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Wednesday, February 28, 2024
Lahaina: State Senators Push for 1,000 Permanent FEMA Units
By News Release @ 3:50 PM :: 1440 Views :: Maui County

"... to advocate for the construction of one-thousand permanent FEMA-built housing units to house the wildfire survivors ...."

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Wednesday, February 28, 2024
Unlicensed Midwives Sue State
By News Release @ 2:13 PM :: 1618 Views :: Health Care, Small Business

... there were no professional licenses in Hawaii before Captain Cook arrived, therefore unlicensed midwifery is 'indigenous' ....

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Wednesday, February 28, 2024
Green Launches Compensation Fund for Lahaina Dead, Injured
By News Release @ 2:33 AM :: 1481 Views :: Maui County, Hawaii State Government

"...The Fund Will Help Families of Deceased Avoid Lengthy, Uncertain Litigation...."

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Tuesday, February 27, 2024
Hawaiʻi educators urged to take part in presidential selection process
By News Release @ 12:50 PM :: 2173 Views :: Democratic Party, Education K-12, Labor, Republican Party

... Democrats hold primary March 6; GOP caucuses will be March 12 ....

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Monday, February 26, 2024
SHOPO & Maui County Reach Agreement on COVID Hazard Pay
By News Release @ 5:24 PM :: 1469 Views :: Maui County, Labor, Police, COVID-19

... officers who worked in a patrol function through the pandemic will receive 20% Hazard Pay based on the actual number of hours worked during the pandemic. All other officers will receive 15% Hazard Pay. All officers will receive 15% Hazard Pay for actual overtime hours ....

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Monday, February 26, 2024
Hawaii Democrats Presidential Caucus Set for March 6
By News Release @ 4:08 PM :: 1910 Views :: Democratic Party

... Party-run Presidential Primary from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM. ....

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Sunday, February 25, 2024
City Demands Energy Use Data on Apartments and Commercial Buildings
By News Release @ 2:30 AM :: 1478 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy, Cost of Living

... Starting in 2023, buildings 100,000 square feet and larger were required to begin annually reporting their utility data to the City. By June 30, 2024, buildings 50,000 square feet and larger must report, followed by buildings 25,000 square feet and larger by June 30, 2025 ....

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Sunday, February 25, 2024
DoTax: State Tax Credits You Can Claim
By News Release @ 2:22 AM :: 1557 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes

... Hawaiʻi Department of Taxation Encourages Hawaiʻi Families to Claim Available Tax Credits ....

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Saturday, February 24, 2024
Green Kills off 'Affordable' Housing Group, Hands Authority to HHFDC
By News Release @ 3:42 AM :: 1621 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... Green assigns the BBB’s duties to the Hawai‘i Housing Finance and Development Corporation (HHFDC), which will review developer applications for eligibility and process fee waiver exemptions ....

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Friday, February 23, 2024
HGEA members win substantial hazard pay from the Hawaii Education Department
By News Release @ 6:10 PM :: 1287 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, COVID-19

... 7,800 HGEA employees of the state’s public school system will receive 25% of their base salary for the duration of Gov. David Ige’s emergency proclamation from March 4, 2020, to March 25, 2022 ....

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Thursday, February 22, 2024
Kennedy on Hawaii Ballot with 'We The People Party'
By News Release @ 9:06 PM :: 1705 Views :: Office of Elections

... Hawaii Office of Elections has confirmed Kennedy supporters have collected the 862 required signatures to establish the “We The People” party in Hawaii ....

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Wednesday, February 21, 2024
Feds Obtain More Than $1.9 Million in Forfeitures from Hawaii Illegal Gambling Operations
By News Release @ 2:13 PM :: 1317 Views :: Gambling

... Both the Paula Drive forfeiture action and the 2019 action resulted from a joint criminal and civil investigation into an illegal gambling business operating at least nine illegal game rooms ....

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Wednesday, February 21, 2024
Senate Approves Publicly Funded Election Bill
By News Release @ 2:18 AM :: 1375 Views :: First Amendment, Office of Elections

... SB2381 SD2 would establish a comprehensive system of public financing for candidates seeking election to state and county public offices, beginning with the 2028 general election ....

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Wednesday, February 21, 2024
FCKBLM? Censorship Leads to 23% Decrease in Personalized License Plate Requests
By News Release @ 2:09 AM :: 1490 Views :: Honolulu County, First Amendment

... The city’s Motor Vehicle Registration Branch will reject applications that violate the existing rules, including letter and number combinations that are profane, encourage violence, or make sexual references ....

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Wednesday, February 21, 2024
Rule Forcing Corrupt Project Labor Agreements Will Face Legal Challenges
By News Release @ 1:54 AM :: 1551 Views :: Maui County, Labor

... a construction contract that required a PLA would be more expensive ....

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Wednesday, February 21, 2024
More cost, More delay: Green Signs 'PLA' for Lahaina Rebuild
By News Release @ 1:35 AM :: 1534 Views :: Maui County, Labor

"...the rebuilding of housing units in Lahaina alone will require at least 2,000 additional construction workers...."

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Wednesday, February 21, 2024
Executive Order: Hawaii is a 'Trauma-Informed' State
By News Release @ 1:25 AM :: 1737 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Labor

... first, Green's task force will seek out 'traumatized' State employees ....

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Wednesday, February 21, 2024
DoH: Exposing tobacco marketing to Hawai‘i’s youth
By News Release @ 1:11 AM :: 1342 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

... The tobacco industry spends an estimated $22 million on marketing in Hawaiʻi each year costing the state $611 million in annual health care costs, $1.1 billion in lost productivity, and nearly $1,000 per household in state and federal tax burden ....

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Sunday, February 18, 2024
City May be Short on Sanitation Trucks for Months to Come
By News Release @ 1:14 PM :: 1640 Views :: Honolulu County

... Of the 73 trucks that have been ordered over the past five fiscal years, ENV has only received 17 of them — and no new trucks have been delivered since November 2020 .... 

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Saturday, February 17, 2024
Decision on advisory group for UH president’s search postponed
By News Release @ 12:58 PM :: 1366 Views :: Higher Education

... The BOR also received an update on the search firm for the president’s search. A firm has been selected and will be announced when the contract is finalized....

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Friday, February 16, 2024
Debt: Honolulu 3rd-Worst Sinkhole City
By News Release @ 2:48 PM :: 1522 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics

... Honolulu has $3.8 billion available to pay $6.6 billion worth of bills ....

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Thursday, February 15, 2024
Rabbi Sues Hawaii County Over Mounting Fines for Hosting Small Religious Gatherings in His Home
By News Release @ 4:19 PM :: 1982 Views :: Hawaii County , First Amendment

... Lawsuit seeks relief from growing fines of $40,000+ and end to harassment leveled against Rabbi Levi Gerlitzky by county officials for using home for religious gatherings ....

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Wednesday, February 14, 2024
Hawaiian Electric 2023 Annual report: Still profitable except for Lahaina Litigation
By News Release @ 2:15 AM :: 1516 Views :: Maui County, Energy

... Hawaiian Electric is still profitable, unless litigation losses wipe company out ....

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Tuesday, February 13, 2024
Big Island: Low Winds Lead to Rolling Blackouts
By News Release @ 10:43 PM :: 1800 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy

... Wind resources are forecast to be zero ....

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Monday, February 12, 2024
Blangiardi announces Andy Sugg as new Chief of Staff
By News Release @ 3:31 PM :: 1527 Views :: Honolulu County

... Sugg previously served as a television executive in Hawai‘i and has years of experience in working alongside Mayor Blangiardi ....

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Monday, February 12, 2024
Kaheohe 'comprehensive' homeless solution houses only 34 people
By News Release @ 3:25 PM :: 1395 Views :: Homelessness

... This kauhale will provide housing for approximately 34 people at a time, including 24-7 security, intake/management staff, and peer support ....

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Saturday, February 10, 2024
SB3196: More Gun Control on the Agenda
By News Release @ 8:56 PM :: 2216 Views :: Second Amendment

... SB3196 significantly expands the existing assault weapons ban, including stricter regulations on assault rifles, shotguns, and high-capacity magazines ....

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Friday, February 9, 2024
Oahu Man Sentenced to 40 Years in Prison for Sexual Exploitation of a Child
By News Release @ 11:59 PM :: 648 Views :: Family, Law Enforcement

... between at least August 2018 and November 2020, Kaaiawaawa repeatedly sexually assaulted a child who was six to eight years old ....

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Friday, February 9, 2024
Guam Meth Kingpin Gets 30 Years
By News Release @ 2:21 AM :: 1474 Views :: Drugs

... “Melvin Naputi was a fugitive for years and a drug dealer known for violence for years, if not decades,” said Resident Agent in Charge Kenneth L. Bowman ....

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Friday, February 9, 2024
Maui Fires: Green, Bissen Feds Six-Month Update
By News Release @ 1:46 AM :: 1273 Views :: Maui County

... An estimated 9,806 people have been displaced because of the wildfires, 3,971 properties were destroyed, and 100 souls were lost in the fires ....  

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Thursday, February 8, 2024
House to Consider Three Bills to Reduce Cost of Living
By News Release @ 3:04 AM :: 1566 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

... On Thursday, February 8, the House Committee on Consumer Protection and Commerce will take up three measures aimed at reducing the financial burden for Hawaiʻi's residents ....

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Tuesday, February 6, 2024
Hawaii Information Practices: Annual Report for 2023
By News Release @ 7:56 PM :: 1412 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment

... 2,253 UIPA record requests received by the State agencies in FY 2023 and 2,839 by the Counties ....

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Tuesday, February 6, 2024
DLNR: Court Ruling Protects Endangered Hawaii Birds from 'Save the Mosquito' Activists
By News Release @ 7:29 PM :: 1374 Views :: Maui County, Environment

... granting summary judgment and finding the Environmental Assessment prepared for using the Incompatible Insect Technique (IIT) to control mosquito born avian malaria on east Maui ....

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Tuesday, February 6, 2024
Lahaina Fire: Maui PD After Action Report Full Text
By News Release @ 2:49 PM :: 1759 Views :: Maui County, Police

... the fires claimed 100 lives and destroyed dozens of homes upcountry and over 3,000 dwellings and units in Lahaina ....

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Sunday, February 4, 2024
Kauai: Tourism Industry Scores Another Big Win Over Agriculture
By News Release @ 12:45 PM :: 1669 Views :: Kauai County, Environment, Agriculture, Tourism

... To prevent tourists from seeing muddy water, West Kauai seed farms will be required to get federal NPIDES permits ....

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Sunday, February 4, 2024
Maui 'Renewable' Power Plant--Surprise, its Diesel!
By News Release @ 3:12 AM :: 1596 Views :: Maui County, Energy

... Biofuel power plant technology is identical to diesel.  When nobody is looking, the plant will switch to diesel, thus saving ratepayers a bundle.  Hawaiian Electric has already done this at least twice ....

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Saturday, February 3, 2024
HIDOE seeks feedback on revising student journalism policy
By News Release @ 2:24 AM :: 1387 Views :: Education K-12, First Amendment

... More than a year and a half after then-Gov. David Ige signed a new law providing more First Amendment protections for student journalists ....

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Saturday, February 3, 2024
DHS Expands Preschool Open Doors Program to Age 3
By News Release @ 2:11 AM :: 1240 Views :: Education K-12, Family

... DHS Expands Preschool Open Doors Program to Include Eligible 3-year-olds and Increases Income Eligibility Limits ....

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Saturday, February 3, 2024
DCCA Dumps Mis-Named 'Innovation Lab': Crypto Suddenly Deregulated
By News Release @ 1:20 AM :: 1284 Views :: Small Business

... The Aloha State had persistently earned a virtually worst-in-the-nation popularity for its unfriendliness towards digital currencies—second solely to New York, a state with a Bitlicense that Hawaii was trying to adapt ....

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Saturday, February 3, 2024
Alaska and Hawaii Delegations Seek Medicare Reimbursement Flexibility for Rural Hospitals
By News Release @ 12:50 AM :: 1265 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Health Care

... to increase the amount that hospitals in Alaska and Hawaii can be reimbursed by Medicare to perform outpatient procedures for enrolled seniors .... 

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Friday, February 2, 2024
Kalani HS Wins 2024 Hawaiʻi LifeSmarts State Competition
By News Release @ 11:59 PM :: 2717 Views :: Education K-12, Family, Economy

“...Hawaiʻi currently holds the national championship title...."

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Friday, February 2, 2024
Vietnam Veterans Memorial: Wall That Heals Coming to Maui
By News Release @ 12:52 AM :: 1337 Views :: Maui County, Military

... Over 250 volunteers are needed to support its 24-hour display ....

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Friday, February 2, 2024
HECO: Blackouts This Weekend Will be Longer than Usual Thanks to New Policy
By News Release @ 12:29 AM :: 1425 Views :: Energy

"Due to our enhanced wildfire safety protocols, outages in areas designated by the state as at-risk for wildfires may experience longer outages."

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Thursday, February 1, 2024
PUC Approves $95M Rate Hike for 5-year HECO grid resilience plan
By News Release @ 11:47 PM :: 1391 Views :: Maui County, Energy, Cost of Living

"... The estimated impact on a typical monthly bill for a residential customer using 500 kilowatt hours will be $0.17 on Oahu, $0.47 on Hawaii Island and $0.39 in Maui County ...."

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Thursday, February 1, 2024
HECO New Welcome Home Rate: $0.62 per kwh
By News Release @ 11:20 PM :: 1986 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

... Have a day job?  You are sooo screwed ....

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Wednesday, January 31, 2024
18 Years Later State Wins Dannenberg EUTF Suit
By News Release @ 2:38 PM :: 1504 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Labor

... contending that the EUTF had unconstitutionally diminished accrued retiree health benefits under Article XVI, Section 2 of the Hawai‘i Constitution ....

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Wednesday, January 31, 2024
Five Straight Months of Tourism Decline Since Lahaina Fire
By News Release @ 2:02 PM :: 1441 Views :: Maui County, Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... Since the August 2023 Maui wildfires, visitor arrivals have decreased in four out of the last five months while visitor spending recorded five straight months of decline compared to 2022 ....

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Wednesday, January 31, 2024
Murder of Ariel Sellers: Motion to Unseal Kalua Family Court Records
By News Release @ 3:15 AM :: 1941 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Judiciary

... Isabella is now declared dead, and the Kaluas are charged with her murder.  Under these extreme facts, the secrecy generally afforded to these types of cases should yield to openness ....

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Tuesday, January 30, 2024
House Democrats Introduce 2024 Legislative Package
By News Release @ 6:42 PM :: 1231 Views :: Democratic Party, Hawaii State Government

... Consisting of nine bills ....

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Tuesday, January 30, 2024
Eco-Lawyers to Sue Hawaiian Electric Because Birds Hit Power Lines?
By News Release @ 6:35 PM :: 1286 Views :: Maui County, Energy, Environment

... possible litigation challenging harm to imperiled Hawaiian seabirds caused by power lines and streetlights on Maui and Lāna‘i ....

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