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Tuesday, October 31, 2023
DoH Survey: Housing Among Lahaina Top recovery needs
By News Release @ 9:41 PM :: 1506 Views :: Maui County, Development, Hawaii Statistics

... The greatest needs identified by the community included financial recovery (26%), finding permanent residence (24%), and finding employment (9%) ....

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Tuesday, October 31, 2023
Celebrate the Life of Senator Sam Slom
By News Release @ 2:43 AM :: 1544 Views :: Hawaii History, Politicians, Republican Party

... Sunday November 5, 2023, at State Capitol ....

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Monday, October 30, 2023
Maui PD releases body cam footage from Lahaina Fire
By Video @ 10:21 PM :: 2290 Views :: Maui County, Police

... body cam video from Lahaina Fire ....

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Monday, October 30, 2023
Here’s the Living Wage a Single Person Needs To Live Comfortably in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 5:35 PM :: 4060 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Hawaii is the only state where a six-figure salary is required to live comfortably — and no other state even comes close ....

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Monday, October 30, 2023
Lahaina Fires: Tourist Arrivals Down for Second Straight Month
By News Release @ 4:50 PM :: 1551 Views :: Maui County, Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... spending on Maui down more than 50% in September ....

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Sunday, October 29, 2023
How monster homes came to be: A Halloween Story
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:50 PM :: 2311 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Development

... meet the monster’s creators ....

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Sunday, October 29, 2023
Upsetting the Apple Cart in 24-Year-Old Litigation
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1140 Views :: DHHL, Judiciary

... One of the longest running court cases in modern history is Kalima v. State ....

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Saturday, October 28, 2023
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted October 28, 2023
By GovTrack .us @ 6:49 PM :: 1444 Views :: Congressional Delegation

... votes cast and bills introduced ....

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Saturday, October 28, 2023
Sterile Mosquitoes Released on Kauai
By News Release @ 3:32 PM :: 1644 Views :: Kauai County, Environment

... releasing incompatible male mosquitoes to try and stop the near-certain extinction of at least four species of Native Hawaiian honeycreepers ....

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Saturday, October 28, 2023
Gays, CNHA, ACLU Push Amendment to Hawaii State Constitution
By News Release @ 2:40 PM :: 1846 Views :: Family, Hawaii State Government

... Coalition members say repealing Section 23 is an important step in securing marriage equality for the LGBTQIA+ community in Hawaiʻi ....

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Friday, October 27, 2023
Waipahu Resident Charged with COVID Fraud, Tax Evasion
By News Release @ 5:09 PM :: 1659 Views :: COVID-19

... filing false tax returns, wire fraud, money laundering and structuring related to her fraudulent application for unemployment assistance due to the COVID-19 pandemic ....

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Friday, October 27, 2023
Senate Judiciary Advances Biden's Hawaii Judicial Nominees
By Court House News @ 2:40 PM :: 1486 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Judiciary

... The committee advanced Shanlyn Park and Micah Smith, both appointed to the District of Hawaii ....

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Friday, October 27, 2023
Adaptability is key to solving Hawaii’s housing crisis
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:01 PM :: 1405 Views :: Honolulu County, Development

... adaptive reuse as a possible solution to two pressing issues in Honolulu: downtown office vacancies and Oahu’s housing shortage ....

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Friday, October 27, 2023
​Grassroot testifies before county councils on housing, property tax relief, permitting
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:00 PM :: 1633 Views :: Honolulu County, Kauai County, Maui County, Development, Land Use

... testimony to the Honolulu, Maui and Kauai county councils about measures that could increase the supply of housing ....

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Friday, October 27, 2023
Respect property rights, remove red tape for Lahaina rebuild
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:12 AM :: 1722 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use

... The families and individuals who owned homes and businesses in Lahaina should not have their property rights arbitrarily stripped away from them to satisfy the grand plans of some bureaucracy ....

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Friday, October 27, 2023
DLNR Transferring 99 Parcels to Agriculture Department
By News Release @ 2:13 AM :: 1640 Views :: Agriculture, Land Use

... 99 agricultural parcels, totaling 21,672 acres ....

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Friday, October 27, 2023
Quick Supreme Court Action Allows Kalima Settlement to be Paid
By News Release @ 1:49 AM :: 1670 Views :: DHHL

... fully and finally resolving all outstanding challenges in the Kalima litigation ....

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Thursday, October 26, 2023
Green's Latest Housing Proclamation Removes Sunshine Law Exemption
By News Release @ 5:01 PM :: 804 Views :: Ethics, Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... all boards involved in an affordable housing project covered by the proclamation should comply with the Sunshine Law’s requirements ....

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Thursday, October 26, 2023
DoE sees Lahaina Fires as latest excuse to eliminate accountability
By News Release @ 3:13 PM :: 1504 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

...Public comment for a 2022-23 waiver request under Section 8401(b) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended, due the Maui Island wildfires....

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Thursday, October 26, 2023
Hawaii Among Highest Student Loan Payments
By Selected News Articles @ 2:56 PM :: 1479 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Higher Education, Cost of Living

... Hawaii ranks third-highest with a $223 median student loan payment ....

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Wednesday, October 25, 2023
Slavery Poisons Solar Industry’s Supply Chains
By Heritage Foundation @ 4:11 PM :: 1531 Views :: Energy, Ethics

... Roughly 80% of solar components are manufactured in China using slave labor ....

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Wednesday, October 25, 2023
​Consumer challenges Hawaiian Tropic’s ‘Reef Friendly’ sunscreen label
By Selected News Articles @ 3:59 PM :: 1386 Views :: Environment, Greenmail

... A buyer says the product's label is misleading because it claims the product is "Reef Friendly" despite including chemicals known to harm coral reefs ....

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Wednesday, October 25, 2023
Hawaii Among Worst: 2024 State Business Tax Climate Index
By Selected News Articles @ 3:49 PM :: 1594 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

... the state’s property tax system ranked 31st and its unemployment insurance tax ranked 41st. The state is 42nd overall ....

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Tuesday, October 24, 2023
UHERO: Reduce fire risk with regulation, restoration of fallow ag lands
By UHERO @ 10:12 PM :: 1593 Views :: Maui County, Agriculture, Land Use

... Fallow agricultural lands now comprise approximately 40% of all agricultural lands or 25% of lands across the state ....

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Tuesday, October 24, 2023
Honolulu Businesses Invited to Participate in Small Business Survey
By UHERO @ 9:25 PM :: 786 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business

... Results from this survey will help the city allocate resources to better support the business community ....

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Tuesday, October 24, 2023
Legislature Accepting Applications for 2024 Session
By News Release @ 8:59 PM :: 1830 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... Legislative experience is not required ....

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Tuesday, October 24, 2023
Hawaii AG Joins Nationwide Suit Against Facebook
By News Release @ 6:22 PM :: 1630 Views :: Family, First Amendment

... alleging that the company knowingly designed and deployed harmful features on Instagram and its other social media platforms that purposefully addict children and teens ....

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Tuesday, October 24, 2023
Lahaina: AG Looking for Illegal Evictions and Rent Hikes
By News Release @ 4:14 PM :: 1399 Views :: Maui County, Law Enforcement

... inform the Department of the Attorney General if their landlords are illegally raising rent or threatening them with eviction ....

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Tuesday, October 24, 2023
Hawaiʻi Recognized as Captive Insurance Domicile of the Year
By News Release @ 4:10 PM :: 1491 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... Greater than $5bn Gross Written Premiums ....

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Tuesday, October 24, 2023
Maui, Kauai Ambulance Procurement to be Re-Started
By News Release @ 4:02 PM :: 1419 Views :: Kauai County, Maui County

... following a protest by the incumbent service provider that was not selected, American Medical Response (AMR) ....

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Tuesday, October 24, 2023
As Predicted: Andy Winer's Law Partner Nominated for Supreme Court
By News Release @ 2:56 AM :: 2110 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary, Police

... raised in the boiler room of Hawaii local politics ....

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Sunday, October 22, 2023
Right to Rebuild? No Building Permits Issued Since Lahaina Fire
By Andrew Walden @ 5:47 PM :: 5369 Views :: Maui County, Development

... Not a single building permit has been granted within the Lahaina burn zone since the August 8-9, 2023, disaster .....

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Sunday, October 22, 2023
Hawaii the Sinkhole State
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2224 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... fat, dumb, and happy ....

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Sunday, October 22, 2023
Stop Permitting Favoritism
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:31 AM :: 1776 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Development

... All permit applications are equal, but some are more equal than others ....

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Saturday, October 21, 2023
Inverse Condemnation and Paying for Disasters
By Robert Thomas @ 10:36 PM :: 1659 Views :: Maui County, Development, Judiciary, Land Use

... Hawaii Bar Association discusses Lahaina fires .... 

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Saturday, October 21, 2023
​Judge rules California assault weapons ban unconstitutional
By Court House News @ 10:32 PM :: 1621 Views :: Second Amendment

... under a pair of landmark U.S. Supreme Court rulings expanding gun rights, the prohibition on semi-automatic rifles ownership is unconstitutional ....

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Saturday, October 21, 2023
Maui Unemployment Jumps to 8.4% After Fires
By News Release @ 9:45 PM :: 1520 Views :: Maui County, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

... Maui’s unemployment rate surges for second straight month ....

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Saturday, October 21, 2023
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted October 23, 2023
By GovTrack .us @ 9:29 PM :: 1446 Views :: Congressional Delegation

... bills introduced and votes cast in Congress ....

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Saturday, October 21, 2023
Hawaii urged to steer clear of Vienna housing model
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:59 PM :: 1906 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

“...Does social housing actually work? Setting the record straight on the Vienna Model....”

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Saturday, October 21, 2023
Hawaii Health Department 'Commitment to Transgender Rights'
By News Release @ 2:59 AM :: 1569 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Health Care

... the statement denounces discrimination, including transphobia and transphobic action, which is recognized as a threat to public health ....

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Saturday, October 21, 2023
Defend Hawaii: Mainland Drug Dealer Starts Selling in Hilo, gets Busted Within Two Weeks
By News Release @ 2:40 AM :: 2008 Views :: Hawaii County , Police, Drugs

... look how very efficient the Hawaii County PD becomes when an outsider starts selling here ....

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Saturday, October 21, 2023
Mayor Bissen hosting Maui community budget meetings for Fiscal Year 2025
By News Release @ 2:09 AM :: 1401 Views :: Maui County

... provide input on the budget for Fiscal Year 2025, which begins July 1, 2024 ....

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Friday, October 20, 2023
Honolulu Hale to be illuminated in blue and white in solidarity with Israel
By News Release @ 4:08 PM :: 1618 Views :: Honolulu County, World News

... Mayor Rick Blangiardi announced Thursday that Honolulu Hale will be illuminated in the colors blue and white from sundown on Saturday, October 21, through sunrise on Sunday, October 22, in support of Israel ....

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Friday, October 20, 2023
HIEMA: Dozens of Sirens Inoperable
By News Release @ 7:20 AM :: 1537 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Military

... destroyed by lightning, vandalism or drunk drivers  ....

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Thursday, October 19, 2023
100s Still Without Power Outside Lahaina Burn Zone
By News Release @ 3:30 PM :: 1527 Views :: Maui County, Energy

... crews are continuing repairs to restore an approximate 350 remaining customers in Lahaina ....

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Thursday, October 19, 2023
Property Tax Relief for Maui Fire Victims
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:08 AM :: 1673 Views :: Maui County, Tax Credits, Taxes

... Maui County Council Bills 95 and 102 ....

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Thursday, October 19, 2023
Honolulu recognized amongst Greenest Cities in America
By News Release @ 3:55 AM :: 1631 Views :: Honolulu County

... The report also highlighted Honolulu as having the highest number of farmers markets per capita ....

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Tuesday, October 17, 2023
Sheriff's Top Training Officer Pleads Guilty
By News Release @ 10:38 PM :: 1762 Views :: Ethics, Law Enforcement

... her fake qualifications will protect every officer she trained ....

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Tuesday, October 17, 2023
Debris Removal: Corps of Engineers Contractors Purposefully Damage 100s of Properties to Make More Money
By News Release @ 9:46 PM :: 2419 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Military

"... an intentional effort to capitalize on this tragedy by defrauding the government ...."

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Tuesday, October 17, 2023
Political Connections Pay Off: USACE awards $52.5 million site assessment, debris removal contract to Dawson Solutions
By News Release @ 3:00 PM :: 3174 Views :: Maui County, Environment, Ethics, Military

... insiders profit while residents leave for mainland .... 

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