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Tuesday, December 22, 2015
GAO: Freeze Funding for Littoral Combat Ship Building
By Michael Hansen @ 12:11 PM :: 5608 Views :: Jones Act, Military

A primary rationale for the domestic ship build requirement of Jones Act cabotage – which requires commercial vessels in coastwise service be built in the US. -- is to support Naval shipbuilding capacity....

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015
OHA Publishes 2015 Annual Report
By News Release @ 2:37 AM :: 3739 Views :: OHA

"OHA makes no representations as to the accuracy of these financial statements."

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Ige Budget--$31B Spending over Two Years
By News Release @ 1:02 AM :: 5996 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Gov. Ige proposes a 230 percent increase in the capital improvements budget for FY17 ...

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Monday, December 21, 2015
What Is The Office Of Hawaiian Affairs?
By Robert Thomas @ 6:01 PM :: 6073 Views :: OHA
An op-ed piece by Judge (Ret.) Walter Heen and U. Hawaii lawprof Randy Roth asks "What is OHA?" ....
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Monday, December 21, 2015
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted December 21, 2015
By Congress.org @ 4:15 PM :: 3974 Views :: Congressional Delegation
Senate: Tax Extenders and Omnibus Appropriations -- Passage
House: Tax Extenders -- Adoption
House: Omnibus Appropriations -- Adoption
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Monday, December 21, 2015
Report: Hawaii Youth Drug Overdose Deaths Double
By News Release @ 12:25 PM :: 6873 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

Hawaii had the Sixth Lowest Rate of Youth Drug Overdose Death Rates, Rate has Doubled in Just Over a Decade....

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Sunday, December 20, 2015
GEMS: Gets Everyone’s Money Swiftly
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 6991 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits, Taxes

...our government has forced our utilities to jack up our electric bills to pay for this financing program that, to date, has not been able to underwrite a single kilowatt....

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Saturday, December 19, 2015
UH Manoa #1 in Eyes of Chinese Communists
By News Release @ 7:38 PM :: 5036 Views :: Higher Education

"...this award ... signifies the excellent caliber of teaching, research and activities at our Center for Chinese Studies and School of Pacific and Asian Studies,” said Bley-Vroman....

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Saturday, December 19, 2015
The Racial Spoils System Invents a Tribe for Native Hawaiians
By Selected News Articles @ 3:50 PM :: 6953 Views :: Akaka Bill, DHHL, OHA

The push for a tribe has always been the agenda of an entrenched elite....

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Saturday, December 19, 2015
HRC: Hawaii Counties Not Gay Enough
By News Release @ 3:40 PM :: 5747 Views :: Family, First Amendment

The average score for cities in Hawaii is 49 out of 100 points, which falls below the national average of 56. Hawaii: 57, Honolulu: 57, Kalawao: 36, Kauai: 47, Maui: 60....

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Saturday, December 19, 2015
A new test on Hawaii’s future?
By Selected News Articles @ 2:46 PM :: 7026 Views :: Akaka Bill, DHHL, OHA

Plaintiffs outline possible responses to the Nai Aupuni Oprah Aha....

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Saturday, December 19, 2015
Latest On The Hawaiians-Only-Oprah/Costco-Everyone-Wins Election
By Robert Thomas @ 2:32 PM :: 7551 Views :: Akaka Bill, DHHL, OHA

... plaintiffs outline their possible responses to the cancellation of the election and the seating of all candidates ...

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Saturday, December 19, 2015
Wastebook 2015: The Farce Awakens
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:20 PM :: 5700 Views :: National News, Taxes

NASA provided $3 million for a mock trip to Mars filmed in Hawaii. Conclusion: personality conflicts arise in when people are stuck together for an extended time....

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Saturday, December 19, 2015
VIDEO: Law & Corruption in Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:52 PM :: 9932 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii History

An inside look at the state's legal and political spheres....

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Saturday, December 19, 2015
TAT Already Applies to TVRs—but DoTax Not Enforcing it
By Selected News Articles @ 1:38 PM :: 5131 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

Star-Advertiser is calling for new laws when existing laws aren’t enforced by the state....

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Saturday, December 19, 2015
Hawaii Poorly Prepared to Resist Infectious Disease Outbreak
By News Release @ 2:47 AM :: 4357 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...Hawaii Scored Five Out of 10 on Key Indicators Related to Preventing, Detecting, Diagnosing and Responding to Outbreaks....

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Saturday, December 19, 2015
Video: Millennials as Free Market Champions
By Video @ 2:38 AM :: 3927 Views :: Higher Education

..Keli'i Akina sits down with Clarke Velasco and Sean Mitsui....

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Saturday, December 19, 2015
The U.S. Constitution Still Applies to Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:36 AM :: 5265 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA
...even pro-sovereignty Hawaiian activists have condemned the state for violating the Constitution....
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Friday, December 18, 2015
State Quietly Approves Oceanic-Charter Merger
By News Release @ 11:44 PM :: 4322 Views :: Hawaii State Government

The merger and transfer of Oceanic’s Hawaii franchises will not take place until federal regulatory review of the merger transaction is completed....

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Friday, December 18, 2015
Hawaii Family Advocates Gears up for 2016 Legislative Session
By Lt Gov Duke Aiona @ 7:39 PM :: 7390 Views :: Family, Life

HFA’s vision is creating a community where families are strong, all human life is valued and religious liberty flourishes....

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Friday, December 18, 2015
Fake Energy Savings? Airport Division Lets Contractor Write its own Check for 20 Years
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 3:40 PM :: 6007 Views :: Energy, Hawaii State Government

Don't worry.  It's only a $500M contract....

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Friday, December 18, 2015
Audit: Old Contracts Tie Up DHHL Special Funds
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 3:04 PM :: 4495 Views :: DHHL

We found 86 old contract encumbrances totaling almost $4.6 million at the end of FY2015....

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Friday, December 18, 2015
Vegetarian Questions
By Jack Dini @ 3:00 PM :: 7040 Views :: Agriculture, Health Care, GMOs

...fruits, vegetables, diary and seafood are more harmful to the environment because these foods have relatively high resource uses and green gas emissions per calorie....

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Friday, December 18, 2015
Judiciary: Six Funds out of Compliance
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 2:37 PM :: 4103 Views :: Judiciary

One special fund and five trust funds did not meet criteria...

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Friday, December 18, 2015
HHSC, DoH: Nineteen special funds and two trust funds did not meet criteria
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 2:02 PM :: 3765 Views :: Health Care

Sixty-three special funds, revolving funds, trust funds, and trust accounts were reviewed....

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Thursday, December 17, 2015
Class Action Suit Filed over Canceled Soccer Game
By Selected News Articles @ 1:25 PM :: 4139 Views :: Tourism

Honolulu residents Roxayne Spruance and Leimomi Dierks brought the suit on Dec. 8 against the United States Soccer Federation, Stadium Authority of the state of Hawaii ....

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Thursday, December 17, 2015
Honolulu: Average Small Business Invoices $105K per Year
By News Release @ 12:57 PM :: 4482 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

Invoice2go’s ranking, pulled from aggregated usage data from more than 23,000 small and micro business owners across the U.S., shines a light on an otherwise difficult to measure subset of the economy....

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Thursday, December 17, 2015
Lawsuit: Deadly ‘Natural’ Supplement contained “methamphetamine-like chemical”
By Selected News Articles @ 12:53 PM :: 5309 Views :: Health Care, GMOs

'Natural' supplement makers are a key funding source for the anti-GMO movement....

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Thursday, December 17, 2015
5 minutes to stop federal creation of a Hawaiian tribe
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:40 AM :: 6925 Views :: Akaka Bill, DHHL, OHA

...they are counting on the Department of Interior to legitimize a Hawaiian tribe....

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Thursday, December 17, 2015
Honolulu Awarded Sexual Assault Justice Initiative Grant
By News Release @ 12:26 AM :: 3839 Views :: Law Enforcement

Honolulu is one of seven cities selected as pilot sites for the Department of Justice’s Sexual Assault Justice Initiative....

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Desperate: Obamacare Deadline Extended 48 Hours
By News Release @ 11:53 PM :: 3716 Views :: Health Care

...must enroll by 10 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015....

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Feds: ‘Organic Farms and General Opposition to Chemicals Present Insurmountable Obstacle’ to Dengue Eradication
By News Release @ 11:42 PM :: 6937 Views :: Agriculture, Health Care, GMOs

"...homeowner reluctance (many organic farms in the area and general opposition to chemicals) ... likely present unsurmountable obstacles...."

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015
VIDEO: Hawaii Could Still Get the Fed Wreck
By Video @ 6:42 PM :: 6463 Views :: Akaka Bill, DHHL, OHA

They’re Pushing Harder Than Ever & Don’t Plan To Stop Until They Get It....

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Science--The Life of the Land
By Joni Kamiya @ 2:09 PM :: 4136 Views :: GMOs

We eat science every single day....

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Nai Aupuni’s "Oprah Theory Of Elections"
By Robert Thomas @ 4:15 AM :: 4829 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

...that's the sort of thing that is supposed to happen only in a banana republic....

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015
DoH Posts Interim Administrative Rules For Medical Marijuana Dispensaries
By News Release @ 3:20 AM :: 4941 Views :: Drugs

The rules have also been drafted to ensure patient safety, product safety and public safety, and prevent marketing to our keiki....

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Study: Honolulu Lowest Per-Patient Health Spending in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 3:11 AM :: 4336 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...spending per privately insured beneficiary in the highest spending HRR (Napa, CA) was $5,515.95, more than three times as high as spending in the lowest spending HRR (Honolulu, HI), which spent $1,707.38 per person....

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Word with Ward: Portnoy, Kato Discuss Shield Law
By Video @ 1:33 AM :: 4571 Views :: First Amendment

Representative Gene Ward addresses the Shield Law with Dr. Gerald Kato, UH Associate Professor, Journalism and Jeffrey S. Portnoy, Partner, Cades Schutte LLP....

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Honolulu Is the 11th Best City for Singles
By Selected News Articles @ 1:06 AM :: 5434 Views :: Family, Hawaii Statistics

With more than half of all adults in the U.S. being single....

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Hawaii Ranked in Bottom Five States for Economic Freedom
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:30 PM :: 5885 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics

The comparative survey of economic freedom is based on ten different factors in the areas of government spending, taxes, and labor market freedom....

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Grassroot: Nai Aupuni is undercutting its own efforts
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:26 PM :: 6817 Views :: Akaka Bill, DHHL, OHA

"Changing their own rules multiple times further erodes the credibility Nai Aupuni has with the Hawaiian people, who have been clear in their opposition to the state's nation-building process...."

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Nai Aupuni Terminates Election—$5000 Bribe Offered to Delegates for a Self-Appointed ‘Aha of Cronies
By News Release @ 3:08 PM :: 7002 Views :: Akaka Bill, DHHL, OHA

Nai Aupuni is going to try to write and approve a Tribal Constitution at the fake 'Aha.  Then they will try to put it to a vote so Obama can 'recognize' them.  Then the Hawaiian patrimony can be split between the Feds and Hawaii political insiders....

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Another Triumph of Jones Act Shipbuilding: USS Milwaukee breaks down on Maiden Voyage
By Michael Hansen @ 12:16 AM :: 4834 Views :: Jones Act

...U.S. Navy’s newest ship suffered a main engine causality on her maiden voyage and had to be towed 40 nautical miles to port....

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Monday, December 14, 2015
Report: Hawaii at 21.2% Renewable Energy
By News Release @ 7:47 PM :: 3713 Views :: Energy

.. but since 100% renewable doesn't really mean 100% renewable, what does 21.2% renewable mean? ...

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Monday, December 14, 2015
Trump Files to be on the Ballot in Hawaii
By News Release @ 6:36 PM :: 4763 Views :: Republican Party

"In Hawaii, we have assembled a campaign Leadership Committee to harness all of the support we are receiving."

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Monday, December 14, 2015
Internet tax ban could offer relief for Hawaii businesses
By Selected News Articles @ 5:58 PM :: 4515 Views :: Taxes

Hawaii’s tax on Internet access, as well as those of six other states and their localities, will end by mid-year of 2020 if a congressional plan to permanently ban taxes on Internet access makes its way to the president’s desk....

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Monday, December 14, 2015
87 Times More Homeless in Honolulu than Las Vegas
By Selected News Articles @ 3:06 PM :: 4691 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Homelessness

...The number of homeless residents per capita is highest in Honolulu....

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Monday, December 14, 2015
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted December 14, 2015
By Congress.org @ 2:31 PM :: 2318 Views
Senate: K-12 Education Reauthorization -- Passage
House: Visa Waiver Program -- Passage
House: Red River Private Property -- Passage
House: Trade Enforcement -- Passage
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Monday, December 14, 2015
Court Of Appeals: Pig Hunting is a Traditional Hawaiian Practice (In This Case)
By Robert Thomas @ 1:48 AM :: 6149 Views :: Land Use, Second Amendment

Pig hunting in this case involved dogs and a knife, not guns....

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Sunday, December 13, 2015
Audit: H-Power Contracts Designed to Hide Waste, Fraud, and Abuse
By News Release @ 8:23 PM :: 5340 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics

ENV relied on the contractor, consultants, and external law firms to establish reasonable pricing and did not solicit or obtain open, competitive bids from other contractors....

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