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Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Kauai on a Slippery Slope with New COVID Bracelets
By Rep Gene Ward @ 2:32 AM :: 4568 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

...they’ve got to wear an electronic monitoring bracelet, which will be tracked by participating resorts....

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Tuesday, September 22, 2020
VA and HIEMA Report on Hilo Veterans Home COVID Deaths
By News Release @ 2:17 AM :: 3167 Views :: Hawaii County , Military, COVID-19

...The VA report noted “There was very little proactive preparation/planning for COVID...."

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Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Feds Bust DoH Lab Tech--Allegedly Making LSD During COVID outbreak
By Andrew Walden @ 1:02 AM :: 6261 Views :: Military, Drugs, COVID-19

...“You would think that employees at the state disease outbreak control center would be too busy these days for such extracurricular activities,” Dan Grazier, an ex-Marine Corps officer who now works for the nonprofit Project on Government Oversight, told The Daily Beast....

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Monday, September 21, 2020
Council Candidate Greg Thielen Cautions Against Awarding P3 Contract Under Robbins' Tenure
By News Release @ 7:02 PM :: 3648 Views :: Ethics, Rail

“...a potential worse case scenario of a contract award just before a leadership transition at HART and the City and County of Honolulu....”

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Monday, September 21, 2020
COVID Count 56 new cases out of 1,162 tests
By News Release @ 6:22 PM :: 1838 Views :: COVID-19

... 5 new hospitalizations, no new deaths, 4.8% positive ....

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Sunday, September 20, 2020
'Hush Money' and Retaliation: FBI Investigates Kauai Charter School tied to OHA Trustee
By Andrew Walden @ 6:34 PM :: 10134 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Education K-12, Ethics, OHA

... similar to sandwich lease schemes common during the Broken Trust days ....

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Sunday, September 20, 2020
COVID Count 77 new cases out of 1,678 tests
By News Release @ 6:33 PM :: 2288 Views :: COVID-19

... 4 new hospitalizations, no new deaths, 4.6% positive, releases again exceed new cases ....

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Sunday, September 20, 2020
Applicants sought for Maui County Boards and Commissions
By News Release @ 12:00 PM :: 2195 Views :: Maui County

...Applicants are being sought for 46 vacancies on Maui County boards, commissions, councils and committees....

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Sunday, September 20, 2020
Abercrombie and Waihee on COVID Leadership
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2688 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

...The governors zeroed in on two principal drivers of our government’s response, namely structural capability and leadership....

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Sunday, September 20, 2020
Hawaii Gun Control Bills Become Law
By NRA ILA @ 3:58 AM :: 3937 Views :: Second Amendment

...Governor Ige signed SB 3054, and HB 2744 went into law without his signature, due to his failure to veto the measure....

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Saturday, September 19, 2020
COVID Count: 110 new cases out of 5,852 tests
By News Release @ 6:27 PM :: 1671 Views :: COVID-19

... 26 new hospitalizations, no new deaths, 1.9% positive....

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Saturday, September 19, 2020
Hawaii Attorney General and Ethics Commission Join Forces to Address Fraud, Waste and Abuse
By News Release @ 4:56 PM :: 2760 Views :: Ethics, Law Enforcement

... Hawaii Attorney General Clare E. Connors announced today that her department has joined the Hawaii State Ethics Commission in an effort to identify fraud, waste and abuse involving government funds ....

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Saturday, September 19, 2020
Caldwell Signs Bills to Delay TVR Registration, Ease Building Permit Requirements
By News Release @ 4:29 PM :: 3387 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Tourism

...Bill 48 elevates the exemption threshold of home repairs from $1,000 to $5,000....

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Saturday, September 19, 2020
Transit and the Mania for Density
By News Release @ 2:30 PM :: 3593 Views :: Development, Land Use, Rail

...the Rasputin of urban planning....

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Saturday, September 19, 2020
Ninth Circuit Upholds Planned Pentagon Buildup on Guam
By Selected News Articles @ 1:34 PM :: 2591 Views :: Environment, Military

... A Ninth Circuit panel on Friday affirmed a federal judge’s finding that the U.S. Navy and the Department of Defense properly assessed the environmental impact ....

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Saturday, September 19, 2020
"Good intentions are not alone enough"
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:33 AM :: 2311 Views :: COVID-19

...the road to tyranny can be paved with good intentions....

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Saturday, September 19, 2020
Hawaii Lost the Most Construction Jobs Between July and August
By News Release @ 3:25 AM :: 2535 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics

...Hawaii lost the highest percentage (-3.5 percent, -1,300 jobs) of construction jobs for the month....

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Friday, September 18, 2020
COVID Count 114 new cases out of 4,559 tests
By News Release @ 8:35 PM :: 1852 Views :: COVID-19

... 15 new hospitalizations, 13 new deaths (mostly official classification of already-announced deaths at Okutsu) ....

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Friday, September 18, 2020
Hawaii Unemployment Drops to 12.5% as Workers Leave Workforce
By News Release @ 6:21 PM :: 3262 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

...Jobs declined by 105,200 over-the-year....

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Friday, September 18, 2020
DoE Announces New COVID Benchmarks for Reopening
By News Release @ 5:37 AM :: 1978 Views :: COVID-19

...HIDOE will use newly released guidance from the Hawaii State Department of Health to plan for appropriate learning models for the remainder of the academic year....

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Thursday, September 17, 2020
Waikoloa Mauka Project Now Subject of FBI Investigation, Developer Says
By Selected News Articles @ 7:51 PM :: 5456 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Development, Land Use

...he unwittingly bought into a scheme that is now the subject of an FBI investigation....

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Thursday, September 17, 2020
COVID Count 160 new cases out of 3,829 tests
By News Release @ 7:11 PM :: 1734 Views :: COVID-19

... 18 new hospitalizations, 4 new deaths, 4.2% positve ....

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Thursday, September 17, 2020
Second Round of Pandemic EBT Cards for 93,500 DoE Students
By News Release @ 6:19 PM :: 2535 Views :: Education K-12, COVID-19

...max EBT of $286 per kid....

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Thursday, September 17, 2020
Ige: COVID pre-travel testing program will start October 15
By News Release @ 6:13 AM :: 2706 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

...Pre-travel testing enables travelers to avoid a mandatory 14-day quarantine if they are tested no earlier than 72 hours before their flight arrives....

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020
HECO Releases info on Solar Battery Projects -- Prices Vary by 46%
By News Release @ 8:24 PM :: 2904 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

... Oahu projects run as high as $0.13 pkwh even as competitors offer $0.089 pkwh ....

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020
COVID Count: 102 new cases out of 2,492 tests
By News Release @ 7:56 PM :: 1699 Views :: COVID-19

... 13 new hospitalizations, 3 new deaths--Releases exceed new cases for 4th day in a row ....

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Ige Appoints new Director and Deputy at DLIR
By News Release @ 7:43 PM :: 3214 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

...Meanwhile: Top Three Failure Reward: Former DLIR Director Scott Murakami takes job at DBEDT....

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Chinese Agent Awarded 'Inouye Chair' at UH Manoa
By Heritage Foundation @ 7:20 PM :: 6055 Views :: Higher Education

“...Black Futures Lab is a fiscally sponsored project of the Chinese Progressive Association....”

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Ige Releases Final Veto List
By News Release @ 1:17 AM :: 2669 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...Gov. Ige vetoes bill limiting “revolving door” between government and lobbyists....

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Holocaust knowledge among Millennials and Gen Z -- Hawaii Among Worst States
By News Release @ 12:01 AM :: 2866 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics

...Survey in Hawaii Finds: 55% Believe Something Like the Holocaust Could Happen Again; 65% Cannot Identify How Many Jews Were Killed During the Holocaust; 55% Cannot Name a Concentration Camp, Death Camp, or Ghetto....

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Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Corona Virus Restrictions Hawaii vs Alaska
By News Release @ 9:48 PM :: 3721 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

...Hawaii is the most restrictive state in USA....

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Tuesday, September 15, 2020
COVID Count 66 new cases out of 1,101 tests
By News Release @ 8:02 PM :: 1634 Views :: COVID-19

... 16 new hospitalizations, one new death, 6.0% positive ....

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Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Attorney Discusses Lawsuit Challenging Hawaii Lockdown
By Video @ 4:59 AM :: 3503 Views :: Law Enforcement, COVID-19

...Governor Ige's emergency proclamations during the Coronavirus pandemic have violated the constitutional rights of individuals. So says attorney Marc Victor, who is taking the matter to court....

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Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Seeking Applicants for Oahu Grand Jury Counsel
By News Release @ 4:45 AM :: 2138 Views :: Judiciary

...To be considered for a one-year appointment, please submit a letter indicating your interest and a resume by December 4, 2020....

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Tuesday, September 15, 2020
List of Hawaii Nursing Homes With COVID Outbreaks
By News Release @ 3:14 AM :: 2982 Views :: COVID-19

...DOH Names Care Homes Affected by COVID-19....

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Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Hawaii Tops ​2020 Scorecard on State Health System Performance
By News Release @ 12:09 AM :: 2507 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...National healthcare scorecard: Where does your state rank?....

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Monday, September 14, 2020
Low Income Hawaii Workers Income Jumped in April and May
By News Release @ 11:26 PM :: 3407 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Labor, COVID-19

...Hawaii was the second-most-dependent state on the additional $600 in unemployment benefits that expired at the end of July.....

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Monday, September 14, 2020
COVID Count 80 new cases out of 2,376 tests
By News Release @ 7:11 PM :: 1740 Views :: COVID-19

...2 new hospitalizations, no new deaths, 3.4% positive....

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Monday, September 14, 2020
Vaccinations: Hawaii Ranks 43rd
By Selected News Articles @ 4:43 PM :: 2879 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, COVID-19

...even if we develop an effective vaccine to combat the pandemic, it will have a reduced impact if people don’t choose to get it....

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Sunday, September 13, 2020
Hiding LLC Records: OHA Lawsuit not Laughed out of Court
By News Release @ 11:11 PM :: 4552 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...OHA Sacrifices $3.2M to Hide Lawyer’s Conflict of Interest?....

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Sunday, September 13, 2020
COVID Count 114 new cases out of 4,132 tests
By News Release @ 7:27 PM :: 1745 Views :: COVID-19

...147 new releases from isolation -- NOTE: Releases exceed new cases for first time in weeks....

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Sunday, September 13, 2020
State Auditor’s Review of GET Exemptions and Exclusions
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 3239 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits, Taxes

... The Auditor was supposed to start on the first chunk last year and finish the report before the start of the 2020 legislature, but ....

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Sunday, September 13, 2020
Chief Justice Appoints District and District Family Court Judges--Justice McKenna Seeks Retention
By News Release @ 5:01 AM :: 2630 Views :: Judiciary

...news from Hawaii Judiciary....

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Sunday, September 13, 2020
Ridiculous rules laughable but no laughing matter
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:40 AM :: 3388 Views :: COVID-19

...The yo-yo nature of Hawaii’s lockdowns is destroying local businesses....

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Saturday, September 12, 2020
DoE Enrollment Drops 3%--Charter School Enrollment Up 2%
By News Release @ 11:46 PM :: 2649 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics

...Hawaii's public and charter schools combined enrollment for school year 2020-21 totals 174,704 students, compared to 179,331 last year, a difference of 2.6 percent....

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Saturday, September 12, 2020
COVID: Court Upholds Ige Emergency Order Authority Beyond 60 Days
By Andrew Walden @ 8:52 PM :: 8768 Views :: Hawaii County , Law Enforcement, COVID-19

...HRS127A contains no language prohibiting supplementary or additional emergency proclamations....

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Saturday, September 12, 2020
COVID Count 131 new cases out of 5,360 tests
By News Release @ 8:49 PM :: 2051 Views :: COVID-19

... 13 new hospitalizations, 1 new death, 2.1% positive ....

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Saturday, September 12, 2020
Lt Governor Josh Green Tests Positive for COVID
By News Release @ 4:21 AM :: 2941 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... Lt. Gov. Green plans to continue his duties from his home as long as he’s feeling well ....

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Saturday, September 12, 2020
Ige Appoints Judge Karen Nakasone to ICA
By News Release @ 4:09 AM :: 2798 Views :: Judiciary

...Judge Nakasone has served on the First Circuit Court since 2011. Previously, she was a deputy public defender....

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Friday, September 11, 2020
UH 'cuts will be significantly larger than Great Recession'
By News Release @ 11:30 PM :: 2669 Views :: Higher Education, COVID-19

"...we should expect that the impact to the State economy as a result of the pandemic will persist for at least 5 years...."

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