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Thursday, July 24, 2014
$15.45B Report: 560 Big Construction Projects for Hawaii
By News Release @ 10:04 PM :: 5820 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Rail

...we identified significant public and private infrastructure projects that are “on the books” over the next 20 years....

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Thursday, July 24, 2014
Study: Hawaii’s Patient Waitlist Trend Increased
By News Release @ 5:52 PM :: 4398 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...lack of community-based resources to support patients with underlying mentally illness in managing their other medical conditions....

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Thursday, July 24, 2014
MoveOn Push Poll Puts Schatz Up 40% - 33%
By News Release @ 2:01 PM :: 5878 Views :: Democratic Party, Politicians
Lake Research Partners conducted a telephone survey of 613 likely 2014 Democratic primary election voters in Hawaii, including oversamples of 75 Filipinos and 48 voters under 30.
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Thursday, July 24, 2014
More On That Pesky Banner-Towing Airplane
By Robert Thomas @ 1:30 PM :: 4778 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business
Have Honolulu residents really called 911 to report the plane as the mayor requested?
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Thursday, July 24, 2014
Malfunctioning websites still delaying Hawaii Obamacare signups
By Malia Zimmerman @ 1:27 PM :: 3309 Views :: Health Care

A $100 million web portal operated by the state Department of Human Services and designed by KPMG to connect Hawaii residents with Medicaid services has also been problematic, House lawmakers said Tuesday....

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014
The Jones Act and the Energy Price Hawaii Pays for Protectionism
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:12 PM :: 6935 Views :: Energy, Jones Act, Cost of Living

...electricity prices in Hawaii are nearly double those in the state with the next highest prices because Hawaii generates 75% of its electricity from petroleum and must rely on Jones Act vessels for all domestic oil shipments....

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Matson Pays $9.95M to Settle Federal Fraud Suit
By Selected News Articles @ 4:33 PM :: 4103 Views :: Jones Act

...ocean carriers improperly and with intent applied ocean bunker fuel surcharges to inland (overland) freight charges....

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Video: Djou Endorsed by Veterans in Politics
By Video @ 3:38 PM :: 4692 Views :: Military, Politicians

...candidates running for the open seat in Hawaii's 1st Congressional District attended this forum....

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014
A Hint Of Judicial Takings From Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals
By Robert Thomas @ 2:21 PM :: 4545 Views :: Judiciary, Land Use

The case involved three buildings near the shoreline on the Big Island....

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Proposed EPA Rule Gives Feds Control of Hawaii Water Ditches
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:31 PM :: 7235 Views :: Honolulu County, National News, Agriculture

...the new proposed rule would regulate all ditches, except in narrow circumstances. This even includes man-made ditches....

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Disgusting Hepatitis Infected Organic Food Leads to Lawsuit
By News Release @ 12:06 AM :: 4798 Views :: Environment, Health Care

Hepatitis A, which causes severe gastrointestinal illness and, in severe cases, liver failure and death, incubates in the human body for between 15 and 50 days....

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Ethics: Abercrombie Misses Financial Disclosure Deadline, along with 72 other Candidates
By News Release @ 11:34 PM :: 4491 Views :: Ethics, Politicians

The Hawaii State Ethics Commission did not receive a candidate’s financial disclosure statement by the statutory deadline from the following candidates....

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Star-Advertiser and Sierra Club Endorse Iwasa for Council
By Natalie Iwasa @ 10:54 PM :: 4826 Views :: Honolulu County, Politicians

Honolulu City Council District 4 (East Oahu) candidate Natalie Iwasa picked up key endorsements....

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Hawaii GOP Urges Members not to 'Play' in Primaries
By News Release @ 10:29 PM :: 3605 Views :: Republican Party

Research has shown that you cannot elect a Republican by voting for a Democrat....

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Educator, public input sought on new student assessments
By News Release @ 6:23 PM :: 3491 Views :: Education K-12

Interested participants must register online by Sept. 19 to provide input on the new Hawaii Common Core-aligned assessments....

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014
High Cost of Big Labor: Hawaii Pension Debt
By News Release @ 2:04 PM :: 4515 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

The High Cost of Big Labor looks at the economic impact of labor policies on U.S. states....

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014
KIDS COUNT: High housing cost burdens Hawaii children
By News Release @ 4:51 AM :: 3491 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

Hawai‘i ranks 25th out of 50 states on overall child well-being....

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014
If You Want a Glimpse of the Future Food Wars, Look to Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 4:17 AM :: 5044 Views :: GMOs

Underlying the debate about GMOs in Hawaii is, I suspect, a tension between those who have lived in the islands for generations and newcomers from the mainland....

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Spotlight on 2014 Hawaii laws
By Rachelle Chang @ 3:42 AM :: 3974 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Abercrombie called it “a year of progress.” Read through the new laws and decide for yourselves....

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Monday, July 21, 2014
Star-Adv: Djou in the Majority a Plus for Hawaii
By News Release @ 5:02 PM :: 4903 Views :: Politicians, Republican Party

We have a historic opportunity this year to make a difference for our community by electing someone like Charles....

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Monday, July 21, 2014
Keli'i Akina Only OHA Candidate to Reject Independent Hawaiian Nation
By News Release @ 12:25 PM :: 7681 Views :: OHA, Politicians

Of the 22 candidates running in the 2014 election to become trustees in the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, only Dr. Keli'i Akina rejects the idea of an independent Hawaiian nation ....

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Monday, July 21, 2014
Hawaii's highest-in-the-nation energy costs stay intact by politics, monopoly
By Malia Zimmerman @ 10:27 AM :: 4763 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

Former Hawaii state Sen. Fred Hemmings says politicians allowing monopoly control of Hawaii's energy market are largely responsible for high costs....

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Sunday, July 20, 2014
Tribe? Hawaii’s ‘Other’ State Elections Include Prisoners and Lots of Dead People
By Andrew Walden @ 9:30 PM :: 6106 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

One thing is certain ... the “organic governing documents” don’t need to be approved by a majority vote....

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Sunday, July 20, 2014
HB2427: One Stroke of the Pen
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 5369 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Higher Education, Labor

...the CLEAR facility is located at UH West Oahu, and that campus testifies that it is okay with scrapping the CLEAR fund....

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Sunday, July 20, 2014
Hawaii Convenes First Marine Resources Enforcement Conference
By News Release @ 2:42 AM :: 5816 Views :: Environment, Judiciary, Law Enforcement

Officers, Prosecutors, Lawmakers and Conservationists Meet at UH Law School....

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Saturday, July 19, 2014
Photos: Chinese spy ship off Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 1:59 PM :: 6388 Views :: Military

...operating within the United States 200 nautical mile exclusive economic zone around Hawaii, but not within the 12-nautical-mile territorial seas....

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Saturday, July 19, 2014
VIDEO: Who benefits from push for Hawaiian “tribe”?
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:56 PM :: 4435 Views :: Akaka Bill

Grassroot President Keli’i Akina interviews Keali’i Makekau, a Native Hawaiian activist....

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Friday, July 18, 2014
Bipartisan Action to Get Hawaii Veterans Immediate Access to Care
By News Release @ 10:36 PM :: 4607 Views :: Health Care, Military

...the ACT Now for Veterans bill (H.R. 5131) to direct the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to reimburse non-VA medical providers who provide care to eligible veterans....

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Friday, July 18, 2014
KIUC to hit 50% Renewables in 2015
By News Release @ 9:06 PM :: 5385 Views :: Kauai County, Energy

KIUC’s rates decreased 1.6 percent since 2008. By comparison, rates on Oahu have risen 21.5 percent over the same period....

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Friday, July 18, 2014
HSDC Tries To Justify Hi Tech Self-Dealing
By News Release @ 5:52 PM :: 6362 Views :: Ethics, Tax Credits

...there was potential in Hawaii to find and invest in (get taxpayer money for) globally competitive startups (which are based in California)....

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Friday, July 18, 2014
VIDEO: Hawaii AG Serves DHHL Eviction Notice on H1 Freeway
By Video @ 4:39 PM :: 6487 Views :: DHHL
This is what happens when you aren't Colleen Hanabusa's crony anymore....  
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Friday, July 18, 2014
Ocean Patch Claims Are 99.5% Garbage
By Selected News Articles @ 3:29 PM :: 4720 Views :: Environment

Media exaggerated the patch size by a factor of more than 200....

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Thursday, July 17, 2014
VIDEO: GOP Lt Governor Candidates Debate
By News Release @ 8:28 PM :: 5640 Views :: Politicians, Republican Party

...PBS Insights Thursday, July 17, 8:00 pm....

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Thursday, July 17, 2014
Obama, Pacific Islands Leave US Tuna Fleet 'without fishing access to the Pacific Ocean'
By News Release @ 2:35 PM :: 4531 Views :: Environment, Small Business

“Protected Monument Marine Parks,” without consultation with industry or science, has created an environment of increased pressure to secure fishing access within the remaining ocean....

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Thursday, July 17, 2014
‘Neutral’ OHA: Federal Recognition is ‘The Most Viable Action’
By News Release @ 11:12 AM :: 4749 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

Hawaiians give DoI 5 Noes, OHA gives 5 Yesses....

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Thursday, July 17, 2014
More Appointments Rushed for LUC, HHFDC
By News Release @ 4:25 AM :: 3602 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Jonathan Scheuer to the Land Use Commission, as well as Rona Fukumoto and Edwin Taira to the Board of Directors of the Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corporation....

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Thursday, July 17, 2014
DoE: Access Learning Program enhances teaching, learning
By News Release @ 12:37 AM :: 3305 Views :: Education K-12

...the initiative is helping to reduce burden on teachers, increase student engagement and responsibility, and improve parents’ support of public schools....

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Thursday, July 17, 2014
DoE guidelines for free and reduced-price meals released
By News Release @ 12:33 AM :: 3360 Views :: Education K-12

The guidelines allow families to determine whether they are eligible to apply for free and reduced-price meal benefits for their children....

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Turtle Bay Deal Wins 2014 ‘Rusty Scalpel’ Award
By News Release @ 11:50 PM :: 5774 Views :: Ethics, Development, Land Use

...there was no compelling reason not to extend the session and hold public hearings on this important amended bill....

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Act 195 Stealing Hawaiian Assets
By Video @ 11:35 PM :: 5170 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA
They've Never Told You One Thing But Done The Exact Opposite Before, Have They?
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Survey: Majority Oppose Federal Involvement in Native Hawaiian Recognition
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:39 PM :: 5748 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

An overwhelming 67% of those responding voted "No," while only 33% supported the continuation of the DOI's efforts....

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014
WSJ: In Hawaii Happiness Costs $122K/year
By Selected News Articles @ 5:51 PM :: 4714 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

A few years ago, a Princeton prof and a renowned psychologist found that income of $75,000 a year is the threshold for daily happiness....

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014
House Bill Could Free Hawaii Consumers from $20M Internet Tax
By Selected News Articles @ 4:55 PM :: 4124 Views :: Taxes

The Senate version, called the Internet Tax Freedom Forever Act, is awaiting consideration from the Senate Finance Committee....

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Dr. Akina calls for State to get out of nation-building business
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:48 PM :: 4931 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

...many people--including Native Hawaiians--find the nation-building efforts to be contrary to the spirit of the original Kingdom of Hawaii....

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014
“Parallel science” of NGO advocacy groups: How post-modernism encourages pseudo-science
By Selected News Articles @ 3:09 PM :: 3677 Views :: GMOs

“Parallel science” seemingly resembles science, but it differs from science since its conclusions precede experimentation....

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014
How I Wish I Were a Papaya Princess…
By Joni Kamiya @ 3:06 PM :: 5191 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs

There’s so much talk from activists about how they want more local food grown here but then they seek to lobby laws against farmers....

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Homeless in Hawaii? Lawmaker wants to give you a free flight home
By Malia Zimmerman @ 2:54 PM :: 3657 Views :: Homelessness

...Cabanilla wants Abercrombie to implement “Return to Home,” a pilot program signed into law in June 2013....

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Five Factors from the New CBO Report on Veterans’ Healthcare
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:01 PM :: 2833 Views :: Health Care

The VA healthcare system is the sole source of coverage for only about one-fifth of enrolled veterans....

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014
$204 million Obamacare grant reduces Hawaii’s uninsured population just 2.75 percent
By Malia Zimmerman @ 5:30 AM :: 3799 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

Many people in Hawaii already had health insurance because of a 1976 Hawaii Prepaid Healthcare law....

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014
New Native American Tribal Regulations Implicate Hawaiian Sovereignty
By Selected News Articles @ 5:23 AM :: 6232 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

...a substantial revision of 25 CFR 83, was announced on April 14 and will be the gatekeeper of future admissions of new tribal organizations....

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