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Monday, August 31, 2020
P3 Secrecy: Council Candidate Greg Thielen Calls for Removal of HART Executive Director
By News Release @ 7:07 PM :: 1264 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Rail

...taxpayers of the City and County of Honolulu deserve to know the details of this proposed contract prior to any decision being made on it....

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Monday, August 31, 2020
COVID Count 133 new cases out of 1,463 tests -- 7 deaths new record
By News Release @ 6:27 PM :: 633 Views :: COVID-19

... 3 new hospitalizations, 7 new deaths ....

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Monday, August 31, 2020
Heads Roll: Espinda, Anderson Out
By News Release @ 5:53 PM :: 794 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... Gov. David Ige announced today that Dr. Bruce Anderson and Director Nolan Espinda will be retiring in September ....

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Sunday, August 30, 2020
COVID Count 200 new cases out of 2,784 tests
By News Release @ 7:07 PM :: 681 Views :: COVID-19

...8 new hospitalizations, one new death....

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Sunday, August 30, 2020
Case of the Missing Contact Tracer Millions
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:06 AM :: 2347 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

...I’m not the only one trying to dig up information on where the money went....

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Sunday, August 30, 2020
Lawsuit: Lindsey Cheats Anti-Telescope Protester in OHA Race
By Andrew Walden @ 5:52 AM :: 2270 Views :: Ethics, Office of Elections, OHA

...Is the entire administration of OHA complicit in the illegal candidacy of an OHA executive for Trustee?....

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Sunday, August 30, 2020
Week 3 DoE COVID Count
By News Release @ 4:10 AM :: 783 Views :: Education K-12, COVID-19

... Confirmed positive cases for the week of Aug. 22-28 include nine employees, five students, four service providers and two parents, due to the level of interaction that occurred at a HIDOE facility, for a total of 20 ....

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Sunday, August 30, 2020
Road Taxes: Hawaii Collects $125M More than it Spends
By Tax Foundation @ 12:11 AM :: 1147 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Almost every state spends more on highways than they collect in dedicated revenue from federal, state, and local sources. The only exceptions are Hawaii, Idaho, and Tennessee....

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Saturday, August 29, 2020
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted August 29, 2020
By GovTrack .us @ 11:37 PM :: 669 Views :: Congressional Delegation

...Bills introduced and votes in Congress from GovTrack.us....

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Saturday, August 29, 2020
COVID Count 310 new cases out of 3,025 tests
By News Release @ 11:26 PM :: 513 Views :: COVID-19

...12 new hospitalizations, three new deaths....

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Saturday, August 29, 2020
Enviros: Haunama Bay Better Off When We Kick the Little People Out
By News Release @ 10:52 PM :: 1572 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, COVID-19

...Since the March 18 closure in response to the pandemic, only researchers and staff have left foot prints on the shoreline of the nature preserve....

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Saturday, August 29, 2020
City scales down this year’s Honolulu City Lights
By News Release @ 10:39 PM :: 645 Views :: Honolulu County, Religion, COVID-19

...in an effort to eliminate crowds to support minimizing coronavirus outbreaks.... 

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Saturday, August 29, 2020
Lockdown Protest Caravans Across Oahu
By News Release @ 8:09 PM :: 1972 Views :: Honolulu County, COVID-19

...Protest Against Hawaii's Illegal Lockdown by David Ige and Kirk Caldwell....

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Saturday, August 29, 2020
Ethics: DoH Employee Fined $25K for Running Private Business on State Time
By News Release @ 4:50 PM :: 1285 Views :: Ethics, Health Care, Labor, Small Business

...DoH is too busy to respond to the State Auditor and too busy to organize contact tracing because they are working real estate deals on State time with the Board and Care home operators they regulate.  And their union wants them to be paid to 'work' from home again....

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Saturday, August 29, 2020
Auditor: DoE Refuses Cooperation with COVID Report
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 5:29 AM :: 768 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, COVID-19

...As many of our questions echo those being asked by the public and public officials, it is unreasonable for DOE to refuse our requests about their safety and health guidelines....

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Saturday, August 29, 2020
All travelers required to complete digital app starting Sept 1
By News Release @ 5:00 AM :: 1149 Views :: Law Enforcement, COVID-19

...Safe Travels is one part of a multi-layered screening process which includes arrival temperature checks, and secondary screening for those with symptoms or temperatures of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher....

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Saturday, August 29, 2020
General Election Registration Deadline Oct 5
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 2:17 AM :: 642 Views :: Office of Elections, COVID-19

...Issue Update & Education From Hawaii Family Forum....

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Saturday, August 29, 2020
Is Politics an "Essential Activity?"
By News Release @ 1:45 AM :: 1142 Views :: First Amendment, Republican Party, COVID-19

...The petition that was sent to the Governor of Hawaii, and to the Mayor of the City and County of Honolulu, and has gone unanswered....

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Saturday, August 29, 2020
Lots of rules, not enough clarity
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:14 AM :: 1230 Views :: COVID-19

...I wanted to take a walk. Unfortunately, it turned out to be much more complicated....

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Friday, August 28, 2020
List of Released Criminals
By Selected News Articles @ 11:30 PM :: 2566 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Law Enforcement, COVID-19

...criminals are being released from jails where there is no COVID....

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Friday, August 28, 2020
Hawaii Visitor Count Understates Actual Numbers
By UHERO @ 11:26 PM :: 1014 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism, COVID-19

...How Many Visitors Are Coming to Hawaii During this Pandemic? Making Sense of Hawaii’s Visitor Arrival Data....

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Friday, August 28, 2020
DLIR: State Has Issued $2.9 Billion in Benefits Since March 1
By News Release @ 11:16 PM :: 767 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

“We are still experiencing a significant increase of workers still attached to an employer being fully released from employment."

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Friday, August 28, 2020
COVID Count 265 cases out of 2,757 tests
By News Release @ 9:07 PM :: 539 Views :: COVID-19

...23 new hospitalizations, four new deaths....

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Thursday, August 27, 2020
COVID Count: 306 new cases out of 2,478 tests
By News Release @ 5:49 PM :: 793 Views :: COVID-19

...18 new hospitalizations, four new deaths (new record), 12.3% positive (new record)....

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Thursday, August 27, 2020
Tourist arrivals down 98% for July
By News Release @ 5:26 PM :: 770 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism, COVID-19

...In July, a total of 22,562 visitors traveled to Hawaii by air service compared to 995,210 visitors during the same period a year ago.... 

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Thursday, August 27, 2020
HIDOE extends Learn from Home distance learning through first quarter
By News Release @ 4:51 PM :: 577 Views :: Education K-12, COVID-19

... first quarter ends Oct 2 ....

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Thursday, August 27, 2020
HGEA preparing COVID-19 class action grievance
By News Release @ 4:43 PM :: 931 Views :: Labor, Law Enforcement, COVID-19

...HGEA preparing COVID-19 class action grievance....

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Thursday, August 27, 2020
Hawaii Community Colleges Ranked
By Selected News Articles @ 4:49 AM :: 982 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Higher Education

...2020’s Best & Worst Community Colleges....

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Thursday, August 27, 2020
Bridge Aina Lea: US Supreme Court Urged to Hear Case
By Robert Thomas @ 3:14 AM :: 834 Views :: Hawaii County , Land Use

 ...'This case is the proverbial 'Exhibit A' of much that is wrong with takings law.'....

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Thursday, August 27, 2020
Contract Tracing: DoH Stonewalls State Auditor
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 2:02 AM :: 886 Views :: Ethics, COVID-19

...it is precisely during times of crisis when the public needs and deserves clear, concise, and transparent communication from its government....

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Wednesday, August 26, 2020
COVID Count 277 new cases out of 2,518 tests
By News Release @ 7:27 PM :: 611 Views :: COVID-19

... 11% of tests come back positive -- 25 new hospitalizations -- two new deaths ....

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Wednesday, August 26, 2020
Under mounting pressure, Jones Act lobby claims the law is cost‐​free to Hawaii
By Cato Foundation @ 10:00 AM :: 842 Views :: Jones Act

...Jones Act supporters in Hawaii can be forgiven for feeling a bit on edge these days....

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Wednesday, August 26, 2020
American Samoa Governor: I haven’t been a Democrat Since 2013
By Selected News Articles @ 4:56 AM :: 1136 Views :: Democratic Party, Congressional Delegation, Military, Politicians

...Its been a difficult few months for the American Samoa Democratic Party....

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Wednesday, August 26, 2020
Second Stay at Home Order issued for O‘ahu
By News Release @ 4:11 AM :: 1517 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, COVID-19

...Ige has approved Honolulu’s Emergency Order No. 2020-25, reinstating a “Stay at Home/Work from Home” Order for the island of O‘ahu, effective at 12:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 27, through September 9....

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Wednesday, August 26, 2020
The Road to Recovery is Roads for Lower Puna
By News Release @ 3:27 AM :: 658 Views :: Hawaii County

...Open Letter to Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim....

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Wednesday, August 26, 2020
Hawaii is one of 11 states without a statewide financial relief program for businesses
By News Release @ 2:23 AM :: 1133 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, COVID-19

...Hawaii’s local businesses have taken the economic brunt of stopping the spread of COVID-19....

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Tuesday, August 25, 2020
VIDEO: Prosecutor Debate Steve Alm vs Miske's Lawyer
By Video @ 9:48 PM :: 1618 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Law Enforcement, Politicians

...Megan Kau hired by Miske....

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Tuesday, August 25, 2020
Massive Effort to Provide 60,000 Free COVID Tests on Oahu Starts Wednesday
By News Release @ 9:35 PM :: 1135 Views :: Honolulu County, COVID-19

...No symptoms necessary...Surge test participants will not be subject to the fourteen-day quarantine that other test programs require. ...

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Tuesday, August 25, 2020
Watchdog group urges Ige to release COVID records
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:02 PM :: 1161 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

...The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii says the lack of transparency is ‘eroding public trust in the management of the pandemic’....

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Tuesday, August 25, 2020
COVID Count: 215 new cases out of 2,307 tests
By News Release @ 6:43 PM :: 624 Views :: COVID-19

...20 new hospitalizations, no new deaths....

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Tuesday, August 25, 2020
COVID Releases: OCCC Inmates Get Free Hotel Rooms
By Selected News Articles @ 4:13 PM :: 1259 Views :: Law Enforcement, COVID-19

...DOH Official: Some Inmates Who Were Released Caused ‘Spillover’ Infections....

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Tuesday, August 25, 2020
Ethics Fines for Reps Saiki, DeCoite
By News Release @ 1:47 PM :: 961 Views :: Ethics, Politicians

...for campaign use of State facilities, State Seal....

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Tuesday, August 25, 2020
Feds Have Funds: Want to Talk to Telescope Protesters About Money
By News Release @ 12:54 PM :: 1465 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

... OHA Negotiating Position: “$50 million per year” ....

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Monday, August 24, 2020
COVID Count: 169 new cases out of 2,026 tests
By News Release @ 8:12 PM :: 620 Views :: COVID-19

...3 new hospitalizations, 2 new deaths....

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Monday, August 24, 2020
VIDEO: OCCC Guard Describes how COVID Positive Criminal was released
By Video @ 5:15 AM :: 1074 Views :: Honolulu County, Law Enforcement, COVID-19

...Discussion with OCCC Sgt. Lana Hughes about pandemic conditions at the facility - August 23, 2020....

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Sunday, August 23, 2020
COVID Count: 248 new cases out of 2,640 tests
By News Release @ 8:52 PM :: 685 Views :: COVID-19

...19 new hospitalizations, no new deaths....

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Sunday, August 23, 2020
CDC: 48% of Hawaii HS Students Have Tried E-Cigs
By News Release @ 11:00 AM :: 827 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...and 30.6 percent of middle school students....

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Sunday, August 23, 2020
Is Our Share of CARES Act Money Disappearing?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1189 Views :: COVID-19

...having to forgo, or pay back, a bunch of that money is not going to be a happy thing....

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Sunday, August 23, 2020
Insider Cacao Scheme: KSBE out $4M -- but OHA Dodges Bullet
By Andrew Walden @ 1:06 AM :: 2243 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... Did Burgess tell KSBE that he would need a steady flow of free money for the next 15 years to make good on the Trust’s investment? ....

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Saturday, August 22, 2020
COVID Count: 284 new cases out of 2,634 tests
By News Release @ 6:58 PM :: 601 Views :: COVID-19

...40 new hospitalizations, one new death....

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