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Friday, June 30, 2023
Green Releases 'Intent to Veto' List--Legislature Will not Override
By News Release @ 11:51 PM :: 3161 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... Governor Josh Green, M.D., today notified legislative leaders and stakeholders of his intent to veto 11 bills passed by the Hawaiʻi State Legislature during the 2023 session. ...

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Friday, June 30, 2023
Sister Park Arrangement Signed for Pearl Harbor National Memorial and Hiroshima Peace Memorial
By News Release @ 3:03 PM :: 1521 Views :: Hawaii History, Military, Tourism, Obama

... Former President Barack Obama, U.S. Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel, Governor of Hawaii Josh Green, and Senator Hirono Promote Peace through Pearl Harbor National Memorial and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park Sister Park Arrangement ....

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Thursday, June 29, 2023
UH 'Disappointed' by Affirmative Action Ruling Against Anti-Asian Discrimination
By News Release @ 7:23 PM :: 1579 Views :: Higher Education

... A federal official wrote a parody of Harvard’s attitude toward Asian Americans and shared it with the dean of admissions. Why did a judge try to hide that from the public?....

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Thursday, June 29, 2023
801K Tourists Arrive in May, 2023
By News Release @ 6:56 PM :: 1178 Views :: Tourism

... this represents a 94.6 percent recovery in total visitor arrivals from May 2019 ....

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Thursday, June 29, 2023
Red Hill Repairs Finished, Awaiting DoH Validation and Approval Before Defueling
By Selected News Articles @ 6:45 PM :: 954 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Military

... All repairs to the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility, mandated by the Hawaii Department of Health, are complete, Joint Task Force – Red Hill announced in a Wednesday night news release ....

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Thursday, June 29, 2023
UHERO: Housing Even More Expensive Than Reported
By News Release @ 6:39 PM :: 1338 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... UHERO released the first edition of an annual report on the state of housing called “The Hawaiʻi Housing Factbook” ....

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Thursday, June 29, 2023
Report: Honolulu Liquor Commission is Still a Mess
By News Release @ 4:03 PM :: 1371 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics

... how many years has this been going on? ....

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Thursday, June 29, 2023
Small Business Regulatory Review Board Elects Officers
By News Release @ 3:49 PM :: 802 Views :: Small Business

“...The SBRRB oversees rules and regulations for Hawai‘i small businesses promulgated by state and county agencies...."

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Thursday, June 29, 2023
City Fined $434K for Dumping Sewage into Kaneohe Bay
By News Release @ 3:37 PM :: 898 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment

... Between April 2023 and May 2023, CCH discharged effluent from the wastewater treatment plant in exceedance of daily NPDES permit limits for enterococci on 13 occasions ....

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Thursday, June 29, 2023
Ninth Circuit upholds ban on 'FCKBLM' license plate
By Court House News @ 1:00 AM :: 1518 Views :: First Amendment

... The banning of profanity on license plates is constitutional, a Ninth Circuit panel ruled Wednesday, following a Honolulu man's challenge to the city's recall of a vanity plate reading "FCKBLM" ....

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Thursday, June 29, 2023
ACLU: Why did Police Leave Rifle Unattended?
By News Release @ 12:23 AM :: 1371 Views :: Police

"... an incredibly neglectful and reckless weapons security practice on the part of HPD ...."

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Wednesday, June 28, 2023
14 Years Later HiDoT Still Trying to get Rid of Falls of Clyde
By News Release @ 11:59 PM :: 1577 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Tourism

... HDOT is working to redevelop Pier 7 at Honolulu Harbor which has been vacant and inactive for the last 14 years, after Bishop Museum closed the Hawaiʻi Maritime Center ....

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Wednesday, June 28, 2023
How Gov. Josh Green’s Approval Compares to the Nation’s Most Popular Governors
By Selected News Articles @ 3:47 PM :: 1653 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Politicians

... Green has an approval rating of 62% and a disapproval rating of 22% ....

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Wednesday, June 28, 2023
Lawsuit Challenges Hawaii's 'Sensitive Places' Gun Law
By News Release @ 4:33 AM :: 1628 Views :: Second Amendment

... The lawsuit targets several problematic provisions within ACT 52, including the ban on carrying firearms at parks, beaches, banks, restaurants that serve alcohol, and their adjacent parking areas ....

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Wednesday, June 28, 2023
20 Years of Fraud--With Tokuda out of Legislature, DoH finally begins to check up on Recycling Companies
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 3:11 AM :: 2472 Views :: Environment, Ethics, Congressional Delegation

... in 2022, with Reynolds Recyling employee Jill Tokuda heading for Congress, the Legislature passed Act 12 which requires DOH to develop a risk-based process to address criminal fraud that the State Auditor has reported for 20 years ....

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Tuesday, June 27, 2023
Hawaii 4th-Highest Beer Taxes in USA
By Tax Foundation @ 11:59 PM :: 2016 Views :: Taxes, Cost of Living

... all the different layers of taxation on production and distribution make up about 40 percent of the retail price for beer ....

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Tuesday, June 27, 2023
About that so-called Vienna housing model
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:00 PM :: 2055 Views :: Development, Cost of Living

... some Hawaii lawmakers have been looking at the so-called Vienna model of housing as a way to help resolve Hawaii's housing crisis ....

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Tuesday, June 27, 2023
Tweets highlight Matson's schizophrenic relationship with China
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:00 PM :: 1584 Views :: Jones Act

... guess which shipyard is upgrading Matson ships ....

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Tuesday, June 27, 2023
Feds Back Hawaii Sterile Mosquito Plan
By News Release @ 5:59 PM :: 1876 Views :: Kauai County, Maui County, Environment

... Implementing cutting-edge strategies to control and eradicate invasive mosquitoes that spread avian malaria, which has ravaged Hawaiian forest bird populations ....

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Tuesday, June 27, 2023
How Does $10B Disappear? 
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:53 PM :: 2114 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... What happened to Hawaii’s $10 billion budget surplus? ....

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Monday, June 26, 2023
Grassroot Institute urges Maui Council to reject higher tax burden
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:40 PM :: 1981 Views :: Maui County, Taxes

... A proposed 0.5% county surcharge added to the state's 4% rate would jack up the cost of living, cost jobs and harm productivity ....

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Sunday, June 25, 2023
‘Think outside the box’ to fix Hawaii’s unemployment tax
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:24 PM :: 1894 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

... businesses in Hawaii are going to be paying $130 million more this year in unemployment taxes than they did last year. That’s a 46% increase ....

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Sunday, June 25, 2023
DoH conditionally approves Red Hill defueling plan
By News Release @ 4:00 PM :: 1876 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Military

... setting the framework to begin defueling about 104 million gallons of fuel from the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility ....

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Sunday, June 25, 2023
DoH Publishes Red Hill Exposure Assessment
By News Release @ 3:54 PM :: 1907 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Health Care, Military

... Report summarizes potential chemical exposure to residents from 2021 jet fuel exposure ....

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Sunday, June 25, 2023
Happy Day for Hawaii Healthcare
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:00 PM :: 2040 Views :: Health Care

... physicians from around the country will enjoy an expedited path to licensure in our state ....

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Sunday, June 25, 2023
Economic Misfortune Can Fix Our “Shadow Budget”
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:01 AM :: 1795 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... Sometimes it takes a bad situation to make another bad situation better.  This might be one of those times ....

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Sunday, June 25, 2023
The politician and the Skyline buzzsaw
By Selected News Articles @ 4:25 AM :: 2819 Views :: Hawaii History, Rail

... a list of political careers derailed by rail ....

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Sunday, June 25, 2023
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted June 24, 2023
By GovTrack .us @ 4:17 AM :: 1946 Views :: Congressional Delegation

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

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Saturday, June 24, 2023
Kauai: Sterile Mosquito Plan Released
By News Release @ 8:00 PM :: 1990 Views :: Kauai County, Environment

... draft environmental assessment for the use of Wolbachia-based incompatible male mosquitoes on the island of Kauaʻi to stop the spread of avian malaria ....

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Saturday, June 24, 2023
HiDOT Jacks up Airport Parking Fees in Effort to Price You Out
By News Release @ 2:25 PM :: 2095 Views :: Tourism, Cost of Living

... the Hawaiʻi Department of Transportation expects the additional benefit of reduced demand for overnight and multiple-day parking ....

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Saturday, June 24, 2023
Hawaii Republicans Finally Elect Party Treasurer
By News Release @ 1:19 PM :: 7328 Views :: Republican Party

... results from electronic vote released ....

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Saturday, June 24, 2023
New Hawaii law makes official misconduct a felony
By Selected News Articles @ 12:57 PM :: 2368 Views :: Ethics

... The punishment for a Class C felony is a minimum of one year and a maximum of five years in prison ....

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Friday, June 23, 2023
OHA CEO Sylvia Hussey Quits
By News Release @ 11:50 PM :: 2667 Views :: OHA

... OHA Board Chair Carmen “Hulu” Lindsey notified agency staff members of the planned June 30, 2023, departure by email on May 3. ....

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Friday, June 23, 2023
Hawaii Tops Health Rankings Again
By News Release @ 3:37 PM :: 270 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

... but Hawaii is among the worst states in terms of women receiving early prenatal care ....

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Friday, June 23, 2023
Climate Litigation Wave Crashes Into Hawaii’s Supreme Court
By Selected News Articles @ 3:25 PM :: 2948 Views :: Energy, Environment, Ethics, Judiciary

... Such lawsuits abound, with as many as 300 cases underway. Honolulu’s, though, has a twist ....

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Friday, June 23, 2023
'Multi-Ton' Chinese Fentanyl Exporters Arrested in Honolulu
By News Release @ 3:01 PM :: 2319 Views :: Drugs

... advertising fentanyl precursors as a “Mexico hot sale;” guaranteeing “100% stealth shipping” abroad; and posting to its websites documentation of Amarvel Biotech shipping chemicals to Culiacan ....

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Thursday, June 22, 2023
Hawaii finances ‘unsustainable’ without economic growth
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:58 PM :: 1881 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government

" ... if the government spending is growing faster than the private sector, then it is unsustainable .... "

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Thursday, June 22, 2023
Governor’s budget cuts were ‘really good thing’ for Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:45 PM :: 1577 Views

... The biennial budget passed by the 2023 Hawaii Legislature threatened to wipe out the state’s projected surplus by fiscal 2028 ....

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Thursday, June 22, 2023
Green Pours Millions into Housing
By Selected News Articles @ 4:33 PM :: 1935 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Homelessness, Cost of Living

... "We are working with our colleagues, possibly in the next couple of weeks, you will see this housing declaration of emergency, similarly to address some of the bottlenecks on housing," Green said. ....

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Thursday, June 22, 2023
New XO at HI-EMA
By News Release @ 12:00 PM :: 1803 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Military

... Don Aweau most recently served with the Federal Emergency Management Agency as a senior advisor ....

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Wednesday, June 21, 2023
Hawaii Gun Registration Applications Drop
By News Release @ 4:35 PM :: 1873 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Second Amendment

... 21,881 personal/private firearm permit applications were processed statewide during 2022, marking a 6.1% decrease ....

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Wednesday, June 21, 2023
​Sailor Wins Right to Register Guns
By News Release @ 3:57 PM :: 3167 Views :: Military, Second Amendment

... City and state to pay $130K to settle gun owner’s lawsuit ....

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Wednesday, June 21, 2023
Oil Spills: EPA Hammers Pacific Biodiesel
By News Release @ 3:44 PM :: 1936 Views :: Maui County, Energy, Environment

... Failure to implement measures required by the SPCC Rule can threaten public health or the welfare of fish and other wildlife ....

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Wednesday, June 21, 2023
Blangiardi announces leadership changes at two City departments
By News Release @ 3:10 PM :: 1916 Views :: Honolulu County

... Keith Suzuka will serve as Deputy Director of the Department of Land Management and Ben Sullivan will serve as Deputy Director of the Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency ....

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Wednesday, June 21, 2023
Maui Mayor accepting applications to Independent Nomination Board
By News Release @ 2:52 PM :: 1653 Views :: Maui County

... The application deadline is 4:30 p.m. June 29 ....

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Tuesday, June 20, 2023
Honolulu: Where High Earners Lose 2nd Most To Taxes and Cost of Living
By Selected News Articles @ 12:00 PM :: 2115 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... in Honolulu a $250K salary is worth $82,672.04 ....

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Monday, June 19, 2023
Neighborhood Commission Office Holds Revote in Hawaii Kai Subdistrict 11
By News Release @ 11:07 PM :: 1900 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics

... a computer glitch prevented Sub District 11 voters from being able to electronically submit their votes ....

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Monday, June 19, 2023
Hawaii most expensive state to live in
By Selected News Articles @ 5:03 PM :: 2197 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

"... living in Hawaii would require an annual income of at least $80,000 to $100,000 for a single person and around $125,000 to $150,000 for a family ....”

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Monday, June 19, 2023
Honolulu Credit Card Debt Soars
By Selected News Articles @ 4:45 PM :: 1984 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Honolulu average household credit card debt is $14,927, up by $2,498 ....

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Monday, June 19, 2023
Honolulu Rent Highest in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 4:11 PM :: 2042 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... #1 Highest Avg Rent in USA: Urban Honolulu, HI $2,514/mo ....

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