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Wednesday, September 6, 2023
Next Tech Fail: State Signs Giant Procurement Revamp Contract
By News Release @ 4:54 PM :: 1507 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... Hawaii signs a multi-year agreement to use mdf commerce's advanced procurement technology suite to digitize and streamline its end-to-end procurement process ....

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Wednesday, September 6, 2023
Lawyers: "Bishop Estate Caused Lahaina Fire"
By News Release @ 2:45 PM :: 3131 Views :: Maui County, Land Use

... landowners knew how dangerous it was to have that huge volume of dry grass next to subdivisions, and could have saved hundreds of lives at cost of less than $1,000 per acre to cut the brush ....

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Wednesday, September 6, 2023
Lahaina: Former Rentals available to replace burned cars
By News Release @ 3:07 AM :: 1681 Views :: Maui County, Tourism

... If you have comprehensive coverage (also known as “other than collision”) on your automobile insurance policy, submit a claim ....

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Wednesday, September 6, 2023
Lahaina: Insurance Companies to Pay Out to Coverage Limits?
By News Release @ 2:49 AM :: 1669 Views :: Maui County

... Maui Attorney Lance D. Collins has formally requested that Hawai'i Insurance Commissioner Gordon Ito call upon property insurance companies to pay out 100% of coverage limits ....

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Tuesday, September 5, 2023
Economic growth is our only way out
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:17 PM :: 1756 Views :: Maui County, Economy, Taxes

... we cannot afford to further burden our economy with our usual high-tax and high-spending habits ....

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Tuesday, September 5, 2023
CNHA Buys Another Apartment Building--No New Affordable Units Created
By News Release @ 4:28 AM :: 1973 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, COVID-19

... “Our goal is to build equity and acquire more properties"  ....

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Monday, September 4, 2023
Lahaina: Those who Labor are Heavy Laden
By News Release @ 11:59 PM :: 1469 Views :: Maui County, Labor

... deploying with the Red Cross from Big Island to Maui to serve displaced residents ....

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Monday, September 4, 2023
DBEDT: Visitor Recovery continues Thru July
By News Release @ 8:17 PM :: 1439 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... 932,713 visitors arrived in the Hawaiian Islands in July 2023, an increase of 1.5 percent from July 2022 ....

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Sunday, September 3, 2023
Hawaii's economic future depends on what our children learn today
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:08 PM :: 1606 Views :: Education K-12, Economy

... best-selling author Connor Boyack will explain why the next generation is critical to ensuring justice and prosperity ....

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Sunday, September 3, 2023
Tax Deadlines on Maui
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1597 Views :: Maui County, Taxes

... On August 18, 2023, the Internal Revenue Service announced “expansive tax relief” for Hawaii wildfire victims ....

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Sunday, September 3, 2023
Steps we could take to help Lahaina rebuild more quickly
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:14 AM :: 1722 Views :: Maui County, Development, Small Business

... licensure laws that constrain the supply of skilled trades workers, building codes that complicate and disincentivize adding accessory dwelling units, and laws prohibiting prefabricated homes ....

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Sunday, September 3, 2023
Another Big Pay Hike for DoE Employees
By News Release @ 2:22 AM :: 1863 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

... increase pay for educational assistants and vice principals in Hawai‘i public schools ....

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Sunday, September 3, 2023
Green Gives Another $50M Subsidy for Solar Industry
By News Release @ 2:12 AM :: 1649 Views :: Energy

... the Hawaiʻi Green Infrastructure Authority (HGIA) has been appropriated $50 million for Solar PV+Battery financing in the 2023-2024 fiscal year ....

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Sunday, September 3, 2023
Maui Crisis: A Time to Help!
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:02 AM :: 1438 Views :: Maui County, OHA

... “Nani ka noho mehameha ʻana o ke kūlanakauhale i piha i kanaka! Ua like hoʻi me ka wahine kāne make!” How lonely sits the city that was once full of people! (Lam. 1:1) ....

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Saturday, September 2, 2023
Lawsuit: Libertarians Ask Federal Court to ‘Disband Hawaii Republican Party’
By Andrew Walden @ 10:42 PM :: 3606 Views :: Office of Elections, Republican Party

... If Republicans were stripped of ballot access, the Libertarians would be the only alternative to the Democratic Party ....

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Saturday, September 2, 2023
Speaker of House in Hawaii to witness damage caused by wildfires
By Selected News Articles @ 3:41 PM :: 1406 Views :: Maui County, Congressional Delegation

... "It's clear we need answers into how this tragic fire occurred and what could have been done to prevent it from happening." ....

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Friday, September 1, 2023
Suit: Hawaii governor overreaches with housing crisis proclamation
By Court House News @ 1:59 PM :: 1914 Views :: Ethics, Development, Land Use

... Native Hawaiian interest groups and environmental organizations joined the American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii and the Sierra Club on Thursday ....

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Friday, September 1, 2023
UHERO: Maui wildfire impacts and recovery challenges
By UHERO @ 4:28 AM :: 1401 Views :: Maui County

... displaced families are now searching for housing in one of the nation’s most expensive markets ....

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Friday, September 1, 2023
UL Lab to Conduct Lahaina Investigation
By News Release @ 4:13 AM :: 1507 Views :: Maui County, Ethics

... "to assess the policies and performance of state and county agencies" -- not MECO ....

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Friday, September 1, 2023
VIDEO: Where was Bissen while Lahaina Burned?
By Video @ 3:55 AM :: 3162 Views :: Maui County

" I had been present in our Emergency Operating Center since Aug. 7 "

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Thursday, August 31, 2023
‘We Are Dealing With Global Warming’: Hawaii Gov Once Again Blames Deadly Wildfire On Climate Change
By Video @ 11:08 PM :: 1505 Views :: Maui County, Environment

... The West Maui Land Company accused M. Kaleo Manuel, an official with the Hawaii DLNR, of delaying a response to a request to use water to refill reservoirs used by the Maui Fire Department to fight the wildfire ....

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Thursday, August 31, 2023
Lahaina Banyan Tree: Signs of Life Three Weeks After Fire
By News Release @ 6:30 PM :: 1217 Views :: Maui County

" ... A lot of new roots shooting off .... "

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Thursday, August 31, 2023
US House Committee opens investigation into Hawaiian Electric
By News Release @ 4:14 PM :: 1720 Views :: Maui County, Energy, Ethics

"... Has the Hawai’i State Energy Office been involved? ...."

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Thursday, August 31, 2023
City Code Update: Increase cost of construction to subsidize electric cars, solar industry
By News Release @ 3:12 PM :: 1690 Views :: Honolulu County, Development

... is housing an emergency or not? ....

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Thursday, August 31, 2023
Governor's Task Force: Mollies and Shrooms next to be legalized
By News Release @ 2:24 PM :: 988 Views :: Drugs

...Although psychedelic plants (drugs) have been used in indigenous cultures (given to hot chicks in nightclubs) for thousands of years, modern science (politics) is now catching up....

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Thursday, August 31, 2023
Removal of Caltech Telescope from Maunakea is underway
By News Release @ 3:39 AM :: 1631 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

... before and after photos ....

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Thursday, August 31, 2023
While Fighting Against Female Lockerrooms in Hawaii Schools, Hawaii AG Files Brief for Title IX Trannies
By News Release @ 3:02 AM :: 1617 Views :: Education K-12

... LGTBQ+ students have been filing legal challenges to the religious exemption ....

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Wednesday, August 30, 2023
Sen Keith-Agaran Resigns--Chased out by Ethics Investigation?
By News Release @ 8:59 PM :: 2856 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Hawaii State Government

“... I was appointed to this position, I didn’t run for it initially so I’m not wedded to staying in the Legislature ....”

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Wednesday, August 30, 2023
Biden Nominates Federal Judges for Hawaii, CNMI
By News Release @ 5:36 PM :: 1584 Views :: Judiciary

... Micah W. J. Smith has served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Hawaii since 2018 ....

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Wednesday, August 30, 2023
U.S. EPA begins hazardous material removal work in Lahaina
By News Release @ 3:04 PM :: 1503 Views :: Maui County, Environment

... Bissen has said that after the EPA removes hazardous materials, he will allow residents to go back to their properties to collect personal items ....

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Tuesday, August 29, 2023
Maui Court Issues ‘Writ of Quo Warranto’ vs Green’s July 17 Housing Proclamation
By News Release @ 7:36 PM :: 2560 Views :: Ethics, Development, Land Use

... "The proclamation usurps all government power into the hands of one unelected former lobbyist" said Petitioner Tom Coffman ....

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Tuesday, August 29, 2023
‘Immediately Caught On’: Hawaii State Rep Slams Developers For Sweeping In ‘Like Vultures’ To Buy Land
By Video @ 7:10 PM :: 2173 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Development

... The proclamation gave developers ways around regulations ....

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Tuesday, August 29, 2023
Maui fire update: House Oversight to launch inquiry into Biden handling of situation
By Selected News Articles @ 6:48 PM :: 1402 Views :: Maui County, Congressional Delegation

... waste, fraud, and abuse of taxpayer dollars ....

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Tuesday, August 29, 2023
Hawaii’s internet future depends on existing Jones Act exemption
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:00 PM :: 1666 Views :: Jones Act

... there are no Jones Act-qualified cable-installation ships ....

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Monday, August 28, 2023
Some Lahaina fire survivors ‘still didn’t believe that it happened’
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:47 PM :: 1473 Views :: Maui County

... shock and denial ....

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Monday, August 28, 2023
‘There’s going to be a lot blame in the next few years’
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:25 PM :: 1441 Views :: Maui County

... Anger lasts the longest ....

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Monday, August 28, 2023
Income tax reform would make Hawaii more affordable
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:04 PM :: 1663 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes, Cost of Living

... a family of four earning Hawaii’s median income of $88,005 a year would have a state income tax bill of $5,086. At that income level, only Oregon families face a higher tax burden ....

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Monday, August 28, 2023
VIDEO: Stirring the Digestible Pot on ‘Augie T’s Guest List’
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:31 PM :: 1768 Views :: First Amendment

... conciseness and creativity ....

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Monday, August 28, 2023
Flashback: How Andaya was selected Maui Emergency Chief
By News Release @ 8:58 PM :: 2671 Views :: Maui County, Ethics

... a selection committee comprised of the Maui PD Chief Faaumu, Maui FD Chief Murray, Elton Ushio, Admin of the Kauaʻi Emergency Management Agency and Vern Miyagi, Admin of the Hawaiʻi State Emergency Management Agency ....

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Monday, August 28, 2023
Fact Check: Joe Biden Embellishes Fire Story in Recent Remarks in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 5:50 PM :: 1592 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Politicians

... The fire was insignificant, contained to the kitchen and under control within 20 minutes, according to the local fire department ....

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Monday, August 28, 2023
FEMA Holds Employee Trainings on ‘White Supremacy’ As More Than 1,000 in Hawaii Remain Missing
By Selected News Articles @ 5:36 PM :: 2223 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, First Amendment

... FEMA's "resilience" division was advised of a requirement to complete one of three three-hour diversity training modules between Aug. 1 and Sept. 28 ....

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Monday, August 28, 2023
Blame Game: HECO Pushes Back Against Maui County Lawsuit
By News Release @ 5:03 AM :: 1848 Views :: Maui County, Energy

"At about 3 p.m., a time when all of Hawaiian Electric's power lines in West Maui had been de-energized for more than six hours, a second fire (the "Afternoon Fire") began in the same area."

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Sunday, August 27, 2023
Lahaina Scammers
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1833 Views :: Maui County, Ethics

... there is a darker side ....

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Saturday, August 26, 2023
HHC, COR: Green appoints new members
By News Release @ 11:29 PM :: 3710 Views :: DHHL, Hawaii State Government

... Governor Josh Green, M.D., has announced several appointees to state boards and commissions ....

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Saturday, August 26, 2023
Hawaii healthcare takes more hits
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 9:11 PM :: 1669 Views :: Maui County, Health Care

... among the heartbreaking losses earlier this month in fire-ravaged Lahaina were three healthcare clinics that served approximately 30,000 patients ....

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Saturday, August 26, 2023
Darryl Oliveira hired as interim director of Maui Emergency Management Agency
By News Release @ 1:29 PM :: 1445 Views :: Maui County

... Oliveira directly oversaw Hawaii County’s mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery efforts for diverse emergency and disaster events, including tropical storms and the 2014 Pahoa lava flow ....

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Saturday, August 26, 2023
Last Shelter Closed: Lahaina Survivors in Hotels
By News Release @ 4:07 AM :: 1665 Views :: Maui County, Tourism

... more than a dozen hotels and timeshare properties are currently housing more than 4,400 shelter survivors and hotel employee survivors, while some 900 people are booked in Airbnb units ....

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Saturday, August 26, 2023
DoH, Kapiolani Hospital Ink Abortion Pill Deal
By News Release @ 3:59 AM :: 1520 Views :: Health Care, Life

... KMCWC will purchase a year’s supply of mifepristone (1,000 doses), and DOH will reimburse KMCWC for any unused doses ....

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Saturday, August 26, 2023
‘Sorry … Mr. President’: Hawaiian Business Torches Biden’s Wildfire Response With Viral Marquis Message
By Selected News Articles @ 3:21 AM :: 1941 Views :: Maui County, Politicians

... “Genuine sympathy is better than contrived empathy,” the business wrote in the post of the photo of the sign. “It’s not always about you Mr. President.” ....

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Saturday, August 26, 2023
Hundreds of Military Personnel Helping in Lahaina Fire Zone
By Selected News Articles @ 3:07 AM :: 1746 Views :: Maui County, Military

... there are National Guard, Reserve and active duty personnel who make up the task force. Also included in the task force are Army civilian personnel from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency ....

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