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Thursday, December 26, 2019
Mauna Kea Protest Shows Need for a Return to Elected County Sheriffs
By Andrew Walden @ 1:10 PM :: 1896 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Hawaii History, OHA, Police

...Hawaii lost its elected county sheriffs as a result of the Massie case....

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Tuesday, December 24, 2019
How Christmas Came to Hawaii
By Hoku Paoa Stevenson @ 11:59 PM :: 26604 Views :: Hawaii History, Religion

As presented by Hoku Paoa Stevenson at the Summer Palace....

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Tuesday, December 24, 2019
DLNR: Only 3 Bums Ticketed in Latest Napali Coast Sweep
By News Release @ 11:45 PM :: 1181 Views :: Kauai County, Environment, Homelessness, Law Enforcement

...For decades this section of the state’s largest wilderness park had a wild west atmosphere, with illegal campers and often-times their huge, trashy campsites marring the experience and the environment....

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Tuesday, December 24, 2019
Feds: State Historic Preservation Division now only Medium Risk
By News Release @ 11:02 PM :: 1541 Views :: Environment, Development, Hawaii State Government, OHA

...NPS, which administers federal funds to SHPD, designated SHPD a high-risk recipient in 2009....

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Tuesday, December 24, 2019
November 2019 Hawaii Vacation Rental Performance Report
By News Release @ 3:57 AM :: 938 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Tourism

...On O‘ahu, the vacation rental supply in November was 252,000 unit nights. This is a decrease of 4.4 percent from a year ago....

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Tuesday, December 24, 2019
Doing the Job the State Won't Do--Feds Lock up Domestic Violence Offenders
By News Release @ 3:55 AM :: 754 Views :: Law Enforcement

... These prosecutions are part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that brings together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone .... 

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Tuesday, December 24, 2019
Contradiction: While Funding Telescope Protests, OHA Gives UH $1.1M for Science Scholarships
By News Release @ 3:34 AM :: 778 Views :: Higher Education, OHA

...OHA approved today the selection of the UH Mānoa Native Hawaiian Science & Engineering Mentorship Program to administer a $1.1 million grant for higher education scholarships for Native Hawaiian students....

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Monday, December 23, 2019
Honolulu 3rd Most Expensive Homes Per Square Foot
By Selected News Articles @ 6:10 PM :: 1051 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...Honolulu, HI – Ownership Cost per square foot -- $684.31....

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Sunday, December 22, 2019
Ninety-One Hours in a Work Week?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 919 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...Hawaii’s cost of living was 201.3 percent of, or double, the national average, with the primary problem being housing costs that punched in at a staggering 347.1 percent of the national average. Our grocery costs were at 160.8, utilities at 185.2, transportation at 135.7, and health care at 120.3 percent of the national average respectively....

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Sunday, December 22, 2019
Hawaii: State Tax Changes for 2020
By Tax Foundation @ 2:11 AM :: 1140 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

...State tax hikes taking effect January 1, 2020....

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Sunday, December 22, 2019
HUD: West Coast is Source of Growth in Homelessness
By News Release @ 1:47 AM :: 772 Views :: Higher Education

...The estimated number of persons experiencing long-term, chronic homelessness increased 8.5 percent between 2018 and 2019. This increase was concentrated on the West Coast, with the largest increases in California....

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Saturday, December 21, 2019
Ed Case Innovative Approach to Jones Act Reform
By Michael Hansen @ 6:25 PM :: 901 Views :: Jones Act

...The first bill would reduce the ocean shipping companies’ capital and operating costs and the second place a hard cap on ocean freight rates. The third bill would be a failsafe alternative....

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Saturday, December 21, 2019
Hawaii 'Ghost Guns' Already Illegal
By News Release @ 6:14 PM :: 1067 Views :: Second Amendment

...for a criminal to possess a "ghost gun" and use it for crime,  they must have violated eight separate laws....

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Saturday, December 21, 2019
Property Tax Onslaught Looms
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:47 PM :: 1472 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, Tourism

...First they came for the owners of million-dollar homes, but I didn’t speak against it because I didn’t have a million-dollar home....

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Saturday, December 21, 2019
Confused about GMOs and pesticides? Here’s a science-based handbook for combating anti-biotech fallacies
By Selected News Articles @ 10:13 AM :: 1105 Views :: GMOs

...examine the difference between science and opportunistic activism....

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Saturday, December 21, 2019
Campaign Spending: John Carroll Declines to Seek Criminal Charges Against Eric Ryan
By Andrew Walden @ 2:20 AM :: 929 Views :: Ethics, Republican Party

... Respondents reported a monthly charge of $14.65 to Netflix on 6/19/18, 7/17/18, and 8/17/18 for “online research” ....

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Saturday, December 21, 2019
Busted: Josh Green Hiding Out of State Contributions--Out $13K
By Andrew Walden @ 2:04 AM :: 1195 Views :: Ethics, Politicians

...8 contributors who each gave the $6,000 maximum amount to Respondent, also gave to another candidate committee.  However, Respondent reported that these 8 contributors had Hawaii addresses while the other candidate committee reported that these 8 contributors had out-of-state addresses....

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Saturday, December 21, 2019
Legislative Agenda: CSC Behind Seven Bills for Campaign Finance reform
By Andrew Walden @ 1:48 AM :: 623 Views :: Ethics

...the following 7 bills have been drafted for the Commission’s consideration for the 2020 Legislative Session....

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Saturday, December 21, 2019
UHERO: Hawaii economy enters soft patch
By UHERO @ 1:00 AM :: 866 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 :: 1524 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 :: 968 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 :: 1074 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 :: 970 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 :: 1257 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 :: 1573 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 :: 1219 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 :: 1040 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 :: 869 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 :: 1168 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 :: 824 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 :: 1243 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 :: 766 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 :: 1400 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 :: 888 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 :: 1015 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 :: 1077 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 :: 514 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 :: 660 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 :: 861 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 :: 1072 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 :: 655 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 :: 1200 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 :: 832 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 :: 691 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 :: 849 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 :: 1257 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 :: 1228 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 :: 1569 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 :: 975 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 :: 1002 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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