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Thursday, December 31, 2020
Finalists named for Honolulu County appointments to Board of Regents
By News Release @ 7:45 PM :: 1431 Views :: Higher Education

... list of candidates presented to Gov. David Ige to fill two Honolulu County seats for 5-year appointments ....

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Thursday, December 31, 2020
Kahele on Federal Recognition: “My role is trying to figure out what the future path looks like….”
By Selected News Articles @ 7:02 PM :: 1714 Views :: Akaka Bill, Congressional Delegation

... Kahele "elated" that New Mexico congresswoman Deb Haaland, a member of the Laguna Pueblo, was appointed as secretary to the interior by Joe Biden ....

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Thursday, December 31, 2020
Hawaii Officials Promise Changes to Seawall Policies
By Selected News Articles @ 6:09 PM :: 1614 Views :: Environment, Land Use

... Officials now pledge action, after a Honolulu Star-Advertiser and ProPublica investigation ....

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Thursday, December 31, 2020
City and County of Honolulu releases inaugural Climate Action Plan
By News Release @ 12:00 PM :: 1874 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy, Environment

... required step to uphold the Paris climate agreement ....

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Thursday, December 31, 2020
River of Life to Leave Chinatown
By News Release @ 4:35 AM :: 1790 Views :: Honolulu County, Homelessness, Small Business, Tourism

... will relocate to Iwilei homeless services zone ... 

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Thursday, December 31, 2020
''A virus like any other virus" Auditor Slams DAGS COVID Cleaning
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 4:07 AM :: 1609 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

"... A 25-year lack of progress is unacceptable .... "

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Thursday, December 31, 2020
Hostage Exchange: Ige, Kauai Trade 'Resort Bubble' for Local 'Safe Travels'
By News Release @ 3:18 AM :: 1590 Views :: Kauai County, COVID-19

...Ige sat on Kauai's Resort Buddle request for 10 days until Kauai agreed to allow tested sister isle travellers in without quarantine....

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Wednesday, December 30, 2020
Why the Kapolei Casino is a Trojan Horse
By Video @ 9:52 PM :: 2474 Views :: Akaka Bill, DHHL, Gambling

... It Will Help Usher Something Else In Thatʻs Even Worse ....

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Wednesday, December 30, 2020
Small Business COVID Resource Guide
By News Release @ 8:50 PM :: 1407 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Small Business, COVID-19

...Updated Resource Guide Includes Information On New Relief Funding, New Program To Support Live Venue Operators, Museums, Independent Movie Theaters....

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Wednesday, December 30, 2020
COVID: Ige Approves Caldwell's 10th Emergency Proclamation
By News Release @ 8:12 PM :: 1341 Views :: Honolulu County, COVID-19

... The Governor also approved the City and County of Honolulu’s request to test incoming “CISA essential workers” ....

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Wednesday, December 30, 2020
DPP seeks comments on Primary Urban Center plan ‘sneak preview’
By News Release @ 8:03 PM :: 1525 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Land Use

... The “PUC DP All Policies Summary” is a complete collection of the draft goals and policies that will make up the final PUC DP .... 

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Wednesday, December 30, 2020
DLIR: How CARES Act Extension Affects Your Benefits
By News Release @ 12:06 PM :: 1887 Views :: Labor, COVID-19

...On Dec. 27, 2020, a federal COVID-19 relief package that extends and provides additional federal unemployment benefits was signed into law....

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Wednesday, December 30, 2020
Asset Forfeiture: Report shows the high cost of innocence in Hawaii
By News Release @ 12:00 PM :: 1814 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Law Enforcement

... 84% of government property grabs go uncontested when local agencies initiate administrative cases with the Hawaii Department of the Attorney General ....

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Wednesday, December 30, 2020
Why so many people are leaving Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:04 AM :: 3202 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics

... Hawaii’s population has been declining over the past four years ....

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Tuesday, December 29, 2020
Gabbard’s Exit From House to Leave Democrats With 1 Less Centrist Voice
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:16 PM :: 1852 Views :: Democratic Party, Congressional Delegation

...Gabbard is one of the few remaining voices of moderation in her increasingly left-wing party in Congress....

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Tuesday, December 29, 2020
Hawaii's Creaking Jones Act Ships Turn to Chinese Shipyards for Maintenance Needs
By Cato Foundation @ 4:42 PM :: 1417 Views :: Jones Act

... Pasha Hawaii's Horizon Spirit, recently departed Nantong after nearly 50 days in a local shipyard ....

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Tuesday, December 29, 2020
Hawaii 4th-Highest Champagne Taxes in USA
By Tax Foundation @ 3:58 AM :: 1328 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... if your festivities still include popping a bottle of bubbly, the champagne you toast with will be taxed ....

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Monday, December 28, 2020
HTA: Tourism at 23% of Last Year's Rate
By Hawaii Tourism Authority @ 11:37 PM :: 1471 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism, COVID-19

... In November 2020, visitor arrivals decreased 77.3 percent compared to a year ago ....

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Monday, December 28, 2020
Homelessness: Hawaii Ranks #2 Per Capita
By Selected News Articles @ 5:35 PM :: 1732 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Homelessness

... All 5 States with Worst Homeless Problems Governed by ‘Democrat Trifectas’ ....

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Sunday, December 27, 2020
Trump signs stimulus bill
By Ed Case @ 10:12 PM :: 2270 Views :: Economy, COVID-19

... Magic Money from the Sky: Hawaii Getting $1.7B from New COVID 'Stimulus' ....

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Sunday, December 27, 2020
Collective Bargaining Agreement:  Supreme Law of the Land?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 2409 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

... “The following specific provisions of law are suspended, as allowed by federal law … Chapter 89, HRS, collective bargaining in public employment.” ....

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Saturday, December 26, 2020
Ige to Choose from 3 Candidates for Kahele’s Senate District 1 Vacancy
By News Release @ 11:59 PM :: 3520 Views :: Hawaii County , Democratic Party, Congressional Delegation

... precinct officers and district council officers who reside in Senate District 1 have selected three names to send to Governor David Ige ....

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Saturday, December 26, 2020
DoJ: Hawaii's Lum Crime Family Trades American Hostages in Trump's White House
By Andrew Walden @ 8:54 PM :: 7872 Views :: National News, Ethics, Hawaii History, Obama

...Hawaii’s Lum Crime Family is back in the news—allegedly channeling a Malaysian billionaire’s money to buy Chinese communist influence in Donald Trump’s White House via a top Trump fundraiser--convicted fraudster Elliott Broidy....

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Saturday, December 26, 2020
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted December 26, 2020
By GovTrack .us @ 4:07 PM :: 1181 Views :: Congressional Delegation

... bills introduced and votes in Congress from GovTrack.us ...

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Friday, December 25, 2020
How Christmas Came to Hawaii
By Hoku Paoa Stevenson @ 12:01 AM :: 31836 Views :: Hawaii History, Religion

As presented by Hoku Paoa Stevenson at the Summer Palace....

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Thursday, December 24, 2020
$1 billion tax hike ahead?
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:59 PM :: 3345 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes, COVID-19

... Governor being coy in new budget about tax increases totaling $1 billion ....

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Thursday, December 24, 2020
DHHL Casino: Beneficiary Consultations Scheduled
By News Release @ 11:58 PM :: 1495 Views :: DHHL, Gambling

... DHHL will host the virtual meetings through an online portal on Monday, January 18 at 6 p.m. and on Tuesday, January 19 at 12 p.m. Members of the Kapolei homestead communities will be briefed ahead of the statewide meeting ....

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Thursday, December 24, 2020
Rate Hikes Coming: PUC Approves New Battery Incentive Scheme for HECO
By News Release @ 9:07 PM :: 1915 Views :: Energy, Environment, Cost of Living

... Ratepayer money will be shoveled to Elon Musk to buy batteries ....

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Thursday, December 24, 2020
The best Christmas gift? Freedom
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:20 PM :: 1027 Views :: Economy

... If only it were possible to fill a stocking with economic freedom and leave lots of new jobs under the tree .... 

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Thursday, December 24, 2020
‘We are going through one of the worst financial crises the state has ever faced’
By Audio @ 8:15 PM :: 1802 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... steps state officials could take to turn things around ....

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Thursday, December 24, 2020
DHHL Casino Proposal Rushed Reaction to Waitlist Reporting
By Selected News Articles @ 5:32 PM :: 1684 Views :: DHHL, Gambling

... Reality: A casino is 'in the box', not 'out of the box' ....

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Thursday, December 24, 2020
Blue Christmas: 112 Homeless dead because we Couldn't FORCE them to accept Shelter
By News Release @ 3:44 AM :: 1940 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics, Homelessness

... Soft on Homelessness is inhumane.  The humane approach is to force them off the streets into shelter ....

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Wednesday, December 23, 2020
Report: Oahu affordable housing shortage worsened in FY 2019
By News Release @ 11:52 PM :: 1587 Views :: Honolulu County, Land Use, Cost of Living

... DPP has released its Annual Report on the status of land use on O‘ahu for fiscal year ending 2019 ....

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Wednesday, December 23, 2020
Aloha Stadium Draft EIS Released
By News Release @ 11:50 PM :: 2191 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Development

...The DEIS has been posted online and public comments are encouraged....

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Wednesday, December 23, 2020
Hawaii Joins Democrat States Proposing Changes to Obamacare
By News Release @ 11:48 PM :: 1321 Views :: Health Care

... the group of commissioners detailed six immediate or critical policy recommendations and six longer-term recommendations for the Biden administration to consider ....

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Wednesday, December 23, 2020
Caldwell signs key climate bills and releases 2020 City Sustainability Report
By News Release @ 11:36 PM :: 1738 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy, Environment

..."Biden has stated he’s going to focus on economic recovery and climate change, and these bills ensure we’re ready to partner on day one”....

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Wednesday, December 23, 2020
OHA Chair Names Colin Kippen Board Chief of Staff
By News Release @ 6:33 PM :: 1314 Views :: OHA

... OHA Chair Hulu Lindsey announced today her selection of Native Hawaiian attorney and administrator Colin Kippen as OHA Board Chief of Staff. He will start on Jan. 4 ....

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Wednesday, December 23, 2020
Survey says more than half of Hawaii restaurants will shut down for good by April if tourism doesn’t increase
By News Release @ 6:08 PM :: 1755 Views :: Small Business, Tourism, COVID-19

... There is a consensus among restaurateurs that a lack of communication, transparency, and planning by the government is to blame for the economic hardships they now face. ...

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Wednesday, December 23, 2020
Hotel Report: Occupancy 20%
By Hawaii Tourism Authority @ 5:53 PM :: 1487 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism, COVID-19

...a new policy went into effect on November 24 requiring all trans-Pacific travelers participating in the pre-travel testing program to have a negative test result before their departure to Hawai‘i....

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Wednesday, December 23, 2020
Divided Hawaiian Homes Commission Forwards Gambling Bill To The Governor
By News Release @ 2:06 AM :: 1371 Views :: DHHL, Gambling

... Commissioners Randy Awo, Zachary Helm, David Kaapu and Patty Kahanamoku-Teruya voted “no.” The “aye” votes included Aila, Russell Kaupu, Pauline Namu‘o, Dennis Neves and Michael Kaleikini ....

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Wednesday, December 23, 2020
DHHL Receives Approval for Pilot Down Payment Program
By News Release @ 2:01 AM :: 1419 Views :: DHHL, Cost of Living

... an initiative that will provide applicants on the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) Waiting List with down payment assistance for a fee-simple residential purchase off Hawaiian Home Lands on Oʻahu ....

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Wednesday, December 23, 2020
Hawaii has third-fastest population decline in nation
By News Release @ 12:59 AM :: 3566 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics

... The number of people leaving in fiscal 2020 was almost 5 times what local economic researchers were predicting just weeks ago ....

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Tuesday, December 22, 2020
US Senate Report: Whistleblower Retaliation Behind Hawaii Helicopter Crashes
By News Release @ 4:51 PM :: 2648 Views :: Ethics, Small Business, Tourism

... Allegations of Misconduct at the Honolulu Flight Standards District Office ....

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Monday, December 21, 2020
Congress Restores Medicaid for COFA Citizens after 24 Years
By Selected News Articles @ 10:05 PM :: 2014 Views :: Health Care

... revising a drafting mistake in the 1996 welfare reform bill that barred the islanders from the program ....

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Monday, December 21, 2020
Ige Outlines 2021-23 Budget--'Sharp Reductions'
By News Release @ 9:50 PM :: 1292 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

...“I’m hopeful that federal aid will allow us to refrain from imposing furloughs until later.”...

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Monday, December 21, 2020
Sen Fevella to Lead Protest Rally as DHHL Tries to Justify Casino Proposal
By News Release @ 9:36 PM :: 2014 Views :: DHHL, Gambling

...Peaceful demonstrations will begin at 9:00am ahead of the of Hawaiian Homes Commission meeting that is scheduled for 9:30am....

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Monday, December 21, 2020
PHOTOS: New Kilauea Eruption
By News Release @ 9:09 AM :: 1706 Views :: Hawaii County

... An eruption has commenced within Kīlauea’s summit caldera ....

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Sunday, December 20, 2020
Don’t Give Me Back Rent, I Want to Continue Hiding from Tax
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2470 Views :: Law Enforcement, Small Business, Taxes, COVID-19

... Developments during this COVID crisis have brought out tax scofflaws in some of the most unexpected ways ....

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Sunday, December 20, 2020
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted December 19, 2020
By GovTrack .us @ 3:44 AM :: 1169 Views :: Congressional Delegation

... Votes in Congress and Bills Introduced from GovTrack.us ....

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Sunday, December 20, 2020
Will Courts Stop Presidents From Calling Oceans ‘National Monuments’?
By Selected News Articles @ 2:32 AM :: 1272 Views :: Environment

...The case involves the Antiquities Act of 1906, which allows the president to proclaim landmarks and structures with historic and scientific interest as national monuments....

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