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Friday, May 20, 2022
Hawaii Unemployment 4.2%
By News Release @ 3:26 AM :: 776 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

... in comparison with March 2020 (last month prior to pandemic effects), nonfarm jobs were down by 50,000, or -7.6% ....

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Thursday, May 19, 2022
COVID Cut Hawaii Marriage Rate 48%
By Selected News Articles @ 3:37 PM :: 955 Views :: Family, Hawaii Statistics, Tourism, COVID-19

... of the 50 states, Hawaii saw the largest decline in marriage rate, dropping from 14.2-per-1,000 residents in 2019 to 7.4 in 2020 ....

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Wednesday, May 18, 2022
Mental Health Workers Strike Kaiser Hawaii Facilities
By News Release @ 6:11 AM :: 1680 Views :: Health Care, Labor, Drugs

... Clinicians schedule statewide strike starting May 18 to force changes at HMO that serves 260,000 Hawaii residents ....

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Wednesday, May 18, 2022
Justice Department: Steve Wynn Chinese Foreign Agent working with Hawaii's Lum Crime Family
By News Release @ 5:37 AM :: 1861 Views :: Republican Party

... Complaint Alleges That Stephen A. Wynn Lobbied Pres. Trump and Trump  Administration Officials at the Request of the People’s Republic of China ....

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Wednesday, May 18, 2022
Hilo Man Pleads Guilty to Defrauding Paycheck Protection and Disaster Loan Programs
By News Release @ 2:41 AM :: 850 Views :: Law Enforcement, COVID-19

... $937,575 ....

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Wednesday, May 18, 2022
Survey: How Should Honolulu Spend COVID Money?
By News Release @ 2:32 AM :: 675 Views :: Honolulu County, COVID-19

...Community invited to provide input on Economic and Workforce Development through community engagement survey....

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Wednesday, May 18, 2022
Honolulu Parks Promise to Stop Wasting Water
By News Release @ 2:25 AM :: 585 Views :: Honolulu County

... Honolulu Parks & Rec partnering with Board of Water of Supply to exceed call for 10% water reduction ....

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Wednesday, May 18, 2022
Honolulu 10th Most Expensive City for Home Improvement
By News Release @ 2:14 AM :: 801 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... We ranked 200 cities based on 16 key indicators of renovation pricy-ness ....

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Tuesday, May 17, 2022
Study: 67% of Hawaii 'Work-from-Home' Employees Drinking on the Job
By News Release @ 4:03 AM :: 1013 Views :: Drugs, COVID-19

... Residents of Hawaii are most likely to drink at home during working hours, while Arkansans are least likely ....

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Monday, May 16, 2022
Auditor: Maui Building Permits Delayed for Months in Spite of 30-Day Mandate
By News Release @ 9:19 PM :: 800 Views :: Maui County, Development

... Since the reviewing agencies are diverse and have their own priorities, it is not unusual that substantial delays are caused when these other agencies do not timely process applications ....

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Monday, May 16, 2022
Study: Hawaii has lowest monthly starting salaries
By Selected News Articles @ 5:23 PM :: 780 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Adjusted for cost of living, first place Tacoma, WA has starting salaries three times higher than Honolulu and Pearl City ....

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Sunday, May 15, 2022
UHERO: Effects of COVID-19 vaccine mandates on Hawaii Businesses
By UHERO @ 8:02 PM :: 858 Views :: Small Business, COVID-19

... on September 13, 2021, the counties of Honolulu and Maui mandated that customers and employees provide proof of full vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test ....

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Sunday, May 15, 2022
More Bills in the Home Stretch
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1031 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement, Taxes

... Here’s a list of some of the eyebrow-raising bills that have gone to the fifth floor ....

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Saturday, May 14, 2022
Joe Negeuse Appointed to Represent Hawaii Congressional District 2
By Andrew Walden @ 10:22 PM :: 1951 Views :: Ethics, Congressional Delegation

... According to an on-line biography, “Neguse and his wife Andrea live in Lafayette, CO, where they are raising their young daughter, Natalie.” ....

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Saturday, May 14, 2022
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted May 14, 2022
By GovTrack .us @ 9:11 PM :: 818 Views :: Congressional Delegation

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

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Saturday, May 14, 2022
Auditor: City Still Locked in to Expensive Recycling Contracts
By News Release @ 3:53 AM :: 1210 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy, Environment

... Solid waste disposal costs can be reduced by diverting recyclable waste to the H-POWER waste to energy facility ....

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Friday, May 13, 2022
After Bribery Convictions, Legislators Tout Ethics Reforms
By News Release @ 5:52 PM :: 809 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Office of Elections

... 8 of the 14 bills identified by Commission were adopted by 2022 Legislature ....

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Friday, May 13, 2022
Honolulu Rail: $9.9 Billion to Go Nowhere
By Selected News Articles @ 5:45 PM :: 1624 Views :: Rail

... HART now says it will cost $9.9 billion to not finish its rail project by 2031 ....

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Thursday, May 12, 2022
'Good Questions' still bedevil Honolulu rail
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:08 PM :: 959 Views :: Rail

... Iwasa has valuable insights into the operations of the rail project because she also is a non-voting member of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation ....

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Thursday, May 12, 2022
UHERO: Real income will decline 5% this year
By UHERO @ 3:00 PM :: 818 Views :: Economy, Tourism, Cost of Living

... Inflation in the Islands hit 7.5% in March ....

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Thursday, May 12, 2022
Interior Department Lumps Kamehameha and Lahaianaluna in with 'Indian Boarding Schools'
By News Release @ 2:53 AM :: 1302 Views :: Akaka Bill, Education K-12, Hawaii History

"... 1819 to 1969, the federal Indian boarding school system consisted of 408 federal schools across 37 states or then territories, including 21 schools in Alaska and 7 schools in Hawaii ...." -- US DoI report

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Wednesday, May 11, 2022
Hawaii: Burn Through $1M in 10 Years
By Selected News Articles @ 8:00 PM :: 1103 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... $1 million will last in savings: 10 years, 10 months, 11 days ....

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Tuesday, May 10, 2022
Hawaii highest personal debt compared to income
By Selected News Articles @ 10:24 PM :: 787 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Hawaii’s cost of living is high—93% greater than the national average and the highest in the country in 2021—and personal income on the island state is only slightly higher than the national average ....

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Tuesday, May 10, 2022
Strong 2022 Legislative Session for Judiciary
By News Release @ 9:49 PM :: 769 Views :: Judiciary

... Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald today applauded the Hawaii State Legislature for its support ....

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Tuesday, May 10, 2022
COVID-19 infection rates soaring in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 9:38 PM :: 1738 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

... on Oahu 2,107 new cases, +74% change from previous week ....

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Tuesday, May 10, 2022
Patient Safety--How Does Your Hospital Rank?
By News Release @ 5:51 PM :: 801 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

... New Hospital Safety Grades from The Leapfrog Group Highlight Pandemic-Era Declines in Patient Experience ....

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Tuesday, May 10, 2022
Who has the most Student Debt? -- 16 Hawaii Towns Ranked
By Selected News Articles @ 5:40 PM :: 789 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Higher Education

... 2022’s Cities with the Most & Least Student Debt ....

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Tuesday, May 10, 2022
Grassroot Institute: Legislative Session in Review
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:12 AM :: 735 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... bills to sign or veto ....

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Tuesday, May 10, 2022
Red Hill: Navy waives right to contested case hearing
By News Release @ 2:32 AM :: 852 Views :: Environment, Military

... “The Navy’s decision means that work to defuel and close the Red Hill facility can begin without further delay,” said Kathleen Ho, Deputy Director of Environmental Health ....

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Monday, May 9, 2022
COVID rules being lifted, but don’t cheer yet
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:58 PM :: 806 Views :: COVID-19

... these restrictions can easily be reinstated with the stroke of a pen because our state’s emergency-management law has not changed ....

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Monday, May 9, 2022
14 'Good Government' Bills Heading to Governor
By Selected News Articles @ 3:42 PM :: 753 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... Common Cause Hawaii 2022 Legislative Wrap-Up ....

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Monday, May 9, 2022
Hawaii 2nd Worst State for Police Officers
By Selected News Articles @ 11:48 AM :: 1325 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Police

... but it's a great place to be a criminal ....

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Sunday, May 8, 2022
Bills in the Home Stretch
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 675 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... Now the important deadlines are June 27, 2022, when the Governor needs to give notice of intent to veto a bill, and July 12, 2022, which is the deadline for the Governor to sign or veto any bills ....

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Sunday, May 8, 2022
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted May 7, 2022
By GovTrack .us @ 4:13 AM :: 796 Views :: Congressional Delegation

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

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Sunday, May 8, 2022
UIPA and Sunshine Bills Passed in 2022 Legislative Session
By News Release @ 4:00 AM :: 1010 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment, Hawaii State Government

... The Hawaii State Legislature has passed the following bills and resolution concerning the Uniform Information Practices Act (UIPA) and Sunshine Law ....

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Sunday, May 8, 2022
Poll: Green Beats Kahele 48% to 17%
By News Release @ 3:55 AM :: 2225 Views :: Democratic Party, Politicians

... Public Policy Polling surveyed 644 likely Democratic primary voters in Hawaii from February 8-9, 2022 ....

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Saturday, May 7, 2022
Mafia News: Kahele Admits he was Picked for State Senate by Malu Motta’s Best Friend
By Video @ 11:59 PM :: 11009 Views :: Ethics, Congressional Delegation, Hawaii History

... Kahele was picked for the Senate by the best friend of a double murderer.  A bribery convict helped him "transition to the State Senate", a friend of Katherine Kealoha works for him, and Honolulu's unindicted mayor made way for his Gubernatorial campaign ....

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Saturday, May 7, 2022
Audit: Caldwell Admin Signed off on ‘Deficient’ Building Permits for Three Years
By Andrew Walden @ 10:06 PM :: 2008 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Development

... Is there a public safety hazard?  DPP’s Michael Silva can’t say ....

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Saturday, May 7, 2022
County of Maui and Ogden Newspapers Agree to End Discussions on Sale of Maui News Building
By News Release @ 4:58 PM :: 901 Views :: Maui County, First Amendment

... In March 2021, the Maui County Council passed legislation for the administration to acquire the 6.3-acre parcel for $9.8 million ....

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Saturday, May 7, 2022
Hawaii Family Forum Legislative Week in Review
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 4:52 PM :: 1056 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Life, Religion

... Session ends and there is some really great news! ....

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Saturday, May 7, 2022
DoH: Navy Must Present Red Hill Shutdown Plan by November
By News Release @ 3:06 AM :: 673 Views :: Environment, Military

... The Navy must provide DOH with its independent contractor’s assessment on facility operations by May 15, a plan and implementation schedule to defuel by June 30, and a plan for closure of the facility by November 1 ....

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Saturday, May 7, 2022
Hawaii GE Tax Bites in to 94% of Personal Income
By Tax Foundation @ 2:03 AM :: 944 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes, COVID-19

... Hawaii’s GE Tax base has historically exceeded 100 percent of personal income but took a hit as the island’s economic profile changed during the pandemic ....

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Saturday, May 7, 2022
HECO RFP Seeks 'Renewable' Projects on Maui, Oahu
By News Release @ 1:51 AM :: 819 Views :: Honolulu County, Maui County, Energy

... that includes but is not limited to wind, solar, biomass and biofuels. Standalone energy storage proposals also will be accepted ....

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Saturday, May 7, 2022
DoH: 100% of Oahu Seniors Vaccinated
By News Release @ 1:40 AM :: 1029 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

... According to the State Department of Health, 100.0% of those 65 years and older on O‘ahu have completed their initial series of COVID-19 vaccination ....

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Friday, May 6, 2022
Hawaii 2nd Lowest Drug Abuse in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 12:30 PM :: 802 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Drugs

... Drug Use by State: 2022’s Problem Areas ....

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Friday, May 6, 2022
Hawaii least social media-obsessed state
By News Release @ 12:00 PM :: 584 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

... Hawaii was found to be the least social media-obsessed state, with 440.34 searches per 1,000 people per month ....

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Friday, May 6, 2022
Did Hawaii Beat the Virus?
By Selected News Articles @ 3:33 AM :: 1171 Views :: Hawaii History, Tourism, COVID-19

... At great cost, isolation from the world delayed the spread until vaccines and treatments were available ....

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Thursday, May 5, 2022
UH to Pause Work on Mauna Kea Master Lease
By News Release @ 6:55 PM :: 1052 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

... HB2024 CD1 makes it clear that the new Authority will be responsible for deciding if there will be more or less astronomy on Maunakea than the nine observatories allowed under the current UH Master Plan ....

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Thursday, May 5, 2022
DLNR: Mauna Kea Bill Dangerous, Unconstitutional
By News Release @ 6:44 PM :: 1007 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

... HB2024 CD1 leaves significant gaps that could result in worse management of Mauna Kea’s natural and cultural resources ....

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Thursday, May 5, 2022
Auditor Witch Hunt Over: House Investigators Don't Bother Writing Final Report
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 5:23 PM :: 1204 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... the draft report upon which our comments were based was missing findings, had numerous placeholders, and was missing complete sections altogether ....

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