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Sunday, May 31, 2009
May 31, 2009 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 8:55 AM :: 8525 Views

SB: State workers need to share budget burden

Hawaii Superferry files for bankruptcy

Hawaii's Islam Day resolution stirs passions here, on Mainland (liberals show continued arrogance)

FBI targets bond scam: Native Hawaiian group Ko Hawaii Pae Aina under investigation

Advertiser: Public housing: Deplorable conditions demand action

Is Hilo Hattie history?

DOT seeks to allay fears over bridge project

Pot priority report due Monday

Residents: Green Harvest chopper landings illegal

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Saturday, May 30, 2009
May 30, 2009 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 7:19 AM :: 7060 Views

HGEA Leader Says Raise Excise Tax For Shortfall

Isle bankruptcies soar

Isle gaming has backers and foes

FBI planning to build big new headquarters for Honolulu division

'Error' results in tax break for county employee's family

Pflueger’s Kauai Estate on the Market

Internet Vote: Aloha Means 'Goodbye' Too

Isle native Ronald Takaki pioneered ethnic studies

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Friday, May 29, 2009
May 29, 2009 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 6:46 AM :: 9587 Views

Gov. Lingle responds to Council on Revenues forecast

Isle foreclosures, delinquencies up

Liberal media mogul pleads no-contest in Oahu court

Kawaiahao Church fundraising under scrutiny by Hawaii officials

OHA honors vow to help finance native Hawaiian homes

Isle utilities in top 10 on solar energy

Mental health, substance abuse treatment center facing possible closure

Queen K Hwy: Bid review hearing begins, ruling months off

SB: 'Civil unions' don't go far enough

'Mixed race' fastest growing in US

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Thursday, May 28, 2009
May 28, 2009 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 8:24 AM :: 9866 Views

Hawaii's tourist decline eases to 1.3% in April, but they spent less

$90M drop in revenue expected

Unions say Lingle now pursuing wage cuts

Hawaii offers tax amnesty — but only if you pay up in next 30 days

Hawaii again has priciest gas in U.S.

SB: Too soon for online-only voting

Advertiser: A wake-up call for neighborhood boards

Aiona has challenger for GOP nomination for governor 

Tom Pico Jr.: Vigilant in His Effort to Make Hawaii A Better Place in Which to Live

Univ of Hawaii-Maui?

Maui nonprofit housing agency defaulted on $8M from county

Kenoi promises stronger ethics code

Kona: Additional hospital funds cover half the debt

Kauai Mayor to sign budget

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009
May 27, 2009 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 7:08 AM :: 8654 Views

Maui County GOP Chair denounces Sotomayor Nomination

Decision delayed on drug dogs, searches at Hawaii schools

Tourism agency plans ad cutbacks

'Renaissance' plan for Hawaii parks shifts into low-budget gear (menehune labor)

Borreca: Wading in politicos' ways reveals muck and murk

Legislature Betrayed the Filipino People with Tax Increases

Businessman faces five years in prison

Turnout low for Internet vote (The easier voting gets, the fewer participate)

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009
May 26, 2009 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 7:45 AM :: 6442 Views

Advertiser: Public hospitals must reinvent themselves

Repairs to nation's largest, oldest subway systems could trump Honolulu rail line (bad news for Mufia)

SB: Construction needs boost during recession

Poll finds that if people take vacations this summer, they will not stay for long

Focus shifting to address needs of Honolulu's growing chronic-homeless population

Kahana residents get state apology

Builder Bruce Stark faces two suits to foreclose on Canterbury Place

Niu Valley, Kaiser seek accreditation for global citizenship curriculum

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Monday, May 25, 2009
May 25, 2009 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 8:51 AM :: 8451 Views

Kauai Republicans pledge to run 'full slate' in 2010

Rail revenue plummets: Excise tax surcharge for April down 11%

SB: Isles' time to pay piper coming fast

UH examines 33 programs for consolidation or cuts

Police: Meth is growing on Maui

Subsidized solar power plan off to slow start

Hawaii's Bishop Museum struggles to survive recession

Damien canonization draws Hawaii visitors to Rome

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Sunday, May 24, 2009
May 24, 2009 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 7:43 AM :: 5404 Views

Telescope: ‘House of the Sun’ getting crowded?

Honolulu's Internet vote considered 1st in nation

9-11 Troothers win one as 'Clean elections' law takes effect

Legislators have put specific programs in financial jeopardy

Honolulu police firing range $5M over budget, 3 years off schedule

Hanabusa vs Hannemann: Landfill future contested

War on coqui pau

Building bust

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Saturday, May 23, 2009
May 23, 2009 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 7:22 AM :: 7449 Views

EIS says good outweighs bad if giant telescope built on Mauna Kea

No ceasing ceded-lands fight

Obama to appoint federal judge in Hawaii after Gillmor retires

Hawaii jobless rate dips to 6.9 percent

Matson increases fuel fee

Another assault at Hookena Beach reported

Samoa's Democrat Governor tries to block minimum wage hike 

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Friday, May 22, 2009
May 22, 2009 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 6:43 AM :: 7878 Views

HECO scales back Oahu rate hike request to "only" 6.2%

Flu discourages travel to Hawaii by Japanese

UHERO: Neighbor Islands Bear Brunt of Recession

Hawaii County Audit money preserved (2% fund frozen)

SB cries: NIMBY mires Gitmo

Property tax rates hold steady, assessments vary

Hundreds celebrate ability to say ‘No!’ (Joe Bertram wants to shut them down)

Recording Could Bring Back Voice Of King Kalakaua

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Thursday, May 21, 2009
May 21, 2009 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 6:58 AM :: 10955 Views

Bill awaiting Lingle's OK will decentralize public hospitals

DBEDT expects recession to affect Hawaii through 2009

Rebels Head-chopping jihadis attack isle Marine mercy mission

Big Isle loses GM dealers (thanks, Obama)

Hawaii injunction blocks use of voting machines until rules set

Honolulu looking for new police chief

SB: Look to gas tax to prod fuel efficiency

Retaliation: Hawaii County auditor's funding could be slashed

Hawaii County lines up five new workers

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009
May 20, 2009 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 7:26 AM :: 7450 Views

Borreca: Batten the hatches, a perfect (political) storm is near

Paying more at the pump

Honolulu City Council considers raising property tax by 9%

Councilmen find allies to fight recycling cut

Police Commission may replace Correa rather than give him 1-year extension

Hawaii homeless down from 2007

Senators seek local choice for UH post

Hawaii County Council to look at county employment issues

Hawaii County employees submit budget ideas

Legislative Session: Excuses from Morita

Honolulu Holds Nation’s First All-Digital Online and Telephone Election

Big Island Chevy Dealer Closing Doors (thanks, Obama)

Maui Divers bids for Hilo Hattie

Abercrombie for Cosponsoring Fair Elections Now Act (latest gimmick for failed fundraiser)

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009
May 19, 2009 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 5:21 AM :: 10268 Views

Hawaii governor orders departments to cut spending

Honolulu city council may ease proposed tax hikes

Let's not raise HI-5¢ fees in a recession

Hawaii swine flu scaring off tourists (thanks, Biden)

SB: Boost access to ballots in digital voting (voting gets easier--so participation drops)

Another "solution' from the Advertiser: Voters shouldn't make all public decisions

Architects suggest building the rail system near ground level

Regents starting talks on 2 finalists

SB: Difficulty lingers with medical marijuana

Hawaii refinery assessed for shutdown by Chevron

Maui News Polls Governor's race

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Monday, May 18, 2009
May 18, 2009 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 6:35 AM :: 6867 Views

Gas Prices Up 22 Cents Since March (Takamine tax coming June 30)

Lawmakers raid 911 emergency communications fund to feed unions

VIEWPOINT: Legislature failed to address the basic problem with Maui’s hospital health care

Priorities beg attention from clueless legislators

Honolulu's senior centers in 'dire straits' as state cuts support

Windward Chevy hits the brakes

Hawgs have left

State's Bottle Deposit Redemption At 77 Percent


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Sunday, May 17, 2009
May 17, 2009 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 7:00 AM :: 7029 Views

Republicans urged to unite: GOP challenged to gain seats in 2010 election by sticking to core beliefs

Hawaii governor, Legislature began session on high note, ended in a 'mess' of contention

The Queen's estate

SB: Government workers don't deserve derision

Hawaii State Teachers’ Union Clamps Down on Teacher Dissention

Possible Hawaii County bid rigging halts process

Will Mayor Hannemann Forgo Federal Funding for the Honolulu Rail?

Cash-strapped Navy puts hold on transfers, goodwill visits by ships

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Saturday, May 16, 2009
May 16, 2009 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 6:05 AM :: 7072 Views

Honolulu's rough roads add $688 a year to your driving costs

UH Manoa campus seeks ways to cut back as it loses $34 million in its general funds

Maui Council returns TAT funds to budget

Gary Yabuta named Maui Co. police chief

HMSA's loss increases

Hawaii Superferry gear will be auctioned off on Maui, Oahu

Judge rejects plan to rebrand go! under Aloha Airlines name

Targeting new jobs

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Friday, May 15, 2009
May 15, 2009 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 6:19 AM :: 13867 Views

Islam Day draws heat for isles

Abercrombie seeks to transfer campaign funds

Hemmings says wife is victim of revenge

SB: Don't extinguish tobacco tax hike

Advertiser: Public process offers key chance for input

Hawaii Supreme Court Declines to Reconsider Super Ferry Ruling

Critical Honolulu City Council Vote This Monday Determines Funding Conditions for Rail

Hawaii Senator Gary Hooser: A Political Hack

Ethics Board releases ‘flawed’ attorney opinion

Arrest unlawful, couple says

Maui Council decides to keep property tax levels same in ’10

Maui, Big Isle may lose car dealers

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Thursday, May 14, 2009
May 14, 2009 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 7:33 AM :: 8032 Views

Sovereignty Activist Child abuser Makekau must serve full 5 years

Drivers may have to pay more gas tax

TheBoat ends service in June

Hawaii County sets aside $10M for vacant positions

Hawaii County Dozer rental contract to continue

Hawaii Asian population declines slightly in latest count

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Wednesday, May 13, 2009
May 13, 2009 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 6:52 AM :: 4432 Views

Error suspends taxes on tobacco

Full speed ahead for firm pushing electric vehicles

Surprise from the mystery box Legislature: $12.3M in legislative funding pleases public hospital officials

Hawaii pension portfolio to $8.12B, off from $11B a year ago

Foreclosures dip 5.5%

Kauai: Council OKs $213M budget

Recession: Just 75 plants taken in Green Harvest

West Hawaii Planning Commission inaugural meeting slated

Suspected Internet sexual predator appears in court (without Joe Bertram?)

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009
May 12, 2009 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 9:44 AM :: 6905 Views

Honolulu may hike property taxes

State high court gets a new justice

UH system could be model for U.S., a finalist says

Ex-police sergeant and wife sentenced for gaming roles

Birds present obstacles for wind turbine permits at Kilauea farm

Kauai: Bieber files complaint against Ethics colleagues

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Monday, May 11, 2009
May 11, 2009 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 3:14 AM :: 5898 Views

Honolulu rail route, elevation draw most public comments

Bill to protect taro put off

BoE Chair Toguchi: Rough, but emotion can't sway school-closure vote

Drug program succeeds beyond 'wildest dreams'

State to close center in Kailua

Ka Loko: North Shore farmers worried about water

2 Kapa‘a CODEPINK women plan to help children in Gaza

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Sunday, May 10, 2009
May 10, 2009 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 11:09 AM :: 10968 Views

Hawaii “Islam Day” secretly marks September 11

Hot topics await election season

Double Dobelle?  Questions dog final 2 candidates for Univ. of Hawaii presidency

Honolulu's switch to hybrid buses stalled by realities of costs

Maui Lawmakers pleased with share of the ‘slimmer’ pie

Anti-Superferry protester retains Maui Democrat chair

SB: If Watada goes to jail, so should Bush lawyers

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Saturday, May 9, 2009
May 9, 2009 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 8:59 AM :: 6602 Views

Hawaii taxes to go up July 1 as lawmakers override governor

Lydia Hemmings indicted in theft of funds from nonprofit

SB:  More are accepting of civil unions

Hawaii's poor roads cost taxpayers twice

Bill nulls gambling write-offs

Hawaii enacts legislation on electric cars, alternative energy

Hawaii parasite victim slowly recovering after weeks in coma

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Friday, May 8, 2009
May 8, 2009 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 10:19 AM :: 9738 Views

Hawaii's hotel industry protests proposed tax hike: Governor Vetoes

Amendment stalls civil-unions bill

Hawaii delegation introduces recalibrated Akaka Bill

Big Isle to get $75M boost

Hawaii Co. Council seeks unified trash fix

Bill that gives MMMC more independence gets final OK

Maui Salary commission: Not a good time for officials to get raise

Pineapple operation wins reprieve, for now

Kauai Council approves tourism ‘stimulus’

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Thursday, May 7, 2009
May 7, 2009 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 9:45 AM :: 8888 Views

Lingle resolute on anti-tax vow

Marc Resorts folds in weak economy

State hospitals: Semiprivatization to be allowed

Dobelle in Drag?

Judge denies motion to delay wrongful-death case versus Pflueger

SB: Let Akaka Bill reconcile ceded lands issue

Turnabout: Kauai Builder sues activists

Maui Council looks to stash away part or all of TAT

Land fund, 3,400 acres of Hamakua lost in revamped Hawaii Co budget

Volunteers thwart Hawaii County attempt to shutdown park renovation

Kenoi Hands Kubo Key to Hawaii County

Negotiations continue for Hilo Target store

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Wednesday, May 6, 2009
May 6, 2009 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 7:40 AM :: 6631 Views

Lingle warns unions to bargain now

OHA, 3 of 4 plaintiffs agree to settle dispute over ceded lands

Healthcare taking bigger and bigger bite out of Hawaii pockets

Borreca: Legislature winds down with promises unmet

SB: Karen's Bill wisely shelved (shills for trial lawyers)

Candidate for UH system President interviewed

Visitor industry is ‘fast train going wrong way’

Kauai and Big Isle home sales fall, but Kauai prices rise

Japan Airlines fires 130 pilots based in Hawaii

Hawaiian Electric earnings fall 40 percent

CDC confirms three cases of flu in Islands

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Tuesday, May 5, 2009
May 5, 2009 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 6:57 AM :: 7235 Views

Lingle invites public to watch her veto bills raising Hawaii taxes

Lingle blasts lawmakers on demise of parks bill

Advertiser: Hotel room tax hike is disastrous move

Ted Hong: Folks, hold on to your wallets

Cayetano backs civil unions

Advertiser: Protect right to secret ballot

Advertiser: Oil tax fund invests in Isle energy future

Kauai County Council meeting in secret

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Monday, May 4, 2009
May 4, 2009 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 5:58 AM :: 7097 Views

Superferry Redux?  Worry arises with rail on fast track

"Unprecedented" declines show the hotel industry at its lowest level in 22 years

UH upkeep to reach $1 billion

Bill to allow Kahana leases could win Legislature's OK

SB: Energy plan good for Hawaii

Power plant in Pepeekeo progressing

Project aims at health care needs

Eight Kalaupapa patients will attend Damien's canonization

Jail plans mental health aid

Program for social workers takes a hit

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Sunday, May 3, 2009
May 3, 2009 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 9:29 AM :: 6303 Views

New Hawaii petroleum tax hike likely to raise gas prices (barrel tax)

State Lawmakers Reject Gas Tax, Fee Hike (highway bill)

State budget cuts $800M, 200 (nonunion) positions (190 vacant)

Biden slip painful to tourism

Hawaii County Council postpones land fund vote

Checking on Charities

Dec. 31 fireworks ruin air quality curve (propaganda in war on old Hawaii)

Move sought for rail station (Kam Schools)

Waiawa residents displaced by the city's rail-transit system wait for compensation (not Kam schools)

Air Force plan to add rec cabins at Hawaii beach stirs concern

Consultant warned Hawaii church its new construction would encounter old burials

Oahu Industrial Warehouse Space Spikes

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Saturday, May 2, 2009
May 2, 2009 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 10:34 PM :: 7242 Views

No deal for state, OHA on lands

Lawmakers will work overtime for budget

Counties will continue to get TAT funds

SB: Rail system should continue as planned

Money for pilot program might go to general fund

Hawaii school board votes to close Wailupe Valley Elementary

Nanakuli High tries to turn itself around with new teaching style

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Friday, May 1, 2009
May 1, 2009 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 9:00 AM :: 7056 Views

Socialist Micro-management damaging tourism AGAIN: Biden remark another blow to ailing isle visitor industry

Breaking News: Hawaii Legislative Session Extended (V1)

Advertiser: Hawaii Legislature close to locking in job cuts, tax increases (V2)

SB: Legislature correct to back off hotel tax (if they do) (V3)

Discount Corporatism: Deal reached on cuts to high-tech tax credits (State to pay only 80% to 'Get That Girl' and other hi-tech Cos)

Bill demands legislative OK for ceded-land sales (Legislative/OHA power grab)

DBEDT shakeup scaled back for now

5 Workers Accused In Overtime, Bribery Case

Hawaii Co. Mayor mum on budget details until May 5 unveiling (TAT?)

Hawaii may raise Mainland political contributions

Pasha Hawaii Seeks PUC Inter-island Approval for New Interisland Cargo Service

Socialism approaches end result: Tent legislation pitched

HYPE BUSTED: Scientists see this flu strain as relatively mild

War memorial for isle veterans takes flak at Liliuokalani

Hawaii man convicted of misdemeanor assault, not murder

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