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Thursday, May 31, 2018
Visitor Arrivals, Spending Up for April
By News Release @ 8:47 PM :: 1266 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...Total visitor arrivals rose 6.6 percent to 803,005 visitors in April....

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Thursday, May 31, 2018
Election Volunteers Needed for Polling Places
By News Release @ 10:18 AM :: 1525 Views :: Office of Elections

...The Office of Elections is looking for volunteers to help conduct the 2018 Primary Election on Saturday, August 11 and the General Election on Tuesday, November 6....

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Thursday, May 31, 2018
Hawaii Job Market Schizophrenic
By Selected News Articles @ 9:53 AM :: 1406 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...lowest unemployment AND lowest starting salaries....

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Thursday, May 31, 2018
US Pacific Command Changes Name
By News Release @ 1:45 AM :: 932 Views :: Military

...“In recognition of the increasing connectivity between the Indian and Pacific oceans, today we rename the U.S. Pacific Command to U.S. Indo-Pacific Command,” said Mattis....

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Thursday, May 31, 2018
Discovering Hidden Hawaii Tours to Pay $570,000 To Settle EEOC Male-On-Male Sexual Harassment Suit
By News Release @ 1:34 AM :: 1819 Views :: Ethics, Family, Labor, Small Business

...Company President Sexually Harassed Male Employees for More Than a Decade, Federal Agency Says....

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Telescope: Congress offers funding, Pushes Mauna Kea-Chile Cooperation
By News Release @ 11:33 PM :: 1782 Views :: Hawaii County , Higher Education, OHA

... Rival giant telescopes join forces to seek U.S. funding  ....

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Who is Driving Electric Vehicles in Hawaii?
By UHERO @ 9:42 PM :: 1634 Views :: Energy, Environment, Hawaii Statistics

...An analysis of factors that affect EV adoption in Hawaii....

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Jail Time for Haunani Apoliona?
By Video @ 5:11 PM :: 1883 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...Is It Possible Former Office Of Hawaiian Affairs Trustee Haunani Apoliona Could End Up In Jail?....

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Top Universities: UH Manoa Ranks 306th
By News Release @ 4:29 PM :: 1581 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Higher Education

...“We’re all really gratified at this wonderful ranking.” said Interim Chancellor David Lassner....

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018
New Medicare Cards are Arriving in Hawaii and Pacific Territories
By News Release @ 9:05 PM :: 1017 Views :: Health Care

...CMS removes Social Security numbers, increasing fraud protection and consumer experience for millions of Americans....

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Isle Democrats elect corporate lobbyist as new chair
By News Release @ 9:01 PM :: 1926 Views :: Democratic Party, Family

...Star-Adv: Democrat Rule Cripples and Divides Hawaii....

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Monday, May 28, 2018
Desperate, Hanabusa Releases Month-Old Push-Poll -- Claims 2-1 Lead
By News Release @ 7:55 PM :: 1974 Views :: Democratic Party, Politicians

...The poll was conducted by Qmark Research of Honolulu from April 21 to May 7, 2018....

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Monday, May 28, 2018
Open Letter from Journalist Harassed by Tulsi Gabbard
By News Release @ 4:20 PM :: 4359 Views :: Ethics, Congressional Delegation, First Amendment, Politicians

... The next day, two Butler disciples were parked immediately outside my home ....

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Monday, May 28, 2018
FDA Cracks Down on Hucksters Exploiting Anti-Sunscreen Hysteria
By News Release @ 3:39 PM :: 1623 Views :: Environment, Ethics, Drugs

... hysteria is profitable ....

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Monday, May 28, 2018
Truth and Transparency - A Visit With Samuel Wilder King II
By Video @ 3:23 PM :: 1926 Views :: Ethics, OHA, Politicians

...When Sam King read the recent state audit of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, he like most other Hawaiian beneficiaries was shocked and angered--So much so that he decided to take action and run for a trustee seat in the upcoming election to help put OHA back together....

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Monday, May 28, 2018
Brian Schatz: Tax Reform Was A Conspiracy To Make People Lose Their Jobs
By Selected News Articles @ 3:11 PM :: 2226 Views :: Politicians, Taxes

...somebody's gotta stop this Schatz guy from tweeting....

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Sunday, May 27, 2018
Secret OHA LLC Created to Sell Marijuana
By Andrew Walden @ 9:03 PM :: 3144 Views :: Ethics, OHA, Drugs

...Hawai’i Free Press has been attempting—unsuccessfully--to obtain the six OHA LLCs’ check registers since 2016.  Now we have discovered a seventh OHA LLC....

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Sunday, May 27, 2018
We Can’t See It or Touch It, But We Can Tax It!
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 1521 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

...HB 2416 applies Hawaii Use Tax to intangible property....

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Saturday, May 26, 2018
Analyst: Hawaii Legislators are ‘F***ing Morons’
By Selected News Articles @ 6:09 PM :: 2731 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Michael Pachter, perhaps the most outspoken and well-known analyst in the games industry didn’t spare any words against the Hawaii legislators led by Chris Lee....

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Saturday, May 26, 2018
Tupola Wins Three-Year TRO Against Internet Troll
By Selected News Articles @ 5:44 PM :: 2470 Views :: First Amendment, Republican Party

...read about what Hawaii Republicans are focused on while Democrats run in elections....

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Saturday, May 26, 2018
Rescuing the Lost Battalion –The Story behind the ‘Heroes’
By News Release @ 1:02 AM :: 1837 Views :: Hawaii History, Military

...NHK WORLD-JAPAN and PBS Hawai‘i Bring Documentary on Heroic WWII Japanese-American Regiment to Screening Attendees and Viewers....

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Friday, May 25, 2018
Kauai Fifth Circuit Seeking Per Diem District/Family Court Judge
By News Release @ 8:57 PM :: 1288 Views :: Kauai County, Judiciary

...The Fifth Circuit Court (Kauai) is seeking candidates for a Per Diem District/Family Court Judge....

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Friday, May 25, 2018
Hawaii Tax Revenue up 20.2% Since Great Recession
By Selected News Articles @ 7:02 PM :: 1085 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Pew's analysis compares state tax receipts from when the Great Recession began in December 2007 to the fourth quarter of 2017....

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Friday, May 25, 2018
Hawaii 5th-Highest Beer Tax in USA
By Tax Foundation @ 6:49 PM :: 1087 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...$0.93 per gallon....

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Friday, May 25, 2018
$100M –Flood of Money Inundates Kauai
By News Release @ 4:03 PM :: 902 Views :: Kauai County

...The County of Kauaʻi submitted a list of 90 projects with cost estimates totaling $31,215,183 million....

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Friday, May 25, 2018
Case, Djou: Will Hawaii Delegation Support 'Honest Ads Act'?
By Ed Case @ 3:10 PM :: 1020 Views :: Ethics

...require large online platforms to identify and publicly disclose the purchasers of political advertising, the same as now required for political TV and radio ads....

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Friday, May 25, 2018
OHA Trustee Candidate Sam King vs OHA Audit Excuses
By News Release @ 4:01 AM :: 1438 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...First off, how much did OHA pay for someone to design this info-graphic?....

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Friday, May 25, 2018
FEMA Rewards Maui With Lower Flood Insurance Rates
By News Release @ 3:29 AM :: 1220 Views :: Maui County, Environment, Cost of Living

...Maui County was upgraded from Class 8, which has a 10 percent discount on flood insurance premiums, to Class 7, which allows a 15 percent discount. This means the average premium will drop from $763 to $721....

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Friday, May 25, 2018
Kaniela Ing: “I don’t think establishment Democrats know where the hell they’re going”
By Selected News Articles @ 1:00 AM :: 1696 Views :: Democratic Party, Politicians

...Nobody has more expertise in "not knowing where the hell they are going" than Kaniela Ing.  Nobody…. 

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Friday, May 25, 2018
OIP: Sunshine Law Changes for 2018
By News Release @ 12:52 AM :: 967 Views :: Ethics

...taking effect on July 1, 2018 will be the Sunshine Law changes signed into law last year, which will require board packets to be available for public inspection....

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Thursday, May 24, 2018
Lava disaster could worsen Hawaii pension crisis
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:27 PM :: 1596 Views :: Hawaii County , Hawaii State Government, Labor

...ERS director warns emergency overtime costs add to state's unfunded liabilities....

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Thursday, May 24, 2018
Fisheries Management: UH Identifies Next Targets
By News Release @ 6:13 PM :: 1279 Views :: Environment, Small Business

...In their computer model, the research team simulated the effect of removing fishing pressure....

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Thursday, May 24, 2018
Hotel Occupancy Increases on Kauai Despite Flooding
By News Release @ 3:08 AM :: 1917 Views :: Kauai County, Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...All Counties and All Classes of Hawai‘i Hotel Properties Reported Solid RevPAR and ADR Increases in April....

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018
S. 2155: Checks to Clear Faster in Am Samoa, NMI
By News Release @ 6:20 PM :: 1120 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Small Business

...the provision reduces the lengthy 30-day hold on checks and puts the islands on equal footing with the states where the hold rarely exceeds 5 business days....

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Rusty Scalpel: Gut n Replace SB2858 Fails to meet Constitutional requirement
By News Release @ 3:47 PM :: 1465 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...The “Rusty Scalpel” award recognizes passage of a bill whose subject has been substantially amended without opportunity for adequate legislative review as required by the Hawaii Constitution....

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018
China Disinvited from Participating in 2018 RIMPAC Exercise
By News Release @ 2:35 PM :: 1103 Views :: Military

... As an initial response to China’s continued militarization of the South China Sea we have disinvited the PLA Navy from the 2018 Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise. ...

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018
After a Few Months of Typing, HGEA Member Scores Lifetime 'Disability' Pension
By Robert Thomas @ 1:23 PM :: 2416 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Labor

...with 10 years of back payments thanks to a 3-2 decision of the Hawaii Supreme Court....

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Am Samoa Rep Amua Amata Headlines Hawaii GOP Luncheon
By News Release @ 12:42 PM :: 983 Views :: Republican Party

... May 31, 12:00 at Halekulani Hotel, Waikiki ....

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Yap Robo Day Showcases Technical Excellence in Micronesia
By News Release @ 12:19 PM :: 874 Views :: Education K-12

...five high schools battle it out in an elimination style robotics competition....

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Hawaii Teachers Union Backs Campagna Over Gabbard for Congress
By News Release @ 1:25 AM :: 2794 Views :: Democratic Party, Congressional Delegation, Labor, Politicians

...U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, has not defended human and civil rights during her time in Congress. She was one of just three representatives, and the only Democrat who refused to condemn Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad’s genocidal chemical attack on his own people....

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Monday, May 21, 2018
United Way Report: 49% of Hawaii Households Can't Afford Basics
By News Release @ 5:53 PM :: 1498 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...the percentage of struggling families ranges from 32 percent in North Dakota to 49 percent in California, New Mexico and Hawaii....

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Monday, May 21, 2018
Government Relies on Flawed Data to Determine Endangered Species
By Heritage Foundation @ 4:36 PM :: 1437 Views :: Environment, Land Use

...“essentially half of the species” identified by Fish and Wildlife Service officials as “recovered” never should have been listed in the first place....

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Monday, May 21, 2018
Childcare: Mapping the Gap in Hawaii
By News Release @ 4:21 PM :: 1355 Views :: Education K-12, Family, Hawaii Statistics

...Hawaii has shortfall of 30,000 licensed child care slots, study finds....

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Monday, May 21, 2018
Best States for Military Retirees -- Hawaii Ranks 37th
By Selected News Articles @ 1:38 PM :: 1384 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Military

...Hawai ties California and DC for the highest percentage of Homeless Veterans -- 33 times higher than lowest percentage state, Mississippi....

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Monday, May 21, 2018
Banning Styrofoam Creates All Kinds Of Problems Including Environmental Ones
By Selected News Articles @ 1:18 PM :: 1290 Views :: Environment

...replacing Styrofoam products with paper alternatives often creates more waste (in volume and energy use) and generates more air and water pollution. The environmental impact of paper manufacturing is worse than foam manufacturing....

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Sunday, May 20, 2018
Finding the Magic Bullet: City’s Share of Rail Administrative Costs
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 1674 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail, Taxes

...In a recent hearing in the Honolulu City Council’s Budget Committee, council leaders say that they might have found a “magic bullet”....

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Saturday, May 19, 2018
OHA Trustee Candidates Aila and Kiaaina ‘Instrumental’ in OHA’s Biggest Boondoggle
By Andrew Walden @ 9:54 PM :: 4952 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...IUCN has been tagged as a ‘Greenwashing Event’ funded by Shell Oil.  Why would they need OHA money?....

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Saturday, May 19, 2018
Ethics: Why did UPW Prison Guard Get $7000 from Inmate?
By News Release @ 8:32 PM :: 1667 Views :: Ethics, Law Enforcement

...Nothing in this report explains why these ACOs were getting this money from the Inmate. What are they getting away with?....

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Saturday, May 19, 2018
​Lava crosses Highway 137 and enters ocean in lower Puna
By News Release @ 12:01 AM :: 9118 Views :: Hawaii County

... Two lava flows enter the ocean at MacKenzie State Park off Highway 137; Coast Guard enforcing ‘safety zone’ ....

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Friday, May 18, 2018
Backbone
By Joni Kamiya @ 10:41 PM :: 1523 Views :: Ethics, Agriculture, Hawaii State Government, GMOs

...With the recent passage of the anti-pesticide bills in our legislature, I received messages and emails from certain legislators apologizing for voting for this....

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