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Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Hawaii insurance firms launch campaign to counter misperceptions about Obamacare
By Malia Zimmerman @ 12:10 PM :: 2953 Views :: Health Care

Hawaii’s small business owners with 50 or fewer employees with existing health insurance coverage don’t need to make any changes when the Hawaii Health Connector launches Tuesday....

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Friday, September 20, 2013
Taxpayers on hook for Honolulu Harbor molasses clean up
By Malia Zimmerman @ 3:26 PM :: 4422 Views :: Environment, Jones Act
Photo by Elizabeth Miles.
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Thursday, September 19, 2013
HI makes progress on ACA, but one lawmaker isn’t celebrating
By Malia Zimmerman @ 8:27 PM :: 2830 Views :: Health Care

“As now confirmed by proponents, the ultimate goal is government, single payer health coverage...."

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Saturday, September 14, 2013
Former HI House candidate sentenced in $1.5 million ponzi scheme
By Malia Zimmerman @ 2:45 AM :: 5084 Views :: Democratic Party, Ethics, Politicians

The society pages of MidWeek magazine showed Pascua at events with some of Hawaii’s most well-known politicians, including former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann and prominent Democratic activist Amy Agbayani....

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Thursday, September 12, 2013
Man at center of university procurement scandal back on the job
By Malia Zimmerman @ 12:02 AM :: 4366 Views :: Higher Education

Brian Minaai, associate vice president for Capitol Improvements since 2008, has been on paid leave for nearly eight months....

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Wounded Warriors: Hawaii football team failing to generate points, revenue
By Malia Zimmerman @ 5:31 PM :: 3038 Views :: Higher Education

The athletic department for the University of Hawaii will get a $13 million bailout....

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Thursday, September 05, 2013
Audit criticizes agency that’s supposed to help native Hawaiians
By Malia Zimmerman @ 7:50 PM :: 3014 Views :: OHA

“inadequate, unable to support the office’s growing portfolio nor any future land involvements”....

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Thursday, September 05, 2013
Feds unseal complaint against man accused of threatening to decapitate congresswoman
By Malia Zimmerman @ 3:26 PM :: 4933 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Law Enforcement, Religion
The federal complaint accuses Sherbow of leaving Gabbard an expletive-laced voicemail in which he calls her a “stupid little bitch.”
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Tuesday, September 03, 2013
Back on track? HI public works project to restart after year-long delay
By Malia Zimmerman @ 2:36 PM :: 2893 Views :: Rail

The city’s Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation will resume construction this month....

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Thursday, August 29, 2013
Man charged with threatening to decapitate HI rep sent emails to Watchdog
By Malia Zimmerman @ 8:43 PM :: 3352 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Law Enforcement

A federal arrest warrant was issued after Sherbow sent an extensive email to FBI agents and the media....

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Thursday, August 29, 2013
Hawaii DOE gets failing grade for fiscal transparency
By Malia Zimmerman @ 1:55 PM :: 2648 Views :: Education K-12

The DOE listed per-student spending for 2011-12 at $11,583.  But Randall Roth, a University of Hawaii law professor who has worked on education reform issues, said the real number is about $16,000....

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Monday, August 26, 2013
When sharks bite, Hawaii tourism worries
By Malia Zimmerman @ 4:09 PM :: 3076 Views :: Tourism
AP file photo.
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Thursday, August 22, 2013
Hawaii’s election chief won’t be getting a pay hike
By Malia Zimmerman @ 4:13 PM :: 3268 Views :: Office of Elections

The man at the center of 2012′s general election disaster will not get a $36,000 pay hike....

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013
It pays not to work: Hawaii highest welfare benefits in US
By Malia Zimmerman @ 3:36 PM :: 4137 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

...benefits in Hawaii average $49,175 — tops in the nation....

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Monday, August 19, 2013
Ex-University of Hawaii president spends big ‘for kids’
By Malia Zimmerman @ 10:02 PM :: 3006 Views :: Higher Education

Dobelle spent “$8,000 for a four-night stay at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Bangkok; $883 from the upscale clothing store Louis Boston; $10,000 for tickets to shows at Tanglewood; more than $4,000 for limousine rides” and a total of $200,000....

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Friday, August 16, 2013
Mayor claims $26 million shortfall just days into fiscal year
By Malia Zimmerman @ 4:59 AM :: 4718 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes
“How did it suddenly appear?” Kobayashi asked.
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Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Pricey Honolulu rail project faces more legal hurdles
By Malia Zimmerman @ 5:28 PM :: 3737 Views :: Rail
“If the judges apply the law I believe we will win.” -- Ben Cayetano
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Thursday, August 08, 2013
Complaint Alleges Wrongdoing by Hanabusa Campaign
By Malia Zimmerman @ 8:15 PM :: 5053 Views :: Ethics, Congressional Delegation, Politicians

Hanabusa is the target of a Federal Elections Commission complaint filed Tuesday by Daniel Hempey....

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Thursday, August 08, 2013
Report: Hawaii third highest in per capita interest costs
By Malia Zimmerman @ 8:13 PM :: 3703 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Last year, Hawaii spent more than $175 per person — $244 million in all — just to fund its interest payments, the third highest rate per person in the country....

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Wednesday, August 07, 2013
Hawaiian Homelands Commissioner Resigns After Mortgage Fraud Conviction Exposed
By Malia Zimmerman @ 7:05 PM :: 5781 Views :: DHHL, Ethics, Labor

Artates is also executive director of the Hawaii Operating Engineers Stabilization Fund...Sentencing hearings are scheduled Sept. 23....

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Friday, August 02, 2013
Hey UH, lawmakers say watch those hefty salaries
By Malia Zimmerman @ 2:53 PM :: 3246 Views :: Higher Education
The UH system pays out more than $50 million in annual administrative salaries....
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Friday, August 02, 2013
More drones over Hawaii? It’s a good idea for some
By Malia Zimmerman @ 2:49 PM :: 3553 Views :: Law Enforcement
Hawaii officials have a unique take on aerial drones — bring ‘em on....
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Saturday, July 27, 2013
Paradise lost: Honolulu taxpayers drowning in crystal clear sea of debt
By Malia Zimmerman @ 4:17 AM :: 4052 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes
Honolulu, fiscal watchdogs warn, must curb spending, focus on its debt and address critical multi-billion dollar infrastructure problems ....
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Tuesday, July 23, 2013
University of Hawaii regent calls for investigation into tuition hikes
By Malia Zimmerman @ 11:01 PM :: 2714 Views :: Higher Education
Regent Jan Sullivan wants an investigation into whether the record tuition increases can be rolled back or halted altogether....
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Sunday, July 21, 2013
University of Hawaii Pres gets Sweet Deal to Leave Early
By Malia Zimmerman @ 4:33 PM :: 2886 Views :: Higher Education

M.R.C. Greenwood will earn a little less than $25,000 a month after she resigns as University of Hawaii president...

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Thursday, July 18, 2013
Godzilla invades Waikiki, devours tax credits
By Malia Zimmerman @ 4:45 PM :: 3494 Views :: Tax Credits

As of July 1,  Hawaii has a new, expanded production tax credit, which grants motion pictures, digital media and film productions, an income tax credit of 20-25 percent....

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Federal court says military can go unrepresented in HI reapportionment
By Malia Zimmerman @ 5:47 PM :: 3441 Views :: Military, Office of Elections

...removal of 108,000 non-permanent military and their families is “unconstitutional” and “discriminatory”....

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Saturday, July 13, 2013
Honolulu rail line neither feasible nor prudent, judges’ letter says
By Malia Zimmerman @ 12:57 PM :: 4355 Views :: Rail

Hawaii’s federal judges say the proposed rail line passes too close to the Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Federal Building...

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Racially charged murder trial grips Hawaii
By Malia Zimmerman @ 5:35 PM :: 4442 Views :: Law Enforcement
DEEDY: The Virginia man faces second-degree murder charges..
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Tuesday, July 02, 2013
Hawaii freeway conditions and costs are ‘disgraceful’
By Malia Zimmerman @ 5:06 PM :: 4312 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Rail

The truly “big news,” Slater said: Hawaii’s ranking at No. 49 for administrative costs per mile....

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Tuesday, July 02, 2013
HI First Amendment lawyer: ‘It is a terrible time to be a journalist’
By Malia Zimmerman @ 5:00 PM :: 2669 Views :: First Amendment

“It is a terrible time to be a journalist,” ...  Portnoy was referring to the Obama administration’s secret subpoenas for journalists’ phone and Internet records, as well as the US DoJ secret investigation into Associated Press and Fox News reporters....

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Friday, June 28, 2013
Truth in Accounting: Hawaii worst place in country to do business
By Malia Zimmerman @ 4:34 PM :: 5167 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, Cost of Living
Hawaii has the worst business ranking of all 50 states, according to an analysis by the Chicago-based watchdog group Truth in Accounting....
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Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Tax fraud, obstruction of justice no obstacle to Honolulu cop’s pension
By Malia Zimmerman @ 12:06 AM :: 3689 Views :: Law Enforcement

Nishimura was the highest-ranking Honolulu police officer charged with a federal felony offense....

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Friday, June 21, 2013
Molokai’s Larry Helm dies
By Malia Zimmerman @ 8:31 PM :: 4471 Views :: Maui County, Military
Larry Helm.
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Thursday, June 20, 2013
HI unfunded liabilities: Unpredictable tsunami or government-made disaster?
By Malia Zimmerman @ 8:07 PM :: 2924 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...the state has a constitutionally mandated “balanced budget requirement,” but that’s based on “an outdated cash-based accounting model that recognizes expenses when they are paid instead of when they are incurred”....

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013
‘Bureaucratic abuse’: Molokai vets wait a decade for center, services
By Malia Zimmerman @ 2:29 PM :: 4749 Views :: Maui County, Development, Military

As a part of the 2011 settlement, Maui County had to issue the permit, pay the veterans $200,000 and the mayor was required to issue an apology....

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Friday, June 14, 2013
Tea Party Maui leaders call for special prosecutor to investigate IRS
By Malia Zimmerman @ 8:05 PM :: 3749 Views :: Taxes, TEA Party

Sen. Sam Slom was the guest speaker at the Tea Party Maui meeting Thursday where Jim Wagoner was elected president of the organization....

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013
What does a buck get you? A strange deal, ex-Hawaii regent says
By Malia Zimmerman @ 8:06 PM :: 4214 Views :: Ethics, Development, Higher Education
While $1 a month looks like a good deal for taxpayers...the campus construction has been subjected to 83 change orders that cost $19 million ....
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Tuesday, June 04, 2013
IRS probes former GOP leader’s ties to Maui Tea Party
By Malia Zimmerman @ 11:02 PM :: 3168 Views :: TEA Party

Former Hawaii Republican Party Executive Director Dylan Nonaka has a notable, but certainly not relished, distinction....

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Hawaii residents renew fight for free market in shipping
By Malia Zimmerman @ 2:29 PM :: 2995 Views :: Jones Act

Carroll’s lawsuit was dismissed on standing, but he filed an appeal Thursday, May 23....

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Friday, May 17, 2013
Hawaii leads nation in per-capita debt for unfunded union benefits
By Malia Zimmerman @ 10:32 PM :: 4627 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Taxes
Source: Truth in Accounting...
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Thursday, September 30, 2010
Neil Abercrombie, D-Hezbollah
By Malia Zimmerman @ 5:24 PM :: 11215 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

As Israel is in the fight for its people’s very survival, Congressman Neil Abercrombie, D-Hawaii, has refused to support America’s important ally over the terrorist group, Hezbollah.

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Saturday, October 24, 2009
Union Member Assaults Maui Tea Party Organizer at School Furlough Protest
By Malia Zimmerman @ 11:57 AM :: 13759 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Energy, Environment

As volunteer sign wavers arrived, they noticed an angry man shouting at them about “F***ing Republicans!” The man picked up the TEA Party signs that were set up near the sidewalk and started to walk away with them. Hodges, called after the man, repeatedly asking him, “Friend, please bring back those signs – they are private property,” but the man continued storming off. Finally, Hodges called out that he would summon police if the man did not return the signs. The man then turned around, marched up to Hodges still carrying the signs and yelled "I'm gonna kick your a**!!".

Hodges, a former Maui police officer, notified the man that pursuant to Hawaii law, Hodges was placing the man under citizen's arrest for the theft of the signs and the physical threat. The man grew angrier and threw the signs, which are made of heavy wood, at Hodges's feet, cutting Hodges’ right leg through his jeans. Hodges stood by with the man until police arrived, accepted Hodges' citizen's arrest, and took the man to the police station for processing. Police reports were generated against the man for theft in the fourth degree and assault in the third degree.

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Wednesday, October 07, 2009
Life and Death Medical Challenges on Maui
By Malia Zimmerman @ 2:15 PM :: 10188 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Ellen Bellerose rushed to Maui Memorial Medical Center's emergency room at her cardiologist's direction after she felt severe pain and pressure in her neck, chest and arms. As the pain intensified over the next two hours, she walked up to the counter three times to report difficulty breathing. She was told there were no beds available. "I was becoming terrified that I could die, unattended, in the emergency room." Although registered as a patient for 27 hours, she never entered the main hospital that February 7, 2006, but was billed as if she had.

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Friday, July 10, 2009
'Tested and Trusted': Honolulu City Prosecutor Peter Carlisle Seeks Mayor's Office
By Malia Zimmerman @ 10:02 PM :: 10771 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

 

In 2000, Carlisle encouraged then Deputy Prosecutor Randall Lee’s investigation into illegal campaign contributions to Harris, and stood by Lee’s investigation and prosecution of contractors who laundered money to Honolulu Mayor Jeremy Harris.

Bob Watada, then state campaign spending director, estimates that more than 100 companies laundered $1.5 million to Harris, constituting half of Harris' campaign war chest. Carlisle says if he is elected ... he will select people on the basis of talent, skill and experience and on what they know, not who they know.

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