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Sunday, October 17, 2021
No, DOE, You’re Not God
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1253 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, COVID-19

... DOE told HSTA the Governor’s Emergency Proclamation suspends Hawaii law governing collective bargaining in public employment ....

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Sunday, October 17, 2021
Navy Will Discharge Sailors Refusing COVID-19 Vaccination
By Selected News Articles @ 4:13 AM :: 1034 Views :: Military, COVID-19

... All active-duty Navy personnel must be vaccinated by Nov. 28 or face separation, according to a Navy administrative message released Wednesday ....

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Saturday, October 16, 2021
COVID Shutdowns Boost Hawaii Youth Obesity Rates
By News Release @ 5:46 PM :: 925 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

... High School Students --  16.4% Obesity Rate 15 of 51 Hawaii state rank ....

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Saturday, October 16, 2021
Current constitutional issues related to vaccine mandates
By Selected News Articles @ 1:35 PM :: 1392 Views :: COVID-19

... two key Supreme Court decisions speak to the authority of state and local officials to issue vaccine mandates ....

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Saturday, October 16, 2021
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted October 16, 2021
By GovTrack .us @ 12:00 PM :: 796 Views :: Congressional Delegation

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

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Saturday, October 16, 2021
Six Sovereignty Scammers Could Get 10 years Prison
By News Release @ 3:23 AM :: 2241 Views :: Ethics, Law Enforcement

... all connected to Keanu Sai collaborator Rose Dradi .... 

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Friday, October 15, 2021
Will Hawaiʻi Become an Open-Carry State?
By Video @ 7:27 PM :: 1997 Views :: Second Amendment

... PBS video: Will Hawaiʻi Become an Open-Carry State? ....

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Friday, October 15, 2021
Notice of Anticipated Judicial Vacancy – Circuit Judge, Circuit Court of the First Circuit
By News Release @ 7:24 PM :: 636 Views :: Judiciary

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

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Friday, October 15, 2021
UHERO: Hawaii Needs to Focus on Developing Good Governance in Managing Tourism
By UHERO @ 12:14 AM :: 791 Views :: Tourism

... a difficult obstacle stands in the way of achieving the HTA action plans:  “HTA lacks authority over state and county agencies.” ....

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Thursday, October 14, 2021
Hawaii COVID Response: Safety vs Freedom
By News Release @ 11:52 PM :: 875 Views :: Republican Party, COVID-19

... an economic, medical, and legal perrspective ....

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Thursday, October 14, 2021
COVID Money: Stacy Higa Pleads Guilty to Bribery and Embezzlement
By News Release @ 2:35 AM :: 1714 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, COVID-19

... Former Hawaii Public Official Pleads Guilty to Embezzling from AmeriCorps and Offering a Bribe in Return for CARES Act Grants ....

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Thursday, October 14, 2021
Most Hawaii residents want lower taxes, new survey shows
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:14 AM :: 871 Views :: Taxes, Cost of Living

... A professional poll of almost 1,000 people throughout the islands suggests lawmakers are ignoring what their constituents really want ....

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Thursday, October 14, 2021
COVID-19 meets its match: UH football
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:10 AM :: 665 Views :: COVID-19

... If there is one thing more powerful than COVID-19, apparently it’s a winning football team ....

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Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Hawaii COVID-19 Business Mandates Boost Vaccination Rate 8%
By UHERO @ 11:55 PM :: 791 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, COVID-19

... an additional 8% of employees were estimated to have been vaccinated as a result of the mandates. We also observed that 5.9% of employees elected regular COVID-19 testing, while 1.7% were either dismissed or resigned ....

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Tuesday, October 12, 2021
DHHL: Al Hee’s Actions Represent ‘clear and present danger’
By Andrew Walden @ 9:10 PM :: 1743 Views :: DHHL, Ethics, Police

... Sandwich Isles Communications has Publicly Stated that the Dispute with Hawaiian Tel will Affect Services ....

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Tuesday, October 12, 2021
​City and County of Honolulu is now accepting Grants In Aid applications
By News Release @ 8:08 PM :: 814 Views :: Honolulu County

... deadline 2 p.m. Hawaiʻi Standard Time on Tuesday, November 23, 2021 ....

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Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Maui: No Tents for Anti-Vaxxer Rally
By News Release @ 7:51 PM :: 1027 Views :: Maui County, First Amendment, COVID-19

"... event planners have recently requested that the event include food, live music and tents on County property ...."

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Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Hawaii’s Puzzling Coronavirus Rules; Government Leaves Public in the Dark
By Video @ 2:56 AM :: 978 Views :: COVID-19

... Hawaii officials have not been transparent about the data and reasoning behind the multitude of government proclamations, mandates and shifting rules ....

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Monday, October 11, 2021
Coastal Erosion: No Easy, Inexpensive, or One-Size-Fits-All Solutions
By News Release @ 9:55 PM :: 792 Views :: Environment, Land Use

... conclusions of a presentation to the Board of Land and Natural Resources ....

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Monday, October 11, 2021
COVID-19 vaccination required of all UH employees in 2022
By News Release @ 9:49 PM :: 704 Views :: Higher Education, COVID-19

... all UH employees, including those who are teleworking, will be required to be fully vaccinated ....

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Sunday, October 10, 2021
Big Island Second Amendment Win
By News Release @ 5:48 PM :: 1043 Views :: Hawaii County , Second Amendment

... the county can no longer use a blanket denial process for those with harassment or disorderly conduct convictions but MUST show that the charge actually included a "crime of violence" ....

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Sunday, October 10, 2021
Hiding the Failure: DoE Stops Teacher Evaluations
By News Release @ 5:22 PM :: 1104 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

... Evaluation paused this school year for effective teachers ... Probationary teachers will still be evaluated, but with fewer observations ....

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Sunday, October 10, 2021
Ige, Recktenwald Announce Judicial Nominees in Three Counties
By News Release @ 7:10 AM :: 1723 Views :: Judiciary

... judicial vacancies on the Circuit Court of the First Circuit (Oʻahu), Circuit Court of the Second Circuit (Maui), Circuit Court of the Third Circuit (Hawaiʻi – Kona), and the District Court of the Third Circuit, island of Hawaii ....

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Sunday, October 10, 2021
HART Makes Up Its Voting Rules
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1332 Views :: Ethics, Rail, Taxes, Tourism

... The memo concludes that the State did not have the power under the Hawaii Constitution to provide for four extra HART board members.  Thus, we can basically ignore the extra folks and conduct business as if they weren’t around ....

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Saturday, October 9, 2021
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted October 9, 2021
By News Release @ 9:26 PM :: 860 Views :: Congressional Delegation

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

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Saturday, October 9, 2021
Wood Pellets? Hawaii 'Green' Energy Scam is Dirtier Than Coal
By Selected News Articles @ 6:53 PM :: 2401 Views :: Hawaii County , Honolulu County, Energy, Environment

... Hu Honua on the Big Island and AES on Oahu are both proposing to burn wood to generate electricity.  NRDC explains that wood burners actually produce more CO2 than coal.... 

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Saturday, October 9, 2021
UH Law School Forum: The Constitutionality of Vaccine Mandates
By News Release @ 4:16 PM :: 2127 Views :: COVID-19

... Speakers: Professors Avi Soifer and Eugene Kontorovich ....

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Saturday, October 9, 2021
HSTA Demands Schools Teach so-called 'Critical Race Theory'
By News Release @ 5:29 AM :: 3718 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii History, Labor

"Manufactured attacks on critical race theory aim to dismantle ongoing efforts to provide an equitable education for all keiki" -- HSTA

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Saturday, October 9, 2021
BLNR Rejects Aquarium Fishing EIS
By News Release @ 3:55 AM :: 1021 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

... Six board members voted to deny the FEIS, and one abstained ....

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Saturday, October 9, 2021
City allows managed events up to 1,000 with enhanced COVID safety measures
By News Release @ 3:23 AM :: 937 Views :: Honolulu County, COVID-19

... 50% capacity or a maximum of 1,000 attendees (whichever is smaller) ....

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Saturday, October 9, 2021
COVID Spy News: Lumisight App Required to Attend UH Athletic Events
By News Release @ 1:17 AM :: 1147 Views :: Higher Education, COVID-19

... Everyone attending UH home athletic events will need to comply with UH’s COVID-19 vaccination policy. This includes uploading proof of vaccination to the UH LumiSight app, receiving approval (may take up to 24 hours), passing the daily health check-in on the app and showing the green “You may report to campus” status with the current date to be allowed into the stadium on gameday ....

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Friday, October 8, 2021
Are the COVID-related ocean shipping capacity shortages impacting Hawaii?
By Michael Hansen @ 9:26 PM :: 1172 Views :: Jones Act, Cost of Living, COVID-19

... cargo freight rates, Eastbound and Trans-Pacific, have gone from around $2,000-$2,500 up to $4,500 for a 40-foot dry standard box ....

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Friday, October 8, 2021
MYTH: The Jones Act keeps foreign ships out of America’s inland waterways
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:57 PM :: 704 Views :: Jones Act

... there already are foreign-owned ships transporting goods along inland waterways such as the Mississippi and Delaware rivers ....

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Friday, October 8, 2021
VIDEO: UH Virtual Forum on Maunakea Master Plan
By Video @ 8:44 PM :: 871 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

... About 55 questions were submitted and answered during the two hour livestream hosted by Marisa Yamane ....

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Friday, October 8, 2021
Fentanyl: 21-Time Loser Faces Federal Justice
By News Release @ 5:23 PM :: 976 Views :: Drugs

... Indictment Returned After Investigation Involving Seizure of 16.4 Kilograms of Methamphetamine, 3.14 Kilograms of Pills Containing Fentanyl, $400,000 in Cash ....

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Friday, October 8, 2021
18 years for 26 lbs of Meth: Federal Sentence for Former Hokulea Crew Member
By News Release @ 4:54 PM :: 969 Views :: Drugs

... Judge Otake described Kapoi’s conduct as “injecting poison” into communities that lack the resources to deal with methamphetamine addictions ....

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Thursday, October 7, 2021
HIDOE takes no action on pandemic grievances, citing suspension of collective bargaining law
By News Release @ 10:28 PM :: 923 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, COVID-19

... HSTA immediately files demands for arbitration ....

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Thursday, October 7, 2021
COVID Unemployment Recovery: Hawaii vs Nevada
By Selected News Articles @ 8:39 PM :: 1030 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

... Hawaii 46th, Nevada 14th ....

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Thursday, October 7, 2021
DLNR Targets 'Renegade' Weddings
By News Release @ 8:05 PM :: 1170 Views :: Kauai County, Religion, Tourism

"If you’re in the wrong place at the wrong time you might suffer the scorn of residents, you could get cited, and there are 'other things' that can go wrong.”

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Thursday, October 7, 2021
RFP: HTA to Seek 'Politically Correct' Tourists Only
By News Release @ 3:48 PM :: 1273 Views :: Tourism

"...The RFP’s scope of services has been modified to include destination management services, in alignment with HTA’s new vision of Malama Kuu Home (caring for my beloved home) through the principles of regenerative tourism. HTA’s objective is to help empower the community to have a greater voice in tourism’s future, with a focus on regenerating the environment, perpetuating the Hawaiian culture, recognizing Hawaii’s multiethnic cultures, and supporting responsible economic outcomes...."

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Wednesday, October 6, 2021
Higher UH student vaccination rates have positive effects on Oʻahu
By News Release @ 6:28 AM :: 772 Views :: Higher Education, COVID-19

... COVID cases reduced by 3,000 on Oahu ....

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Wednesday, October 6, 2021
Outsider Chosen as Maui PD Chief
By News Release @ 6:23 AM :: 1019 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Police

... the vote was unanimous for Las Vegas PD Cap't John Pelletier ....

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Wednesday, October 6, 2021
Connie Lau to retire as president and CEO of Hawaiian Electric Industries
By News Release @ 4:49 AM :: 743 Views :: Energy

... Utility president and CEO Scott Seu to lead parent company...Shelee Kimura appointed Hawaiian Electric president and CEO ....

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Tuesday, October 5, 2021
Taxpayer Debt Burden: Honolulu Grade 'F', Maui Grade 'D'
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:43 AM :: 1065 Views :: Honolulu County, Maui County, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

“When combined with their share of the state debt, Honolulu taxpayers each owe $61,300.”

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Tuesday, October 5, 2021
Hicks: Chinese Military Expansion Poses Threats to Guam, Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 12:15 AM :: 1278 Views :: Military

... In recent months, the United States has increased the frequency of its transits through the Taiwan Strait as a demonstration of its commitment to the island ....

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Monday, October 4, 2021
Judiciary Postpones Jury Trials Until November 16
By News Release @ 10:50 PM :: 691 Views :: Judiciary, COVID-19

... Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald has issued a first extension of an order postponing jury trials across the state through November 16, 2021 ....

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Sunday, October 3, 2021
Will Al Hee Cut Off Your 911 Service?
By Andrew Walden @ 9:42 PM :: 2062 Views :: DHHL

... A criminal may be cutting off 911 service for some Hawaii telephone lines according to US Bankruptcy Court documents filed by attorneys for Hawaiian Tel ....

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Sunday, October 3, 2021
What can Hawaii Learn from Tax Reform in the Cornhusker State?
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 900 Views :: Taxes

... “Growing the Good Life Begins Here” ....

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Sunday, October 3, 2021
Coronavirus Management Should Respect Individual Choice
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:29 AM :: 1047 Views :: COVID-19

... We all need to make sure that our personal health choices do not harm others ....

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Sunday, October 3, 2021
Why the toilet paper shortage?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:18 AM :: 1558 Views :: Economy, COVID-19

... how could we be in this situation again? .... 

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