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Wednesday, March 31, 2021
HR 1941: Streamline Citizenship process for American Samoa US Nationals
By News Release @ 9:35 PM :: 1369 Views :: National News, Congressional Delegation

... Wednesday, Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata has introduced HR 1941 in the 117th Congress ....

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Wednesday, March 31, 2021
COVID Cluster at King’s Cathedral Kahului
By News Release @ 8:57 PM :: 1655 Views :: Maui County, Religion, COVID-19

... People who attended events hosted by King’s Cathedral and Chapels in the past 14 days are encouraged to get tested for COVID-19 ....

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Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Ige Appoints two to Hawai‘i Paroling Authority Board
By News Release @ 8:33 PM :: 1412 Views :: Judiciary, Law Enforcement

... the HPA sets the real sentence after a judge pretends to sentence a criminal ....

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Wednesday, March 31, 2021
DHHL to Obtain Former Tsunami Warning Center Site from Feds
By News Release @ 8:26 PM :: 1852 Views :: DHHL

... DHHL has advised the U. S. General Services Administration (GSA) that it will accept the transfer of approximately 80 acres from the federal government ....

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Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Hawaii 2nd-Highest Tax Burden in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 8:00 PM :: 1718 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... tax burden measures the proportion of total personal income that residents pay toward state and local taxes ....

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Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Defense Department Audit Report Card 2021
By News Release @ 7:50 PM :: 1279 Views :: Military

... the DoD received another failing audit opinion on its financial statements ....

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Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Project Financial Literacy: Investor Education for All!
By News Release @ 7:14 PM :: 1190 Views :: Education K-12

... free financial and investor education-related activities, presentations and resources for consumers of all ages ....

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Wednesday, March 31, 2021
VIDEO: Sen Stanley Chang Annoyed by 'Dark Skinned' Security Guard
By Video @ 2:54 PM :: 2814 Views :: Politicians

"... He didn't see all my fancy degrees.  He didn't see that I was an elected official...."

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Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Feds Bust Six in DPP Bribery Scheme
By Selected News Articles @ 1:04 AM :: 4072 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Development

... Federal corruption probe targets DPP staffers and one local architect ....

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Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Ige Names Three to Board of Regents
By News Release @ 12:48 AM :: 1169 Views :: Higher Education

... Ige announced the appointments of William Haning, III, M.D., Wayne Higaki and Diane Paloma to the University of Hawai‘i Board of Regents ....

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Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Is Bitcoin illegal in Hawaii?
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:27 PM :: 1874 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

... options to buy crypto are very limited at the moment. That’s because of a little-known rule from a little-known government organization ....

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Tuesday, March 30, 2021
HB169: Outlaw 'Conduct with Intent to Convey False or Misleading Information'
By Brett Kulbis @ 11:11 PM :: 1300 Views :: First Amendment

... Guess who decides what is misleading information? .... 

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Tuesday, March 30, 2021
​Public hearing set on Honolulu short-term rental draft rules
By News Release @ 10:53 PM :: 1495 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, Tourism

... DPP will hold a public hearing April 6 on draft rules to regulate and register short-term rentals on O‘ahu ....

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Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Moody's announces completion of a periodic review of ratings of Hawaii
By News Release @ 12:00 PM :: 1670 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes, Tourism, COVID-19

"... The Aa2 rating on the State of Hawaii's general obligation bonds recognizes the significant fiscal challenges posed by the current health and economic crisis...."

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Tuesday, March 30, 2021
​Should Hawaii Raise Taxes on 'the Rich'? 
By Video @ 4:38 AM :: 1372 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

... state policymakers are determined to raise taxes with bills such as SB56 and HB58. They say their hikes are aimed at 'the rich', but they’re not looking at the whole economic picture ....

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Monday, March 29, 2021
HB31: Tighten Gun Storage Requirements
By NRA ILA @ 11:52 PM :: 1236 Views :: Second Amendment

... On March 30th, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hear House Bill 31 ....

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Monday, March 29, 2021
UH Manoa Campus Reopening August 23 for Fall Semester
By News Release @ 10:37 PM :: 1288 Views :: Higher Education, COVID-19

... For our faculty and students, this upcoming fall 2021 semester will be a transition semester, as we reopen our campus and navigate from a primarily online environment towards a primarily in-person semester in/by spring 2022 ....

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Monday, March 29, 2021
Record community engagement with “Adopt A Site” amidst COVID-19 pandemic
By News Release @ 10:19 PM :: 950 Views :: Environment, COVID-19

... Environmental stewardship has never been this popular ....

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Monday, March 29, 2021
9th Circuit Gun Ruling Stalls Hawaii Taser Case
By News Release @ 10:03 PM :: 1232 Views :: Second Amendment

... With the Young decision FINALLY coming out, we thought we would be able to FINALLY move on with our Taser lawsuit. ...

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Monday, March 29, 2021
Fools. No Joke: Plastic Ware to be Outlawed Effective April 1
By News Release @ 9:47 PM :: 1899 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Small Business

... Bill 40 or the Disposable Food Ware Ordinance (DFWO), takes effect April 1, 2021 ....

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Monday, March 29, 2021
Frankenbill: SB56 Tax Hikes Grafted on to HB58
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:12 PM :: 1246 Views :: Taxes

... three guests invited by Hawaii Public Radio to talk about tax bills at the Legislature this year, including the notorious SB56, many parts of which have now been attached to HB58, creating a “Frankenbill” ....

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Sunday, March 28, 2021
What Does Blangiardi’s Police Commission Nominee Know About Kimura Shooting?
By Andrew Walden @ 11:54 PM :: 4386 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Police

... Cap't Ben Mahi was the 2nd-highest-ranking officer of HPD Division 1, when a drunken Division 1 Sgt Anson Kimura accidentally shot waitress Hyun Ju Park ....

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Sunday, March 28, 2021
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted March 27, 2021
By GovTrack .us @ 7:05 PM :: 1142 Views :: Congressional Delegation

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

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Sunday, March 28, 2021
Maintenance of Effort, Part 2
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1347 Views :: Education K-12, Taxes

... SB815 creates a “public education stabilization trust fund” ....

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Sunday, March 28, 2021
Which Hawaii Towns Have Most Overleveraged Mortgage Debtors?
By Selected News Articles @ 4:27 AM :: 1972 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... 11 of 16 Hawaii towns are in the top 10% of most overextended mortgage borrowers ....

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Sunday, March 28, 2021
Honolulu Republicans Elect New County Leadership
By Brett Kulbis @ 4:13 AM :: 1596 Views :: Honolulu County, Republican Party

... hundreds of Republicans participated in the virtual Honolulu County Republican Party Convention ....

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Sunday, March 28, 2021
Hawaii Family Forum Legislative Week in Review
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 3:34 AM :: 1492 Views :: Family, Life, Drugs

... Bullet Dodged on Problematic Bills ....

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Saturday, March 27, 2021
USFWS Proposes Downlisting the Hawaiian Stilt Thanks to Strong Conservation Partnership Efforts
By News Release @ 4:11 PM :: 1068 Views :: Environment

... The Service is seeking public comment on the proposed change in status for the aeʻo from March 25 – May 24, 2021 .... 

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Saturday, March 27, 2021
Former Kauai JROTC instructor arrested for sexual exploitation of former student
By News Release @ 10:00 AM :: 1815 Views :: Kauai County, Education K-12, Military

... Kauai instructor accused of child sex crimes was also a longtime foster parent ....

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Saturday, March 27, 2021
Guilty of Bribery, Embezzlement: Caldwell Admin CARES Act Administrator Hanalei Aipoalani
By News Release @ 3:26 AM :: 6549 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, COVID-19

... Hanalei Aipoalani, 42, of Waianae, Hawaii, pled guilty in federal court today to embezzling more than $500,000 from AmeriCorps and to agreeing to accept a bribe for the administration of grants under the CARES Act ....

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Saturday, March 27, 2021
A spending spree, really?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:20 AM :: 1163 Views

... unlike your cousin, they didn’t even bring over a box of malasadas as a “thank you” gift ....

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Friday, March 26, 2021
Outdoor Weddings up to 100 People Now Allowed on Oahu
By News Release @ 10:24 PM :: 1453 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, Tourism, COVID-19

... the request to modify Honolulu’s COVID-19 recovery framework to include “weddings” as a category has been approved and is effective immediately ....

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Friday, March 26, 2021
Hawaii Economy Shrinks 8%
By News Release @ 10:13 PM :: 504 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

... BEA -- Gross Domestic Product by State, 4th Quarter 2020 and Annual 2020 ....

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Friday, March 26, 2021
VIDEO: DLNR Cleans up Homeless Drug Addicts' Mess in Lake Wilson
By Video @ 5:45 PM :: 1387 Views :: Homelessness

... more mayhem from one of Oahu's biggest homeless camps ....

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Friday, March 26, 2021
Protest Erupts After DHHL Selects Community Solar Developers
By News Release @ 4:28 PM :: 2496 Views :: Hawaii County , Honolulu County, DHHL, Energy

... State Sen. Kurt Fevella (R, Ewa Beach-Iroquois Point) organized the action to rally opponents and to publicize many DHHL beneficiary complaints that the solar farm plan originated without their input and is a bad use of the agency’s trust land ....

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Friday, March 26, 2021
Mayor Victorino presents fiscal 2022 Maui County budget proposal
By News Release @ 3:47 PM :: 1026 Views :: Maui County

... Maui County Council members will now review and deliberate the administration’s budget proposal. The fiscal year 2022 budget goes into effect July 1, 2021 ....

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Friday, March 26, 2021
State Of Hawaii And Airline Carriers Partner To Expand Pre-Clear Programs
By News Release @ 4:12 AM :: 1676 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

... to allow travelers to confirm compliance with the Safe Travels Program prior to departure and bypass mandatory airport screenings upon arrival ....

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Friday, March 26, 2021
Hawaii per-capita state tax revenues highest in nation, research shows
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:33 AM :: 1697 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... A Grassroot Institute of Hawaii analysis finds Hawaii residents paid more than double the national average in state taxes during 2020 ....

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Friday, March 26, 2021
Hawaii Unemployment Drops to 9.2% for February
By News Release @ 1:40 AM :: 1482 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Tourism, COVID-19

... the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for February was 9.2 percent compared to the revised rate of 10.3 percent in January ....

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Friday, March 26, 2021
Vaccination eligibility expands to people age 60 and older
By News Release @ 1:26 AM :: 945 Views :: COVID-19

... beginning Monday, March 29 ....

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Friday, March 26, 2021
Molokai Walk-In Vax Age 18+
By News Release @ 1:21 AM :: 1257 Views :: Maui County, COVID-19

... The Molokai Community Health Center is excited to sponsor 𝐅𝐑𝐄𝐄 𝐖𝐚𝐥𝐤-𝐢𝐧 𝐂𝐎𝐕𝐈𝐃-𝟏𝟗 𝐕𝐚𝐜𝐜𝐢𝐧𝐞 𝐂𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐜𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐀𝐋𝐋 𝐌𝐨𝐥𝐨𝐤𝐚'𝐢 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬 𝟏𝟖 𝐲𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐨𝐥𝐝𝐞𝐫 (𝐏𝐚𝐫𝐭-𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞 & 𝐅𝐮𝐥𝐥-𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬) ....

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Friday, March 26, 2021
Prince Kuhio’s Fight to Americanize Hawaii
By Andrew Walden @ 12:01 AM :: 26277 Views :: DHHL, Agriculture, Hawaii History, Land Use

...the homestead associations he championed in his first decade of service were multi-ethnic groups seeking the fee-simple ownership of land promised in the Hawaii Organic Act....

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Thursday, March 25, 2021
235,000 Visitors to Hawaii in February
By News Release @ 10:37 PM :: 1277 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism, COVID-19

... the average daily census showed that there were 90,776 visitors in Hawaii on any given day in February 2021, compared to 250,052 visitors per day in February 2020 ....

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Thursday, March 25, 2021
House Budget: Irresponsible record-breaking spending spree
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:34 PM :: 1542 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Taxes, COVID-19

... Keli’i Akina says House members should have aimed to pay off more debt instead of go on a record-breaking spending spree ....

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Thursday, March 25, 2021
COVID Case: DLIR Shuts Unemployment Call Center for Long Weekend
By News Release @ 8:00 PM :: 1130 Views :: Labor, COVID-19

... One staffer in a ballroom that serves general inquiries tested positive yesterday, and in response the department has shut down operations in that ballroom ....

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Thursday, March 25, 2021
Report: College enrollment disrupted for Hawai’i class of 2020
By News Release @ 5:04 AM :: 1423 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, Higher Education

... 50% for the class of 2020 enrolling in college immediately after graduation, as compared to 55% for the class of 2019 ....

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Thursday, March 25, 2021
Stimulus Bill Expands Access to Free or Low-Cost Healthcare Coverage for Hawaii Residents
By News Release @ 4:57 AM :: 1273 Views :: Health Care, COVID-19

... One provision provides a 100 percent COBRA subsidy for up to six months. Another provision increases the Premium Tax Credit, which will extend Affordable Care Act (ACA) subsidies to higher-income individuals ....

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Thursday, March 25, 2021
Record High Tally of Hawaii Firearm Permit Applications in 2020
By News Release @ 4:46 AM :: 1211 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Second Amendment

... 26,122 personal/private firearm permit applications were processed statewide during 2020, marking a 62.3% increase from 16,098 applications processed in 2019 .... 

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Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Carrying Guns in Public Is Not a Constitutional Right, Ninth Circuit Rules
By Court House News @ 11:45 PM :: 1809 Views :: Second Amendment

... In a Hawaii case, the majority of an 11-judge en banc Ninth Circuit panel concluded that the Second Amendment does not guarantee the right to carry firearms outside the home .....

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Wednesday, March 24, 2021
What are the Limits to Hawaii Governors' Emergency Powers?
By Robert Thomas @ 10:51 PM :: 1323 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... Hawai‘i’s statute contains a single major check on the executive’s delegated authority: the “automatic termination” provision ....

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