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Saturday, December 21, 2019
UHERO: Hawaii economy enters soft patch
By UHERO @ 1:00 AM :: 1004 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...The state’s population has been declining for the past three years, in part because of outward migration....

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Friday, December 20, 2019
Ed Case Introduces Three Jones Act Reform Bills
By Ed Case @ 4:26 PM :: 1710 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Jones Act, Cost of Living

...“My three bills aim directly at one of the key drivers of our astronomically high cost of living in Hawai‘i and other locations in our country that are not part of the continental U.S,” said Case....

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Friday, December 20, 2019
Hawaii Unemployment Insurance System Ranks 28th in USA
By Tax Foundation @ 10:28 AM :: 1121 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Small Business

...Well-designed UI tax systems emphasize greater stability and predictability....

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Friday, December 20, 2019
Kalapama Container Terminal Enters Phase 2
By News Release @ 10:17 AM :: 1242 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii State Government, Jones Act

...The project is the largest capital improvement project in Hawaii harbors history....

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Friday, December 20, 2019
DoH raids Two Unlicensed Care Homes
By News Release @ 10:11 AM :: 1046 Views :: Health Care

“...This is (only) the third NOVO that we have issued against illegal care homes this year in response to complaints we have received....”

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Friday, December 20, 2019
Hawaii Grade F for Business Subsidy Transparency -- 2nd Worst in USA
By News Release @ 2:39 AM :: 1438 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Tax Credits

..."Failing States" do not meet even basic standards of online spending transparency for economic development subsidies....

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Friday, December 20, 2019
Timeline: Hawaii County Council Abandons TMT--Ige Abandons Mauna Kea—Confusion Reigns 
By Andrew Walden @ 1:46 AM :: 1791 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

...Now that the Telescope is off the table. "The police are going to come heavy handed Dec 26 with enforcement and they going to clear all the tents from the highway."  The police will only be allowed to do this because it does not settle the telescope issue .... 

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Thursday, December 19, 2019
TMT: State and County have not Demonstrated they are able to Provide Safe Access to Mauna Kea
By News Release @ 10:49 PM :: 1444 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

...For us, this dates all the way back to our groundbreaking in October 2014 and subsequent attempts to begin construction in April and June 2015 and in July 2019....

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Thursday, December 19, 2019
VIDEO: Ige pulls state law enforcement from Mauna Kea
By Video @ 4:37 PM :: 1275 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

...on the access road about 30 protesters chanted and danced....

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Thursday, December 19, 2019
Alleged Synagogue Vandal Arrested in Kailua-Kona
By News Release @ 2:35 AM :: 973 Views :: Law Enforcement, Religion

...Beverly Hills, California authorities are requesting extradition....

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Wednesday, December 18, 2019
Why You Should Mahalo OHA Trustee Keli'i Akina
By Video @ 11:52 PM :: 1268 Views :: Ethics, OHA

"...He's the only one that got the forensic audit done...."

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Wednesday, December 18, 2019
State Supreme Court to Hear Gut n Replace Appeal
By Tom Yamachika @ 11:12 PM :: 898 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...The Supreme Court of Hawaii will take over the Common Cause / League of Women Voters' gut-n-replace appeal. The transfer order was filed today....

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Wednesday, December 18, 2019
​Impeachment: Gabbard Votes 'Present'
By Selected News Articles @ 10:32 PM :: 1399 Views :: Democratic Party, Congressional Delegation

...Bottom Line: Gabbard depends on Republican cross over voters for support in the Democratic Presidential Primaries -- just as Ed Case depends on Republican crossover voters to win a Hawaii 'Democratic' Congressional Primary race....

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Wednesday, December 18, 2019
Grassroot: Ige’s fiscal 2021 budget ‘unsustainable’ 
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:45 PM :: 829 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Ige’s proposed $15 billion budget for fiscal 2021 is headed toward a fiscal cliff because it would draw on the state’s financial reserves, leaving the state unprepared to deal with a recession....

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Wednesday, December 18, 2019
Barbers Point Air Museum Sues Airports Division to Block Eviction, Destruction of US Navy-owned Planes
By Selected News Articles @ 5:26 PM :: 1607 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii History, Military, Small Business

...the museum did quite a bit more work at Kaleloa Airport than just display airplanes....

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Wednesday, December 18, 2019
Unique Accomplishment: Kauai Runs on 100% 'Renewable' for a Few Hours
By News Release @ 12:31 PM :: 1011 Views :: Kauai County, Energy

“...We believe this is a unique accomplishment for a stand-alone electrical grid relying on small-scale renewable generation....”

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Wednesday, December 18, 2019
Land Use: Hawaii Supreme Court Creates New Procedural Hoop to Jump Through
By Robert Thomas @ 12:04 PM :: 1130 Views :: Development, Land Use

...HAWSCT: When Agency Includes Conditions In Phase 1 Land Use Permit, But Later Removes The Conditions In Phase 2 Permit, Party Who Asked For Conditions Is Entitled To Notification....

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Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Revolving Door: Andrew Pereira leaving City for 'new opportunity in private sector'
By News Release @ 9:54 PM :: 1186 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics

...Pereira’s last day at Honolulu Hale will be Tuesday, Dec. 31....

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Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Legislative Agenda: UH Budget Request for 2020
By News Release @ 8:50 PM :: 593 Views :: Higher Education

...Kalbert Young, UH vice president for budget and finance and chief financial officer, shares his analysis of the 2020 UH budget request to the Legislature....

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Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Keli'i Akina: The Jones Act and Hawaii
By Audio @ 8:30 PM :: 753 Views :: Jones Act

...The shipping regulation known as the Jones Act turns 100 next year.... 

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Tuesday, December 17, 2019
2020 Federal Spending Plan Includes Lots of Hawaii Pork Projects
By News Release @ 5:57 PM :: 949 Views :: Congressional Delegation

...Schatz: Federal Funding For Hawai‘i Continues To Rise....

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Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Ige Unveils Supplemental Budget--Massive Spending Hike
By News Release @ 3:24 AM :: 1203 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...tax hikes coming....

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Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Homelessness: Ige Signs Seventh Emergency Proclamation
By News Release @ 3:16 AM :: 730 Views :: Homelessness

...Ige signed the first emergency proclamation for homelessness on Dec. 14, 2018....

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Monday, December 16, 2019
Hilo Panel Discussion: Culture and Science can Coexist on the Mauna
By News Release @ 6:37 PM :: 1434 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

...Dec 21, 2019 2-4PM at the Grand Naniloa Hotel, Hilo....

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Monday, December 16, 2019
Ed Case Finally Gets Around to Announcing he will Vote for Impeachment
By Ed Case @ 6:20 PM :: 963 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Politicians

...Ed Case had to make it look good for the Republican voters he depends on to win an open 'Democratic' primary....

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Monday, December 16, 2019
Homelessness: Kauai LEAD Program Launches
By News Release @ 1:06 AM :: 820 Views :: Kauai County, Homelessness

...pilot project deals with substance abuse, homelessness and low-level crime....

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Sunday, December 15, 2019
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted December 14, 2019
By Selected News Articles @ 4:59 PM :: 931 Views :: Congressional Delegation

...this week's votes in Congress and bills introduced....

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Sunday, December 15, 2019
“Piling On” to Transient Vacation Rentals
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 1484 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, Taxes, Tourism

...The bill would classify bed and breakfast homes and other transient vacation rental units as “hotel and resort” for property tax purposes....

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Saturday, December 14, 2019
Ranking Property Taxes on the 2020 State Business Tax Climate Index
By Tax Foundation @ 11:53 PM :: 1373 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

...the property tax component of the 2020 State Business Tax Climate Index....

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Saturday, December 14, 2019
OIP Strips Back OHA Censorship
By Andrew Walden @ 8:51 PM :: 1724 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment, OHA

...OIP deconstructs OHA insiders’ latest gambit in their flagging attempt to silence dissident Trustee Keli’i Akina....

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Friday, December 13, 2019
Maui on $10K per day: New Vacation Rental Fines
By News Release @ 5:34 PM :: 1153 Views :: Maui County, Small Business, Tourism

...a civil fine of $20,000 plus $10,000 per day for each day the unlawful operation persists....

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Friday, December 13, 2019
​'Gut and replace' has got to go
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:23 PM :: 1131 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Higher Education

...the name game is at the heart of the Legislature’s practice of “gut and replace"....

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Friday, December 13, 2019
HPD Settles Employment Discrimination Suit
By News Release @ 5:18 PM :: 1001 Views :: Labor, Police

...The Hawaiʻi Civil Rights Commission (HCRC) today announced the settlement of a complaint alleging employment discrimination by the Honolulu Police Department (“HPD”) on the basis of credit history and credit report.... 

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Friday, December 13, 2019
Samoa Rep Aumua Amata: Disappointed in Citizenship Ruling
By News Release @ 5:01 PM :: 1000 Views :: National News

...We are committed to the preservation of Fa’a Samoa, and we intend to appeal this ruling....

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Friday, December 13, 2019
17 Weeks on Mauna Kea: 8,031 Tickets, 74 Arrests
By News Release @ 1:05 PM :: 890 Views :: Hawaii County , Police

...The combined total of the 17-week long Daniel K. Inouye Highway enhanced traffic enforcement efforts by Hawaii Police Department stands at 8013 citations issued and 74 persons arrested for 135 offenses....  

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Friday, December 13, 2019
Legislature's "Gut-And-Replace" Procedure Violates Hawaii Constitution Three Readings Requirement
By Robert Thomas @ 3:55 AM :: 950 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...Here's the motion we filed today....

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Thursday, December 12, 2019
Anti-Vaxxers Target Samoa with Disinformation Campaign
By Selected News Articles @ 3:41 AM :: 1281 Views :: Ethics, World News, Health Care

"...Unfortunately, these anti-vaxx people all live overseas, but they’re using social media to influence our population and our community. What can the government do? We’re not wasting time with those people....”

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019
VIDEO: Mauna Kea Defining Sacred
By Video @ 10:13 PM :: 1834 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA, Religion
  • Navigator/Captain/Educator Kaelpa Baybayan
  • Attorney/Educator/Cultural Practitioner Kimo Stone
  • Former Trustee of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs Peter Apo
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Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Hawaii GOP Cancels Caucus, Binds Delegates to Trump
By Shirlene Ostrov @ 10:02 PM :: 1382 Views :: Republican Party

...Hawaii GOP Will Bind all its 2020 Convention Delegates to Presidential Candidate Donald J. Trump....

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Hawaii Credit Rating Upgraded to Highest Level Ever
By News Release @ 9:28 PM :: 1127 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... Fitch Ratings upgraded the state’s general obligation bond rating from AA to AA+ ....

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Impeachment? Ed Case 'Not There Yet'
By Ed Case @ 11:56 PM :: 894 Views

...I’m not there yet because I haven’t reviewed all of the actual articles, the Judiciary Committee’s report and the full House debate. When I have done so, I will discharge my constitutional duty....

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Auditor: Zoo Loses Track of $658K
By News Release @ 6:41 PM :: 1176 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Tourism

...The cooperative agreement between the zoo and the Zoo Society hampered roles and responsibilities.... 

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019
TMT: Time to Reassess Viability of Hawaii Telescope Project
By News Release @ 4:47 PM :: 3063 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

...after more than a decade of working with the community and a multimillion dollar investment into Hawaii's economy, TMT must now reassess the viability of building a telescope in Hawaii.... 

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Witch Hunt: UH Manoa seeking nominations for commission to address racism and bias on campus
By News Release @ 2:49 AM :: 1607 Views :: First Amendment, Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

"...to reflect on how we have responded as a community to challenging and sometimes polarizing issues, including but not limited to TMT...."

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019
A Day in the Life of a Napali Coast Ranger
By Video @ 2:43 AM :: 1189 Views :: Kauai County, Environment, Tourism

...One of the most visible features of what has been called a “new day” for Hā’ena State Park and the adjacent Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park, is the presence of park rangers....

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Surfing the Nations - Transforming Wahiawa and the World
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:33 AM :: 1092 Views :: Homelessness, Religion

...Whether taking their surfboards to do diplomacy in North Korea or feeding the homeless in Wahiawa, the nonprofit Surfing the Nations is having an impact.... 

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Monday, December 09, 2019
$100K Retirement Fund? In Hawaii it will be gone in 14 months
By Selected News Articles @ 3:20 PM :: 1403 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...Hawaii residents pay over $20,000 more per year than the second-most expensive state, California....

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Sunday, December 08, 2019
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted December 8, 2019
By Selected News Articles @ 10:06 PM :: 728 Views :: Congressional Delegation

...bills introduced and votes in Congress.... 

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Sunday, December 08, 2019
Secretary Bernhardt Announces Hawaii’s state Bird is on the Road to Recovery
By News Release @ 9:43 PM :: 903 Views :: Environment

...Nēnē downlisted from endangered to threatened thanks to strong local partnerships....

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Sunday, December 08, 2019
How OHA Lawyers Hid $200K Procurement Violation
By Andrew Walden @ 8:38 PM :: 2658 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...Are there other items fraudulently deleted from the check registers?....

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