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Sunday, June 12, 2016
Why Do We Tax Shipping?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 4014 Views :: Jones Act, Taxes, Cost of Living

...making the shipping more expensive and thereby directly adding to the cost of living....

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Saturday, June 11, 2016
Hawaii Wine Tax: $1.38 Per Gallon
By Selected News Articles @ 10:19 AM :: 2337 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... California's wine tax is only $0.20 ....

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Friday, June 10, 2016
Kelii Akina: Kamehameha Created Hawaii for All Races
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:58 PM :: 2394 Views :: Hawaii History

In commemoration of Kamehameha Day, Keli’i Akina, candidate for Office of Hawaiian Affairs Trustee-at-Large, has released the following statement....

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Friday, June 10, 2016
Hawaii honey bee die-off points to likely culprits—Not pesticides, but varroa and viruses
By Selected News Articles @ 9:39 PM :: 2998 Views :: Environment, Agriculture

The focus away from pesticides as the primary driver runs counter to the narrative shaped over the past few years by high profile advocacy groups....

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Friday, June 10, 2016
Office of Maunakea Management: 16 Years of Stewardship
By News Release @ 8:31 PM :: 3050 Views :: Environment, Higher Education, OHA

Recent news making events have detracted from the great strides in the management of Maunakea....

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Friday, June 10, 2016
Meet Col Shirlene Ostrov, Republican Candidate for Congressional District 1
By News Release @ 5:25 PM :: 4793 Views :: Politicians, Republican Party

...10AM on Tuesday, June 14 at the Hawaii Republican Party Headquarters....

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Friday, June 10, 2016
Hawaii Dairy Farms Publishes Draft Environmental Impact Statement
By News Release @ 5:15 PM :: 3686 Views :: Kauai County, Environment, Agriculture, Tourism

The findings of the Draft EIS demonstrate that Hawaii Dairy Farms will be protective of the environment and serve as a model for sustainable agriculture in the Islands.....

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Friday, June 10, 2016
Tulsi Gabbard Launches Campaign for DNC Chair
By Andrew Walden @ 4:59 PM :: 3965 Views :: Democratic Party, Congressional Delegation, Politicians

...Bernie lost so I have zero chance at being vice-president.  Now I will campaign for DNC Chair by launching this rumor....

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Thursday, June 09, 2016
HART Consultant: Nobody Knows What Rail Will Cost
By Audio @ 10:53 PM :: 2175 Views :: Rail

“For so many things to come out at this pretty late stage is very unusual.”

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Thursday, June 09, 2016
Peruta v San Diego: 9th Circuit Finds No Right to Carry Concealed Firearms in Hawaii, California
By Selected News Articles @ 10:24 PM :: 2325 Views :: Second Amendment

We have been reporting on the saga of the Peruta case for a number of years....

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Thursday, June 09, 2016
Survey: More High-Risk Behavior from Hawaii Public High School Youth
By News Release @ 4:54 PM :: 3040 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

The Youth Risk Behavior Survey is administered in odd-numbered years to Hawai‘i public school students in grades 6–12....

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Thursday, June 09, 2016
Djou Reacts to HART Board Announcing More Cost Increases for Rail
By Rep Charles Djou @ 3:00 AM :: 2252 Views :: Rail

“We need a leader who will stand up for the people and protect hard-working families from the out-of control costs of the rail system."

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Wednesday, June 08, 2016
OHA to Throw Homeless off 511 acres in Wahiawa
By News Release @ 9:57 PM :: 2599 Views :: Homelessness, OHA

As part of the enforcement action, trash and any hazardous waste will be cleared by a contractor....

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Wednesday, June 08, 2016
Hawaii: Nineteen Elected without a Vote—Another 24 Will Never Face General Electorate
By Andrew Walden @ 8:34 PM :: 4754 Views :: Democratic Party, Office of Elections, Republican Party

At minimum, 43 elections will be decided without ever facing the general electorate.....

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Wednesday, June 08, 2016
Robin Danner’s Kumu Camp Declared Fire Hazard
By Video @ 8:27 PM :: 3369 Views :: DHHL, Ethics
What Do You Think Would Happen If You Built A Structure On Dept. Of Hawaiian Home Lands Property & Ignored All The Rules?
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Wednesday, June 08, 2016
Duke Aiona Endorses Charles Djou for Mayor
By News Release @ 3:21 PM :: 2953 Views :: Honolulu County, Politicians, Republican Party
"I am pleased to call Charles Djou a friend and look forward to helping elect him mayor."
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Wednesday, June 08, 2016
Are Jones Act ships really 'made in the USA'? Well, sort of
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:00 PM :: 2109 Views :: Jones Act

...U.S. companies that assemble oceangoing vessels rely heavily on foreign parts, foreign investment and foreign shipbuilding expertise....

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Wednesday, June 08, 2016
GOP Chairman Welcomes Party Switch by Rod Tam
By News Release @ 12:00 PM :: 2623 Views :: Politicians, Republican Party

"...his arrest record was expunged by the court, giving Rod a clean record and a fresh start...."

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Tuesday, June 07, 2016
FINAL DEADLINE: Candidates Filing
By Andrew Walden @ 8:23 PM :: 2899 Views :: Office of Elections
Candidate filing ended today, June 7, 2016.
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Tuesday, June 07, 2016
Full Text: Ben Cayetano Endorses Charles Djou for Mayor
By News Release @ 12:27 PM :: 3788 Views :: Honolulu County, Politicians

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Tuesday, June 07, 2016
Who’s Running: Candidates Filing Papers as of June 6, 2016
By Andrew Walden @ 11:45 AM :: 1794 Views :: Office of Elections

Today, June 7, is the last day to file ....

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Tuesday, June 07, 2016
Federal Transportation Network to Include Jones Act Reform?
By Michael Hansen @ 12:59 AM :: 1958 Views :: Jones Act

The Federal Register published on June 6, 2016, an announcement from the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) stating that they would be establishing a National Multimodal Freight Network....

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Tuesday, June 07, 2016
Mayor’s Race: Ernie Martin Chickens Out
By News Release @ 12:24 AM :: 2115 Views :: Honolulu County, Politicians

"I have great respect for the office of the Mayor"

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Monday, June 06, 2016
Keli’i Akina Launches OHA Campaign
By News Release @ 8:40 PM :: 2504 Views :: OHA

"The people of Hawaii know it's time to reform OHA."

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Monday, June 06, 2016
Ignoring the Science: DLNR Hosts Confab on ‘Sea Level Rise Adaptation’
By News Release @ 6:26 PM :: 2124 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment

... CLUE: Because Oahu is on an extinct volcano, the island is rising faster than the wildest projections of sea-level rise.  Al Gore just can't keep up with Madame Pele .... 

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Monday, June 06, 2016
Back to the 9th Circuit: Akina v. State of Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:08 PM :: 2841 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

...Panel Discussion with the Judicial Watch Legal Team....

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Monday, June 06, 2016
New Federal Rules May Hurt Small Farmers in Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:37 PM :: 2089 Views :: Agriculture

One of the new rules requires farmers to track their product from “seed to sale.”....

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Monday, June 06, 2016
10 Free Market Solutions for Agriculture in Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:32 PM :: 1836 Views :: Agriculture

A new report has been released by the Grassroot Institute titled 10 Free Market Solutions for Agriculture in Hawaii....

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Monday, June 06, 2016
Unanimous SCOTUS: You Can Judicially Challenge A Clean Water Act Jurisdictional Determination
By Robert Thomas @ 3:27 PM :: 2403 Views :: Environment, Agriculture

"...the consequences to landowners even for inadvertent violation can be crushing...."

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Monday, June 06, 2016
Aloha, Puerto Rico
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:00 PM :: 2410 Views :: Jones Act

...An economic boon for the territory—and for Hawaii—would be an exemption from the antiquated Jones Act governing shipping from U.S. ports....

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Monday, June 06, 2016
Auditor: City Computers Remain Vulnerable to Hackers
By News Release @ 4:04 AM :: 1773 Views :: Honolulu County

...more needs to be done to ensure the city is not vulnerable to unauthorized access to its data assets....

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Sunday, June 05, 2016
HCR29: Legislators Vote to Abolish ERS, End Free Speech for Star-Advertiser
By Andrew Walden @ 9:56 PM :: 4352 Views :: Congressional Delegation, First Amendment

...Often they look at me blankly, having no idea why the question is relevant....

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Sunday, June 05, 2016
What Will We Do Next for Maui Hospital Workers?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 2912 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

"All patients of all ages will be negatively impacted by service cuts, so please support privatization.”

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Saturday, June 04, 2016
Former Hawaii Superferry en route to Maine
By Michael Hansen @ 9:47 PM :: 3314 Views :: Jones Act

...Bay Ferries, will employ THE CAT between Portland, Maine, USA, and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada, a distance of 185 n miles. That is roughly comparable to the distance between Honolulu and Kawaihae....

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Saturday, June 04, 2016
Telescope: Nobody can remove all fears of reversal
By Robert Thomas @ 7:39 PM :: 4525 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

...the late request by the University to remove Judge Amano ... out of a fear that retaining her might be overturned on appeal, invites the Board to subvert its own independent judgment....

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Saturday, June 04, 2016
Hawaii Taxpayer-Funded Hi Tech Future: Cookies? Chopsticks?
By News Release @ 6:21 PM :: 2631 Views :: Higher Education, Tax Credits

"specialty crafted gourmet cookies made on Maui"

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Saturday, June 04, 2016
Hawaii Taxes the Spirit at $5.98 per Gallon
By Selected News Articles @ 6:05 PM :: 2225 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Compared to taxes on alcoholic beverages such as wine and beer, distilled spirits are taxed at much higher rates....

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Saturday, June 04, 2016
Homosexual Dumps Boyfriend: Hawaii Supreme Court to Decide Parental Rights over Child
By News Release @ 4:10 PM :: 2808 Views :: Family

Petitioner and Respondent were in a committed relationship and living together when Respondent legally adopted Child....

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Saturday, June 04, 2016
Who’s Running: Candidates Pulling Papers as of June 3, 2016
By Andrew Walden @ 3:49 AM :: 2656 Views :: Office of Elections

... TUESDAY June 7 is the last day to file ....

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Friday, June 03, 2016
Telescope: BLNR Sticks With Judge Amano
By News Release @ 8:36 PM :: 4266 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA
...the Board unanimously denied a motion to disqualify retired Hilo judge Riki May Amano as the hearing officer in the case....
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Friday, June 03, 2016
HECO Customers Keep Paying On Unused $144 Million GEMS Fund
By Selected News Articles @ 5:06 PM :: 3275 Views :: Energy, Taxes

For a short while earlier this year, it looked as though the $144 million in the state’s bond-financed Green Energy Market Securitization (GEMS) account might actually get used....

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Friday, June 03, 2016
DBEDT: Housing, Transportation, and Food Cost $46,700/year
By News Release @ 4:11 PM :: 2298 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

A typical Maui household spent an average of $65,197 in 2014. About 72 percent of the total household spending went towards the three basic needs categories....

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Friday, June 03, 2016
NYT: Obama Admin Puts Hawaii AIDS Patients out on Street--as Punishment for Sit/Lie
By Andrew Walden @ 3:22 PM :: 2685 Views :: Homelessness

...Eight programs on Oahu that serve 282 homeless teenagers and homeless adults with HIV/AIDS and mental illness have begun losing their federal Housing and Urban Development funding....

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Thursday, June 02, 2016
Education Week: Hawaii DoE Graduation Rate 82%
By News Release @ 5:59 PM :: 2627 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics

... for Asian-Americans the Hawaii Graduation rate is 6th-lowest in USA ....

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Thursday, June 02, 2016
It’s not just for the birds--GM mosquitoes could stave off Zika in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 4:47 PM :: 2559 Views :: Health Care, GMOs

Zika will not just disappear in Hawaii, it will take constant vigilance, and lots of pesticide spray, to keep it in check....

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Thursday, June 02, 2016
Caldwell ‘Disappointed’ With Council Budget
By News Release @ 4:45 PM :: 2159 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail

...City Council approves $6.8B cap on rail spending....

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Thursday, June 02, 2016
Deconstructing the Kaka‘ako Makai Parks Master Plan
By Rachelle Chang @ 4:33 PM :: 2374 Views :: Honolulu County

...Earlier this month, HCDA released the Kaka‘ako Makai Parks Active Use Facilities Master, a draft Environmental Impact Statement....

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Thursday, June 02, 2016
New Judges Appointed for Oahu, Big Island
By News Release @ 3:39 PM :: 2358 Views :: Judiciary

James S. Kawashima--District Court of the First Circuit (Island of Oahu) 

M. Kanani Laubach--District Family Court of Third Circuit (Island of Hawaii)

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Thursday, June 02, 2016
Nailed for Cronyism, DoE forced to Reopen Bidding on $100M Cool Schools Bonanza
By News Release @ 5:37 AM :: 3283 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, Small Business

...Government Contracting Explained: How Air Conditioning Costs $100K Per Classroom....

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Thursday, June 02, 2016
ESSA 2016 Hawaii Education Summit
By News Release @ 4:38 AM :: 2972 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

...Saturday, July 9, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m....

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