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Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Applicants Sought for District Court Per Diem Judges
By News Release @ 10:07 PM :: 1848 Views :: Judiciary

The District Court of the First Circuit is accepting applications from attorneys interested in serving as Per Diem District Judges....

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015
88 hours stuck in Traffic: Honolulu 3rd Most Congested in US
By News Release @ 5:28 PM :: 3312 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics, Rail

...Delay per year with a 30 min commute -- 88 hours...

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Hawaii Tax Freedom Day--April 19, 2015
By News Release @ 4:13 PM :: 2163 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Hawaii will be the 25th state to reach Tax Freedom Day, 5 days earlier than national average....

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Andria Tupola Interviews Am Samoa Congressional Rep Amata
By Video @ 3:53 PM :: 2591 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Politicians

AMATA COLEMAN RADEWAGEN (AUMUA AMATA), Republican, was elected as American Samoa’s Member of Congress on November 4, 2014....

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Hawaii Consumers 'Least Sustainable Spending Habits' in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 3:12 PM :: 2663 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

The percentage of people overspending their income is twice as high in Hawaii and Nevada than in Maryland....

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015
University of Hawaii Recruits 14-Year-Olds for Late-Term Abortion Experiments
By Selected News Articles @ 2:06 PM :: 9763 Views :: Health Care, Higher Education, Life

...to determine how much they bleed during the procedure....

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015
History of Native Hawaiian Missionaries to Pacific Islands
By Selected News Articles @ 4:28 AM :: 3499 Views :: Hawaii History, Religion

...The Marquesas Islands...The Hawaiians Send a Mission to Them....

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015
VA inspector general: Hawaii supervisor manipulated vets' benefit data
By News Release @ 4:01 AM :: 2380 Views :: Ethics, Military

We reviewed 139 cases and determined the supervisor inappropriately removed system controls for 100 benefits claims....

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Hawaii-Alaska Senate Resolutions Urge Jones Act Exemption
By News Release @ 2:01 AM :: 2375 Views :: Jones Act

Alaska SJR17 is the product of a continual, cooperative effort with officials in Hawaii....

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015
City to hold Important Agricultural Lands (IAL) meetings
By News Release @ 12:22 AM :: 2384 Views :: Honolulu County, Agriculture

...The Department of Planning and Permitting will hold a series of meetings in April to seek public input in identifying and mapping Oahu’s Important Agricultural Lands....

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015
“Making Honolulu Age-Friendly – An Action Plan” finalized and available for public comment
By News Release @ 12:12 AM :: 1941 Views :: Honolulu County

...Making Honolulu Age-Friendly – An Action Plan has been finalized and is being released today for public comment for 30 days....

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Monday, March 30, 2015
Feds Approve NextEra-HEI Merger
By News Release @ 5:31 PM :: 2107 Views :: Energy

The transaction remains subject to approval by the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission....

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Monday, March 30, 2015
Best States for Doctors? Hawaii Ranks 38th
By Selected News Articles @ 2:07 PM :: 2395 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...The report uses 12 key metrics – ranging from average annual wages and salary disparities to patient population size and state medical board punitiveness to rank each of the 50 states....

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Monday, March 30, 2015
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted March 30, 2015
By Congress.org @ 2:01 PM :: 1821 Views :: Congressional Delegation
Senate: Fiscal 2016 Budget Resolution - Adoption
House: Ukraine Military Assistance – Passage
House: Veterans Affairs Future Budget Planning – Passage
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Monday, March 30, 2015
Political Fight Over Teachers' Mailboxes
By Selected News Articles @ 1:39 PM :: 2550 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, Labor

...The warning came after elementary schoolteacher Justin Hughey, a candidate for HSTA vice president, tried to distribute a 1-page flyer in Maui High School on March 3.....

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Sunday, March 29, 2015
Na'i Aupuni: Will OHA Trustees Waste Another $2.3M on Fake Indian Tribe?
By Andrew Walden @ 9:42 PM :: 4032 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

Na'i Aupuni won't be told what to do by OHA.  And the contractors won't be told what to do by Na'i Aupuni....

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Sunday, March 29, 2015
No Junior, You Can't Borrow the Car… I Sold It Last Century
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:01 AM :: 1889 Views :: Taxes

...the State used to administer the property tax back in the dark ages until the 1978 Constitutional Convention....

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Saturday, March 28, 2015
Amendments Made to Sex Education and Marijuana Dispensary Bills
By Hawaii Family Advocates @ 3:51 AM :: 3371 Views :: Education K-12, Family, Drugs

Below are bills that were heard between Friday, March 20, 2015 and Thursday, March 26, 2015....

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Friday, March 27, 2015
PEW: Filipinos Nearly Half of Hawaii Unauthorized Immigrants
By Selected News Articles @ 11:16 PM :: 2458 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

...In Alaska and Hawaii, unauthorized immigrants from the Philippines are the largest group....

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Friday, March 27, 2015
UHERO: Despite Kakaako, Residential building permits fell last year
By UHERO @ 11:03 PM :: 3804 Views :: Development, Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Rail

...Assuming affirmative resolution of ongoing entitlement battles for Hoopili and Koa Ridge, single-family building will begin to pick up over the next two years....

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Friday, March 27, 2015
Feds Grab for Control of 1,601 square miles of Hawaii Waters
By News Release @ 6:39 PM :: 2238 Views :: Environment

...expanding from a sanctuary that manages only humpback whales to one that manages all natural and cultural resources within its boundaries....

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Friday, March 27, 2015
$11M Spent: Ige Dumps Abercrombie's IT Pipedream
By News Release @ 4:11 PM :: 2400 Views :: Hawaii State Government
"Why be part of the solution when there's so much money to be made in being part of the problem?"
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Friday, March 27, 2015
Hawaii Electric Car Charging Costs More Than Gasoline for 33 MPG Car
By News Release @ 3:37 PM :: 2789 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

The new savings estimators are part of the Hawaiian Electric Companies’ support for electrification of transportation....

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Friday, March 27, 2015
Total Visitor Expenditures Decrease 4.3%
By News Release @ 3:15 AM :: 1755 Views :: Tourism

...Average daily visitor spending (-6.4% to $194 per person) was lower compared to last February....

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Friday, March 27, 2015
PKF Report: "OHA Will Run Out of Funds"
By Andrew Walden @ 12:24 AM :: 4435 Views :: OHA

Trustees have been drawing down the OHA Trust fund by amounts ranging from $5M to $30M per year every year since 2005....

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Thursday, March 26, 2015
Hawaii Civil Air Patrol Volunteers Instructed not to talk to Media
By Andrew Walden @ 11:18 PM :: 2805 Views :: Military

"...Failure to comply with this regulation will result in disciplinary action...."

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Thursday, March 26, 2015
Honolulu Auditor Releases Citizen Centric Report
By News Release @ 5:12 PM :: 2243 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail

Characteristics receiving the lowest percentage of excellent or good ratings were the availability of affordable quality housing, cost of living, and traffic flow on major streets....

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Thursday, March 26, 2015
Eminent Domain And The Honolulu Rail
By Robert Thomas @ 4:59 PM :: 2357 Views :: Rail

...eminent domain, property rights, and the Honolulu rail project....

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Thursday, March 26, 2015
Lawsuit: Puna Geothermal Plant at Center of $122M Federal Grant Fraud
By Selected News Articles @ 3:48 PM :: 3731 Views :: Energy, Ethics

...A geothermal energy developer cannot duck claims that it defrauded the United States of $122 million by reporting false information about two projects to get government grants, a federal judge ruled Tuesday....

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Thursday, March 26, 2015
Video: Cynthia Thielen, Robert Harris Discuss NextEra Merger
By Rep Cynthia Thielen @ 2:42 AM :: 1832 Views :: Energy

Representative Cynthia Thielen discusses NextEra Energy with Robert Harris, who has joined the Hawaii office of Sunrun....

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Thursday, March 26, 2015
$150M State Loans to Finance Solar Contractor Sales to Nonprofits
By News Release @ 12:52 AM :: 2082 Views :: Energy

Nonprofits will be able to use GEMS financing to prepay a power purchase agreement (PPA) for a PV system that will fix their electricity costs for 20 years....

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Thursday, March 26, 2015
Video: The Jones Act -- A Better Day
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 12:13 AM :: 2012 Views :: Jones Act

“Thanks to the work of the Hawaii Shippers Council and others, I feel after 20 years of activity, the public has a better understanding of the cost impact of the Jones Act and our options...."

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015
OHA COO Resigns Amid Management Shakeup
By Andrew Walden @ 11:30 PM :: 3575 Views :: OHA

Kawika Burgess, who has been OHA’s chief operating officer since October 2013, is stepping down effective April 30th....

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015
OHA's Secret Funding Plan
By Video @ 10:02 PM :: 2667 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

Spending Records For The Native Hawaiian Roll Were Just Released & A Select Group Of Insiders Made A Whole Lot Of Money....

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015
UPDATE: AG Charges Two Homeless Shelter Directors with Embezzment
By News Release @ 7:29 PM :: 4418 Views :: Ethics, Homelessness

...Former WCO Executive Director Sophina Placencia (who has now also been charged) said the organization's board of directors fired Pitolo in May 2010 after she discovered Pitolo had stolen money....

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Hawaii Counties' Health Rankings Compared
By News Release @ 2:25 AM :: 2321 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program helps communities identify and implement solutions that make it easier for people to be healthy....

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Wonder Blunder Defendant Indicted on Investment Fraud
By News Release @ 10:48 PM :: 2932 Views :: Higher Education, Law Enforcement

Marc Hubbard, 46, of Cornelius, NC...charged by indictment, unsealed today, in a conspiracy to defraud victims who thought they were investing in concert promotions....

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Resolutions Urge Audit of State Use of Outside Counsel
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:33 PM :: 2773 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement, OHA

"...From agencies like the Office of Hawaiian Affairs to organizations like HART that are entrusted with significant state funds, there is a need for greater accountability...."

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Chief Justice Appoints William M. Domingo as Oahu District Court Judge
By News Release @ 9:05 PM :: 2596 Views :: Family, Judiciary

If confirmed by the State Senate, Domingo will serve a term of six years....

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015
SB979: GOP Reps Speak out on 'Safe Places for Youth'
By Video @ 8:44 PM :: 2289 Views :: Family, Life
Report Title:  Office of Youth Services; Safe Places for Youth Pilot Program; Appropriation ($)
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Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Hawaii Medicare Advantage to Pay $120 Less Per Member Per Month?
By News Release @ 5:27 PM :: 2375 Views :: Health Care

...If recent cuts are finalized, beneficiaries would face cumulative premium increases, benefit reductions of more than $120 per month....

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Hawaii Ranks 49th in Federal Funding as a percentage of State Revenue
By Selected News Articles @ 1:03 PM :: 1898 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

...the least wealthy states tend to be those receiving the most federal support....

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Monday, March 23, 2015
NextEra, HEI to Host Informational Meetings Statewide
By News Release @ 11:02 PM :: 2205 Views :: Energy

...April 7 through April 16 on Oahu, Hawaii Island, Maui, Molokai and Lanai....

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Monday, March 23, 2015
Common Cause to Host Hawaii Open Budget Initiative Demonstration
By News Release @ 10:10 PM :: 2086 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

Wednesday, March 25, 2015, from 6-7pm....

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Monday, March 23, 2015
Kapolei NB: HB1329 Racetrack Bill -- Insensitive, Unethical, Possibly Illegal
By News Release @ 9:37 PM :: 2811 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics

...ONLY those who stood by to directly benefit financially from the bill were provided an opportunity to testify on it....

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Monday, March 23, 2015
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted March 23, 2015
By Congress.org @ 9:06 PM :: 1723 Views :: Congressional Delegation
Senate: Human Trafficking Restitution Fund - Cloture
House: Volunteer Firefighters’ Healthcare – Passage
House: EPA Rule-Making Guidelines – Passage
House: NLRB Case Representation Procedures – Passage
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Monday, March 23, 2015
Before the Common Core Debacle: HSA Test Scores up 11% Math, 5% Reading
By News Release @ 5:37 PM :: 3070 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics

​The College and Career Indicators Report​ (CCRI) released today by Hawaii P-20 Partnerships for Education....

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Monday, March 23, 2015
Ethanol: Boaters Need to Speak Up Now
By News Release @ 2:04 PM :: 2252 Views :: Energy

...Since 2005, however, gasoline usage has actually declined steadily, which today forces more ethanol into less gasoline....

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Monday, March 23, 2015
Study: Hawaii Is the 2nd Worst State to Be Poor from a Tax Perspective
By Selected News Articles @ 1:56 PM :: 2307 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes
50th – Low Income (12.30% of Income)
48th – Middle Income (10.86% of Income)

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Monday, March 23, 2015
HGEA Perreira Threatens Sen Roz Baker After Hospital Reform Hearing
By Andrew Walden @ 5:44 AM :: 5171 Views :: Health Care, Labor, Politicians

"... you may currently enjoy the privilege of occupying a seat, you do not own it - it does not belong to you.  Show some respect to the people who put you there ...."

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