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Sunday, May 31, 2020
The Governor, The Legislature, and The Billion Dollar Mess
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 153 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

...figuring out how to spend $1 billion of federal money that is being made available to Hawaii under the CARES Act....

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Saturday, May 30, 2020
Case, Gabbard Pursue First National Forest for Hawai’i
By News Release @ 8:16 PM :: 173 Views :: Environment, Hawaii History

...Their legislation follows their recent initiative to create Hawaii’s first National Heritage Area at Ka’ena Point....

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Saturday, May 30, 2020
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted May 30, 2020
By GovTrack .us @ 7:56 PM :: 171 Views :: Congressional Delegation

... bills introduced and votes in Congress from GovTrack.us .... 

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Saturday, May 30, 2020
COVID Count: 3 New Cases, Only 29 Active Cases Statewide
By News Release @ 5:31 PM :: 167 Views :: COVID-19

...no new deaths, no new hospitalizations, one patient released....

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Saturday, May 30, 2020
Med Quest Junks Plan to Cancel 38,000 Kaiser Policies
By News Release @ 4:49 AM :: 214 Views :: Health Care

...In Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic Med-QUEST to Issue New Request for Proposal for Managed Care Organizations....

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Saturday, May 30, 2020
DoH Survey Shows Hawaii Residents Take COVID Threat Seriously
By News Release @ 3:52 AM :: 229 Views :: COVID-19

...93% consider COVID-19 to be a “very serious” or “somewhat serious” health concern, and 75% believe it poses a real danger or threat to themselves or others living in their household....

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Saturday, May 30, 2020
Report: Native Hawaiian Businesses Less Exposed to Tourism Downturn
By News Release @ 3:41 AM :: 220 Views :: OHA, Small Business, COVID-19

...New report details challenges, needs and potential of Native Hawaiian businesses during and after pandemic....

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Friday, May 29, 2020
Mufi Hannemann Pulls Papers to Run for Mayor
By Andrew Walden @ 10:32 PM :: 303 Views :: Honolulu County, Politicians

... a surprise on today's candidate printout ....

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Friday, May 29, 2020
406 Candidates File for Election
By News Release @ 8:59 PM :: 9585 Views :: Office of Elections

... deadline is Tuesday, June 2 ....

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Friday, May 29, 2020
Grassroot: Quarantine Extension Will Delay Economic Recovery
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:32 PM :: 237 Views :: Economy, COVID-19

...If Hawaii extends its 14-day quarantine or imposes testing requirements on visitors, this could lead to “a steeper decline in arrivals in 2020 and would likely delay the recovery”....

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Friday, May 29, 2020
Legislators Short $2B: "We are going to have to look for strategic cuts"
By News Release @ 7:56 PM :: 235 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, COVID-19

...no details until after the June 2 deadline to file for election....

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Friday, May 29, 2020
COVID Count: 3 new cases out of 933 tests
By News Release @ 6:51 PM :: 193 Views :: COVID-19

...no new hospitalizations, no new deaths....

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Friday, May 29, 2020
No Bill 40 PLA: Contractors Demand Full Repeal of Union Preference Ordinance
By News Release @ 6:35 PM :: 230 Views :: Honolulu County, Labor, Small Business

...City Council to hear union preference 'fixer bill' next Wednesday, June 3....

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Friday, May 29, 2020
Investigation Into Alleged Ethics Misconduct by the Assistant Secretary for Insular and International Affairs
By News Release @ 6:15 PM :: 277 Views :: National News, Ethics

...Top US official misused office to get son-in-law job....

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Friday, May 29, 2020
US and FSM Begin Negotiations on Expiring Provisions of Compact of Free Association
By News Release @ 6:03 PM :: 229 Views :: World News, Military

...that both the FSM Congress and the US Congress would need to approve the delegations’ work once agreement is reached....

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Friday, May 29, 2020
How to Reopen Hawaii's Economy--Michael W. Perry Interviews Keli'i Akina
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:24 AM :: 285 Views :: Economy, COVID-19

...Roadmap to Prosperity: How Hawaii can recover and even excel after the coronavirus lockdown....

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Friday, May 29, 2020
Thanks to Cheap Oil, HECO Forced to Abandon $77M Rate Hike
By News Release @ 5:46 AM :: 241 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

...Oil is so cheap that HECO should be forced to CUT rates.  This is the consolation prize....

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Friday, May 29, 2020
Report: HMSA Payment Plan Imposing Burdens On Providers, Hurting Patients
By News Release @ 4:35 AM :: 268 Views :: Health Care

...Survey Finds More Than Eight In Ten Primary Care Providers Would Not Recommend New Practitioner Come To Hawai’i As State Battles Physician Shortage Amid COVID-19 Crisis....

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Thursday, May 28, 2020
COVID Count--3 new cases out of 742 tests
By News Release @ 9:20 PM :: 201 Views :: COVID-19

...there are only 25 active COVID cases in Hawaii today....

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Thursday, May 28, 2020
UHERO: How Long Will Reopening Take?
By UHERO @ 7:39 PM :: 215 Views :: Economy, COVID-19

...The question is what that reopening will look like, how long it will take, and what the legacy of COVID-19 will be for the Hawaii economy....

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Thursday, May 28, 2020
HGEA Endorses Keith Amemiya for Honolulu Mayor
By News Release @ 7:19 PM :: 212 Views :: Honolulu County, Labor, Politicians

... They need better protections such as higher wages and safer working conditions....  Keith understands this deeply ....

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Thursday, May 28, 2020
Latest Poll Shows 2-1 Margin in Support of TMT on Maunakea
By News Release @ 6:54 PM :: 212 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education

...61 percent of Hawaii residents support moving ahead with construction of TMT, with 32 percent opposed....

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Thursday, May 28, 2020
With Campaign Over, Gabbard Drops Suit Against Clinton
By Court House News @ 5:53 PM :: 230 Views :: Democratic Party, Congressional Delegation, First Amendment

...“This was a publicity stunt through and through, and this filing makes that clear,” Nick Merrill, a spokesman for Clinton, told CNN Wednesday....

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Thursday, May 28, 2020
Hawaii Safest State for Seniors During COVID-19
By News Release @ 12:26 AM :: 325 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

...New Study Highlights Hawaii, Montana, and Vermont Among Top 10 Best Places for Seniors to Live During the Pandemic....

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Blue Crush: How a One-Party State is Crushing the Little Guy
By Selected News Articles @ 7:48 PM :: 464 Views :: Democratic Party, Economy, Labor, COVID-19

...The roughly half of the population who cannot work from home are getting screwed over by those who can....

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Mayor Victorino announces broad reopening of businesses and services on June 1 in Maui County
By News Release @ 7:38 PM :: 294 Views :: Maui County, Small Business, COVID-19

...The County’s proposed rules and reopening date have been sent to the Governor and Attorney General’s Office for review and approval....

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Hawaii to be a top post-pandemic travel destination
By News Release @ 7:17 PM :: 691 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

...Although travelers’ fascination with sunny getaways fell 60% compared to one year ago, Hawaii beaches are still trending, taking five spots on our top 10 most resilient beach destinations....

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Mayor outlines plan to get more of Oʻahu safely back to work
By News Release @ 7:03 PM :: 293 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, COVID-19

...“Personal Service Providers” would be allowed to resume operations with modifications on Friday, May 29....

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020
COVID Count One New Case out of 518 Tests
By News Release @ 6:43 PM :: 233 Views :: COVID-19

...seven patients released today....

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Public Hospitals: Hawaii Spends the Most, Gets Nearly the Least
By Selected News Articles @ 4:43 PM :: 281 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, COVID-19

... Hawaii Ranks 45th for Public Hospital System Quality ....

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Another of HECO's Secret Battery Farms Outs Itself
By News Release @ 3:46 PM :: 295 Views :: Energy

...the battery project will provide load shifting and fast-frequency response services to Hawaiian Electric....

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Debunked: YB Demands $25M COVID Relief on Top of Rate Hike
By News Release @ 4:26 AM :: 583 Views :: Jones Act, Small Business, Cost of Living, COVID-19

... YB is absorbing operating costs for Saltchuck's unregulated services.  This is a standard accounting trick for companies that are partly regulated and partly unregulated ....

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020
GOP: Did Honolulu Council Act Illegally on Rail in 2011?
By Shirlene Ostrov @ 7:47 PM :: 571 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Rail, Republican Party

... Earlier this month, the Hawaii Republican Party’s (HRP) Chairwoman Ms. Shirlene Ostrov sent a letter to Chief Daniel Hanagami, Special Agent, Office of the State Attorney General, who is investigating Honolulu’s Light Rail Project ....

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020
COVID Count: Third Day in a Row With No New Cases
By News Release @ 7:07 PM :: 252 Views :: COVID-19

...out of 705 tests.... 

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Does Jones Act protect national security?
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:15 PM :: 321 Views :: Jones Act, Military

...Rust Buckets: How the Jones Act Undermines U.S. Shipbuilding and National Security....

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Alaska Is First to Fully Reopen After Pandemic Closures
By Selected News Articles @ 12:28 PM :: 335 Views :: COVID-19

...Alaska is a striking contrast to its noncontiguous counterpart Hawaii, which remains mostly locked down....

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Monday, May 25, 2020
COVID Count: Another Day with No New Cases
By News Release @ 8:19 PM :: 259 Views :: COVID-19

...no new deaths, no new hospitalizations, one patient released.... 

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Monday, May 25, 2020
Hawaii Proposes ‘Feminist Economic Recovery Plan’ Filled With Sex Discrimination
By Selected News Articles @ 7:29 PM :: 498 Views :: Family, Hawaii State Government

...attorney Scott Greenfield suggested proposals like these would raise “a great many curious issues” and “would appear to be outrageously unlawful sex discrimination with some serious likelihood of backfiring.”....

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Monday, May 25, 2020
'Safe Travels System' -- Quarantine App Turns Hawaii Into a Privacy Nightmare
By Selected News Articles @ 4:51 AM :: 730 Views :: Law Enforcement, Tourism, COVID-19

...Hawaii’s case is likely the most extreme to date....

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Sunday, May 24, 2020
COVID Count: No new cases, no new hospitalizations, no new deaths
By News Release @ 9:20 PM :: 526 Views :: COVID-19

...and two patients were released today....

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Sunday, May 24, 2020
Auditor Finds Another $483M
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 1:36 PM :: 594 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

...More than $483 million in excess moneys may be available to be transferred from 57 special and revolving fund accounts to the General Fund without adversely affecting programs....

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Sunday, May 24, 2020
Money Laying Around?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 421 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes, COVID-19

...the State Auditor has been busy at work trying to find options for legislators to consider for getting the state budget back on track....

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Sunday, May 24, 2020
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted May 23, 2020
By GovTrack .us @ 4:40 AM :: 409 Views :: Congressional Delegation

...this week's votes in Congress and bills introduced....

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Saturday, May 23, 2020
BLNR Rejects Aquarium Fishing EIS
By News Release @ 8:26 PM :: 363 Views :: Hawaii County , Environment, Small Business

...The over 2000-page EIS had been produced by a group of ten West Hawaiʻi aquarium fishers and the National Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council, on their proposal to ask the DLNR to issue permits to the ten aquarium fishers....

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Saturday, May 23, 2020
Hawaii Democratic Primary: RCV Wipes out all Candidates Except Biden, Sanders
By News Release @ 7:34 PM :: 694 Views :: Democratic Party

...1,492 ballots were not counted in the final result.... 

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Saturday, May 23, 2020
COVID Count: One New Case out of 583 Tests
By News Release @ 7:19 PM :: 354 Views :: COVID-19

...no new deaths, no new hospitalizations....

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Saturday, May 23, 2020
Which Hawaii Zip Codes Have the Most Unemployed?
By UHERO @ 6:20 PM :: 2023 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Tourism, COVID-19

...claims are clustered in zip codes where the tourism industry is a particularly important source of employment....

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Saturday, May 23, 2020
HTA Using Spy Program to Watch Tourists
By News Release @ 6:04 PM :: 842 Views :: Law Enforcement, Tourism, COVID-19

...It allows all traveler information collected through the current processes to be integrated into its ArcGIS database....

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Saturday, May 23, 2020
DBEDT: Hawaii Economy Will Shrink 12.1% in 2020
By News Release @ 5:15 PM :: 539 Views :: Economy, Tourism, COVID-19

...Assume visitor industry will start opening in September 2020 and will recover 30 percent of arrivals (from same month in 2019) in September and 45 percent in December 2020....

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Saturday, May 23, 2020
Counties Reopening 'Medium Risk' Businesses
By News Release @ 5:10 PM :: 413 Views :: Small Business, COVID-19

...approved reopenings for Maui, Kauai, Oahu....

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