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Monday, May 31, 2021
Let’s talk about the Jones Act — all eight of them
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:45 AM :: 1333 Views :: Hawaii History, Jones Act

... there are at least eight separate federal Jones Acts ....

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Monday, May 31, 2021
Honolulu Police Commission Announces Recruitment for Chief of Police
By News Release @ 5:25 AM :: 1045 Views :: Honolulu County, Police

... Application packets and required documents must be received/postmarked by: June 30, 2021 ....

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Sunday, May 30, 2021
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted May 29, 2021
By GovTrack .us @ 8:02 PM :: 898 Views :: Congressional Delegation

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

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Sunday, May 30, 2021
A Government of (Suspended) Laws, Not Men
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1399 Views :: COVID-19

... Government should be based on clearly written laws, and not on the unpredictable will of one or even a few people ....

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Saturday, May 29, 2021
Telescope Protesters Challenge DLNR Approval of 'initiation of work'
By News Release @ 10:31 AM :: 2535 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

... UH notified the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) on April 28, 2021, that work/construction on the TMT project was initiated in 2019 based on project activities in June and July of that year ....

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Saturday, May 29, 2021
In-Person ​Memorial Day Remembrance at Schofield open to the public
By News Release @ 3:39 AM :: 945 Views :: Military

... The Army will hold an intimate Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony at the Post Cemetery at Schofield Barracks, May 31 at 10 a.m. ....

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Saturday, May 29, 2021
Ige: More Re-openings at 60% Vaccination Rate
By News Release @ 3:09 AM :: 1456 Views :: Maui County, Small Business, Tourism, COVID-19

... wait until the State of Hawaii has vaccinated at least 60 percent of residents before allowing higher occupancy ....

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Saturday, May 29, 2021
Homelessness Audit: Most Recommendations Still 'In Process' Four Years Later
By News Release @ 1:27 AM :: 1055 Views :: Honolulu County, Homelessness

"... a low level of confidence in city efforts to address homelessness ...."

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Saturday, May 29, 2021
Ethics: 'Nonprofit' Finds Legal Way to Grease State Employees
By News Release @ 12:34 AM :: 1329 Views :: Ethics

... the Agency has collaborated with the Nonprofit Corporations in the development of the content; and second, the Agency specifically encouraged the Employees to undertake this additional work ....

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Friday, May 28, 2021
COVID Vax Available at Malls, Beach Park Saturday
By News Release @ 11:56 PM :: 801 Views :: COVID-19

... Vaccination sites are planned across the state at accessible locations such as malls, restaurants, farmers markets, and a beach park Saturday, May 29 ....

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Friday, May 28, 2021
Affordable Housing Income Limit Drops to 'Only' $120K/yr for Family of Four
By News Release @ 11:47 PM :: 1142 Views :: Cost of Living

... the income limit for a household of four at the median level (100 percent) in 2021 is $120,800, down from last year’s $125,850. The maximum monthly rent for this household is $2,720 for a two-bedroom unit, according to DPP calculations, down from last year’s maximum rent of $2,975 ....

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Friday, May 28, 2021
OHA seeking Development Consultant for commercial properties
By News Release @ 7:24 PM :: 961 Views :: Development, OHA

... The selected individual or firm is expected to have an initial focus on select parcels located at Kakaʻako Makai and an eventual focus on parcels at OHA’s Nā Lama Kukui Lifestyle & Design Center in Iwilei ....

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Friday, May 28, 2021
Alaska victory bodes well for Hawaii
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:39 PM :: 1243 Views :: Jones Act, Tourism

... A case of maritime-related common sense has broken out in Washington, DC. ...

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Friday, May 28, 2021
FSM to Become Chinese Logistics Hub?
By Video @ 4:28 PM :: 1555 Views :: World News, Military

... We believe that our location would be vital in serving the air and maritime logistics as a transit hub for goods in transit between China and the South Pacific, and China and South America ....

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Thursday, May 27, 2021
City accepts full allotment of 312 Emergency Housing Vouchers from HUD
By News Release @ 10:08 PM :: 872 Views :: Homelessness

"...We really need to orchestrate this because it will require landlords. I cannot underscore that enough," said Connie Mitchell....

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Thursday, May 27, 2021
DHHL Summary of 2021 Legislative Proposals
By News Release @ 10:01 PM :: 837 Views :: DHHL

... The Hawaii State Legislature enacted two of the seven legislative proposals that were recommended by the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) ....

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Thursday, May 27, 2021
484K Visitors to Hawaii in April, 2021
By Hawaii Tourism Authority @ 6:44 PM :: 997 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism, COVID-19

... 484,071 visitors arrived by air service to the Hawaiian Islands in April 2021, down 43.0 percent from the April 2019 count of 849,397 visitors ... 

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Thursday, May 27, 2021
DoJ: Steve Wynn Has to Register as Chinese Foreign Agent After Dealing with Hawaii’s Lum Crime Family
By Selected News Articles @ 5:44 PM :: 2183 Views :: Ethics, Gambling, Republican Party

... Nickie Lum Davis pleaded guilty last year to aiding and abetting FARA violations in connection with the work ....

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Thursday, May 27, 2021
China Gives FSM $16M
By News Release @ 1:54 AM :: 1474 Views :: World News

... a grant, not a loan ....

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Thursday, May 27, 2021
DBEDT: Hawaii Economic Recovery Accelerating
By News Release @ 12:36 AM :: 1087 Views :: Economy, Tourism, COVID-19

... DBEDT revised its economic growth projection for 2021 to 3.5 percent, up from 2.7 percent ....

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Wednesday, May 26, 2021
Russian Navy Spy Ship Quietly Operating Off Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 6:01 PM :: 1972 Views :: Kauai County, Military

... The Russian ship has operated just outside U.S. territorial waters, Navy officials confirmed ....

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Wednesday, May 26, 2021
President Biden signs bill exempting Alaska Cruise Ships from PVSA
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:55 PM :: 1176 Views :: Jones Act, Tourism, COVID-19

... The Alaska Tourism Restoration Act provides the Last Frontier temporary relief from the 135-year-old PVSA, which requires foreign-flagged vessels carrying passengers between U.S. ports to stop in a foreign port as part of the itinerary .... 

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Wednesday, May 26, 2021
A Model for Hawaii: Federal Judge Orders Los Angeles to Clear Skid Row
By Andrew Walden @ 5:42 AM :: 3029 Views :: Homelessness

... Beds, Services, and the Obligation to Use Them. A legally enforceable mandate whereby the community provides beds and services to those ready, willing, and able to accept shelter. At the same time, living in public spaces is forbidden and laws are enforced. This is a balanced social contract ....

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Wednesday, May 26, 2021
Hawaii ranks 2nd healthiest state in US
By News Release @ 2:40 AM :: 1562 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, COVID-19

... best and worst ranked states closely correlate with 2020 presidential election results ....

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Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Act 18 Streamlines Professional Licensing for Military Spouses
By News Release @ 11:44 PM :: 1134 Views :: Military, Small Business

... Act 18 streamlines the process to obtain a temporary license for a military spouse in good standing with another state – allowing Hawaiʻi to tap qualified professionals to fill positions where there are shortages, such as social workers, counselors, and physicians ....

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Tuesday, May 25, 2021
More Free Money for HSTA: BoE Approves Shortage Differentials for 2021-22
By News Release @ 11:34 PM :: 978 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

... Shortage differentials for classroom teachers in special education, hard-to-staff locations, and Hawaiian language immersion programs will continue through school year 2021–22 ....

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Tuesday, May 25, 2021
HSTA reaches tentative contract agreement
By News Release @ 11:27 PM :: 1070 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

... ratification vote ends June 9, 2021 ....

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Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Hawaii 5-year Growth Rate 2nd Lowest in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 11:12 PM :: 1044 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

... total employment in Hawaii declined by 10% between 2016 and 2021 ....

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Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Ige Lifts Outdoor Mask Mandate
By News Release @ 11:06 PM :: 1031 Views :: COVID-19

... The indoor mask mandate remains unchanged ....

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Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Fixing Hawaii's COVID-19 citation nightmare
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:01 AM :: 1254 Views :: Law Enforcement, COVID-19

... A look at SB540 ....

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Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Mayor Victorino offers sneak peak of Governor Ige’s Tuesday press conference
By News Release @ 2:18 AM :: 1004 Views :: Maui County, COVID-19

... imminent changes to state emergency rules related to youth ocean sports and mask-wearing ....

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Tuesday, May 25, 2021
HECO Urges COVID Deadbeats to Set up Payment Plan
By News Release @ 2:12 AM :: 970 Views :: Energy, COVID-19

... Moratorium end on May 31 will not trigger immediate disconnections for past due customers ....

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Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Public Hearing for Maui County Firing Range
By News Release @ 2:02 AM :: 1077 Views :: Maui County, Second Amendment

... ​Online public hearing scheduled for proposed rules for firing range at Ukumehame, Maui ....

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Monday, May 24, 2021
Hawaii Among Worst States for Military Retirees
By Selected News Articles @ 8:10 PM :: 1560 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Military

... Hawaii is tied for #1 for most Homeless Veterans ....

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Sunday, May 23, 2021
UH had $3.6B impact on Hawaiʻi economy in 2020
By News Release @ 4:47 PM :: 960 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Higher Education

... UH represents about 3% of the state’s economy ....

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Sunday, May 23, 2021
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted May 22, 2021
By GovTrack .us @ 3:34 PM :: 905 Views :: Congressional Delegation

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

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Sunday, May 23, 2021
Teacher Payments and the “Me Too” Syndrome
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1272 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, COVID-19

... House Bill 613, another bill that has undergone radical metamorphosis while in our Legislature. ...

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Sunday, May 23, 2021
16 Hawaii Towns Ranked by Student Debt
By Selected News Articles @ 3:11 AM :: 1166 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Higher Education

... 2021’s Cities with the Most & Least Student Debt ....

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Sunday, May 23, 2021
School Closures will Cost Trillions--And Nobody is Worse than Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 2:51 AM :: 1337 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

... While 12 states are at 100 percent, Hawaii as the worst state is at 38.5 percent and California as the next is at 53.5 percent ....

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Saturday, May 22, 2021
HSTA Recruiting Teachers for New Scam to Eliminate Standardized Testing
By News Release @ 9:50 PM :: 1201 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

... “This is a great opportunity for teachers to help move Hawaii from standardized assessments to project-based learning,” said Corey Rosenlee ....

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Saturday, May 22, 2021
HSTA Game Plan: After Ige Vetoes HB613, BoE Will Approve $2,200 Cash Bonanza
By News Release @ 9:36 PM :: 1156 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

... Shortage differentials maintain strong BOE support HIDOE is using the differentials to recruit, retain teachers ....

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Saturday, May 22, 2021
Tulsi Gabbard Demands Chicago Mayor Resign For ‘Blatant Anti-White Racism’
By Selected News Articles @ 6:03 PM :: 1994 Views :: Democratic Party, Congressional Delegation, Politicians

... “Mayor Lightfoot’s blatant anti-white racism is abhorrent,” Gabbard, a fellow Democrat, said .... 

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Saturday, May 22, 2021
April 2021 Hotel Revenues up 138%
By Hawaii Tourism Authority @ 4:28 PM :: 1038 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism, COVID-19

... ADR was more than double last year’s level ($300, +138.6%), and occupancy was 50.8 percent (+42.0 percentage points), which would have been disappointing performance pre-pandemic ....

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Saturday, May 22, 2021
Waiver goodbye to the Jones Act?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:04 AM :: 1071 Views :: Jones Act

... If a shipping law that ostensibly protects “national security” has to be waived every time there’s a crisis, maybe the problem is the law itself ....

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Saturday, May 22, 2021
In Hawaii, Electric Vehicles Cost More to Fuel than Gasoline Vehicles
By Selected News Articles @ 4:23 AM :: 3378 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics

... and in Hawaii, many EVs pollute more than gasoline vehicles ....

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Saturday, May 22, 2021
Kenji Price Joins DC Law Firm
By News Release @ 3:57 AM :: 1288 Views :: Law Enforcement

... Former Honolulu Federal Prosecutor Kenji Price Will Help Clients Minimize Risk and Tackle Increased Enforcement Activity ....

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Friday, May 21, 2021
Harbor Division Seeks Falls of Clyde Removal--Then Cancels Bid
By News Release @ 11:23 PM :: 1724 Views :: Hawaii History

... DOT says solicitation for removal of the historic Falls of Clyde canceled, to be reissued in July ....

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Friday, May 21, 2021
Hawaii Is Replacing Its Last Coal Plant With a ‘Giant Battery’—Powered by Oil
By Selected News Articles @ 8:13 PM :: 2143 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy, Cost of Living

... The revelation that the Kapolei Energy Storage Facility will be powered with oil caused an uproar at a recent meeting, but the project is slated to continue ....

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Friday, May 21, 2021
Successful program audit helps Maui County consumers maintain low flood insurance rates
By News Release @ 8:05 PM :: 980 Views :: Maui County, Cost of Living

... Maui County policyholders save an estimated $1.4 million annually ....

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Friday, May 21, 2021
OHA Grants $1.25 million to 14 nonprofits
By News Release @ 8:00 PM :: 995 Views :: OHA

... The Office of Hawaiian Affairs today announced grant awards totaling $1.25 million ....

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