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Thursday, February 8, 2024
UHERO: After Six Months of 'Relief' Lahaina Survivors Health Worsens
By UHERO @ 3:30 PM :: 1236 Views :: Maui County, Hawaii Statistics

... About half of Maui residents impacted by the August wildfires say their health is worse now compared to a year ago ....

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Thursday, February 8, 2024
House to Consider Three Bills to Reduce Cost of Living
By News Release @ 3:04 AM :: 1252 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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Thursday, February 8, 2024
Hawaii Supreme Court Rejects Major Second Amendment Rulings in New Gun-Carry Decision
By Selected News Articles @ 2:45 AM :: 1671 Views :: Second Amendment

“The history of the Hawaiian Islands does not include a society where armed people move about the community to possibly combat the deadly aims of others.” -- Supreme Court without laughing

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Wednesday, February 7, 2024
Kula Fire Recovery: "No one is coming to save you"
By Selected News Articles @ 4:47 PM :: 1430 Views :: Maui County, Development, Small Business

“For a long time, people looked to government like it was their job to take care of everything. But the best course of action is not to go through elected officials, it’s to stand up and do it."

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Wednesday, February 7, 2024
Blackouts cast doubt on renewable energy mandates
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:10 PM :: 1185 Views :: Energy, Environment

... Hawaiian Electric blamed reduced solar and wind power as a partial cause of the blackouts ....

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Wednesday, February 7, 2024
Star-Advertiser Profitable ... except
By Selected News Articles @ 2:23 PM :: 1185 Views :: First Amendment

... although the Hawaii operations were profitable, the potential purchase price was lower than Black Press had hoped ....

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Tuesday, February 6, 2024
A social tax policy I could agree with
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:13 PM :: 1142 Views :: Taxes

... It used to be that you could trust the Legislature to not raise taxes during an election year ....

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Tuesday, February 6, 2024
Hawaii Information Practices: Annual Report for 2023
By News Release @ 7:56 PM :: 1096 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 :: 1083 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 :: 1209 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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Tuesday, February 6, 2024
Family Court Secrets: Two Years After Ariel Sellers Murder, Kaluas Still Retain Parental Rights
By Selected News Articles @ 1:45 PM :: 1921 Views :: Family, Judiciary

... One of the surviving siblings was forced to spend more than a year in detained custody due the running objections of the imprisoned Kaluas asserting their parental rights through counsel .... 

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Tuesday, February 6, 2024
Hawaii Family Forum Legislative Week in Review
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 1:33 AM :: 1187 Views :: Education K-12, Family, First Amendment, Health Care, Religion

... HB1780 Eliminating Good Friday? ....

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Monday, February 5, 2024
Court: HMSA Physician Contracts “oppressive, unconscionable, and unenforceable”
By Andrew Walden @ 7:48 PM :: 2829 Views :: Health Care, Small Business

... In a February 2, 2024 Order, 3rd Circuit Judge Robert D S Kim has voided HMSA, HMSA Medicare, and Quest ‘Participating Physician Agreements’ ....

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Sunday, February 4, 2024
Long Lines Suppress Republican Votes on Election Day:  City Clerk Plans to do it Again in 2024
By Andrew Walden @ 5:34 PM :: 2607 Views :: Office of Elections, Republican Party

... in 2022 Hawaii Republican walk-in voters outnumbered Democrats 2-1 ....

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Sunday, February 4, 2024
Danger: 200 tax bills being considered by Legislature
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:59 PM :: 1412 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes

"... they’re not providing a very efficient source of revenue ...."

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Sunday, February 4, 2024
Hawaii: Never a shortage of costly and grandiose project proposals
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:48 PM :: 1495 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 :: 1149 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 :: 1092 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 :: 1222 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 :: 1197 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 :: 927 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 :: 1239 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 :: 1059 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 :: 916 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 :: 1073 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 :: 988 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 :: 2147 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 :: 1025 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 :: 1154 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 :: 1017 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 :: 1576 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 :: 1172 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 :: 1007 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 :: 1160 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 :: 1109 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 :: 1447 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 :: 946 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 :: 964 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 :: 1367 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 :: 1214 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 :: 1219 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 :: 1312 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 :: 1087 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 :: 1017 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 :: 1196 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 :: 971 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 :: 1043 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 :: 1600 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 :: 1195 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 :: 1105 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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