of the posted positions in the jobs listing below, download, complete and submit an application....

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Wednesday, December 23, 2015
2016: Unemployment Taxes to Drop 26%
By News Release @ 11:00 PM :: 4242 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Taxes

Improved Rates Projected to Save Employers $50 Million....

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Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Tribe: SCHHA Recognition is ‘Plan B’
By Video @ 6:00 PM :: 3860 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

While Na`i Aupuni Is Now Gasping For Air, Thereʻs Someone Else Whoʻs Waiting & Smiling....

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Wednesday, December 23, 2015
EColi Chipotle: Thousands Sickened by Organic Filth at GMO-Free Restaurant Chain
By Selected News Articles @ 5:28 PM :: 3339 Views :: GMOs

Smugness and happy talk about sustainability aren’t working anymore....

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Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Nai Aupuni to be Subject to Federal Voting Rights Act?
By Selected News Articles @ 4:05 PM :: 3807 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

...require Nai Aupuni to get a court’s official clearance under the Federal Voting Rights Act before they take any further steps....

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Wednesday, December 23, 2015
More SCOTUS Action In Oprah/Everyone Wins Election
By Robert Thomas @ 3:54 PM :: 4202 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

...asking the Court to slap the State, the Governor, OHA and its trustees, and Nai Aupuni (and others, including the ironically-named Akamai Foundation) for violating the Court's injunction....

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Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Supreme Court: Hoopili ‘Necessary for Urban Growth’
By Robert Thomas @ 3:44 PM :: 5982 Views :: Agriculture, Development, Land Use, Rail

"This appeal involves a long-standing issue in this state: balancing agricultural and urban land uses."

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Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Nai Aupuni Announces 151 Oprah Aha Winners--Updated to 152
By News Release @ 3:16 PM :: 4654 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

...the month-long ‘aha includes the discussions the participants will engage in with experts during the first week regarding constitution building; federal Indian law....

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Bizarre News: State Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Hoopili
By Andrew Walden @ 8:47 PM :: 5127 Views :: Environment, Development, Rail

Justices ruled 4-1 that the Hoopili development can proceed....

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015
DHS Audit: 20 Funds and Accounts out of Compliance
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 8:06 PM :: 2823 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...the department and HPHA inconsistently adhered to statutory reporting requirements for non-general funds and administratively created funds and accounts....

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015
How to Evade Contractor Contribution Ban After A-1 A-Lectrician Ruling
By Andrew Walden @ 7:38 PM :: 4335 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment, Politicians

Corporation X's parent company, Corporation Y, desires to make contributions to Hawaii candidates....

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Aha Shutdown Motion: Nai Aupuni in Contempt of Supreme Court?
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:34 PM :: 4131 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

"Respondents have violated the Temporary Injunction and should be held in civil contempt. On December 15, 2015, Na’i Aupuni announced that every individual who ran as a candidate for delegate in the election will be seated at a convention to begin on February 1, 2016."

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015
NCAA Suspends Gib Arnold – UH Regents Then Award Him Another $700K
By News Release @ 3:34 PM :: 6216 Views :: Ethics, Higher Education

The former head coach provided false or misleading information during the investigation, allowed his director of operations to participate in coaching activities, and failed to report a possible violation....

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015
"When Thomas Jefferson was writing the Declaration of Independence, he did not apply for a grant from King George."
By Video @ 1:44 PM :: 4815 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA
Legal experts Williamson Chang and Michael Lilly discuss with Dr. Akina the problems of the race-based election and convention effort called Na`i Aupuni....
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