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Friday, November 27, 2020
Drive-Thru City Lights -- Opens December 9
By News Release @ 6:31 PM :: 1998 Views :: Honolulu County, COVID-19

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

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Saturday, November 21, 2020
City Claims CARES Act Spending on Track
By News Release @ 2:40 PM :: 2063 Views :: Honolulu County, COVID-19

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

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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 :: 5174 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Obama

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

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Wednesday, November 18, 2020
47% of Hawaii adults live with roommates
By News Release @ 11:39 AM :: 3595 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

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

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Monday, November 16, 2020
Caldwell meets Blangiardi to discuss transition
By News Release @ 10:14 PM :: 1295 Views :: Honolulu County

... Topics discussed in the meetings include the administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the plan to expend remaining CARES funds before December 31. Also discussed was the plan to fill political appointee positions ....

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Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Blaisdell Audit: Only 7% of Ticket Sales Open to General Public
By News Release @ 2:18 AM :: 2766 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Small Business, Tourism

...Insider holds and presales reduce the number of tickets available to the general public and restrict accessibility for local residents....

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Sunday, November 8, 2020
A Ham-Fisted Way of Getting Folks Back to Work
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2376 Views :: Honolulu County, Labor, Tourism

... The proposal is called Bill 80 ....

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Sunday, November 1, 2020
Complaint: Manahan uses Council Email to Campaign for Amemiya and Cordero
By Andrew Walden @ 9:34 PM :: 2527 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics

...Complaints have been filed with the Hawaii Campaign Spending Commission and the Honolulu Ethics Commission....

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Monday, October 26, 2020
Lawsuit: HPD Officer Arrests Kid After Fight with Son
By News Release @ 11:27 PM :: 4095 Views :: Honolulu County, Education K-12, Law Enforcement, Police

... J.R. was being bullied by an HPD officer’s son. One day in November 2018, J.R. was forced into a fight with the officer’s son at school. The next day, that same HPD officer showed up to J.R.’s school, and—in full view of teachers and students—arrested J.R. ....

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Friday, October 23, 2020
Rail and Bill 80 two peas in a pod
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:43 PM :: 2695 Views :: Honolulu County, Labor, Rail, Tourism

...Two examples of the old way of thinking, both in Honolulu....

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Thursday, October 22, 2020
Measuring Climate Intentions, Not Results
By Selected News Articles @ 5:53 AM :: 1940 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy

...It doesn’t matter whether those restrictions actually do anything to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; all that matters is that they be as restrictive as possible....

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Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Low COVID: Ige Approves 'Tier 2' for Oahu
By News Release @ 11:10 PM :: 3114 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, COVID-19

... Personal Services prepare to re-open, hoping Mayor's Tier 2 proposal is approved by Thursday ....

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Monday, October 19, 2020
Bill 80 Imposes Rehiring Formula on Hotels
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:03 PM :: 2750 Views :: Honolulu County, Labor, Tourism

...rehire employees according to a strict formula based on an occupancy ratio....

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Thursday, October 15, 2020
Virtual Town hall for small businesses not allowed to reopen
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 7:18 PM :: 2285 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, COVID-19

...Closed local businesses feel discriminated against, seek to clear up misunderstanding....

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Friday, October 9, 2020
Caldwell: Global Warming causing Rain Bombs
By News Release @ 1:03 AM :: 2063 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment

...City initiates “Climate Ready O‘ahu” adaptation strategy; welcomes resident participation and engagement via on-line tools launched today....

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Friday, October 9, 2020
Parks Dep't to Install LEDs, Solar Panels
By News Release @ 12:56 AM :: 2090 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy

...an effort specifically directed at the City’s 303 park locations....

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Tuesday, October 6, 2020
Hawaii Incarceration Rate Drops 19% due to Steven Alm probation reform
By Selected News Articles @ 9:51 PM :: 2726 Views :: Honolulu County, Justice Reinvestment

...First Circuit Judge Steven Alm’s probation reform pilot program, Hawaii’s Opportunity Probation with Enforcement (HOPE), which launched in 2004 to reduce recidivism and probation violations....

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Sunday, October 4, 2020
Standardless Spending
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2664 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail, COVID-19

We are feverishly trying to spend federal dollars for the common good....

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Saturday, September 26, 2020
Honolulu Ethics: Parks Supervisor Watches Football on the Clock
By News Release @ 11:54 PM :: 2243 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics

...Fortunately City workers are not likely to get furloughs.  I don’t know how we would survive without public employees like these....

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Friday, September 25, 2020
Ige Approves Honolulu COVID-19 Recovery Framework
By News Release @ 11:42 PM :: 2577 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, COVID-19

...Tier 1 includes, but is not limited to, the following changes....

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Friday, September 25, 2020
Honolulu Ethics Commission Ballot Questions 3 and 4
By News Release @ 11:16 PM :: 3761 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics

...Two questions on the upcoming general election ballot relate to the Honolulu Ethics Commission's budget and staffing.... 

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Friday, September 25, 2020
Even More Jammed with Bus Lane and Bike Lane "It’s about getting people out of their cars”
By News Release @ 7:46 PM :: 3386 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Rail

...a bus-only lane on King St thru downtown just 1 block from the existing Hotel Street Busway....

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Friday, September 25, 2020
After Secret Meeting, BoE Agrees to Re-Hear Kahuku Windfarm Petition
By News Release @ 6:01 PM :: 2756 Views :: Honolulu County, Education K-12, Energy, Ethics

...The proposed rule would require the Department to hold a community meeting and solicit family and community feedback before providing official comment on proposed developments....

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Tuesday, September 22, 2020
City Drops $10.5M for 29 Units that were already affordable
By News Release @ 11:43 PM :: 2935 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Cost of Living, COVID-19

...This purchase adds ZERO new affordable units because these units were already affordable in the private sector....

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Tuesday, September 22, 2020
List of Honolulu Charter Amendments on General Election Ballot
By Brett Kulbis @ 4:49 AM :: 9804 Views :: Honolulu County, Republican Party

...Term Limits for Prosecutor and other questions ....

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Saturday, September 19, 2020
Caldwell Signs Bills to Delay TVR Registration, Ease Building Permit Requirements
By News Release @ 4:29 PM :: 2656 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Tourism

...Bill 48 elevates the exemption threshold of home repairs from $1,000 to $5,000....

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Friday, September 11, 2020
City CARES Act funding dashboard now live
By News Release @ 7:16 PM :: 2011 Views :: Honolulu County, COVID-19

...the dashboard is meant to ensure transparency and allow the public to view in real time City progress in allocating and spending CARES funds....

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Friday, September 11, 2020
The New Champion Of Private Property Rights Is … Barack Obama?
By Selected News Articles @ 2:02 AM :: 4512 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Land Use, Obama

...Obama and his longtime colleague Marty Nesbitt want a 100-year-old sea wall rebuilt and fortified to protect a planned Hawaii retreat....

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Thursday, September 10, 2020
On Line Mayoral Debate Set for Monday
By News Release @ 7:10 AM :: 2636 Views :: Honolulu County, Politicians

...Live at Facebook.com/KokuaCouncil on Monday, September 14, 2020, from 11am to 12:30pm....

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Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Caldwell Extends Lockdown with Amendments--What's Open
By News Release @ 4:42 AM :: 2069 Views :: Honolulu County, COVID-19

...City parks, botanical gardens, certain park facilities, and beaches will reopen on Thursday, Sept. 10....

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Thursday, September 3, 2020
Quarantine raids find 100% Compliance at Two Waikiki Hotels
By News Release @ 9:43 PM :: 2985 Views :: Honolulu County, Law Enforcement, COVID-19

...A knock on the door and a “good morning, Special Agents from the Attorney General’s Office” greeted nearly two dozen people under travel quarantine orders at two Waikīkī hotels....

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Wednesday, September 2, 2020
Hawaii Cockfighters Among Top Traffickers of Animals to Guam, Philippines for Illegal Activity, Investigation Alleges
By News Release @ 7:29 PM :: 3257 Views :: Hawaii County , Honolulu County, Agriculture, Law Enforcement

...12 of the people named have addresses on the Big Island — four in Hilo, two in Pahoa, two in Waimea, one in Keaau, one in Kealakekua, one in Mountain View and one in Hawi. The remaining 10 addresses are on Oahu....

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Monday, August 31, 2020
P3 Secrecy: Council Candidate Greg Thielen Calls for Removal of HART Executive Director
By News Release @ 7:07 PM :: 3010 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Rail

...taxpayers of the City and County of Honolulu deserve to know the details of this proposed contract prior to any decision being made on it....

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Saturday, August 29, 2020
Enviros: Haunama Bay Better Off When We Kick the Little People Out
By News Release @ 10:52 PM :: 3106 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, COVID-19

...Since the March 18 closure in response to the pandemic, only researchers and staff have left foot prints on the shoreline of the nature preserve....

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Saturday, August 29, 2020
City scales down this year’s Honolulu City Lights
By News Release @ 10:39 PM :: 2286 Views :: Honolulu County, Religion, COVID-19

...in an effort to eliminate crowds to support minimizing coronavirus outbreaks.... 

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Saturday, August 29, 2020
Lockdown Protest Caravans Across Oahu
By News Release @ 8:09 PM :: 3719 Views :: Honolulu County, COVID-19

...Protest Against Hawaii's Illegal Lockdown by David Ige and Kirk Caldwell....

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Wednesday, August 26, 2020
Second Stay at Home Order issued for O‘ahu
By News Release @ 4:11 AM :: 3285 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, COVID-19

...Ige has approved Honolulu’s Emergency Order No. 2020-25, reinstating a “Stay at Home/Work from Home” Order for the island of O‘ahu, effective at 12:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 27, through September 9....

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Wednesday, August 26, 2020
Hawaii is one of 11 states without a statewide financial relief program for businesses
By News Release @ 2:23 AM :: 2626 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, COVID-19

...Hawaii’s local businesses have taken the economic brunt of stopping the spread of COVID-19....

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Tuesday, August 25, 2020
VIDEO: Prosecutor Debate Steve Alm vs Miske's Lawyer
By Video @ 9:48 PM :: 3727 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Law Enforcement, Politicians

...Megan Kau hired by Miske....

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Tuesday, August 25, 2020
Massive Effort to Provide 60,000 Free COVID Tests on Oahu Starts Wednesday
By News Release @ 9:35 PM :: 2373 Views :: Honolulu County, COVID-19

...No symptoms necessary...Surge test participants will not be subject to the fourteen-day quarantine that other test programs require. ...

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Monday, August 24, 2020
VIDEO: OCCC Guard Describes how COVID Positive Criminal was released
By Video @ 5:15 AM :: 2676 Views :: Honolulu County, Law Enforcement, COVID-19

...Discussion with OCCC Sgt. Lana Hughes about pandemic conditions at the facility - August 23, 2020....

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Thursday, August 20, 2020
List of Current COVID Clusters in Hawaii
By News Release @ 3:22 AM :: 4113 Views :: Honolulu County, Maui County, COVID-19

...including a strip club, bars, Honolulu Hale, homeless shelter, and jail.... 

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Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Caldwell Announces More COVID Restrictions--Targets Non-Economic Activity
By News Release @ 3:36 AM :: 2850 Views :: Honolulu County, Economy, Small Business, COVID-19

...Caldwell said at the news briefing that county and state leaders discussed the modified restrictions for O‘ahu over the past five days, trying to decide whether to use a scalpel or a hammer. “We’ve chosen a scalpel,” Caldwell said....

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Tuesday, August 18, 2020
Bill 59: Amend Community Garden Program
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 6:50 PM :: 2159 Views :: Honolulu County, COVID-19

...“While the mayor has ordered these gardens closed for nearly a month, we need to make sure that when they reopen, more people can have access to garden plots, with increased awareness, easier access and clearer guidelines that minimize red tape. The program needs to be expanded,” Pine said....

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Monday, August 10, 2020
​Honolulu Hale closing to the public --Caldwell Tests Negative
By News Release @ 9:29 PM :: 2763 Views :: Honolulu County, COVID-19

...all city workers are instructed to work from home through September 6, if possible....

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Sunday, August 9, 2020
OHA to Take Over Honolulu Council?
By Andrew Walden @ 3:30 AM :: 8351 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Development, Land Use, OHA

...two OHA operatives are in the Council runoff elections this November with one goal in mind--help OHA upzone Kakaako Makai so it can build hotels and condos up to the sky....

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Friday, August 7, 2020
Oahu: List of What's Closed Under New COVID Order
By News Release @ 1:40 AM :: 3167 Views :: Honolulu County, COVID-19

...The “Act With Care – Do Not Gather” Order is effective Saturday, August 8, 2020, at 12 a.m., and will continue through 11:59 p.m. on September 4....

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Wednesday, August 5, 2020
Honolulu Streets to be Wired for Autonomous Vehicles
By News Release @ 5:09 AM :: 2345 Views :: Honolulu County, Higher Education

...Project preps traffic for self-driving cars, more....

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Monday, August 3, 2020
Oahu COVID Restrictions Back--Parks, Gatherings
By News Release @ 11:03 PM :: 2170 Views :: Honolulu County, COVID-19

...Order 2020-22 does not allow for indoor or outdoor social gatherings to exceed 10 people....

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Sunday, August 2, 2020
Council Candidate Texeira Gets DUI
By Andrew Walden @ 1:52 AM :: 4095 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics

...Honolulu Council District III candidate Alan Texeira was convicted of DUI March 10, 2020....

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