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Wednesday, March 6, 2024
'My Vote is for Sale' -- How Biden Lost the American Samoa Democratic Caucus
By Selected News Articles @ 5:57 PM :: 1944 Views :: Democratic Party, Ethics

... "My Vote Is For Sale" ....

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Wednesday, March 6, 2024
Blangiardi announces dates for annual town hall meeting tour
By News Release @ 1:51 AM :: 1289 Views :: Honolulu County

... Beginning Thursday, March 21 ....

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Wednesday, March 6, 2024
HB2802: Write Gay Marriage into State Constitution
By News Release @ 1:44 AM :: 1363 Views :: Family

... HB2802 HD1 proposes a constitutional amendment to repeal the Legislature's authority to limit marriage to opposite-sex couples ....

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Tuesday, March 5, 2024
Your cost of living just went up
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:31 AM :: 1645 Views :: Maui County, Labor, Cost of Living

... a new “administrative directive” that requires all state construction projects worth more than $1.5 million to be performed under so-called project labor agreements ....

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Tuesday, March 5, 2024
Case: COFA Renewal on Verge of Approval
By Ed Case @ 12:01 AM :: 2309 Views :: World News, Congressional Delegation

... “Congress must approve the recently renegotiated Compacts of Free Association as soon as possible,” said Case ....

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Monday, March 4, 2024
Short-term Rental Crackdown: State, County Bills Threaten Residents
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:58 PM :: 1552 Views :: Maui County, Small Business, Tourism

... to phase out short-term rentals and impose higher taxes on them ....

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Monday, March 4, 2024
No Money for Mauna Kea? Science Foundation Funds only one Giant Telescope
By News Release @ 5:39 PM :: 1696 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

... NSF discuss with the Board during the May 2024 meeting its plan to select which of the two candidate telescopes the Agency plans to continue to support ....

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Monday, March 4, 2024
UHERO: Regulations Double Cost of New Condos in Hawaii
By UHERO @ 4:22 PM :: 2709 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... regulatory costs $387,000 per unit ....

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Monday, March 4, 2024
Unanimous Supreme Court: Trump Stays on Ballot
By Court House News @ 3:12 PM :: 1360 Views :: Office of Elections, Republican Party

... “Because the Constitution makes Congress, rather than the States, responsible for enforcing Section 3 against federal officeholders and candidates, we reverse,” the court wrote in a per curiam opinion ....

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Monday, March 4, 2024
Change in Law Makes 8% of 'Renewables' Disappear
By News Release @ 2:22 PM :: 1378 Views :: Energy

... Figures don't lie, but liars figure ....

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Monday, March 4, 2024
Rate Hikes Coming: Hawaiian Electric Tinkers with Solar Subsidies
By News Release @ 1:57 PM :: 1493 Views :: Energy

... The new programs, originally scheduled to launch March 1, will now be available to customers starting April 1 ....

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Monday, March 4, 2024
Rate Hike News: Comments Sought on next round of renewable energy procurements
By News Release @ 1:31 PM :: 1302 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

... clean energy procurements aimed at stabilizing rates and advancing energy equity ....

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Monday, March 4, 2024
State Hospital pretends to make changes in wake of slaying of staffer
By News Release @ 12:59 PM :: 1341 Views :: Health Care, Law Enforcement

... DOH conducted a full safety and security review of the State Operated Specialized Residential Program (SOSRP) and Hawai‘i State Hospital (HSH) facilities ....

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Sunday, March 3, 2024
The Hawaii Republican Presidential Caucus is shrinking again
By Andrew Walden @ 9:49 PM :: 2483 Views :: Republican Party

... Republicans cancel four Oahu caucus locations due to their inability to find anybody to staff them ....

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Sunday, March 3, 2024
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted March 2, 2024
By GovTrack .us @ 6:53 PM :: 1308 Views :: Congressional Delegation

... votes cast and bills introduced to Congress ....

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Sunday, March 3, 2024
Amended Return Equals Guilty Plea
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1617 Views :: Ethics, Taxes

... Here’s how the strategy works ....

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Saturday, March 2, 2024
Lawsuit Against Honolulu City and County for Infringing on Concealed Carry Rights
By News Release @ 9:11 PM :: 1492 Views :: Second Amendment

... Honolulu's procedures for issuing CCW permits unduly delay and obstruct law-abiding citizens' ability to obtain them ....

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Saturday, March 2, 2024
Lahaina aid should be about quality, not quantity
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:46 PM :: 1488 Views :: Maui County, Ethics

... “There’s not been a lot of transparency” regarding how wildfire relief funds are being spent ....

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Saturday, March 2, 2024
Short-term rental owners stand firm for their rights
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:35 PM :: 2008 Views :: Hawaii County , Small Business, Tourism

... Short-term rental owners in Hawaii could hardly find a better spokesperson for their cause ....

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Saturday, March 2, 2024
There is Room on Mauna Kea for Both Culture and Science
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:11 PM :: 1606 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

... what we need is “the collective will to share the Mauna” ....

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Saturday, March 2, 2024
Blangiardi submits FY2025 budget proposals to Honolulu City Council
By News Release @ 1:21 AM :: 1345 Views :: Honolulu County

... proposed $3.63 billion Operating and $919 million Capital Improvement Program (CIP) budgets for the 2025 fiscal year ....

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Friday, March 1, 2024
City Council adopts Climate Ready Oʻahu, the City’s first climate adaptation strategy, as guiding policy document for the City
By News Release @ 10:59 PM :: 1390 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment

... DPR planted a new Monkeypod tree ....

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Friday, March 1, 2024
Rep Bert Kobayashi to Retire from Legislature
By News Release @ 5:00 PM :: 1688 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Politicians

... to retire on November 5, 2024, at the end of his present term ....

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Friday, March 1, 2024
Rebuilding Nonconforming Structures After Lahaina Fire
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:11 PM :: 1618 Views :: Maui County, Development

... After Hurricane Iniki struck Kauai in 1992, the Kauai County Council adopted an ordinance similar to this bill to foster the reconstruction of old, nonconforming structures ....

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Friday, March 1, 2024
Waive permitting fees to help Maui residents rebuild faster
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:53 PM :: 1398 Views :: Maui County, Development

... reform the County’s emergency housing permitting policies to help facilitate a quicker recovery for the residents of Lahaina ....

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Friday, March 1, 2024
January Tourist Count Down 3.6%
By News Release @ 3:13 PM :: 1333 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... January 2024, total visitor arrivals to the Hawaiian Islands (763,480 visitors, -3.6%) and total visitor spending measured in nominal dollars ($1.81 billion, -4.5%) declined compared to January 2023 ....

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Friday, March 1, 2024
2nd Maunakea telescope decommissioning to begin
By News Release @ 12:43 PM :: 1456 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

... UH is working with MKSOA to transfer its leases, conservation district use permits, and an easement for lands on Maunakea to the new authority ....

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Thursday, February 29, 2024
NOAA proposes national marine sanctuary in Papahānaumokuākea
By News Release @ 7:43 PM :: 1336 Views :: Environment

... Public comment on Sanctuary draft proposal requested through May 7, 2024 ....

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Thursday, February 29, 2024
​Major Energy Companies Ask SCOTUS To Intervene In Hawaii Climate Lawsuit
By Selected News Articles @ 3:03 PM :: 1581 Views :: Energy, Environment, Judiciary

... The Supreme Court previously declined energy companies’ request to consider whether the claims should be heard in federal court ....

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Thursday, February 29, 2024
Climate Activist And Liberal Billionaire Quietly Gobbles Up Rural Land In Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 1:27 PM :: 2438 Views :: Hawaii County , Cost of Living

"...a more fair, equal and sustainable capitalism...."

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Thursday, February 29, 2024
Hawaii Worst State to Be Middle Income from a Tax Perspective
By Selected News Articles @ 1:15 PM :: 1603 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... for middle income earners, taxes take 13.62% of income--highest in the USA ....

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Wednesday, February 28, 2024
Lahaina: Army Corps of Engineers Transfers Temporary School to DoE
By News Release @ 4:52 PM :: 1426 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

... turnover of the temporary King Kamehameha III Elementary School in Lahaina to the Hawai‘i State Department of Education Feb. 27 ....

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Wednesday, February 28, 2024
Not so Smart: Affordable Housing Loss Study Debunked
By News Release @ 4:43 PM :: 1515 Views :: Development, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... the study from Washington, D.C.-based Smart Growth America commissioned by AARP Hawai‘i didn’t account for numerous affordable-housing projects ....

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Wednesday, February 28, 2024
Lahaina: State Senators Push for 1,000 Permanent FEMA Units
By News Release @ 3:50 PM :: 1390 Views :: Maui County

"... to advocate for the construction of one-thousand permanent FEMA-built housing units to house the wildfire survivors ...."

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Wednesday, February 28, 2024
Bills increasing costs for tourists moving through Hawaii Legislature
By Selected News Articles @ 2:19 PM :: 1412 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

... two proposals that would increase the transient accommodation tax, known as TAT ....

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Wednesday, February 28, 2024
Unlicensed Midwives Sue State
By News Release @ 2:13 PM :: 1524 Views :: Health Care, Small Business

... there were no professional licenses in Hawaii before Captain Cook arrived, therefore unlicensed midwifery is 'indigenous' ....

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Wednesday, February 28, 2024
Green Launches Compensation Fund for Lahaina Dead, Injured
By News Release @ 2:33 AM :: 1403 Views :: Maui County, Hawaii State Government

"...The Fund Will Help Families of Deceased Avoid Lengthy, Uncertain Litigation...."

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Tuesday, February 27, 2024
Hawaiʻi educators urged to take part in presidential selection process
By News Release @ 12:50 PM :: 2036 Views :: Democratic Party, Education K-12, Labor, Republican Party

... Democrats hold primary March 6; GOP caucuses will be March 12 ....

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Tuesday, February 27, 2024
The real cost of returning to the office in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 11:57 AM :: 1669 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Employees in Hawaii can expect to shell out more than a quarter of the median household income to work from the office ....

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Monday, February 26, 2024
SHOPO & Maui County Reach Agreement on COVID Hazard Pay
By News Release @ 5:24 PM :: 1329 Views :: Maui County, Labor, Police, COVID-19

... officers who worked in a patrol function through the pandemic will receive 20% Hazard Pay based on the actual number of hours worked during the pandemic. All other officers will receive 15% Hazard Pay. All officers will receive 15% Hazard Pay for actual overtime hours ....

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Monday, February 26, 2024
Hawaii needs better budgeting for Maui recovery
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:16 PM :: 1471 Views :: Maui County, Hawaii State Government

... it was only a year ago that state lawmakers had a healthy budget surplus to work with. But then they went on an ill-advised spending spree ....

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Monday, February 26, 2024
Hawaii Democrats Presidential Caucus Set for March 6
By News Release @ 4:08 PM :: 1839 Views :: Democratic Party

... Party-run Presidential Primary from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM. ....

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Monday, February 26, 2024
Reports show assisted suicide continues to grow in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 3:52 PM :: 1514 Views :: Health Care, Life

... 197 prescriptions have been written for death-inducing drugs in Hawaii since the passage of the state’s “medical aid in dying” law in 2019 ....

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Sunday, February 25, 2024
Taxes, Housing, Energy: High Costs Driving People out of Hawaii
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:30 PM :: 1453 Views :: Cost of Living

... inflation means you’re not making any more money, but you’re being taxed a lot more for the money that you’re making ....

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Sunday, February 25, 2024
Greater usage of cryptocurrency in Hawaii?
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:22 PM :: 745 Views :: Small Business

... After the state Division of Financial Institutions started implementing stringent cryptocurrency regulations in 2014, crypto companies started fleeing the state ....

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Sunday, February 25, 2024
Recreational Marijuana Bills on the Move
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 5:55 PM :: 1461 Views :: Drugs

... one ounce will yield "84 cigarette-sized joints" ....

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Sunday, February 25, 2024
How do criminals become foster parents in Hawaii?
By Andrew Walden @ 5:33 PM :: 2163 Views :: Family, Hawaii State Government

... The DHS recruits them with offers of money ....

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Sunday, February 25, 2024
The Department’s Quest to Nullify Evidence
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1407 Views :: Taxes

... trampling on taxpayers’ rights ....

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Sunday, February 25, 2024
City Demands Energy Use Data on Apartments and Commercial Buildings
By News Release @ 2:30 AM :: 1361 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy, Cost of Living

... Starting in 2023, buildings 100,000 square feet and larger were required to begin annually reporting their utility data to the City. By June 30, 2024, buildings 50,000 square feet and larger must report, followed by buildings 25,000 square feet and larger by June 30, 2025 ....

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Sunday, February 25, 2024
DoTax: State Tax Credits You Can Claim
By News Release @ 2:22 AM :: 1440 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes

... Hawaiʻi Department of Taxation Encourages Hawaiʻi Families to Claim Available Tax Credits ....

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