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July 7, 1935: Moscow orders first Communists to Hawaii

Hawaii became a U.S. Territory July 7, 1898

Hawai’i 2050 ‘Sustainability’ Goals Follow Corporate Plan

The Draft Oʻahu Pedestrian Plan is available for the public’s review

Go X Celebrates Hawai‘i’s Electric Foot Scooter Law

DoH: New Hawaii Vaccine Totals Include Federal Doses

Ige Announces Final 26 Vetoes

Senators Override Five Ige Vetoes--More to Come

Mayor Victorino to reserve additional water source allocation for affordable housing

Miske Attorney Representing Honolulu police officers in Sykap Case--seeks dismissal of charges

SA: … the charges should be dismissed with prejudice because prosecuting them by way of a complaint and preliminary hearing after an Oahu grand jury declined to return a true bill is “statutorily and constitutionally impermissible,” according to the motion filed Tuesday by attorney Thomas M. Otake, who represents Ah Nee. 

(Otake also represents Michael Miske)

“The whole point of the grand jury system is to provide protections to our citizens from the immense powers of the prosecuting attorney. The grand jury, made up of our citizens, cannot be a check on that power if the prosecutor is allowed to circumvent the grand jury’s will. As Mr. Alm correctly states, ‘no one is above the law.’ That includes prosecutors, and this motion makes clear the law does not allow prosecutors to proceed this way,” Otake told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser in a statement….

June 25, 2021: SHOPO, ILWU Rally outside as Honolulu Officers Charged In Police Shooting Appear In Court  (ILWU.  Get it?)

Flashback: Miske Lawyer Behind Campaign to Unseat OHA Trustee Keli’i Akina

read … Honolulu police officers’ attorneys seek dismissal of charges in fatal shooting of teen

Next Boondoggle: Hawaii Stadium Authority takes lead to develop ‘entertainment district’

HNN: … Gov. David Ige signed House Bill 1348, making the Aloha Stadium Authority Board the lead agency for development of the New Aloha Stadium Entertainment District — or NASED — project.

The board will be able to hold the tittle on the property and grant up to 99-year leases for the commercial and residential space….

The 98-acre plan involves two separate projects: one to build the stadium itself and another to develop the surrounding property, which will include homes and businesses.

The request for proposals will be submitted sometime this summer and construction is expected to begin next year (yeah, right) — after the existing stadium is demolished. (The one thing that actually will happen)

The state is planning (LOL!) to spend about $350 million on the new stadium….

read … In big step for Aloha Stadium, Hawaii agency takes lead to develop ‘entertainment district’

Bankrupt Honolulu Charter Operator Faces Allegations Of Multimillion Dollar Fraud

CB: … At the center of a flurry of lawsuits is Wing Spirit’s Teijiro Handa, who is accused of defrauding Japan’s oldest aviation school out of tens of millions of dollars. …  The private, high-speed jet charter service Wing Spirit offered $1 million in neighbor island airfare for Hawaii medical workers and patients during the coronavirus crisis. Six month later, the company filed for bankruptcy. …

In the lawsuit filed in October in Hawaii’s First Circuit Court, Handa is accused of gaining the trust of the Japanese flight academy’s chairman in order to take control of the company’s finances, ultimately “forcing” the academy to unnecessarily borrow a large amount of money from Japanese banks. The lawsuit claims Handa then paid some of that money to himself to establish Wing Spirit in Honolulu.

While Wing Spirit was getting off the ground, Japanese Aviation Academy happened to be forging a partnership with the University of Hawaii to build an aviation academy on Oahu.

Both entities signed a letter of intent establishing a five-year period for discussions toward the goal of working together to create an academic program to foster the next generation of pilots, mechanics, flight attendants and aeronautical engineers in Hawaii.

Honolulu’s Office of Economic Development saw the planned venture as a chance to create a new industry with high-paying jobs following the 2015 closure of the University of Hawaii’s flight training program at Honolulu Community College….

read … Bankrupt Honolulu Charter Operator Faces Allegations Of Multimillion Dollar Fraud

Almost all of those contracting COVID in Hawaii now have one thing in common: They’re unvaccinated

HNN: … Hawaii is averaging 45 new COVID cases a day and health officials say almost all of those infections have one thing in common: The patient isn’t vaccinated.

According to Hilton Raethel, head of the Healthcare Association of Hawaii, 98% of people diagnosed with COVID statewide over the past couple months haven’t gotten a COVID vaccine.

“If you get infected (and you’re vaccinated), the symptoms are much less severe. And the chance of being hospitalized from COVID if you are vaccinated is very, very low,” he said.

In June, a total of 116 COVID patients were hospitalized in Hawaii.

According to Raethel, more than 90% of those admissions hadn’t gotten the shot or weren’t fully vaccinated. He added, “There’s been 114 COVID deaths this year but not a single one of those was for an individual who is vaccinated.”…

Right now, 58% of Hawaii residents are fully vaccinated.

Gov. David Ige says 70% of the population needs to get the shot before he’ll allow all COVID restrictions to be lifted.

But on Tuesday morning, Lt. Gov. Josh Green said that’s too high a bar.

“To get to 70% of the entire population, that means we have to get over 82% of all those who are eligible because we’re still counting the 216,000 young individuals under age 12 in our denominator,” said Green, who is an ER doctor. “I think more realistically would be to get to 65% fully vaccinated. Five percent of individuals have immunity because they caught COVID.”

At the current rate, administering 20,000 shots a week officials estimate Hawaii is nearly four months away from reaching that 70% threshold.

read … Almost all of those contracting COVID in Hawaii now have one thing in common: They’re unvaccinated

Metered parking no longer free for handicap placard holders

HNN: .. As of July 1, drivers who have the temporary red or long-term blue placards, as well as special license plates, will now have to pay the normal rate in metered street stalls. This is a result of a change in the Hawai’i Revised Statutes approved in 2019.

Disability parking permits holders are still permitted to park in reserved accessible parking spaces in parking lots….

Applications and full details can also be found online by clicking here.

read … Metered parking no longer free for handicap placard holders

Massive Police Operation Leads to Two Shelter Refusers Obtaining Housing -- In Jail

TGI: … A Kaua‘i Police Department convoy, as well as other county departments and various agencies including the state Department of Land and Natural Resources and Sheriff’s Office, made its way to Salt Pond around 6 a.m. Tuesday.

“Multiple agencies responded this morning to assist illegal campers in vacating the area so that the county can conduct maintenance, repairs and restore the area,” Assistant Chief Mark Begley said in a statement. “Most of the illegal campers have been cooperative.”

(This is happening because we are choosing not to enforce a vagrancy law.)

KPD reported two arrests Tuesday afternoon, for “refusing to comply with multiple requests to vacate the area,” a KPD spokesperson said.

(Victory: Homelessness forcibly ended for two bums.)

A notice of violation states that illegal camping will result in fines of $100 per person per night, the use of illegal structures in a fine of $500, and abandonment of property another $500.

“Please note that the campers had at least two months of warnings prior to today, and they were also offered multiple opportunities for available assistance,” the spokesperson continued.

Allen Lee Jr. reported that campers were given verbal notice and then told they needed to leave the area.

“Now we’re back to the same position,” Lee said.”Where do we go without being arrested or harassed? How can we get out of being homeless if we have to keep buying all our stuff back?” 

(IQ Test: Activists have trained meth-heads to repeat this rhetoric.  Are you fooled by it?)

Tuesday, truckloads pulled out items (hoarder junk) left behind at the site, as well as picnic tables….

read … KPD, DLNR cite, eject remaining houseless

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