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Interior Department Lumps Kamehameha and Lahaianaluna in with 'Indian Boarding Schools'

Hawaii: Burn Through $1M in 10 Years 

UHERO: Real income will decline 5% this year

Kahele: ‘I was part of the problem just two years ago but I’m different now so elect me governor’

KITV: … While running for Congress two years ago, Kai Kahele took big contributions from everything from the aviation industry to unions.

"I'm not saying I wasn't (sic) part of the problem I was (sic) part of the problem, I'm trying to change it," Kahele tells KITV4 (without smirking) ….

Kahele is hoping his gamble pays off….

(IQ Test: Are you laughing?)

Kahele Refusing to resign Congress so he can Illegally Use Federal Money for Gubernatorial Campaign?

Mafia News: Kahele Admits he was Picked for State Senate by Malu Motta’s Best Friend 

Watson: Kahele can Save Democrats from BJ Penn (no joke)

SA: LIVESTREAM: Hawaii gubernatorial candidate Kai Kahele joins the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s ‘Spotlight Hawaii’

read … Money in politics impacting race for Hawaii governor

Alleged Miske Hit Man’s Sovereignty Group Led by Infamous 1990s ‘Bicycle Bandit’

HNN: … federal authorities are taking a close look at a paramilitary, Hawaiian protest group after a man linked to the group allegedly issued social media threats to Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi, Lt. Gov. Josh Green and the Waianae harbor master, sources said….

But Occupied Forces Hawaii Army says it’s nonviolent and had nothing to do with the threats.

“We’re not combatants. We’re lawful combatants but we’re not what they call a combat command. We’re civil affairs, military government,” the group’s leader Col. Sam Lilikoi said in a recent Facebook posting.

The feds said alleged mob associate Lindsey Kinney claimed to be a member of the group. Lindsey was charged last month with issuing threats to kill the Waianae harbor master after he got into a confrontation with Lilikoi….

The group acknowledged that Kinney filled out an application to join the group, but they said he hasn’t completed the process towards membership.

“Mr. Kinney by his own liberty and with no instruction to do so by (Occupied Forces Hawaii) Army, made social media posts regarding the incident,” added Napua Hueu, a captain with group….

They are often seen in military uniforms at protests, which are often loud, confrontational and theatrical.

Lilikoi said those tactics are necessary.

“You gotta be in uniform and you gotta be belligerent. All the people on the Mauna were not belligerent and it wasn’t a protest, it was a demonstration,” said Lilikoi in a recent social media posting….

“Groups like this are very similar to right wing groups on the mainland, militia groups, and so called sovereign citizen’s groups,” said Lind.

“And that’s just not something you discount as they’re just nut jobs because they could be dangerous nut jobs.”

Former Honolulu Deputy Police Chief John McCarthy is also concerned about the background of the leader members call Col. Lilikoi.

“That’s scary. He’s a convicted felon,” said McCarthy.

Court records indicate that Lilikoi’s birth name is Eric C. A. Nelson.

Law enforcement sources said Nelson was the notorious “bicycle bandit” who robbed several grocery stores at gunpoint during the early 1990s. He was convicted and served 20 years in prison….

the group did not respond to questions about Lilikoi’s criminal past….

ECRIM: Eric CA Nelson aka Capt Sam Lilikoi

April, 2022: FBI Arrests Miske Witness After Waianae Harbor Confrontation with Sovereignty Group

April, 2022: Alleged Sovereignty Hitman Threatened Josh Green, Mayor Blangiardi

read … Feds link man accused of threatening Hawaii leaders to paramilitary, sovereignty group

Schatz Harasses Biden Administration in Effort to Reopen Flow of Slave Labor Solar Panels from China

AP: … Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo called the inquiry into imports from four Southeast Asian nations "quasi-judicial" and "apolitical," noting that it is being led by career staff at the Commerce Department's International Trade Administration.

"We're going to move as fast as we can," she told Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii. Schatz was one of several lawmakers who pressed Raimondo on the solar inquiry, which he said was serving to "grind an entire industry to a halt."

Commerce announced in late March that it was investigating a complaint by a small California solar company that solar manufacturers in the four Asian countries -- Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia -- are using parts from Chinese companies to skirt steep antidumping and countervailing tariffs imposed on Chinese goods.

Hundreds of solar projects in the U.S. have been frozen or substantially delayed in recent weeks as investors seeks to protect against potentially steep penalties that could be imposed retroactively. Last week, an Indiana-based utility said delays of up to 18 months in solar projects meant it would have to keep running two coal-fired power plants that were slated for retirement.

"This case is destroying clean energy, and needlessly taking down American businesses and workers in its wake," said Abigail Hopper, president and chief executive officer of the Solar Energy Industries Association. She called it "unfathomable" that Biden "would allow his own administration's actions to be the downfall of his clean energy vision." …. 

read … Official defends solar imports inquiry

$531-million budget proposal for Honolulu light rail project passes third reading

KITV: … The Honolulu Council Budget Committee on Tuesday gave its approval to the operating budget for the Honolulu rail project for next year. The budget calls for about $531 million in spending.

Only councilmember Heidi Tsuneyoshi opposed the budget proposal, saying she's concerned about HART leaders cutting out a crucial transfer point for the residents of Central Oahu….

The HART Budget now goes to the full council for its consideration….

read … $531-million budget proposal for Honolulu light rail project passes third reading

BOE Will Choose A New Superintendent Next Week After Finalist Interviews

CB: …For the first time, the public will be able to watch as the Hawaii Board of Education interviews the three finalists, then votes for a new superintendent next week amid calls for state boards to operate more transparently.

The BOE has until June to make a decision, but the chairwoman said the plan is to vote on May 19 after the finalist interviews.

“The board plans to deliberate and vote following the interviews on May 19,” Chair Catherine Payne said Wednesday in an interview. “Our intention is to name the next superintendent at the conclusion of the meeting.”…

The three finalists include interim Superintendent Keith Hayashi, former BOE member Darrel Galera and Caprice Young, president of an education consulting group in Los Angeles…. 

SA: Final pick for permanent Hawaii public schools superintendent expected Thursday

read … BOE Will Choose A New Superintendent Next Week After Finalist Interviews

Lies Hu Honua Tells

IM: … Hu Honua published an advertisement in the Honolulu Star Advertiser on May 11, 2022. The advertisement asserted that Hu Honua CAN burn invasive species including albizia, claims that it would be carbon negative, will offer affordable prices, will use local trees for fuel, will add to the local economy and is supported by 88% of Hawai`i Island residents….

read … Hu Honua: Delving Into the Weeds to Find the Truth Requires Challenging Assumptions

Sewage Treatment: EPA, Eco Lawyers will Target Big Island Next

HTH: … Both the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the nonprofit environmental law organization that successfully sued Maui County are watching how Hawaii County plans to handle similar wastewater discharge issues.

A delegation led by EPA Region 9 Administrator Martha Guzman on April 6 visited the Hilo Wastewater Treatment Plant, had a working lunch meeting with Mayor Mitch Roth and certain Cabinet members, and then visited the Kealakehe Wastewater Treatment Plant….

read … EPA visits wastewater facilities: Regional administrator offers guidance on money for upgrades

New HPD figures track big spike in homicides, other violent crimes on Oahu

HNN: … In the first four months of the year, there have been 13 murder victims, according to newly-released statistics from the Honolulu Police Department.

That’s more than double the figure at the same time last year.

And in 2019, before the pandemic, Oahu reported just three murders from January through April….

car thefts jumped ― with 1,500 compared to almost 1,300 last year….

read … New HPD figures track big spike in homicides, other violent crimes on Oahu

Federal firefighters at Hawaii Island training area battle Army over safety, retaliation complaints

HNN: … Besides fires, they’re also fighting their boss ― the U.S. Army ― which wants to conduct a prescribed burn at Pohakuloa….

“Right now we have nine vehicles, three work, one is a structure truck that shouldn’t even be on those roads, two are barely running,” said Kaapanu.

Michael O. Donnelly, chief of external communications at U.S. Army Garrison Hawaii, said the Army doesn’t plan to conduct controlled burns at the Pohakuloa Training Area this year…. 

HNN: Despite renovated quarters, federal firefighters on Hawaii Island say they’re living in Quonset huts

read … Federal firefighters at Hawaii Island training area battle Army over safety, retaliation complaints

Navy Inspectors Found Problems With Hawaii Fuel Operations Before Contamination Crisis

CB: … U.S. Navy fuel operations in and around Pearl Harbor were found out of compliance with environmental protection rules in 2019. …

SA Editorial: Red Hill cleanup has long way to go

read … Navy Inspectors Found Problems With Hawaii Fuel Operations Before Contamination Crisis

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