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Friday, September 30, 2016
Tourism Hits New Record: 19 Consecutive Months of Growth in Arrivals
By News Release @ 10:05 PM :: 1951 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

A total of 780,723 visitors came to the Hawaiian Islands in August 2016....

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Friday, September 30, 2016
More Regulation Won’t Make Housing Affordable
By Selected News Articles @ 9:31 PM :: 2466 Views :: Land Use, Cost of Living

“local barriers to housing development have intensified....”

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Friday, September 30, 2016
Hawaii Roads: More Buck for Less Bang
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 9:23 PM :: 2603 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Despite that heavy spending, Hawaii’s roads are the worst in the U.S. for urban pavement conditions ....

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Friday, September 30, 2016
US Census Report on Housing Affordability
By Selected News Articles @ 9:00 PM :: 1505 Views :: Cost of Living

Value-to-income ratios above 3 suggest real or artificial limits on the ability of homebuilders to meet the demand for new housing....

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Friday, September 30, 2016
Hawaii's 2017 ranking for Business Tax Climate includes a lesson for the legislature
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:46 PM :: 1655 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

I have good news. Hawaii improved its position in the Index, moving up from 30th to 26th overall....

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Friday, September 30, 2016
As Rail Collapses, Caldwell Laughs All The Way to the Bank
By Rep Charles Djou @ 8:39 PM :: 2601 Views :: Ethics, Rail

...Caldwell has been using his position as Mayor to enrich himself -- making $200,000-$299,999 a year as mayor "working" just 1-2 hours a months and collecting $900,000 - $999,999 in bank stock for his "service"....

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Friday, September 30, 2016
Voter Registration Deadline October 10 (sort of)
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 8:37 PM :: 1981 Views :: Office of Elections

Voters are eligible for late registration for the General Election at an early walk-in voting location....

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Friday, September 30, 2016
US Senators: Hawaii Office of Elections Violates Federal Law
By News Release @ 4:14 PM :: 2830 Views :: Office of Elections

Senators Schumer and Leahy: Hawaii Should Revise Voter Registration Deadlines to Comply With the National Voter Registration Act....

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Friday, September 30, 2016
Rand Paul: Give Caldwell a Cash Bonus so he Won’t Waste Affordable Housing Money
By Selected News Articles @ 3:43 PM :: 2113 Views :: Honolulu County, Cost of Living

...the city of Honolulu dumping nearly $10 million of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) money into buying apartments over property value to remain eligible for the funds....

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Friday, September 30, 2016
Why It’s So Hard to Stop Bad Cops From Getting New Police Jobs
By Selected News Articles @ 3:34 PM :: 2281 Views :: Ethics, Police

Hawaii has no legal authority to revoke the licenses of cops who have been dismissed for misconduct....

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Friday, September 30, 2016
Maui County in Top 10 Least Affordable
By Selected News Articles @ 12:38 PM :: 2993 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

24 Percent of U.S. County Housing Markets Less Affordable Than Their Historic Norms in Q3 2016....

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Friday, September 30, 2016
Full Text: School Board Member Resigns--Says Governor Violates Federal Law
By Selected News Articles @ 5:05 AM :: 3469 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government

...you have circumvented the Constitution and laws of our state by appointing your so-called “Governor’s ESSA team.”....

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Thursday, September 29, 2016
Maui County Buys Haiku Sugar Lots for Nature Preserve and Organic Ag Park
By News Release @ 8:55 PM :: 2370 Views :: Maui County, Agriculture

...267.74 acres of former plantation land for $9.49 million....

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Thursday, September 29, 2016
Tax Cut Improves Hawaii Business Climate
By Selected News Articles @ 4:21 PM :: 1877 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

The expiration of temporary tax increases in Hawaii resulted in the elimination of the top three individual income tax brackets and the lowering of the top marginal rate from 11 to 8.25 percent....

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Thursday, September 29, 2016
Feds Propose 49 New Endangered Species for Hawaii
By News Release @ 4:14 PM :: 2231 Views :: Environment, Land Use

10 insects and 39 plants ....

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Make Loud Noise
By Joni Kamiya @ 11:25 PM :: 2600 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs

...loud noises are only temporary....

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Are You Going to Stand for This?
By Video @ 5:40 PM :: 2311 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

What You Can Do To Bring Robert Lindsey To Account....

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Getting out of Gridlock: Should UH Start Later?
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 12:20 PM :: 1800 Views :: Honolulu County, Higher Education

...if UH started school at 9 a.m. instead of 7:30, 5,000 cars could be eliminated from the morning rush....

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016
The Jones Act Does Not Keep America Safe
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:13 PM :: 1957 Views :: Jones Act

...the harmful effects of the Jones Act on our Navy....

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016
VA Inspector General Report on VA Pacific Islands Health Care System Honolulu
By News Release @ 11:42 AM :: 2295 Views :: Health Care, Military

...leadership and staff consistently reported difficulty in recruiting and retaining qualified employees due to the cost of living, distance, and isolation of island life....

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Fed Wreck: The Federal Push for a Hawaiian Government
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:29 AM :: 2234 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

...A look at the recent rules handed down by the Department of Interior....

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016
State Senator Gil Riviere Endorses Djou for Mayor
By News Release @ 11:31 PM :: 2576 Views :: Honolulu County, Politicians

"Sen. Riviere is one of the strongest voices in our community for conservation and protection of our island's beautiful natural resources...."

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Kelii Akina Wins Endorsements from Malama Solomon, Kealii Makekau and Paul Mossman
By News Release @ 11:19 PM :: 2585 Views :: OHA, Politicians

Former OHA Trustee and Primary Opponents Endorse Keliʻi Akina - Malama Solomon, Kealii Makekau and Paul Mossman Call for New Leadership....

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016
List of Neighborhood Board Vacancies
By Selected News Articles @ 10:31 PM :: 2084 Views :: Honolulu County

Join your Neighborhood Board Today ....

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Wakai and Belatti named UH Manoa 2016 Legislators in Residence
By News Release @ 10:27 PM :: 1942 Views :: Higher Education

...LIR is designed to provide opportunities for dialogue and collaboration between policymakers and the academic community....

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted September 26, 2016
By Congress.org @ 3:22 AM :: 1706 Views :: Congressional Delegation
Fiscal 2017 Legislative Branch Appropriations 
Prohibit Sales of Military Equipment to Saudi Arabia 
Legal Challenges to Federal Rules
Identify Assets of Top Iranians
Defer Taxing Stock Options for Startups
Bar Ransom Payments for Hostages
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Tuesday, September 27, 2016
City Negligent - Again - On Hanauma Bay
By Rep Charles Djou @ 3:14 AM :: 2670 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Ethics

...the City failing to follow through on the audit recommendations and court orders....

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Monday, September 26, 2016
Hawaii #1 State for long-term delinquent mortgage squatting
By Selected News Articles @ 11:25 PM :: 2241 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living
Hawaii tops the list of the states with the highest percentage of borrowers who refuse to pay their mortgages for three years or more….
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Monday, September 26, 2016
Hawaii has the lowest rate of eligible residents registered to vote
By Selected News Articles @ 11:15 PM :: 2255 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Office of Elections

Only 64% of eligible Hawaii residents are registered to vote.... 

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Monday, September 26, 2016
Affordable Housing Funds Wasted; There's a Better Way Forward
By Rep Charles Djou @ 10:45 PM :: 2178 Views :: Honolulu County, Cost of Living

...the City failed to spend $26 million in the affordable housing fund and such failure may require the City to give back these funds to the Federal government....

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Monday, September 26, 2016
Hawaii: Worst State to Start a Business
By Selected News Articles @ 10:40 PM :: 2060 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

...in Hawaii, the top challenge that entrepreneurs face is high costs, as this state has the highest cost of living in the U.S....

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Monday, September 26, 2016
HIDOE Students Outpace Nation in AP Exam Gains
By News Release @ 10:11 PM :: 1862 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics

...gains on the Advanced Placement Program Exams over the year prior....

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Monday, September 26, 2016
Survey: Hawaii Worst State for Teachers
By Selected News Articles @ 9:33 PM :: 2531 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

...job pressures, low pay and lack of mobility force many teachers to quit soon after they start....

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Sunday, September 25, 2016
UH Manoa Celebrates Day Muslims Tricked Hawaii Legislature into Honoring Islam on September 11th
By Andrew Walden @ 10:20 PM :: 3062 Views :: Higher Education, Religion

In 2009, Muslims tricked the Hawaii Legislature into celebrating 'Islam Day' on September 24--which is September 11 in the old Julian calendar.  Seven years later, UH Manoa professors are still feeling the thrill ....

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Sunday, September 25, 2016
Survey: Spanish People in Hawaii Among ‘Most Integrated’
By News Release @ 9:21 PM :: 2661 Views :: Hawaii History, Hawaii Statistics

"...Full integration into U.S. society and economy generally takes more than one generation...."

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Sunday, September 25, 2016
Traffic Expert: Honolulu Ideal for Driverless Vehicles
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 9:08 PM :: 1480 Views :: Rail

"In the future they can be aggressive. In other words, they can be tailgating each other to save a lot of space. But in the early stages this is not going to happen...."

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Sunday, September 25, 2016
Obamacare Forcing Hawaii Doctors out of Business—Many become Hospital Employees
By News Release @ 7:21 PM :: 3298 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Small Business

81.7% Regional Growth in Hospital Ownership of Physician Practices and Employment of Physicians....

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Sunday, September 25, 2016
AG Joins Suboxone Anti-Trust Lawsuit
By News Release @ 4:25 PM :: 2216 Views :: Drugs

...consumers and purchasers have paid artificially high monopoly prices since late 2009, when generic alternatives of Suboxone might otherwise have become available. During that time, annual sales of Suboxone topped $1 billion....

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Sunday, September 25, 2016
Social Workers Descend on Gigantic Waianae Camp—9 Homeless Agree to Accept Housing
By News Release @ 5:59 AM :: 2101 Views :: Homelessness

A family of six, a couple and one other person agreed to move out of the encampment and into a shelter....

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Sunday, September 25, 2016
Maui Hospital Names Interim CEO
By News Release @ 5:04 AM :: 2376 Views :: Maui County, Health Care

Dr. Barry Shitamoto as Interim Chief Executive Officer effective Nov. 1, 2016.....

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Sunday, September 25, 2016
Prosecutor Urges “YES” Vote on Charter Amendment 3
By News Release @ 5:03 AM :: 1955 Views :: Honolulu County, Law Enforcement
Charter Amendment 3 asks: “Should the Department of the Prosecuting Attorney control its budget after it is approved by the City Council?”
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Sunday, September 25, 2016
Cool Schools: 180 Volunteers at Campbell HS, Ewa Beach ES
By News Release @ 5:02 AM :: 1627 Views :: Education K-12

At Ewa Beach Elementary School the crew installed 3,500 LED bulbs to increase energy efficiency....

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Sunday, September 25, 2016
Don’t Cry for Me, Cupertino
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 1507 Views :: Taxes

...Apple owed Ireland 13 billion euros....

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Sunday, September 25, 2016
Ever Visit Another State For A Day? Congress May Stop That State From Assessing Income Tax On You
By Selected News Articles @ 3:31 AM :: 1808 Views :: Taxes

On September 21, the U.S. House passed H.R. 2315 by voice vote. It now goes to the Senate....

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Saturday, September 24, 2016
Video: Obama Hopeful Next President Will Pursue Tribal Government for Native Hawaiians
By Video @ 3:10 AM :: 2022 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

The President took office vowing to strengthen the relationship between the United States government and tribal governments around the country, including the Native Hawaiian population....

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Saturday, September 24, 2016
Fake Indian Tribe: Many Silent as Hawaii Politicians Respond to Interior Department Rule
By News Release @ 12:33 AM :: 2314 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA
Most OHA Trustees silent on Interior Department …
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Saturday, September 24, 2016
Fake Tribe Denounced: “This change is intended to circumvent legal, congressional processes, and Hawaiian community input”
By News Release @ 12:13 AM :: 3256 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA
"Congress needs to put an end to this executive abuse by establishing a consistent and transparent framework for the recognition of native groups." -- House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop, R-Utah
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Thursday, September 22, 2016
FULL TEXT: Interior Dep't Final Rule for Fake Native Hawaiian Indian Tribe
By News Release @ 11:43 PM :: 5112 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

"OHA and the DOI are on a crash course in their rejection of the will of the Hawaiian people.”

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Thursday, September 22, 2016
Fitch: GEMS are 'Outstanding' Because of Built-In Rate Hike Mechanism
By News Release @ 11:27 PM :: 1811 Views :: Energy

"As homeowners default, the 'true-up mechanism' allows your electric bill to be increased to pay for the deadbeats."

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Thursday, September 22, 2016
Djou, Savio: City Still Failing on Affordable Housing
By Rep Charles Djou @ 11:02 PM :: 2923 Views :: Development, Rail, Cost of Living

"Last week we learned that the City failed to spend tens of millions of dollars in the affordable housing fund and we may now lose this money."

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