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Monday, November 30, 2020
State to Pay 50 'Remote Workers' to Move to Hawaii
By News Release @ 5:34 PM :: 6275 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

...50 Remote Workers Will Be Accepted into the First Cohort of the Program and Receive a Free Round Trip Ticket to Hawai‘i....

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Monday, November 30, 2020
Bridge Aina Lea: US Supreme Court Demands Response from State
By Robert Thomas @ 4:43 AM :: 1933 Views :: Hawaii County , Development

... the State hired a DC SCOTUS player to argue that this case isn't worth the Court's time ....

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Sunday, November 29, 2020
Eighth Amendment Protects Us from Massive Tax Penalties
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1467 Views :: Taxes

... In a case called Timbs v. Indiana decided just last year, however, the U.S. Supreme Court made a couple of key points ....

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Sunday, November 29, 2020
OHA Check Register: First Year After Crabbe--Insiders Still Rake in Millions
By Andrew Walden @ 4:03 AM :: 3489 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... 1,262 checks totaling $21,085,583.58 ....

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Sunday, November 29, 2020
Dick Rowland, founder and chairman emeritus of Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, dies at age 90
By News Release @ 2:27 AM :: 1589 Views :: Hawaii History

...The former Army officer and insurance executive was 71 when he set out to educate Hawaii residents about the benefits of freedom....

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Saturday, November 28, 2020
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted November 27, 2020
By GovTrack .us @ 6:31 PM :: 1268 Views :: Congressional Delegation

...There were no votes in Congress this week.   Members of the Hawaii congressional delegation introduced or co-introduced three bills....

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Saturday, November 28, 2020
JSC: Two Judicial Openings on First Circuit, One Retention Petition
By News Release @ 6:18 PM :: 1238 Views :: Judiciary

... Notice of Anticipated Judicial Vacancies – Two (2) Circuit Judge, Circuit Court of the First Circuit ....

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Saturday, November 28, 2020
Ige Approves -- Kauai to Opt-out of Tourism Reopening
By News Release @ 12:33 AM :: 2066 Views :: Kauai County, Tourism, COVID-19

...Effective Dec. 2 at 12:01 a.m., all transpacific and intercounty travelers arriving in Kaua‘i are subject to the 14-day quarantine regardless of testing....

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Friday, November 27, 2020
Drive-Thru City Lights -- Opens December 9
By News Release @ 6:31 PM :: 1509 Views :: Honolulu County, COVID-19

... The annual Honolulu City Lights will look different this year ....

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Friday, November 27, 2020
Libertarians woo Tulsi Gabbard for 2024 Run
By Selected News Articles @ 1:27 AM :: 2194 Views :: Democratic Party, Congressional Delegation

... While the Democrats are distant from Ms. Gabbard, the Libertarian Party is waiting with open arms, if she can embrace more of its agenda. ...

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Friday, November 27, 2020
After 40 Years, RFP for State Financial Software Overhaul
By News Release @ 12:01 AM :: 1438 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... DAGS and Office of Enterprise Technology Services, November 16, 2020, issued the RFP for an Enterprise Financial Solution ....

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Thursday, November 26, 2020
Billy Oku Appointed New Hawaii State Sheriff
By News Release @ 2:33 AM :: 1512 Views :: Law Enforcement

... The current Sheriff Al Cummings is retiring on December 1, 2020, after 40 years of service ....

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Ethics: HDoT Employee hard at Work--on his own yard
By News Release @ 11:36 PM :: 1592 Views :: Ethics

... these violators were busted and complaint settled within 17 days ....

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Unemployment Tax Blues
By Video @ 10:31 PM :: 2091 Views :: Economy, Small Business, Taxes, COVID-19

...the looming massive increase in the state’s unemployment insurance tax....

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020
27 fewer deaths on Hawaii roads compared to 2019
By News Release @ 10:19 PM :: 1271 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

... However, traffic volumes, or the amount of vehicle trips on the roads, has also been greatly decreased ....

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020
UH Discovers Hawaii has Twice as Much Fresh Water as Believed
By News Release @ 8:23 PM :: 2631 Views :: Development, Hawaii Statistics

... one less argument for anti-development activists ....

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Kai Kahele vows to oppose BDS, fight anti-Semitism
By Selected News Articles @ 6:02 PM :: 1997 Views :: Congressional Delegation, First Amendment, Higher Education

...“Israel is a very strong partner” and the “best example of democracy and the American values that we have in the Middle East” ....

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020
UH, FEMA Study Public Attitudes Towards COVID Emergency Measures
By News Release @ 4:08 AM :: 1136 Views :: COVID-19

... survey on attitudes towards protective actions for the COVID-19 pandemic ....

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020
DHHL Breaks Ground on Rent-to-Own Project
By News Release @ 10:06 PM :: 1439 Views :: Hawaii County , DHHL

... The first 60 homes, a portion of the greater 118-unit Laʻi ʻŌpua Village 4 – Akau, are anticipated to be offered to beneficiaries in mid-2021 ....

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Ige issues 16th COVID-19 emergency proclamation
By News Release @ 9:49 PM :: 2022 Views :: Law Enforcement, Tourism, COVID-19

...tightening restrictions for trans-Pacific travelers heading to Hawai‘i....

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Expedia, Airbnb, Caldwell Announce Short-term Rental Agreement
By News Release @ 9:36 PM :: 1721 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

... Under the agreement, Airbnb will create two new fields on its listing—one for the City-issued Tax Map Key (TMK) number and another for the Transient Accommodations Tax License Number (TAT) ....

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Hirono Demands More YouTube Censorship
By News Release @ 6:14 PM :: 1721 Views :: Congressional Delegation, First Amendment

... Videos aimed to delegitimize election results, boost false fraud claims have millions of views ....

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Tracked Down by FBI, Homeless Alaska Drug Addict Decides to Stay on Streets of Honolulu
By News Release @ 6:02 PM :: 1646 Views :: Homelessness

...  FBI and two police departments bow to orders from their lord and master, the homeless drug addict ....

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020
October: Tourism Down 90.4%
By News Release @ 4:58 PM :: 1529 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism, COVID-19

... slightly more travelers arrived in Hawaii than in previous months, when testing was not an option ....

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Hawaii Not Very Inventive: 68% of all Patents Filed by one person
By Selected News Articles @ 2:23 PM :: 1752 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Higher Education

...only 7 Hawaii-based patents awarded in 2019....

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Monday, November 23, 2020
VIDEO: COVID patient left to sleep on bench after quarantine mix up
By Video @ 1:59 AM :: 2275 Views :: COVID-19

... the retired Honolulu Police Department captain said the way he was treated by Department of Health officials during his 14-day quarantine on Oahu was much worse than the disease itself ....

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Sunday, November 22, 2020
OHA: A Tale of Two Audits
By Andrew Walden @ 7:06 PM :: 1777 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...The net result: Keep the cash flowing to the usual insiders....

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Sunday, November 22, 2020
​Standardless Spending, Part 2?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1556 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

...B&F basically told the departments, “Here’s your money. Go spend it.”....

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Saturday, November 21, 2020
UHERO: Ratepayers Pay $1.15 More for Every $1.00 Saved by Solar Users
By UHERO @ 9:26 PM :: 1968 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

...for every dollar the University saves with on-campus (solar) investments, other customers will pay $1.15 more -- UHERO.....

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Saturday, November 21, 2020
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted November 21, 2020
By GovTrack .us @ 8:33 PM :: 1043 Views :: Congressional Delegation

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

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Saturday, November 21, 2020
COVID: UH, OHA head different NHPI projects
By News Release @ 3:42 PM :: 1693 Views :: Higher Education, OHA, COVID-19

...OHA touts NHPI Collective -- but completely different group gets funding from NIH, announced by UH JABSOM and Schatz’ office....

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Saturday, November 21, 2020
City Claims CARES Act Spending on Track
By News Release @ 2:40 PM :: 1535 Views :: Honolulu County, COVID-19

... $54M uncommitted, and $173M unspent ....

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Friday, November 20, 2020
October: Hawaii highest unemployment in USA, 14.3%
By News Release @ 6:17 PM :: 1780 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

...The largest percentage decline in non-farm payroll occurred in Hawaii (-17.3 percent)....

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Friday, November 20, 2020
UH to Continue Online for Spring Semester
By News Release @ 4:52 PM :: 1219 Views :: Higher Education, COVID-19

...Especially with recent news of successes in COVID-19 vaccine development, I think we are all looking forward to better times ahead in 2021....

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Friday, November 20, 2020
And the hits just keep on coming!
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:46 PM :: 1827 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, COVID-19

...When businesses across the state are fighting for their lives, the state is about to levy an enormous hike in the unemployment tax.... 

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Friday, November 20, 2020
Acellus: Opposition Movement Could Cost Hawaii Schools $272 Million
By News Release @ 3:18 PM :: 1740 Views :: Education K-12

... four schools decided to discontinue Acellus because they heard assertions that it was racist and sexist.  The discontinuation led 421 kids to pull out of Hawaii public schools and join the company's Kansas City distance learning schools for Acellus ....

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Friday, November 20, 2020
Ige "COVID-19 testing results must be in hand prior to departure"
By News Release @ 11:04 AM :: 1425 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

...If test results are not available before boarding the final leg of the trip, the traveler must quarantine for 14 days or the length of the stay, whichever is shorter....

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Friday, November 20, 2020
COVID News: DoE Finally Achieves Goal of Eliminating All Standardized Testing
By News Release @ 11:00 AM :: 1612 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics

...The DOE said the federal waiver does not apply to the current 2020-21 school year....

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Friday, November 20, 2020
Hawaii's Fake Green Energy Initiative: After 15 years, Petroleum Dependence Drops only 6%
By News Release @ 4:34 AM :: 2413 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics

...This proves the Green Energy initiative is a sham designed to justify shoveling rate payer dollars to useless non-baseload wind, solar, and battery schemes.....

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Thursday, November 19, 2020
Hawaii Ranks 42nd in the Nation in Highway Performance and Cost-Effectiveness
By News Release @ 9:47 PM :: 1352 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

... This is a five-spot improvement from the previous report, where Hawaii ranked 47th overall ....

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Thursday, November 19, 2020
Oceanfront Property Tied to Obama Granted Exemption From Hawaii’s Environmental Laws
By Selected News Articles @ 9:22 PM :: 4376 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Obama

...Environmental laws are for the little people, not the environmentalists....

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Thursday, November 19, 2020
VIDEO: USS John Finn Takes Out ICBM in Test off Hawaii
By Video @ 9:05 PM :: 1338 Views :: Military
"...a demonstration designed to show the feasibility of establishing a layered homeland defense...."
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Thursday, November 19, 2020
DBEDT Releases Hawai‘i Broadband Strategic Plan
By News Release @ 8:52 PM :: 1142 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... an update to the original Hawai‘i Broadband Strategic Plan released in 2012 ....

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Thursday, November 19, 2020
‘A massive tidal wave is going to hit Hawaii businesses next year’
By Video @ 12:24 PM :: 2659 Views :: Economy, Small Business, COVID-19

“Just when you thought we’re sort of getting back to some system of normalcy — not the case!”

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Wednesday, November 18, 2020
47% of Hawaii adults live with roommates
By News Release @ 11:39 AM :: 2979 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...in Urban Honolulu it is 48.1% ....

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Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Blackmail and Doctored Video Target Maui Police Chief
By Video @ 11:30 AM :: 2692 Views :: Maui County, Police

... Notice the missing frames of video when the truck actually hits the bike ....

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Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Mauna Kea: Is it an ethics violation if Mayor Harry Kim’s politically favored ‘protesters’ are allowed to break the law with impunity?
By Andrew Walden @ 12:24 AM :: 2988 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA, Police

...Harry Kim won’t be mayor much longer....  

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Monday, November 16, 2020
Resources: Unemployment Running Out?
By News Release @ 11:03 PM :: 1278 Views :: COVID-19

...The following is a list of resources that may be available to you....

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Monday, November 16, 2020
Ige: "All persons in the State shall wear a face covering over their nose and mouth when in public."
By News Release @ 11:00 PM :: 1608 Views :: COVID-19

...People who don’t wear a mask in most public settings still face a $5,000 fine or up to a year in jail....

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Monday, November 16, 2020
Ige Names Tommy Johnson DPS Deputy Director for Corrections
By News Release @ 10:21 PM :: 1257 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement

...Johnson is currently the Parole and Pardons Administrator for the Hawai‘i Paroling Authority (HPA), a position he has held since 2001....

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