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Tuesday, February 28, 2023
Sheriffs Bust Waikiki Marijuana Dealer
By News Release @ 11:06 PM :: 2384 Views :: Taxes, Tourism, Drugs

“Businesses that are involved in the cannabis industry must ensure that their activities comply with the law.”

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Tuesday, February 28, 2023
Sherwoods: Remediation of cancelled ball field project continues
By News Release @ 11:00 PM :: 1712 Views :: Honolulu County, Greenmail

... An archeological monitor from Pacific Legacy and a cultural monitor from Moehonua Cultural Monitoring Services will be onsite monitoring work performed by the contractor. They will be joined by a special duty HPD officer ....

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Tuesday, February 28, 2023
Average of 259,514 visitors in Hawaii every day
By News Release @ 3:08 PM :: 2070 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

"...full recovery may take a few years...."

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Tuesday, February 28, 2023
Five bills of importance to small business
By News Release @ 12:06 AM :: 2215 Views :: Labor, Small Business

... Any bills that made it past this deadline now have until March 9 to complete their last committee hearing ....

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Monday, February 27, 2023
Priced out of paradise
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:27 PM :: 4498 Views :: Cost of Living

... Now living in Seattle, Tongi was asked by judge Lionel Richie, “Why on Earth would you leave Hawaii?” ....

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Monday, February 27, 2023
Ed Case Reintroduces Helicopter Noise Bill
By Ed Case @ 6:19 PM :: 1939 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

... Measure To Impose Strict Safety Requirements And Provide For State And Local Community Disruption Regulation On Commercial Air Tour Operations ....

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Monday, February 27, 2023
Minor Parties to be Removed from Hawaii Ballot
By News Release @ 3:33 AM :: 2051 Views :: Office of Elections

... Aloha Aina Party, Green Party, Constitution Party ....

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Sunday, February 26, 2023
HB1291: Will Abused Foster Children Ever be Represented?
By Andrew Walden @ 9:19 PM :: 2368 Views :: Ethics, Family, Judiciary

... Outside counsel may be a child’s only hope to break out of a system run for the benefit of adults’ need to cover up their own wrongdoing ....

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Sunday, February 26, 2023
Assisted Suicide Expansion Bill: Weirdness Unfolds
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 6:02 PM :: 1747 Views :: Life

... First Lateral Deadline: Bills must be in final committee ....

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Sunday, February 26, 2023
Five Republican Bills on the Move in the House
By News Release @ 5:48 PM :: 2156 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

... The following measures are moving through the legislature ....

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Sunday, February 26, 2023
Creative Districts 
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1805 Views :: Tax Credits

... In the Senate bill, creative enterprises in a creative district would be eligible for tax credits.  The bill, however, is a little light on details ....

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Saturday, February 25, 2023
Maui: Feds Take Aim at Alleged $145M Ponzi
By News Release @ 12:02 AM :: 2769 Views :: Maui County, Law Enforcement

... accepted at least $144,043,883 from approximately 913 pool participants ....

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Friday, February 24, 2023
Hawaii bill would boost rental tax credit fourfold
By Selected News Articles @ 11:31 PM :: 1912 Views :: Tax Credits

... SB55 proposes the adoption of income brackets to determine eligibility for the tax credit ....

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Friday, February 24, 2023
Report: Hawaii's hotel revenue back to pre-pandemic levels
By Selected News Articles @ 11:22 PM :: 2046 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... With the average hotel occupancy projected to be about 63% across the nation this year, Hawaii is projected to have a 78% occupancy rate. Its rate in 2019 was 80%, the report showed ....

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Friday, February 24, 2023
Another Sue-n-Settle targets Hawaii and American Samoa Fisheries
By News Release @ 10:48 PM :: 1979 Views :: Environment, Small Business

... The Conservation Council for Hawaii sued National Marine Fisheries Service ....

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Friday, February 24, 2023
Campaign Spending Reform: Two Bills Pass, Four Killed
By News Release @ 10:27 PM :: 1499 Views :: Ethics

... the House Committee on Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs (JHA) prioritized the review of six remaining bills relating to campaign finance reform ....

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Friday, February 24, 2023
Hilo Complex DoE Manager Arrested for P-Card Theft
By News Release @ 9:46 PM :: 2391 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics

... Karie Luana Klein, a former Hawaiʻi Department of Education complex area business manager, was arrested after being charged with three felony theft counts ....

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Friday, February 24, 2023
HB984 'Gun Free Zones' Gets Another Committee Hearing
By NRA ILA @ 7:09 PM :: 1995 Views :: Second Amendment

... House Bill 984 massively expands “gun-free zones” ....

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Thursday, February 23, 2023
Audit: DHHL Traded 42 Affordable Housing Credits for a Fence
By Andrew Walden @ 8:53 PM :: 2970 Views :: Hawaii County , DHHL, Ethics

... Big Island lawyers facing the possibility of Federal Penitentiary after allegedly scamming Hawaii County Affordable Housing credits may have one question on their mind ....

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Thursday, February 23, 2023
House Judiciary Committee Kills off Ethics Reform Bills
By News Release @ 6:49 AM :: 2847 Views :: Ethics

... Judiciary Chair Tarnas hand-picked by Saiki for job of Killing Ethics Bills that Saiki Pretends to Support ....

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Thursday, February 23, 2023
New report urges licensure reform to boost ranks of medical workers
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:52 AM :: 1867 Views :: Health Care, Small Business

... The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii says making it easier for qualified medical professionals to practice here would improve healthcare access ....

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Wednesday, February 22, 2023
Hawaii Household Bills Among Highest in USA
By News Release @ 10:51 PM :: 1709 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... 2023 U.S. Bill Pay Category Breakout Report ....

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Wednesday, February 22, 2023
DHHL Redux: This time Green nominates Kali Watson
By News Release @ 10:27 PM :: 1861 Views :: DHHL

... From 1995 to 1998, Watson coordinated the development of more than 3,100 residential lots on Hawaiian Home Lands, as well as legislative funding and approval of the (previous) $600 million settlement between the state and DHHL ....

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Wednesday, February 22, 2023
After Bribery Arrests: House Adopts New Rules
By News Release @ 10:21 PM :: 1829 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... House Rules 29.1–29.3 and 62.5–62.6 incorporate CISC recommendations relating to ethics reform, ethics disclosures, standards of conduct, and conflict of interest ....

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Wednesday, February 22, 2023
After Indictments, Al Hee Took $9M More
By Andrew Walden @ 9:59 PM :: 3230 Views :: DHHL, Ethics, Hawaii History

... remember Al Hee?  The first in the current wave of Hawaii corruption cases, Hee's indictment was handed down on the exact second anniversary of Dan Inouye's death ....

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Wednesday, February 22, 2023
The 1886 Passenger Vessel Services Act has been a bonanza for foreign cruise lines and foreign ports, to Hawaii's detriment
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:56 PM :: 2262 Views :: Jones Act

"...One more good reason to throw an antiquated maritime law overboard...."

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Wednesday, February 22, 2023
Corruption or incompetence, transparency still the antidote
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:51 PM :: 1857 Views :: Ethics

... to combat government corruption, waste, mismanagement and inefficiency ....

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Wednesday, February 22, 2023
HSTA: Our LGBTQ Students are 'Lovable'--Raise Money for Sex-Change Clinic
By News Release @ 4:26 PM :: 1997 Views :: Education K-12

... 'Ilima Int was where alleged child molester and gay socialist activist Alden Bunag was teaching 2016-17 ....

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Wednesday, February 22, 2023
Civil Beat Publisher Bankrolls Shadowy Anti-Musk Group
By Selected News Articles @ 1:39 AM :: 2657 Views :: Pierre Omidyar

... a "free-for-all of hate and harassment" ....

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Tuesday, February 21, 2023
​Hawaii Senate Committees Pass Two Bills to Legalize Marijuana Despite Federal Prohibition
By Selected News Articles @ 3:54 AM :: 2941 Views :: Drugs

... SB669 passed the Senate Judiciary Committee 3-0, but with an effective date of 2075 ....

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Tuesday, February 21, 2023
Hawaii Prepaid Health Care Act Keeps Employer Insurance Costs High
By Selected News Articles @ 3:26 AM :: 1969 Views :: Health Care, Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

... This can make it very difficult for Hawaii employers to offer HDHPs to their employees ....

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Monday, February 20, 2023
Zoning, planning reforms would help produce more Hawaii County housing
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:36 PM :: 2238 Views :: Hawaii County , Development, Land Use

... How to ensure that zoning and building codes don’t undermine housing growth ....

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Monday, February 20, 2023
Bill 2891: Retroactive property tax credit for Kauai?
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:28 PM :: 1650 Views :: Kauai County, Taxes

... the proposed tax credit could be critical for some property owners who might otherwise have to increase the rents of their tenants ....

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Monday, February 20, 2023
Pilots Spot Large White Balloon Heading for Big Island
By Selected News Articles @ 2:49 AM :: 2040 Views :: Military

"Well I guess we aren’t done with this balloon fad yet."

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Monday, February 20, 2023
Russian Flags Fly at Tulsi Gabbard's Anti-Ukraine Rally
By Selected News Articles @ 2:29 AM :: 3934 Views :: Tulsi Gabbard

... Most of the other speakers at the event were professional activists, some of whom have worked as contributors or hosts for Kremlin-controlled RT America ....

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Monday, February 20, 2023
CNHA Inside Track: Robin Danner Snags Gig in Governor's Office
By News Release @ 2:19 AM :: 4830 Views :: DHHL, Ethics, Tourism

... CNHA: Josh Green will Give us Tourism Contract ....

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Sunday, February 19, 2023
PILOT for Real Property Tax
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2613 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy, Agriculture, Tax Credits, Taxes

... The owner in the previous year paid $30,154 in property tax and got a bill for $835,710, resulting in an extremely unhappy owner ....

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Saturday, February 18, 2023
Debt: Honolulu 3rd-Worst Sinkhole City
By News Release @ 8:11 PM :: 2168 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics

... Honolulu’s financial problems stem mostly from unfunded retirement obligations that have accumulated over the years ....

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Saturday, February 18, 2023
What is Hawaii’s General Excise Tax?
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:11 PM :: 1880 Views :: Taxes

... the excise tax is a tax on the total revenues of the businesses, at every transaction level, from manufacturing to wholesale to retail ....

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Saturday, February 18, 2023
Abolish Zoning: Land Use Solution for Hawaii?
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:52 PM :: 1892 Views :: Development, Land Use

... “Arbitrary Lines: How Zoning Broke the American City and How to Fix It” ....

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Saturday, February 18, 2023
Legislative Week in Review: Abortion, Drugs, Suicide
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 6:14 PM :: 2095 Views :: Health Care, Life, Drugs

... Hawaii Legislators' cradle-to-grave plan for your life .... 

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Saturday, February 18, 2023
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted February 18, 2023
By GovTrack .us @ 6:06 PM :: 1625 Views :: Congressional Delegation

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

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Saturday, February 18, 2023
Abraham Lincoln Abolished Slavery in Hawaii too
By Andrew Walden @ 4:13 AM :: 3202 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii History

... Abraham Lincoln freed Hawaii plantation laborers from indentured servitude--in 1900--35 years after he was assassinated.  How?  Keep reading ....

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Friday, February 17, 2023
Judge denies Native Hawaiian group’s bid for promised home loans
By Court House News @ 10:50 PM :: 2217 Views :: DHHL, Hawaii History

... Na Po’e Kokua failed to show it represents individuals seeking to recover loan funding meant for Native Hawaiian homelands ....

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Friday, February 17, 2023
Kauai Council: Oppose HB132, Eliminates Election Auditing
By News Release @ 9:38 PM :: 2141 Views :: Kauai County, Office of Elections

... Opponents of HB132/SB180 are encouraging the other Hawaii County Councils to follow Kauai's example ....

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Friday, February 17, 2023
Kauai District Judge Applicants Sought
By News Release @ 8:56 PM :: 1781 Views :: Kauai County, Judiciary

... Applications for consideration should be submitted by April 21, 2023 ....

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Friday, February 17, 2023
Climate Solution: Grab $100M of Your Dollars, Light Them on Fire
By News Release @ 8:30 PM :: 1632 Views :: Environment, Ethics

... The 20-member Hawai‘i Climate Commission voted today to support Governor Josh Green’s proposal to create a $100 million climate (slush) fund ....

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Friday, February 17, 2023
Green Seeks Comment on Maui Judicial Nominees
By News Release @ 7:46 PM :: 1627 Views :: Maui County, Judiciary

... Governor Green must make his appointment by Saturday, March 18, 2023 ....

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Friday, February 17, 2023
Ninth Circuit wades into debate on abortion in Guam
By Selected News Articles @ 3:30 PM :: 1555 Views :: Life

... there are no doctors on Guam willing to provide abortion services ....

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Friday, February 17, 2023
Neighborhood Board Elections -- Who is Running in Your District?
By News Release @ 1:57 AM :: 2781 Views :: Honolulu County

... Candidate applications should be submitted online ....

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