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Sunday, March 14, 2021
HR148: HSTA Demands McKinley HS Rename
By News Release @ 7:07 PM :: 3105 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii History

... HR148 to change McKinley High School’s name back to Honolulu High School will be heard by the House Committee on Education on Thursday, March 18, at 2 p.m. ....

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Sunday, March 14, 2021
C’mon, Let’s Soak the Rich!
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 1996 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

... a kind of crabs-in-the-bucket argument ....

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Saturday, March 13, 2021
CDC: Hawaii Longest Life Expectancy in USA
By News Release @ 11:34 PM :: 1702 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

... Hawaii had the highest life expectancy at birth, 81.0 years in 2018, and West Virginia had the lowest, 74.4 years ....

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Saturday, March 13, 2021
Hawaii Family Forum Legislative Week in Review
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 11:01 PM :: 2301 Views :: Family, Life, Drugs

... abortion, drugs, suicide ....

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Friday, March 12, 2021
House Republicans: "Tax Increase Will Hurt Hawaii"
By News Release @ 10:23 PM :: 1901 Views :: Republican Party, Taxes

"...It's going to discourage economic growth that has already stalled...."

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Friday, March 12, 2021
Chief Justice Appoints Family Court Judge for Hawaii County
By News Release @ 7:43 PM :: 3090 Views :: Hawaii County , Judiciary

... Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald today appointed Jeffrey W. Ng to fill a judicial position in the District Family Court of the Third Circuit ....

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Friday, March 12, 2021
Hawai'i Senators Bungle Major Tax Vote
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:16 PM :: 1667 Views :: Taxes

“...Hawaii: First in taxation, last in affordability....”

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Friday, March 12, 2021
Does the American Rescue Plan Ban State Tax Cuts?
By Tax Foundation @ 1:47 PM :: 1748 Views :: Taxes, COVID-19

... Some states have experienced meaningful revenue declines. But many don’t have losses to offset, so they would have to identify other ways to spend a large infusion of one-time money ....

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Friday, March 12, 2021
Public outrage grows after Senators OK huge tax hike
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:16 AM :: 2669 Views :: Taxes

... SB56 contains so many tax increases it's hard to fathom, yet at the end of the day, only one Hawaii senator opposed it ....

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Thursday, March 11, 2021
Vaccinations for Age 65+ and Tourism Industry Workers Begin Monday
By News Release @ 11:48 PM :: 2134 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

"...This includes people who work in hotels and hospitality, food service, banking and finance, transportation, construction, media, logistics, information technology and more...."

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Thursday, March 11, 2021
Ige: "Furloughs are off the table"
By News Release @ 6:37 PM :: 2567 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, COVID-19

...Translation: Wage hikes coming on June 30 ....

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Thursday, March 11, 2021
Pharmacists Vaccinate 90% of Patients in Care Homes on Oahu, Big Island
By News Release @ 6:28 PM :: 2157 Views :: Hawaii County , Honolulu County, COVID-19

... Independent pharmacies on O‘ahu and Hawai‘i Island have administered first doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to about 10,000 residents and caregivers in approximately 1,700 small care homes and have now begun returning to administer second doses ....

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Thursday, March 11, 2021
Honolulu Tier Three Modifications Allow Team Sports and Competitive Games
By News Release @ 6:19 PM :: 1774 Views :: Honolulu County, COVID-19

... effective immediately, with the exception of the permitted team sports activities, which may begin as early as April 12, 2021 ....

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Thursday, March 11, 2021
 How 'Affordable' Housing rules often result in no homebuilding
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:04 AM :: 3192 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... A Maui bill to increase affordability requirements is the backdrop for a discussion on how current housing policy can be improved ....

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Thursday, March 11, 2021
Chemical Company Behind Anti-Sunscreen Campaign
By Andrew Walden @ 12:58 AM :: 5531 Views :: Environment, Greenmail

... BASF has been trying to break in to the US sunscreen market for nearly 20 years.  They have been blocked by protectionist FDA stalling ....  

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Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Nominations Open for Participants in Mauna Kea Working Group
By News Release @ 6:18 PM :: 2633 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

... a working group to include seven (7) members who are Native Hawaiian to be nominated by Native Hawaiian groups, organizations, or communities to be appointed by the Speaker of the House ....

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Wednesday, March 10, 2021
SB754: Lower Blood Alcohol Limit Would Divert Police from Catching Real Drunks
By News Release @ 1:42 PM :: 1685 Views :: Law Enforcement

... The reduction would subject many state residents who consumed little more than a single drink prior to driving to imprisonment ....

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Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Alaska cruising crisis shows need for flexibility in U.S. maritime law
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:13 AM :: 1826 Views :: Jones Act, Tourism

... Like Hawaii, Alaska relies heavily on tourism .... 

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Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Maui: Drought and Flood Disasters Declared on Same Day
By News Release @ 4:48 AM :: 1983 Views :: Maui County, Agriculture

... March 9, 2021: Feds declare Maui drought disaster, State declares Maui flood disaster ....

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Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Flooded Kaupakalua Dam Slated for Removal this Summer
By News Release @ 4:28 AM :: 1975 Views :: Maui County, Agriculture

... A Notice of Civil Resource Violation from DLNR for “failure to comply with the remediation and monitoring actions and deadlines...” was issued on February 24, 2021 ....

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Tuesday, March 9, 2021
15 Years After Ka Loko: Another Hawaii Dam Floods--Houses, Roads Wiped Out
By Video @ 4:22 AM :: 3661 Views :: Maui County, Agriculture, Hawaii History

... Almost 15 years to the day since deadly Ka Loko flood March 14, 2006 ....

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Monday, March 8, 2021
CoreLogic: Hawaii Mortgage Delinquency Jumps 4.1%
By News Release @ 11:35 PM :: 1908 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics

... Hawaii and Nevada (both up 4.1 percentage points) logged the largest annual increase in overall delinquency rates ....

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Monday, March 8, 2021
Cannabis Production on Oahu -- Dirtiest in the USA
By Selected News Articles @ 4:57 PM :: 3103 Views :: Energy, Environment, Drugs

... eastern O'ahu has the highest emissions, at 324 pounds of carbon dioxide equivalent per ounce. That’s roughly equivalent to burning 16 gallons of gasoline....

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Monday, March 8, 2021
VIDEO: Have Medical Professionals Been Forgotten Now That the Vaccine Has Arrived?
By Video @ 2:24 PM :: 2396 Views :: Health Care, COVID-19

... The oversized postcard measures eight by twelve feet long is now on display at Castle Medical Center ....

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Monday, March 8, 2021
Nurses at Maui Health System Vote to Approve Contract
By News Release @ 1:22 PM :: 2376 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor, COVID-19

... The contract rewards the risks taken and sacrifices made by these workers during the pandemic ....

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Sunday, March 7, 2021
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted March 6, 2021
By GovTrack .us @ 9:23 PM :: 1635 Views :: Congressional Delegation

... Bills Introduced and Votes in Congress ....

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Sunday, March 7, 2021
Hawaii Family Forum Legislative Week in Review
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 9:08 PM :: 1272 Views

... Recreational Marijuana and Abortion by Nurses ....

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Sunday, March 7, 2021
Grassroot Institute supports Alaska bid seeking exemption from cruising ban
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:50 PM :: 2148 Views :: Jones Act, Tourism, COVID-19

... Alaska's tourism industry is in deep trouble because foreign cruise ships may not carry passengers between U.S. ports without a foreign stop ....

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Sunday, March 7, 2021
The Enola Gay Has Left the Hangar
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1822 Views :: Taxes

... Senate Bill 56, with the ominous title “Relating to Revenue Generation,” has been granted its first hearing by the Senate Ways and Means Committee ....

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Sunday, March 7, 2021
HIDOE releases guidelines to allow athletic workouts and practices
By News Release @ 1:16 AM :: 1626 Views :: Education K-12, COVID-19

... restarting student athletic programming for high schools beginning Monday ....

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Saturday, March 6, 2021
COVID Cash: $6 Billion Coming To Hawai‘i
By News Release @ 4:16 PM :: 2227 Views :: Congressional Delegation, COVID-19

... Free Money from The Sky ....

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Saturday, March 6, 2021
'Safe Travels' App to Become Vaccination Passport?
By News Release @ 2:16 AM :: 3010 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

... vaccination records will be supported by the standards being developed under the Vaccination Credential Initiative (VCI) ....

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Friday, March 5, 2021
How Many Deficiencies? 43 Hawaii Nursing Homes Ranked
By News Release @ 8:52 PM :: 2100 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

... Only 5 Hawaii Nursing Homes Score Better Than 'D' ....

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Friday, March 5, 2021
Hawaii Motor Vehicle Deaths Drop 20%
By News Release @ 8:23 PM :: 1375 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

... only nine states saw a drop in deaths -- Hawaii has the largest drop ....

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Friday, March 5, 2021
Hawaii Highest Internet 'Latency' in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 8:15 PM :: 1275 Views

... Latency is the time in milliseconds it takes for data to be transferred between source and destination ....

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Friday, March 5, 2021
Tax proposals defy common sense
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:01 PM :: 1872 Views :: Taxes

... The Hawai'i Legislature may be hard at work, but it looks like common sense is on vacation ....

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Friday, March 5, 2021
Federal COVID Aid: Hawaii Gets 143% of Losses
By Tax Foundation @ 7:47 PM :: 2129 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

... Under the American Rescue Plan Act, states would receive $195.3 billion in aid, divided according to each state’s share of national unemployed workers ....

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Friday, March 5, 2021
Ige Approves Kauai Return to 'Safe Travels' Program
By News Release @ 7:10 PM :: 2070 Views :: Kauai County, Tourism, COVID-19

... with the legislature threatening to force Kauai back into the fold, it's 'game over' for anti-tourism activists--for now .... 

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Friday, March 5, 2021
New Survey: 50% of Hawaii businesses not paying rent
By News Release @ 6:59 PM :: 2450 Views :: Economy, Small Business, COVID-19

... 1,126 Hawaiʻi business owners share their feedback ....

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Friday, March 5, 2021
Seven Cesspools: EPA Fines DLNR (again)
By News Release @ 3:21 PM :: 1938 Views :: Kauai County, Environment

... Four prior EPA enforcement actions against Hawai‘i DLNR have closed 74 cesspools, collected $407,400 in fines ....

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Friday, March 5, 2021
UHERO: Recovery Poised to Accelerate
By UHERO @ 7:00 AM :: 2151 Views :: Economy, Tourism, COVID-19

... Falling virus counts and vaccination progress set the stage for a strengthening visitor industry recovery ....

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Thursday, March 4, 2021
Rep Ohno: 'Give Me Money and I'll Show You How to Get Your Bill Passed'
By News Release @ 10:56 PM :: 2442 Views :: Ethics

"... make a contribution of any amount to my campaign, and I’ll send you a Zoom invite to my webinar fundraiser. It’ll be worthwhile, I promise!...."

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Thursday, March 4, 2021
Hawaii Gives 1.18 million syringes to drug addicts
By News Release @ 10:20 PM :: 1965 Views :: Health Care, Drugs

... And provided overdose prevention training and nasal naloxone to over 1,000 drug addicts ....

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Thursday, March 4, 2021
Guardian: New Akaka Bill Coming?
By Selected News Articles @ 6:56 PM :: 2370 Views :: Akaka Bill, Congressional Delegation

... the manipulation of federal Indian law and policy in an ongoing process ....

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Thursday, March 4, 2021
​Hawaii Anti-Gun Bills Eligible for Floor Votes
By NRA ILA @ 6:48 PM :: 1942 Views :: Second Amendment

... Three anti-gun bills are eligible for floor action in their respective chambers ....

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Thursday, March 4, 2021
Tsunami Watch Cancelled
By News Release @ 4:37 PM :: 1900 Views :: World News

... an 8.1 earthquake in the Kermadec Islands ....

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Thursday, March 4, 2021
Vaccinations for age 70 and older begin Monday, March 8
By News Release @ 4:32 AM :: 1758 Views :: COVID-19

"... We will closely monitor how quickly vaccines are used and may open to people age 65 and up and those in phase 1c in a couple of weeks,” Char said....

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Thursday, March 4, 2021
100% Fail: Auditor Report on Legislators' Proposed Special Funds and Revolving Funds
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 4:11 AM :: 1562 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... We reviewed 75 House and Senate bills proposing 51 special and revolving funds during the 2021 legislative session. None satisfied the criteria set forth in Section 23-11, HRS, for proposed special and revolving funds ....

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Thursday, March 4, 2021
Lawsuit Demands More 'Critical Habitat' in Hawaii
By News Release @ 3:32 AM :: 1509 Views :: Land Use

"... The Endangered Species Act required the agency to designate critical habitat with its listing determination and develop a recovery plan for the bird. Yet the Service has failed to do so...."

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Thursday, March 4, 2021
Finalists named for Hawaiʻi County appointments to Board of Regents
By News Release @ 3:25 AM :: 1876 Views :: Hawaii County , Higher Education

... a list of candidates to Gov. David Ige to fill one Hawaiʻi County seat for a five-year appointment, beginning July 1, 2021 ....

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