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Sunday, August 24, 2014
Faleomavaega Coming Back to American Samoa for Election Season?
By Selected News Articles @ 3:59 AM :: 6601 Views :: National News, Congressional Delegation, Politicians

...the United Nations third decennial conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS)  will run from September 1-4 in Samoa....

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Sunday, August 24, 2014
Cutting Energy Costs: Methanol Beats LNG for Hawaii?
By Selected News Articles @ 12:22 AM :: 6544 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living
...Methanol is competitive with LNG in cryogenic containers currently contemplated for Hawaii....
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Saturday, August 23, 2014
Grassroot Institute Posts Debate Video
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:53 PM :: 4282 Views :: Politicians

...Grassroot Institute hosts first event of its kind in this election cycle, challenges candidates on a wide variety of topics....

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Saturday, August 23, 2014
HART: Only 743 Local Jobs Created by Rail Work
By News Release @ 11:33 PM :: 6397 Views :: Labor, Rail

September 14, 2011: "The city initially claimed that rail would create 17,000 new jobs during the construction phase..."

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Saturday, August 23, 2014
Redskins 1, American Samoa 0
By Selected News Articles @ 10:00 PM :: 5646 Views :: National News, Congressional Delegation

...These are the kinds of issues that have dominated Faleomavaega’s agenda over the years when he hasn’t been traveling....

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Saturday, August 23, 2014
Hannemann, Aiona, Ige: No Consensus Behind Kanaiolowalu Roll
By Andrew Walden @ 5:23 PM :: 9041 Views :: Akaka Bill, DHHL, OHA

"I'm not convinced, especially with what happened with the Department of Interior hearings, that there is consensus...."

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Friday, August 22, 2014
VIDEO: Standing Room Only at Grassroot Gubernatorial Forum
By Andrew Walden @ 11:32 PM :: 7780 Views :: Politicians

David Ige may have been afraid of the video, but hundreds of other people weren’t as a standing-room only lunchtime crowd packed the downtown Honolulu Pacific Club for today's Grassroot Institute gubernatorial forum....

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Friday, August 22, 2014
Sutton Endorses Aiona-Ahu Ticket
By News Release @ 10:59 PM :: 5212 Views :: Politicians, Republican Party

...The team of Aiona and Ahu ... have a great positive approach to gathering wide support and standing up when asked to debate or speak to groups....

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Friday, August 22, 2014
Federal Recognition: What Happens Next?
By Video @ 2:37 PM :: 6884 Views :: Akaka Bill, DHHL, OHA
What's At Stake For The Desperate Handful That Are Pushing So Hard To Make It A Reality? 
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Friday, August 22, 2014
Hawaii Requests Presidential disaster declaration for Iselle
By News Release @ 2:22 PM :: 3896 Views :: Hawaii County

The request seeks Individual Assistance for Hawaii County. Individual Assistance would make additional funding, loans and services available to affected residents....

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Friday, August 22, 2014
Hawaii Marine instills ‘Ohana spirit during Afghanistan deployment
By Selected News Articles @ 4:49 AM :: 4094 Views :: Military

...Marine Sgt. Victor Farinas of Aiea deployed to Helmand province, Afghanistan during Feb. 2014 with 1st Marine Regiment....

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Friday, August 22, 2014
Duncan Announces One Year Delay in Teacher Evaluations
By News Release @ 3:55 AM :: 4537 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

...I believe testing issues today are sucking the oxygen out of the room....

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Friday, August 22, 2014
Overlooking Wreckage, UH Regents Claim to Take Responsibilities Seriously
By News Release @ 3:23 AM :: 4366 Views :: Higher Education

...we received substantial input on the substantial level of churn among the senior system and campus administration over the past decade....

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Thursday, August 21, 2014
ACLU Lawsuit Challenges Puna Voting
By News Release @ 11:27 PM :: 5246 Views :: Hawaii County , Office of Elections

...lawsuit filed Thursday asks the State Supreme Court to allow any registered voter affected by Tropical Storm Iselle to cast a vote....

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Thursday, August 21, 2014
Ige Cancels: Will be only Candidate Missing from First Gubernatorial Forum
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:03 PM :: 7584 Views :: Politicians

...Friday, August 22, 2014, 12 Noon, Pacific Club, Honolulu....

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Thursday, August 21, 2014
It was 55 years ago today we added the 50th state
By Selected News Articles @ 4:50 PM :: 4246 Views :: Hawaii History

...President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a proclamation naming Hawaii as the 50th state on August 21, 1959....

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Thursday, August 21, 2014
Hawaii Gets Mixed Reviews on Policies to Prevent and Fight Cancer
By News Release @ 2:43 PM :: 5419 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Taxes

Hawaii is making progress when it comes to passing policies to prevent and reduce suffering and death from cancer, according to a new report by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network....

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Thursday, August 21, 2014
Hawaii’s largest insurance provider pulls small business plans from health exchange
By Malia Zimmerman @ 6:19 AM :: 3855 Views :: Health Care

Hawaii’s health-care exchange, the Hawaii Health Connector, has taken another blow....

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Saipan Gets better Representation than American Samoa
By Selected News Articles @ 8:04 PM :: 6189 Views :: Environment, National News, Small Business

...“this is certainly the most important congressional group to visit the Northern Marianas at one time.”....

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014
ACT Score Report: Hawaii Students Least Ready for College
By Selected News Articles @ 6:42 PM :: 7193 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics

Hawaii ranked lowest, with an average composite score of 18.2....

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014
DHS Fraud Investigator Allegedly Worked for TSA on State Time
By News Release @ 5:54 PM :: 7395 Views :: Kauai County, Ethics, Labor, Law Enforcement
... charged with Theft in the Second Degree for receiving unearned compensation from the State of Hawaii from 2008 through 2012....
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Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Yakuza? Triads? Technicalities Shred $50M Racketeering Suit Against Pro-Rail Hawaiian Stabilization Fund
By Selected News Articles @ 4:45 PM :: 8182 Views :: DHHL, Ethics, Labor, Rail

...Judge Chen found that all of the union members' allegations regarding the Hawaiian Stabilization Fund involve state-law causes of action over which the federal court has no jurisdiction....

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014
No Lawsuit: Hanabusa Calls for Legislative Investigation of Election, Does not Endorse Schatz
By News Release @ 4:25 PM :: 6391 Views :: Democratic Party, Office of Elections, Politicians

...I heard from many who feel strongly that they were disenfranchised from the voting process this election and I stand ready to support any collaborative effort to have those voices heard....

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014
City to Discuss Ala Moana TOD Plan
By News Release @ 2:10 PM :: 5547 Views :: Development, Rail

...6 p.m., August 27, in the Washington Middle School Cafeteria....

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Accountability: DoE Identifies Almost All Teachers as Effective
By News Release @ 2:59 AM :: 4681 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

...0.2 percent of teachers were rated unsatisfactory, which means teachers do not show evidence of effective teacher practice, positive student outcomes....

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014
The Incompetence of HART: Cheapest Bid for 9 Stations Comes 75% Over Budget
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 10:28 PM :: 4187 Views :: Rail

These nine stations are the relatively easy ones to build... A couple of them are in empty fields....

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Hawaii’s path to a constitutional republic
By Rachelle Chang @ 10:22 PM :: 4440 Views :: Hawaii History

...Statehood was an exciting time for many people in Hawaii....

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Consuming Chemicals is a What We Do on a Daily Basis
By Joni Kamiya @ 10:16 PM :: 5881 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs

...so many people tell me how they are cutting back on chemicals in their food by eating better. I can’t help but shake my head....

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Still Blogging A Year Later!
By Joni Kamiya @ 10:11 PM :: 5923 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs

...By speaking out, I’ve been able to network others who share my thoughts about the Hawaii we want and it gives me hope....

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Schatz wins U.S. Senate primary in political battle that divided Hawaii’s Democratic party
By Malia Zimmerman @ 7:09 PM :: 5637 Views :: Democratic Party, Politicians

Polls showed that whites, and most mainland liberal groups, largely backed Schatz, while Hanabusa had the support of local Asians....

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Death Threats from Anti-GMO Nuts
By Selected News Articles @ 5:21 PM :: 4610 Views :: GMOs

...millionaire organic activist Mike “the Health Ranger” Adams charges that hundreds of thousands of deaths have been caused by GMO crops....

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Hawaii and U.S. Territories aim to increase fuel diversity with LNG imports
By Selected News Articles @ 4:45 PM :: 5551 Views :: Energy, Jones Act

...These islands may soon be able to diversify their energy sources to include natural gas, because of relatively low natural gas prices and new shipping technology....

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Hawaii Still a Debt "Sinkhole State"
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:35 PM :: 5158 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Hawaii remains among the worst 5 states for taxpayer burden of debt and continues to use overly optimistic accounting....

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Monday, August 18, 2014
Gabbard: If Our Mission Isn’t to Take Out ISIS, ‘We’ve Got a Real Problem Here’
By Selected News Articles @ 11:28 PM :: 4223 Views :: Military

“You know, Adam and I both enlisted, joined the military after 9/11 because we heard our nation’s leaders say after that attack that we would go and take out these Islamic extremists wherever they are."

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Monday, August 18, 2014
In Hawaii $100.00 is Only Worth $85.32
By Selected News Articles @ 11:02 PM :: 5309 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

The states where $100 is worth the least are the District of Columbia ($84.60), Hawaii ($85.32), New York ($86.66), New Jersey ($87.64), and California ($88.57)....

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Monday, August 18, 2014
Not Red Hot: Hawaii Construction Employment Drops 1.4%
By News Release @ 9:01 PM :: 6050 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Rail

...Rail boss Grabauskas blames "red hot" construction market for rail cost overruns, but....

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Monday, August 18, 2014
The Obama Administration’s Attempt to Balkanize Hawaii
By Heritage Foundation @ 8:18 PM :: 5265 Views :: Akaka Bill
...Both unconstitutional and bad public policy, this action would balkanize Hawaii, dividing the islands into separate racial and ethnic enclaves, and undo “the political bargain through which Hawaii secured its admission into the Union.”....
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Monday, August 18, 2014
Honolulu 214th Ranked City for First Time Home Buyers
By News Release @ 6:55 PM :: 4770 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...WalletHub assessed the affordability of homes as well as the conditions of the real estate market and community environment in the 300 largest U.S. cities....

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Monday, August 18, 2014
OHA Awards $1.5M to Charter Schools
By News Release @ 2:58 PM :: 4460 Views :: Education K-12, OHA

...The OHA grant is expected over the next year to help the 17 Hawaiian-focused charter schools, which make up the Nā Lei Na'auao...

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Monday, August 18, 2014
Medicaid Waiver Approval Can Take Four Years
By NCPA @ 12:12 PM :: 2824 Views :: Health Care

...On average, it takes CMS 190 days to approve a waiver, though it can take up to 1,637 days (more than four years!) to receive approval....

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Monday, August 18, 2014
Maui County Report Shows Zero Glyphosate
By News Release @ 1:48 AM :: 5341 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs

...None of the 45 samples had detectable levels of glyphosate....

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Monday, August 18, 2014
Cavasso: Hawaii Does Not Have Unlimited Funds to Prop Up Health Connector
By News Release @ 12:46 AM :: 3504 Views :: Health Care

“Bravo!…to HSMA for taking the lead in pulling out of the Health Connector...."

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Sunday, August 17, 2014
Hawaii Senate Primary Election Update: There's A Dem Nominee ... For Now?
By Robert Thomas @ 6:45 PM :: 4197 Views :: Office of Elections

Candidates would have until this Thursday to file a complaint. The Supreme Court would then have four days to make a ruling....

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Sunday, August 17, 2014
Flying High
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 5055 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

Airline passengers are considered an easy group to tax....

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Saturday, August 16, 2014
Iselle Emergency Proclamation Updated
By News Release @ 11:39 PM :: 3704 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Insurance Division also outlined resources and advice for affected families and businesses dealing with their insurance companies....

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Saturday, August 16, 2014
Am Samoa Leaders Work Around Missing Delegate to Resist Obama's Tuna Monument
By Selected News Articles @ 10:20 PM :: 4927 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Politicians
“I have a simple question:” asked Annesley, “Can Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin legally run for office, without having to step on American Samoa soil?”
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Saturday, August 16, 2014
Far-Left Ige Will Take Hawaii Further in Wrong Direction
By News Release @ 6:12 PM :: 5648 Views :: Politicians, Republican Party

...the last thing the state needs is another tax-and-spend liberal in the statehouse....

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Saturday, August 16, 2014
Nago Fiasco: 'Thousands Disenfranchised' Hanabusa May Challenge Results, Oshiro Talks Special Session
By Selected News Articles @ 5:30 PM :: 7438 Views :: Hawaii County , Office of Elections

...Lawmakers would have to round up 17 Senate and 34 House members willing to do it, and they’d need five days to move any bills through....

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Saturday, August 16, 2014
Cavasso to Schatz: Mainland PACs Spent a Lot of Money Getting You Nominated, Lets Debate
By News Release @ 1:49 PM :: 3845 Views :: Politicians

...mainland super PACs have spent considerable money getting to the final result....

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Saturday, August 16, 2014
Hawaii and the USA: A Union Worth Celebrating
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:38 PM :: 4068 Views :: Hawaii History

...Grassroot Institute President Keli'i Akina gives strong message of unity on Hawaii Statehood Day....

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