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Friday, December 17, 2021
UHERO: Renewed international travel restrictions reduce near-term visitor outlook
By UHERO @ 4:15 PM :: 2303 Views :: Economy, Tourism, COVID-19

... Economic recovery resumed with the end of Hawaii’s COVID-19 wave. Now Omicron is a new threat .... 

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Friday, December 17, 2021
Sterile Mosquitoes to Suppress Avian Malaria on Maui
By News Release @ 3:09 PM :: 2293 Views :: Maui County, Environment, GMOs

... not a peep from the anti-GMO activists ....

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Friday, December 17, 2021
VIDEO: SHOPO Elects new Leaders after Alm Endorsement Backfires
By Video @ 2:23 PM :: 2701 Views :: Labor, Police

... SHOPO Elections End In Shake-up For Union Leadership after Alm endorsement backfires ....

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Friday, December 17, 2021
Honolulu most expensive car rental destination for Christmas
By News Release @ 12:13 AM :: 2629 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics, Tourism, Cost of Living

... Honolulu travelers spend a minimum of $754 for a rental car Christmas week ....

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Friday, December 17, 2021
COVID: Hawaii 3rd Safest State
By Selected News Articles @ 12:05 AM :: 1323 Views

... but Hawaii has the 2nd worst transmission rate .... 

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Thursday, December 16, 2021
Kauai Judicial Applicants Sought
By News Release @ 11:37 PM :: 2160 Views :: Kauai County, Judiciary

... The District Family and/or District Court of the Fifth Circuit is accepting applications from attorneys interested in serving as per diem judges ....

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Thursday, December 16, 2021
Hawaii Unemployment Drops to 6% for November
By News Release @ 6:56 PM :: 1752 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

... unemployment rate for November was 6.0 percent compared to the revised rate of 6.4 percent in October ....

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Thursday, December 16, 2021
Case: NDAA Mandates Repair of Red Hill Pipes
By Ed Case @ 5:26 PM :: 2200 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Military

... the bill would require the piping system to ultimately be submitted to strengthened and more frequent inspection and repair requirements ....

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Thursday, December 16, 2021
DOH: All Water Tests Below DoH Action Level
By News Release @ 4:20 AM :: 2324 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Military

... Five of the 27 results, located in the Iroquois Point and McGrew Point communities, detected trace levels of petroleum product well below the DOH Environmental Action Level.  Samples collected from twenty-two locations did not detect petroleum products ....

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Thursday, December 16, 2021
Honolulu--Lowest Charitable Giving in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 4:04 AM :: 1863 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics

... Honolulu gives three times less than first place Tulsa, Memphis, Atlanta, Wichita ....

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Thursday, December 16, 2021
Soaring Unfunded Pension Liabilities Threaten Taxpayers
By Selected News Articles @ 3:35 AM :: 2435 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

... As Crisis Intensifies, Union Dons Push For Even More Spending ....

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Thursday, December 16, 2021
Fatal Drug Overdoses on the Rise in Hawaii
By News Release @ 3:23 AM :: 2156 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Drugs

... There were an estimated 268 fatal overdoses in Hawaii over the 12 months ending in April 2021, compared to 252 over the same period the year prior ....

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Thursday, December 16, 2021
First Anniversary of COVID Vaccine in Hawaii
By News Release @ 3:12 AM :: 1930 Views :: Hawaii History, COVID-19

... 2,439,075 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in Hawai‘i. DOH estimates 73.2% of the state’s population has received either two doses ....

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Wednesday, December 15, 2021
How Consumer Debt in Hawaii Changed During the Pandemic
By Selected News Articles @ 12:00 PM :: 1727 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

... In Hawaii, the median amount of debt in collections fell from $1,999 to $1,926 between February and October, 2020 ....

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Wednesday, December 15, 2021
Hawaii Ethics and Audit Function at Lowest Level in Years
By Andrew Walden @ 3:41 AM :: 5051 Views :: Hawaii County , Honolulu County, Kauai County, Maui County, Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... This proves there is much more corruption to be ferreted out--and the crooks know it ....

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Wednesday, December 15, 2021
City Sends 2022 Real Property Assessments -- Average Increase 11.6%
By News Release @ 2:21 AM :: 2927 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes, Cost of Living

... big fat property tax bills coming next ....

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Wednesday, December 15, 2021
COVID Funds Buy Buildings for Non-Profits
By News Release @ 2:05 AM :: 2467 Views :: Honolulu County, Homelessness, COVID-19

... a small apartment complex for low to moderate income renters being managed by the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement ....

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Wednesday, December 15, 2021
Blangiardi signs bill to recover lost Transient Accommodations Tax revenue and give it to Rail
By News Release @ 1:34 AM :: 2678 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail, Taxes, Tourism

...Translation: The Legislature took the counties' share of the state TAT away but let them impose their own TAT.  I'm giving it to rail -- so, in effect, other city services have been cut to fund rail but -- like a shell game -- with so many moving parts, the public has been deceived....

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Tuesday, December 14, 2021
Sierra Club Moves to Intervene in DoH Red Hill Hearing
By News Release @ 11:18 PM :: 2233 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Military

... Navy: State has no Authority over Red Hill Tanks ....

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Tuesday, December 14, 2021
How the Murder Rate in Hawaii Compares to the Rest of the Country
By Selected News Articles @ 9:20 PM :: 2691 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Law Enforcement

... There were a total of 41 murders in Hawaii in 2020, or 2.9 for every 100,000 people -- the seventh lowest murder rate among states ....

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Tuesday, December 14, 2021
Cato: Hawaii second least-free state in USA
By News Release @ 7:28 PM :: 1919 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

... Hawaii has experienced a net outflow of residents to the rest of the United States since at least the beginning of the past decade ....

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Tuesday, December 14, 2021
Hawaii Proud Boys Founder Sued over January 6 Attack on Congress
By News Release @ 7:03 PM :: 2737 Views :: National News, Law Enforcement, Republican Party

... DC’s Civil Lawsuit is the First Filed by a Government Entity Against Proud Boys and Oath Keepers; Seeks Damages Caused by Violent & Deadly Attack ....

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Tuesday, December 14, 2021
FBI Investigating Cyber Attack Against TheBus and TheHandi-Van
By News Release @ 6:44 PM :: 1582 Views :: Honolulu County

... Honolulu Board of Water Supply, Emergency Medical Services, Queens Hospital also report cyberattacks on employee data ....

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Tuesday, December 14, 2021
HSTA: Pandemic Relief Money Can Go Into Our Pockets
By News Release @ 4:50 PM :: 2427 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, COVID-19

... we can grab for 21 hours of 'professional development' or college loan relief or something ....

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Tuesday, December 14, 2021
HSTA: Union Contract Supersedes COVID Emergency Orders
By News Release @ 4:40 PM :: 2492 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, COVID-19

... HSTA, employer file arguments on HSTA’s prohibited practice complaint decision pending by the Hawaii Labor Relations Board ....

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Tuesday, December 14, 2021
COVID: UH Faculty Win Six More Months of Telework
By News Release @ 4:33 PM :: 2223 Views :: Higher Education, Labor, COVID-19

... Teleworking UH Faculty will be exempt from requirements to submit work plans through June 30, 2022 ....

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Sunday, December 12, 2021
Former University of Guam Professor Sentenced in Bid-Rigging Scheme
By News Release @ 7:15 PM :: 2365 Views :: Ethics, Higher Education, Military

... produced fictitious bids in order to make the procurement process appear legitimate ....

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Sunday, December 12, 2021
Foreign Trade Zone Kerfuffle
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1954 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

... DoTax wants years of back GE Taxes ....

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Saturday, December 11, 2021
COVID Brings More Students to Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 10:10 PM :: 2358 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Higher Education, COVID-19

... Hawaii colleges and universities saw a 3.3% increase in students transferring to their institutions amid the pandemic ....

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Saturday, December 11, 2021
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted December 11, 2021
By GovTrack .us @ 9:58 PM :: 1635 Views :: Congressional Delegation

... Votes in Congress and bills introduced for week ending Dec 11, 2021 ....

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Saturday, December 11, 2021
Maui: Property Tax Relief for Long-Time Families in SMA
By News Release @ 5:54 AM :: 2022 Views :: Maui County, Taxes

... Mayor Michael Victorino has signed Bill 118 -- the ʻAina Kūpuna bill -- that establishes a mechanism to provide long-time Maui families with tax relief for inherited real property in a Special Management Area ....

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Saturday, December 11, 2021
NextHealth Fined $58K for Conducting COVID Testing
By News Release @ 2:50 AM :: 2266 Views :: Maui County, Health Care

"... NextHealth was operating without a CLIA Certificate of Waiver and a State of Hawaii Clinical Laboratory Class I Permit ...."

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Saturday, December 11, 2021
Omicron? DoH Investigating COVID Cluster at Gay Nightclub
By News Release @ 12:31 AM :: 2692 Views :: COVID-19

... All patrons who visited Scarlet Honolulu since December 3 are advised to get tested ....

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Saturday, December 11, 2021
DOH: Red Hill Shaft Diesel at 350 Times Limit
By News Release @ 12:25 AM :: 1963 Views :: Honolulu County, Military

... DOH samples were analyzed by Eurofins Laboratory in California. Eurofins found 140,000 parts per billion (ppb) of TPH-d. The DOH EAL for TPH-d is 400 ppb ....

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Friday, December 10, 2021
Takings, PASH, and the Changing Coastal Environment
By Robert Thomas @ 5:55 PM :: 1858 Views :: Land Use

... the right to exclude is not "universally applicable" in the 808. Let that one sink in ....

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Friday, December 10, 2021
UH regents schedule first meeting on new Maunakea Master Plan
By News Release @ 5:08 PM :: 2483 Views :: Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

... The Master Plan serves as a framework for aligning land-use decisions ....

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Thursday, December 9, 2021
Monsanto Agrees to Plead Guilty to Illegally Using Pesticide at Corn Growing Fields in Hawaii
By News Release @ 8:41 PM :: 2724 Views :: Environment, Agriculture, GMOs

... Monsanto Company agreed to plead guilty to 30 environmental crimes related to the use of a pesticide on corn fields in Hawaii ....

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Thursday, December 9, 2021
City launches first-ever chatbot with voice recognition for customer services
By News Release @ 8:27 PM :: 1592 Views :: Honolulu County

... The chatbot named Akamai is equipped to deliver quick voice or text responses to more than 100 questions primarily related to motor vehicle and personal ID services. ...

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Thursday, December 9, 2021
COVID Recovery: Hawaii Ranks 45th
By Selected News Articles @ 5:42 PM :: 2416 Views :: Economy, COVID-19

... 38 states had unemployment claims last week that were lower than before the pandemic -- Hawaii isn't one of them ....

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Thursday, December 9, 2021
Billionaire Helps Solar Developers Grab More Ag Land
By News Release @ 5:24 PM :: 2804 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy, Agriculture

... Billionaire Omidyar helps solar developers sharpen up their sales pitch to overcome community resistance to the solar grab for agricultural lands ....

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Thursday, December 9, 2021
Biden: WHIAANHPI Will Save Hawaiians
By News Release @ 5:21 PM :: 3573 Views :: DHHL, National News, OHA

... the new WHIAANHPI is housed within HHS, returning this initiative to the Department where it was first launched under the Clinton Administration in 1999 ....

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Thursday, December 9, 2021
Navy Discovers Contamination at a Second Shaft
By News Release @ 5:04 AM :: 2274 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Military

... Navy officials expressed increasing confidence that the cause of the water contamination could be traced to two leaks at the Red Hill facility this year ....

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Wednesday, December 8, 2021
Ige Appoints Holly T.M. Shikada Attorney General
By News Release @ 10:14 PM :: 2095 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement

... Valerie M. Kato has been selected as the new First Deputy Attorney General ....

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Wednesday, December 8, 2021
City waives fees and allows storm damage work to begin immediately
By News Release @ 10:07 PM :: 1490 Views :: Honolulu County

... DPP delays will not impact storm recovery ....

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Tuesday, December 7, 2021
Ethics: Officials Quietly form Non-Profit to Contract with their Department
By News Release @ 1:38 AM :: 2986 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... The Agency employs the relevant employees at state-run facilities. Recently, it has allowed some employees to become employees of the Non-Profit, which can offer additional benefits beyond those typically offered to state employees ....

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Tuesday, December 7, 2021
Hawaii’s Healthcare Shortage: Hawaii Island Residents Concerned
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:41 AM :: 2982 Views :: Hawaii County , Health Care

... Residents on Hawaii island are voicing their concerns about the shortage of healthcare, according to Lisa Rantz, executive director of the Hilo Medical Center Foundation ....

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Monday, December 6, 2021
Two More Omicron Cases Detected in Hawaii
By News Release @ 8:34 PM :: 3394 Views :: Honolulu County, COVID-19

... WHO says no deaths reported from Omicron yet as Covid variant spreads ....

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Sunday, December 5, 2021
Kauai Wipes out 1,450 illegal TVRs
By News Release @ 4:37 PM :: 3521 Views :: Kauai County, Law Enforcement, Small Business, Tourism

“...With a combined effort of increased enforcement, as well as partnerships with third-party platforms such as Expedia, the Kaua‘i Planning Department estimates that illegal vacation rentals on Kaua‘i have gone from roughly 1,500 in 2017 down to less than 50 today....”

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Sunday, December 5, 2021
Legislature to Resume Awarding Grants-In-Aid
By News Release @ 4:28 PM :: 1661 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... Applications due January 21, 2022 ....

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Sunday, December 5, 2021
Ending Government by Fiat
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2056 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... a “state of emergency,” which causes the Governor’s powers to kick in, is supposed to terminate automatically after sixty days ....

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