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Thursday, May 16, 2019
Trump Administration Copies Hawaii Pay-for-Outcomes Medical System
By News Release @ 4:53 AM :: 779 Views :: Health Care

...incentivize providers to reduce hospital utilization and total cost of care by potentially significantly rewarding them through performance-based payment adjustments based on their performance....

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Thursday, May 16, 2019
America's Senior Health Rankings: Hawaii #1
By News Release @ 4:44 AM :: 667 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...Low prevalence of obesity....

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Honolulu: Lowest Starting Salaries in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 5:07 PM :: 1293 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...Honolulu and Pearl City tie with Juneau, AK as the cities with the lowest average starting salaries when adjusted for cost of living.... 

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Hawaii: 2nd Highest Taxes on Pass-Through Businesses
By Selected News Articles @ 4:48 PM :: 886 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

...Hawaii combined pass-through business income tax rate 43.7%, second only to California....

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Give OHA a Piece of Your Mind
By Video @ 4:09 AM :: 877 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...OHA will host eight community meetings across the state to inform the public about the planning process and to hear from our beneficiaries....

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019
JP Morgan Report Highlights Hawaii Pension Problems
By Selected News Articles @ 3:54 AM :: 1072 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

...Hawaii was third behind Illinois and New Jersey for how much of its total revenue would be required to pay off its unfunded retirement liabilities over the next 30 years....

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Lawyers for Hawaii Gun Carry Lawsuit File Supreme Court Brief in New York Case
By Selected News Articles @ 3:45 AM :: 845 Views :: Second Amendment

...Those unfamiliar with the Hawaii case may wonder what it has to do with the New York action, and the answer to that is that the notoriously anti-gun Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals tied the two together....

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Gabbard Defends Fringe Leaders’ Rights After Facebook Ban
By Selected News Articles @ 3:35 AM :: 769 Views :: Congressional Delegation, First Amendment

...Democratic Hawaii Rep. and presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard criticized Facebook for banning fringe leaders during her appearance on Joe Rogan’s podcast Monday....

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Hawaii to Sue over Global Warming? UH Law School Debunked
By News Release @ 4:52 PM :: 1336 Views :: Energy, Environment, Higher Education

...the idea of suing America’s energy industry for climate change-related conduct and harms has been rejected many times, including by the highest court in the land....

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Petition: Support DOE Budget Transparency to Improve Public Education in Hawaii
By News Release @ 3:02 PM :: 902 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics

...It remains unclear exactly how the DOE’s nearly $1.9 billion operating budget is being spent due to the complex, non-transparent nature of its budget. This is not to mention the roughly $1 billion in other expenses that make up the almost $3 billion DOE budget....

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Hawaii Drivers Have High GPA and Low Test Scores
By News Release @ 5:30 AM :: 856 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics

... their reported average GPA ranks them amongst the top five smartest states in the country ... (BUT) ... Hawaii has the lowest mean ACT score on this list and the fifth lowest in the United States .... 

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019
HSTA: Stop Ranking our Failing Schools
By News Release @ 5:01 AM :: 826 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

... Ranking schools based largely on test results perpetuates the failed "test and punish" culture of the past -- HSTA ....

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019
HSTA Evaluates Legislative Session
By News Release @ 5:00 AM :: 507 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

...HB1070: Tenured and probationary teachers will no longer have to pay their own licensure fees....

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Monday, May 13, 2019
Source: Esther Kia’aina and Andy Winer Warned Jim Lyon About Investigation
By Andrew Walden @ 7:31 PM :: 5499 Views :: DHHL, Ethics, World News, Congressional Delegation, OHA

... Winer’s resignation as Sen Brian Schatz’ Chief of Staff was announced in the media, May 4, 2019.  Kia'aina is reportedly under consideration for top jobs at DHHL and OHA ....

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Monday, May 13, 2019
Grassroot: 2019 Hawaii Legislature Review
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:27 PM :: 563 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...good news and bad news for Hawaii's taxpayers during this past legislative session....

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Monday, May 13, 2019
"Equality" Act Hits Rewind on the Rights of Women
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 6:42 PM :: 810 Views :: Education K-12, National News, Family, Higher Education, Military

... This week Congress will vote on H.R. 5, the Equality Act, sweeping legislation that would add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the definition of sex throughout federal law .... 

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Monday, May 13, 2019
Hawaii Republican Convention Reelects Ostrov Chair
By Brett Kulbis @ 5:56 PM :: 698 Views :: Republican Party

...With an overwhelming majority of the votes State Chair Shirlene Ostrov was re-elected for another two years. With the same overwhelming majority of votes or by acclimation her hand picked slate of candidates were also elected....

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Monday, May 13, 2019
Drug Use by State: Hawaii 2nd-Lowest
By Selected News Articles @ 3:20 PM :: 543 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Drugs

...Hawaii has the 2nd-most treatment centers per drug user....

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Monday, May 13, 2019
DHHL Planning Multi-Family Complexes and Rental Housing
By News Release @ 3:01 AM :: 751 Views :: DHHL

...DHHL is accepting comments regarding proposed administrative rules for Planned Communities, Multi-Family Complexes, and Rental Housing until Monday, May 13, 2019....

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Sunday, May 12, 2019
A Threat to Judicial Independence
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 680 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary

... We control the purse strings, so we said no to a lot of their money. They reversed some of their decisions. We gave them some money. So the tension worked ....

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Saturday, May 11, 2019
State Corporate Income Taxes Increase Tax Burden on Corporate Profits
By Tax Foundation @ 6:23 PM :: 775 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

... Hawaii: Combined State-Federal Corporate Income Tax Rate 26.1% ....

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Saturday, May 11, 2019
“Rap Back” or Rip-Off? Aloha State Gun Owners Sue for Disclosure of Information
By Selected News Articles @ 5:59 PM :: 998 Views :: Second Amendment

...In Hawaii, state law imposes a registration requirement on almost all firearms. Under a bill signed into law in June 2016, Hawaii became the first state to couple this registration requirement to the Rap Back service....

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Saturday, May 11, 2019
Carlos Penaloza recommended as next Leeward Community College chancellor
By News Release @ 3:38 AM :: 623 Views :: Higher Education

...Vice President for Community Colleges John Morton has recommended to University of Hawaiʻi President David Lassner the appointment of Carlos Penaloza as the next chancellor for Leeward Community College. The effective date of the appointment is July 1, 2019....

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Friday, May 10, 2019
FSM Congress Elects New President
By Andrew Walden @ 11:27 PM :: 915 Views :: Ethics, World News

...The FSM Congress elected Pohnpei Senator David W. Panuelo President and Kosrae Senator Yosiwo P. George as Vice President....

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Friday, May 10, 2019
Joan Conrow: From anti-GMO journalist to crop biotech advocate
By Audio @ 8:35 PM :: 1071 Views :: Kauai County, GMOs

...once she saw how anti-GMO groups operate and began investigating the science behind biotechnology, she changed her mind....

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Friday, May 10, 2019
Wahiawa Hospital: New Partnership Supports Mental Health Needs
By News Release @ 8:28 PM :: 682 Views :: Health Care, Homelessness

...there may be as many as 30 stabilization beds at WGH by early next year....

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Friday, May 10, 2019
Legislature pau, but its new taxes live on
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:22 PM :: 634 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...The Hawaii Legislature approved 303 bills, among which were measures clarifying what people must do in crosswalks with countdown timers, determining who is allowed to drive “low speed electric bicycles,” and expanding the prohibition on the capturing or killing of manta rays to all rays. ...

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Friday, May 10, 2019
Biomess: Hawaii Supreme Court Overturns PUC Approval of Hu Honua
By News Release @ 4:26 PM :: 1070 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy, Environment

...the PUC erred by failing to explicitly consider the reduction of GHG emissions in approving the Amended PPA, as required by statute....

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Thursday, May 09, 2019
Audit the Rail: Why does it matter?
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:53 PM :: 708 Views :: Ethics, Rail

..."What now for rail?" was the question considered by three prominent guests at a sold-out luncheon event sponsored last week by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii....

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Thursday, May 09, 2019
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted May 8, 2019
By News Release @ 5:46 PM :: 712 Views :: Congressional Delegation

... Weekly update from GovTrack.us ....

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Thursday, May 09, 2019
Grassroot: Bill 89 Unconstitutional
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:48 AM :: 1195 Views :: Honolulu County, Law Enforcement, Small Business, Tourism

...The Hawaii Constitution also has a clause that protects citizens from excessive fines, making it even more likely that someone will challenge the enormous fines associated with this proposal....

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Thursday, May 09, 2019
Ethics: No Union Logo on City Uniforms
By News Release @ 1:29 AM :: 623 Views :: Ethics, Labor

...allowing a non-city entity's logo to be adopted as part of the official uniform would give the non-city entity preferential treatment....

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Wednesday, May 08, 2019
Who will be the Next Hawaiian Homelands Director?
By Video @ 9:07 PM :: 1020 Views :: DHHL

...Three Potential Replacements Would Only Make It Worse....

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Wednesday, May 08, 2019
No, Honolulu’s beaches aren’t going to disappear in 20 years
By Selected News Articles @ 2:40 PM :: 2058 Views :: Environment

... Another climate lie bites the dust ....

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Wednesday, May 08, 2019
UH: 95% of our Students Tell Us They are Brainwashed
By News Release @ 4:25 AM :: 1335 Views :: Environment, Higher Education

... The vast majority of the University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa students, 95 percent, are concerned or very concerned about climate change ....

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Wednesday, May 08, 2019
Best States for New College Grads--Hawaii 49th
By Selected News Articles @ 4:16 AM :: 874 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Higher Education, Cost of Living

"...Years needed to afford down payment: 25.68...."

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Tuesday, May 07, 2019
Ige: New Rules for EIS Process
By News Release @ 9:41 PM :: 921 Views :: Environment, Land Use

...Gov. Ige has set July 30, 2019 as the date he will sign the new rules for the state Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process. The new rules will take effect on Aug. 9, 2019....

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Tuesday, May 07, 2019
Hawaii DOE Pitches '2030 Promise Plan'
By News Release @ 9:28 PM :: 749 Views :: Education K-12

...a final plan will be presented to the Board of Education early next year....

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Tuesday, May 07, 2019
The Role and Impact of Law Enforcement in Transporting Individuals with Severe Mental Illness
By News Release @ 9:21 PM :: 923 Views :: Health Care, Law Enforcement

...Approximately one-third of individuals with severe mental illness have their first contact with mental health treatment through a law enforcement encounter....

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Tuesday, May 07, 2019
Audio: Akina Interviewed on KSSK ‘Perry & the Posse’
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:34 PM :: 994 Views :: OHA, Rail

...Hawaii radio personality Michael W. Perry hosts Keli‘i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii....

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Tuesday, May 07, 2019
Trump Reportedly Caves on Jones Act Waiver
By Selected News Articles @ 6:38 PM :: 1092 Views :: Energy, Jones Act

...members of Congress who spoke with President Trump emerged from the White House projecting supreme confidence that a Jones Act waiver is now effectively off the table....

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Tuesday, May 07, 2019
Senators, Developers Set for Hong Kong-Singapore Junket
By Rep Gene Ward @ 12:17 AM :: 3480 Views :: Ethics, Politicians, Republican Party

...From May 21-30, 2019, a delegation comprised of State Senators and local housing developers will visit Singapore and Hong Kong....

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Monday, May 06, 2019
Want an Energy Revolution?
By Selected News Articles @ 8:44 PM :: 854 Views :: Energy

...It won’t come from renewables—which can never supply all the power we need—but from foundational scientific discoveries....

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Monday, May 06, 2019
UH Legislative Recap: Challenging yet successful session
By News Release @ 8:29 PM :: 849 Views :: Higher Education

...Kalbert Young, UH vice president for budget and finance and chief financial officer, shares his analysis of the 2019 legislative session....

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Monday, May 06, 2019
OHA board approves revisions to trustee protocol allowance
By News Release @ 2:58 PM :: 995 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...reduce each trustee’s allowance; limit what the funds can be used for; and establish accountability safeguards, thereby addressing the state auditor’s concerns....

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Monday, May 06, 2019
Honolulu 5th-lowest Small Business Growth
By Selected News Articles @ 1:48 PM :: 687 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

...Honolulu is slightly ahead of Toledo and Cleveland, Ohio....

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Monday, May 06, 2019
Hawaii Republican Party Convention Set for May 11
By News Release @ 12:34 PM :: 790 Views :: Republican Party

...the following is a list of the candidates running for Party office....

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Sunday, May 05, 2019
Conflict of Interest? Judge Hiraoka’s Adventures in Dubinland
By Andrew Walden @ 8:22 PM :: 2281 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Judiciary

...For three and a half years, Gilpin alleges, Hiraoka was simultaneously fighting to save Gary Dubin’s law license in one court while opposing Dubin in another, creating a conflict of interest....

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Sunday, May 05, 2019
Hawaii: Six Second Amendment Lawsuits
By News Release @ 6:22 PM :: 1343 Views :: Second Amendment

...For those that are not counting we currently have 4 lawsuits open that HIFICO (and/or its directors) are involved in directly and 2 more that we’re indirectly involved in....

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Sunday, May 05, 2019
Waimea DHHL Association Seeks Federal Recognition as Indian Tribe
By Video @ 4:24 PM :: 2052 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, DHHL

...Waimea Hawaiian Homes Association is attempting to become a federally recognized government called Waimea Nui under DOI....

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