Friday, January 18, 2019
Hawai'i Daily News Read

Friday, January 18, 2019
January 18, 2019 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. Hawaii Tax Structure Uniquely Anti-Manufacturing
  2. Police Impersonators Attack OHA Offices, Most Escape Scot-free
  3. $10 Maui Oceanfront Parcel? Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Case
  4. OHA’s Own Audit Is Being Blocked — By People At OHA
  5. State Unemployment Rate Increasing
  6. Old general excise tax hike resurfaces on Hawaii County council agenda
  7. Climate Change DLNR’s Latest Excuse for More Money—Going for Millions
  8. Rail Project Director Doesn’t Fully Meet Expectations — But Still Gets A Bonus
  9. City, Kealohas battle over secrecy of ethics investigation evidence
  10. Businessman charged with bribing state workers to land $2.5M contract
  11. School Board votes to extend Superintendent's contract
  12. Not too late for Big Isle to lead way on vacation rentals
  13. Maui Taxis Picket Airport Against Uber/Lyft

Thursday, January 17, 2019
January 17, 2019 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. Ige Sends McCartney to DBEDT, Fuchigami now Chief of Staff
  2. Math Goes PC: First-in-the-world UH ethnomathematics program approved by Hawaiʻi Teacher Standards Board
  3. Honolulu, Maui Among Least Affordable Rental Markets
  4. 'The untouchables: Out-of-control prosecutors and the system that protects them'
  5. Will Feds Target Caldwell Next?
  6. State Senate president: The time is now to prepare for a recession in 2020
  7. Ige Lame Excuse:  Claims Old Tech an Obstacle to Zero Based Budgeting
  8. Kealoha Lawyer Attempts to Exploit Government Shutdown to Delay Case
  9. Recount?  City Lawyer Challenged on Conflict of Interest
  10. Councilmember Kobayashi continues to question Hawaii Supreme Court recount case
  11. Charles Djou’s Self-Serving Electoral Reform Idea
  12. Government shutdown holding up recovery funds for lava-ravaged Big Island communities
  13. Activist Gets Himself Arrested to Push for Hawaiian language policing
  14. 578 Homeless Visit ‘Rest Stop’ in First Week
  15. Failed Ocean cleanup device heading to Hilo

Wednesday, January 16, 2019
January 16, 2019 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. Ed Case: "I'm an Asian Trapped in a White Body"
  2. UPDATE: Ige Sends McCartney to DBEDT, Fuchigami Chief of Staff
  3. Opening Day Speech: What is a Loyal Opposition?
  4. Opening Day: Be an Effective Citizen-Activist
  5. Harassed by Drugged-out Shelter–Refusers, Iolani Palace to close earlier—Children’s Center may Shut Down
  6. DoH Reports 23,479 Medicated Dopers Statewide
  7. Racial Progress? Hawaii 2nd-Worst Health Disparities
  8. Ige Announces More Second Tier Appointments
  9. DoE Keeping Child-Molester Teacher Records Secret
  10. Contract Reopeners: More Raises on Tap for Public Employee Unions
  11. Bad News: The Hawaii State Legislature to open Today
  12. Hawaii Carbon Tax --- Coal, Oil, Plastic, and Greenhouse Gases
  13. Lawmaker wants to replace Presidents Day with Hawaiian Independence Day
  14. Revote possible in contested Honolulu City Council race
  15. Supreme Court questions process of mail-in ballot collection
  16. Election Recounts, Vote by Mail Back on Legislative Agenda
  17. Campbell High gets funds to begin planning a much needed athletic facility
  18. Overrun by Homeless Shelter-Refusers, Children’s Discovery Center to be Closed
  19. How EPA Forced Hawaii to Stop Covering up Dirty Water  
  20. Microsoft Censors News at Hawaii Public Libraries
  21. Democrats Plant all their Problem Children on House Financial Services Committee
  22. Tulsi Gabbard’s presidential fantasy: “A remarkably bad launch”

Tuesday, January 15, 2019
January 15, 2019 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. Caldwell Coverup: Mayor Hid Target Letter from Public--Feds Raid Fasi Building
  2. Audit: HART Board Hands Control to Contractor with Little Oversight
  3. FCC Slaps Down Sandwich Isles Again--Orders Company to Continue Serving Customers
  4. Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted January 14, 2019
  5. DCCA: Shop and Compare Insurance Options
  6. Ige Announces More HDoT Appointments
  7. Ige Appoints Three to Board of Regents
  8. Irwin to be UH Hilo Chancellor?
  9. Hawaii Student Loan Debt Doubles in Decade
  10. Senators: Some Cabinet Nominees Won’t Make It
  11. Honolulu Will Pay Train Maker $160 Million To Cover Rail Delays
  12. Carbon Tax Hustle: Rail Promoter Keynotes State Climate Change Confab
  13. Hawaii Climate Conference: To Carbon Tax or Not to Carbon Tax
  14. AG Opinion Will Lead to More County GE Tax Hikes
  15.  Honolulu City Council chooses interim chairwoman
  16. Can Pre-K Help DoE Evade Responsibility for Poor Test Scores?
  17. Son sentenced for killing and dismembering mom in Waikiki –Plans Already Afoot to Let Him Out
  18. Arrogant Tweekers Refuse and Resist Shelter in Kailua-Kona
  19. Gabbard Receives Lesson About Switching Sides on Gay Marriage   

Monday, January 14, 2019
January 14, 2019 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. Birth Control: Judge Blocks Religious Freedom in Hawaii
  2. Carbon Tax on Legislative Agenda
  3. They Never Learn: Replicating Abject Failure, Hawaii County to Open New Homeless Tent City
  4. Man with ax should not have been freed
  5. Raising Hawaii’s Minimum Wage Is No Quick Fix
  6. Bill to Propose Automatic Recount for close elections
  7. DoE Hindered by Decades-old Tech
  8. Here’s Another Busy Highway Where The Crosswalks Have Been Removed
  9. Puna Claims: Lloyd’s of London insists "Only a small number have been declined"
  10. Big Island: First Marijuana Store slated to open
  11. Dimwits from Kauai, Gabbard, Begin Protesting Against Nonexistent Oil Drilling Off Hawaii

Sunday, January 13, 2019
January 13, 2019 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. Zero-Based Budgeting
  2. Local Media Makes Issue of Gabbard’s White Supremacist Support (two years late)
  3. Democrats Trust Hirono Because She Apologized for not Being Gay
  4. Budget: HDoT Chickens Out on $15B Climate Change Scam
  5. Recreational Marijuana to top of Senate President’s List of Ideas
  6. Recreational Marijuana to top of Progressives’ List of Ideas
  7. Hawaii County Council: Longer Terms on Ballot?
  8. Judge blocks Trump birth control coverage rules in Hawaii
  9. Progressive: Storing your cars a waste of my urban space
  10. Lawsuit filed over Schatz-Connected Development of Oahu’s Shark’s Cove
  11. HCDA to fine owner of Kakaako streets for Insufficient potholes
  12. Malfunctioning ocean cleanup boom to arrive in Hilo today

Saturday, January 12, 2019
January 12, 2019 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. Candidates Already Lining up to Run for Gabbard's Congressional Seat
  2. Who's Running in My District? 2019 Neighborhood Board Elections
  3. ‘Singapore model’ doesn’t sing for Hawaii housing
  4. Hawaii Ranks 49th for Federal Aid
  5. Budget: Hawaii Scores 'D-' for Legacy Costs
  6. 40-70 planned suicides in 2019?
  7. HPD Officer has info on Fenatyl Bust Allegedly Covered up by Kealoha   
  8. Abercrombie Defends Gabbard on Religious Bigotry
  9. Ozawa-Waters Case Could Affect Vote by Mail Statewide
  10. Sex Harassment: Confidentiality Lessens Effectiveness of Proposed House Policy
  11. Lawsuit Filed Against Honolulu Police Over Beach Park Shooting
  12. This is not a drill: Lessons from the false Hawaiian missile alert
  13. Schatz, Gabbard Take Kauai Anti-Agriculture Hysteria National

Friday, January 11, 2019
January 11, 2019 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. CNN: Tulsi Gabbard says she will run for president in 2020
  2. Gabbard Standing up Against Anti-Catholic Bigotry Within Democratic Party
  3. BoE Will Re-Do Sup’t Vote—May Have Acted Illegally on Other Executive Hires 
  4. Caldwell, Green Bless Iwilei Homeless Magnet
  5. New Hi-Tech Payroll System Reveals 4,589 State Employees Paid for 'Multiple Positions'
  6. Hawaii's coming recession--Are legislators Listening?
  7. Ed Case Appointed to Appropriations Committee
  8. Third Chief in Three Years for DOCARE
  9. Hirono: Gabbard Getting Support from ‘Alt-Right’
  10. City stands by election process in Trevor Ozawa-Tommy Waters vote
  11. Democrats Only: Luke Plan Would Knock Republicans, Greens, Libertarians off the November Ballot
  12. Details released in latest plea deal in public corruption case against Kealohas
  13. State lawmaker to reintroduce bill to ban plastic straws, Styrofoam containers
  14. Trump’s Border Wall Could Save Hawaii from Unnecessary, Expensive $345M Ala Wai Canal Flood Control Project
  15. Homelessness Coordinator Touts Progress As Lawmakers Criticize
  16. Homeless Camp to Move to 1100-ac Waianae Valley Ranch?
  17. Star-Adv: Lets Put 1000s of Criminals Back onto the Streets 
  18. 'Unbelievable.' Outrage after HPD releases man accused of striking bus rider in head with hatchet
  19. Jail blunders in shooting case again: HCCC warden back in court
  20. Worst-Ever Cases of Super Gonorrhea Are Here
  21. There Will be no Warning: HI-EMA says 'ballistic missile alarms have been shelved’

Thursday, January 10, 2019
January 10, 2019 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. State Supreme Court Declares Fevella the Winner
  2. Auditor: Internal Docs Show HART Lied to Public About Rail Costs
  3. 'The untouchables: Out-of-control prosecutors and the system that protects them'
  4. Disabled: Hawaii Ranks 6th for Service, 49th for Opportunity
  5. What Should OHA Really be Doing?
  6. The Misinformed, Ineffective War on Styrofoam
  7. DoH cites Maui Land & Pineapple for wastewater violations
  8. Viral 2019: Ten Second Fireworks Video
  9. RIMPAC: Navy Quietly Fires 20 Hyper Velocity Projectiles Through Destroyer’s Deckgun
  10. Hawaii Smokers Lose $48K Per Year
  11. Maui: Key Activists Bought n Paid for By Strategies 360 Farm 
  12. BoE Will Re-Do Sup’t Vote—may Have Acted Illegally on Other Executive Hires
  13. Telescope Already Improving Science Education Statewide
  14. CoR Knocks $55M out of Projected Revenue Base
  15. Global Warmer: Hawaii Will Raise Taxes and Utility Rates to Oppose Trump
  16. Marijuana-Infused Legislators Complain Governor is Bifurcated
  17. Council Approves 92.5% Sewer Rate Hike—$17M to ‘Create Positions’
  18. New Public Works Director: “Lack of innovative thinking, lack of vision, lack of communication and lack of rapport” (but creating 22 new ‘positions’)
  19. On Kauai, walk-in voting will (mostly) be a thing of the past in the 2020 election
  20. Revolving Door: Two Reporters Join Victorino Administration
  21. Activists May Loses Ability to Organize Circuses at Maui Council Meetings
  22. Soft on Crime: Murderer Accused of Attempted Rape, Kidnapping

Wednesday, January 09, 2019
January 9, 2019 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. Ill-Fated Ocean Cleanup Boom Collected only 2000kg Plastic
  2. Ige Appoints New PUC Chair 
  3. SPED Parents Asked to Sign up for Medicaid
  4. Ige Reappoints Directors at Eleven Departments
  5. Ige Appoints New Directors at Three Departments
  6. Christian Brothers Oust Damien School President--Dispute Over Child Molestation Settlements
  7. Tech Modernization Plans in the 2019-21 Budget 
  8. Fact-Checking 5 of Trump’s Claims in Border Speech
  9. After 23 Mistaken Prisoner Releases, DPS Experiments with Something Called ‘Email’
  10. Caldwell’s Climate Change Commission Pushes ‘Congestion Pricing’ Tax
  11. Hawaii County: More Tax Hikes Coming?
  12. Solar Fail: HECO bills spike over unusually humid months
  13. Hawaii County Lava Relief Package $155M
  14. Suit against Big Island Dairy settled
  15. Hawaii Supreme Court has more questions for election officials in challenge to Honolulu City Council race
  16. City opens Iwilei homeless magnet—designed to keep ‘em comfy on the street

Tuesday, January 08, 2019
January 8, 2019 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. Remembering Senator Fred Rohlfing, Republican Reformer
  2. Sex Harassment: New House Rules "add another layer of silence"
  3. Feds to PUC: Stop Approving Bat-Killing Windfarms without Endangered Species Permits
  4. HECO Pushing Seven Giant Battery Farms
  5. Hawaii 4th-Fewest Families with Young Children
  6. Keli'i Akina Interviews Environmental Watchdog Caroll Cox
  7. Rep Ward Calls for Second Trump-Kim Summit to be held at Waikiki
  8. Auditor Follows up on Foundation for Culture and Arts
  9. Hawaii Still Paying Out Millions for Act 215/221 Hi Tech Tax Credit Scams   
  10. BoE Secretly Votes to Extend Kishimoto Contract
  11. Teacher turnover at highest rate
  12. DLNR funds mishandled, audit finds     
  13. MADD’s New Target Is Drugged Driving           
  14. Teen dies while scuba diving, company linked to a previous incident
  15. Nearly 2,000 businesses affected by Maui's new foam container ban
  16. Filmmaker Settles Lawsuit After Hawaii Grants Him Tax Credits
  17. Trip to Hawaii reveals rusting wind turbines
  18. Hundreds of volunteers still needed for homeless count
  19. Got $1.3M? – Buy Kealoha Home (mailbox not included)
  20. Obama, Pelosi Hype Birtherism Again
  21. Un, Trump Coming to Hawaii Next?

Monday, January 07, 2019
January 7, 2019 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. Surprised by Wind and Waves in Pacific: Giant Plastic Eco-Boom Breaks up, Will soon wash up on Hawaii Beaches
  2. VIDEO: Economic Cost of Jones Act to Koloa Rum Co
  3. Stop legislative gut-and-replace
  4. Rail Gets Another $7.5M More Expensive
  5. Gov. Ige’s New Cabinet Is Still Almost Half Empty
  6. Alaska Aerospace Proposed Kona Airport Spaceport Goes Nowhere in Four Years
  7. Criminals Score Thousands on Claims paid out by state
  8. City and state to suspend homeless sweeps during annual census
  9. Obama Library Consolation Prize

Sunday, January 06, 2019
January 6, 2019 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. Auditor: Conveyance Tax Money Misspent by DLNR
  2. Anti-GMO? Regressive Left Just as Russian as Trump
  3. Tulsi Gabbard is a Rising Progressive Star, Despite Her Support for Hindu Nationalists
  4. So Did You Meet Your Goals This Year? -- Um, We Dunno
  5. Agriculture is all Politics: Central Maui Farm Project to be Controlled by Strategies 360, Tsutsui
  6. Secret Group Pushes to Make KSBE Trustees More Corrupt
  7. Kauai: $25M Tax Hike
  8. $6.8M Gas tax hike Survives with ‘Timely’ List
  9. Senators ask why Hawaii passed on opioid suit while Suing Trump Again and Agian
  10. Soft on Crime: Alleged Domestic Violence Stranglers walk out of Jail After Posting Mini-Bonds
  11. Residents and police pair up to crack down on squatters
  12. Wholesale Electric Rates about the Same as Mainland Retail Electric Rates
  13. Hawaii Congressional Delegation: Words to the Unwise
  14. Surprised by Wind and Waves in Pacific: Giant Plastic Eco-Boom Breaks up, Will soon wash up on Hawaii Beaches

Saturday, January 05, 2019
January 5, 2019 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. Government-Funded Sweatshops: No Minimum Wage for Hawaii Disabled Workers
  2. Congress Must Approve Decent Funding for the Wall
  3. Video: Ship Burns 1,800 miles off Oahu
  4. Team Hanabusa Grills Fuchigami
  5. LoPresti: Election Recount Law Unconstitutional
  6. Lawmaker: Judges made the ‘wrong call’ in letting suspect in assault case out again and again
  7. Police standards board requesting more time, money
  8. Softer on Crime: Task Force Wants to Let Even More Criminals out on Streets
  9. City appeals fatal excessive force suit to Supreme Court
  10. Inmates forced to stay in prison past their release date cost taxpayers
  11. ‘Service Resistant’ Meth Addicts Camping out in Kakaako Again
  12. High Cost of Shelter-Refusers Tearing up Parks
  13. Hawaii Tourism Paradise has a Dark Side: 117 People Dead in 2018  
  14. Mission Accomplished: Ulupono Destroys Dairy Industry, Prepares to Quit Kauai Dairy Plan
  15. Judge denies dismissal of Leilani homeowner’s lawsuit

Friday, January 04, 2019
Letters to the Editor January, 2019
Letters to the Editor

Congress Must Approve Decent Funding for the Wall


Friday, January 04, 2019
January 4, 2019 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. Happy New Year, Hawaii, now pay up!
  2. Christian Brothers Oust Damien School President
  3. US Solicitor General Urges Supreme Court to Hear Maui Injection Wells Case
  4. Bum Patrol: Security Contract Expands to Windward, North Shore Parks
  5. Luke: DoE Lied to Legislature About Maintenance Backlog
  6. Attorney on Nude Pics: “Katherine Kealoha's apparent need to express herself in unusual ways’
  7. Deputy AGs Urged Ige to Reappoint Suzuki
  8. Star-Adv: Legislature Should Pass Automatic Recount Law
  9. Police officer indicted in Kealoha corruption case to change plea
  10. Judge rules prison must accommodate Sovereignty Movement Recruitment
  11. Ballard Considers Allowing Lateral Transfers from Other departments
  12. Windfarm Approvals: Nonsense in a Rush for Expiring Subsidies
  13. 43 pedestrians died on Hawaii roadways in 2018. That’s more than the number killed in vehicles
  14. Elder Abuse Cases up 300%
  15. Soft on Crime: After 10 year Spree, Criminal Finally Gets Hard Time
  16. Tulsi Gabbard one of only Three to Vote Against PAYGO

Thursday, January 03, 2019
January 3, 2019 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. OHA Audit in Jeopardy
  2. A Stunning Revelation at OHA
  3. Ige Appoints Clare Connors Attorney General
  4. New Insurance Commissioner Appointed
  5. Ige Reappoints Directors at Ten Departments
  6. House Republican Package 'A Better Tomorrow'
  7. Hawaii Republican Chair Sums up 2018
  8. Government Shutdown: Hawaii 4th-most Affected
  9. Insiders Try to Talk Down Zero-Based Budgeting
  10. Lobbyist Tries Legal Suicide by Text Message
  11. 8 Honolulu City Council members take seats without choosing a leader 
  12. More interesting legal cases re government secrecy
  13. Waikoloa Highlands Kim Admin Cancels Kenoi Development Deal
  14. Development Takes 20 Years--May Take Another 20 Thanks to SHPD
  15. Soft on Crime: Feds Step in Because State Just Can’t Get the Job Done
  16. Bum Patrol: After 600 Acts of Vandalism City to lock up 18 more Oahu parks at night starting Friday
  17. Price of Solar Energy in Hawaii Hard to calculate Thanks to ‘Lump Sum’ payment
  18. Newsflash: Marijuana Causes Global Warming

Wednesday, January 02, 2019
January 2, 2019 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. Hawaii Rankings: Either the Best or the Worst
  2. Feds say explicit photos led to Big Island firefighter in Kealoha case
  3. Wind farm impacts worry Leeward Oahu residents
  4. Lawmakers Must Resist Any Effort To Undercut Hawaii’s Public Records Law
  5. Hospitals to Become More Like Used Car Dealerships 
  6. Not Many Doctors Want to Prescribe Death
  7. Hooser Having Difficulty Rounding up Support for Minimum Wage Hike
  8. State attorney general opposes Abigail Kawananakoa trust changes
  9. Water bill spikes prompt warning from Pearl City residents
  10. Junk Cars: Can Technophiles Control the Little People?
  11. Addicted To Airbnb: Hawaii’s Tourism Economy Depends On Illegal Vacation Rentals
  12. Fireworks ban as ineffective as temperance

Tuesday, January 01, 2019
January 1, 2019 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. Photo: Ship Burns 1800 miles off Oahu
  2. Ige Reappoints Directors at Eight Departments
  3. Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted December 30, 2018
  4. Will Supreme Court Act Before Council Sworn In?
  5. Doctors, Pharmacists to be Targeted: Eight Line up for Death in 2019
  6. Maui Strategies 360: New Farm Operator Hires Activists (so nobody is protesting)
  7. Maui Anti-GMO King: We are Just Like Old Boys—but more Secretive
  8. Star-Adv: Marijuana Not a Cash Cow
  9. New Laws for 2019

Monday, December 31, 2018
December 31, 2018 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. OHA CFO: We Keep Trustees in the Dark About LLCs
  2. House Finance Committee Sets Budget Hearings
  3. Auditor: Styrofoam Ban Doesn't Reduce Litter
  4. Campaign Spending Violations? Eric Ryan Attacks Republicans Again
  5. Disaster dollars: Hawaii County Council asked to add projects for eruption, hurricane damage to budget
  6. Great New Year Resolution: City Forcing More Homeless to Accept Shelter
  7. 10 Squatters Arrested--Residents of lava-ravaged Leilani Estates drop lawsuit
  8. Hawaii Supreme Court rejects appeal in nonjudicial foreclosure case
  9. Hawaii County Finally Figures out how to Open New Landfill—Call it ‘Organic’


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City Auditor: HART Cost Overruns Will Continue
by News Release Friday, January 18, 2019

"...HART policies and practices are inadequate to prevent cost overruns and schedule delays from recurring...."


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How we can keep our children in Hawaii?
by Kelii Akina Friday, January 18, 2019

...Senate President Ron Kouchi talked about how his “greatest passion was to create a Hawaii where each and every one one of our children could come home.”....


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Hawaii Construction Employment Down 4.8% for 2018
by News Release Friday, January 18, 2019

...Hawaii suffered the second-largest construction employment decline in USA....


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$10 Maui Oceanfront Parcel? Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Case
by Robert Thomas Friday, January 18, 2019

...Would You Pay $10 for Maui Beachfront Land?....


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Police Impersonators Attack OHA Offices, Most Escape Scot-free
by Andrew Walden Thursday, January 17, 2019

...Waving fake police badges, recidivist criminal police impersonators claiming to be ‘Federal Marshals’ from Kauai today assaulted employees at the State of Hawaii Office of Hawaiian Affairs.  Police let most of the group leave....


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Hawaii Tax Structure Uniquely Anti-Manufacturing
by Tax Foundation Thursday, January 17, 2019

...Hawaii, a state with a sales tax base so broad that it applies to more than the state’s entire economy, taxes not just the machinery businesses use to manufacture goods, but also the raw materials used in manufacturing....


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Honolulu, Maui Among Least Affordable Rental Markets
by News Release Thursday, January 17, 2019

...percent of average wages to rent--Santa Cruz County, California (81.7 percent); Honolulu County, Hawaii (74.4 percent); Spotsylvania County, Virginia (73.0 percent); Maui County, Hawaii (69.5 percent)....


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Math Goes PC: First-in-the-world UH ethnomathematics program approved by Hawaiʻi Teacher Standards Board
by News Release Wednesday, January 16, 2019

...Ethnomathematics participants gather algae around Coconut Island....


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Ige Sends McCartney to DBEDT, Fuchigami now Chief of Staff
by News Release Wednesday, January 16, 2019

...A press release announcing McCartney’s appointment Wednesday morning made no mention of the dual roles for Fuchigami....


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Opening Day: Be an Effective Citizen-Activist
by Brett Kulbis Wednesday, January 16, 2019

...This is my continuing effort to keep you informed of our progress and to provide information as we change the political landscape on Oahu....


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Opening Day Speech: What is a Loyal Opposition?
by Gene Ward Wednesday, January 16, 2019

...We will be faithful and committed to the needs of the people of Hawai‘i, and to the agenda that you set out as the Majority – but we ask that your agenda conform to the generally accepted principals of free markets, free people void of government shackles, and greater prosperity for all the people of Hawai‘i....


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Ed Case: "I'm an Asian Trapped in a White Body"
by Andrew Walden Wednesday, January 16, 2019

... faceplant ....


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Racial Progress? Hawaii 2nd-Worst Health Disparities
by News Article Wednesday, January 16, 2019

...WalletHub measured the gaps between blacks and whites across 22 key indicators of equality and integration in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia....


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DoH Reports 23,479 Medicated Dopers Statewide
by News Release Wednesday, January 16, 2019

...As of Nov. 30, 2018 there were approximately 6,659 registered patients and 383 caregivers on Hawai‘i Island of the total 23,479 patients and 1,734 caregivers registered statewide. The primary reported condition for adult registered patients is ‘severe pain’. The primary reported condition for children under 18 years of age is ‘seizures’....


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Harassed by Drugged-out Shelter–Refusers, Iolani Palace to close early--Children's Center may Shut Down
by News Release Wednesday, January 16, 2019

...there have been increasing issues with vandalism including damage to a palace window and graffiti on historic structures. This is a result of night time vagrancy and items such as hypodermic needles being left on the grass....


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Ige Announces More Second Tier Appointments
by News Release Tuesday, January 15, 2019

...HDoT, DAGS, DLIR, B&F.....


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Audit: HART Board Hands Control to Contractor with Little Oversight
by Hawaii State Auditor Tuesday, January 15, 2019

...In Report 2, we examined the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation’s current management structure, the relationship between HART and its Board of Directors, and HART’s use of third-party consultants to manage the Honolulu Rail Transit Project....


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Caldwell Coverup: Mayor Hid Target Letter from Public--Feds Raid Fasi Building
by News Article Tuesday, January 15, 2019

...Honolulu’s corporation counsel Donna Leong received a federal “target letter” eleven days ago--Caldwell said nothing until the story broke in the media....


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Hawaii Student Loan Debt Doubles in Decade
by News Article Tuesday, January 15, 2019

...Hawaii residents now owe $4.1B in student loans, up from $2B in 2008....


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Ige Appoints Three to Board of Regents
by News Release Tuesday, January 15, 2019

...Robert Frank Westerman (Kauaʻi County), Alapaki Nahale-a (Hawaiʻi County) and Kelli K.K. Acopan (Student Regent)....


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Irwin to be UH Hilo Chancellor?
by News Release Tuesday, January 15, 2019

...Irwin is currently the California State University (CSU) Monterey Bay provost and vice president for academic affairs....


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DCCA: Shop and Compare Insurance Options
by News Release Monday, January 14, 2019

...The Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Insurance Division has released its annual sample premium comparison guides for motor vehicle, homeowners, condominium, and renters insurance....


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FCC Slaps Down Sandwich Isles Again--Orders Company to Continue Serving Customers
by Andrew Walden Monday, January 14, 2019

...SIC may not discontinue service without our express authorization....


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Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted January 14, 2019
by News Article Monday, January 14, 2019

... weekly update from GovTrack.us ....


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Birth Control: Judge Blocks Religious Freedom in Hawaii
by News Article Monday, January 14, 2019

...The decision comes after a divided Ninth Circuit last month rebuked Gilliam for “abuse of discretion” by blocking interim versions of the rules in December 2017 in all 50 states....


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Zero-Based Budgeting
by Tom Yamachika Sunday, January 13, 2019

...Today, we examine “zero-based budgeting,” an idea that has been around for a while but was recently championed by House Finance Chair Sylvia Luke....  


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Who's Running in My District? 2019 Neighborhood Board Elections
by News Release Saturday, January 12, 2019

...Candidate registration open through Friday, February 15, 2019....


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40-70 planned suicides in 2019?
by Hawaii Family Forum Saturday, January 12, 2019

...Hawaii Family Forum Legislative Week in Review....


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Budget: Hawaii Scores 'D-' for Legacy Costs
by News Article Saturday, January 12, 2019

...The Volker Alliance gave states grades of A to D-minus, the lowest possible mark, for their practices in five areas that are the building blocks of budgeting nationwide....


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Candidates Already Lining up to Run for Gabbard's Congressional Seat
by Andrew Walden Saturday, January 12, 2019

...Within hours of Rep Tulsi Gabbard's presidential campaign announcement, the first hat is thrown into the ring for Hawaii CD2....


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‘Singapore model’ doesn’t sing for Hawaii housing
by Grassroot Institute Friday, January 11, 2019

Among conditions for the buyers of these “ALOHA homes”....


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Hawaii Ranks 49th for Federal Aid
by Tax Foundation Friday, January 11, 2019

...Which States Rely the Most on Federal Aid?....


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CNN: Tulsi Gabbard says she will run for president in 2020
by News Article Friday, January 11, 2019

...I have decided to run and will be making a formal announcement within the next week," the Hawaii Democrat told CNN's Van Jones during an interview slated to air at 7 p.m. Saturday....


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Third Chief in Three Years for DOCARE
by News Release Friday, January 11, 2019

...DLNR Chair Suzanne Case remarked, “Jason has stepped in and stepped up on multiple occasions to fill leadership voids when previous chiefs have retired or resigned...."


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Hawaii's coming recession--Are legislators Listening?
by Kelii Akina Friday, January 11, 2019

...The economic boom of the last few years allowed them to continue spending at high levels, and many of them would like to keep it that way....


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Gabbard Standing up Against Anti-Catholic Bigotry Within Democratic Party
by Heritage Foundation Friday, January 11, 2019

...Hirono asked, “If confirmed, do you intend to end your membership with this organization to avoid any appearance of bias?”....


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Ed Case Appointed to Appropriations Committee
by News Release Friday, January 11, 2019

...meanwhile Senator Brian Schatz serves on the Appropriations Committee in the U.S. Senate....


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BoE Will Re-Do Sup’t Vote—May Have Acted Illegally on Other Executive Hires
by News Release Friday, January 11, 2019

"...The chairwoman also said the BOE needs to review other past executive-session actions to ascertain whether or not they also should be invalidated...."


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Hawaii Sex Trafficking Study--Part 2 Released
by News Release Friday, January 11, 2019

"...Eighty percent of those forcibly initiated into prostitution via sex trafficking also prostituted without a trafficker at a later point...."


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New Hi-Tech Payroll System Reveals 4,589 State Employees Paid for 'Multiple Positions'
by News Release Thursday, January 10, 2019

...On the first pay date of the year on Jan. 4, 2019, the PeopleSoft Payroll system issued 70,771 payments to 66,182 employees, as there are individuals issued pay for multiple positions....


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Caldwell, Green Bless Iwilei Homeless Magnet
by News Release Thursday, January 10, 2019

...designed to make refusing shelter easier....


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Auditor: Internal Docs Show HART Lied to Public About Rail Costs
by Hawaii State Auditor Thursday, January 10, 2019

...We found that, as the Honolulu Rail Transit Project progressed and costs swelled from $5.122 billion in 2012 to $9.188 billion in 2018, HART began reporting information to the public that often contradicted its own internal projections or differed from what it was telling the Federal Transit Administration....


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'The untouchables: Out-of-control prosecutors and the system that protects them'
by News Release Thursday, January 10, 2019

...featuring nationally famous criminal justice journalist Radley Balko....


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State Supreme Court Declares Fevella the Winner--LoPresti Leaves us with One More Weird Story
by Brett Kulbis Thursday, January 10, 2019

...The Hawaii Supreme Court declared a Republican victory for Senator Kurt Fevella in the 2018 General Election for State Senate District 19....


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Hawaii Smokers Lose $48K Per Year
by News Article Thursday, January 10, 2019

...The Real Cost of Smoking by State....


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What Should OHA Really be Doing?
by Video Video Wednesday, January 09, 2019

...OHA Beneficiaries Need More Than Unity Amongst Trustees....


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Disabled: Hawaii Ranks 6th for Service, 49th for Opportunity
by News Release Wednesday, January 09, 2019

...The Case for Inclusion 2019 Ranks States on Policies and Programs that Encourage Employment and Community Living....


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RIMPAC: Navy Quietly Fires 20 Hyper Velocity Projectiles Through Destroyer’s Deckgun
by News Article Wednesday, January 09, 2019

...to prove the Navy could turn the more than 40-year-old deck gun design into an effective and low-cost weapon against cruise missiles and larger unmanned aerial vehicles....


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Viral 2019: Ten Second Fireworks Video
by Panos Prevedouros PhD Wednesday, January 09, 2019

...24 hours later, at 9 AM on January 2, the video had 278,000 views and about 1,300 Likes....


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The Misinformed, Ineffective War on Styrofoam
by Heritage Foundation Wednesday, January 09, 2019

...a recent report on Oahu suggests that a Styrofoam ban is unlikely to reduce litter and increase recycling....


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DoH cites Maui Land & Pineapple for wastewater violations
by News Release Wednesday, January 09, 2019

...The company has been ordered to pay a penalty of $230,000 and construct a new wastewater treatment plant....


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Fact-Checking 5 of Trump’s Claims in Border Speech
by Heritage Foundation Wednesday, January 09, 2019

...Trump made the case Tuesday night for the $5.7 billion he wants Congress to approve for a wall expanding the physical barrier along the southern border to stop the flow of illegal immigrants and drugs. The Daily Signal examines five of the president’s claims....


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Gabbard Rips Religious Bigotry After Hirono Demands Judicial Nominee Quit Knights of Columbus
by News Article Wednesday, January 09, 2019

"...I stand strongly against those who are fomenting religious bigotry, citing as disqualifiers Buescher’s Catholicism and his affiliation with the Knights of Columbus...." -- Rep Tulsi Gabbard


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Pedestrian Death at Site of Improperly Removed Crosswalk
by Gene Ward Wednesday, January 09, 2019

...Rep Gene Ward sent a letter today, urging Mayor Caldwell and his administration to immediately reinstate a crosswalk that was mistakenly removed by the City & County last year....


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Tech Modernization Plans in the 2019-21 Budget
by News Release Wednesday, January 09, 2019

...tens of millions of dollars for modernization within nearly every department....


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Christian Brothers Oust Damien School President--Dispute Over Child Molestation Settlements
by News Release Wednesday, January 09, 2019

...they resisted a request from the Christian Brothers to set aside over a million dollars in potential costs for sex assault lawsuits from the past....


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Ige Appoints New Directors at Three Departments
by News Release Wednesday, January 09, 2019

...BUF, DAGS, DLIR....


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SPED Parents Asked to Sign up for Medicaid
by News Release Wednesday, January 09, 2019

...Medicaid may provide a partial reimbursement for medically and educationally necessary, health-related services when required for a student through his or her Individualized Education Plan....


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Ige Appoints New PUC Chair
by News Release Wednesday, January 09, 2019

...Jay Griffin becomes PUC chair immediately....


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Ige Reappoints Directors at Eleven Departments
by News Release Tuesday, January 08, 2019

...HDOT, DoTAX, DHRD, DOH, DHS, DLNR, DCCA, PSD, DHHL, ETS, DoD....


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Ill-Fated Ocean Cleanup Boom Collected only 2000kg Plastic
by Andrew Walden Tuesday, January 08, 2019

...the boom, tagged “Wilson” and “System 001” by OC, is being towed very slowly--between one and three knots--and is not expected to arrive in Hawaii until mid-January....


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Feds to PUC: Stop Approving Bat-Killing Windfarms without Endangered Species Permits
by News Article Tuesday, January 08, 2019

"...HECO has not been coordinating with the Service and DOFAW to verify that a wind energy producer has completed the necessary compliance procedures...."


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Auditor Follows up on Foundation on Culture and Arts
by Hawaii State Auditor Tuesday, January 08, 2019

...the Foundation and DAGS have implemented 16 and partially implemented 7 of the 29 recommendations. Six recommendations have not been implemented....


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Rep Ward Calls for Second Trump-Kim Summit to be held at Waikiki
by Gene Ward Monday, January 07, 2019

...US scouts Bangkok, Hanoi, and Hawaii as possible locations for Kim-Trump summit....


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Keli'i Akina Interviews Environmental Watchdog Caroll Cox
by Video Video Monday, January 07, 2019

...Carroll Cox has spent decades investigating environmental violations by individuals, companies, and the government....


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Sex Harassment: New House Rules "add another layer of silence"
by News Release Monday, January 07, 2019

...Notably, the draft policy excludes the Hawaii State Ethics Commission, which rendered the Souki decision last year....


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Hawaii 4th-Fewest Families with Young Children
by News Article Monday, January 07, 2019

...2019’s Best & Worst States to Raise a Family....


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HECO Pushing Seven Giant Battery Farms
by News Release Monday, January 07, 2019

...The projects – three on Oahu, two on Maui and two on Hawaii Island – will add approximately 262 megawatts (MW) of solar energy with 1,048 megawatt-hours (MWh) of storage....


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Remembering Senator Fred Rohlfing, Republican Reformer
by News Article Monday, January 07, 2019

"...if we fail to make our party representative of our diverse population, it will be...years before a two-party system comes back to Hawai'i...."


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VIDEO: Economic Cost of Jones Act to Koloa Rum Co
by Video Video Sunday, January 06, 2019

...How the Jones Act affects one Hawaii business....


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