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Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Kids Count: One in Eight Children in Hawaii Live in Poverty
By News Release @ 5:08 PM :: 5446 Views :: Family, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

“The high cost of living in Hawaii amplifies the hardship that many of our low-income and poor families face...."

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Renewables Losing Support Worldwide
By Jack Dini @ 1:35 PM :: 4965 Views :: Energy

2015 may go down in the books as the year support for renewable energy died....

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Monday, July 20, 2015
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted July 20, 2015
By Congress.org @ 10:51 PM :: 4284 Views :: Congressional Delegation
Senate: No Child Left Behind Overhaul - Passage
House: Veterans Loans - Passage
House: Transportation Funding and California Drought – Passage
House: California Drought – Passage
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Monday, July 20, 2015
UHERO: Decoupling Socks Electric Ratepayers with Soaring Fixed Costs
By UHERO @ 9:18 PM :: 6665 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

Residential customers now pay roughly $0.17/kWh for fixed costs....

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Monday, July 20, 2015
Ige Appoints Moriguchi Director of Early Learning
By News Release @ 9:04 PM :: 3771 Views :: Education K-12

Moriguchi was born and raised on O‘ahu and has worked in education for more than 15 years. She has served as an educational specialist at the state Department of Education....

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Monday, July 20, 2015
Jones Act Squeezes Mainland Cattle Industry
By Michael Hansen @ 4:11 AM :: 4607 Views :: Jones Act

This is the same issue that spurred the founding in Hawaii of the Jones Act Reform Coalition (JARC) in the mid-1990’s....

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Sunday, July 19, 2015
OHA Trustee to Use Trust Funds to Sell Marijuana?
By Andrew Walden @ 10:23 PM :: 7871 Views :: OHA, Drugs

"The Association Board has scheduled an invitation to meet with a native Hawaiian entrepreneur currently operating out of Arizona and Las Vegas...."

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Sunday, July 19, 2015
Post-Employment Benefits Are King
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 4876 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor
The Hawaii Constitution says, “Membership in any employees' retirement system of the State or any political subdivision thereof shall be a contractual relationship, the accrued benefits of which shall not be diminished or impaired.”
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Saturday, July 18, 2015
Lawsuit: Kaiser Barely Pays for Medevac
By Selected News Articles @ 2:36 PM :: 4791 Views :: Health Care

...Kaiser policy said it would cover 80 percent of the cost of medically necessary emergency transportation services, Kaiser denied most of it, leaving him with a $36,000 balance due....

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Saturday, July 18, 2015
HART seeks applicants for vacancy on Board of Directors
By News Release @ 2:19 PM :: 4174 Views :: Rail

“We are looking for an individual who ... supports rail transit ...” said HART Board Chairman Ivan Lui-Kwan....

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Saturday, July 18, 2015
Clean Energy? Kicking Hawaii Consumers When They're Already Down
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:53 PM :: 5119 Views :: Energy, Taxes

...fuel taxes are "highly regressive," meaning that they hurt the poor the most....

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Saturday, July 18, 2015
NOAA Vote on Federal Takeover of Hawaii Waters Monday
By News Release @ 1:48 PM :: 3915 Views :: Environment

Monday, July 20, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m at the Pagoda Hotel’s International Ballroom....

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Friday, July 17, 2015
Paniolo Power to Withdraw from Merger Docket
By News Release @ 6:46 PM :: 5864 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy

"...will instead concentrate on the PUC's pending Power Supply Improvement Plan (PSIP) docket, which is better suited to address transformational planning issues...."

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Friday, July 17, 2015
UH Hilo spending $33,000 to ensure U.S. flag does not fly above state flag
By Selected News Articles @ 6:35 PM :: 4315 Views :: Higher Education

“On Dec. 1, Hawaiian sovereignty activists lowered the American flag on the single pole at the front entrance to the UH-Hilo campus and hoisted the Hawaii state flag that previously flew beneath."

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Friday, July 17, 2015
Report: 154,000 Senior Caregivers in Hawaii
By News Release @ 4:41 PM :: 4878 Views :: Family, Health Care

Family caregivers in Hawaii provided 144 million hours of care – worth an estimated $2.1 billion....

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Friday, July 17, 2015
Nearly 70K Solar Systems Approved in Hawaii
By News Release @ 4:31 AM :: 4956 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics

Since October, 2014 more than 15,000 applications have been approved to install or interconnect....

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Thursday, July 16, 2015
VIDEO: Ohana of Hawaii WW1 Vets Fight to Save Natatorium
By Video @ 6:31 PM :: 6460 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii History, Military
"We don't want to be the first state to ever tear down and demolish a memorial."
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Thursday, July 16, 2015
East Oahu: 400 Testify Against Federal Takeover of Maunalua Bay
By News Release @ 11:53 AM :: 7442 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment

...NEXT MEETING: Monday, July 20, 2015--NOAA’s Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council is being held from 9am-5pm at the Pagoda Hotel and is open to the public....

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Thursday, July 16, 2015
Hawaiian Electric proposes community solar pilot project
By News Release @ 10:52 AM :: 3889 Views :: Energy

Each month, this customer will receive credit for a share of the electricity output of the community solar facility and pay a small maintenance fee, in total reducing the customer’s electric bill by about 45 percent....

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Thursday, July 16, 2015
Overtime Expenditures Out of Taxpayers’ Pockets
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:48 AM :: 4805 Views :: Maui County, Labor

One common way public employees increase their pensions is by maximizing overtime....

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Thursday, July 16, 2015
Time Warner to Sell Oceanic to Charter Communications
By News Release @ 3:38 AM :: 6227 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government

DCCA Cable Television Divison received an application from Charter Communications, Inc. and Time Warner Cable, Inc....

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Thursday, July 16, 2015
Ige Signs Rail Tax Hike, Demands HART Report to Him
By News Release @ 3:33 AM :: 6423 Views :: Rail, Taxes

The excise tax is an investment by the taxpayers of Hawai‘i and my job is to ensure that their hard earned money is being spent efficiently, effectively and productively....

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Thursday, July 16, 2015
Ige Signs Marijuana Bill, Allows Four Others to become Law Without Signature
By News Release @ 3:15 AM :: 3513 Views :: Drugs

We will make a good faith effort to create a fair process that will help the people most in need (of weed)....

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Thursday, July 16, 2015
Solar Scammers Hustle Homeowners on Kauai
By News Release @ 2:24 AM :: 6127 Views :: Kauai County, Energy, Ethics

KIUC has also heard complaints from members who are now paying more for their rooftop solar than their previous electric bill....

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015
'Aha Ambush: 'Notice of Election' for Fake Indian Tribe to be Mailed out Today
By Andrew Walden @ 7:45 PM :: 7506 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

It could be the most significant change in Hawaii since statehood.  Three-quarters of native Hawaiians are effectively excluded from the process--as are all non-Hawaiians.  Included: Lots of incarcerated prisoners, dead people, and people living on the mainland....

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Unhealthy Fixation
By Selected News Articles @ 5:08 PM :: 6220 Views :: GMOs

...the deeper you dig, the more fraud you find in the case against GMOs....

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Video: Planned Parenthood Selling Dead Baby Organs
By Video @ 4:22 PM :: 4910 Views :: Life

The sale or purchase of human fetal tissue is a federal felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison....

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Ige Vetoes Eight Bills
By News Release @ 2:35 AM :: 3586 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Ige today vetoed eight bills and sent his statements of objections to the house and senate leadership....

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015
New FEMA Flood Insurance Maps Hit Hard --Kihei, Waikapu, Kaunakakai
By News Release @ 2:18 AM :: 4017 Views :: Cost of Living

These map changes, primarily for Kaunakakai and south shore areas of Molokai, and Kihei and Waikapu areas on Maui, will become effective on November 4, 2015....

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Feds Promote Classes in Honolulu City Parks
By News Release @ 4:31 PM :: 4963 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment

As part of the Interior Department’s leadership of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Outside initiative to engage the next generation of outdoor stewards....

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Gallup: Older Americans have highest well-being in Hawaii
By News Release @ 4:00 PM :: 2505 Views

...a unique view of societies’ progress on the elements that matter most to well-being: purpose, social, financial, community and physical....

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015
It's time to end net energy metering
By Selected News Articles @ 3:59 AM :: 6423 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

...the threat of losing NEM has led some in the PV industry down the path of hyperbole, exaggeration and self-interested fear-mongering....

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Monday, July 13, 2015
Sandwich Isles Communications: Political Connections Pay Off
By Andrew Walden @ 11:37 PM :: 39772 Views :: Akaka Bill, Democratic Party, DHHL, Ethics, OHA, Politicians, Tax Credits

originally published May, 2005, reprinted in honor of Al Hee being found guilty on all counts....

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Monday, July 13, 2015
Mauna Kea Summit Road reopened, Visitor Center Remains Closed
By News Release @ 11:31 PM :: 4358 Views :: Higher Education, OHA

The Visitor Information Station and its restroom facilities will remain closed....

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Monday, July 13, 2015
Ige Appoints Mizumoto Chair of BoE
By News Release @ 11:23 PM :: 3726 Views :: Education K-12

Mizumoto is CEO of Central Pacific Bank....

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Monday, July 13, 2015
Tax fairness bill signed into law
By News Release @ 7:32 PM :: 6417 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes, Cost of Living

On July 9, Governor Ige signed Senate Bill 555, which will increase the food/excise tax credit for the first time in nearly a decade....

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Monday, July 13, 2015
Consumer Energy Expenses--Hawaii Ranks 28th
By Selected News Articles @ 7:23 PM :: 5353 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

The average monthly consumption of electricity per housing unit in Louisiana is triple that in Hawaii....

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Monday, July 13, 2015
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted July 13, 2015
By Congress.org @ 5:15 PM :: 4093 Views :: Congressional Delegation
Senate: Fiscal 2016 Defense Authorization – Cloture
House: Elementary and Second Education Act Overhaul – Passage
House: National Forest Management – Passage
House: Medical Funding and Authorization – Passage
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Sunday, July 12, 2015
Full Text: After Two Months, OHA Coughs up Check Register
By Andrew Walden @ 11:20 PM :: 9467 Views :: Ethics, OHA

The very first check on the very first page of OHA's 2014-2015 fiscal year is $25,000 written to convicted felon and mortgage scammer, David Keanu Sai....

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Sunday, July 12, 2015
Clean Energy Equals $418M Tax Hike?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 7367 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits, Taxes
Our government is supposed to be studying how to produce clean energy, not how to milk the public!
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Saturday, July 11, 2015
Kauai Payroll and Hiring Audit: Fraud, Overpayments and Contract Violations
By Andrew Walden @ 2:35 AM :: 5727 Views :: Kauai County, Labor

There were many instances of missing documents....

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Friday, July 10, 2015
Hawaii GE Tax 'Broadest Sales Tax in US'
By Selected News Articles @ 10:03 PM :: 4423 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Hawaii taxes many products multiple times and, by one estimate, ultimately taxes 99.21 percent of the state's personal income....

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Thursday, July 9, 2015
Europe, Manhattan, Puerto Rico all Demand Jones Act Reform
By Michael Hansen @ 11:33 PM :: 4398 Views :: Jones Act

The Resolution was passed on July 8th by the European Parliament with 436 yes votes....

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Thursday, July 9, 2015
GOP: No-Clout Delegation Can't Get The Job Done for Hawaii
By News Release @ 10:49 PM :: 6588 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Military, Republican Party

"Our exclusively Democratic congressional delegation is ranked the least effective congressional delegation in the United States by Roll Call newspaper."

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Thursday, July 9, 2015
Supreme Court Overturns Former Judge’s Ruling on Gambling Case
By News Release @ 4:24 PM :: 6450 Views :: Judiciary, Law Enforcement

The Hawaii Supreme Court has overturned former Circuit Court Judge Randal Lee’s order disqualifying two Deputy Prosecuting Attorneys from a high¬≠ profile gambling case....

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Thursday, July 9, 2015
U.S. Army Pacific announces force structure decisions--1,200 Cut from Schofield
By News Release @ 2:36 PM :: 4300 Views :: Military

These directed reductions will result in a decrease of 1,200 Soldiers at Schofield Barracks....

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Thursday, July 9, 2015
Grassroot Institute Urges DOI to Refrain from Intruding in Native Hawaiian Affairs
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:47 PM :: 4023 Views :: DHHL

...official comments submitted to the Department of Interior....

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Thursday, July 9, 2015
US Manufacturing Costs to Fall Below China
By NCPA @ 1:39 PM :: 5752 Views :: Energy, National News

Rising wages in China and increased industrial productivity in the United States contributed to that trend, but the report cited hydraulic fracturing as the primary reason for the shift in costs....

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Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Na'i Aupuni-Mauna Kea Connection
By Video @ 6:25 PM :: 5498 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

...40 People Will Be Deciding The Future Of Hawaiians At This `Aha....

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Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Hawaii: $100 Worth only $86.06
By Selected News Articles @ 5:27 PM :: 4886 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

Only in Washington DC is $100 more worthless....

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