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Friday, October 22, 2021
Strive-HI Test Results Chart DoE COVID Failure
By News Release @ 8:50 PM :: 610 Views

... Math proficiency decreased 11 percentage points to 32% in 2021 ....

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Friday, October 22, 2021
State Wins $1.5M Judgment in Mortgage Rescue Fraud Case
By News Release @ 8:25 PM :: 781 Views :: Law Enforcement

... Guinn had tricked the couple into signing over the deed to their property ....

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Friday, October 22, 2021
'Karma is a Bitch' -- Maui Mayor's Office Rips Anti-Vaxxer
By Andrew Walden @ 4:06 AM :: 4842 Views :: Maui County, COVID-19

... Anti-vaxxer antics are a key argument for continuing to exclude direct public testimony ....

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Friday, October 22, 2021
UHERO Looks at Maui County Plan to Impose $1.17B Tax Hike on Housing
By UHERO @ 2:42 AM :: 665 Views :: Maui County, Taxes, Cost of Living

... How to build affordable housing?  Impose a $1.169 billion tax on housing.  Clue: 'Boondoggle' ....

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Thursday, October 21, 2021
Honolulu Bookkeeper Indicted for $1.2 Million Fraud and Money Laundering
By News Release @ 11:17 PM :: 208 Views :: OHA, Small Business

... six counts of wire fraud and seven counts of money laundering ....

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Thursday, October 21, 2021
Hawaii Unemployment Rate Drops to 6.6%
By News Release @ 5:11 PM :: 624 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

... the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for September was 6.6 percent compared to 7.0 percent in August ....

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Thursday, October 21, 2021
Hawaii Hotel RevPAR Down 13.5% from 2019
By Hawaii Tourism Authority @ 2:39 PM :: 713 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... When compared to September 2019, statewide ADR was higher in September 2021 but RevPAR was lower due to less occupancy ....

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Thursday, October 21, 2021
Substitute shortage reported in urban and rural schools across the state
By News Release @ 2:31 PM :: 733 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

... 100+ substitute positions are unfilled daily with others diverted to fill-in ....

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Thursday, October 21, 2021
State of Hawaii Launches 'Non-Fungible Token' Scheme
By News Release @ 2:20 PM :: 965 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

... Eminem is an 'investor' ....

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Wednesday, October 20, 2021
The real enemy of aloha is uncertainty
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:06 AM :: 874 Views :: Small Business, COVID-19

... Why are some businesses treated differently than others? When will we be able to return to normal? Are any of these restrictions really saving lives? ....

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Tuesday, October 19, 2021
Foster Children in Hawaii and Their Right to Counsel
By Selected News Articles @ 5:44 PM :: 1408 Views :: Family, Law Enforcement

... Hawaii is the only state in the nation that has a judicial procedure in place to ensure the legal rights of our most vulnerable population are protected; a little-known 2014 Family Court Tort Protocol mandated by Judge Mark Browning ....

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Tuesday, October 19, 2021
10-year-old girl arrested at Honowai Elem School--ACLU Demands $500K
By News Release @ 4:57 AM :: 2335 Views :: Education K-12, Law Enforcement

... a parent complained to school officials about a sketch N.B. and other students had drawn in response to another student bullying N.B. The parent unreasonably insisted that school officials call the police ....

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Tuesday, October 19, 2021
Anti-vaxxers Expose Maui Mayor to COVID
By News Release @ 4:46 AM :: 1645 Views :: Maui County, COVID-19

"...We only found out about the exposure because of a social media post....”

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Monday, October 18, 2021
COVID the Lion Killer
By News Release @ 7:02 PM :: 751 Views :: Honolulu County, COVID-19

... Honolulu Zoo bids aloha to Ekundu the African lion ....

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Monday, October 18, 2021
COVID Emergency Rules: HSTA to file complaint with Hawaii Labor Relations Board
By News Release @ 6:56 PM :: 899 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, COVID-19

"...The suspension of Chapter 89 sets a dangerous precedent...."

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Monday, October 18, 2021
‘OahuJoe’ TikTok video on Hawaii housing draws more than a million views
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:21 AM :: 2025 Views :: Cost of Living

... In just 13 seconds, Joe Kent of the Grassroot Institute explains why relatively modest homes in Hawaii are so darn expensive ....

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Sunday, October 17, 2021
Panorama: Hawaii DoE Paying Zuckerberg Company to Collect Data on Students
By Andrew Walden @ 10:32 PM :: 3169 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics

... Panorama’s ‘Social Emotional Learning Survey’ is a veritable roadmap to manipulate their minds via social media ....

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Sunday, October 17, 2021
Enrollment across UH system increases for first time in 10 years
By News Release @ 3:57 PM :: 527 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Higher Education

... The fall 2021 systemwide headcount credit enrollment of 49,773 students is a 0.4% increase compared to fall 2020 ....

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Sunday, October 17, 2021
No, DOE, You’re Not God
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1089 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, COVID-19

... DOE told HSTA the Governor’s Emergency Proclamation suspends Hawaii law governing collective bargaining in public employment ....

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Sunday, October 17, 2021
Navy Will Discharge Sailors Refusing COVID-19 Vaccination
By Selected News Articles @ 4:13 AM :: 916 Views :: Military, COVID-19

... All active-duty Navy personnel must be vaccinated by Nov. 28 or face separation, according to a Navy administrative message released Wednesday ....

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Saturday, October 16, 2021
COVID Shutdowns Boost Hawaii Youth Obesity Rates
By News Release @ 5:46 PM :: 761 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

... High School Students --  16.4% Obesity Rate 15 of 51 Hawaii state rank ....

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Saturday, October 16, 2021
Current constitutional issues related to vaccine mandates
By Selected News Articles @ 1:35 PM :: 1300 Views :: COVID-19

... two key Supreme Court decisions speak to the authority of state and local officials to issue vaccine mandates ....

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Saturday, October 16, 2021
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted October 16, 2021
By GovTrack .us @ 12:00 PM :: 704 Views :: Congressional Delegation

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

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Saturday, October 16, 2021
Six Sovereignty Scammers Could Get 10 years Prison
By News Release @ 3:23 AM :: 2074 Views :: Ethics, Law Enforcement

... all connected to Keanu Sai collaborator Rose Dradi .... 

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Friday, October 15, 2021
Will Hawaiʻi Become an Open-Carry State?
By Video @ 7:27 PM :: 1898 Views :: Second Amendment

... PBS video: Will Hawaiʻi Become an Open-Carry State? ....

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Friday, October 15, 2021
Notice of Anticipated Judicial Vacancy – Circuit Judge, Circuit Court of the First Circuit
By News Release @ 7:24 PM :: 548 Views :: Judiciary

... The Judicial Selection Commission is accepting applications and nominations ....

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Friday, October 15, 2021
UHERO: Hawaii Needs to Focus on Developing Good Governance in Managing Tourism
By UHERO @ 12:14 AM :: 696 Views :: Tourism

... a difficult obstacle stands in the way of achieving the HTA action plans:  “HTA lacks authority over state and county agencies.” ....

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Thursday, October 14, 2021
Hawaii COVID Response: Safety vs Freedom
By News Release @ 11:52 PM :: 756 Views :: Republican Party, COVID-19

... an economic, medical, and legal perrspective ....

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Thursday, October 14, 2021
COVID Money: Stacy Higa Pleads Guilty to Bribery and Embezzlement
By News Release @ 2:35 AM :: 1528 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, COVID-19

... Former Hawaii Public Official Pleads Guilty to Embezzling from AmeriCorps and Offering a Bribe in Return for CARES Act Grants ....

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Thursday, October 14, 2021
Most Hawaii residents want lower taxes, new survey shows
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:14 AM :: 742 Views :: Taxes, Cost of Living

... A professional poll of almost 1,000 people throughout the islands suggests lawmakers are ignoring what their constituents really want ....

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Thursday, October 14, 2021
COVID-19 meets its match: UH football
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:10 AM :: 588 Views :: COVID-19

... If there is one thing more powerful than COVID-19, apparently it’s a winning football team ....

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Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Hawaii COVID-19 Business Mandates Boost Vaccination Rate 8%
By UHERO @ 11:55 PM :: 650 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, COVID-19

... an additional 8% of employees were estimated to have been vaccinated as a result of the mandates. We also observed that 5.9% of employees elected regular COVID-19 testing, while 1.7% were either dismissed or resigned ....

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Tuesday, October 12, 2021
DHHL: Al Hee’s Actions Represent ‘clear and present danger’
By Andrew Walden @ 9:10 PM :: 1569 Views :: DHHL, Ethics, Police

... Sandwich Isles Communications has Publicly Stated that the Dispute with Hawaiian Tel will Affect Services ....

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Tuesday, October 12, 2021
​City and County of Honolulu is now accepting Grants In Aid applications
By News Release @ 8:08 PM :: 704 Views :: Honolulu County

... deadline 2 p.m. Hawaiʻi Standard Time on Tuesday, November 23, 2021 ....

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Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Maui: No Tents for Anti-Vaxxer Rally
By News Release @ 7:51 PM :: 853 Views :: Maui County, First Amendment, COVID-19

"... event planners have recently requested that the event include food, live music and tents on County property ...."

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Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Hawaii’s Puzzling Coronavirus Rules; Government Leaves Public in the Dark
By Video @ 2:56 AM :: 895 Views :: COVID-19

... Hawaii officials have not been transparent about the data and reasoning behind the multitude of government proclamations, mandates and shifting rules ....

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Monday, October 11, 2021
Coastal Erosion: No Easy, Inexpensive, or One-Size-Fits-All Solutions
By News Release @ 9:55 PM :: 665 Views :: Environment, Land Use

... conclusions of a presentation to the Board of Land and Natural Resources ....

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Monday, October 11, 2021
COVID-19 vaccination required of all UH employees in 2022
By News Release @ 9:49 PM :: 596 Views :: Higher Education, COVID-19

... all UH employees, including those who are teleworking, will be required to be fully vaccinated ....

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Sunday, October 10, 2021
Big Island Second Amendment Win
By News Release @ 5:48 PM :: 908 Views :: Hawaii County , Second Amendment

... the county can no longer use a blanket denial process for those with harassment or disorderly conduct convictions but MUST show that the charge actually included a "crime of violence" ....

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Sunday, October 10, 2021
Hiding the Failure: DoE Stops Teacher Evaluations
By News Release @ 5:22 PM :: 948 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

... Evaluation paused this school year for effective teachers ... Probationary teachers will still be evaluated, but with fewer observations ....

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Sunday, October 10, 2021
Ige, Recktenwald Announce Judicial Nominees in Three Counties
By News Release @ 7:10 AM :: 1569 Views :: Judiciary

... judicial vacancies on the Circuit Court of the First Circuit (Oʻahu), Circuit Court of the Second Circuit (Maui), Circuit Court of the Third Circuit (Hawaiʻi – Kona), and the District Court of the Third Circuit, island of Hawaii ....

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Sunday, October 10, 2021
HART Makes Up Its Voting Rules
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1122 Views :: Ethics, Rail, Taxes, Tourism

... The memo concludes that the State did not have the power under the Hawaii Constitution to provide for four extra HART board members.  Thus, we can basically ignore the extra folks and conduct business as if they weren’t around ....

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Saturday, October 9, 2021
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted October 9, 2021
By News Release @ 9:26 PM :: 770 Views :: Congressional Delegation

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

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Saturday, October 9, 2021
Wood Pellets? Hawaii 'Green' Energy Scam is Dirtier Than Coal
By Selected News Articles @ 6:53 PM :: 2116 Views :: Hawaii County , Honolulu County, Energy, Environment

... Hu Honua on the Big Island and AES on Oahu are both proposing to burn wood to generate electricity.  NRDC explains that wood burners actually produce more CO2 than coal.... 

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Saturday, October 9, 2021
UH Law School Forum: The Constitutionality of Vaccine Mandates
By News Release @ 4:16 PM :: 2035 Views :: COVID-19

... Speakers: Professors Avi Soifer and Eugene Kontorovich ....

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Saturday, October 9, 2021
HSTA Demands Schools Teach so-called 'Critical Race Theory'
By News Release @ 5:29 AM :: 3450 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii History, Labor

"Manufactured attacks on critical race theory aim to dismantle ongoing efforts to provide an equitable education for all keiki" -- HSTA

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Saturday, October 9, 2021
BLNR Rejects Aquarium Fishing EIS
By News Release @ 3:55 AM :: 894 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

... Six board members voted to deny the FEIS, and one abstained ....

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Saturday, October 9, 2021
City allows managed events up to 1,000 with enhanced COVID safety measures
By News Release @ 3:23 AM :: 829 Views :: Honolulu County, COVID-19

... 50% capacity or a maximum of 1,000 attendees (whichever is smaller) ....

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Saturday, October 9, 2021
COVID Spy News: Lumisight App Required to Attend UH Athletic Events
By News Release @ 1:17 AM :: 973 Views :: Higher Education, COVID-19

... Everyone attending UH home athletic events will need to comply with UH’s COVID-19 vaccination policy. This includes uploading proof of vaccination to the UH LumiSight app, receiving approval (may take up to 24 hours), passing the daily health check-in on the app and showing the green “You may report to campus” status with the current date to be allowed into the stadium on gameday ....

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Friday, October 8, 2021
Are the COVID-related ocean shipping capacity shortages impacting Hawaii?
By Michael Hansen @ 9:26 PM :: 1027 Views :: Jones Act, Cost of Living, COVID-19

... cargo freight rates, Eastbound and Trans-Pacific, have gone from around $2,000-$2,500 up to $4,500 for a 40-foot dry standard box ....

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