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Sunday, November 21, 2021
After Decade, City, State Finally Eliminate Turtle Beach Traffic Jam
By News Release @ 2:55 AM :: 587 Views :: Honolulu County, Tourism

... For many years various solutions have been discussed ....

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Saturday, November 20, 2021
'Certificate of Need' stands in way of improving healthcare in Hawaii
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:45 PM :: 543 Views :: Health Care

...  Since 2006, state officials have rejected over $200 million worth of certificate-of-need requests, which would have added more than 200 hospital beds to meet Hawaii’s medical needs ....

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Saturday, November 20, 2021
Maui County Will Not Appeal Injection Well Ruling
By News Release @ 4:28 PM :: 408 Views :: Maui County, Environment

... When the case was returned to Judge Mollway, she determined that the County needs a Clean Water Act NPDES permit ....

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Saturday, November 20, 2021
Mindless Hysteria: Maui County Council Passes Anti-Sunscreen Bill
By News Release @ 4:03 PM :: 626 Views :: Maui County, Environment

... Chemical Company Behind Anti-Sunscreen Campaign ....

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Friday, November 19, 2021
COVID-19 regulations aren’t cost-free
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:16 PM :: 529 Views :: Labor, Small Business, COVID-19

... ignoring the full cost is tantamount to malpractice ....

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Friday, November 19, 2021
NOAA considers new marine sanctuary off Hawaiian Islands
By News Release @ 6:59 PM :: 385 Views :: Environment

... Agency seeks public comment through Jan. 31, 2022 ....

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Friday, November 19, 2021
Ala Wai: Corps of Engineers, City Attempt to Bamboozle Public Again
By News Release @ 4:23 AM :: 677 Views :: Honolulu County, Military

... Approximately 110 community members participated during the Nov. 10 workshop and 45 participated on Nov. 13 ....

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Friday, November 19, 2021
Sex Trafficking: Federal Grand Jury Issues New Indictment Against Leaders of Philippines-Based Church
By News Release @ 4:15 AM :: 893 Views :: Religion

...adding six new defendants, including the KOJC’s leader, Apollo Carreon Quiboloy, who was referred to as “The Appointed Son of God.”....

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Friday, November 19, 2021
Unemployment Drops to 6.3% for October
By News Release @ 3:06 AM :: 418 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

... DBEDT today announced that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for October was 6.3 percent compared to 6.6 percent in September ....

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Friday, November 19, 2021
Extreme Stinginess? A look at Accused Waimanalo Child Killers’ Bankruptcy Case
By Andrew Walden @ 12:49 AM :: 3310 Views :: Family, Law Enforcement

... the Kalua’s bankruptcy submissions reveal $111K annual income -- but they are alleged to have duct-taped their adopted children's mouths shut to keep them from sneaking food ....

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Thursday, November 18, 2021
How is Maui Saving Hawaiian Lands?
By Video @ 11:42 PM :: 589 Views :: Maui County, Taxes

... ʻĀina kupuna bill to help long-time Maui families keep ancestral lands passes first council reading ....

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Wednesday, November 17, 2021
Legislative Agenda: Bills to Ban Gasoline, Diesel Vehicles by 2030
By News Release @ 6:09 PM :: 736 Views :: Energy, Environment

... Enviros deploy push-poll which claims that 66% of public want gasoline and diesel cars banned.  If this is true, why are electric cars only 1% of the fleet right now? ....

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Wednesday, November 17, 2021
2021’s Most Obese States--Hawaii 47th
By Selected News Articles @ 6:00 PM :: 699 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

... more than seven in 10 U.S. adults aged 20 and older are either overweight or obese ....

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Wednesday, November 17, 2021
Alaska: The Jones Act's original victim
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:43 PM :: 581 Views :: Hawaii History, Jones Act

... New report details how Jones Act targeted Alaska from the start ....

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Wednesday, November 17, 2021
State Democratic Party Chair Announces Plan to Avert Anti-Vaxxer Takeover of Party
By Andrew Walden @ 4:42 AM :: 1456 Views :: Honolulu County, Democratic Party, COVID-19

... Tyler Dos Santos Tam wants to have his candidacy and keep his Chairmanship too ....

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Wednesday, November 17, 2021
Ige Announces $365M in CIP
By News Release @ 3:05 AM :: 669 Views :: DHHL, Education K-12, Hawaii State Government

... These funds were released in October 2021 ....

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Tuesday, November 16, 2021
State Financial Reports 84% Transparent
By News Release @ 3:13 PM :: 462 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

... Twenty-two states earned distinction this year for providing the public with candid and transparent information about their government’s fiscal health ....

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Tuesday, November 16, 2021
Government regulations get thumbs down in Hawaii survey
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:26 PM :: 592 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

... Solid majorities agree there are too many regulations and they hurt small businesses ....

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Tuesday, November 16, 2021
Pirate Law
By Video @ 5:24 AM :: 892 Views :: Jones Act

"This might be the dumbest law on the book"

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Monday, November 15, 2021
Kauai: Dude Allegedly Freaks out After Trailer Refused at Transfer Station
By News Release @ 11:08 PM :: 923 Views :: Kauai County, Environment

... After being handcuffed and while on the ground, DOCARE reports Hoffman slipped the handcuffs under his legs and to the front of his body. He then jumped up and continued unloading green waste from the trailer ....

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Sunday, November 14, 2021
NOT the End of Gut-n-Replace
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 658 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... A person challenging a bill still needs to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the bill is unconstitutional.  And remember, it took a 3-2 vote to hold that recidivism and hurricane shelters are unrelated ....

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Sunday, November 14, 2021
Most Charitable States -- Hawaii 41st
By Selected News Articles @ 1:40 AM :: 640 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

... U.S. donors in 2020 still gave more than $471 billion to charity, with 69% of the funds coming directly from individuals ....

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Saturday, November 13, 2021
Strike Halted, Tentative Agreement Reached Between Alliance Unions and Kaiser Permanente
By News Release @ 3:35 PM :: 646 Views :: Health Care, Labor

... On Saturday, November 13, 2021, Kaiser Permanente and the Alliance of Health Care Unions reached tentative agreement on a four-year contract ....

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Friday, November 12, 2021
Police Allege Isabella Kalua Duct-Taped and Locked in Dog Cage Before Death
By Andrew Walden @ 11:03 PM :: 1619 Views :: Honolulu County, Family, Law Enforcement

... criminal complaint reveals many previously unreported allegations regarding the death of Isabella Kalua ....

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Friday, November 12, 2021
‘Community Based Energy’: $27.5M in GEMS for Hawaii Democratic Party Officials, Maui Councilmember
By Andrew Walden @ 8:20 PM :: 1159 Views :: Democratic Party, Maui County, Energy, Ethics

... To fund this insider giveaway, the HGIA board voted to take away $2.5M set aside for low and middle income households and $5M set aside for multi-family projects ....

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Thursday, November 11, 2021
Hawaii Supreme Court Guts-And-Replaces The Legislature's "Gut-And-Replace" Switcheroo
By Robert Thomas @ 8:01 PM :: 689 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... a well-functioning republic presumes that those tasked with vigilance -- the public -- have the opportunity to understand the substance of what those whom we elect to represent us are actually doing ....

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Thursday, November 11, 2021
Survey shows concern about government spending and debt
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:48 PM :: 884 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... The poll of nearly 1,000 Hawaii residents also found significant agreement that private firms should be more involved in delivering public services ....

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Thursday, November 11, 2021
Spying on You: Hawaii Insurer Testing 'Accident Predictive System' Based on 'Drive Recorder' in Cars
By News Release @ 4:29 PM :: 720 Views :: Higher Education, Small Business

... when a risk of an accident is detected by the algorithm based on the data captured by the drive recorder, effective safety measures such as notifying the operations manager of the relevant company and/or encouraging the driver to take a break ....

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Thursday, November 11, 2021
Cesspools: Four Years Later EPA Fines Hawaii County Again
By News Release @ 3:02 PM :: 707 Views :: Hawaii County , Environment

“...County of Hawai‘i has failed to meet its legal commitment to modernize wastewater infrastructure....”

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Thursday, November 11, 2021
VIDEO: Police Allege Isabella Kalua Killed One Month Before Disappearance Reported
By Video @ 3:18 AM :: 961 Views :: Honolulu County, Family, Police

... Full Video of HPD News Conference .... 

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Thursday, November 11, 2021
Applicants sought for Maui County Boards and Commissions
By News Release @ 3:14 AM :: 586 Views :: Maui County

... Applicants are being sought for 63 vacancies on various Maui County boards, commissions, councils and committees ....

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Wednesday, November 10, 2021
Full Text: HPD Point-by-Point Debunk of ACLU After Arrest of 10-Year-Old Girl
By News Release @ 1:27 PM :: 1045 Views :: Education K-12, Police

... if the requested policy changes were in place, this would not have changed the outcome of the present case. A threat to shoot and kill another student is, and must be considered to be, "a threat of significant harm to someone," which you acknowledge is something officers could arrest a student for on school property. Thus, the arrest of your client on school property is consistent with your own assessment of the situation. ...

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Wednesday, November 10, 2021
Judge tosses claims over King’s Hawaiian rolls packaging
By Court House News @ 5:39 AM :: 855 Views :: Small Business

... A logo depicting a crown slightly evocative of a pineapple alongside "Hilo, Hawaii" did not persuade a federal judge to accept claims that King's Hawaiian misleads customers into believing its rolls are actually made in Hawaii ....

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Tuesday, November 9, 2021
7,000 Legal Vacation Rentals on Maui in Jeopardy
By Video @ 4:19 PM :: 1210 Views :: Maui County, Land Use, Tourism, Cost of Living

... a Maui County Council proposal that aspires to create more housing on Maui by phasing out about 7,000 vacation rentals ....

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Tuesday, November 9, 2021
Oahu Ambulances may now take patients to urgent care
By News Release @ 2:54 PM :: 498 Views :: Honolulu County, Health Care

... Both HESD and DOH plan to expand the program to other selected alternative care sites throughout O’ahu and Neighbor Islands. Other alternative sites are being identified and may be ready by the end of this year ....

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Monday, November 8, 2021
​Kalihi Uka Elementary hosts first HIDOE school-based vaccination clinic for elementary students
By News Release @ 7:47 PM :: 527 Views :: Education K-12, COVID-19

... More than 100 public schools are registered to host vaccination clinics in the coming weeks ....

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Monday, November 8, 2021
State Launches ABLE Savings Program for Disabled
By News Release @ 7:05 PM :: 598 Views :: Health Care, Labor, Small Business

... In 2019, Gov. Ige signed Kal’s Law, which allowed individuals with a qualifying disability to work full-time at minimum wage without losing state or federal benefits. This year, Gov. Ige signed a bill that became Act 55 — which removes the practice of paying individuals a sub-minimum wage based solely on the fact the individual has a disability ....

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Sunday, November 7, 2021
Good riddance to ‘gut and replace’
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:23 PM :: 751 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... Grassroot Institute submitted an amicus curiae brief in support of the plaintiffs, arguing that the practice was eroding public trust in government and short-circuiting the democratic process ....

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Sunday, November 7, 2021
Hike Traffic Fines for Profit
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 692 Views :: Honolulu County, Police

... The Honolulu City Council wants to raise money for the Honolulu Police Department by adding a surcharge to traffic fines .... 

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Sunday, November 7, 2021
What is the Passenger Vessel Services Act?
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:42 AM :: 796 Views :: Jones Act, Tourism

... cruise ships that are registered in Bermuda or the Bahamas are required to sail to Fanning Island, 1,000 miles to the south of Hawaii ....

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Sunday, November 7, 2021
Hawaii: Highest Cost of Moving up to Home Ownership
By Selected News Articles @ 12:26 AM :: 1194 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... The cost of moving up in Hawaii is 84.9% higher than the national average ....

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Saturday, November 6, 2021
Rolling Blackouts Coming: HECO Doubles Down on Promise to Close Coal Plant
By News Release @ 9:56 PM :: 977 Views :: Energy, Environment, Cost of Living

... Hawaiian Electric sets goal of 70% carbon reduction by 2030, envisions zero emissions by 2045 ....

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Saturday, November 6, 2021
Hawaii Republican State Committee to Elect New Chair
By News Release @ 5:41 PM :: 1903 Views :: Republican Party

... Nomination period opens on November 13th, 2021 ....

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Saturday, November 6, 2021
JSC Announces Seven Judicial Vacancies
By News Release @ 5:36 PM :: 556 Views :: Judiciary

... three of the seven are seeking reappointment ....

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Saturday, November 6, 2021
DoH Orders Embry Health to Stop COVID Testing
By News Release @ 3:53 AM :: 743 Views :: Honolulu County, COVID-19

... After learning that Embry Health was collecting specimens for COVID-19 tests in Hawai‘i, DOH made repeated attempts to work with Embry Health to secure the necessary certification or approval. Embry Health withdrew its application for certification on October 19....

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Friday, November 5, 2021
HECO Suddenly Agrees to 39% Reduction in Cost of Electricity Bought from Kalaeloa Partners
By News Release @ 3:42 AM :: 702 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy, Cost of Living

... charge being reduced to $100/kilowatts (kW) per year for the full 208 MW, as compared to $164.35/kW per year for the first 180 MW ....

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Thursday, November 4, 2021
City introduces amended short-term rental bill
By News Release @ 11:17 PM :: 852 Views :: Honolulu County, Tourism

... Bill 41 Relating to Transient Accommodations was transmitted to the Council by the Honolulu Planning Commission last month and is scheduled for First Reading at its full Council meeting on Nov. 10, 2021 ....

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Thursday, November 4, 2021
State Adopting Ballot Tracking System
By News Release @ 10:27 PM :: 821 Views :: Kauai County, Office of Elections

... the Ballot Tracking System will be available for the upcoming Kauai Prosecutor Special Election and then for Statewide Elections and Primaries in 2022 ....

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Thursday, November 4, 2021
"Gut and Replace" Held Unconstitutional  
By News Release @ 9:38 PM :: 1158 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... The Hawaii Supreme Court, in a 3-2 decision, dealt a serious blow to the Legislature’s “gut and replace” tactic ....

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Thursday, November 4, 2021
DLIR to Partially Reopen December 1
By News Release @ 3:35 AM :: 519 Views :: Labor, COVID-19

... Services from all programs in the department will be available Wednesdays through Fridays. Telephone appointments for general unemployment insurance and claims adjudication services will continue on Mondays and Tuesdays ....

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