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Wednesday, May 31, 2023
Hawaii visitor spending up as tourism continues to recover from the pandemic
By Selected News Articles @ 10:41 PM :: 1382 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... 806,209 people visited Hawaii in April 2023, representing a 97.4% recovery since April 2019 ....

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Wednesday, May 31, 2023
Abercrombie News: Green Appoints Three UH Regents
By News Release @ 6:12 PM :: 1571 Views :: Higher Education

... Former Governor Neil Abercrombie, Attorney Lauren Akitake, and Global Resiliency Hub CEO Alapaki Nahale-a will fill seats for the term beginning July 1, 2023 for five-year appointments, subject to confirmation by the Hawai‘i State Senate .... 

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Wednesday, May 31, 2023
CDC: Hawaii drug overdoses doubled over the last decade
By Selected News Articles @ 2:21 PM :: 1475 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Drugs

... Hawaii had a reported 254 drug-related deaths recorded in the 12 months before December 2022. That amount could be as high as 298 after death investigations finalize, an increase of 7% from the prior year, according to the CDC ....

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Wednesday, May 31, 2023
Owning a firearm in Hawaii is about to get more expensive
By Selected News Articles @ 4:01 AM :: 2111 Views :: Second Amendment, Cost of Living

... Recently, state legislators proposed a bill that, if passed, would increase the costs associated with obtaining and carrying a firearm for self-defense ....

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Tuesday, May 30, 2023
​Aloha, Sam Slom, Hawaii will miss you
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:20 PM :: 1764 Views :: Hawaii History, Republican Party

... It’s a rare man who enters politics and leaves this world mourned as much by his political adversaries as his friends and allies ....

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Tuesday, May 30, 2023
Hawaii governor still has long list of bills to sign
By Selected News Articles @ 4:20 PM :: 1600 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits, Taxes

... House Bill 954 would increase the personal exemption from $1,444 to $2,288 beginning with the 2023 tax year and increase the standard deduction ....

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Tuesday, May 30, 2023
Hawaii Property Tax Rates Creeping Up
By Tax Foundation @ 2:47 PM :: 1557 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... Hawaii property taxes go from 28th worst to 32nd worst in four years ....

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Sunday, May 28, 2023
GET on Health Care
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1991 Views :: Health Care, Military, Taxes, Cost of Living

... One of the bills in this past legislative session that fell to the cutting room floor when it probably shouldn’t have was Senate Bill 1035, which would have exempted medical services provided by health care providers if the services were paid for by Medicaid, Medicare, or TRICARE ....

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Saturday, May 27, 2023
The Lone Ranger
By Selected News Articles @ 11:41 PM :: 1908 Views :: Hawaii History, Republican Party

... the personal, face-to-face level, Sam was really hard to beat ....

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Saturday, May 27, 2023
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted May 27, 2023
By GovTrack .us @ 11:23 PM :: 1454 Views :: Congressional Delegation

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

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Saturday, May 27, 2023
Green Opens First Homeless 'Kauhale'
By News Release @ 4:24 AM :: 2758 Views :: Homelessness

... The 10-unit village is being constructed by nonprofit HomeAid Hawaii in the mauka-most section of the Department of Health parking lot, will be completely fenced and will have 24-hour private security ....

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Saturday, May 27, 2023
HDoT Reopens HNL Runway--sort of
By News Release @ 4:01 AM :: 1674 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tourism

... Nightly closures of runway 8L from 5 p.m. and 7 a.m. will be needed for a 140-day period to complete the improvements to the runway ....

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Friday, May 26, 2023
Line Item Veto of Slush Fund ‘the responsible thing to do'
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:10 PM :: 1570 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... Hawaii’s taxpayers have paid about $1.5 billion in just the past two years for housing, but “Where’s all the affordable housing?” ....

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Friday, May 26, 2023
Simpsons in Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:49 PM :: 3172 Views :: Cost of Living

... the Simpsons try to buy a house in Hawaii ....

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Friday, May 26, 2023
Honolulu Among Least Affordable Cities for Home Buyers
By Selected News Articles @ 10:11 PM :: 1703 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Honolulu ranks 280th of 300 overall and 62nd of 68 among large cities ....

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Friday, May 26, 2023
The Number of Troops Hawaii Sent to Fight in WWII
By Selected News Articles @ 9:18 PM :: 1663 Views :: Hawaii History, Military

... About 15,965 Americans residing in Hawaii enlisted to fight in World War II ....

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Friday, May 26, 2023
Hawaii Settles Lawsuit Allowing for Carrying of Billies for Self-Defense
By News Release @ 1:52 AM :: 1927 Views :: Second Amendment

... On May 23, 2023, a settlement was reached in the case of Yukutake vs Shikada, which challenged Hawaii's law on carrying batons in public for self-defense ....

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Friday, May 26, 2023
DPP Supervisor Gets 60 Months in Prison for Bribery Scheme
By News Release @ 1:38 AM :: 1783 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Development

... After a lengthy investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) into corruption at the DPP, honest services wire fraud charges were filed against six individuals, including Inouye, arising out of schemes in which employees of the DPP took bribes in exchange for performing official acts at DPP ....

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Thursday, May 25, 2023
Surgeon General Warning: Social Media a profound risk to mental health of children
By News Release @ 3:12 AM :: 1838 Views :: Education K-12, Health Care

"... urgently take action to create safe and healthy digital environments that minimize harm and safeguard children’s and adolescents’ mental health ...."

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Thursday, May 25, 2023
Wailuku: DLNR, NOAA Raid 'Antique Freak' Shop
By News Release @ 2:00 AM :: 1703 Views :: Maui County, Environment, Law Enforcement

... 26 counts of prohibited wildlife trafficking (HRS 183D-66) and 26 counts of possession of endangered and protected wildlife ....

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Wednesday, May 24, 2023
Sovereignty Hitman Gets Piddling 37 Months for Beheading Threats
By News Release @ 6:08 PM :: 2051 Views :: Law Enforcement

“... we cut their heads off right in the [obscenity omitted] palace, for treason -- for treason and human trafficking ....”

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Wednesday, May 24, 2023
Honolulu Youth Commission now accepting applications
By News Release @ 3:57 PM :: 1471 Views :: Honolulu County

... The new commissioners will be selected by Mayor Rick Blangiardi and Council Members Matt Weyer (District 2), Tommy Waters (District 4), Calvin Say (District 5), Tyler Dos-Santos-Tam (District 6), and Val Okimoto (District 8) ....

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Wednesday, May 24, 2023
'Out of State Permits' Drop 30%
By News Release @ 3:52 PM :: 1587 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics

... 30 percent decrease over the past four years in the number of out-of-state permits issued in the City and County of Honolulu, falling to 2,545 in 2022 from 3,655 in 2019 ....

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Wednesday, May 24, 2023
Hawaii Next? California sued over Law Allowing Lawsuits Against Gun Manufacturers
By Selected News Articles @ 3:23 PM :: 1524 Views :: Second Amendment

... The National Shooting Sports Foundation argues the new state law is unconstitutional ....

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Wednesday, May 24, 2023
Governor urged to veto ‘crypto crackdown’ bills
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:01 AM :: 1538 Views :: Small Business

... the two cryptocurrency bills now sitting on Gov. Josh Green’s desk are SB945 and HB525 ....

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Tuesday, May 23, 2023
'Renewable' Gravy Train End of Line: After Decades, HECO Dumps 'Avoided Cost' Contracts
By News Release @ 12:19 PM :: 1994 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy, Cost of Living

... The four original contracts were negotiated in the 1990s and 2000s ... a typical residential customer using 500 kilowatts could see savings ranging from $9 to $13 per month ....

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Tuesday, May 23, 2023
Flags Lowered for Late Senator Sam Slom
By News Release @ 12:15 AM :: 1966 Views :: Hawaii History, Republican Party, Small Business

“Sam dedicated some 20 years to representing East Honolulu and was a vocal member of the Republican Party and a longtime strong voice for small business.”

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Tuesday, May 23, 2023
Slush Fund News: HTA Gives $27M Contract to CNHA
By News Release @ 12:07 AM :: 1961 Views :: Ethics, Tourism

... $27M of Green's illegal $200M slush fund has spilled into CNHA's lap ....

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Monday, May 22, 2023
Green Touts 'Progress' in First Six Months
By News Release @ 11:34 PM :: 1384 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... The main areas where progress was cited were affordable housing, homelessness, the high cost of living, healthcare, education, and the environment ....

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Monday, May 22, 2023
Public invited to observe 72nd Mayor’s Memorial Day Ceremony
By News Release @ 11:21 PM :: 1541 Views :: Hawaii History, Military

... SEW A LEI FOR MEMORIAL DAY ....

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Monday, May 22, 2023
Hawaii Residents Furthest Behind on Retirement Savings
By Selected News Articles @ 4:17 PM :: 1818 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Hawaii’s ideal savings benchmark is $1,813,768. But the average retirement fund there contains just $366,776. That’s 80% off the mark ....

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Sunday, May 21, 2023
Another Rainy Day Slush Fund
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1761 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... The HHRF shut down in 2002.  It's fund still has $186.7M today ....

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Sunday, May 21, 2023
A short list for the governor
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:32 AM :: 1918 Views :: Health Care, Small Business, Taxes

... use his line-item veto power to trim back this massive spending overreach, including the $200 million “slush fund” ...

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Sunday, May 21, 2023
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted May 20, 2023
By GovTrack .us @ 1:18 AM :: 1563 Views :: Congressional Delegation

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

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Saturday, May 20, 2023
VIDEO: Why Hawaii might soon have more doctors
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:01 PM :: 1657 Views :: Health Care

... SB674 awaiting the signature of Gov. Josh Green would allow physicians from other states to more easily practice here ....

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Friday, May 19, 2023
The Number of Weather Disasters that Hit Hawaii in the Last Decade
By Selected News Articles @ 4:24 PM :: 1821 Views :: Environment, Hawaii Statistics

... Weather events are relabeled as 'climate disasters' and hyped up to boost global warming hysteria.  Katrina is the model.  Anybody who identifies a specific weather event as evidence of global warming is a fraud. ....

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Friday, May 19, 2023
VIDEO: What went well — and wrong — at the 2023 Hawaii Legislature
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:51 AM :: 1631 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... an inside look at the 2023 Hawaii legislative session ....

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Thursday, May 18, 2023
Rectenwald Worked With Environmental Group Tied To Oil Plaintiffs’ Lawyers
By Selected News Articles @ 2:32 PM :: 3009 Views :: Environment, Ethics, Judiciary

... on May 9, Recktenwald disclosed that he engages in “educational presentations relating to environmental, energy, and natural resource issues” and has worked with the Environmental Law Institute ....

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Thursday, May 18, 2023
Got Nepotism? Ethics Commission has a Form for That
By News Release @ 4:47 AM :: 1781 Views :: Ethics

... the agency or employee explain and furnish proof of why they need to be exempted from the nepotism law ....

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Thursday, May 18, 2023
US Pacific Fishing Fleet Role in Countering China
By Video @ 2:26 AM :: 1919 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Military, Small Business

... US Coast Guard Permanent Presence Also Emphasized ....

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Wednesday, May 17, 2023
'Empty homes' tax unlikely to ease housing crisis, new report concludes
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:04 PM :: 1736 Views :: Taxes

... no meaningful correlation between so-called empty homes and housing or rental prices ....

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Wednesday, May 17, 2023
“Aloha Always WINS!” Children’s Program & Book Fights Bullying in over 300 Hawaii schools
By News Release @ 2:23 PM :: 1877 Views :: Education K-12, Family, Life

... “Choose Aloha” Program teaches keiki to choose love not hate, bullying, self-harm or suicidal ideation ....

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Wednesday, May 17, 2023
SB821: Illegal Fireworks Task Force
By News Release @ 2:01 PM :: 1684 Views :: Law Enforcement

... Senate Bill 821 passed the Legislature, with only one legislator voting no for the final floor vote across both chambers ....

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Tuesday, May 16, 2023
City sets public hearing on new rules for personalized license plates
By News Release @ 9:50 PM :: 1722 Views :: Honolulu County, First Amendment

... new rules designed to rein in the offensive language motorists want to affix to their Hawaiʻi license plates ....

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Tuesday, May 16, 2023
OHA Biennium Budget Available for Community Input
By News Release @ 2:59 PM :: 1599 Views :: OHA

... opportunity to review and comment on the proposed two-year core budget that begins on July 1, 2023 ....

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Tuesday, May 16, 2023
Hawaii burned thru $1.2 billion from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law
By Selected News Articles @ 11:23 AM :: 1668 Views :: Congressional Delegation

... Hawaii has used $1.2 billion from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law on roads, providing internet service to thousands and updating the state's airports and ports, according to a report released Monday from The White House ....

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Tuesday, May 16, 2023
‘Defense wins championships’
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:03 AM :: 1862 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... Since bad bills tend to outnumber good ones, that means we played a lot of defense ....

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Tuesday, May 16, 2023
$2M Settlement for Female Inmates
By News Release @ 2:45 AM :: 1689 Views :: Ethics, Law Enforcement

... A $2 million settlement has been reached in a lawsuit brought by six women who were the victims of sexual assault and sexual harassment by former Adult Corrections Officers (ACOs) at the Women’s Community Correctional Center (WCCC) .... 

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Tuesday, May 16, 2023
HECO Admits De-carbonization Means Rate Hikes
By News Release @ 2:37 AM :: 1773 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

"...Hawaiian Electric’s modeling shows that...energy rates may rise in the near-term transition to clean energy...."

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Monday, May 15, 2023
Honolulu Lowest Starting Salaries in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 5:45 PM :: 1970 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... 2023’s Best & Worst Places to Start a Career ....

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