Thursday, May 13, 2021
Hawai'i Daily News Read

Wednesday, May 12, 2021
May 12, 2021 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. 'Frankenbill' would suspend tax exemptions for some Hawaii businesses
  2. Res 21-116: Stop Rail at Middle Street  
  3. Ex-Navatek CEO accused of virus loan fraud pleads not guilty
  4. The Local-Versus-Outsider Leadership Debate Continues
  5. Incoming Hawaii Teachers Union Chief Offers Changes In Style Not Substance
  6. Ex-police chief to lead board review on police shootings
  7. Hawaii Family Forum member survey exposes strong anti-vaccine sentiment
  8. How one state worker helped open the door to Cryptocurrency in Hawai‘i
  9. Vendor Fined $65K for Setting up Beach Chairs
  10. Small Farmers Deserve Better Support Than The ADC Has Provided
  11. More Homeless Mayhem: Man, 39, in critical condition after suspect sets him on fire in downtown Honolulu

Tuesday, May 11, 2021
May 11, 2021 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. Rolling Blackouts Coming: HECO-PUC Blame Game
  2. Honolulu City Council resolution urges rail to stop at Middle Street
  3. Bill to increase lodging tax could stifle visitor industry, some say
  4. HSTA Blackmail: If you want Teachers to Start Working Again, Give us the $2,200 Cash Money    
  5. UH budget tripped up by Dela Cruz pork
  6. Hawaii businesses say too many loopholes keep employees from coming back to work
  7. Hawaii Burns Thru $18B
  8. Hawaii Among Top Vaccination States—Over 70% have one shot 
  9. Ex-Honolulu police chief Louis Kealoha to visit family near Canadian Border before heading to prison
  10. Molotov Cocktails at Hawaii Supreme Court, Attorney General Office
  11. L&L co-founder Eddie Flores critical of Mayor Rick Blangiardi’s Chinatown efforts
  12. Federal COVID aid is helping to get nearly 1,000 homeless people on Oahu into housing

Monday, May 10, 2021
May 10, 2021 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. Daily Visitor Count Reaches 75% of Peak    
  2. Will Ige Veto HB862?  Bill cuts off Hawaii Tourism Authority’s funding source
  3. Hawaii tops nation in worrying about COVID-19
  4. It's Time To Drop The COVID-19 Tier System
  5. Why Honolulu’s rail system should end at Middle Street
  6. Hoping to Get COVID, many Hawaii inmates not getting vaccine
  7. The Miske Case: Another Co-Defendant Turns Against Alleged Honolulu Crime Boss
  8. Hawaii Police Shootings Review Board Has At Least A Dozen Cases
  9. Parents left hanging after City's Summer Fun online registration debacle
  10. Big Island On Pace To Meet Renewable Energy Goals In 2 Years

Sunday, May 9, 2021
May 9, 2021 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. Ige Can still Veto Aloha Stadium Boondoggle
  2. HB613 Veto Coming? $2,200 Giveaway to HSTA is Illegal
  3. Legislature looted COVID aid to pay off HSTA
  4. Supporters rally to show their appreciation for law enforcement
  5. Micronesians feel hatred in Hawaii, decry police shooting
  6. Hawaii Abortionists Target Chamorros
  7. Workers wanted: Kaua‘i businessowners say it’s hard to hire good workers
  8. City & County of Honolulu facing potential job losses across departments
  9. Light vehicles in state’s fleet to transition to electric by 2035

Saturday, May 8, 2021
May 8, 2021 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. With HART facing $3.6B deficit, Blangiardi says rail will likely not make it to Ala Moana
  2. Search for new HPD chief will (pretend to) be expanded to more states than in previous years
  3. Mayor tells Chinatown he’s got a big ‘to do’ list for the area
  4. Mediation Scheme Sticks landlords with Bill for 3,600 COVID Deadbeats
  5. Hawaii is one of two states without a plan or date to fully reopen

Friday, May 7, 2021
May 7, 2021 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. HGEA Angered by $2,200 HSTA Bonus
  2. Legislature slashes operating funds to UH by 10% over next 2 years
  3. Kealoha victim says settlement talks with city collapsed after ‘slap in the face’ offers
  4. Myeni’s wife, Lindsay, to stay in South Africa for her children’s safety
  5. Concerns raised after Navy contains another fuel leak at Red Hill storage facility
  6. Exposed: Developer’s $65M ‘Affordable’ Housing Trick
  7. Bill passes to impose 5% Hawaii conveyance tax on $10M+ condo sales
  8. SB474 would require Hawaii home sales to disclose sea level rise (but not commercial property)
  9. Some restaurant owners claim they’re having trouble finding workers during the pandemic    
  10. Poll: Voters Split Over Recreational Marijuana
  11. Claim: Saito Will Go Back to Lunatic Asylum After Manini Prison Sentence
  12. HGEA Keeps Opening date in limbo for Hawaii State Hospital’s new facility
  13. Because Green Energy is a Fraud, HECO-PUC Point Fingers Over Rolling Blackouts Coming After Coal, Oil Plant Shutdowns
  14. Rural America Gets Bad Vibrations From Big Wind

Thursday, May 6, 2021
May 6, 2021 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. Hirono says Honolulu shouldn’t expect more Rail money
  2. Honolulu rail cars rusting, all wheels may need to be replaced
  3. Opportunity Caldwell: 44% Plurality Still Want Rail Built to Ala Moana
  4. New Aloha Stadium, ill-conceived and costly, is losing fans
  5. More than 20,000 Hawaii hotel jobs could be lost despite travel demand
  6. City: CNHA Mishandles Personal information belonging to some Oahu rent relief applicants
  7. Police commission taps assistant chief to lead HPD until a permanent replacement is hired
  8. Ex-MPD officer pleads guilty to soliciting sex in exchange for providing false testimony
  9. How to Resolve Community Conflicts

Wednesday, May 5, 2021
May 5, 2021 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. Poll: 63% Like Green only 29% Like Caldwell
  2. 63% Fully Vaccinated in Hawaii
  3. Radiant Cordero: Stopping rail at Middle Street won’t save money
  4. Hawaiian Electric Says It Might Pull The Plug On Giant Battery (Rolling Blackouts Coming)
  5. Small Businesses vs OHA Landlordism: Hawaii lawmakers set to extend land lease terms to nearly 100 years
  6. For Maui families to stay on Maui, we need a new affordable housing system
  7. Bringing Back The Pork: Case, Kahele Earmark Requests Revealed
  8. Prosecutors seek maximum sentence for Ken Lawson’s gift to Hawaii--former death row inmate found guilty of robbery
  9. Obeying a police officer’s instructions is part of the social contract we must respect
  10. Blangiardi Drifts without any Policy as Homeless concerns growing in Chinatown
  11. Homeless’ Dogs Get Microchips and Meds, but Meth Addict Owners not Forced into Housing
  12. Skydiving gets 6-month extension at Dillingham airfield
  13. University of Hawaii graduate assistants sue for right to unionize

Tuesday, May 4, 2021
May 4, 2021 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. Escape Gambit Works:  Saito to be released from Prison Soon
  2. Not-a-Pimp McCoy Guilty of Robbery
  3. Hawaii Safe Travels getting help from company that developed New York’s COVID-19 ‘vaccine passport’
  4. Gov. Ige mulls vaccination mandate for State Employees
  5. Public’s help needed to locate Maruo Sykap, 21, wanted in connection with robbery
  6. Myeni family’s attorneys want to query occupants, owner of home
  7. Hawaii ranked 5th most impacted state for hotel industry job loss for 2021
  8. Kauai Exultant as 700 Visitors turned away at Ha‘ena
  9. Thousands sign petition calling for spectators to be allowed for youth sports on O'ahu
  10. Oahu's Rental & Utility Relief Program temporarily closes minutes after opening
  11. Fewer food drops ahead: The Food Basket says they are not sustainable at the current frequency

Monday, May 3, 2021
May 3, 2021 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. Fraud at Olelo leads to Investigation at Aloha United Way and UH
  2. Oahu’s international visitor market isn’t expected to fully recover until 2024
  3. UC should continue supporting Thirty Meter Telescope on Maunakea
  4. Measure Criminalizing ‘Coercive Control’ Faces Opposition From Public Defender, Prosecutor and Law Enforcement
  5. Under a new plan, landlords could remove tenants if alternative actions do not work out

Sunday, May 2, 2021
May 2, 2021 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. KSBE Trustee Selection: “Intentionally trying to hide what’s going on”
  2. Administrations change, but never Honolulu rail authority’s malfeasance
  3. Will Ige Veto TAT Hike, HTA Cuts?
  4. After a Year of Worthless Empty Chatter About Reimagining Tourism, The Industry is Back, Unchanged
  5. Waikiki area crimes made up 17% of the entire island’s crimes over the past week
  6. Dozens of applications submitted for Maunakea working group
  7. Unique affordable-housing program allows Department of Hawaiian Home Lands tenants to buy rentals
  8. Tent City Fail: Over 30 Homeless Addicts evicted from Lucy Wright Park – Nothing Achieved in a Year

Saturday, May 1, 2021
May 1, 2021 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. TAT Hike?  “Now is not the time to increase the cost of doing business in Hawaii.”
  2. Head Of Hawaii’s Teachers’ Union Is Vying To Be Interim Superintendent (cut out the middleman)
  3. Colleen Hanabusa’s gravy train
  4. Blangiardi Suggests Rail Could Stop Short of Ala Moana
  5. Overregulation will lead to even less affordable housing
  6. Hawaii has now sunk below California for last place in in-person instruction.
  7. HECO to Switch from Coal to Oil Because Green Energy Initiative is a Fraud
  8. Carrying a gun in public in Hawaii
  9. HPD releases audio of 911 call that led to fatal police shooting of 29-year-old man in Nuuanu
  10. Brother of teen fatally shot by police indicted for another robbery
  11. More seniors homeless on the streets
  12. Local 5 Celebrates Communist Holiday with Rally in Projects

Friday, April 30, 2021
April 30, 2021 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. Without Free Money from the Sky, Legislature Would have been Lost, Dazed and Confused
  2. Lawmakers pass bill that would cut Hawaii Tourism Authority funding by $19M
  3. Maui Property Tax Rates Increasing
  4. Universal Basic Income is Here Right Now
  5. Redevelopment bill awaits Ige’s signature
  6. Ritte Grifts for Vacant Senate Seat 
  7. Honolulu prosecutor Steven Alm announces new oversight process for police shootings
  8. Hawaii Abortionists want Telemedicine Abortions for Guam
  9. Kauai Island-wide power outage

Thursday, April 29, 2021
April 29, 2021 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. Precisely as Predicted: Hanabusa Awarded $924K HART Consulting Contract  
  2. Insider Information Behind Hanabusa Contract (Clue: Bid Tailoring is Illegal.)
  3. Sacrifice? Hawaii lawmakers approve $2,200 one-time payments to all state teachers
  4. Hawaii schools, teachers, students scramble with thousands of seniors off-track to graduate
  5. Kauai Mayor: ‘County Needs TAT Hike’
  6. Hidden Giveaway for Insiders who Bought ‘Affordable Housing?
  7. PUC ‘Quite Concerned’ About Rolling Blackouts on Oahu, Maui
  8. House Creates Panel To Probe Land Fund, Agriculture Agency
  9. Aloha Stadium Could Be Demolished In 2022
  10. HB1376 Paves Way to End Eviction Moratorium
  11. Rep. Lynn Decoite announces intent to vie for Senate District 7 Vacancy
  12. Judge rules lawsuit filed by Peter Boy Kema’s siblings can move ahead in court
  13. Lawmakers Push BoE to Hire Local Superintendent
  14. Proposal seeks new buffer for wind farms, residents
  15. Hawaii one of only 4 states that cannot take badges away from bad police officers
  16. Sykap brothers indicted for assaulting, robbing a woman on Kalakaua Ave.
  17. Under state’s new red light camera program, tickets will follow car owners not drivers
  18. Termination of Commander of Hawaii-based fast-attack submarine connected to recent Suicide

Wednesday, April 28, 2021
April 28, 2021 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. New County Hotel Tax Is Approved In Final Vote
  2. Hawaii House kills bill curtailing governor emergency powers
  3. After Months of Pandering, Legislators Vote for their Real, Predetermined Agenda 
  4. Honolulu Prosecutors Have Long Been Stymied When Investigating Police Killings. That’s About To Change
  5. Rally to support Hawaii law enforcement agencies scheduled for May
  6. Lawsuit: Former Maui Prosecutor Blames ‘Diabetic Rage’ for Mood Swings 
  7. Honolulu named 4th worst hit city for small businesses during pandemic
  8. Despite nearly 60,000 unemployed residents, restaurants struggling to find employees
  9. Add cyber to infrastructure package, Hawaii Gov. Ige tells Congress
  10. Most UH students will likely remain at a distance until Spring 2022
  11. City rolling out more dangerous bike lanes in Honolulu
  12. City again pretends to take first steps to relocate landfill

Tuesday, April 27, 2021
April 27, 2021 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. Miske Complains his Cell is too Small—Will use this as an excuse for appeal
  2. Courts Also Letting other Sykap Go Again and Again
  3. Hawaii commercial rent relief bill stalls—Counties May Step in
  4. Hawaii tobacco trust fund targeted by lawmakers
  5. HB499 would allow 99-year leases of public lands poised for approval
  6. Lease Retention Priority for new Pohakuloa Commander
  7. The ‘taking’ of Aloha Stadium parking and loss of tailgating
  8. Council to Spend County Taxpayer Money to get Federal Taxpayer Money
  9. Hawaii residents most searched question on Google—‘How do I file for unemployment?’
  10. Hawaii suit over gun rights could be shaped by another case before US Supreme Court
  11. Local youth crime-fighting program at risk of shutting down turns to community for help
  12. Honolulu police are cracking down on illegal game rooms, but is it enough?

Monday, April 26, 2021
April 26, 2021 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. Oahu residents rally to show support for police
  2. Brother of slain teen arrested for robbing girl near memorial of deadly police shooting
  3. Tax Hike Trick: City Council considers measure that would create a progressive residential property tax
  4. Lawmakers plan to use half of federal relief funds to bail out Hawaii businesses
  5. Guardian Ad Litems Are A Better Choice To Help The Mentally Ill Than Public Defenders
  6. Expand access to government
  7. Spat over Gov. David Ige’s emergency power misses real emergency
  8. Why some people oppose a vaccine passport
  9. Gay Daddy Joins State Commission On Fatherhood
  10. State recommends renewal of stormwater runoff permit for TMT construction site
  11. State Supreme Court examines challenges to controversial Big Island power plant
  12. Reserved areas for residents-only: HTA asks communities to consider (unconstitutional) new ideas for tourism
  13. COVID  Wrecks TVR Market, Big Island Regulations Now Unsustainable
  14. Legislators Dump Bill Requiring Financial Literacy Classes
  15. Campaign Finance Records Suggest An Easy Reelection Bid For Brian Schatz

Sunday, April 25, 2021
April 25, 2021 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. HB1348: Stadium Authority Will Control Development Decisions
  2. Formation of Mauna Kea working group on target despite boycott
  3. HIEMA Director Major General Ken Hara explains vaccine exception program
  4. Legislative News: Progressives Plan to Bring Back all the Same Failed Ideas Again Next Session
  5. Police Body Cam Footage Should Be A Tool For Justice
  6. The ‘Mauka Shift’ Could Solve Rail’s Utility Woes. Why Did It Happen So Late?
  7. Rush Hour Tolls: Make the Little People Pay for Jamming up our Roads
  8. Honolulu working on easing months-long backlog at licensing centers
  9. $1.3M secured for Kauai juvenile drug treatment center
  10. Hundreds clean up homeless trash near bike path along Pearl Harbor

Saturday, April 24, 2021
April 24, 2021 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. HART Board Members Propose Middle Street end for Oahu’s rail line
  2. HB862: 30% Increase in TAT to 13.25% 
  3. Measure to defer salary increase for Hawaii officials advances
  4. United Public Workers’ bargaining units divided on ratifying labor agreement
  5. HECO`s Proposed Stand-Alone Battery Designed to Double-Bill Ratepayers
  6. Mayor: Chief won’t talk to me about police shootings
  7. New website soliciting stories and suggestions about city planning/permitting department
  8. O'ahu man says he still hasn't gotten unemployment help after filing weekly since December
  9. Lava recovery buyout program launches next Friday
  10. Thanks to policy change, Hawaiian Home Lands loan program now available to farmers
  11. DLNR Continues to Harass Shoreline Property Owners
  12. Feds report people in Hawaii are scammed out of about $400 million per year

Friday, April 23, 2021
April 23, 2021 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. Police Union President Doesn’t Want An HPD Chief From The Mainland
  2. Widow of Lindani Myeni Sues Honolulu Police For Wrongful Death
  3. Director of city DPP promises immediate changes following bribery scheme
  4. Miske co-defendant intends to withdraw his “not guilty” plea
  5. Oahu Island Burial Council claims Ige is retaliating against its longtime leader    
  6. King’s Cathedral on Maui still faces public backlash despite reporting no active COVID cases
  7. University of Hawaii on the fence about coronavirus vaccination requirements


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Stung by PUC, HECO Releases 'Customer Energy Resources Strategy'
by News Release Thursday, May 13, 2021

"... to increase rooftop solar and similar customer energy resources to the scale needed to reach the state’s clean energy benchmarks ...."


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HECO vs PUC on Kapolei Battery Farm
by News Release Thursday, May 13, 2021

... Hawaiian Electric is asking the PUC to approve the KES project but without the operational and financial conditions it imposed in its April 29, 2021, decision and order (No. 37754) ....


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Expanded Marine Protections Benefited Hawaii Tuna Fishery, Study Shows
by News Article Thursday, May 13, 2021

... Major fleets' catch and revenue rose after enlargement of two marine monuments ....


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What happens after Pride of America says ‘aloha’ to Hawaii?
by Grassroot Institute Thursday, May 13, 2021

... If the 2,186-passenger cruise liner were redeployed or retired today, there would be no comparable ship to replace it under federal law ....


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The Jones Act Should Be Waived, but More Substantive Changes Are Needed
by Cato Foundation Thursday, May 13, 2021

... In the wake of the Colonial Pipeline outage that has produced mounting fuel shortages along the East Coast, the Department of Transportation has ​announced that it is taking initial steps ....


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US House Resolution Backs National Forest in Hawaii
by Ed Case Wednesday, May 12, 2021

... The U.S. House has once again passed his National Forest study measure that calls on the United States Forest Service (USFS) to engage communities in the State of Hawai’i in a study to identify suitable parcels to be incorporated into a National Forest ....


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Hawaii GE Tax Highest In USA
by Tax Foundation Wednesday, May 12, 2021

... In fiscal year (FY) 2018, the highest state sales tax collections per capita were found in Hawaii ($2,694) ....


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HR279 Undermines American Samoa Self-Determination
by News Release Wednesday, May 12, 2021

... American Samoa is the only territory that selects part of its legislature through customary means and the only territory that prohibits the alienation of most of its lands ....


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Colonial Pipeline: Biden-Harris Administration faces Jones Act conundrum
by Michael Hansen Wednesday, May 12, 2021

... The Colonial Pipeline system remains shutdown for the fifth day in a row after the Russian cybercrime gang DarkSide unleashed a ransomware cyberattack ....


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VIDEO: Molotov Cocktails at Hawaii Supreme Court, Attorney General Office
by Video Video Wednesday, May 12, 2021

... Eric Stroeve, arrested for alleged arson of Supreme Court, had been arrested multiple times on Oahu--including for assault on HPD officers in Feb 2020--but not jailed because of COVID sanctions ordered by the very same Supreme Court he allegedly firebombed ....


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DoH Revokes License of Maui Weed Dealer
by News Release Wednesday, May 12, 2021

... The NOVO was issued due to the licensee’s ongoing failure to submit annual independent financial audits ....


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Bid-Rigging: Hanabusa Chickens out, Blangiardi Appoints her to HART Board Instead
by News Release Tuesday, May 11, 2021

... Blangiardi: “I had nothing to do with that contract” ....


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The affordable housing trap - Mandates can't create more housing
by Kelii Akina Tuesday, May 11, 2021

... why housing prices have soared statewide and why affordability mandates won’t have the desired results ....


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Will the Colonial Pipeline cyberattack necessitate a Jones Act waiver?
by Michael Hansen Tuesday, May 11, 2021

... President Biden may not be as keen as President Trump was to issue Jones act waivers ....


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Steven B. Merrill Named Special Agent in Charge of the Honolulu Field Office
by News Release Tuesday, May 11, 2021

... Mr. Merrill most recently served as a financial crimes section chief in the Criminal Investigative Division at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. ....


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Saiki Names Mauna Kea Working Group Members
by News Release Tuesday, May 11, 2021

.... Saiki selected Representative Mark M. Nakashima, Chair of the Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs Committee (District 1 – Hamakua, North Hilo, South Hilo) to serve as Chair of the working group ....


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Hawaii Worst State to Be a Police Officer
by News Article Monday, May 10, 2021

... Officers are more likely to be attracted to police departments that steer clear of scandal and corruption and that are transparent with their communities ....


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UHPA: Our Senate’s punch to the gut of UH
by News Release Monday, May 10, 2021

... UH’s budget got gutted—by our Senate ....


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Behavioral health dashboard: Homelessness and mental health in Hawaiʻi
by News Release Monday, May 10, 2021

... explore statistics on inpatient stays and drug prescriptions, and review homelessness numbers and mental health emergency calls ....


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Hirono: Lets Use COVID Aid to Blackmail United Airlines
by News Release Monday, May 10, 2021

"... require any new PSP agreement with United Airlines or any applicant require the airline to refrain from outsourcing jobs ...."


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HB613: HGEA Calls on Ige to Veto $29M HSTA Bonus
by News Release Sunday, May 9, 2021

"...the Legislature disregarded collective bargaining and granted this generous cash bonus to one group of employees while making significant departmental cuts elsewhere, like in higher education, which will likely lead to layoffs...."


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DoE Summer School--HSTA Says Members Should not be Assigned to Work
by News Release Sunday, May 9, 2021

... and no in-person summer school on the Big Island, Molokai or Lanai ....


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State/Federal Changes in Income Tax Coming
by Tom Yamachika Sunday, May 9, 2021

... Income tax is a complicated enough subject already ....


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Travel Weekly: Grassroot Institute Cruises the Last Frontier
by News Article Saturday, May 8, 2021

... it's been deemed easier to work with Canada rather than those within the U.S. government committed to preserving the status quo ....


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Notice of Anticipated Judicial Vacancy – District Judge, District Court of the First Circuit
by News Release Saturday, May 8, 2021

... The Judicial Selection Commission is accepting applications and nominations to fill the following anticipated judicial vacancy ....


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HS Students Watch Kahuku Windfarm Case Argued Before Supreme Court
by News Release Saturday, May 8, 2021

... Participating schools included Konawaena High School on Hawaii island, Lahainaluna High School on Maui, and Waipahu High School on Oahu .... 


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Mayor Victorino Bill 10 Veto Upheld, Saves Affordable Housing
by News Release Saturday, May 8, 2021

"... In theory, Bill 10 would require more affordable housing to be built, but in reality, history has shown that such additional restrictions have the opposite effect ....”


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Ige Signs Proclamation--Vaccine Passport Begins May 11
by News Release Saturday, May 8, 2021

... The state’s Safe Travels platform went online today, allowing travelers to upload their travel information and vaccination data ....


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Statewide List of Walk-In COVID Vaccination Sites
by News Release Saturday, May 8, 2021

... By getting the vaccine and encouraging your loved ones to do the same, we will be able to return to a comfortable level of normalcy and safety ....


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HART needs to quit being so secretive
by Kelii Akina Saturday, May 8, 2021

... Marked “Confidential (Not for Distribution),” the document contains analyses of both the original plan for the rail and 27 alternatives ....


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The U.S. Owes Hawaiians Millions of Dollars Worth of Land. Hawaii Congressional Delegation Helped Make Sure the Debt Wasn’t Paid.
by News Article Friday, May 7, 2021

... At least six other current and former members of Hawaii’s congressional delegation have supported such legislation one or more times ....


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How the Deals Approved by Congress Bypassed Thousands of Hawaiians Waiting for Homes
by News Article Friday, May 7, 2021

... They were authorized via special legislation approved by Congress, including members of Hawaii’s own delegation ....


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Blangiardi signs bill to subsidize affordable rental housing
by News Release Friday, May 7, 2021

... Property owners can receive $9,000 or $15,000 per qualified unit based on the number of units rented to households below the area median income (AMI) ....


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Creating Facts on the Ground: Stadium Authority Rushes Decision to Demolish Aloha Stadium
by News Release Friday, May 7, 2021

... In a special Stadium Authority Board Meeting this morning (Thursday, May 6), the Board confirmed and voted for an early demolition of the existing stadium location ....


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These Tax Bills Got Sent to the Governor - Hold on to your wallets!
by Video Video Friday, May 7, 2021

... There were significant changes in net income tax, exemptions suspended for the GET, a new 3% bump for the transient accommodations tax, tripling and quadrupling tax rates for conveyances of real property, and more ....


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Ige Approves Kauai's Move to Tier Three
by News Release Friday, May 7, 2021

... The more cautious tier was activated after the island’s average case count remained elevated for the past two weeks ....


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O‘ahu to continue in Tier 3 four more weeks
by News Release Thursday, May 6, 2021

... while the county and the state work together on incorporating vaccination counts on O‘ahu into modified metrics for the Tier system ....


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UH Mānoa highly ranked for diversity, research, employability of graduates
by News Release Thursday, May 6, 2021

... according to the 2021 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) USA University Rankings, released on May 5 ....


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44% of small-businesses have job openings they can't fill
by News Release Thursday, May 6, 2021

... This number is 22 points higher than the 48-year historical average ....


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Senate Reorganizes Leadership, Committees
by News Release Thursday, May 6, 2021

... appointment of Senator Dru Kanuha (District 3 – Kona and Kaʻū) as the new Senate Majority Leader ....


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China plans to revive strategic Kiribati airstrip
by News Article Thursday, May 6, 2021

"...The island would be a fixed aircraft carrier...."


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Hawaii Corporate Tax Costs Compared to 50 States
by Tax Foundation Wednesday, May 5, 2021

... Manufacturing faces exceedingly high rates of taxation in Hawaii, but some other firms benefit from generous incentives, reducing tax costs or even yielding negative rates of tax ....


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Hawaii Tourism Recovery Slowest in USA
by News Article Wednesday, May 5, 2021

... States that are Recovering the Quickest from COVID-19 ....


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Best States for Nurses--Hawaii 39th
by News Article Wednesday, May 5, 2021

... Hawaii ranks 48th for nursing salary when cost of living is factored in ....


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Case Reintroduces Blue Pacific Act for Coordinated US Policy
by Ed Case Wednesday, May 5, 2021

... BLUE Pacific Act, Establishes a Comprehensive, Long-term U.S. Foreign Policy in the Pacific Islands Amidst Growing International Engagement in the Region ....


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HECO Disconnect Moratorium Ends May 31
by News Release Tuesday, May 4, 2021

... Past due customers can avoid collection activity by setting up payment plan ....


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UH Announces Graduation Plans
by News Release Tuesday, May 4, 2021

... UH spring 2021 commencement ceremonies range from virtual to in-person ....


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China a threat to Jones Act lobby, except when it’s not
by Grassroot Institute Tuesday, May 4, 2021

... Jones Act carriers claim China is a threat to America’s maritime industry, but when they need cheap repairs, they know where to go ....


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Biometric Controls for International Arrivals at Honolulu Airport
by News Release Tuesday, May 4, 2021

... fulfills a Congressional mandate to biometrically record the entry and exit of non-U.S. citizens ....


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DoE Seeking ESSA Waiver (again)
by News Release Tuesday, May 4, 2021

... Public feedback is sought for HIDOE’s proposed accountability waiver and its assurances ....


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2021 HS Graduation Schedule Announced
by News Release Tuesday, May 4, 2021

... Alternative ceremony formats will continue for a second year and limit guest access to comply with COVID-19 health and safety guidelines ....


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Special Agents Check 3,200 Hotel Rooms for Quarantine Violators
by News Release Monday, May 3, 2021

... As part of last Friday’s operation, special agents visited 10 hotels ....


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Two Anti-Gun Bills Await Ige Signature
by NRA ILA Monday, May 3, 2021

... many anti-gun bills were defeated this session ....


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​City’s Rental and Utility Relief Program closes after just a few minutes -- will reopen June 7
by News Release Monday, May 3, 2021

... it will reopen the first working Monday of each month as long as funds are available ....


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Legislators Sum up 2021 Session
by News Release Sunday, May 2, 2021

... The Governor has until June 21, 2021, to provide the Legislature with notification of his intent to veto ....


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Counties, the TAT Is Now Your Problem Too!
by Tom Yamachika Sunday, May 2, 2021

... For many years, the counties and the State have been bickering about how much support from the State’s transient accommodations tax (TAT) they should get ....


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Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted May 1, 2021
by GovTrack .us Saturday, May 1, 2021

... bills introduced and votes in Congress for week ending May 1, 2021 ....


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COVID-19 Joint Information Center Ends Daily Summary Reports
by News Release Saturday, May 1, 2021

... At this point, all the information reported in the Daily News Digest (DND) can be viewed on a daily basis via the web links regularly included, and the JIC has produced this final DND today. ...


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Secret Document Shows HART looking at 27 possible rail changes 
by Grassroot Institute Saturday, May 1, 2021

... The document, marked “CONFIDENTIAL (NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION),” says that stopping the rail at Middle Street could lower costs, provide long-term flexibility for route changes and fleet expansion, and benefit from future driverless technologies .... 


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City’s Rental and Utility Relief Program to reopen May 3 at 2 p.m.
by News Release Saturday, May 1, 2021

"...fraudulent applications may be referred to law enforcement....”


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Extended Deadline: Judicial Vacancy – Circuit Judge, Circuit Court of the Second Circuit
by News Release Saturday, May 1, 2021

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


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UH Debate Team Accused of Mocking Black Debate Opponents
by News Release Saturday, May 1, 2021

"...We still do not have all of the facts of the incident yet...."


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Legislators Breathe New Life into Auditing OHA
by Kelii Akina Saturday, May 1, 2021

... During the 2021 legislative session, lawmakers demonstrated strong interest in matters concerning the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) ....


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Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory
by Kelii Akina Friday, April 30, 2021

...The Fumble or The Phantom Punch....


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Locals Worry Wind and Solar Will Gobble Up Forests and Farms
by News Article Friday, April 30, 2021

... locals are pushing back, saying that forests and farmlands should not be sacrificed in the fight against climate change ....


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Will Supreme Court Consolidate Hawaii Gun Case with NY Case?
by News Article Friday, April 30, 2021

... the Court can consolidate the New York Case with Young v. Hawaii ....


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Hawaii State Legislature Declares Climate Emergency
by Court House News Friday, April 30, 2021

... SCR44 is just a toothless symbolic statement, but it is being hyped nationwide ....


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March Visitor Arrivals Up 1.1%
by Hawaii Tourism Authority Friday, April 30, 2021

... This was the first time in a year where visitor arrivals were up, but the year-to-date arrivals were still significantly down (-60.1%) ....


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Maui, Kona Rental Car Rates Top $900/wk
by News Release Friday, April 30, 2021

... Kahului, Hawaii, is the most expensive U.S. destination in which to rent a car this spring ....


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Legislature allows governor to act without restraint for another year
by Grassroot Institute Thursday, April 29, 2021

... This bill was so close to the finish line that the only question seemed to be whether Gov. Ige would agree to limit his power ....


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