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Saturday, July 31, 2021
Thousands view Jones Act video within hours of its post on Tik Tok
By News Release @ 2:35 PM :: 1117 Views :: Jones Act

... More than 11,000 viewers from around the nation, including many from Puerto Rico, somehow heard about the Jones Act video posted by "Oahu Joe" ....

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Saturday, July 31, 2021
Keith Cureton named Kamehameha Schools Director of Ethics and Compliance
By News Release @ 2:19 PM :: 1075 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... Prior to joining KS, Keith was Global Vice President of Compliance and Ethics for UPS ....

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Friday, July 30, 2021
Victorino signs agreements with Expedia and Airbnb to curb illegal TVRs
By News Release @ 10:40 PM :: 1320 Views :: Maui County, Law Enforcement, Small Business, Tourism

... Both platforms will now require host-provided tax map key numbers to appear on online listings ....

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Friday, July 30, 2021
Military Spouse Tax Act Introduced
By News Release @ 12:00 PM :: 1180 Views :: Military, Taxes

... allowing the military spouse to keep their home domicile for state income tax purposes ....

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Friday, July 30, 2021
How They Voted: Racially Inferior Nominee Rejected 6-17
By News Release @ 4:05 AM :: 1926 Views :: Judiciary, OHA

"... Opponents of my appointment, particularly members of the Bar, were courageous...through this process our legislators have indicated their unwavering support for social justice...."

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Thursday, July 29, 2021
Blaisdell Center awarded Shuttered Venue Operators Grant
By News Release @ 6:11 PM :: 1090 Views :: Honolulu County, Tourism, COVID-19

... Blaisdell Center was recently awarded $3,056,261.58 ....

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Thursday, July 29, 2021
FSM: Vax Now Mandatory for all Micronesia Citizens
By News Release @ 6:01 PM :: 1035 Views :: COVID-19

“...All FSM citizens residing in the FSM are required to undergo COVID-19 vaccination subject to the protocol of the Task Force....”

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Thursday, July 29, 2021
June 2021: 791K Tourists Arrive, Spend $1.44B
By News Release @ 5:44 PM :: 1044 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... Compared to June 2019, visitor spending decreased 11.9 percent from $1.63 billion ....

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Thursday, July 29, 2021
New policy report slices through common defenses of Jones Act 
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:54 PM :: 892 Views :: Jones Act

... The Grassroot Institute has produced a handy guide addressing five key arguments that Jones Act defenders just won't let die ....

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Thursday, July 29, 2021
Maui County accepting applications for First-Time Homebuyer's Down Payment Assistance Program
By News Release @ 4:43 PM :: 884 Views :: Maui County, Cost of Living

... up to 5 percent of the home purchase price, not to exceed $30,000 ....

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Thursday, July 29, 2021
Hawaiian Electric collecting feedback on shared solar program for Molokai
By News Release @ 4:35 PM :: 917 Views :: Maui County, Energy

... a subscription to a generation facility on their island in exchange for credit applied to their electricity bill ....

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Thursday, July 29, 2021
UH Med School to Transfer 100 Employees to Queen's Hospital
By News Release @ 6:24 AM :: 1090 Views :: Health Care, Higher Education

... A key component of this affiliation agreement is the creation of a combined physician group to be named The Queen’s University Medical Group (QUMG). ...

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Thursday, July 29, 2021
Court of Appeals: Senate Judiciary Ctte Recommends Rejecting ACLU Leader because of his race
By News Release @ 5:49 AM :: 1308 Views :: Judiciary

... the Senate Committee on Judiciary voted 3-4 today at it’s decision-making meeting to not recommend that the Senate consent to the appointment of Gluck to the ICA ....

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Wednesday, July 28, 2021
Vacation Rental Use up 910% from 2020
By News Release @ 10:41 AM :: 1192 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Tourism

... but down 32.9% vs. 2019 ....

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Wednesday, July 28, 2021
Locals to be Allowed Back in to Hanauma Bay
By News Release @ 10:34 AM :: 1295 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Tourism

... an effort to accommodate local residents, while maintaining the improved marine environment ....

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Wednesday, July 28, 2021
DoH Releases COVID Guidance for School Reopening
By News Release @ 10:30 AM :: 1061 Views :: Education K-12, COVID-19

"...Promoting COVID-19 vaccination among all staff and eligible students 12 years of age and older...."

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Tuesday, July 27, 2021
Hawaii -- Worst ACT Scores in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 12:12 AM :: 1974 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics

... but don't worry. DoE and HSTA are working to solve this problem by eliminating standardized testing ....

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Monday, July 26, 2021
Mismanagement? DHHL vs Fevella
By News Release @ 11:57 PM :: 1182 Views :: DHHL, Gambling

... "They never needed the money, they wanted a casino," said Senator Kurt Fevella ....

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Monday, July 26, 2021
Maui Tourism Recovery Brings Bond Upgrades
By News Release @ 9:46 PM :: 867 Views :: Maui County, Tourism

... Moody’s cites the Aa1 rating “reflects the continued economic recovery of Maui driven by the rebound of tourism-related activity” ....

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Monday, July 26, 2021
VA mandates COVID-19 vaccines among its medical employees including VHA facilities staff
By News Release @ 4:25 PM :: 886 Views :: Military, COVID-19

... COVID-19 vaccines mandatory for Title 38 VA health care personnel ....

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Sunday, July 25, 2021
Special Land and Development Fund, Revisited
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1331 Views :: Ethics, Land Use, OHA

... rent for the property was $100,000 while subleases of the same property brought in $300,000 ....

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Friday, July 23, 2021
Eligible homeowners encouraged to apply for Real Property Tax Credit Program
By News Release @ 11:19 PM :: 1776 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes

... The deadline to apply for the Real Property Tax Credit Program is September 30, 2021 ....

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Friday, July 23, 2021
HD 13 Vacancy: Ige Appoints Linda Clark
By News Release @ 7:14 PM :: 2712 Views :: Democratic Party, Maui County

... Clark currently serves as an independent process server for the Child Support Enforcement Agency, State of Hawai‘i ....

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Friday, July 23, 2021
Army invites public comment on O‘ahu training land retention
By News Release @ 6:00 PM :: 1369 Views :: Environment, Military

... EIS to analyze Army proposal to retain up to approximately 6,300 acres of leased state-owned land on O‘ahu to support continued military training ....

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Friday, July 23, 2021
Where's the aloha for Hawaii bar owners?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:51 PM :: 1346 Views :: Small Business, Tourism, COVID-19

... Hawaii’s bars might be among those that have suffered the most under the confusing COVID-19 tier system ....

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Thursday, July 22, 2021
Lockdowns lower the bar for rule of law
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:33 PM :: 1178 Views :: Small Business, COVID-19

... Bill Comerford tells how Hawaii’s arbitrary lockdowns turned his world upside down ....

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Thursday, July 22, 2021
Kauai Woman Pleads Guilty To Multiple Wire Fraud Schemes And Aggravated Identity Theft
By News Release @ 5:30 AM :: 1394 Views :: Kauai County, Ethics, Law Enforcement

... Federal prosecutors say she stole from Kamehameha Schools students needing financial aid and from Gates Millennium Scholars. The government also accuses her of stealing information from a non-profit mobile health unit for Native Hawaiians on Kauai ....

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Thursday, July 22, 2021
DoE Announces In-Person and Distance Learning Programs for 2021-22
By News Release @ 4:40 AM :: 1229 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, COVID-19

... How can the HSTA manipulate this program to shut down schools? ....

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Wednesday, July 21, 2021
More Homesteading Opportunities for Native Hawaiians on Moloka‘i After Water Commission Decision
By News Release @ 5:51 PM :: 1282 Views :: DHHL, Maui County, OHA

... the water rights for this aquifer had been litigated for thirty years ....

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Wednesday, July 21, 2021
Blue Pacific Act Added to Major Foreign Policy Bill
By Ed Case @ 12:00 PM :: 1118 Views :: World News, Congressional Delegation, Military

... House Foreign Affairs Committee Includes Case’s Pacific Islands Caucus’ Initiatives in its Signature Ensuring American Global Leadership and Engagement (EAGLE) Act ....

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Wednesday, July 21, 2021
Honolulu woman pleads guilty to unauthorized removal and retention of classified material
By News Release @ 3:39 AM :: 1073 Views :: Military

... Lavarello’s temporary assignment in the Philippines was ultimately terminated due to her mishandling of SECRET classified documents ....

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Tuesday, July 20, 2021
Asset Forfeiture Audit: After 30 years Program Finally Gets Administrative Rules
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 11:20 PM :: 1156 Views :: Ethics, Law Enforcement

... the program was unable to accurately account for forfeited property ....

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Tuesday, July 20, 2021
DHHL Seeks Recommendations for 2022 DHHL Legislative Package
By News Release @ 10:54 PM :: 1031 Views :: DHHL

... Every year, the Department prepares and submits legislative proposals for inclusion in the Governor’s Administrative Package for the next session of the Hawaiʻi State Legislature ....

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Tuesday, July 20, 2021
Mayor Victorino vetoes hotel construction moratorium bill
By News Release @ 10:48 PM :: 1342 Views :: Maui County, Development, Tourism

"... concerned about unintended consequences such as pushing hospitality developments into communities outside of Maui’s resort areas ...."

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Tuesday, July 20, 2021
Trumpster Anti-Vaxxers Target BYUH
By News Release @ 5:40 PM :: 3068 Views :: Higher Education, COVID-19

... Within 2 days of receiving this response from BYUH, Sandor's case was being highlighted on TPUSA.  Five days after that she was on the Hannity Show ....

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Tuesday, July 20, 2021
$34M rate hike to pay rich people to get discount solar battery program
By News Release @ 4:33 PM :: 1795 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

... “This is exciting,” said Rocky Mould, executive director of the Hawaii Solar Energy Association ....

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Tuesday, July 20, 2021
Guam shows value of competition in U.S. shipping
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:00 PM :: 1217 Views :: Jones Act

... The territory’s exemption from the U.S.-build mandate of the Jones Act should apply to all U.S. ports to boost competition and lower costs ....

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Tuesday, July 20, 2021
$50B: State Climate Commission Helps Grifters Cash In on Climate Change Hype
By News Release @ 1:04 AM :: 1111 Views :: Environment

... As federal funds are readied for disbursement, Hawaii insiders need to be poised to receive ....

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Monday, July 19, 2021
COVID School Closures: Who are we trying to protect?
By Selected News Articles @ 11:58 PM :: 1379 Views :: Education K-12, COVID-19

... We say it’s for the safety of your children, but it is clear that the decisions Hawaii is making in regards to COVID policies are for the sake of some adults ....

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Monday, July 19, 2021
Next Boondoggle: USACE, City of Honolulu Sign Agreement for Ala Wai Flood Study
By News Release @ 11:02 PM :: 1483 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Development, Military

... The signing allows USACE and the City and County of Honolulu to develop a salespitch that appears to balance costs and environmental impacts ....

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Monday, July 19, 2021
Ha'ena 'Adaptive Tourism' Plan Starts with Lots of Expensive Parking Tickets
By News Release @ 10:47 PM :: 1187 Views :: Kauai County, Law Enforcement, Tourism

... The HSP Master Plan caps daily visitation at Hāʻena to 900 people ....

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Sunday, July 18, 2021
Aalto’s Conflicts of Interest Disqualify Him for HART Board
By News Release @ 10:06 PM :: 1956 Views :: Ethics, Rail

... Aalto's movies given major funding by rail supporters ....

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Sunday, July 18, 2021
Miske News: Union Boss Gets Greedy -- Almost Pays Price in Blood
By Andrew Walden @ 7:44 PM :: 3749 Views :: Labor, Law Enforcement, Drugs

... Akau said the problem involved hiring for jobs on the docks, and that removing Victim 12 “would help the flow of jobs onto the docks.”…

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Sunday, July 18, 2021
All public school students to receive free meals throughout school year 2021-22
By News Release @ 3:09 PM :: 1058 Views :: Education K-12, COVID-19

... thanks to a nationwide waiver from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The waiver aims to minimize the possible spread of COVID-19 at schools across the country by eliminating meal payment transactions in school cafeterias ....

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Sunday, July 18, 2021
Shoring Up Water Transportation
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1278 Views :: Jones Act, Small Business, Cost of Living

... On July 9, 2021, President Biden issued the “Executive Order on Promoting Competition in the American Economy.”  There wasn’t much media coverage ....

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Sunday, July 18, 2021
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted July 17, 2021
By GovTrack .us @ 2:41 AM :: 949 Views :: Congressional Delegation

... Bills introduced and votes in Congress ....

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Saturday, July 17, 2021
Ethics: COVID Profiteering by DoH Employee
By News Release @ 9:50 PM :: 1439 Views :: Ethics, Health Care

... used his state computer and state email account to send an email to the Chief Executive Officer of a private health care facility in which he solicited the CEO to purchase personal protective equipment from a private company, M&W Suppliers ....

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Saturday, July 17, 2021
Coalitions are the key to change
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 9:16 PM :: 1107 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Jones Act

... Put together a coalition of voices behind one cause and you instantly become “strong,” worthy of attention ....

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Friday, July 16, 2021
Hawaii Unemployment Rate Drops to 7.7%
By News Release @ 11:12 PM :: 1421 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Small Business

... Hawaii no longer has the nation’s highest unemployment rate ....

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Thursday, July 15, 2021
It's not a mystery why so many people have been leaving the Aloha State
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:28 PM :: 3479 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Over the past four years, Hawaii’s population has declined by more than 22,000 people, equaling the third-fastest population decline per capita in the entire nation ....

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