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December 20, 2008
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CATO Institute Weighs in on Ceded Lands case

One such obscure case, however, merits watching for its ramifications on the constitutional principle that all citizens should be treated equally under the law. The central issue in Hawaii v. OHA - whether Hawaii can sell certain state lands without accommodating a racialist commission called the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) - is idiosyncratic, but the case threatens to set a terrible precedent for a state that has otherwise been a model of racial harmony.

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Isle tourism drop nears Great Depression levels

Hawaii visitor arrivals plunged 15.9 percent in November to push the year-to-date decline to 10.2 percent -- the worst recorded 11-month dip ever in arrivals for the state's lagging tourism industry.

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Young Bros. seeks 17.9% shipment rate hike

Interisland ocean shipper Young Brothers Ltd. said late yesterday that it has requested a 17.9 percent rate increase for all of its interisland cargo shipments, citing $90 million in investments in transportation improvements over the last three years, rising costs and reduced cargo volumes.

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Maui: Bed-and-breakfast bill gets final approval

If signed into law by Mayor Charmaine Tavares, the legislation would set a cap on the number of B&Bs allowed in each district, as well as establish a simplified permitting process and impose rules to minimize visitor impacts on neighbors.

After the council's action, Tavares issued a statement commending council members for their work "on this important piece of legislation that will create a new law for our county."

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Maui Council gives Makena Resort final OK with 5-3 vote

WAILUKU -- Maui County Council members voted 5-3 late Friday night, approving the controversial Makena Resort redevelopment on second and final reading -- with 44 development conditions.

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Beached dolphin carcass airlifted

(Your tax dollars at work...)

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