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Sunday, January 31, 2016
Golf Club Aha: John Waihee Returns to the Scene of the Crime
By Andrew Walden @ 9:44 PM :: 11027 Views :: Akaka Bill, Hawaii History, OHA

...the story begins with poor Hawaiian farmers’ Maunawili Valley leasehold homes being bulldozed and cattle being slaughtered as Honolulu police stand by with fraudulent eviction notices....

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Sunday, January 31, 2016
Complete List of 2016 Gambling Bills
By News Release @ 7:46 PM :: 5350 Views :: Gambling

...From Hawaii Coalition Against Legalized Gambling....

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Sunday, January 31, 2016
Gambling on a Hawaiian Tribe
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 8978 Views :: Akaka Bill, DHHL, Gambling, OHA

...allowing a lottery in Hawaii could open the door to other things....

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Sunday, January 31, 2016
UHERO: New Perspectives on Land and Housing Markets in Hawaii
By UHERO @ 12:03 AM :: 3584 Views

...Honolulu’s inflation-adjusted land and housing prices have been highly volatile in the medium term since the 1960s....

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Saturday, January 30, 2016
Hawaii Business Roundtable Announces Support for NextEra Energy and HEI Merger
By News Release @ 11:57 PM :: 4535 Views :: Energy

"We are...acutely aware of the burden high electricity rates place on both the cost of doing business and living in Hawaii"

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Saturday, January 30, 2016
Apply Now for Vacant Seat: State Commission on Water Resource Management
By News Release @ 8:03 PM :: 4696 Views :: Environment, Hawaii State Government

Applications for a vacant position on the State Commission on Water Resource Management are now being accepted for a new term that will begin July 1....

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Saturday, January 30, 2016
Reason: Conversion Therapy Is Bad, but Banning It Is a Form of Unacceptable Censorship
By Selected News Articles @ 12:53 PM :: 5562 Views :: Family, First Amendment

We don’t need lawmakers deciding what therapies should be supported or legal....

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Saturday, January 30, 2016
The Drama of the Jones Act Follies
By Michael Hansen @ 2:50 AM :: 4364 Views :: Jones Act

...studies invariable degenerate into preachy Gospel-like statements parroting back talking points from whichever side commissioned the particular economic study....

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Friday, January 29, 2016
VIDEO: How a Bill Becomes a Law
By Video @ 9:45 PM :: 3942 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...featuring members of the "We the People" civic club from Kahuku High School....

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Friday, January 29, 2016
Fact Sheet: Nelson v Hawaiian Homes Commission
By News Release @ 9:40 PM :: 4910 Views :: DHHL

The Legislature is currently involved in contesting the decision in Nelson v HHC, which has been confused with contesting funding for DHHL....

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Friday, January 29, 2016
Sex, Drugs, Gambling and Suicide on Legislative Agenda
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 6:40 PM :: 5467 Views :: Family, Life

January 27, 2016 was the last day to introduce bills....

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Friday, January 29, 2016
Advocates for Abused and Neglected Children Needed on Oahu
By News Release @ 6:28 PM :: 5022 Views :: Family, Judiciary

Interested persons must attend a mandatory CASA training program....

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Friday, January 29, 2016
HB1686: New standard for involuntarily commitment to psychiatric facility
By Rep Cynthia Thielen @ 5:35 PM :: 7094 Views :: Health Care, Homelessness

The recent rise in Hawaii's homeless population has highlighted the need for a better standard in involuntarily hospitalization.....

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Friday, January 29, 2016
‘Entire Process Corrupt’–Protests will Greet Nai Aupuni at Luxury Golf Resort ‘Aha
By Selected News Articles @ 4:51 PM :: 5692 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

...at the Royal Hawaiian Golf Club in Kailua....

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Friday, January 29, 2016
Where Do Americans Take Their Retirement Income?
By Selected News Articles @ 1:52 PM :: 4796 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...retirees tend to live in rural or suburban areas with pleasant climates....

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Thursday, January 28, 2016
Guam Governor Endorses Ted Cruz for President
By News Release @ 7:29 PM :: 3952 Views :: Republican Party

"...the federal government has imposed the most liberal immigration policy in U.S. history upon our island...."

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Thursday, January 28, 2016
8.6M–Tourism Sets New Record for 2015
By News Release @ 3:40 PM :: 4539 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

For the fourth straight year, Hawai‘i’s tourism industry set new records....

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Thursday, January 28, 2016
Fraud Risk as HGEA, UPW Members Give Each Other Undocumented Vacation, Sick Leave
By Andrew Walden @ 2:40 PM :: 5066 Views

...vacation days “not properly supported by leave application forms” are being handed out to union workers between 10% and 30% of the time....

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Thursday, January 28, 2016
Is HART's train factory a joke?
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 3:14 AM :: 5630 Views :: Rail

This is the latest picture of the first four rail cars that are “expected to arrive this Spring”....

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Thursday, January 28, 2016
State Bank Bill Deferred
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:00 AM :: 5716 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Grassroot Institute of Hawaii offered comments before the CPC Committee deferred HB326....

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Thursday, January 28, 2016
Hawaii Reclaims Top Spot in U.S. Well-Being
By Selected News Articles @ 2:47 AM :: 3639 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

Hawaii residents reach the top spot for the fifth time since Gallup and Healthways began tracking well-being in 2008...

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Thursday, January 28, 2016
2016 Elections: Candidate Filing Begins Monday Feb 1
By News Release @ 1:34 AM :: 4127 Views :: Office of Elections

Candidate filing for the 2016 Elections runs from February 1 through June 7, 2016....

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Aloha Aina Activists Holding their Own ‘Aha
By Video @ 7:54 PM :: 3037 Views

February 25 on Oahu ....

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Feds: Only 13,194 people in Hawaii sign up for Obamacare
By News Release @ 3:31 PM :: 3896 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

Only 4 days remain before final enrollment deadline for 2016 coverage....

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Study: HTA Faking Pro Bowl Tourism Numbers
By Selected News Articles @ 3:08 PM :: 5497 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...HTA claimed, up to 47,000 additional tourists visited the Hawaiian islands to watch the game...analysis of flight records at all of Hawaii's airports around game time found that claim to be false....

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Charter Commission Defers Proposal to Repeal Affordable Housing Fund
By Natalie Iwasa @ 1:21 PM :: 3744 Views :: Honolulu County

... commissioners decided to defer Proposal 17, which would have repealed the Affordable Housing Fund, Clean Water and Natural Lands Fund, and Grants in Aid Fund as well as returned authorization for special fund creation back to the mayor with council approval ....

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Grassroot Budget Report Highlights Missing Element In Governor's Address
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:18 PM :: 3507 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...a planned drop in expenditures that has not been accounted for by any significant cuts....

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Humpback Go Back: Feds Back off of Grab for Hawaii Waters
By News Release @ 3:34 AM :: 4419 Views :: Environment

"...the Sanctuary will not have an expanded purpose...."

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Sen Gil Kahele Dead at 73
By News Release @ 8:00 PM :: 8260 Views :: Democratic Party, Hawaii State Government

... Ige will select senator’s successor from Democratic Party nominees ....

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016
2015: Hawaii Adds Most Construction Jobs Per Capita
By News Release @ 4:36 PM :: 4956 Views :: Labor, Rail
Hawaii added the highest percentage of new construction jobs during the past year (15.5 percent, 4,800 jobs)....
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Tuesday, January 26, 2016
The DoD Biofuel Scam Is Worse Than Solyndra
By Selected News Articles @ 11:25 AM :: 6051 Views :: Energy, Military

...hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars that are being wasted on biofuels....

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Will Navy Buy More Foreign-Built Ships?
By Michael Hansen @ 10:31 AM :: 4865 Views :: Jones Act

The cost of merchant ship construction in the U.S. is approximately five times that of building comparable ships in South Korea and Japan....

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Government IT Transformation: 2016 Legislative Priorities
By News Release @ 10:15 AM :: 3621 Views :: Hawaii State Government

ETS is looking to formalize its reorganization of ICSD and OIMT into ETS, as well as expand its team with the addition of up to 31 new positions....

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016
UH Cancer Center: E-Cigs are Cutting Deep into our Tobacco Tax Revenue—So We’re Hitting Back
By News Release @ 3:15 AM :: 6521 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Higher Education, Taxes
What if people stop smoking cigarettes? How are you going to pay the mortgage and salaries?
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Tuesday, January 26, 2016
GEMS: Electric Ratepayers Pay Millions for Nothing
By Selected News Articles @ 3:00 AM :: 7430 Views :: Education K-12, Energy

By the year's end, the utility will need to collect $7,940,691.56 more to fulfill "revenue requirements" for GEMS....

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Mauna Kea: DLNR to Shoot Sheep from Helicopters (again)
By News Release @ 2:18 AM :: 4785 Views :: Environment, Second Amendment

February 10 and 11, and May, 4 and 5, 2016....

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Video: Budget or Bust
By Video @ 1:52 AM :: 3828 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...unfunded liabilities, over-estimated revenues & skyrocketing expenses....

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Jones Act: “Diffuse costs and concentrated benefits”
By Michael Hansen @ 1:24 AM :: 4343 Views :: Jones Act

Jack P. Suyderhoud, Professor of Business Economics and Director of the MBA Program, Shidler College of Business, University of Hawaii at Manoa, answering a question about the Jones Act....

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Republicans on State of the State: 5 Things We Can Agree On, 5 Areas for Improvement
By News Release @ 1:04 AM :: 4856 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

House and Senate Republicans respond to the State of the State Address .... 

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Monday, January 25, 2016
Full Text: State of the State Address
By News Release @ 7:53 PM :: 3591 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Sugar is gone, as are many other aspects of the Hawaii we once knew. In their place, however, there is an exciting new world....

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Monday, January 25, 2016
Bishop Museum to ‘Focus on Disposition of Assets’
By News Release @ 11:44 AM :: 6199 Views :: Hawaii History, Tourism

This new model prioritizes Bishop Museum's Kapālama campus and...the disposition of assets that no longer fit the long-term mission and goals of the Museum....

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Monday, January 25, 2016
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted January 25, 2016
By Congress.org @ 11:17 AM :: 3896 Views :: Congressional Delegation
Senate: Disapprove 'Waters of the United States' Rule - Cloture on Veto Message
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Monday, January 25, 2016
Another Brand New Navy Ship Breaks Down
By Michael Hansen @ 3:02 AM :: 4873 Views :: Jones Act

There is no estimated date of completion to the repairs....

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Sunday, January 24, 2016
Crabbe: Plan is to Take Control of Hawaii’s Entire Economy and Hide Behind Tribal Jurisdiction
By Andrew Walden @ 9:25 PM :: 11388 Views :: Akaka Bill, DHHL, OHA

The tribal plan is a combination of Larry Mehau’s goal—controlling the ports and airports--and Al Hee’s goal—stealing as much money from Hawaiians as possible and getting away with it....

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Sunday, January 24, 2016
Honolulu Rail Project Cost Approaching One Half of Boston Big Dig
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 4:26 PM :: 5427 Views :: Rail

On a per-capita basis, this will be the nation’s largest infrastructure fiasco....

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Sunday, January 24, 2016
Hirono: Obama’s CIA Spied on Me
By News Release @ 3:57 PM :: 5910 Views :: Congressional Delegation

"This is wholly unacceptable behavior in a democracy."

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Sunday, January 24, 2016
Tax Is for the Birds
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 3795 Views :: Taxes

...he released seven chickens in the revenue office lobby....

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Saturday, January 23, 2016
HB326: Bad Mortgages to be Foundation for Calvin Say State Bank
By Andrew Walden @ 7:36 PM :: 6477 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government

Four years after the ‘Bank of Abercrombie’ bill was laughed out of the legislature, the push for a state-owned bank is being revived....

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Saturday, January 23, 2016
‘Sacred’ Greenmail: OHA urges Legislators to charge observatories higher rent
By Selected News Articles @ 3:46 PM :: 6884 Views :: Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

The bills, SB 2127 and HB 1658, say UH has “failed to charge sufficient sublease rent...."

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Saturday, January 23, 2016
Jones Act Shipbuilding: Only the Price is American
By Michael Hansen @ 1:41 PM :: 4284 Views :: Jones Act

Daewoo designed the Marlin Class containerships, built the main engines, and arranged the supply of much of the equipment installed on board. DSME engineers were on board for the sea trials....

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