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Sunday, March 31, 2013
SJR12: Schatz, Hirono Tinker with Hawaiian Homelands Blood Quantum
By Andrew Walden @ 8:24 PM :: 4836 Views :: Democratic Party, DHHL, Congressional Delegation
...blood quantum disputes have been a feature of internal politics within the Department of Hawaiian Homelands....
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Sunday, March 31, 2013
Anti-GMO Activist: Crazy Hawaiians Make us Look Bad
By Andrew Walden @ 8:33 AM :: 3507 Views :: GMOs
Anti-GMO activists just can’t seem to decide who they hate.  Last week they were telling Sen Nishihara to “go back to Japan”.  This week they are blaming "Native Hawaiians" for “irrational shenanigans”....
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Sunday, March 31, 2013
Key to Tax Relief Lies in Repeal of Tax “Loopholes”
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:02 AM :: 2339 Views :: Tax Credits
...Here in Hawaii, local lawmakers seem to have no problem handing out tax breaks to the rich albeit in the form of tax credits....
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Sunday, March 31, 2013
DLNR Reopens Kealakekua Bay to Two Kayak Operators
By News Release @ 4:44 AM :: 3146 Views :: Environment, Small Business
The Division of State Parks is now the sole authority for permitting the launching at Napoopoo....
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Saturday, March 30, 2013
Star-Advertiser Backs Jones Act Reform
By Michael Hansen @ 2:32 AM :: 2791 Views :: Jones Act
the Star Advertiser Thursday endorsed Jones Act reform resolutions introduced in the Hawaii State House ....
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Saturday, March 30, 2013
Two former POWs visit wounded warriors, share stories of resilience, hope
By Selected News Articles @ 2:10 AM :: 2729 Views :: Military
Coffee and Hickerson, who both served in the Vietnam War, were captured and held prisoner ....
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Saturday, March 30, 2013
Hawaii Schools Win Big in TV Journalism Competition
By News Release @ 2:04 AM :: 2303 Views :: Education K-12
Led by five awards from Waianae High School, public schools captured 16 of 17 awards won by Hawaii schools this month at the 10th Annual Student Television Network (STN) Convention in Los Angeles....
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Friday, March 29, 2013
VIDEO: Kalaeloa Solar Illegal Heavy Equipment Crushes Hawaiian Caves
By Video @ 12:10 PM :: 3567 Views :: Energy, Hawaii History

Heavy Trucks In Violation Of Programmatic Agreement. Karst Caves And Sinkholes Get Flooded....

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Friday, March 29, 2013
Hawaii Medal of Honor: Honoring the Fallen
By Selected News Articles @ 9:51 AM :: 3371 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Military

...service members gathered with state officials and civilians to honor their fallen comrades during a Hawaii Medal of Honor ceremony, March 27....

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Friday, March 29, 2013
Report: Hawaii 47th in Freedom
By News Release @ 8:44 AM :: 2552 Views :: Hawaii Statistics
Freedom in the 50 States presents a completely revised and updated ranking of the American states....
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Friday, March 29, 2013
Photos: N Korea Dictator Signs Missile Orders in Front of Map Targeting Hawaii, Guam
By Selected News Articles @ 8:18 AM :: 6454 Views :: World News, Military
Most analysts agree North Korea would not be able to hit any U.S. mainland targets.…
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Friday, March 29, 2013
Hirono Announces State Office Staff Appointments
By News Release @ 7:29 AM :: 3117 Views :: Congressional Delegation

Hirono today announced her state staff, including former Senator Inouye aide Alan Yamamoto as her State Director....

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Friday, March 29, 2013
Hawaii Construction Forecast: Construction Upswing Picks Up Speed
By Selected News Articles @ 7:07 AM :: 2145 Views :: Economy
We are now seeing impressive gains in percentage terms for private building permits....
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Friday, March 29, 2013
Don't Stop Religious Debates
By Heritage Foundation @ 5:45 AM :: 2384 Views :: Family, Religion

There's a heated debate going on in this country about marriage—and at times, it's less than civil....

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Friday, March 29, 2013
After Waiving $18M, City Again Begins Collecting Solar Inspection Fees
By News Release @ 2:29 AM :: 3008 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy
The City will begin collecting fees on building permits issued for photovoltaic (PV) solar electric power systems effective April 6....
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Friday, March 29, 2013
Governor Announces Nominations to Land Board, Water Commission
By News Release @ 2:06 AM :: 2252 Views :: Hawaii State Government
James A. Gomes to the Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR) and Kamanamaikalani Beamer, Ph.D. and Milton D. Pavao to the Commission of Water Resource Management (CWRM)....
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Friday, March 29, 2013
Honolulu Rail and the Uniform Relocation Act
By Mark Murakami @ 12:54 AM :: 2907 Views :: Land Use, Rail
Because the HART rail project will involve federal funds, federal laws and regulations provide property owners (and their tenants) with additional statutory and regulatory protections....
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Friday, March 29, 2013
State Inspects 90% Fewer Scales, 78% Fewer Gas Pumps Since 2010
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 12:35 AM :: 2359 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

Currently, six of the branch’s 11 positions remain vacant, and we found that the branch’s two remaining inspectors can only perform eight of the branch’s 15 key regulatory functions....

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Thursday, March 28, 2013
House GOP: "Senate bills would increase taxes and fees"
By News Release @ 11:17 PM :: 3203 Views :: Republican Party, Taxes
After many House bills to raise taxes and fees failed in the House, more Senate bills that would do so are still alive....
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Thursday, March 28, 2013
Hawaii Republican Assembly: "You Can Stop Bad Ideas"
By News Release @ 1:53 PM :: 2609 Views :: Republican Party
You can help stop bad ideas from becoming law by taking action today....
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Thursday, March 28, 2013
SHPD Pilot Project to Monitor Big Island Archaeological Sites
By News Release @ 1:51 PM :: 1804 Views
The time-consuming work of compiling a database of all accepted preservation plans and preserved non-burial sites was recently completed by UH-Hilo student Josephine Buck....
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Thursday, March 28, 2013
Application Deadline to Serve on State Ethics and Campaign Spending Commissions is March 31
By News Release @ 1:47 PM :: 2632 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary
Ethics Commission applicants will either fill a  four-year term or an unexpired term that ends on June 30, 2014.  The vacancy on the Campaign Spending Commission is for a full, four-year term....
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Thursday, March 28, 2013
Hawaii Senate Committee on Ways and Means Passes State Budget Bill
By News Release @ 1:46 PM :: 2091 Views :: Hawaii State Government
The Senate’s version of the bill is approximately $141 M less in general funds than Governor Abercrombie’s budget proposal....
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Thursday, March 28, 2013
Teens wanted for Hawaii Meth Project advisory council
By News Release @ 1:41 PM :: 2946 Views :: Education K-12, Drugs
High school students, grades 9-12, across the state of Hawaii are encouraged to apply for one of 20 available positions....
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Thursday, March 28, 2013
Growing Risk of Another North Korean Attack
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:38 PM :: 3023 Views :: World News, Military
Of course, after countless threats aren’t followed with action, the world wonders when to believe it....
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Thursday, March 28, 2013
LOST at Sea: Why America Should Reject the Law of the Sea Treaty
By NCPA @ 10:31 AM :: 2118 Views :: World News
The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, referred to as LOST, is an international treaty governing maritime law....
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Thursday, March 28, 2013
ICA Hears Case Challenging State Ownership of Mineral, Geothermal Rights
By Robert Thomas @ 4:09 AM :: 3120 Views :: Judiciary, Land Use
HAWICA Appeal: Is A Mineral Right An Inherent Servitude, Or Must It Be Reflected In ‘Torrens Title’?
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Wednesday, March 27, 2013
NFIB to Lobby Against Minimum Wage Hike Today
By News Release @ 1:59 PM :: 3471 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living
Hawaii small-business owners will gather in Room 329 in the State Capitol, today, March 27, at 4 p.m. at about the same time the House Finance Committee takes up HB 331....
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Wednesday, March 27, 2013
USPIRG Flunks Hawaii on Tax Credit Secrecy
By Selected News Articles @ 1:57 PM :: 3890 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Tax Credits
Not a single Failing State provides information on the public benefits of economic development subsidies broken  down by recipient or makes its tax expenditure report available....
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Wednesday, March 27, 2013
China set to Increase Outbound Tourism
By News Release @ 1:43 PM :: 1903 Views :: Tourism
“The Outline for National Tourism and Leisure (2013-2020),” recently issued by the government of China, sets the ground for the redefinition of tourism development....
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Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Organic Spinach Recall Precedes Hawaii E-Coli Outbreak, DOH says No Connection
By Andrew Walden @ 1:41 PM :: 4597 Views :: Environment, Agriculture, GMOs
A February 15, 2013 food recall warned of possible Hemorrhagic E Coli contamination of  “Taylor Farms Organic Baby Spinach” sold in Hawaii.  Now the Hawaii Department of Health is investigating six “molecularly matched E. coli infections" starting February 19th.... 
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Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Hawaii Health Insurance Rates to Rise 12% to 21% Next Year
By Andrew Walden @ 1:39 PM :: 3891 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care
“the costs shown in the tables are at projected 2014 levels”
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Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Honolulu Tops Nation for 'Emotional Health'
By Selected News Articles @ 1:35 PM :: 2588 Views :: Hawaii Statistics
Lincoln, Neb., had the highest Well-Being Index score.... Also in the top 10 are Boulder, Colo.; Provo-Orem, Utah; Ann Arbor, Mich.; Honolulu, Hawaii; Fort Collins-Loveland, Colo.; and Burlington-South Burlington, Vt.....
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Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Scientology: Hawaii House Resolution Honors Group Tied to 'Torture', 'Concentration Camps'
By Andrew Walden @ 1:33 PM :: 5114 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Religion, Drugs
March 13 was the birthday of Scientology founder L Ron Hubbard. One day later, Rep Rida Cabanilla presented Scientology with a gift in the form of Hawaii House Resolution 196....
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Wednesday, March 27, 2013
19 families to receive Hawaii Medal of Honor Today
By News Release @ 1:01 PM :: 2551 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Military
...awarded on behalf of the people of the State of Hawaii to an individual who was killed in action while serving our country as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom....
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Wednesday, March 27, 2013
The Difference One Man Makes
By Heritage Foundation @ 10:27 AM :: 1309 Views
...conservative giants turned to The Heritage Foundation and Ed Feulner to guide them....
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Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Budget: Is Neil Abercrombie Four Times the Man Jack Burns Was?
By Selected News Articles @ 8:46 PM :: 2651 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics
...our operating budget has increased more than 4 times since 1967 – even taking inflation into account....
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Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Big Media Splash for Launch of Hawaii House Jones Act Resolutions
By Michael Hansen @ 7:50 PM :: 2566 Views :: Jones Act
...introduction of the resolutions garnered substantial press coverage in Hawaii, Guam and nationally....
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Tuesday, March 26, 2013
NRA: Background Check Bill Makes Final Committee Stop
By News Release @ 4:34 PM :: 2305 Views :: Second Amendment
Senate Bill 69 will be considered by the House Committee on Finance this Thursday, March 28 at 3:15 PM in House Conference Room 308....
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Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Rally Against Marijuana Decriminalization
By News Release @ 2:47 PM :: 2421 Views :: Drugs
...Wednesday, March 27, 2013 4PM Hawaii State Capitol Rotunda....
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Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Tobacco Companies Prepare to Enter Marijuana Business
By Selected News Articles @ 1:36 PM :: 6058 Views :: Drugs
"[We] have the land to grow it, the machines to roll it and package it, the distribution to market it." -- B&W
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Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Why Hawaii's Roads are Bad
By Selected News Articles @ 1:18 PM :: 5420 Views :: Honolulu County
...debunking several road myths that we have been led down the road to believe....
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Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Senate Resolution 133 Urging the State to Purchase Land from Dole Food Company
By News Release @ 1:06 PM :: 2697 Views :: Agriculture, Land Use

...these parcels will add approximately 22,500 acres of land to the 1,700 acres of Galbraith Estate agricultural land in Central Oahu....

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Revealing What States Are Hiding
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:46 PM :: 1948 Views :: Education K-12
How much are we spending on education? Actually, far more than we know—because as it turns out, states are hiding some of the teachers’ benefits....
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Tuesday, March 26, 2013
NKorea Threatens Attacks on Guam, Hawaii, US Mainland
By Selected News Articles @ 4:12 AM :: 3933 Views :: World News, Military

...it could fire rockets on Guam, Hawaii and the U.S. mainland in retaliation for American bomber sorties....

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Monday, March 25, 2013
Hawaii Congressional Delegation: How They Voted March 25, 2013
By Congress.org @ 1:51 PM :: 2720 Views :: Congressional Delegation

Recent Congressional Votes

  • Senate: Fiscal 2013 Continuing Appropriations
  • Senate: Fiscal 2014 Senate Budget Resolution
  • House: FY 2014 Budget Resolution
  • House: FY 2013 Continuing Appropriations
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Monday, March 25, 2013
Valor with Honor – Screening and Discussion with Director Burt Takeuchi
By News Release @ 1:50 PM :: 2518 Views :: Hawaii History, Military
Comprising more than 35 interviews with Japanese-American veterans who served in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team during World War II, Valor With Honor tells the amazing story....
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Monday, March 25, 2013
Hawaii Jihadi Convicted, Could Get 21 Years
By News Release @ 1:49 PM :: 3791 Views :: Law Enforcement, Military
Shehadah was arrested in Honolulu, Hawaii, in October 2010....
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Monday, March 25, 2013
Request Hearings for Jones Act Reform Resolutions
By Michael Hansen @ 1:42 PM :: 3026 Views :: Jones Act
...the resolutions have been referred to four committee for hearings, but none of the committees have yet scheduled a hearing....
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Monday, March 25, 2013
The Marriage Debate Through a Child's Eyes
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:26 PM :: 2306 Views :: Family
... she ended with a simple question: “Which parent do I not need, my mom, or my dad?
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