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Thursday, January 17, 2013
Abercrombie: "Legislature May Need to Adjust Act 55 to Avoid Repeal"
By News Release @ 10:07 PM :: 6928 Views :: Environment, Development, Hawaii State Government, Land Use

"If the Legislature cannot achieve this outcome, the possibility of repeal will ensue."

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Thursday, January 17, 2013
Study: Bag Ban Tied to 25% Increase in ER Admissions, Deaths
By Selected News Articles @ 2:04 PM :: 4235 Views :: Environment, Health Care

ER visits spiked when the ban went into effect. Relative to other counties, ER admissions increase by at least one fourth, and deaths exhibit a similar increase....

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013
EPA Releases List of Hawaii's Top Polluters
By News Release @ 10:25 PM :: 5013 Views :: Environment

Toxic chemicals managed, treated or released into the environment from facilities operating in Hawaii slightly increased in 2011 when compared to 2010....

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Monday, January 14, 2013
Experts: Bag Tax Spreads Disease, Fills Hospitals
By Mary Smart @ 10:40 PM :: 6069 Views :: Environment, Taxes

The bag tax revenue could very well be exceeded by the expenses caused by additional hospitalizations.

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Saturday, January 12, 2013
'Coastal Development' Tops Priorities for Hawaii Ocean Resources Plan
By Selected News Articles @ 12:12 AM :: 4141 Views :: Environment

ORMP sets its own ”Management Priorities” and right at the top of the list is priority #1....

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013
State, NOAA Preparing EIS for Humpback Sanctuary
By News Release @ 8:54 PM :: 3963 Views :: Environment

Comments on the state’s Notice of Intent to Prepare an EIS are due by Feb. 7, 2013....

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Sunday, January 6, 2013
Sea Level? Oahu Rising not Sinking
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 8:57 PM :: 6845 Views :: Environment

Oahu will grow taller thanks to strong volcanic forces that lift it up from the bottom of the ocean....

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Friday, January 4, 2013
Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Sierra Club Koa Ridge Challenge
By Robert Thomas @ 4:10 PM :: 9011 Views :: Environment, Judiciary, Land Use

Intermediate Court of Appeals held that the Hawaii Senate's failure to confirm a sitting Land Use Commissioner for a second term did not disqualify him from office ....

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Thursday, December 27, 2012
Full Text: HART Wins Favorable Rail Ruling
By Selected News Articles @ 9:37 PM :: 7477 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Rail

...this matter is remanded to the Federal Transit Administration....

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Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Abercrombie Appoints Schatz, Mazie to be Junior Senator
By News Release @ 7:04 PM :: 10391 Views :: Akaka Bill, Environment, National News, Congressional Delegation, Politicians

"For me, personally, I believe global climate change is real, and it is the most urgent challenge of our generation," Schatz said.

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Sunday, December 23, 2012
Why Not Hunting?
By Tom Lodge @ 12:42 PM :: 6667 Views :: Environment, Land Use

In Hawaii, hunting has had a long tradition that for political reasons is being eradicated....

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Saturday, December 22, 2012
Committee on Energy and Environment to Discuss Invasive Species
By News Release @ 12:20 AM :: 5656 Views :: Energy, Environment, Hawaii State Government

Friday January 11, 2013 at 1pm 

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Enviros: NW Hawaiian Isles Should be Superfund Site
By News Release @ 12:44 PM :: 4355 Views :: Environment

...designate the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands — including the portion of the enormous imaginary Pacific Garbage Patch within United States waters — as the nation’s newest Superfund site....

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Sierra Club Sues, Demands DoTax Continue to Defy Legislature, Give Money to Solar Scammers
By News Release @ 10:45 PM :: 5850 Views :: Energy, Environment

...the Sierra Club, represented by Earthjustice, filed a legal challenge in state circuit court to the Hawai‘i Department of Taxation’s recent decision to cut back on tax credits....

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Monday, December 10, 2012
Stop Meeting with the U.N. on Climate Change
By Heritage Foundation @ 4:07 PM :: 5166 Views :: Environment, National News, World News

As they did at the previous 17 conferences, developing nations demanded that the United States and other developed countries pay them for the climate’s effects....

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Saturday, December 8, 2012
Auditor: HI-5 Program is Exposed to Fraud
By News Release @ 4:52 PM :: 7874 Views :: Environment, Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... several deficiencies expose the Program to fraud, including the over-reliance on self-reporting by Program personnel and lack of systematic compliance inspections....

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Thursday, December 6, 2012
Eco Groups Testify Against New Aquarium Fish Laws
By Selected News Articles @ 4:39 PM :: 6204 Views :: Environment, Small Business

They do not want to protect fish. They only want to eliminate fishermen who stand in the way of their ocean based businesses....

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Thursday, December 6, 2012
Hawaii 2013: State, Federal Taxes to Top 50%
By Selected News Articles @ 12:33 PM :: 11600 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, Taxes

Taxes on wages, dividends, interest, and partnership/sole proprietor income would exceed 50 percent only in Hawaii, California, and New York City….

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Monday, December 3, 2012
ICA Mandates 'Contested Case' for Water Disputes
By Robert Thomas @ 7:26 PM :: 5296 Views :: Environment, Land Use

...The Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals held in this unpublished memorandum order that the Commission must hold a "contested case" hearing upon demand....

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Monday, December 3, 2012
Humane Society: Our Opponent is Evil, We are Good
By News Release @ 12:43 PM :: 6236 Views :: Environment, Agriculture

Why would someone criticize such a storied name in American charity as ours?....

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Monday, December 3, 2012
New Aquarium Fish Rules to Maintain Sustainability
By Selected News Articles @ 2:45 AM :: 4704 Views :: Environment

"...the aquarium take on Maui is literally a drop in the bucket, representing less than 2% of the total mortality of (Maui) reef animals that year...."

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Saturday, December 1, 2012
18 Years Later Kyoto Protocol Dies With a Whimper
By NCPA @ 1:57 PM :: 4401 Views :: Environment, World News

...the United Nation’s is holding its annual “We’ve got to save the planet this year or it’s too late and we’re all doomed — no really, this time we mean it,” Framework Convention on Climate Change conference in Doha, Qatar this year.... 

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Friday, November 30, 2012
NOAA Proposes Listing 66 Coral Species as Endangered or Threatened
By News Release @ 8:06 PM :: 5690 Views :: Energy, Environment

...proposal to list 66 species of corals under the Endangered Species Act....

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Friday, November 30, 2012
DoE School Bus Report: "Every Aspect Needs Systemic Change"
By News Release @ 7:24 PM :: 5440 Views :: Energy, Environment

This review has found the entire student transportation services program to be in need of systemic change.

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Friday, November 30, 2012
First, Third Circuit Judges Petition for Retention
By News Release @ 6:33 PM :: 5492 Views :: Energy, Environment
  • Honorable Harry P. Freitas as District Court Judge, Third Circuit-term expires on May 31, 2013
  • Honorable Lloyd X. Van De Car as District Family Court Judge, Third Circuit-term expires on May 31, 2013
  • Honorable Rhonda A. Nishimura as Circuit Court Judge, First Circuit-term expires on June 19, 2013
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Friday, November 30, 2012
JSC Nominates Five to First Circuit
By News Release @ 6:29 PM :: 7622 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Governor Abercrombie has 30 days from his receipt of the list today to make his appointment.

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Thursday, November 29, 2012
Health Insurance: Hawaii 2nd Most Monopolized
By News Release @ 9:00 PM :: 7186 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Among the 50 states, the top 10 least competitive commercial health insurance markets are in: 1. Alabama, 2. Hawaii, 3. Michigan....

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Thursday, November 29, 2012
Governor Releases $3.7 Million for Hilo Medical Center
By News Release @ 8:46 PM :: 7846 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Energy, Environment

 ... $3.7 million for capital improvement projects (CIPs) at Hilo Medical Center ....

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Thursday, November 29, 2012
Marriage: The Wisdom of Upholding Tradition
By Heritage Foundation @ 7:54 PM :: 6221 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The U.S. Supreme Court decides next week whether to hear challenges to laws defining marriage as the conjugal union of a man and a woman....

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Thursday, November 29, 2012
Hawaii: One Third of Young Adults Live With Mom
By News Release @ 4:14 PM :: 5487 Views :: Energy, Environment

Census Bureau Reports More Adults Living in Shared Households, More Receiving Food Stamps, Public Assistance Unchanged....

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Thursday, November 29, 2012
Matson to Hike Container Fees $225
By News Release @ 3:00 AM :: 5266 Views :: Energy, Environment

Matson estimates the combined increase of the rate adjustment and terminal handling charge will result in shipping costs rising by an average of 5.6 percent.

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Thursday, November 29, 2012
Leeward HSTA Proposes 'Quality Teacher in Every Classroom Act'
By News Release @ 1:38 AM :: 7655 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

A Quality Teacher in Every Classroom was approved by Leeward HSTA to be shared with the HSTA board on Saturday....

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Thursday, November 29, 2012
DOE Releases Two-Year Race to the Top Performance Report, Okabe Complains
By News Release @ 12:23 AM :: 6877 Views :: Energy, Environment

Hawaii has completed more than 90 percent of its RTTT grant deliverables in the past 24 months....

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Abercrombie's Experts Announce 'Expectations' for Children's Behavior
By News Release @ 11:48 PM :: 5001 Views :: Energy, Environment

The Executive Office on Early Learning released new research-based standards, which identify the expectations of knowledge and behavior for children from birth up through kindergarten entry....

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Hawaii Most Expensive Homes in Nation
By News Release @ 6:19 PM :: 8196 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Survey of four-bedroom, two-bathroom homes covers 72,000 properties in 2,500 U.S. Markets....

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Hawaii Hospitals Ranked: Only Queens is Grade 'A'
By News Release @ 6:14 PM :: 6626 Views :: Energy, Environment

The Hospital Safety Score is an A, B, C, D, or F letter grade reflecting how safe hospitals are for patients.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012
VIDEO: Maui, Kauai, Molokai, Oahu, Hilo Teachers Protest
By Video @ 3:51 PM :: 5260 Views :: Energy, Environment

...and HSTA members at over 36 schools plan 'Work to Rule' protests for Thursday....

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Obituary: Richard A Coons
By Selected News Articles @ 3:36 AM :: 8472 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Services will be held at Waialae Baptist Church on Sat., Dec. 15....

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Governor Releases $44 Million for Projects Statewide
By News Release @ 9:09 PM :: 5263 Views :: Energy, Environment

...Abercrombie today announced the release of more than $44 million for various capital improvement projects (CIPs) statewide, including public schools, health facilities, transportation infrastructure and more....

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012
JSC Nominates Six for Oahu Family Court
By News Release @ 8:45 PM :: 7199 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Chief Justice Recktenwald has 30 days from his receipt of the list today to make his appointment.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Election 'Fiasco': Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit Threatened
By Andrew Walden @ 8:14 PM :: 6740 Views :: Energy, Environment

Archer told commissioners that if the commission steps up, the lawsuit may not be necessary.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Hawaiian Electric Seeks Public Comment on ‘Integrated Resource Planning’
By Selected News Articles @ 5:59 PM :: 12811 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Kauai County, DHHL, Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

...providing safe and reliable utility service at a reasonable cost, through the development of Resource Plans and Scenarios....

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Watchdog Report: Humane Society of the United States Shortchanges Hawaii Pet Shelters
By News Release @ 1:13 PM :: 7526 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

...HSUS did not provide grants to any Hawaii shelters and rescues in 2011 to support pet sheltering....

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Hawaii Supports Operation Outreach Afghanistan
By News Release @ 12:34 PM :: 5573 Views :: Energy, Environment

Operation Outreach Afghanistan, a group of volunteers including both military and civilians who are spend their time helping improve the lives of Afghanistan's children....

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012
$1536: Hawaii Average Mortgage Payments Second in Nation
By News Release @ 11:58 AM :: 9443 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

... rankings of the fifty U.S. states according to average monthly mortgage payment and provides the average monthly mortgage payment ....

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Monday, November 26, 2012
Abercrombie: Nago's Incompetence Gives Me Excuse to Push for 100% Vote-by-Mail Elections
By News Release @ 9:34 PM :: 5651 Views :: Energy, Environment

“This January, I will be proposing as part of my legislative package a measure to move our state toward 100 percent mail-in voting."

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Monday, November 26, 2012
Animal Liberation Nuts: Aquarium Trade a 'Dark Hobby', Aila Must Go
By News Release @ 8:33 PM :: 5657 Views :: Energy, Environment

Hawaii’s Director of Natural Resources should not be an aquarium collector. Nor should reef species be sacrificed to support any amusement industry, including sales of tanks, stands, lights, tickets, or decorative trinkets. 

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Sunday, November 25, 2012
California Voters Reject GMO Labeling Scheme
By Selected News Articles @ 6:06 PM :: 5798 Views :: Energy, Environment

Hounded by Luddites, the Hawaii, Maui, and Kauai County Councils have voted to demand GMO food labeling but in California the forces of ignorance and superstition were beaten back as Prop 37 GMO labeling was defeated 53-47% on the November ballot....

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Sunday, November 25, 2012
Going Over the Cliff Will Mean Tax Increases
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:28 AM :: 5398 Views :: Energy, Environment

Now that everyone is talking about the fiscal cliff that looms as the new year approaches, some are asking what sort of changes will occur on the tax landscape.

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Saturday, November 24, 2012
Sen Josh Green: Doctors Need Florida Pill Mill Company to Survive Financially
By Andrew Walden @ 8:03 PM :: 10357 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Energy, Environment

I am humbled to try and get everyone access to healthcare in a fair and timely way in Hawaii and that is all my letter to the city of Honolulu was about....

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