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Saturday, March 31, 2018
Is OHA the New Broken Trust?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 9:26 PM :: 1547 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...Findings made by the State Auditor regarding financial impropriety at OHA echo findings made in the investigation of Bishop Estate....

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Saturday, March 31, 2018
Waiting Over a Year: Where is OHA' s Internal Audit?
By Selected News Articles @ 8:55 PM :: 1276 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...This obvious stall is an indication of mismanagement....

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Saturday, March 31, 2018
HB1489: Males to take over women’s sports in Hawaii?
By Mary Smart @ 7:50 PM :: 1810 Views :: Education K-12, Family, Higher Education

...Hawaii Legislators are moving HB 1489 to give males pretending to be female the right to use schools' non-existent female athletic facilities....

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Saturday, March 31, 2018
The Biggest Fruit Ever Grown in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 12:36 AM :: 10257 Views :: Hawaii History, Religion

Henry Opukahai'a was an orphan raised by his uncle to be a pagan priest....

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Friday, March 30, 2018
Senate Vote 23-2--Assisted Suicide Heads for Ige's Desk
By Selected News Articles @ 7:52 PM :: 1415 Views :: Health Care, Life

...“Assisted suicide is dangerous public policy with potentially deadly consequences for everyone, but especially people with disabilities, the sick, the poor, and the elderly"....

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Friday, March 30, 2018
HECO Plans to Transfer More of Your Money to Elon Musk
By News Release @ 6:26 PM :: 1146 Views :: Energy

...Broad economic, environmental benefits described in electrification of transportation 'roadmap'....

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Friday, March 30, 2018
Kailua, Kaneohe Blasted by Three-Hour Siren Test
By Rep Cynthia Thielen @ 5:36 PM :: 1497 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Military

...HI-EMA and News Media Fail to Inform Public of Oahu Emergency Siren Test....

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Friday, March 30, 2018
Nene Recovery: USFWS Proposes Downlist from Endangered to Threatened
By News Release @ 5:09 PM :: 1153 Views :: Environment

...Nene proposed for downlisting from endangered to threatened thanks to strong local partnerships....

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Friday, March 30, 2018
How much privacy for public employees?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:35 PM :: 991 Views :: First Amendment, Labor

......HB1768 would disclose salary information about government workers in the form of ranges, as opposed to exact compensation....

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Friday, March 30, 2018
Hawaii's Good Friday Holiday - What's Up With That?
By Robert Thomas @ 12:01 AM :: 13268 Views :: Labor, Religion

If you ask how "a religious holiday observed primarily by Christians commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary" squares with the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, let us explain ....

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Thursday, March 29, 2018
Senate WAM Passes Budget With Amendments
By News Release @ 9:23 PM :: 1451 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Homelessness

...highlights include funding for...Ohana Zones....

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Thursday, March 29, 2018
Senate Confirms Russell Suzuki Attorney General
By News Release @ 9:19 PM :: 1247 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement

Suzuki has been serving as the acting chief legal and law enforcement officer for the state since February 2 when Attorney General Doug Chin resigned to become Lieutenant Governor....

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Thursday, March 29, 2018
February Visitor Spending Up 12.7%
By News Release @ 7:30 PM :: 805 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...Hawai‘i Visitor Spending Generated $1.52 Billion in February 2018....

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Thursday, March 29, 2018
Kailua, Kaneohe, Pearl City--Caldwell Pushing Plan to Jam Up Traffic Even More
By News Release @ 3:40 AM :: 1283 Views :: Honolulu County

“Complete Streets recognizes that roadways are ... not just for the movement of cars,” said Mayor Kirk Caldwell....

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Thursday, March 29, 2018
Fake War Hero Gets Real Prison Time
By News Release @ 3:21 AM :: 1172 Views :: Health Care, Military

...United States District Court Judge J. Michael Seabright sentenced Cody Joslin, age 32, to 18 months in prison today for theft of funds from the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs....

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Senate Rushing to Commit Suicide--Vote Set With One Day Notice
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 11:22 PM :: 988 Views :: Health Care, Life

The Senate Chambers will have HB2739 HD1 on the agenda (we have no idea where it will be on the agenda) when session opens tomorrow, March 29, 2018, at 11:30 a.m....

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Bridge Aina Lea: Jury Rejects LUC Taking After 15 Mins Deliberation
By Robert Thomas @ 7:26 PM :: 1884 Views :: Hawaii County , Development, Land Use

...We're guessing both the State and the property owner will likely be taking this case up the chain to the Ninth Circuit.... 

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Hawaii Housing Authority v. Midkiff: 34 Years Later
By Robert Thomas @ 7:14 PM :: 1274 Views :: Hawaii History, Land Use

...the 34th anniversary of the SCOTUS oral arguments in Hawaii Housing Authority v. Midkiff....

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018
FBI Investigation of OHA: How You Can Help
By Video @ 6:52 PM :: 1431 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...Watch This To See What To Do & How To Report Wrongdoing By OHA....

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Republican Tax Cuts Help Hawaii's Middle Class
By Selected News Articles @ 1:05 PM :: 1024 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...projected to increase overall after-tax income in every quintile of taxpayers....

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018
UH-Manoa updates its policies to earn better free speech rating
By Selected News Articles @ 8:51 PM :: 1160 Views :: First Amendment, Higher Education

...UH Manoa catches up to UH Hilo....

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Demographic, Social, Economic, and Housing Characteristics of Racial Groups in Hawaii
By News Release @ 7:27 PM :: 1376 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

...different life styles among the 14 top race groups in Hawaii....

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Obama Marine Monuments Legal? Court to Decide
By Selected News Articles @ 6:50 PM :: 1171 Views :: Environment, Small Business, Obama

...They argue the sea is not “land owned or controlled by the Federal government and thus not within the president’s proclaiming authority.”....

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Web of Caldwell Admin Lies Unraveled by Latest DMV Computer Crash
By News Release @ 3:59 PM :: 1700 Views :: Honolulu County

...folks waited in long lines at the driver’s licensing office, only to be told that their files couldn’t be retrieved, that they’d have to submit new fingerprints, take a new photograph, bring back their birth certificate....

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Hawaii Among Worst States for Doctors
By Selected News Articles @ 2:20 PM :: 1682 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Small Business, Cost of Living

...but has the 5th-least punative Medical Board....

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Hawaii Senate Committee to Hear Anti-Reciprocity Resolutions
By News Release @ 2:07 PM :: 992 Views :: Second Amendment

...Senate Concurrent Resolution 9 and Senate Resolution 7 requesting the Congressional Delegation of Hawaii to vote against any national reciprocity legislation....

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018
USNWR: Kauai Healthiest County in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 2:24 AM :: 1267 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...Below are the 2018 rankings of the top 500 Healthiest Communities nationwide, and how they scored across each of the 10 categories....

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018
US, FSM, Marshall Islands Hold Mid-Year Meetings on Compact Funding
By News Release @ 12:33 AM :: 1313 Views :: National News

...$4.8 Million Allocated for Marshall Islands in FY 2018 and Prior Year Funds....

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Monday, March 26, 2018
Gun Control? Brian Schatz Proudly Ignorant
By Selected News Articles @ 7:18 PM :: 1638 Views :: Politicians, Second Amendment

...Couple Schatz's loathing hostility with his deliberate ignorance and you get gridlock. There won’t be any productive conversations, let alone legislation. Liberals can’t be surprised when they aren’t taken seriously....

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Monday, March 26, 2018
Trump Omnibus Protects State Marijuana Laws
By News Release @ 7:04 PM :: 874 Views :: Drugs

...The amendment covers 98 percent of the United States’ population....

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Monday, March 26, 2018
Department Of Precrime: HAWSCT Considers Cultural "Property" on Mauna Kea
By Robert Thomas @ 5:23 PM :: 1798 Views :: Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

... the Hawaii Supreme Court is being asked to resolve two fundamental questions in the latest case involving the Thirty Meter Telescope ....

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Monday, March 26, 2018
Omnibus Funding Bill: $123M for Palau COFA Agreement
By News Release @ 1:10 PM :: 889 Views :: National News

...$123 million in funding through 2024 for the 2010 Palau Compact Review Agreement as agreed to between the United States and the Republic of Palau....

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Monday, March 26, 2018
Prince Kuhio’s Fight to Americanize Hawaii
By Andrew Walden @ 12:01 AM :: 12705 Views :: DHHL, Agriculture, Hawaii History, Land Use

...the homestead associations he championed in his first decade of service were multi-ethnic groups seeking the fee-simple ownership of land promised in the Hawaii Organic Act....

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Sunday, March 25, 2018
Hanabusa Campaign Plan: Send swarms of homeless into streets as absentee ballots drop
By Andrew Walden @ 8:26 PM :: 3077 Views :: Democratic Party, Homelessness, Politicians

... by closing down every homeless shelter in the state on July 1, 2018 ....

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Sunday, March 25, 2018
The California Stupidity Fund
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1504 Views :: Taxes

...California is now trying to enact a workaround, and some Hawaii lawmakers are actively considering similar legislation....

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Saturday, March 24, 2018
Are There Risks From Secondhand Marijuana Smoke? Early Science Says Yes.
By Selected News Articles @ 9:16 PM :: 1373 Views :: Health Care, Drugs

...people would never tolerate those levels of cigarette smoke in a public place anymore. So why were they OK with pot smoke?....

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Saturday, March 24, 2018
Maui Tax and Spend: Massive Property Tax Hikes to Cover $114M in New Spending
By News Release @ 3:20 PM :: 1636 Views :: Maui County, Taxes

...Spending would increase by $114.8 million, or 16.3%, over current period....

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Saturday, March 24, 2018
Assisted Suicide Clears Last Committee: Headed for Full Senate Vote
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 2:45 AM :: 1440 Views :: First Amendment, Health Care, Life

...The assisted suicide bill passed 4-1 unamended by the Senate Judiciary Committee....

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Friday, March 23, 2018
Sources: OHA Trustees to 'Suspend' Crabbe
By Selected News Articles @ 4:50 PM :: 3030 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...the trustees are going to "suspend" OHA CEO Kamana`o Crabbe so he has to stay out of the office but still gets full pay and benefits....

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Friday, March 23, 2018
Voter backlash no longer a threat to tax hikes?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:12 PM :: 1119 Views :: Taxes

...For years, it was conventional wisdom that as tax-happy as the Hawaii Legislature might be, it still would avoid raising taxes in an election year....

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Friday, March 23, 2018
Budget Boosts American Samoa Spending, Military Pay, Veterans Funding
By News Release @ 3:52 PM :: 1173 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Military

...A military pay increase of 2.4%....

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Friday, March 23, 2018
Iranian Government Hacked Hawaii State Computer System
By News Release @ 10:08 AM :: 1768 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement, Military

...hackers got access to Hawaii state computers using a technique called "password spraying"....

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Friday, March 23, 2018
Schatz: Federal Budget Includes Many Hawaii Pork Barrel Projects
By News Release @ 3:30 AM :: 1344 Views :: National News, Congressional Delegation

... a very familiar looking laundry list of Hawaii spending allotments ....

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Friday, March 23, 2018
Hawaii Vacation Rentals: Impact on Housing and Economy
By News Release @ 2:50 AM :: 1668 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Land Use, Tourism, Cost of Living

...Hawaii is only building half of the units necessary to keep up with demand....

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Friday, March 23, 2018
Sacrificing Safety Is an Unintended Consequence of the Jones Act
By Selected News Articles @ 1:13 AM :: 1048 Views :: Jones Act

On a 2015 voyage from Jacksonville, Florida, to Puerto Rico, the Jones Act–eligible cargo ship El Faro sailed directly into Hurricane Joaquin and sank, losing all 33 crew members....

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Thursday, March 22, 2018
Domestic Violence: Shame on Clayton Hee
By News Release @ 8:50 PM :: 4733 Views :: Ethics, Politicians

...CLAYTON HEE, subjected his ex-wife, Lyla Berg, to physical & verbal abuse, persistent infidelity, lived off her assets and absconded with her money – and now he wants to become GOVERNOR....

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Thursday, March 22, 2018
SPLC: Legendary resort the site of battle between sovereign citizen, developers and the State of Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 5:52 PM :: 2116 Views :: Kauai County, Greenmail, Land Use

...activists resort to sovereign citizen tactics in a desperate effort to prevail....

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Thursday, March 22, 2018
Hawaii County Homeless Tent City Shut Down due to Fire Risk
By News Release @ 2:21 PM :: 1653 Views :: Hawaii County , Homelessness

...but Harry Kim wants Ige to give an emergency proclamation and $25K to open another one....

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Thursday, March 22, 2018
OHA Criminal Activity Since 2012: A Handy Guide for FBI Agents
By Andrew Walden @ 3:57 AM :: 2437 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...six years of  'public corruption, misappropriation' allegations at the Office of Hawaiian Affairs....

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Thursday, March 22, 2018
Hawaii Scores $54M Windfall as Senior Partner in Tobacco Industry
By News Release @ 3:34 AM :: 1290 Views :: Ethics, Health Care

...the State is the senior partner in the tobacco business.  Just ask the vapers....

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