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Sunday, May 19, 2024
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted May 18, 2024
By GovTrack .us @ 7:28 PM :: 182 Views :: Congressional Delegation

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

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Sunday, May 19, 2024
Secret Administrative Directives, Part 1
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 342 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment, Taxes

... DoTax claims Administrative Directives are for “Internal Use” and are not to be disclosed to the public ....

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Saturday, May 18, 2024
The Office of Hawaiian Affairs is a slush fund—Where is the money going?
By Andrew Walden @ 9:54 PM :: 1582 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... Ironically, OHA is repeating the error of Hawaiian Kingdom royals who exploited their own people and relied on an alliance with businessmen ....

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Saturday, May 18, 2024
Plan to ban thousands of TVRs on Maui has rocky road ahead
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:16 PM :: 528 Views :: Maui County, Land Use, Tourism

... The plan will have its first hearing on June 25 before the Maui Planning Commission ....

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Saturday, May 18, 2024
Honolulu cuts budget by $40M; Grassroot says ‘keep going’
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:08 PM :: 259 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes

... Most of the targeted savings would come from the operating budget of the city’s Department of Information Technology ....

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Saturday, May 18, 2024
National recruitment for next UH president to begin in late May
By News Release @ 2:16 AM :: 333 Views :: Higher Education

... CLUE: Dobelle and Greenwood are both still alive ....

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Saturday, May 18, 2024
Defend Hawaii: Miske Lawyer Celebrates Kaneshiro Corruption Victory, Tells Feds to Pack Up and Leave
By Court House News @ 2:06 AM :: 2300 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Judiciary, Law Enforcement

... The quirky panel of 14 jurors had been coordinating outfits by color most days throughout the duration of trial ....

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Friday, May 17, 2024
296 Candidates Pull Papers Statewide
By News Release @ 10:59 PM :: 16549 Views :: Office of Elections

... Candidate filing begins on February 1, 2024, and goes through June 4, 2024 ....

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Friday, May 17, 2024
The Dire Cost of Disinformation
By Joni Kamiya @ 6:58 PM :: 400 Views :: Environment, Agriculture, GMOs

... the very first coconut rhinoceros beetle was detected here in Hawaii 11 years ago ....

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Friday, May 17, 2024
Guam Congressional candidates united for Jones Act reform
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:52 PM :: 369 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Jones Act

"What would you do to rescind or revise the Jones Act?”

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Friday, May 17, 2024
Oahu Man Sentenced To Federal Prison For Fraudulent Check Scheme
By News Release @ 6:00 PM :: 309 Views :: Law Enforcement

... Judge Helen Gillmor sentenced Phong Duy Le, 49, of Honolulu, Hawaii to 29 months in federal prison ....

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Friday, May 17, 2024
Tupola Proposal Lowest TVR Property Taxes for 2025
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:16 AM :: 441 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes

... Resolution 24-61 would set the property tax rates for fiscal year 2025 ....

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Friday, May 17, 2024
Census: Hawaii cities shrinking as state population decreases
By Selected News Articles @ 3:30 AM :: 458 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

... Hawaii has lost over 41,000 people to domestic migration since 2020, according to the U.S. Census Bureau ....

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Thursday, May 16, 2024
Tax cut great. Now let’s cut regulations.
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:31 PM :: 376 Views :: Taxes, Cost of Living

... there is still plenty of work to be done to reduce the cost of living in Hawaii ....

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Thursday, May 16, 2024
Akina lauds Legislature’s Lahaina-response spending
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:08 PM :: 365 Views :: Maui County, Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... legislators earmark $1 billion to cover costs such as emergency housing and rental assistance ....

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Thursday, May 16, 2024
Influential high school administrator in Hawaii shrugs as boy competes in girls' track and field state championships
By Selected News Articles @ 8:22 PM :: 858 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics

... 'several' of the girls' relay teams at Kea'au High School had two males on them ....

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Thursday, May 16, 2024
40% of Lahaina Burn Zone Survivors Face Difficulty Accessing Medical Care
By UHERO @ 2:54 PM :: 421 Views :: Maui County, Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

... More than four in ten people reported difficulties accessing medical care and medications, compared to about one in ten before the fires ....

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Thursday, May 16, 2024
Lahaina Burn Zone Sewer Service Partially Restored
By News Release @ 2:37 PM :: 414 Views :: Maui County, Development

... type your address in the search bar on the County of Maui Sewer Service Status interactive map ....

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Thursday, May 16, 2024
Feds Designate 2,000,000 Acres of Hawaii as 'Sentinel Landscapes'
By Ed Case @ 2:02 AM :: 517 Views :: Environment, Congressional Delegation, Land Use, Military

... The program creates partnerships between federal agencies, state and local governments, private landowners, land managers and non-profits to preserve sensitive lands and resources near military bases ....

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Thursday, May 16, 2024
Curt Otaguro Named new Boss of Airports Division
By News Release @ 1:45 AM :: 588 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... In his previous roles as State Comptroller and Deputy Superintendent of Operations for the Department of Education, Otaguro managed facilities on a large scale as well as complex Capital Improvement Projects ....

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Wednesday, May 15, 2024
How DHS Policy Change Drives Homeless Count UP, UP, UP
By News Release @ 7:15 PM :: 544 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Homelessness

... Effective Feb 1, 2017, the Hawaii DHS mandated more square footage per shelter bed, thus reducing the profitibility of homeless shelters and reducing the number of beds available.  The obvious result of this policy change is before us ....

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Wednesday, May 15, 2024
Honolulu Highest Inflation in USA
By Wallet Hub @ 5:44 PM :: 533 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... WalletHub compared 23 major MSAs (Metropolitan Statistical Areas) ....

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Wednesday, May 15, 2024
Hawaii Supreme Court says goodbye to federalism
By Selected News Articles @ 5:12 PM :: 701 Views :: Environment, Judiciary

... The litigation model adopted by Hawaii, characterized by suing oil companies under broad claims about their contributions to climate change, demands a national spotlight for its potential to disrupt the constitutional equilibrium between state innovation and federal authority ....

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Wednesday, May 15, 2024
Environmentalists hit snag in Navy fuel contamination case  
By Court House News @ 5:05 PM :: 451 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Military

... may have to wait until ongoing defueling is completed ....

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Wednesday, May 15, 2024
Closing arguments begin in high-profile Hawaii bribery trial
By Court House News @ 2:40 PM :: 486 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Law Enforcement

... trial of former Honolulu prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro, businessman Dennis Mitsunaga and co-defendants facing accusations of conspiracy to commit fraud and bribery ....

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Tuesday, May 14, 2024
Green Signs HB2342: Legalizes 'open carry' of everything except guns
By Selected News Articles @ 11:00 PM :: 2339 Views :: Second Amendment

... This bill legalizes the open carry of all non-firearm weapons, including butterfly knives, switchblades, brass knuckles, swords, and spears ....

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Tuesday, May 14, 2024
Blasting and drilling to begin soon at the Kilohana temporary housing site
By News Release @ 5:24 PM :: 366 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Development

... The USACE lead contractor on the project, Aktarius, LLC dba Dawson AKT ....

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Tuesday, May 14, 2024
Hawaii Supreme Court Justice Eddins: “Horrors and Treachery” Coming From SCOTUS
By Selected News Articles @ 2:55 PM :: 808 Views :: Judiciary

... It appears that the US Supreme Court’s upcoming ruling in Trump v. United States will stop lower courts from jailing Trump for his porn-star hush money deals ....

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Tuesday, May 14, 2024
Final witness testifies as former prosecutor’s corruption trial draws to a close in Hawaii
By Court House News @ 2:22 PM :: 542 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Law Enforcement

... Prosecutors say businessman Dennis Mitsunaga used hefty campaign contributions to exert influence over Hawaii's political landscape ....

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Tuesday, May 14, 2024
SB930 Signed into Law: New Rental Application Fee Rules
By News Release @ 4:45 AM :: 366 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

... the law prohibits a landlord from charging an applicant for a residential dwelling unit, a tenant screening fee that is more than the actual cost to obtain information ....

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Monday, May 13, 2024
Landmark Victory for Second Amendment Rights in Honolulu
By News Release @ 9:52 PM :: 841 Views :: Second Amendment

... All applications for concealed weapon licenses submitted before February 29, 2024, be processed within 60 days ....

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Monday, May 13, 2024
Feds Sentence Another Hawaii Fraudster
By News Release @ 9:21 PM :: 646 Views :: Law Enforcement

... DeLeon, a former Big Island resident, is required to pay $1,246,850 in restitution to the victims ....

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Monday, May 13, 2024
Black Sand, Kobayashi First to benefit from DEP 'Affordable Housing' Scheme
By News Release @ 9:07 PM :: 646 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Development

... involves sharing a percentage of net appreciation with HHFDC ....

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Monday, May 13, 2024
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted May 11, 2024
By GovTrack .us @ 4:41 AM :: 438 Views :: Congressional Delegation

... Bills introduced and votes cast in Congress ....

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Sunday, May 12, 2024
The Green Affordability Plan Passes
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 581 Views :: Taxes

... a significant tax reform which has been long overdue ....

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Sunday, May 12, 2024
Lahaina Lesson? "Prepare for quick evacuation"
By News Release @ 2:46 AM :: 801 Views :: Maui County, Hawaii State Government

..."Practices are improved from lessons learned in previous disasters"....

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Sunday, May 12, 2024
“Who protects Hawaiʻi from invasive species? You do.”
By News Release @ 2:39 AM :: 608 Views :: Environment, Agriculture

... HDOA has opened two requests for proposals (RFP) – one for community-based management of coconut rhinoceros beetles (CRB) on O‘ahu and another to support green waste management ....

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Sunday, May 12, 2024
14 Years Later: Honouliuli WWTP portion of Consent Decree completed
By News Release @ 2:27 AM :: 599 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment

... the second major milestone within the 2010 Consent Decree – the full secondary treatment upgrade of the Honouliuli Wastewater Treatment Plant  ....

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Saturday, May 11, 2024
Defeating Bad Bills Also a Form of Winning
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 9:31 PM :: 776 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Cost of Living

... helping to defeat many measures that would have harmed Hawaii’s economy and added to our already high cost of living ....

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Saturday, May 11, 2024
How Long $2 Million Will Last in Retirement in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 3:00 PM :: 1344 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... the average salary in the Aloha State is $61,420, or $23.35 an hour, putting it behind 16 other states whose average employees earn more ....

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Saturday, May 11, 2024
UHERO: 'Population slowing will reduce future growth'
By UHERO @ 2:58 AM :: 752 Views :: Maui County, Economy, Tourism

... Hawaii’s economy will grow at a slower pace than in past years ....

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Saturday, May 11, 2024
Hawaiian Electric completes West Maui transmission line work
By News Release @ 2:04 AM :: 590 Views :: Maui County, Energy

... A critical transmission line that serves as a back-up route of power to approximately 11,000 customers in West Maui is now online ....

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Friday, May 10, 2024
Teachers Union Organizing Social Justice Warriors
By News Release @ 4:00 PM :: 984 Views :: Education K-12, Family

"... launching and connecting student clubs such as Genders & Sexualities Alliance ...."

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Friday, May 10, 2024
Here’s How Much You Need To Budget for Groceries for Just a Week in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 3:00 PM :: 1169 Views :: Cost of Living

... groceries cost more in Hawaii than in any other state ....

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Friday, May 10, 2024
Who Needs Collective Bargaining? More Cash Payouts for Teachers
By News Release @ 3:00 PM :: 969 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

... About 500 teachers qualify for payments ranging from $2,500 to $8,000 in June ....

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Friday, May 10, 2024
Akina lauds legislative gains, but Hamada has reservations
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:35 AM :: 888 Views :: Taxes

... Akina said “the tax cuts are gonna be huge in terms of keeping money in the pockets of people starting next year” .... 

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Friday, May 10, 2024
Fairness one reason to expand GET break for medical services
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:29 AM :: 675 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

... nonprofit hospitals are exempt from the GET, but small physician practices and clinics are not ....

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Friday, May 10, 2024
After Nine Months of Toxic Lies, DoH Finally Admits: "We do not expect to find health impacts caused by toxins in the wildfire ash"
By News Release @ 3:42 AM :: 817 Views :: Maui County, Environment, Development, Tourism

... “Economic pressures will cause ‘toxic’ hysteria to be hyped up until locals sell out.  Then the hysteria will evaporate and be forgotten as Lahaina is rebuilt as Wailea v2 surrounding the ‘Venice of the Pacific’ water feature.”  -- HFP, Nov 2023 ....

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Wednesday, May 8, 2024
Property tax hikes wrong way to rebuild Lahaina
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:53 PM :: 927 Views :: Maui County, Taxes, Tourism

... rate would increase by 82% for B&Bs worth $3 million or more ....

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Wednesday, May 8, 2024
Pinata: 'Federal Funds Summit' set for July
By News Release @ 9:31 PM :: 774 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... to competitively pursue and secure the historic investments made possible through the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) and Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) ....

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