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Thursday, November 17, 2016
Feds: Hawaii Homeless Count up 4%
By News Release @ 4:34 PM :: 5169 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Homelessness

...making the islands only one of 14 states and territories that saw their homeless numbers grow....

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Thursday, November 17, 2016
Kahuku: How Many Birds Will Windfarm be Allowed to Kill?
By News Release @ 4:08 PM :: 3913 Views

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is re-opening a 30-day public comment period on the proposed Na Pua Makani Wind Project near Kahuku....

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Is the Hawaii Wharfage increase justified?
By Michael Hansen @ 9:18 PM :: 6548 Views :: Jones Act, Taxes, Cost of Living

...asking Harbors to release the financial information that would justify the need for a wharfage rate increase....

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Help Trump Dump Fed Wreck
By Video @ 8:25 PM :: 6819 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

The Chance Of US Federal Recognition Actually Happening In Hawai`i Has Plummeted....

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Ancient Astronomy in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 4:13 AM :: 8263 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii History, OHA

There were two important tasks that drew on ancient Hawaiians’ understanding of space and time....

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016
HPD Adds Violent Crime to Crime Mapping Site
By News Release @ 2:46 AM :: 5289 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Police

In response to community feedback....

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Rep Clift Tsuji Dies
By News Release @ 7:07 PM :: 9198 Views :: Democratic Party, Agriculture, Politicians, GMOs
“...a strong voice for the people and a staunch advocate for Hawaii’s agriculture community....
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Tuesday, November 15, 2016
University of Hawaii: Report Trump Voters to Campus Police
By News Release @ 12:59 PM :: 7937 Views :: First Amendment, Higher Education

...(You will be arrested on Trumped-up charges.)....

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016
New Stadium Slipped into Rail Development Plans
By News Release @ 12:42 AM :: 6692 Views :: Development, Rail

The plan was developed in coordination with state agencies that are studying options for stadium reconstruction or building a new stadium on the site....

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016
HD36: Fukumoto Margin Larger than Ever
By Rep Beth Fukumoto @ 12:01 AM :: 4604 Views :: Republican Party

...we received 65.7% of the vote....

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Monday, November 14, 2016
Public Hearing on Uber/Lyft rules November 21
By News Release @ 7:16 PM :: 5254 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business

...Monday, November 21, 2016 at 1 p.m. in the Mission Memorial Building hearings room....

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Monday, November 14, 2016
U Texas signs agreement with Japan to collaborate on TMT
By News Release @ 6:06 PM :: 7420 Views :: Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

...“He said it will likely be located in Hawaii or the Canary Islands.’....

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Monday, November 14, 2016
Fishing Groups Question Legality of Antiquities Act in Monument Designation
By News Release @ 5:57 PM :: 5525 Views :: Environment, Small Business

...President's use of the Antiquities Act to declare new marine monuments in the United States' exclusive economic zone (EEZ) is "an illegal and illegitimate use of presidential authority."....

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Sunday, November 13, 2016
Money Laundering: Ige, Tsutsui, Abercrombie Raked in $38K from Law Firm
By Selected News Articles @ 6:33 PM :: 7560 Views :: Ethics, Politicians

Thornton Lawyers gave to $13,000 to David Ige, $4,000 to Shan Tsutsui, and $21,000 Neil Abercrombie -- Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren are returning contributions from Boston law firm--will local pols follow suit?

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Sunday, November 13, 2016
Tax Appeal Court Strikes Down Honolulu’s “Residential A”
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 4572 Views :: Taxes

...the classification ran afoul of three protections that the U.S. Constitution, and, to some extent, the Hawaii Constitution, provide under the Commerce Clause, the Equal Protection Clause, and the Privileges and Immunities Clause....

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Sunday, November 13, 2016
Ethics Complaint: OHA Insiders Take Kickbacks from Kakaako Makai Projects
By Andrew Walden @ 1:26 AM :: 15036 Views :: Ethics, Development, OHA

...Trustees and Executive staffers manipulated the Kakaako RFP process to ensure that the Kuhikuhi Puuone (WCIT, DTL, and EKF) would receive the award....

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Saturday, November 12, 2016
HOPE Probation: Is Swift, Certain, and Fair an Effective Supervision Strategy?
By Selected News Articles @ 1:38 AM :: 4954 Views :: Justice Reinvestment

They found no real difference in outcomes....

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Friday, November 11, 2016
Hawaii Republicans Comment on Election Results
By News Release @ 5:22 PM :: 4986 Views :: Republican Party
Dr. Keli'i Akina convincingly won his state-wide race by over 7,000 votes!
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Friday, November 11, 2016
Grassroot: Mahalo Nui to our Vets
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:53 PM :: 4099 Views :: Military

I can't think of a single local family that doesn't have multiple service members in it....

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Friday, November 11, 2016
A Story of Great Courage from Afghanistan
By Rep Charles Djou @ 4:31 PM :: 4607 Views :: Military

...Today, I've been thinking about an Afghan man who I had the privilege of knowing in Afghanistan....

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Friday, November 11, 2016
Interior Department Still Trying to Sell Doomed Obamacare Program to Micronesia
By News Release @ 2:56 AM :: 4723 Views :: Health Care

...encourage citizens of the Freely Associated States (FAS) who live in the 50 U.S. States to enroll in health insurance plans available under the Affordable Care Act....

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Thursday, November 10, 2016
Hawaii Supreme Court Orders Retrial in Gay Custody Case
By Selected News Articles @ 3:08 PM :: 5197 Views :: Family

The Hawaii Supreme Court ruled unanimously that a family court judge made the wrong call in denying joint custody to two men who were never married but agreed to co-parent a child after they split up....

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Thursday, November 10, 2016
Sewage Digester Opens Floodgates for Developers
By News Release @ 10:06 AM :: 5640 Views :: Honolulu County, Development

...the increased capacity provided by the second digester is already making it possible for city officials to approve new housing units in Honolulu’s dense urban core....

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Thursday, November 10, 2016
DLNR Bails out Insolvent Bishop Museum--Kalauao Valley Land Deal
By News Release @ 3:59 AM :: 6987 Views :: Environment, Ethics, Land Use

Really Obvious Question: How much did DLNR pay for this 635 acre parcel?  --- DLNR isn't telling ....

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Thursday, November 10, 2016
Prosecutor Wins Reelection, Gains Budget Autonomy
By News Release @ 2:52 AM :: 6157 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Law Enforcement

...Is he posting a campaign victory speech on the County Prosecutor’s website?....

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Thursday, November 10, 2016
UPW Contract Protects Dangerous City Truck Driver Leading to Fatality, $1M Settlement
By News Release @ 2:35 AM :: 6016 Views :: Honolulu County, Labor
...Kekumu had a history of eight prior avoidable accidents while driving a garbage truck, including hitting walls and parked cars. Because a driver's violations are expunged after two years under a union contract, Kekumu's driving skills never got the attention they needed....
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Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Akina Wins—Is Fed Wreck Finally Dead?
By Video @ 10:12 PM :: 3531 Views :: OHA

The “Fed Wreckers” Lost A Huge One Yesterday....

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Kelii Akina Wins Seat as OHA Trustee - Vows to Challenge Financial Practices and Race-Based Nation Plans
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:47 PM :: 6277 Views :: OHA

Keli`i Akina, Ph.D. has won the General Election race for Trustee-at-Large in the Office of Hawaiian Affairs....

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Final Read—Hawaii Election Results
By Andrew Walden @ 12:04 AM :: 8288 Views :: Office of Elections

...Akina for OHA winning with all precincts reporting!....

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016
New Open Data Program Improves Access to Maui County Financial Information
By News Release @ 3:35 PM :: 5209 Views :: Maui County

Members of the public will now be able to more easily access Maui County financial performance data, thanks to new open data software....

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Making it up as they go along: HIDOT Now Claims Admin Costs Only $18K per mile
By News Release @ 3:36 AM :: 4494 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... Gov Ige's Newsletter shares HIDOT's latest tax hike sales pitch ....

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Original Waikoloa Highlands Partners Share History of Cocaine Trafficking
By Selected News Articles @ 3:19 AM :: 10210 Views :: Hawaii County , Development, Drugs
“Drugs, Diamonds, International Intrigue – You Won’t Believe Two Hollywood Producers’ Crazy Backstory”
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Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Polls Open 7AM—Find Your Polling Place
By News Release @ 2:24 AM :: 4896 Views :: Office of Elections

Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Anyone in line at 6:00 p.m. will be allowed to vote....

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Monday, November 7, 2016
Finally, Real Condo Law Enforcement?
By Selected News Articles @ 9:19 PM :: 8339 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement

The proposed Hawaii bill for the 2017 legislative session would institute our own governor-appointed commission and ombudsman’s office and provide for....

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Monday, November 7, 2016
Best Places for Veterans to Live—Honolulu Ranks 18th
By Selected News Articles @ 11:36 AM :: 4540 Views :: Military

...providing our veterans with adequate benefits such as quality health care and help with housing and education upon re-entering civilian life....

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Sunday, November 6, 2016
Build Rail Better? Caldwell Failed Miserably
By News Release @ 8:33 PM :: 5176 Views :: Rail

Under his watch, the cost of rail has risen $3.34 billion over budget to $8.6 billion, and more than 7 years behind schedule. A recent federal “upper bound” estimate puts the cost at $10.79 billion (more than double the original budget of $5.26 billion) and the completion date at 2027.....

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Sunday, November 6, 2016
HD44 Cedric Gates’ Hidden Developer Contributions
By News Release @ 6:31 PM :: 4274 Views :: Ethics

...Cedric Gates' stunning failure to disclose $1,500.00 in campaign contributions from developers of a $300 million Makaha Valley resort....

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Sunday, November 6, 2016
Djou Pledges Commitment to all Parks; Not Just a Few
By Rep Charles Djou @ 6:27 PM :: 3816 Views :: Honolulu County

Parks in rural areas are even more severely neglected....

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Sunday, November 6, 2016
When Is an Interstate Agreement Not an Agreement?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 3636 Views :: Taxes

For a very long time, states have been wrestling with the problem of how much to tax entities operating in more than one state....

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Sunday, November 6, 2016
Build up, build out, or accept Hawaii’s high cost of living
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:47 AM :: 6050 Views :: Land Use, Cost of Living

...what isn’t working....

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Sunday, November 6, 2016
Honolulu Charter Amendments – Blank vs. “No” Vote
By Natalie Iwasa @ 2:43 AM :: 5049 Views :: Honolulu County

Some people are recommending “no” votes on all 20 Honolulu charter amendments....

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Saturday, November 5, 2016
Better Ways to Fix Traffic on Oahu
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:49 PM :: 6464 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail

... By “tinkering” with the traffic lights, it’s possible to reduce traffic ....

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Saturday, November 5, 2016
When Pipelines Explode, Jones Act Freight Rates Go Up
By Michael Hansen @ 11:41 PM :: 4077 Views :: Jones Act

In the meantime the freight rates for Jones Act tankers to carry the petroleum products to the Northeast have reportedly doubled....

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Saturday, November 5, 2016
DNA Testing and Successorship: DHHL Sets Public Hearings
By News Release @ 11:24 PM :: 5611 Views :: DHHL

... Mon Dec 5 and Tues Dec 6 -- 6pm to 7pm ....

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Saturday, November 5, 2016
Engineer: Failed Tendons Could Lead to Catastrophic Collapse of Rail Line
By Selected News Articles @ 9:26 PM :: 7616 Views :: Rail

...if enough of the tendons or their anchors fail, the entire box girder system will fail and could very well collapse....

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Saturday, November 5, 2016
Telescope: ‘Stop OHA from interfering with the economy’
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:04 PM :: 4321 Views :: OHA

...Stop OHA from interfering with the economy with its tendency to stand in the way of progress like the Thirty Meter Telescope....

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Saturday, November 5, 2016
OHA to Waste Another $7M on Fake Indian tribe?
By Selected News Articles @ 2:31 PM :: 5208 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...an additional seven million dollars in OHA funding to pay for another illegal “vote” to ratify the flawed Na'i Aupuni “fed wreck” constitution....

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Saturday, November 5, 2016
Djou: I will Build 10,000 Affordable Units on Oahu
By Rep Charles Djou @ 3:01 AM :: 7054 Views :: Honolulu County, Homelessness, Cost of Living

... 10,000 ‘rent-to-equity,’ truly affordable homes ....

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Saturday, November 5, 2016
Hawaiians Need everyone to vote to clean up the problems at OHA
By Video @ 3:00 AM :: 3559 Views :: OHA

... Kelii Akina and Mililani Trask ....

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Saturday, November 5, 2016
Walk-In Early Voting Ends Saturday Nov 5
By News Release @ 12:01 AM :: 13072 Views :: Office of Elections

Visit any Early Walk-In Location within your county from Tuesday, October 25 – Saturday, November 5....

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