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Sunday, February 4, 2024
Hawaii: Never a shortage of costly and grandiose project proposals
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:48 PM :: 1696 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use

... how to facilitate homebuilding in Hawaii at no cost to taxpayers ....

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Sunday, February 4, 2024
Hawaii’s cost-of-living problem is an economic freedom problem
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:35 PM :: 1288 Views :: Cost of Living

“...We get used to the low level of economic freedom here in Hawaii, but we don’t realize that that’s the reason our children are leaving...."

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Sunday, February 4, 2024
Let’s Fulfill MLK’s Dream in Hawai‘i
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:19 PM :: 1271 Views :: Hawaii History, OHA

... On Sept. 17, 1959, King made a historic visit to Honolulu and addressed the first session of the Hawaiʻi State House of Representatives ....

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Sunday, February 4, 2024
Kauai: Tourism Industry Scores Another Big Win Over Agriculture
By News Release @ 12:45 PM :: 1471 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
What Were They Thinking?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1397 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... the process to separate the wheat from the proverbial chaff has begun ....

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Sunday, February 4, 2024
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted February 3, 2024
By GovTrack .us @ 3:29 AM :: 1065 Views :: Congressional Delegation

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

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Sunday, February 4, 2024
Maui 'Renewable' Power Plant--Surprise, its Diesel!
By News Release @ 3:12 AM :: 1438 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 :: 1272 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 :: 1100 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 :: 1212 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 :: 1172 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 :: 2471 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 :: 1205 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 :: 1323 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 :: 1230 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 :: 1811 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

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

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Thursday, February 1, 2024
Three Ways to Lower Hawaii's Cost of Living
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:18 PM :: 1450 Views :: Development, Jones Act, Taxes, Cost of Living

... reduce housing regulations, support reform of the federal Jones Act and cut taxes ....

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Thursday, February 1, 2024
Reduce Minimum Lot Size to Lower Housing Costs
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:06 PM :: 1228 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... the minimum lot size on Maui of 6,000 square feet incentivizes the construction of large homes rather than smaller, more affordable ones ....

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Wednesday, January 31, 2024
18 Years Later State Wins Dannenberg EUTF Suit
By News Release @ 2:38 PM :: 1372 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 :: 1311 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 :: 1717 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 :: 1132 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 :: 1153 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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Tuesday, January 30, 2024
FEMA to Build Hawaii's First Mobile Home Park
By News Release @ 4:08 AM :: 1609 Views :: Maui County, Development

"...Draft Environmental Assessment For Alternative Temporary Transportable Housing Unit Group Site Known as the Kaʻanapali Temporary Group Site...."

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Monday, January 29, 2024
Senate Sets Triple Hearing on Vacation Rental Bill
By News Release @ 9:06 PM :: 1500 Views :: Development, Small Business, Tourism

... Senate Bill 2919 establishes State Regulations for short-term vacation rentals, allows the counties to adopt zoning ordinances and regulations for the amortization or phasing out of certain land lands or structures, and applies the TAT to shelters and vehicles with, or advertised as including, sleeping accommodations ....

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Sunday, January 28, 2024
Not Much to Show for Governor's Emergency Housing Proclamations
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:54 PM :: 1397 Views :: Development, Land Use

... the proclamations have only been used once ....

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Sunday, January 28, 2024
Proposed STR regulations pose threat to Hawaii Island economy
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:39 PM :: 1529 Views :: Hawaii County , Economy, Small Business, Tourism

“...30% respondents reported that if there was not a home and vacation rental option during their recent stay in Hawaii, they would not have made the trip....”

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Sunday, January 28, 2024
DoTAX Grabs for Restaurants' COVID Relief Money
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:23 PM :: 1323 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, COVID-19

... restaurants hit with surprise tax bill applicable to the financial aid received under federal Restaurant Revitalization Fund .... 

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Sunday, January 28, 2024
Reasons to be optimistic about the 2024 Legislature
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:00 AM :: 1203 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... Will this be the year that we finally start to see positive big changes — or are we going to see more taxes, more spending, more regulations? ....

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Sunday, January 28, 2024
LLC Ownership Secrecy: Oh BOI, More Red Tape for All
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1419 Views :: Ethics, Small Business

... ultra-wealthy oligarchs, bad actors, and others are seeing us—the United States—as a haven where they can park money or assets in entities, like limited liability companies ....

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Sunday, January 28, 2024
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted January 27, 2024
By GovTrack .us @ 4:00 AM :: 1209 Views :: Congressional Delegation

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

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Sunday, January 28, 2024
House Introduces Maui Wildfire Bills
By News Release @ 3:40 AM :: 1195 Views :: Maui County

... Measures stem from proposals in the House Interim Working Groups Final Report ....

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Saturday, January 27, 2024
Audit Exposes Widespread Payroll Cheating at State Hospital
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 7:57 PM :: 1826 Views :: Ethics, Health Care, Labor

"...staff’s intentional attempts to inflate their pay...."

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Saturday, January 27, 2024
Transit: Its growth, decline, and pending demise
By Cliff Slater @ 7:47 PM :: 1337 Views :: Rail

... Cliff Slater’s Tour de Force ....

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Saturday, January 27, 2024
Yet Another Report on How to Improve Hawaii's Competitiveness
By News Release @ 4:59 PM :: 1297 Views :: Economy

... Over the years there have been many reports, plans, and efforts to improve Hawaii’s economy, with mixed success ....

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Friday, January 26, 2024
Hawaii Democrats to Investigate Kim Coco Iwamoto Anti-Vaxxerism?
By News Release @ 2:10 PM :: 2378 Views :: Democratic Party, Politicians

... today we called upon the Democratic Party of Hawai'i to investigate whether Kim Coco Iwamoto's positions on vaccines align with the party's values and duties ....

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Friday, January 26, 2024
Hawaii Bill Would Take Steps Against a Central Bank Digital Currency
By Selected News Articles @ 1:18 PM :: 1658 Views :: First Amendment, Hawaii State Government

“A person who chooses not to participate in a digital currency system shall not be subject to additional surveillance, monitoring, or scrutiny by any government entity."

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Friday, January 26, 2024
Hawaii 2nd Smallest Racial Wealth Gap
By Selected News Articles @ 5:01 AM :: 1311 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

... States with the Biggest and Smallest Wealth Gaps by Race/Ethnicity (2024) ....

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Friday, January 26, 2024
Lung Association: Hawai‘i Earns Mixed Grades for Tobacco Control Policies
By News Release @ 5:00 AM :: 1139 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

... American Lung Association “State of Tobacco Control” report releases Hawai‘i grades for tobacco control policies, outlines steps to reduce burden of tobacco ....

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Friday, January 26, 2024
Christian Club Sues Hawaii Department Of Education After Allegedly Being Barred From School Grounds
By Selected News Articles @ 2:08 AM :: 1860 Views :: Education K-12, First Amendment, Religion

... For nearly two years DoE has blocked elementary school Good News Clubs in facilities that are open to other, similarly situated non-religious organizations ....

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Thursday, January 25, 2024
'FBI' Chain Letter Scheme Entraps Hawaii Republicans and Libertarians
By Andrew Walden @ 6:02 AM :: 4618 Views :: Law Enforcement, Republican Party

... “I am an official informant” ....

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Wednesday, January 24, 2024
Video: Massive Waves Rip thru Kwajalein Base
By Video @ 6:45 PM :: 1410 Views :: Military

... Roi-Namur Island was struck by several substantial waves on Saturday night. It was NOT a tsunami. The powerful waves were driven by cyclonic surges in the open sea ....

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Wednesday, January 24, 2024
Sen Karl Rhoads Closing Barn Door after the Trump Escapes?
By Andrew Walden @ 6:16 PM :: 2129 Views :: First Amendment, Office of Elections, Republican Party

... SB2393 cannot keep Trump off the ballot: But it could have all kinds of unintended consequences in future elections ....

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Wednesday, January 24, 2024
Enviros: Honolulu is Primed for Carbon Pricing
By News Release @ 5:46 PM :: 1263 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Tax Credits, Taxes

... the Carbon Disclosure Project ....

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Wednesday, January 24, 2024
Court: Ethics Rules do Apply to OHA Trustees
By News Release @ 1:12 PM :: 1357 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... The Hawai‘i State Ethics Commission is pleased to announce a significant legal victory in Akana v. Hawai‘i State Ethics Commission ....

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Tuesday, January 23, 2024
Trial begins for Hawaii businessman accused of murder-for-hire, racketeering
By Selected News Articles @ 3:57 PM :: 1488 Views :: Ethics, Law Enforcement

“...The kid’s got to go....”

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Tuesday, January 23, 2024
Money Grab: OHA Sues to Abolish Mauna Kea Authority
By News Release @ 2:14 PM :: 1103 Views :: Higher Education, OHA

... this is all about the master lease negotiations ....

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Tuesday, January 23, 2024
Recovery? Maui County Greets New Year with GE Tax Increase
By News Release @ 1:33 PM :: 1277 Views :: Maui County, Taxes

... Maui County surcharge and GET is 4.5% as of Jan. 1, 2024 ....

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Tuesday, January 23, 2024
Hawaii Bill Would Legalize Raw Milk Sales
By News Release @ 1:23 PM :: 1203 Views :: Health Care, Small Business

... Passage into law would take an important step toward further rejecting a federal prohibition scheme in practice and effect ....

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Monday, January 22, 2024
VIDEO: State of the State Address 2024
By Video @ 4:56 PM :: 1184 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... Green addresses Legislature ....

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