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Friday, August 4, 2023
Mixed feelings characterize reaction to housing proclamation
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:39 AM :: 1677 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... “It really does is just put pressure on the Legislature and say, ‘Are you going to act?'"....

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Thursday, August 3, 2023
Steve Forbes says the Jones Act should be sunk
By Michael Hansen @ 10:37 PM :: 2404 Views :: Jones Act

... the law has ended up hurting our national security by severely harming American shipbuilding, making us more dependent on imported energy, damaging our ports and waterways and inflicting unnecessary pain on victims of natural disasters ....

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Thursday, August 3, 2023
Chief Justice Appoints Three Oahu District Court Judges
By News Release @ 10:21 PM :: 2663 Views :: Honolulu County, Judiciary

... Recktenwald today appointed three individuals to fill judicial positions in the District Court of the First Circuit ....

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Thursday, August 3, 2023
​Maui Leads Statewide Push for counties to increase their TAT surcharges
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:15 PM :: 2488 Views :: Maui County, Taxes, Tourism

... approving for inclusion in the 2024 Hawaii State Association of Counties legislative package a state bill relating to the county transient accommodations tax ....

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Thursday, August 3, 2023
All Hawaii Firearms training affidavits void January 1, 2024
By News Release @ 3:00 PM :: 5069 Views :: Second Amendment

... If you have ever taken a handgun class in Hawaii required to purchase a firearm.  Starting January 1st, 2024, you will need to take that class again ....

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Thursday, August 3, 2023
Hawaii Highest Monthly Expenses in USA
By News Release @ 2:45 PM :: 2642 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Hawaii residents spend $3,070 each month on the ten most common household bills, which is +50% above the national average ....

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Thursday, August 3, 2023
Hawaii 2nd Lowest Student Debt
By Wallet Hub @ 1:51 PM :: 2376 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Higher Education

... 2023's States with the Most and Least Student Debt ....

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Thursday, August 3, 2023
Queens Hospital Bum Flop Stays Full
By News Release @ 1:38 PM :: 2523 Views :: Health Care, Homelessness

... 15 patients come off the homeless merry go round for a while ....

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Wednesday, August 2, 2023
Ninth Circuit limits remote abortion access on Guam
By Court House News @ 3:08 PM :: 2239 Views :: Life

... The Ninth Circuit ruled that Hawaii doctors may no longer provide the abortion pill to their patients in Guam through telemedicine ....

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Wednesday, August 2, 2023
Secret Abortions for Underage Girls: Hawaii AG Challenges Idaho's Abortion Travel Law
By Selected News Articles @ 2:55 PM :: 2665 Views :: Family, Life

... Idaho’s law that makes it illegal to either obtain abortion pills for a minor or to help them leave the state for an abortion without their parents' knowledge and consent ....

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Wednesday, August 2, 2023
Housing Emergency Includes Consumer Product Price Controls
By News Release @ 4:32 AM :: 2393 Views :: Cost of Living

... state law prohibits them from increasing prices on basic goods during Governor Green's State of Emergency ....

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Tuesday, August 1, 2023
Healthcare Crisis on the Island of Molokaʻi
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:00 PM :: 2420 Views :: Maui County, Health Care

... Imagine an island with no doctors permanently living there, where patients must travel by air to access specialized medical care ....

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Tuesday, August 1, 2023
Hawaii's North Korean Stooges Step Into the Light
By Selected News Articles @ 5:00 AM :: 2709 Views :: World News

... individuals who have for years been communicating and collaborating with intelligence agents of North Korea's United Front Department stationed at the North's Mission to the United Nations ....

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Tuesday, August 1, 2023
​Running the rail is costing even more than originally estimated
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:42 AM :: 2707 Views :: Rail

... Ridership on the half-completed rail has been steadily falling, causing the per-passenger taxpayer subsidy to go even higher ....

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Tuesday, August 1, 2023
Are Hawaii's legal Gun Owners a Threat to Democracy?  An illegal paramilitary group?  Politically violent?  Lawyers representing the State seem to think so.
By Selected News Articles @ 4:31 AM :: 2860 Views :: Second Amendment

... The State Attorney General's office has sought the assistance of lawyers from the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy & Protection at Georgetown University Law Center ....

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Tuesday, August 1, 2023
1853 Hawaiian Mission to Marquesan Cannibals
By Selected News Articles @ 12:01 AM :: 18664 Views :: Hawaii History, Religion

At the Marquesas Islands, Herman Melville and his friend jumped ship....

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Sunday, July 30, 2023
Housing Emergency Designed to Fail
By Andrew Walden @ 11:29 PM :: 4252 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 :: 2526 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 :: 2695 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 :: 2301 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 :: 2300 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 :: 3799 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 :: 3600 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 :: 2187 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 :: 2180 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 :: 3052 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 :: 2217 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 :: 2805 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 :: 3550 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 :: 2399 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 :: 2293 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 :: 2467 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 :: 2245 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 :: 2399 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 :: 2470 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 :: 2255 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 :: 2554 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 :: 2014 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 :: 2242 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 :: 1891 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 :: 1948 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 :: 1886 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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