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Wednesday, June 30, 2021
OHA Awards $1.77 Million in COVID-19 Impact and Response Grants
By News Release @ 12:03 PM :: 1002 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... A total of 15 Hawaiʻi nonprofit organizations on five islands will receive a total of $1.77 million ....

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Wednesday, June 30, 2021
CNHA, DHHL announce $5M rental & utilities assistance for Native Hawaiians
By News Release @ 12:01 PM :: 1098 Views :: DHHL, OHA, COVID-19

... This new allotment of funds was made possible through the American Rescue Plan of 2021 and is part of the DHHL COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program ....

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Wednesday, June 30, 2021
EPA Orders Navy to Upgrade Pearl Harbor Sewage Treatment Plant
By News Release @ 12:00 PM :: 1237 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Military

... The plant is owned and operated by the U.S. Navy and provides service for up to 40,000 people ....

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Wednesday, June 30, 2021
Hawaii is the Only State Gaining White Population
By Selected News Articles @ 12:29 AM :: 1990 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

... except for Hawaii, ​all recent US population growth comes from people of color, new census estimates show ....

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Wednesday, June 30, 2021
​Funding the Hawaii Tourism Authority: TAT vs General Fund…Or?
By UHERO @ 12:04 AM :: 1154 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes, Tourism

... According to the U.S. Travel Association, fourteen state tourism offices are funded either partly or entirely by a statewide lodging tax ....

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Tuesday, June 29, 2021
630,000 Tourist Arrivals in May, 2021
By News Release @ 11:54 PM :: 1069 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism, COVID-19

... When compared to 2019, visitor arrivals in May 2021 were down 25.7 percent from the May 2019 count of 847,396 visitors, and visitor spending decreased 22.2 percent from the $1.41 billion spent in May 2019 ....

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Tuesday, June 29, 2021
Na Wai Eha: 20 Years of Litigation 'fundamentally changes water distribution system'
By News Release @ 11:31 PM :: 1260 Views :: Maui County, Environment, Land Use

"...the most comprehensive application of the Hawai‘i Water Code to water use and protection in history...."

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Tuesday, June 29, 2021
89% of Tourists 'Fully Vaccinated'
By News Release @ 10:58 PM :: 1187 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism, COVID-19

... Repeat visitors were more likely to be fully vaccinated along with college graduates and those with household incomes above $100,000 ....

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Tuesday, June 29, 2021
Sixty Defendants Charged in Nationwide Takedown of Sinaloa Cartel Methamphetamine Network
By News Release @ 9:58 PM :: 1452 Views :: Drugs

... As of today, 44 of the 60 defendants are either in federal or state custody, and the search continues for 16 defendants ....

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Tuesday, June 29, 2021
$100M Tax Hike: City conducts surveys for feedback about Storm Water Master Plan
By News Release @ 9:29 PM :: 1567 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Taxes

... Stormwater: $100M Tax Hike After 36 Years of Lawyering and Foot-dragging ....

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Tuesday, June 29, 2021
41 Junk Cars Removed from Oceanfront Kahului Homeless Camp
By News Release @ 9:22 PM :: 1212 Views :: Maui County, Homelessness

... Most vehicles tagged for removal had been filled with trash from the nearby homeless encampment. ...

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Sunday, June 27, 2021
Secret Tax Relief for Hotels on Maui?
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1468 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Taxes, Tourism

“...the coronavirus pandemic has challenged the County to make many unprecedented decisions. One such decision was to reduce the Assessed Values of Hotel and Resort properties due to the catastrophic drops in occupancy experienced by that industry....”

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Saturday, June 26, 2021
13 Cases--Delta variant detected in all Hawaii counties
By News Release @ 5:54 PM :: 1221 Views :: COVID-19

... Delta variant expected to spread rapidly ....

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Saturday, June 26, 2021
Who Will Run for DeCoite's House Seat? -- Not Ritte
By News Release @ 5:41 PM :: 1408 Views :: Democratic Party, Maui County

... CALL FOR CANDIDATES -- Deadline: Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at 11:59 pm HST ....

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Friday, June 25, 2021
HGEA Protects Sheriff Deputy After He Admitted Doing Favors for Katherine Kealoha
By News Release @ 10:19 PM :: 2196 Views :: Ethics, Police

... Cayetano and Kealoha have a lengthy professional relationship that includes serving together on the Board of Directors for the Hawaii Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation ....

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Friday, June 25, 2021
Aloha too often means goodbye
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:58 PM :: 1355 Views :: Cost of Living

... I’ve watched my children leave for the mainland to start college or their careers. And I know there’s a good chance they won’t be coming back, except for short visits ....

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Friday, June 25, 2021
HTA Poll Shows New Residents Like Tourists the Least
By Hawaii Tourism Authority @ 5:04 AM :: 1546 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... the highest percentage of respondents who said they do not think tourism is worth the issues came from residents ... who have lived in Hawaii for less than one year ....

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Thursday, June 24, 2021
No Quarantine for Vaccinated Mainland Travelers Starting July 8
By News Release @ 10:24 PM :: 1451 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

... Gov. David Ige announced that effective July 8, the State of Hawai‘i will eliminate its pre-travel testing/quarantine requirement for domestic travelers to Hawai‘i who have been fully vaccinated in the United States ....

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Thursday, June 24, 2021
Unemployment: Hawaii Worst Recovery from COVID
By Selected News Articles @ 9:49 PM :: 1178 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

... Hawaii Unemployment Rates Are Bouncing Back Least ....

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Thursday, June 24, 2021
Hawaii Ranks 47th for Civic Engagement
By Selected News Articles @ 9:24 PM :: 971 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Military

... and 2nd for Military Engagement ....

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Thursday, June 24, 2021
Pimp Foolishly Leaves Hawaii--Ends up in Federal Prison
By News Release @ 8:53 PM :: 1601 Views :: Law Enforcement

... Convicted in Milwaukee, Hawaii pimp faces a maximum life term of imprisonment and a mandatory minimum of 15 years ....

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Thursday, June 24, 2021
Is Hawaii Becoming a Perfect Contradiction?
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 8:47 PM :: 1594 Views :: Environment, COVID-19

... An island state without ferries but more than enough "environmentalists" ....

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Thursday, June 24, 2021
How High Are Wine Taxes in Your State?
By Tax Foundation @ 4:34 AM :: 939 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... Hawaii wine taxes are 14th highest in USA ....

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Thursday, June 24, 2021
Hawaiian Electric to auto-enroll past due accounts in 12-month payment plan to avoid disconnection
By News Release @ 4:21 AM :: 1081 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living, COVID-19

... First installment appears in July bills ....

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Wednesday, June 23, 2021
Ige's intent-to-veto list praised for being 'fiscally responsible'
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:09 PM :: 1037 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... Grassroot Institute of Hawaii CEO Keli'i Akina says the list reflects a commendable effort to avoid increasing Hawaii's taxpayer burden ....

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Wednesday, June 23, 2021
Ethics: School Principal Gives $43K in 'Cash Advances', Runs up credit card
By News Release @ 4:14 AM :: 1383 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics

"...the Governing Board failed to manage the financial performance of the school...."

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Wednesday, June 23, 2021
Hawai‘i Plunges to 44th in the Nation in Ensuring Economic Well-Being of Keiki
By News Release @ 2:56 AM :: 993 Views :: Family, Hawaii Statistics

... Hawaii’s ranking in children’s economic well-being dropped in one year from 25th to 44th, according to the 2021 KIDS COUNT® Data Book, a 50-state report analyzing how families fared between the Great Recession and the start of the COVID-19 crisis ....

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Wednesday, June 23, 2021
COVID Became Opportunity to Force 100s of Homeless back onto the Streets
By News Release @ 2:24 AM :: 866 Views :: Homelessness

... we can use an emergency to FORCE the homeless back on to the streets but we can't use an emergency to build SRO housing for the homeless and then FORCE them to use it.  This is an artificailly created crisis ....

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Tuesday, June 22, 2021
Unemployment 8.1% for May--Down 0.4%
By News Release @ 11:07 PM :: 1212 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

... Statewide 595,300 were employed and 52,150 unemployed in May ....

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Tuesday, June 22, 2021
53,000 Unemployed in Hawaiʻi, But State Chamber Dealing with Employee Shortages
By News Release @ 3:55 PM :: 1316 Views :: Labor, Small Business, COVID-19

... in April 2021 the state of Hawaiʻi had 53,000 people unemployed and 27,415 job openings ....

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Tuesday, June 22, 2021
​Why Hawaii residents are moving away
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:42 AM :: 2187 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... State taxes a major driver of the exodus ....

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Tuesday, June 22, 2021
Russian Naval Fleet 35 Miles South of Oahu
By Selected News Articles @ 5:46 AM :: 2351 Views :: Military

... Russia says that they are 300 miles off the coast of Hawaii, yet unconfirmed satellite images from June 19 appear to show them much closer - within 35 miles of the U.S. state ....

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Tuesday, June 22, 2021
UH Study: 58% of UH Students are Starving, 14% Live on Streets
By News Release @ 12:13 AM :: 1445 Views :: Higher Education, Homelessness

... according to this study 105% of Hawaii's homeless are enrolled at UH ....

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Tuesday, June 22, 2021
OHA Gains More Power Over NW Hawaiian Islands
By News Release @ 12:01 AM :: 993 Views :: Environment, OHA

... New guidance document to integrate Native Hawaiian culture into management of Papahānaumokuākea ....

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Monday, June 21, 2021
Ige Releases 'Intent to Veto' List
By News Release @ 11:48 PM :: 1059 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... Gov. David Ige has notified legislative leaders and key lawmakers of his intent to veto 28 out of 268 bills passed during the 2021 Hawai‘i legislative session .... 

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Monday, June 21, 2021
'Procurement Collusion' -- Hanabusa, HART Reported to Federal Authorities
By News Release @ 4:32 AM :: 2285 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Rail

... In order to steer a consulting contract to its former Board Chair, Colleen Hanabusa, Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART), a federally-funded rail transit project, imposed the following narrowly tailored requirements on bidders ....

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Monday, June 21, 2021
Four More Unlicensed Crypto Currency Dealers for Hawaii
By News Release @ 4:16 AM :: 1406 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

... Admittance into the DCIL enables the companies to conduct business in Hawaii without first obtaining a state money transmitter license ....

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Sunday, June 20, 2021
Showdown of the Juggernauts
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 996 Views :: Taxes

... Taxing Income in the New World of Teleworking ....

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Sunday, June 20, 2021
State Supreme Court: With Environmentalism Anybody Can Veto Affordable Housing
By Robert Thomas @ 4:54 AM :: 1919 Views :: Maui County, Environment, Development, Greenmail, Judiciary, Land Use

... Anyone Claiming That An Affordable Housing Project Might Impact Their Property Interests In A "Clean And Healthful Environment" Has Standing To Object ....

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Friday, June 18, 2021
​COVID tier confusion bespeaks a bigger problem
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 10:17 PM :: 1180 Views :: COVID-19

... More than a year into the COVID-19 emergency, we’re still experiencing the many ways in which the government can regulate and limit our daily lives ....

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Friday, June 18, 2021
Hawaii Pre-Travel Testing Program Expands to French Polynesia
By News Release @ 9:45 PM :: 1113 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

... Hawaii - Tahiti flights begin Aug 7 ....

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Friday, June 18, 2021
Kailua man receives over 24 years in prison for drug trafficking and money laundering
By News Release @ 4:31 AM :: 1490 Views :: Drugs

... Wilcox utilized his Kailua clothing company, “Armed and Dangerous,” as a front business to launder cash drug proceeds ....

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Thursday, June 17, 2021
Waipahu High principal selected as interim superintendent (again)
By News Release @ 11:58 PM :: 1437 Views :: Education K-12

... The BOE also tapped Hayashi to be interim before current Superintendent Christina Kishimoto was hired in August 2017 ....

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Thursday, June 17, 2021
Honolulu Youth Commission to accept applications for Commissioners
By News Release @ 11:35 PM :: 871 Views :: Honolulu County

... Applications for Commissioners on the first-ever Honolulu Youth Commission will be accepted beginning Thursday, June 17, 2021 through Friday, July 16, 2021 ....

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Thursday, June 17, 2021
Ige appoints Rep Lynn DeCoite to State Senate
By News Release @ 11:27 PM :: 1025 Views :: Democratic Party, Maui County

... Maui County Democrats will now scramble for the next prize--appointment to DeCoite's vacant House seat ....

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Thursday, June 17, 2021
Cockfighting Arrests on Molokai - The investigation and arrests were long in coming
By Video @ 11:13 PM :: 1475 Views :: Maui County, Gambling, Law Enforcement

... Police reported seizing more than $160,000 in cash, along with gambling ledgers and paraphernalia, from an illegal cockfighting derby attended by 300 to 400 people last month on Molokai ....

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Wednesday, June 16, 2021
UHERO: Should the Counties Get a Share of the Transient Accommodation Tax?
By UHERO @ 11:05 PM :: 1218 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes, Tourism

... The Legislature’s decision to strip the county’s share of TAT revenues is certainly a stark change from just a few years ago ....

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Wednesday, June 16, 2021
​Hawaii Court Of Appeals: You Can't Sanction A Member Of The Public For Merely Asking To Unseal Court Records
By Robert Thomas @ 10:15 PM :: 1591 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment, Judiciary

... the trial court sanctioned 'Judges for Justice' $17,000 for making the request ....

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Wednesday, June 16, 2021
Blangiardi: I Support HB862 -- 3% TAT Hike for Counties
By News Release @ 10:02 PM :: 1170 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes, Tourism

"...I support HB 862 as it provides the City the option of restoring a revenue base which has been lost – allowing us to continue services to our people...."

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Wednesday, June 16, 2021
Free Money from the Sky: Another $100 for MEUCs
By News Release @ 9:43 PM :: 1167 Views :: Labor, Small Business, COVID-19

... Department of Labor & Industrial Relations (DLIR) today announced it will start processing MEUC applications beginning on June 17, 2021 ....

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