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Monday, September 30, 2019
Mauna Kea: Harry Kim Presents Fluffy Booklet Full of Cash Offers
By Andrew Walden @ 10:05 PM :: 3118 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

...Will Kim’s book of cash offers be enough to pull the institutional support out from under the telescope protesters camp?....

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Monday, September 30, 2019
Ige Approves Rental Units for DHHL
By News Release @ 9:31 PM :: 1220 Views :: DHHL

...Ige today signed new administrative rules for Planned Communities, Multi-Family Complexes and Rental Housing within the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands....

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Monday, September 30, 2019
VIDEO: Ed Case and Keli'i Akina discuss Jones Act reform 
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:46 PM :: 2029 Views :: Jones Act

...Case says the Jones Act extorts money from Hawaii residents....

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Monday, September 30, 2019
Ethics: CEO Serves on State Board that Shovels Taxpayer Money to his Company
By News Release @ 3:36 AM :: 2090 Views :: Ethics

...watch how a CEO manages to serve on a Board which gives away over $100K cash to his company....

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Sunday, September 29, 2019
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted September 29, 2019
By News Release @ 5:04 PM :: 1299 Views :: Congressional Delegation

...CongDelHawaii--Votes Cast and Bills Introduced....

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Sunday, September 29, 2019
They’re Taking Their Business Elsewhere
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2216 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

...We, among many others, have long warned that if government squeezes our population too hard with taxes, regulations, and other impediments, people will vote. Not necessarily at the ballot box, but with their feet.... 

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Saturday, September 28, 2019
OHA Refuses to Cooperate with Auditor—May Lose Legislative Appropriation to Hide LLC Secrets
By Andrew Walden @ 9:40 PM :: 2186 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... Perhaps Trustees don’t want legislators to get a more in-depth view of Trustees’ direct involvement in OHA’s dishonest Act 37 lobbying effort. ...

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Saturday, September 28, 2019
Economic Curtain closing on Jones Act
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:05 PM :: 1529 Views :: Jones Act

...both the number and capacity of Jones Act ships has steadily declined in recent decades, which in turn has reduced domestic water shipments between the states....

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Saturday, September 28, 2019
Feds: We Will Not Pay for Rail Relocation Program
By News Release @ 4:25 AM :: 1811 Views

...FTA will not allow Federal participation in any past, current, or future costs associated with HART's Relocation Program....

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Saturday, September 28, 2019
Auditor: DoTax Continues to Illegally Hand out Film Tax Credits for Out of State Expenses
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 3:53 AM :: 1451 Views :: Ethics, Tax Credits

...DoTAX continues to construe the film tax credit statute to include out-of-state expenditures as “qualified production costs,” which is inconsistent with the plain language of the statute and the Legislature’s intent....

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Saturday, September 28, 2019
Australian Man Sentenced To Prison For Illegally Possessing Firearm In Hawaii
By News Release @ 1:58 AM :: 1358 Views :: Second Amendment

...Federal law prohibits a foreign national living in the United States pursuant to a non-immigrant visa from possessing any firearms....

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Friday, September 27, 2019
Flip-Flop Tulsi Gabbard reverses position, decides to climb on Impeachment bandwagon
By Video @ 5:39 PM :: 2578 Views :: National News, Ethics, Congressional Delegation

...Tulsi Gabbard says she now supports impeachment inquiry....

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Friday, September 27, 2019
Tents, Trash, and Toilets: OHA Funds Make Mauna Kea Protests Possible
By Andrew Walden @ 5:13 AM :: 4648 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Greenmail, Higher Education, Law Enforcement, OHA

...Perhaps of interest to the Attorney General, the OHA-funded contracts illegally place the rented equipment on land belonging to DHHL, DLNR, and HDoT....

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Friday, September 27, 2019
Feds: Hawaii Firm Bribed Schofield Employees to get Contracts
By News Release @ 3:36 AM :: 2158 Views :: Ethics, Military

...in order to steer federal contracts worth at least $19 million....

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Thursday, September 26, 2019
Small Business Regulatory Review Board Launches New Website
By News Release @ 9:04 PM :: 1380 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

...user-friendly tool to assist Hawai‘i’s business community, rule-drafting agencies, business chambers and trade organizations in providing current information on the status of state and county new and proposed HARs....

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Thursday, September 26, 2019
Mauna Kea Traffic Enforcement: 717 tickets, 4 Arrests
By News Release @ 7:03 PM :: 1448 Views :: Hawaii County , Police

...Police assigned to be in place for the TMT protestor blockade and encampment on Mauna Kea access road continued the stepped-up traffic enforcement efforts on Daniel K. Inouye Highway....

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Thursday, September 26, 2019
Tourist Arrivals up 9.8%
By News Release @ 5:41 PM :: 1138 Views :: Tourism

...Visitors to the Hawaiian Islands spent a total of $1.50 billion in August, 2019, an increase of 6.3 percent compared to August, 2018....

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Thursday, September 26, 2019
TMT Responds to Poll Showing Supporters Outnumber Opponents by 14%
By News Release @ 2:46 AM :: 1818 Views :: Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

""These poll results do not deter or discourage us because we strongly believe they reflect responses to a number of issues beyond TMT."

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Lawsuit Strips TMT of Canary Islands Permit
By Andrew Walden @ 9:42 PM :: 5682 Views :: Hawaii County , Environment, Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

...If the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) is not built in Hawaii, it can just go to the Canary Islands, right?  Wrong....

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Hawaii’s One-Stop Solution for Professional Licensees Wins State Government Project Experience Award
By News Release @ 9:12 PM :: 1713 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Small Business

...“A recent enhancement that allowed new applications to be submitted online has cut Guard Employee (GDE) processing time from 15 days to two!”....

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Court Upholds Ethics Comm Ruling Against Rowena Akana
By News Release @ 9:02 PM :: 1413 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...The Commission imposed an administrative penalty of $23,106.53 and referred the matter to the Attorney General for further action....

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Tuesday, September 24, 2019
3 Titanic Floating Windfarms to Surround Oahu?
By Selected News Articles @ 9:45 PM :: 1636 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy

...the likelihood of all of these projects remains speculative, and the timeframes even more so given BOEM’s decision to review the entire permitting process....

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Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Wind Farms Could Drive Bats to Extinction
By Selected News Articles @ 5:41 PM :: 6668 Views :: Energy, Environment

...Existing research shows USFWS doesn’t have a clue how many bats exist and or even if this species can survive their approved wind energy mortality....

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Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Debt: Hawaii Owes $31,200 Per Taxpayer
By News Release @ 5:14 PM :: 1780 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

...Hawaii is tied with Massachussets for 4th-highest debt per taxpayer....

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Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Auditor: DoE School Impact Fee Illegal and Indefensible
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 4:50 PM :: 2428 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, Development, Taxes

...The DOE’s inconsistent and problematic implementation of the school impact fee law calls into question the relevance and appropriateness of the fees that have been collected to date....

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Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Hawaii Public School Spending 16th Highest per Pupil
By Selected News Articles @ 12:05 AM :: 2171 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Cost of Living

...and teachers salaries are the lowest in USA when adjusted for cost of living....

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Tuesday, September 24, 2019
OHA seeks nonprofit to administer $1.1 million grant for higher education scholarships
By News Release @ 12:01 AM :: 1270 Views :: Higher Education, OHA

...Between 2010 and 2018, OHA provided more than 2,000 post-secondary education scholarships, totaling more than $5.6 million....

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Sunday, September 22, 2019
Telescope Protesters Lead 'Two Minute Hate'
By Andrew Walden @ 8:18 PM :: 2328 Views :: First Amendment, Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

“In the future, everybody will be Emmanuel Goldstein for 2 minutes.” – Andy Orwell....

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Sunday, September 22, 2019
Honolulu Monthly Cost of Living $9,632
By Selected News Articles @ 6:50 PM :: 1744 Views :: Cost of Living

...What It Actually Costs to Live in America’s Most Expensive Cities....

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Sunday, September 22, 2019
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted September 21, 2019
By News Release @ 6:30 PM :: 1237 Views :: Congressional Delegation

... from GovTrack.us ....

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Sunday, September 22, 2019
Effects of the Jones Act
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1485 Views :: Jones Act

...A recent working paper released by the University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization, or UHERO, collects and reports hard data on the effects of the Jones Act....

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Sunday, September 22, 2019
Feds Approve Hawaii Windfarm Plan to Kill 424 Bats, 47 Nene, 27 Petrels
By News Release @ 2:05 AM :: 2251 Views :: Energy, Environment

...incidental take permit (ITP) amendments to three applicants—Kawailoa Wind, LLC; Auwahi Wind, LLC; and Kaheawa Wind Power II, LLC—and a new ITP to Tawhiri Power, LLC....

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Saturday, September 21, 2019
Public Comment on Judicial Nominees -- 30 Days
By News Release @ 6:20 PM :: 1254 Views :: Judiciary

... First Circuit and Second Circuit ....

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Saturday, September 21, 2019
Trump Continues to Reshape Ninth Circuit With Two New Picks
By News Release @ 3:17 AM :: 1452 Views :: Judiciary

...President Donald Trump announced six new judicial nominees on Friday, including two to seats on the once reliably liberal Ninth Circuit and four to federal courts in California....

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Friday, September 20, 2019
Akina: OHA should disclose Maunakea expenditures
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 10:44 PM :: 2382 Views :: Ethics, Greenmail, OHA

...I have made a formal request for a statement of these expenditures....

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Friday, September 20, 2019
Trump 'One National Program Rule' Could Wipe out Electric Car Subsidies: Hawaii AG Joins Suit to Save Elon Musk
By News Release @ 9:04 PM :: 1877 Views :: Environment, Tax Credits

...zero emission vehicle program are pre-empted under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA), which specifically prohibits states from adopting or enforcing laws or regulations “related to” fuel economy standards....

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Friday, September 20, 2019
Mauna Kea: UH board chair calls for peaceful resolution
By News Release @ 8:39 PM :: 1503 Views :: Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

"... It is my understanding that early attempts at hoʻoponopono to resolve this situation failed. We ask that all sides renew these efforts ...."

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Friday, September 20, 2019
Mauna Kea: Theft Suspect Arrested at Protesters Camp
By News Release @ 5:09 PM :: 3158 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA, Police

...The theft offense had been previously reported to police occurring two days prior in Kalapana. The suspect was found in the same tent where six Department of Transportation (DOT) plastic barricades had been located on (August 30). ...

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Friday, September 20, 2019
Economy Already Weak: Hawaii’s prospects look increasingly dicey
By UHERO @ 7:00 AM :: 1249 Views :: Economy

...population decline and vacation rental crackdown place economy at risk....

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Friday, September 20, 2019
Drivers of well-being in Hawaii: Quantifying individual and community impacts
By UHERO @ 6:15 AM :: 1119 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

...In Gallup’s annual well-being index, Hawaii occupied the #1 spot among US states for six out of the past 10 years....

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Friday, September 20, 2019
Hawaii retiree health care severely underfunded
By News Release @ 4:37 AM :: 1545 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

...Hawaii's OPEB plans are only 12.7 percent funded. Hawaii, like many others, treats OPEB on a pay-as-you-go basis, whereby benefits are paid when retirees receive the health care. This leaves future taxpayers stuck paying for OPEB benefits earned by current employees....

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Thursday, September 19, 2019
Hawaii unable to make progress in improving grade for shared parenting efforts
By News Release @ 5:26 PM :: 1680 Views :: Family, Hawaii Statistics

... 2019 Shared Parenting Report Card ....

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Thursday, September 19, 2019
6 Months After Last Raise--DoE Begins Process of Hiking HSTA Pay Again
By News Release @ 4:34 PM :: 1749 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

...Sham Public Meetings Begin Next Round of HSTA Pay Hike Deals....

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Thursday, September 19, 2019
More Reasons to End HART Rail at Middle Street
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 4:09 PM :: 1171 Views :: Rail

...Next mayor will have mountains of problems, but a mere molehill of money to pay for them....

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Thursday, September 19, 2019
Uber's Days Are Numbered
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 4:05 PM :: 1557 Views :: Small Business

...Their only "survival" option is to downsize by a factor of at least 10....

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Thursday, September 19, 2019
Hawaiian Mission Houses Commemorates 200th Anniversary Connecting New England to Hawai'i
By News Release @ 3:33 AM :: 1522 Views :: Hawaii History, Religion

..."The Hawai'i, New England Connection," a 30-day tour of History Theatre, panel discussions, and cultural events....

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Mauna Kea Press Conference features convicted drug dealer and protester "acquitted due to mental incapacity"
By Andrew Walden @ 4:20 PM :: 5279 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA, Police

...  They are trying to get the identity of an officer without paying a $5,000 bounty ....

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019
'Gravely Disabled' Homeless Forced Into Mental Health Care in More States 
By Selected News Articles @ 3:19 PM :: 1474 Views :: Homelessness

"...The ACLU of Hawaii declined an interview request...."

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Opportunity Urbanism for Honolulu?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:12 PM :: 1468 Views :: Development, Land Use

...Houston is America's largest city without any zoning laws....

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Feds Charge 15 in Hawaii Gambling Bust
By News Release @ 1:59 AM :: 1926 Views :: Law Enforcement, Drugs

...These cases are being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Homeland Security (Homeland Security Investigations), Hawaii High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program (HIDTA), U.S. Marshals Service Hawaii Fugitive Task Force, and the Honolulu Police Department....

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