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Sunday, May 05, 2019
Carbon Credits
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 763 Views :: Energy, Environment, Tax Credits, Taxes

... Department of Land and Natural Resources is doing a reforestation project in East Maui. It’s hired a vendor to certify the project for “carbon credits.” Why are they doing that if we don’t even have a carbon tax ....

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Sunday, May 05, 2019
Corrections Officer charged with felony drug offense
By News Release @ 3:23 AM :: 1189 Views :: Hawaii County , Law Enforcement, Drugs

...the police officer observed drug paraphernalia in plain view and subsequently arrested Espejo....

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Saturday, May 04, 2019
HART Moves to Part Two of P3
By News Release @ 3:27 AM :: 804 Views :: Rail

...a short list of not more than 3 preferred offerors is now being asked to put together proposals that include pricing and technical details of how they plan to complete the rail project to Ala Moana Center, construct the Pearl Highlands parking garage and transit center, and operate and maintain the rail system for a period of 30 years....

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Saturday, May 04, 2019
Hawaii Family Forum Legislative Week in Review
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 3:02 AM :: 754 Views :: Family, Life, Drugs

...On Thursday, May 3, 2019, the 30th legislative session closed.... 

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Saturday, May 04, 2019
DoH: CBD Products are Illegal, 'Adulterated'
By News Release @ 2:48 AM :: 1024 Views :: Law Enforcement, Drugs

...warning letters have been sent to companies that have targeted vulnerable populations with false advertising....

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Friday, May 03, 2019
Audit: HART Gives HECO Anything it Wants for Overhead--No Questions Asked
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 9:18 PM :: 1264 Views :: Energy, Ethics, Rail

"...HART does not require Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc., (HECO) to provide overhead cost supporting documentation. HART reimburses Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc. 100% of their costs incurred...."

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Friday, May 03, 2019
House Republican Caucus: Session Mostly Notable for Marijuana Legislation
By News Release @ 5:35 PM :: 1154 Views :: Republican Party, Drugs

...2019 Legislative Session – Notable Bills....

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Friday, May 03, 2019
Republicans: Hirono an Embarrassment
By Brett Kulbis @ 5:31 PM :: 1283 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Republican Party

...“Senator Hirono predictably demonstrates a clear pattern of malicious and abhorrent behavior towards anyone and everyone associated with President Trump,” stated Kulbis....

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Friday, May 03, 2019
Two Anti-Gun Bills on Governor's Desk
By News Release @ 5:25 PM :: 805 Views :: Second Amendment

...NRA-ILA will be back at the Capitol for the 2020 session....

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Friday, May 03, 2019
UHERO: Recent data confirm weaker growth
By UHERO @ 4:24 PM :: 579 Views :: Economy

...The number of visitor days remains below last year’s peak, with more worrying signs from falling visitor spending. Job growth has largely stalled and income gains have receded....

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Friday, May 03, 2019
‘Sticks’ won’t resolve vacation rental debate
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:14 PM :: 950 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

...Hawaii’s contradictory approach to short-term vacation rentals hasn’t been doing much to make anybody happy, and could, in fact, just be making things worse....

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Friday, May 03, 2019
Mayor signs Bill 96 relating to fire safety into law
By News Release @ 4:08 PM :: 847 Views :: Honolulu County

...amended sprinkler requirements....

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Friday, May 03, 2019
DLNR Audit: Four Material Weaknesses
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 3:15 AM :: 683 Views :: Hawaii State Government

"Improve recordkeeping to prepare accrual basis financial statements"

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Friday, May 03, 2019
House Passes 298 Bills
By News Release @ 12:01 AM :: 1127 Views :: Hawaii State Government

"...There is more to be done, and we will use this interim to develop priorities for next year...."

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Thursday, May 02, 2019
OHA: Where is the promised audit for fraud, waste and abuse?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 10:08 PM :: 1497 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...It's been over two years since the Office of Hawaiian Affairs Board of Trustees unanimously approved an independent audit of OHA and its limited liability companies for fraud, waste and abuse....

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Thursday, May 02, 2019
​To What Extent Does Your State Rely on Property Taxes?
By Tax Foundation @ 4:31 PM :: 916 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Alabama and Hawaii raise the smallest portion of their state and local tax revenue through property taxes: 17.1 percent and 17.6 percent, respectively....

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Thursday, May 02, 2019
Schofield Manager Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy
By News Release @ 3:58 PM :: 1014 Views :: Ethics, Military

...Raby provided the contractor with sensitive, internal U.S. Department of Defense procurement information, and otherwise used his position to benefit the contractor in securing U.S. Army contracts....

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Thursday, May 02, 2019
How Clean Is Your Electric Vehicle?
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 4:27 AM :: 986 Views :: Energy, Environment, Hawaii Statistics

...Natural Gas rich Reno, NV is waaaay cleaner than Honolulu....

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Thursday, May 02, 2019
BEA: Hawaii Economic Growth Slows to 1%
By News Release @ 4:02 AM :: 758 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics

...Gross Domestic Product by State: Fourth Quarter and Annual 2018....

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Wednesday, May 01, 2019
US Shipbuilders oppose Trump’s proposed LNG carrier waiver
By Michael Hansen @ 6:12 AM :: 806 Views :: Jones Act

...“America first.” This is the phrase we hear repeated by President Trump more than any other—the simple yet powerful promise that our government will “buy American and hire American.”....

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Wednesday, May 01, 2019
Hawaii Gun Rights Group Sues FBI over 'Rap Back'
By News Release @ 5:57 AM :: 1705 Views :: Second Amendment

...Hawaii Firearms Coalition Today Filed Suit in the D.C District Court Seeking Information Regarding Hawaii's use of the FBI Rap Back Service for gun owners....

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Wednesday, May 01, 2019
Kailua Crash Kills 3: Case, Thielen ask FAA to Ground Helicopters
By Rep Cynthia Thielen @ 4:39 AM :: 1073 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Tourism

...three helicopter crashes since October....

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Wednesday, May 01, 2019
USD Finds 'Hawaiian Day' Legal
By Selected News Articles @ 4:00 AM :: 747 Views :: First Amendment, Higher Education

...The University of South Dakota determined that a student group naming its party “Hawaiian Day” did not violate the school’s policy....

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Wednesday, May 01, 2019
Ethics Commission Resolves Charge Against Rowena Akana
By News Release @ 3:30 AM :: 1081 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...This case – COMPL-C-17-00112 – is separate from the Commission’s Decision in COMPL-C-15-00236, issued on February 5, 2019, which imposed an administrative penalty of $23,106.53; Ms. Akana has appealed that Decision....

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Wednesday, May 01, 2019
Hanalei Finds Excuse: 20 More Days Without Tourists
By News Release @ 3:21 AM :: 998 Views :: Kauai County, Tourism

... prompted by community concerns brought to HDOT by Senate President Ronald Kouchi, Representative Nadine Nakamura, and Mayor Kawakami ....

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Hawaii 2nd Worst State for Nurses
By Selected News Articles @ 3:33 PM :: 912 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...2019’s Best & Worst States for Nurses....

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Video: Akina and Roth Talk Rail
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:30 AM :: 855 Views :: Rail

... Randy Roth discusses key issues in the rail controversy and gets his insights from having watched the project since its beginning ....

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Trump, the Jones Act and LNG
By Michael Hansen @ 4:21 AM :: 670 Views :: Energy, Jones Act

...Michael Hansen on ThinkTech discusses a blanket Jones Act waiver for LNG Tankers....

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019
DoE Changes Teacher Evaluations: De-Emphasizes Student Performance
By News Release @ 3:51 AM :: 1016 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

"...In an effort to eliminate the predictive nature of expected targets, EES will focus on student-centered growth that assesses what is valued in the school or Complex Area rather than on Student Learner Outcomes (SLOs)...."

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Contract Reopener: HSTA Gets Another $45.6M
By News Release @ 3:41 AM :: 816 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

“This agreement is worth more than $45 million for our members in salary increases and employer contributions to our health care plan, while establishing a pilot program to give teachers more control over their 21 hours (of professional development time)....”

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Legislators Vote to Spend Millions More on Electric Vehicles
By News Release @ 3:06 AM :: 940 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

...program for the installation or upgrade of electric vehicle charging stations in publicly accessible commercial areas, workplaces, and multi-unit dwellings....

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019
EPA Imposes $425K fine for Waimanalo Gulch Spill
By News Release @ 3:01 AM :: 801 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment

...The agreement also calls for a series of facility upgrades to maintain compliance with stormwater regulations....

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Monday, April 29, 2019
ERS Invested Millions With Alleged Fraudster
By Selected News Articles @ 3:20 AM :: 1491 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Labor

...As of Sept. 30, Hawaii has paid $36.4 million to Abraaj Global Growth Markets Fund....

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Sunday, April 28, 2019
HB1552: Conference Committee Approves New System to Keep Criminals on Streets
By News Release @ 8:09 PM :: 838 Views :: Law Enforcement

...Bill to thoroughly reform our system of handling people arrested, incarcerated....

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Sunday, April 28, 2019
Public urged to participate in next round of hearings on proposed Maunakea rules
By News Release @ 6:09 PM :: 929 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

...to provide feedback on the latest draft of the proposed administrative rules to govern public and commercial activities on UH-managed lands on Maunakea....

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Sunday, April 28, 2019
OHA’s LLCs: The Noose Is Tightening
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1011 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...OHA assets cannot be shielded from accountability (to both the Trustees and the general public) simply by tossing them into LLCs....

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Saturday, April 27, 2019
OHA CFO Ousted to Block 'Fair Treatment' of Grant Requests?
By Andrew Walden @ 9:27 PM :: 2021 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...Laeha says he was, "in the process of implementing ... 'fair treatment' laws which require independent solicitations on contracts...."  

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Saturday, April 27, 2019
Hawaii Family Forum Legislative Week in Review
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 8:36 PM :: 853 Views :: Family, Life, Drugs

...Sine Die May 2--What happens next at the Governor's Office?....

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Saturday, April 27, 2019
HB172: Legislature Denies Funding for OHA and LLCs Unless Audit for Fraud, Waste and Abuse is Completed
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:57 PM :: 1455 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...Trustee Keli'i Akina praises decision as victory for OHA beneficiaries....

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Saturday, April 27, 2019
OHA Releases Aina Summit Report
By News Release @ 3:45 AM :: 839 Views :: Environment, OHA

...Coinciding with Earth Day....

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Saturday, April 27, 2019
City Releases 2019 Annual Sustainability Report
By News Release @ 3:25 AM :: 817 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment

...This is the City and County of Honolulu’s inaugural annual sustainability report....

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Friday, April 26, 2019
A Jones Act conversation with Rick Hamada and Mike Hansen
By Michael Hansen @ 6:40 PM :: 1108 Views :: Jones Act

... audio from The Rick Hamada Show ....

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Friday, April 26, 2019
Let’s End ‘Gut and Replace’ at Legislature
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:26 PM :: 898 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...The victims of these tactics usually are bills that have been passed by one chamber and are waiting for hearings in the non-originating chamber. This makes them ripe for tinkering because they no longer require hearings or votes in the original house....

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Friday, April 26, 2019
Legislators Send Three Anti-Gun Bills to Governor
By News Release @ 6:17 PM :: 891 Views :: Second Amendment

...On April 24th, Governor David Ige signed House Bill 720 to impose criminal penalties upon gun owners if they fail to follow government requirements for how lost or stolen firearms must be reported....

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Friday, April 26, 2019
SB1353: Industrial Hemp Heading to Governor's Desk
By News Release @ 5:57 PM :: 1063 Views :: Agriculture, Drugs

...industrial hemp business for the U.S. is significant for Hawaii, where the climate makes it possible to harvest up to three crops annually....

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Friday, April 26, 2019
Q1: Tourism Up, Spending Down
By News Release @ 5:39 AM :: 827 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...Hawaii Visitor Statistics Released for First Quarter 2019....

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Friday, April 26, 2019
Conference Committee Approves Remaining Executive Budget
By News Release @ 5:08 AM :: 855 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...New budget system allowed for closer scrutiny, more transparency....

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Friday, April 26, 2019
Conference Committee Agrees on $3.4B CIP Grab Basket
By News Release @ 5:00 AM :: 953 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...CIP funds for renovations, repairs, construction, land acquisition statewide....

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Friday, April 26, 2019
More studies show Jones Act harmful to Puerto Rico
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:54 AM :: 1027 Views :: Jones Act, Cost of Living

...the Jones Act equals a 7.2 percent tax on food and beverages, or about $367 million extra for island residents....

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Thursday, April 25, 2019
Charlie Wade Sex Complaint Filed Over Year Ago
By News Release @ 10:46 PM :: 1905 Views :: Ethics, Higher Education

...Wade has been listed as suspended on a public list on the USA Volleyball website since at least last fall....

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