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Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Report: OHA Chair to Resign After Re-Election
By Video @ 10:25 PM :: 4121 Views :: OHA

When an OHA Trustee resigns, his replacement is selected by the other Trustees....

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016
DoE Enrollment Drops Again—Charters Growing
By News Release @ 9:42 PM :: 3506 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics

This year, Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) schools enrolled 169,268 students (down 719 from last year), and charter schools enrolled 10,634 (up 212 from last year)....

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Fraud: Maui Glass Recycler Gets Year in Prison
By News Release @ 9:13 PM :: 4539 Views :: Environment, Ethics, Taxes

...Liu submitted false invoices to be paid from the state after being awarded a state contract to start a certified redemption center....

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Rail: Caldwell’s Dog n Pony Show Designed to Force GE Tax Hike
By News Release @ 8:49 PM :: 3769 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...FTA is reconsidering its recovery plan due date (to allow this to stretch into the Legislative session so Caldwell can use it to push a GE Tax hike)....

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016
DBEDT: Hawaii economy continues to expand
By News Release @ 7:00 PM :: 3658 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics

Tourism and Construction....

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016
TS Madeline Following Iselle's path onto Big Island
By News Release @ 7:10 AM :: 3795 Views

...As 2 hurricanes approach, meteorologists predict impacts worse than Iselle....

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Visitor Arrivals Set All-Time Monthly Record in July 2016
By News Release @ 9:40 PM :: 3276 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

A total of 835,417 visitors came to the Hawaiian Islands in July 2016....

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016
State Agrees to $85M Foster Care Lawsuit Settlement
By News Release @ 5:21 AM :: 4927 Views :: Family, Hawaii State Government

...a federal lawsuit asserting that the amount the State pays to resource families to cover the costs of caring for foster children was inadequate....

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Monday, August 29, 2016
Hawaii Public College Tuition Up 136% More than Average Household Income
By Selected News Articles @ 11:09 PM :: 3210 Views :: Higher Education

Public colleges play a special role in making higher education affordable, but in recent years, soaring tuition is pushing that dream out of reach....

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Monday, August 29, 2016
Kolekole: Progress on Second Route out of Waianae
By News Release @ 10:31 PM :: 3598 Views :: Honolulu County

Town Hall Meeting -- Wednesday, August 31st, 2016 Time: 7:00-8:00pm ....

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Monday, August 29, 2016
Kaiser: Union Stalling Pushes Maui Hospital Transfer Date to July 1, 2017
By News Release @ 7:34 PM :: 5114 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

With a new date of July 1, 2017, we will all avoid the perpetual raising and dashing of expectations as interim closing dates are repeatedly set and cancelled....

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Monday, August 29, 2016
2 Years Late With Recovery Plan, Caldwell to Meet With Feds
By News Release @ 6:58 PM :: 2659 Views :: Rail

...FTA rules have required a HART Recovery Plan since late 2014....

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Monday, August 29, 2016
Molokai Ferry to Shut Down—Can’t Compete With Subsidized Airfares
By News Release @ 6:57 PM :: 4050 Views :: Maui County, Hawaii State Government

SLH’s water carrier service is regulated by the PUC....

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Monday, August 29, 2016
Fake Indian Tribe: 9th Circuit Rules Injunction Moot After Nai Aupuni Dissolves Itself
By Andrew Walden @ 1:26 PM :: 4468 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

Full Text 9th Circuit Court Ruling ....

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Sunday, August 28, 2016
Photos: 24 Hours With Charles Djou
By News Release @ 10:20 PM :: 4381 Views :: Honolulu County, Politicians

Check out the last 24 hours on the campaign trail....

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Sunday, August 28, 2016
Na Pali Coast: DLNR Issues 13 More Tickets Just in Time for Waikiki Eco-Conference
By News Release @ 10:04 PM :: 5273 Views :: Kauai County, Environment, Law Enforcement

...five Kauai-based conservation officers flew there in mid-August....

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Sunday, August 28, 2016
Crave Oxycontin? Hawaii is the Place to Be
By Selected News Articles @ 9:52 PM :: 5296 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Drugs

Paper Scripts! Hawaii is the lowest ranked state for electronic prescription of controlled substances ....

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Sunday, August 28, 2016
Why Don’t We Even Look at the Regulation?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 2819 Views :: Small Business
“...Hawaii Regulatory Licensing Reform Act....”
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Saturday, August 27, 2016
Slom: $1B Surplus is an Illusion
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 11:10 PM :: 3864 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Recent headlines reporting a $1 Billion surplus in the state general fund tell only part of the story....

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Saturday, August 27, 2016
$4M for DoT to Study Ways to Raise Highway Taxes
By News Release @ 10:05 PM :: 4145 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

“Our goal is to design a system for highways funding"

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Saturday, August 27, 2016
Carroll for Senate—Reform the Jones Act
By News Release @ 9:36 PM :: 2780 Views :: Jones Act

Change Federal law (Jones Act) to eliminate inflated shipping costs that debilitate Hawaii’s economy....

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Saturday, August 27, 2016
Hawaii The 2nd-Least Tax-Friendly State in the U.S.
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:21 PM :: 4088 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Our review of states’ fiscal health reveals crippling deficits and pension liabilities that could lead to future tax hikes, service cuts or both....

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Saturday, August 27, 2016
List of Road and Park Closures for Waikiki Eco-Conference
By News Release @ 3:18 PM :: 4229 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment

The World Conservation Congress will be held in Honolulu from September 1-10, 2016, at venues including the Hawaii Convention Center and the Neal S. Blaisdell Center....

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Saturday, August 27, 2016
GOP Endorses Ostrov in CD1 Special Election
By News Release @ 3:01 PM :: 3706 Views :: Republican Party

...the GOP is throwing all of its support behind a single candidate in the field....

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Saturday, August 27, 2016
E-W Center Names New President
By News Release @ 12:23 AM :: 2871 Views :: Higher Education

The appointment of Dr. Vuylsteke concludes a year-long search involving several hundred potential candidates....

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Saturday, August 27, 2016
Judge Upholds Gorak for PUC
By News Release @ 12:18 AM :: 3749 Views :: Energy, Ethics

Judge Edwin C. Nacino ruled today that Governor Ige’s appointment of Tom Gorak to the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) was valid....

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Friday, August 26, 2016
Special Election: CD2 Republican Nominee Files to Run as Democrat in CD1
By Andrew Walden @ 3:37 PM :: 8698 Views :: Democratic Party, Ethics, Office of Elections, Politicians, Republican Party

...UPDATE: Dems Will Seek Removal of Kaaihue from Ballot....

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Friday, August 26, 2016
Rep. Kaniela Ing Pleads "Not Guilty"
By Selected News Articles @ 12:36 PM :: 7253 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Police, Politicians

Maui State House Rep. Mark "Kaniela" Ing (D) was arraigned today ....

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Friday, August 26, 2016
Obama to Expand Papahanaumokuakea: OHA gets Co-Trustee’s Cut of the Green
By News Release @ 2:32 AM :: 5006 Views :: Environment, OHA

...a Co-Trustee position places OHA at all levels of decision making in the governance of Papahānaumokuākea....

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Thursday, August 25, 2016
DoI Deadline Approaching for Act 173 Amendment to Hawaiian Homes Commission Act
By News Release @ 10:28 PM :: 2512 Views

The U.S. Department of the Interior is giving until Monday, August 29, 2016, to provide input regarding Act 173....

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Thursday, August 25, 2016
SEC Orders Hawaii to Cease and Desist—State Bond Offerings ‘False and Misleading’
By Andrew Walden @ 9:59 PM :: 4018 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...sold municipal bonds using offering documents that contained materially false statements....

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Thursday, August 25, 2016
Airbnb Probably Isn’t Driving Rents Up Much, At Least Not Yet
By Selected News Articles @ 3:06 AM :: 4241 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism, Cost of Living

In Honolulu, Air BnB lists 295 commercial BnB units ....

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Thursday, August 25, 2016
Supreme Court to hear Hanalei Boatyard Case
By Robert Thomas @ 12:29 AM :: 5063 Views :: Kauai County, Land Use, Small Business

...the County of Kauai is condemning several Hanalei-area parcels to expand an adjacent public beach park....

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Thursday, August 25, 2016
VIDEO: Caldwell was Reckless, Its now a Big Mess, and its Costing You
By Video @ 12:26 AM :: 2869 Views :: Rail

Mayor Caldwell is responsible for this mess and his only answer is more rail GET tax extensions....

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Rail Reshuffle: Mark Garrity named acting director of Department of Transportation Services
By News Release @ 9:05 PM :: 3942 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail

...Garrity will serve as acting DTS director until the HART board names an interim or permanent executive director and CEO, thus allowing Mr. Formby to resume his normal duties....

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016
What OHA Hid from You for 40 Years
By Video @ 8:54 PM :: 5826 Views :: Akaka Bill, Ethics, OHA

The Office Of Hawaiian Affairs Has Been Keeping This A Secret For The Longest Time....

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016
2016 ACT Scores: 85% of Hawaii Students not College-Ready
By News Release @ 6:07 AM :: 5188 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics

Just as in 2015, only 15% of the Hawaii 2016 graduating class met all four ACT College Readiness Benchmarks....

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Women’s Equality: Hawaii #1 in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 5:28 AM :: 3748 Views :: Family, Hawaii Statistics

...Hawaii Scores #1 in every category....

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Calling All Cronies: UH Has $50K to Give You
By News Release @ 6:53 PM :: 4436 Views :: Higher Education, Tax Credits

Do you have acting skills? Can you pretend to be a Tech Entrepreneur?  UH has some money to give you....

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016
ERS Saved: Judge Grants Restraining Order Against SB2077
By News Release @ 5:20 PM :: 5333 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Labor

SB2077 could result in the ERS plan being disqualified by the Internal Revenue Service....

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Monday, August 22, 2016
ESSA: DoE Sets More Public Meetings
By News Release @ 7:55 PM :: 2947 Views :: Education K-12

...the public has more opportunities to provide feedback at upcoming community meetings on Oahu, Kauai and Molokai....

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Monday, August 22, 2016
Clean Energy: HECO Breaks Ground on New Diesel Plant
By News Release @ 7:51 PM :: 3419 Views :: Energy

Diesel helps keep electricity expensive effectively subsidizing solar and wind scammers who contribute to the national Democrats....

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Monday, August 22, 2016
End Caldwell Crony Capitalism
By News Release @ 6:42 PM :: 3113 Views

The problem of crony capitalism in America is one of the main reasons national politics has gone haywire....

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Sunday, August 21, 2016
Hawaii Foster Grandparent Program Needs Volunteers
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 7:24 PM :: 4580 Views :: Family, Religion
This is a great opportunity for the faith-based community!
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Sunday, August 21, 2016
GEMS as a Target for Raiding?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 4926 Views :: Energy, Ethics, Taxes

...it is very tempting when lawmakers find a large cache of unused money....

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Sunday, August 21, 2016
‘All Natural Wild Harvest’ Scallops Behind Hepatitis Outbreak
By News Release @ 4:55 AM :: 3699 Views :: Health Care

...frozen bay scallops produced on November 23-24, 2015 in the Philippines....

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Sunday, August 21, 2016
Obesity? Hawaii 3rd-Slimmest State
By News Release @ 4:13 AM :: 3232 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

Obesity among Hawaii high schoolers declines, bucking national trend....

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Sunday, August 21, 2016
Nut vs Nut in CD2 Republican Primary -- Hawaii GOP Chair Denounces Winner
By Andrew Walden @ 3:43 AM :: 5079 Views :: Ethics, Republican Party

... Republican congressional candidate Angela Aulani Kaaihue has issued a news release rejecting “this local dumb mentality” and offering to withdraw from her race if Gov. David Ige and “his Japanese constituents” will settle a lawsuit over land her family owns in Waimalu ....

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Saturday, August 20, 2016
Hepatitis? Zika? Anti-GMO Crowd Gets Squirrely
By Joni Kamiya @ 10:24 PM :: 4579 Views :: Health Care, GMOs

So what prompted them to address the issue nearly 2 months late? ....

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Saturday, August 20, 2016
Maili Most Stressed Place in Hawaii, Mountain View Least
By Selected News Articles @ 5:05 PM :: 4636 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Cost of Living

Percentage of population with a long commute, Hours worked, Percentage of income spent on rent....

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