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Saturday, July 04, 2020
Hawaii Family Forum Legislative Week in Review
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 1:12 AM :: 334 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Life

...Friday July 10, 2020 Adjournment Sine Die....

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Friday, July 03, 2020
Yes, we are different from Minneapolis; our police misdeeds are kept secret
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:37 PM :: 448 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment, Police

...The intense secrecy that has come to characterize the Honolulu Police Department....

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Saturday, June 27, 2020
Hawaii Family Forum Legislative Week in Review
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 10:50 PM :: 457 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Religion

...The legislature reconvened on June 22, 2020 and will end on July 10, 2020. Here's a snapshot of some of the things that happened this week....

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Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Former Governors Urge Alternatives to Star-Adv Layoffs
By News Release @ 5:10 AM :: 799 Views :: First Amendment, COVID-19

...Given the dramatic drop in advertising revenue, Star-Advertiser journalists are ready to do their part to keep the newspaper solvent....

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Monday, June 15, 2020
Feds: Civil Beat Publisher's Security Detail Sends Pig's Head to Media Critic
By News Release @ 5:58 PM :: 1667 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment

...anonymous, threatening messages, disturbing deliveries – including a box of live cockroaches, a funeral wreath and a bloody pig mask – and conducting covert surveillance of the victims....

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Saturday, June 13, 2020
List of Staff Being Laid off by Star-Advertiser
By Selected News Articles @ 5:18 PM :: 5160 Views :: First Amendment

...29 staff members at the Star-Advertiser, the largest newspaper in the state, are losing their jobs at the end of the month....

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Sunday, June 07, 2020
BLM Protesters Leave Signs at Hawaii GOP HQ
By News Release @ 8:33 PM :: 1168 Views :: First Amendment, Law Enforcement, Republican Party

"...Hundreds of the marchers today in the Black Lives Matter rally in Honolulu chose to leave their signs at the doorstep of the Hawaii Republican Party...."

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Friday, June 05, 2020
Kym Pine: ANTIFA Agitator Photos not Credible
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 7:09 PM :: 1094 Views :: First Amendment, Police

...Pine today addressed rumors that professional agitators have arrived in the islands to stir up trouble at peaceful protests being staged to honor George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement....

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Tuesday, June 02, 2020
US Supreme Court declines to lift restrictions on crowds at church services
By Selected News Articles @ 5:46 PM :: 759 Views :: First Amendment, COVID-19

...Chief Justice John Roberts wrote a short opinion to express his agreement with (and to explain) the denial of the church’s request....

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Thursday, May 28, 2020
With Campaign Over, Gabbard Drops Suit Against Clinton
By Court House News @ 5:53 PM :: 678 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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Friday, May 22, 2020
Pandemic no excuse for government hostility to sunshine laws
By Selected News Articles @ 3:36 PM :: 1366 Views :: Maui County, First Amendment, COVID-19

..."This time of emergency does not justify government secrecy. The Resort is certainly not entitled to have their permits fast-tracked behind closed doors while public gatherings are banned and also excluding the press."....

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Thursday, May 21, 2020
Caldwell provides re-opening requirements for Oʻahu churches and restaurants
By News Release @ 10:08 PM :: 1095 Views :: Honolulu County, First Amendment, Religion, Small Business, COVID-19

...Mayor Caldwell provides guidelines for resuming in-person spiritual services....

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Saturday, May 16, 2020
Mayor Authorizes Drive-in Church Services
By Hawaii Family Advocates @ 9:21 PM :: 673 Views :: First Amendment, COVID-19

...Caldwell's 11th order on the COVID virus authorizes drive-in church services on Oahu starting May 15th....

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Thursday, May 14, 2020
Honolulu Reopens Churches, Athletic Fields
By News Release @ 7:57 PM :: 539 Views :: Honolulu County, First Amendment, COVID-19

...starting Friday, May 15, outdoor sport fields and courts will be open for one-on-one sports or exercise with limitations, as well as drive-in services (e.g., spiritual/religious services) that follow specific guidelines....

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Friday, May 01, 2020
Police Arrest 3 at 'Reopen Hawaii' Protest
By News Release @ 8:46 PM :: 2605 Views :: First Amendment, COVID-19

... More than 100 gathered at the state Capitol on Friday to protest emergency stay-at-home orders ....

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Tuesday, April 28, 2020
Memo: U.S. Attorneys to be on ‘Lookout’ for Civil Liberties Violations Amidst Coronavirus Crisis
By Selected News Articles @ 4:56 AM :: 897 Views :: First Amendment, COVID-19

...The memorandum titled “Balancing Public Safety with the Preservation of Civil Rights” asks U.S. attorneys to be on the “lookout” for abuses of powers from government officials....

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Tuesday, April 28, 2020
VIDEO: Police Ticket Mayoral Candidate for Videotaping Ala Moana Trees Being Cut Down
By Video @ 4:33 AM :: 2184 Views :: Honolulu County, First Amendment, COVID-19

...Six police cars swoop in on Honolulu Mayoral candidate Choon James, Monday, April 27, 2020, as she attempts to video the destruction of Monkeypod trees being cut down during repaving of the Ala Moana/Magic Island parking lot....

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Saturday, April 25, 2020
Democracy in peril: Upholding government transparency during a crisis
By Video @ 5:52 AM :: 763 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment, COVID-19

...Was it really necessary to suspend those laws to help fight the coronavirus? What can be done to restore government transparency and accountability in Hawaii?....

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Wednesday, April 15, 2020
US DOJ Defends Drive-In Church Against COVID Shutdown
By News Release @ 4:07 PM :: 820 Views :: First Amendment, Religion, COVID-19

...April 11, 2020,  Maui Mayor Michael Victorino rescinds exemption for King’s Cathedral’s drive-thru Easter service....

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Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Civil liberties in the age of the coronavirus
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:00 PM :: 958 Views :: First Amendment, COVID-19

...Jeff Portnoy, a First Amendment attorney who frequently represents the media, calls Governor Ige's recent Coronovirus proclamations “over-broad,” and “kind of like martial law.”....

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Friday, April 10, 2020
No Limits on Lockdowns?
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:53 PM :: 996 Views :: First Amendment, COVID-19

...if you’ve been wondering when the restrictions will end, you’re not alone....

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Thursday, April 09, 2020
Safety Dance: Are There Limits To Lockdowns?
By Robert Thomas @ 2:42 AM :: 825 Views :: First Amendment, Small Business, COVID-19

...Join us next Tuesday, April 14, 2020, at 12 noon Hawaii Time for a free webinar sponsored by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, "Safety vs. Freedom: Are There Limits to Lockdowns?"....

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Telescope: Hawaii State Supreme Court Affirmed Sacred Beliefs Not Applicable
By News Release @ 8:11 PM :: 1295 Views :: Hawaii County , First Amendment, Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

"...Petitioners and Opposing Intervenors claim broadly that their beliefs should give them veto power over any proposes land use on Mauna Kea. The law does not support that view...."

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Ige Statewide 'Stay at Home' Order Thru April 30
By News Release @ 3:10 AM :: 1062 Views :: First Amendment, Health Care, Law Enforcement, Small Business

...Media personnel are amongst the exempted 'Essential Businesses'....

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Friday, March 06, 2020
Hawaii Family Forum Legislative Week in Review
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 5:41 PM :: 806 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Life

...Legislative Crossing: Bills Start Over Again in the Opposite Chamber....

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Thursday, March 05, 2020
Legislature launches YouTube live streams of hearings and floor sessions
By News Release @ 5:25 PM :: 688 Views :: First Amendment, Hawaii State Government

...hearing and floor session videos have been and continue to be archived, unedited....

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Saturday, February 29, 2020
Hawaii Family Forum Legislative Week in Review
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 4:07 AM :: 909 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Life

...some of the bills we have been tracking are dead....

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Sunday, February 23, 2020
Hawaii Family Forum Legislative Week in Review
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 2:50 AM :: 941 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Life

...1st Decking: One Week Away--Good and Bad Bills on the Move....

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Saturday, February 15, 2020
Hawaii Family Forum Legislative Week in Review
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 3:18 PM :: 745 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Life

...Assisted Suicide: 3 modified safeguards now only 2....

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020
HB1153: Remote Testimony for Legislature?
By News Release @ 10:31 PM :: 775 Views :: First Amendment, Hawaii State Government

...establishing a remote legislative access program that would allow individuals to present oral testimony at legislative committee hearings....

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Saturday, February 01, 2020
Hawaii Family Forum Legislative Week in Review
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 10:09 PM :: 1122 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Life

...Safe Haven for Newborns Passes First Committee....

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Saturday, January 25, 2020
Hawaii Family Forum Legislative Week in Review
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 6:28 PM :: 1319 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Gambling, Life

...January 23rd - Bill Introduction Cutoff Last day for a bill to be filed with the House or Senate Clerk....

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Friday, January 10, 2020
Hawaii Family Advocates 2020 Public Policy Priorities
By Hawaii Family Advocates @ 10:30 PM :: 1294 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Life

...Hawaii Family Advocates intends to monitor the Hawaii Legislature and testify and otherwise weigh in on bills....

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Saturday, December 14, 2019
OIP Strips Back OHA Censorship
By Andrew Walden @ 8:51 PM :: 1989 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment, OHA

...OIP deconstructs OHA insiders’ latest gambit in their flagging attempt to silence dissident Trustee Keli’i Akina....

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Witch Hunt: UH Manoa seeking nominations for commission to address racism and bias on campus
By News Release @ 2:49 AM :: 1901 Views :: First Amendment, Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

"...to reflect on how we have responded as a community to challenging and sometimes polarizing issues, including but not limited to TMT...."

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Friday, December 06, 2019
OIP: OHA’s PIG is a Dead Duck
By Andrew Walden @ 11:58 PM :: 2380 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment, OHA

...Responding to questions about OHA Trustee Chair Colette Machado’s imaginary “OIP Opinion”....

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Saturday, November 30, 2019
OHA Policy Should Not Discourage Trustees from Speaking Out
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:35 PM :: 1500 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment, OHA

...On November 12, the editors of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser urged OHA to scrap its 'one voice’ policy....

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Birth Control: 9th Circuit Refuses to Recognize Religious Objectors
By Selected News Articles @ 10:47 AM :: 2538 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Health Care, Life, Religion

...the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday upheld an injunction barring enforcement of rules that let employers opt out of covering birth control on religious and moral grounds....

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Sunday, September 22, 2019
Telescope Protesters Lead 'Two Minute Hate'
By Andrew Walden @ 8:18 PM :: 2412 Views :: First Amendment, Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

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

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Friday, September 13, 2019
MaunaKea: DoE Sup't Reminds Teachers not to 'Coerce' Students
By News Release @ 7:45 PM :: 2035 Views :: Education K-12, First Amendment

...our commitment is to protect our learning environment from approaches that may inappropriately influence or coerce students to a particular political viewpoint....

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Friday, September 13, 2019
Court: Fox Must Face Lawsuit over Malia Zimmerman Conspiracy Theory
By Selected News Articles @ 4:37 PM :: 2426 Views :: National News, First Amendment

...Nearly a year after Rich’s death, in May 2017, Fox News published a story written by co-defendant and reporter Malia Zimmerman, which included the now-debunked claim that investigators had evidence showing Rich leaked the emails in the midst of the 2016 presidential election campaign....

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Thursday, August 29, 2019
Workshops: How to Participate in Legislative Process
By News Release @ 6:33 PM :: 1763 Views :: First Amendment, Hawaii State Government

...The workshop/presentation "Your Voice!" is about an hour in length and covers the Legislature and how to effectively participate in the legislative process....

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Friday, August 09, 2019
Honolulu City Lights non-profit display application deadline is Sept. 6
By News Release @ 9:15 PM :: 2127 Views :: Honolulu County, First Amendment, Religion

...Non-profit organizations wishing to create a display on the grounds of the Frank F. Fasi Civic Center during the annual Honolulu City Lights exhibition must submit applications....

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Friday, July 26, 2019
Political Cartoons That Make You Think
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:18 PM :: 1452 Views :: First Amendment

...Communicating public policy is challenging when you want to raise awareness on an idea without having people read a 20-page study.... 

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Friday, July 26, 2019
Trustee Keli'i Akina Urges OHA to Recognize its Duty to Native Hawaiians Who Support TMT
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:32 PM :: 2106 Views :: First Amendment, OHA

"...Officially, OHA takes no position on the site or construction of the TMT.  Accordingly, OHA should affirm the rights of all Hawaiians to express themselves, both those who oppose the TMT and those who support it...." 

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Thursday, July 25, 2019
Tulsi Gabbard sues Google, alleging 'election interference' after Dem debate
By News Release @ 6:08 PM :: 2588 Views :: Congressional Delegation, First Amendment, Politicians

...On June 28th, 2019 in the immediate hours following the first Democratic Presidential debate, millions of Americans were searching online for information about Tulsi Gabbard.  In fact, according to multiple news reports, Tulsi was the most searched candidate on Google.  Then, without any explanation, Google suspended Tulsi’s Google Ads account....

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Sunday, July 14, 2019
Mauna Kea: ACLU Lists Grounds for Lawsuits Against Police
By News Release @ 6:59 PM :: 3369 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, First Amendment, Law Enforcement, Police

"...corralling of protesters is simply unconstitutional...."

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Friday, July 05, 2019
​NIFLA v. Becerra: One Year Later, Still the Most Significant Abortion SCOTUS Case in Decades
By Selected News Articles @ 12:25 AM :: 2165 Views :: First Amendment, Life

... Can the government mandate that groups or individuals speak a message with which they fundamentally disagree? ....

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Monday, July 01, 2019
OHA Needs a Watchdog!
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:36 PM :: 2105 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment, OHA

...If an OHA Trustee cannot publicly disagree with Board decisions, then it would hinder any Trustee from functioning as a watchdog. That would be a terrible loss to beneficiaries....

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Saturday, June 08, 2019
ACLU: Proposed Mauna Kea Rules Unconstitutional
By News Release @ 6:26 PM :: 2265 Views :: First Amendment, Higher Education, OHA

...proposed rules as they may infringe upon the constitutional rights of individuals seeking to access Mauna Kea....

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