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Monday, March 4, 2024
Unanimous Supreme Court: Trump Stays on Ballot
By Court House News @ 3:12 PM :: 26 Views :: Office of Elections, Republican Party

... “Because the Constitution makes Congress, rather than the States, responsible for enforcing Section 3 against federal officeholders and candidates, we reverse,” the court wrote in a per curiam opinion ....

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Monday, March 4, 2024
Change in Law Makes 8% of 'Renewables' Disappear
By News Release @ 2:22 PM :: 46 Views :: Energy

... Figures don't lie, but liars figure ....

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Monday, March 4, 2024
Rate Hikes Coming: Hawaiian Electric Tinkers with Solar Subsidies
By News Release @ 1:57 PM :: 54 Views :: Energy

... The new programs, originally scheduled to launch March 1, will now be available to customers starting April 1 ....

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Monday, March 4, 2024
Rate Hike News: Comments Sought on next round of renewable energy procurements
By News Release @ 1:31 PM :: 55 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

... clean energy procurements aimed at stabilizing rates and advancing energy equity ....

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Monday, March 4, 2024
State Hospital pretends to make changes in wake of slaying of staffer
By News Release @ 12:59 PM :: 56 Views :: Health Care, Law Enforcement

... DOH conducted a full safety and security review of the State Operated Specialized Residential Program (SOSRP) and Hawai‘i State Hospital (HSH) facilities ....

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Sunday, March 3, 2024
The Hawaii Republican Presidential Caucus is shrinking again
By Andrew Walden @ 9:49 PM :: 590 Views :: Republican Party

... Republicans cancel four Oahu caucus locations due to their inability to find anybody to staff them ....

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Sunday, March 3, 2024
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted March 2, 2024
By GovTrack .us @ 6:53 PM :: 180 Views :: Congressional Delegation

... votes cast and bills introduced to Congress ....

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Sunday, March 3, 2024
Amended Return Equals Guilty Plea
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 389 Views :: Ethics, Taxes

... Here’s how the strategy works ....

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Saturday, March 2, 2024
Lawsuit Against Honolulu City and County for Infringing on Concealed Carry Rights
By News Release @ 9:11 PM :: 326 Views :: Second Amendment

... Honolulu's procedures for issuing CCW permits unduly delay and obstruct law-abiding citizens' ability to obtain them ....

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Saturday, March 2, 2024
Lahaina aid should be about quality, not quantity
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:46 PM :: 266 Views :: Maui County, Ethics

... “There’s not been a lot of transparency” regarding how wildfire relief funds are being spent ....

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Saturday, March 2, 2024
Short-term rental owners stand firm for their rights
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:35 PM :: 538 Views :: Hawaii County , Small Business, Tourism

... Short-term rental owners in Hawaii could hardly find a better spokesperson for their cause ....

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Saturday, March 2, 2024
There is Room on Mauna Kea for Both Culture and Science
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:11 PM :: 302 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

... what we need is “the collective will to share the Mauna” ....

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Saturday, March 2, 2024
Comments Sought on Oahu District Judge Nominees
By News Release @ 8:05 PM :: 302 Views :: Honolulu County, Judiciary

... The Chief Justice has 30 days from his receipt of the list to make his appointment ....

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Saturday, March 2, 2024
Blangiardi submits FY2025 budget proposals to Honolulu City Council
By News Release @ 1:21 AM :: 290 Views :: Honolulu County

... proposed $3.63 billion Operating and $919 million Capital Improvement Program (CIP) budgets for the 2025 fiscal year ....

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Friday, March 1, 2024
149 Candidates Pull Papers Statewide
By News Release @ 11:59 PM :: 4846 Views :: Office of Elections

... Candidate filing begins on February 1, 2024, and goes through June 4, 2024 ....

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Friday, March 1, 2024
City Council adopts Climate Ready Oʻahu, the City’s first climate adaptation strategy, as guiding policy document for the City
By News Release @ 10:59 PM :: 299 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment

... DPR planted a new Monkeypod tree ....

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Friday, March 1, 2024
Rep Bert Kobayashi to Retire from Legislature
By News Release @ 5:00 PM :: 492 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Politicians

... to retire on November 5, 2024, at the end of his present term ....

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Friday, March 1, 2024
Rebuilding Nonconforming Structures After Lahaina Fire
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:11 PM :: 443 Views :: Maui County, Development

... After Hurricane Iniki struck Kauai in 1992, the Kauai County Council adopted an ordinance similar to this bill to foster the reconstruction of old, nonconforming structures ....

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Friday, March 1, 2024
Waive permitting fees to help Maui residents rebuild faster
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:53 PM :: 310 Views :: Maui County, Development

... reform the County’s emergency housing permitting policies to help facilitate a quicker recovery for the residents of Lahaina ....

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Friday, March 1, 2024
January Tourist Count Down 3.6%
By News Release @ 3:13 PM :: 280 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... January 2024, total visitor arrivals to the Hawaiian Islands (763,480 visitors, -3.6%) and total visitor spending measured in nominal dollars ($1.81 billion, -4.5%) declined compared to January 2023 ....

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Friday, March 1, 2024
COFA Renewal Now Before Congress
By Ed Case @ 1:06 PM :: 326 Views :: World News, Congressional Delegation

... “Congress must approve the recently renegotiated Compacts of Free Association as soon as possible,” said Case ....

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Friday, March 1, 2024
2nd Maunakea telescope decommissioning to begin
By News Release @ 12:43 PM :: 311 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

... UH is working with MKSOA to transfer its leases, conservation district use permits, and an easement for lands on Maunakea to the new authority ....

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Thursday, February 29, 2024
NOAA proposes national marine sanctuary in Papahānaumokuākea
By News Release @ 7:43 PM :: 356 Views :: Environment

... Public comment on Sanctuary draft proposal requested through May 7, 2024 ....

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Thursday, February 29, 2024
​Major Energy Companies Ask SCOTUS To Intervene In Hawaii Climate Lawsuit
By Selected News Articles @ 3:03 PM :: 414 Views :: Energy, Environment, Judiciary

... The Supreme Court previously declined energy companies’ request to consider whether the claims should be heard in federal court ....

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Thursday, February 29, 2024
Climate Activist And Liberal Billionaire Quietly Gobbles Up Rural Land In Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 1:27 PM :: 1053 Views :: Hawaii County , Cost of Living

"...a more fair, equal and sustainable capitalism...."

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Thursday, February 29, 2024
Hawaii Worst State to Be Middle Income from a Tax Perspective
By Selected News Articles @ 1:15 PM :: 508 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... for middle income earners, taxes take 13.62% of income--highest in the USA ....

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Thursday, February 29, 2024
EXTENDED: Applicants Wanted for State Ethics Commission
By News Release @ 1:12 AM :: 1497 Views :: Ethics

... The Judicial Council is seeking applicants to fill a vacancy on the Hawaiʻi State Ethics Commission. The term will be for four years ....

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Wednesday, February 28, 2024
Lahaina: Army Corps of Engineers Transfers Temporary School to DoE
By News Release @ 4:52 PM :: 426 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

... turnover of the temporary King Kamehameha III Elementary School in Lahaina to the Hawai‘i State Department of Education Feb. 27 ....

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Wednesday, February 28, 2024
Not so Smart: Affordable Housing Loss Study Debunked
By News Release @ 4:43 PM :: 469 Views :: Development, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... the study from Washington, D.C.-based Smart Growth America commissioned by AARP Hawai‘i didn’t account for numerous affordable-housing projects ....

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Wednesday, February 28, 2024
Lahaina: State Senators Push for 1,000 Permanent FEMA Units
By News Release @ 3:50 PM :: 453 Views :: Maui County

"... to advocate for the construction of one-thousand permanent FEMA-built housing units to house the wildfire survivors ...."

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Wednesday, February 28, 2024
Bills increasing costs for tourists moving through Hawaii Legislature
By Selected News Articles @ 2:19 PM :: 415 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

... two proposals that would increase the transient accommodation tax, known as TAT ....

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Wednesday, February 28, 2024
Unlicensed Midwives Sue State
By News Release @ 2:13 PM :: 525 Views :: Health Care, Small Business

... there were no professional licenses in Hawaii before Captain Cook arrived, therefore unlicensed midwifery is 'indigenous' ....

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Wednesday, February 28, 2024
Green Launches Compensation Fund for Lahaina Dead, Injured
By News Release @ 2:33 AM :: 463 Views :: Maui County, Hawaii State Government

"...The Fund Will Help Families of Deceased Avoid Lengthy, Uncertain Litigation...."

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Tuesday, February 27, 2024
SB3196: Senate Committee Trickery on Gun Control Bill
By News Release @ 11:35 PM :: 492 Views :: Second Amendment

... the fight is not over ....

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Tuesday, February 27, 2024
Hawaiʻi educators urged to take part in presidential selection process
By News Release @ 12:50 PM :: 648 Views :: Democratic Party, Education K-12, Labor, Republican Party

... Democrats hold primary March 6; GOP caucuses will be March 12 ....

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Tuesday, February 27, 2024
The real cost of returning to the office in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 11:57 AM :: 648 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Employees in Hawaii can expect to shell out more than a quarter of the median household income to work from the office ....

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Monday, February 26, 2024
SHOPO & Maui County Reach Agreement on COVID Hazard Pay
By News Release @ 5:24 PM :: 485 Views :: Maui County, Labor, Police, COVID-19

... officers who worked in a patrol function through the pandemic will receive 20% Hazard Pay based on the actual number of hours worked during the pandemic. All other officers will receive 15% Hazard Pay. All officers will receive 15% Hazard Pay for actual overtime hours ....

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Monday, February 26, 2024
Hawaii needs better budgeting for Maui recovery
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:16 PM :: 553 Views :: Maui County, Hawaii State Government

... it was only a year ago that state lawmakers had a healthy budget surplus to work with. But then they went on an ill-advised spending spree ....

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Monday, February 26, 2024
Hawaii Democrats Presidential Caucus Set for March 6
By News Release @ 4:08 PM :: 633 Views :: Democratic Party

... Party-run Presidential Primary from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM. ....

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Monday, February 26, 2024
Reports show assisted suicide continues to grow in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 3:52 PM :: 630 Views :: Health Care, Life

... 197 prescriptions have been written for death-inducing drugs in Hawaii since the passage of the state’s “medical aid in dying” law in 2019 ....

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Sunday, February 25, 2024
Taxes, Housing, Energy: High Costs Driving People out of Hawaii
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:30 PM :: 767 Views :: Cost of Living

... inflation means you’re not making any more money, but you’re being taxed a lot more for the money that you’re making ....

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Sunday, February 25, 2024
Greater usage of cryptocurrency in Hawaii?
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:22 PM :: 417 Views :: Small Business

... After the state Division of Financial Institutions started implementing stringent cryptocurrency regulations in 2014, crypto companies started fleeing the state ....

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Sunday, February 25, 2024
Recreational Marijuana Bills on the Move
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 5:55 PM :: 757 Views :: Drugs

... one ounce will yield "84 cigarette-sized joints" ....

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Sunday, February 25, 2024
How do criminals become foster parents in Hawaii?
By Andrew Walden @ 5:33 PM :: 1149 Views :: Family, Hawaii State Government

... The DHS recruits them with offers of money ....

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Sunday, February 25, 2024
The Department’s Quest to Nullify Evidence
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 771 Views :: Taxes

... trampling on taxpayers’ rights ....

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Sunday, February 25, 2024
City Demands Energy Use Data on Apartments and Commercial Buildings
By News Release @ 2:30 AM :: 668 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy, Cost of Living

... Starting in 2023, buildings 100,000 square feet and larger were required to begin annually reporting their utility data to the City. By June 30, 2024, buildings 50,000 square feet and larger must report, followed by buildings 25,000 square feet and larger by June 30, 2025 ....

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Sunday, February 25, 2024
DoTax: State Tax Credits You Can Claim
By News Release @ 2:22 AM :: 770 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes

... Hawaiʻi Department of Taxation Encourages Hawaiʻi Families to Claim Available Tax Credits ....

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Saturday, February 24, 2024
Green Kills off 'Affordable' Housing Group, Hands Authority to HHFDC
By News Release @ 3:42 AM :: 818 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... Green assigns the BBB’s duties to the Hawai‘i Housing Finance and Development Corporation (HHFDC), which will review developer applications for eligibility and process fee waiver exemptions ....

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Friday, February 23, 2024
HGEA members win substantial hazard pay from the Hawaii Education Department
By News Release @ 6:10 PM :: 737 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, COVID-19

... 7,800 HGEA employees of the state’s public school system will receive 25% of their base salary for the duration of Gov. David Ige’s emergency proclamation from March 4, 2020, to March 25, 2022 ....

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Friday, February 23, 2024
Ninth Circuit to rehear Hawaii butterfly knife ban
By Court House News @ 5:59 PM :: 793 Views :: Second Amendment

... The Ninth Circuit restored Hawaii's 1993 ban on butterfly knives while agreeing to take on an appeal of the decision that the knife is protected under the Second Amendment ....

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