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Saturday, November 11, 2023
YIGBY law would be "dream situation" for Hawaii housing
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 9:53 PM :: 1720 Views :: Development, Religion

... Hawaii’s churches want to help solve the state’s housing crisis. Why are we making it so difficult for them? ....

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Saturday, November 11, 2023
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted November 11, 2023
By GovTrack .us @ 3:36 PM :: 1404 Views :: Congressional Delegation

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

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Saturday, November 11, 2023
Relax rules on ‘cottage food’ entrepreneurs
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:49 AM :: 1489 Views :: Agriculture, Small Business

... folks who simply want to sell homemade food products must jump through numerous hoops. Considering that one of the state’s official goals is to boost local food production, that just doesn’t seem right ....

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Saturday, November 11, 2023
Streamline permitting process to reduce wait times, favoritism
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:40 AM :: 1479 Views :: Honolulu County, Development

... The Actors Guild, a local acting group, produced a play based on their five-year ordeal of trying to get a permit to renovate their theater at Dole Cannery ....

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Saturday, November 11, 2023
‘CON’ laws hindering access to better Hawaii healthcare
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:31 AM :: 1393 Views :: Health Care

... repealing CON laws in Hawaii could result in “11 more hospitals, including four more rural hospitals [and] two more ambulatory surgical centers” ....

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Saturday, November 11, 2023
Adjusting AMI for Kauai’s affordable rental program could backfire
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:23 AM :: 1498 Views :: Kauai County, Tax Credits, Taxes

... a sweeping reform of Kauai’s property tax system ....

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Friday, November 10, 2023
Audio Reveals HECO Informing Maui PD Lahaina Power is Off
By Audio @ 7:23 PM :: 3214 Views :: Maui County, Energy, Ethics, Police

“The BBC obtained audio of a conversation between Maui police and Hawaiian Electric in which the power company confirms that power has been turned off in the town of Lahaina.”

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Friday, November 10, 2023
Personal Debt Keeps Hawaii up at Night
By Selected News Articles @ 4:30 PM :: 1496 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... 28% of Hawaii respondents — or 410,410 people — said they suffer from insomnia because of concern over their debt ....

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Friday, November 10, 2023
Mililani Fire Video: Native Trees Burn, Albizia Survives
By Video @ 3:09 AM :: 1603 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment

... While flames are no longer visible, the landscape is a mosaic of blackened native trees interspersed with invasive ones, like Albizia ....

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Friday, November 10, 2023
Trap & skeet ranges at Koko Head Shooting Complex reopening this weekend
By News Release @ 2:52 AM :: 1361 Views :: Honolulu County, Second Amendment

... Skeet Range opening Saturday, Nov. 11, Trap Range reopening Sunday, Nov. 12 ....

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Thursday, November 9, 2023
Green Appoints Hashimoto to Senate Dist 5 Maui
By News Release @ 11:12 PM :: 2774 Views :: Democratic Party, Maui County, Hawaii State Government, Politicians

... there is now a vacancy in HD 10 ....

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Thursday, November 9, 2023
17 State Coalition Against Unconstitutional Hawaii Firearm Carry Ban
By News Release @ 2:20 AM :: 1672 Views :: Second Amendment

... 17 state attorneys general oppose Hawaii’s unconstitutional gun ban which prohibits the carry or possession of firearms in designated “sensitive” places ....

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Thursday, November 9, 2023
Inverse Condemnation and Hawaii's Wildfires
By Robert Thomas @ 2:07 AM :: 1497 Views :: Maui County, Land Use

... the role that ‘damaging clauses’ found in more than half of state constitutions across the United States play in inverse condemnation claims related to natural disasters ....

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Thursday, November 9, 2023
DOBOR Proposes Paid Parking at Ala Wai (again)
By News Release @ 1:09 AM :: 1406 Views :: Honolulu County, Tourism

... Ed Underwood said, “The boating program is currently subsidizing free parking in the facility which is not fair to those who are paying the fees" ....

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Thursday, November 9, 2023
2023 Honolulu City Lights opening night set for Saturday, December 2nd
By News Release @ 1:02 AM :: 1741 Views :: Honolulu County, Religion

... tree lighting ceremony, Public Workers’ Electric Light Parade and City Lights block party ....

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Wednesday, November 8, 2023
Lahaina Fires: HECO Drops $75M to Buy Off Plaintiffs
By News Release @ 7:44 PM :: 1661 Views :: Maui County, Energy

... Those who choose to participate will waive their ability to get compensated again through litigation related to associated claims ....

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Wednesday, November 8, 2023
Hawaii Largest Household Debt Increase in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 1:50 PM :: 1508 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Hawaii residents had the largest debt increase in Q3 2023 at $1,093 per household ....

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Wednesday, November 8, 2023
Lahaina Fires: House Working Groups recommend disaster response changes
By Selected News Articles @ 10:35 AM :: 2744 Views :: Maui County, Hawaii State Government

... On September 6, 2023, the House formed six bipartisan working groups to evaluate specific topics related to the Lāhainā wildfire ....

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Tuesday, November 7, 2023
Insurance Division: Nearly $700M Paid on Maui Wildfire Claims
By News Release @ 3:50 AM :: 1489 Views :: Maui County, Hawaii Statistics

... data collected from 200+ insurers ....

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Tuesday, November 7, 2023
Homeowner Politics and Housing Supply
By UHERO @ 12:48 AM :: 1584 Views :: Development, Land Use

... councillors representing a higher number of homeowners are more likely to oppose housing bills ....

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Monday, November 6, 2023
USACE awards $53 million contract to Pono Aina Management for temporary elementary school construction
By News Release @ 3:48 PM :: 1724 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Ethics

... 'Pono Aina' -- another 8a, another no-bid contract ....

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Monday, November 6, 2023
Guam activists urge Ninth Circuit to revive environmental claims against Air Force
By Court House News @ 1:06 PM :: 1456 Views :: Environment, Military

... Represented by David Henkin of Earthjustice, Prutehi Litekyan argued there had to have been a deliberative process prior to the submission, and that decision-making process was a final agency action ....

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Sunday, November 5, 2023
Zoom-ing in on Better Healthcare
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:02 PM :: 1423 Views :: Health Care

... Could broader use of telehealth improve the quality of healthcare in Hawaii? ....

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Sunday, November 5, 2023
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted November 4, 2023
By GovTrack .us @ 5:00 AM :: 1473 Views :: Congressional Delegation

... Tokuda votes Nay on SHIP Act -- sanctions against Iran ....

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Sunday, November 5, 2023
Crossing the Rubicon Again
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1461 Views :: Ethics, Development, Taxes

... Green suspended the General Excise Tax as it related to vendors involved in the design, construction, sale, lease, or financing of housing projects designed to provide rapid relief to the homeless ....

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Sunday, November 5, 2023
Queens to Buy Wahiawa Hospital
By News Release @ 1:57 AM :: 1517 Views :: Honolulu County, Health Care

... Queen’s to formalize the purchase of WGH scheduled for March 31, 2024 ....

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Sunday, November 5, 2023
VIDEO: "Amend the Jones Act to revitalize U.S. waterways"
By Video @ 1:50 AM :: 1439 Views :: Jones Act

... the low-hanging fruit ....

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Sunday, November 5, 2023
VIDEO: Why is Hawaii so Expensive?
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:09 AM :: 1707 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

"...It’s the only state where a six-figure salary is required to live comfortably...."

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Saturday, November 4, 2023
‘Affordable housing’ making housing worse for everyone
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:45 PM :: 2060 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... since 1969, the median home price in Hawaii has surged from being less than three times the median income to nearly 10 times the median income today ....

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Saturday, November 4, 2023
Hawaii Supreme Court Justice Handling Lawsuit Against Oil Companies Calls Climate Change An ‘Existential Threat’
By Video @ 6:24 PM :: 2087 Views :: Energy, Environment, Ethics, Judiciary

... The Hawaii Supreme Court ruled this week that Honolulu’s lawsuit against oil and gas companies can proceed to trial ....

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Saturday, November 4, 2023
Restoring Lahaina’s Economy: Time is of the Essence
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:53 PM :: 1526 Views :: Maui County, Development, OHA

“My family is getting very desperate and deciding whether to leave Hawaiʻi.”

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Saturday, November 4, 2023
HECO Finally Gets Around to Announcing Wildfire Safety Strategy
By News Release @ 1:51 AM :: 1500 Views :: Energy, Environment

... Hawaiian Electric claims it first began developing its Wildfire Safety Strategy in 2019 ....

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Saturday, November 4, 2023
Public Input Sought for City’s First Climate Adaptation Strategy
By News Release @ 1:15 AM :: 1360 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment

... The Resilience Office is engaging in fifteen islandwide programs in the first half of November ....

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Saturday, November 4, 2023
DoH Hosts Healthy Hawaiʻi Strategic Plan 2030 Summit
By News Release @ 1:00 AM :: 1398 Views :: Health Care, COVID-19

... DOH convened more than 250 stakeholders, advocates, and visionaries across the state to discuss the Healthy Hawai‘i Strategic Plan 2030 ....

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Saturday, November 4, 2023
Oahu Judicial Vacancy -- First Circuit Court
By News Release @ 12:00 AM :: 1371 Views :: Honolulu County, Judiciary

... The Judicial Selection Commission is accepting applications and nominations ....

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Friday, November 3, 2023
DoE: Chronic Absenteeism 30%--achievement still lags pre-COVID numbers
By News Release @ 3:12 PM :: 1399 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics

... absenteeism drifts from 37% to 30% as some students age out of system ....

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Friday, November 3, 2023
Court Blocks Parts of Honolulu ‘Sensitive Places’ Gun Law
By News Release @ 4:38 AM :: 1669 Views :: Honolulu County, Second Amendment

... Due to our "sensitive places lawsuit," Honolulu is no longer able to enforce parts of its sensitive places ordinance ....

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Thursday, November 2, 2023
OHA Trustees Select New CEO
By News Release @ 4:22 PM :: 1573 Views :: OHA

... Since 2019, Ferreira has served as budget chief of the Hawaiʻi State Senate ....

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Thursday, November 2, 2023
Hawaii attorney general opposes opt-out option from LGBTQ+ books for 2nd graders
By Selected News Articles @ 1:04 PM :: 1706 Views :: Education K-12, Family

... the parents, who are Muslim, Roman Catholic, and Ukrainian Orthodox, filed their lawsuit on religious freedom grounds .... 

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Thursday, November 2, 2023
Maui Fires: Three bills offer property tax relief
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:56 AM :: 1539 Views :: Maui County, Tax Credits, Taxes

... Bill 102 best of three bills but should be retroactive ....

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Thursday, November 2, 2023
HIEMA Rewrites 'Hazard Mitigation Plan'
By News Release @ 3:11 AM :: 1442 Views :: Maui County, Hawaii State Government, Military

... FEMA requires that states must have an approved hazard mitigation plan to qualify for numerous federal assistance and mitigation grants ....

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Wednesday, November 1, 2023
SD5 Election Set to Replace Gil Keith-Aragan
By News Release @ 5:47 PM :: 1514 Views :: Maui County, Politicians

... SD5 is now up for election in 2024 cycle ....

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Wednesday, November 1, 2023
Hawaii couple found guilty of stealing identities of dead babies
By Selected News Articles @ 3:46 PM :: 1296 Views :: Military

... While initial media reports suggested the couple were Russian spies, that narrative melted away as the trial approached ....

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Tuesday, October 31, 2023
DoH Survey: Housing Among Lahaina Top recovery needs
By News Release @ 9:41 PM :: 1526 Views :: Maui County, Development, Hawaii Statistics

... The greatest needs identified by the community included financial recovery (26%), finding permanent residence (24%), and finding employment (9%) ....

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Tuesday, October 31, 2023
Celebrate the Life of Senator Sam Slom
By News Release @ 2:43 AM :: 1559 Views :: Hawaii History, Politicians, Republican Party

... Sunday November 5, 2023, at State Capitol ....

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Monday, October 30, 2023
Maui PD releases body cam footage from Lahaina Fire
By Video @ 10:21 PM :: 2304 Views :: Maui County, Police

... body cam video from Lahaina Fire ....

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Monday, October 30, 2023
Here’s the Living Wage a Single Person Needs To Live Comfortably in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 5:35 PM :: 4089 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Hawaii is the only state where a six-figure salary is required to live comfortably — and no other state even comes close ....

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Monday, October 30, 2023
Lahaina Fires: Tourist Arrivals Down for Second Straight Month
By News Release @ 4:50 PM :: 1568 Views :: Maui County, Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... spending on Maui down more than 50% in September ....

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Sunday, October 29, 2023
How monster homes came to be: A Halloween Story
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:50 PM :: 2328 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Development

... meet the monster’s creators ....

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Sunday, October 29, 2023
Upsetting the Apple Cart in 24-Year-Old Litigation
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1152 Views :: DHHL, Judiciary

... One of the longest running court cases in modern history is Kalima v. State ....

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