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Saturday, February 24, 2024
Green Kills off 'Affordable' Housing Group, Hands Authority to HHFDC
By News Release @ 3:42 AM :: 87 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 :: 130 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 :: 113 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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Friday, February 23, 2024
UHERO: Hawaii Economy Slowing
By UHERO @ 6:17 AM :: 193 Views :: Maui County, Economy, COVID-19

... disasters from COVID to Lahaina are the only thing holding Hawaii's economy together ....

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Friday, February 23, 2024
Hawaii committee to discuss $25 tourism tax Friday
By Selected News Articles @ 6:07 AM :: 178 Views :: Environment, Taxes, Tourism

... House Bill 2406 would impose a $25 "transient accommodation tax," also known as a TAT, on top of the 10.25% TAT that is already in place ....

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Thursday, February 22, 2024
Kennedy on Hawaii Ballot with 'We The People Party'
By News Release @ 9:06 PM :: 224 Views :: Office of Elections

... Hawaii Office of Elections has confirmed Kennedy supporters have collected the 862 required signatures to establish the “We The People” party in Hawaii ....

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Wednesday, February 21, 2024
SB3381: Stop Lahaina Property Owners from Rebuilding
By Andrew Walden @ 9:07 PM :: 554 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Development, Labor

... will Lahaina literally be handed over to the HCDA and an appointed ‘Community Board’ comprised of Josh Green’s hand-picked Carpenters Union representatives? ....

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Wednesday, February 21, 2024
Anti-Gun Bills Scheduled for Decision Making Hearings in the Senate Judiciary Committee
By NRA ILA @ 8:03 PM :: 287 Views :: Second Amendment

... Senate Bill 3196 and Senate Bill 2845 will place further restrictions on your Second Amendment Rights by expanding the existing "assault pistol" ban to include certain rifles and shotguns and implementing new age restrictions for ammunition ....

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Wednesday, February 21, 2024
VIDEO: Biological Parents of Ariel Sellers Speak
By Video @ 4:25 PM :: 276 Views :: Family, Judiciary

... February 21, 2024 Kapolei Courthouse Rally with Sen Kurt Fevella demands release of CWS records regrding foster care torture and murder of Ariel Sellers ....

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Wednesday, February 21, 2024
Trump: Tulsi Gabbard on Short List for Vice President
By Video @ 3:52 PM :: 326 Views :: Republican Party, Tulsi Gabbard

... Trump confirms names on VP shortlist: ‘They’re all good, they’re all solid’  ....

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Wednesday, February 21, 2024
Feds Obtain More Than $1.9 Million in Forfeitures from Hawaii Illegal Gambling Operations
By News Release @ 2:13 PM :: 277 Views :: Gambling

... Both the Paula Drive forfeiture action and the 2019 action resulted from a joint criminal and civil investigation into an illegal gambling business operating at least nine illegal game rooms ....

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Wednesday, February 21, 2024
Senate Approves Publicly Funded Election Bill
By News Release @ 2:18 AM :: 301 Views :: First Amendment, Office of Elections

... SB2381 SD2 would establish a comprehensive system of public financing for candidates seeking election to state and county public offices, beginning with the 2028 general election ....

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Wednesday, February 21, 2024
FCKBLM? Censorship Leads to 23% Decrease in Personalized License Plate Requests
By News Release @ 2:09 AM :: 321 Views :: Honolulu County, First Amendment

... The city’s Motor Vehicle Registration Branch will reject applications that violate the existing rules, including letter and number combinations that are profane, encourage violence, or make sexual references ....

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Wednesday, February 21, 2024
Rule Forcing Corrupt Project Labor Agreements Will Face Legal Challenges
By News Release @ 1:54 AM :: 317 Views :: Maui County, Labor

... a construction contract that required a PLA would be more expensive ....

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Wednesday, February 21, 2024
More cost, More delay: Green Signs 'PLA' for Lahaina Rebuild
By News Release @ 1:35 AM :: 343 Views :: Maui County, Labor

"...the rebuilding of housing units in Lahaina alone will require at least 2,000 additional construction workers...."

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Wednesday, February 21, 2024
Executive Order: Hawaii is a 'Trauma-Informed' State
By News Release @ 1:25 AM :: 333 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Labor

... first, Green's task force will seek out 'traumatized' State employees ....

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Wednesday, February 21, 2024
DoH: Exposing tobacco marketing to Hawai‘i’s youth
By News Release @ 1:11 AM :: 279 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

... The tobacco industry spends an estimated $22 million on marketing in Hawaiʻi each year costing the state $611 million in annual health care costs, $1.1 billion in lost productivity, and nearly $1,000 per household in state and federal tax burden ....

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Tuesday, February 20, 2024
​Cockfighting fans fight Northern Mariana ban at Ninth Circuit
By Court House News @ 2:14 PM :: 344 Views :: Agriculture, Drugs

... cockfighting was banned in the territory in 2018 ....

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Tuesday, February 20, 2024
Hawaiʻi’s future jobs: 70% require postsecondary education by 2031
By UHERO @ 1:55 PM :: 354 Views :: Economy, Higher Education

“...I think there is a misconception now that there are jobs that are great right here in Hawaiʻi that you can get right after high school with just a high school diploma and that’s just not the case....”

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Monday, February 19, 2024
SB3196 Bans Many Types of Guns
By Selected News Articles @ 6:43 PM :: 571 Views :: Second Amendment

... Bans all shotguns capable of accepting more than 5 rounds ....

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Monday, February 19, 2024
True housing reform seems a strong possibility
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:32 PM :: 416 Views :: Development

... many small tweaks to Hawaii’s zoning and permitting rules that together could make a big dent ....

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Sunday, February 18, 2024
111 Candidates Pull Papers Statewide
By News Release @ 2:23 PM :: 3234 Views :: Office of Elections

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

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Sunday, February 18, 2024
Hawaii's high cost of living is due to “one little thing after another, just building on each other”
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:22 PM :: 670 Views :: Development, Taxes, Cost of Living

... good housing bills, awful tax bills at Legislature ....

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Sunday, February 18, 2024
City May be Short on Sanitation Trucks for Months to Come
By News Release @ 1:14 PM :: 655 Views :: Honolulu County

... Of the 73 trucks that have been ordered over the past five fiscal years, ENV has only received 17 of them — and no new trucks have been delivered since November 2020 .... 

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Sunday, February 18, 2024
The ConAm Returns Again
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 639 Views :: Education K-12, Taxes

... The Counties all oppose this bill ....

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Saturday, February 17, 2024
Skimming Nuclear Munitions Contract? Lawsuit Alleges Dawson is Fake Hawaiian Company
By Andrew Walden @ 7:54 PM :: 2458 Views :: Ethics, Military, OHA

... "Nuclear Munitions Command and Control" is a $698K per year grift  ....

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Saturday, February 17, 2024
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted February 17, 2024
By GovTrack .us @ 2:00 PM :: 493 Views :: Congressional Delegation

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

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Saturday, February 17, 2024
Decision on advisory group for UH president’s search postponed
By News Release @ 12:58 PM :: 528 Views :: Higher Education

... The BOR also received an update on the search firm for the president’s search. A firm has been selected and will be announced when the contract is finalized....

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Friday, February 16, 2024
Hawaii is State With the Least Disposable Income
By Selected News Articles @ 8:54 PM :: 635 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Hawaii ranks last with an adjusted after-tax income per capita of only $47,894 ....

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Friday, February 16, 2024
Debt: Honolulu 3rd-Worst Sinkhole City
By News Release @ 2:48 PM :: 646 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics

... Honolulu has $3.8 billion available to pay $6.6 billion worth of bills ....

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Friday, February 16, 2024
Gun bills pass Hawaii Senate committee
By Selected News Articles @ 2:12 PM :: 771 Views :: Second Amendment

... multiple bills that would restrict access to firearm use ....

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Thursday, February 15, 2024
Rabbi Sues Hawaii County Over Mounting Fines for Hosting Small Religious Gatherings in His Home
By News Release @ 4:19 PM :: 1044 Views :: Hawaii County , First Amendment

... Lawsuit seeks relief from growing fines of $40,000+ and end to harassment leveled against Rabbi Levi Gerlitzky by county officials for using home for religious gatherings ....

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Thursday, February 15, 2024
Tulsi for VP? Trump talks with Gabbard about U.S. defense
By Selected News Articles @ 2:52 PM :: 935 Views :: Tulsi Gabbard

... Tulsi Gabbard running for VP again? ....

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Wednesday, February 14, 2024
Hawaiian Electric 2023 Annual report: Still profitable except for Lahaina Litigation
By News Release @ 2:15 AM :: 682 Views :: Maui County, Energy

... Hawaiian Electric is still profitable, unless litigation losses wipe company out ....

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Tuesday, February 13, 2024
Liberation of crypto is win for Hawaii
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:35 PM :: 720 Views :: Small Business

... the state Division of Financial Institutions has quietly decided to let cryptocurrency companies operate freely in Hawaii ....

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Tuesday, February 13, 2024
Three Anti-Gun Bills Scheduled to be Heard
By NRA ILA @ 10:53 PM :: 983 Views :: Second Amendment

... utilize taxpayer dollars to create a state level propaganda arm to further the anti-gun agenda ....

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Tuesday, February 13, 2024
Big Island: Low Winds Lead to Rolling Blackouts
By News Release @ 10:43 PM :: 867 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy

... Wind resources are forecast to be zero ....

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Tuesday, February 13, 2024
HPD: First Amber Alert in 19 Years Results in Safe Recovery of Two Boys
By Video @ 9:19 PM :: 1147 Views :: Honolulu County, Family, Police

... last activation in 2005 ....  

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Monday, February 12, 2024
Blangiardi announces Andy Sugg as new Chief of Staff
By News Release @ 3:31 PM :: 840 Views :: Honolulu County

... Sugg previously served as a television executive in Hawai‘i and has years of experience in working alongside Mayor Blangiardi ....

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Monday, February 12, 2024
Kaheohe 'comprehensive' homeless solution houses only 34 people
By News Release @ 3:25 PM :: 781 Views :: Homelessness

... This kauhale will provide housing for approximately 34 people at a time, including 24-7 security, intake/management staff, and peer support ....

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Monday, February 12, 2024
9th Circuit To Hear Oral Argument in Absentee Voting Case for Citizens in U.S. Territories
By Selected News Articles @ 1:53 PM :: 728 Views :: Military, Office of Elections

... In October 2020, former Hawaii residents now residing in Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands filed a lawsuit ....

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Sunday, February 11, 2024
Father: DHS and Catholic Charities both involved in Geanna Bradley Placement in Torture House
By Andrew Walden @ 2:53 PM :: 2052 Views :: Family

"... Only thing I'm focused on now is getting justice ...."

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Sunday, February 11, 2024
Hoarding School Impact Fees
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 982 Views :: Education K-12, Development, Taxes

... since 2007, not one thin dime has been spent out of the school impact fees collected ....

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Saturday, February 10, 2024
Hawaii energy policy bedeviled by price, reliability tradeoffs
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:10 PM :: 803 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

... ‘What will it cost, and at what price in terms of reliability?’ ....

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Saturday, February 10, 2024
SB3196: More Gun Control on the Agenda
By News Release @ 8:56 PM :: 1478 Views :: Second Amendment

... SB3196 significantly expands the existing assault weapons ban, including stricter regulations on assault rifles, shotguns, and high-capacity magazines ....

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Saturday, February 10, 2024
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted February 10, 2024
By GovTrack .us @ 8:37 PM :: 699 Views :: Congressional Delegation

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

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Saturday, February 10, 2024
​Nearly 5,000 Maui fire victims remain in hotels
By Selected News Articles @ 7:46 PM :: 883 Views :: Maui County

... To date, 7,796 people have been moved into housing through the American Red Cross non-congregate sheltering program, but 4,961 more people remain in hotels ....

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Saturday, February 10, 2024
AGAIN: Family Court Gave Another Girl to Another Convicted Felon, She was also starved and tortured to death
By Andrew Walden @ 4:56 AM :: 3486 Views :: Family, Judiciary

... duct tape around her arms and torso binding them to her sides and her hands are behind her.  Geanna's eyes have a black covering duct taped to her head. The duct tape is wrapped around her eyes and forehead area as well as over the top of her head ....

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Friday, February 9, 2024
Oahu Man Sentenced to 40 Years in Prison for Sexual Exploitation of a Child
By News Release @ 11:59 PM :: 271 Views :: Family, Law Enforcement

... between at least August 2018 and November 2020, Kaaiawaawa repeatedly sexually assaulted a child who was six to eight years old ....

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Friday, February 9, 2024
SB2392: Hawaii committee advances bill that could keep Trump off the ballot
By Selected News Articles @ 1:28 PM :: 1140 Views :: First Amendment, Office of Elections, Republican Party

...Rhoads said the bill does not apply just to Trump but could also apply to others. The Hawaii Office of Elections does not have a process in place if someone tries to challenge a candidate on a ballot, he said....

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