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Sunday, July 30, 2023
Housing Emergency Designed to Fail
By Andrew Walden @ 11:29 PM :: 4255 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... Because it is temporary, Green’s Proclamation ensures that too few projects will be approved to actually bring down the cost of housing ....

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Sunday, July 30, 2023
The Jones Act Paradox: Why is a Law that is Deemed “Essential” So Frequently Waived?
By Selected News Articles @ 7:53 PM :: 2530 Views :: Jones Act

... clinging to this outdated policy is not an act of patriotism, but rather one of stagnation ....

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Sunday, July 30, 2023
Hawaii isn't running out of land
By Selected News Articles @ 7:45 PM :: 2697 Views :: Land Use, Cost of Living

... a 1961 land-use law and subsequent amendments placed most of the land in the state off limits to development ....

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Sunday, July 30, 2023
Why is it hard to buy and sell cryptocurrency in Hawaii?
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:00 PM :: 2302 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

... Hawaii is the worst state in the nation for cryptocurrency, due to the state's strict and confusing regulations ....

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Sunday, July 30, 2023
Getting Kids to School in Kihei
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2302 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

... In early 2020, when DoE approached Maui County for permits, it said that the design of the pedestrian overpass was already started and projected for it to be built in 2022 and 2023 ....

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Sunday, July 30, 2023
​Tupola says empowering people is her motivation
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:03 AM :: 2549 Views :: Honolulu County, Development

... Tupola served four years in the state House, starting in 2014, then was elected to the City Council, in 2020 ....

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Sunday, July 30, 2023
‘Permit me’ -- to thank county officials again
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:49 AM :: 2639 Views :: Development

... How long should Oahu residents have to wait for a permit to repair or renovate their homes? A few days? Weeks? Months? ....

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Sunday, July 30, 2023
​Hawaii Congressional Delegation how they Voted July 29, 2023
By GovTrack .us @ 4:32 AM :: 2692 Views :: Congressional Delegation

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

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Saturday, July 29, 2023
Green Appoints Thielen, Hannemann ... and Ex-Con Stacy Moniz
By News Release @ 2:17 PM :: 3802 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Labor

... The Moniz appointment is due in large part from a new law. Under a recent law, Act 260 Session Laws of Hawaii, the Governor must appoint the person nominated by the public employee unions. ....

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Friday, July 28, 2023
Solar Shaft: HECO Evenings hit $0.66 per kwh
By News Release @ 5:44 PM :: 3602 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

... data gathered by Hawaiian Electric and will ultimately determine how the program may roll out to all customers starting in late 2024 or 2025 ....

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Friday, July 28, 2023
Tourist Count Up 5.5%
By News Release @ 4:03 PM :: 2188 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... 889,274 visitors arrived in the Hawaiian Islands in June 2023, an increase of 5.5 percent from June 2022 ....

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Friday, July 28, 2023
DoH: Hawaii Needs Lots and Lots of Free Needles
By News Release @ 3:48 PM :: 2183 Views :: Drugs

"Syringe exchanges serve as essential health hubs for people who use drugs"

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Friday, July 28, 2023
Pathways to Removing Housing Obstacles
By News Release @ 3:37 PM :: 2302 Views :: Development, Land Use

... PRO Housing to reduce barriers to affordable housing production by helping local communities address restrictive zoning, land use, and regulatory policies. It also expands financing for affordable, energy-efficient, and resilient housing, and promotes commercial-to-residential conversion ....

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Thursday, July 27, 2023
DoH, UH Scheme to Hide Your Children's Sex Change Surgery from You
By Selected News Articles @ 9:01 PM :: 3055 Views :: Education K-12, Family, Health Care, Higher Education

..."minors 14 years of age or older" can "consent to outpatient mental health services without the consent, knowledge or participation of their parents or legal guardians, upon consultation and agreement of their licensed therapist."....

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Thursday, July 27, 2023
Housing: 'Much of the proclamation I could have written myself'
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:43 AM :: 2218 Views :: Development

... especially the many “whereas” justifications for why the emergency order was issued — which states many of the points I’ve been making for years regarding the bad policy and inaction that have characterized Hawaii’s approach to homebuilding ....

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Thursday, July 27, 2023
ACLU Lawsuit Seeks to Protect Massive Festering Homeless Tent Cities
By News Release @ 3:42 AM :: 2420 Views :: Honolulu County, Homelessness

... asks the court to stop the City’s targeted enforcement actions—including sweeps, citations, and arrests—that disrupt and disenfranchise houseless people, unless and until there is adequate shelter ....

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Wednesday, July 26, 2023
Hawaii Largest CO2 INCREASE in USA
By News Release @ 10:19 PM :: 2809 Views :: Energy, Environment, Hawaii Statistics

... Between 2020 and 2021, the most recent years of available data, carbon emissions in Hawaii increased by 16.2%. Over that period, energy related carbon dioxide pollution went from 14.9 million metric tons to 17.3 million metric tons ....

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Wednesday, July 26, 2023
Hawaii 'limited purpose' driver's licenses again recognized in Florida
By Selected News Articles @ 5:07 PM :: 3553 Views :: Law Enforcement

... Hawai‘i’s LPDLs are not exclusively issued to those without a legal presence in the U.S. ....

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Wednesday, July 26, 2023
UH Pays Off Ransomware Hackers
By News Release @ 4:41 PM :: 2400 Views :: Ethics, Higher Education

... Hawaii Community College paid at least $100,000 in ransomware attack ....

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Wednesday, July 26, 2023
Lack of Drivers: No Buses for 14 Schools on Oahu, Kauai
By News Release @ 3:22 AM :: 2294 Views :: Honolulu County, Kauai County, Education K-12

... The continuing shortage of qualified school bus drivers statewide will suspend bus transportation services at ten of Oʻahu’s 24 high schools and four schools on Kauaʻi when the new school year begins ....

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Tuesday, July 25, 2023
How a new law will help ease Hawaii's doctor shortage
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:01 AM :: 3175 Views :: Health Care

... A national expert and a leading local doctor will take a deep look at how Hawaii will benefit from working together with other states ....

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Monday, July 24, 2023
Case Introduces Measure To Ban Discriminatory Treatment And Pricing Of Shipping Of Goods To U.S. Locations Outside Of Continent
By Ed Case @ 8:01 PM :: 2469 Views :: Jones Act, Cost of Living

... private shipping companies cannot exclude shipments to Hawai’i and other non-contiguous parts of country and cannot charge inflated costs ....

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Monday, July 24, 2023
Hawaii lawmakers ask for $4 million bill to study Red Hill effects
By Selected News Articles @ 7:40 PM :: 2247 Views :: Environment, Military

... a bill creating the 20-year Red Hill Epidemiological Health Outcomes Study overseen by the U.S. Department of Health of Human Services ....

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Monday, July 24, 2023
OIP Issues Four New Opinions
By News Release @ 5:06 PM :: 2401 Views :: Honolulu County, Education K-12, Ethics, OHA

... OIP also found, sua sponte, that the PCSC executive session minutes did not convey a true reflection of the matters discussed at the meeting ....

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Sunday, July 23, 2023
Study the Empty Homes Tax Again?
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2471 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes

... Folks on the Neighbor Islands:  Don’t laugh. You might be next! ....

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Saturday, July 22, 2023
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted July 22, 2023
By GovTrack .us @ 11:59 PM :: 2082 Views :: Congressional Delegation

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

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Saturday, July 22, 2023
Talk of the town: Rail Operating Cost $54 per passenger
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:25 PM :: 2258 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Rail

... the highest per-passenger cost among light-rail systems in the nation — by far ....

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Friday, July 21, 2023
Senators Visit OCCC, Halawa
By News Release @ 11:59 PM :: 2061 Views :: Justice Reinvestment, Law Enforcement

... The purpose was to bring awareness to initiatives to modernize our public safety facilities, disrupt pathways to prison, and reduce recidivism ....

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Friday, July 21, 2023
HECO Rate Hikes Coming: Public Must Make Big Sacrifices for 'Green' Energy
By News Release @ 5:10 PM :: 2558 Views :: Energy, Environment

... major technological advances, especially in sustainable fuels and carbon-capture, and reaching consensus on land-use policy are some of what’s required for Hawaii to fully decarbonize ....

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Friday, July 21, 2023
UH sets new extramural funding record of $515.9M in FY2023
By News Release @ 3:45 PM :: 2016 Views :: Higher Education

... back-to-back record hauls in extramural funding ....

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Friday, July 21, 2023
Former Union Officer Sentenced to 140 Months in Prison for Conspiracy, Wire Fraud, and Embezzlement
By News Release @ 3:40 AM :: 2245 Views :: Ethics, Labor

... 140 months for conspiracy, wire fraud, and embezzlement from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1260 and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $209,391.72 ....

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Thursday, July 20, 2023
​Grassroot Institute of Hawaii wins two journalism awards
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:19 PM :: 1892 Views :: First Amendment

... Dave Swann and Keli‘i Akina were among winners at this year’s annual journalism awards ceremony presented by the Hawaii chapter of the national Society of Professional Journalists ....

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Thursday, July 20, 2023
​Hawaii's unemployment rate down slightly
By Selected News Articles @ 6:41 PM :: 1949 Views :: Economy, Labor

... but the number of jobs decreased ....

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Thursday, July 20, 2023
Military operations on Guam spur endangered species challenge
By Court House News @ 2:11 PM :: 1887 Views :: Environment, Military

... Camp Blaz is being outfitted to host thousands of U.S. Marines, a plan said to threaten more than a dozen species with extinction ....

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Thursday, July 20, 2023
DoE Wins Fire Alarm Lawsuit
By News Release @ 3:51 AM :: 1837 Views :: Education K-12

... relating to the installation of fire alarm systems at eight public schools ....

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Wednesday, July 19, 2023
Feds Propose New Critical Habitat for Green Sea Turtles
By News Release @ 4:27 PM :: 1803 Views :: Environment, Land Use

... The proposed critical habitat areas include the states of California, Florida, Hawaiʻi, North Carolina and Texas; the territories of American Samoa, Guam, and U.S. Virgin Islands; and the commonwealths of the Northern Mariana Islands and Puerto Rico ....

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Wednesday, July 19, 2023
Feds Impose 10 Year Sentence on Waipio Carjackers
By News Release @ 2:09 PM :: 2222 Views :: Law Enforcement

... in state court they would have been sentenced to probation ....

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Wednesday, July 19, 2023
American Samoans fear tuna fishing limits in Pacific Ocean sanctuary could threaten their livelihood
By Court House News @ 1:50 PM :: 1835 Views :: Environment, Economy

... The industry supports about 5,000 jobs in American Samoa, chief among those a StarKist Co. tuna cannery ....

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Wednesday, July 19, 2023
Bill 49: Maui GET surcharge could eliminate jobs, reduce growth
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:20 AM :: 1890 Views :: Maui County, Taxes

... 0.5% county surcharge to the state’s 4% general excise tax for the purpose of funding “housing infrastructure” ....

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Wednesday, July 19, 2023
Green Emergency Order: Sweep Homeless Drug Addicts out of Uncle Billy's and Demolish Hotel
By News Release @ 3:52 AM :: 2265 Views :: Hawaii County , Homelessness, Tourism, Drugs

... The Hawaii Police Department has responded to 6,479 calls for service/incidents in the area from September, 2018, to April, 2023, with an estimated cost for responding to these calls ranges from $319,000 to $459,000 ....

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Tuesday, July 18, 2023
Green Signs Emergency Proclamation on Housing
By News Release @ 3:41 AM :: 2125 Views :: Development, Homelessness, Land Use

...“This emergency proclamation is one of the largest state-level housing actions anywhere in the country in years, if not decades," said Senator Stanley Chang, chair of the Senate Committee on Housing....

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Monday, July 17, 2023
After Ulehawa Beach Murder, Waianae Reps Demand Immediate Homeless Sweep
By News Release @ 8:40 PM :: 1904 Views :: Homelessness

"...It is crucial for the well-being and security of Leeward Coast residents that this area remains cleared and safe...."

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Monday, July 17, 2023
Real Estate Sharks Circle Hawaii Republican HQ as Party Loses ANOTHER Chairman
By Andrew Walden @ 6:31 AM :: 5219 Views :: Office of Elections, Republican Party

... Just two months after being elected at the abortive May 6, 2023, Republican state convention in Hilo, latest Chair, Tim Dalhouse, has resigned ....

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Sunday, July 16, 2023
Rail Ridership 21 Times Below Projections
By Selected News Articles @ 5:56 PM :: 3071 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Rail

... 4,000 is a little short of the number that HART projected it would attract once the system is completed: 84,000 people a day ....

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Sunday, July 16, 2023
How Not to Cool the Schools
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2079 Views :: Education K-12, Energy

... facilities geniuses at our DOE came up with the idea ....

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Sunday, July 16, 2023
Auditor: Honolulu Human Resources Data Almost 100% Erroneous
By News Release @ 4:47 AM :: 1982 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

... Based on the high error rates, we concluded that DHR’s data was unreliable and insufficient to conduct further analysis .... 

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Saturday, July 15, 2023
Property Tax: Our council members have been listening
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 10:29 PM :: 1527 Views :: Taxes

... Multiple bills have already passed, and many council members have asked for more information about how to reform the property tax systems in their counties ....

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Saturday, July 15, 2023
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted July 15, 2023
By GovTrack .us @ 10:15 PM :: 1507 Views :: Congressional Delegation

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

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Saturday, July 15, 2023
Free Money from the Sky: More COVID Cash for Honolulu's Profitable Non-profits
By News Release @ 12:19 AM :: 1726 Views :: Honolulu County, COVID-19

... City to accept applications for a second tranche of relief funding for non-profits affected by Covid-19 ....

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Friday, July 14, 2023
Gun Industry Group Sues Over Hawaii 'Nuisance' Law
By News Release @ 2:09 AM :: 1563 Views :: Second Amendment

... Hawaii’s recently-enacted public nuisance law will allow frivolous lawsuits against members of the firearm industry for the criminal and negligent misuse of firearms by remote third parties ....

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