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Saturday, April 20, 2024
DCCA Revokes Miske Termite License--14 Cases of Price Gouging
By News Release @ 2:58 AM :: 63 Views :: Ethics, Law Enforcement

... License revocation, $35,000 fine, $22,114.56 restitution ....

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Friday, April 19, 2024
Blangiardi: City Will Not Sue Glock
By Selected News Articles @ 11:59 PM :: 668 Views :: Honolulu County, Second Amendment

... a Council bill had proposed hiring specialized legal experts from the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence and Dentons law firm ....

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Friday, April 19, 2024
242 Candidates Pull Papers Statewide
By News Release @ 11:18 PM :: 12085 Views :: Office of Elections

... Candidate filing begins on February 1, 2024, and goes through June 4, 2024 ....

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Friday, April 19, 2024
Property tax hikes wrong medicine for Maui woes
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:24 PM :: 86 Views :: Maui County, Taxes

... Tax hikes would burden average Maui homeowners the most ....

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Friday, April 19, 2024
Insurance ‘stabilization’ bill would spread pain to everyone
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:57 PM :: 102 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, Cost of Living

“...if you look through the bill, it’s a bunch of blank spaces. It says conveyance taxes will increase by blank percent. Or short-term rental taxes are gonna have a blank percent tax on them....”

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Friday, April 19, 2024
Hawaii County beekeepers hope Bill 144 will open up new vistas
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:43 PM :: 93 Views :: Hawaii County , Agriculture, Small Business

... Hawaii County treats beehives like piggeries ....

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Friday, April 19, 2024
PLA? State keeps piling on rules that increase Hawaii’s cost of living
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 9:20 PM :: 98 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

... Hawaii’s $1.5 million PLA threshold is now the lowest in the nation ....

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Friday, April 19, 2024
​‘Blankety-blank’ bills at Legislature leave Hawaii taxpayers in the dark
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:04 PM :: 88 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... To address the problem, Yamachika suggested that legal action might be necessary ....

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Friday, April 19, 2024
Honolulu mayor says he's responsible for Honolulu’s gun licensing problems.
By Video @ 8:20 PM :: 94 Views :: Honolulu County, Second Amendment

... The law clearly says the police chief makes the policies, but the mayor says he's pulling those strings ....

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Friday, April 19, 2024
Taxpayers Not on the Hook for HECO's $542M 'Special Purpose Revenue Bonds'
By Andrew Walden @ 3:37 AM :: 195 Views :: Energy

... another $700M has been authorized, but not issued ....

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Friday, April 19, 2024
25 House Bills up for Final Reading
By News Release @ 1:30 AM :: 184 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... A final vote is scheduled for Friday, April 19 at 11:30 a.m. on the House Floor during the Floor Session ....

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Thursday, April 18, 2024
Hawaii's Insurance Crisis as Premiums Nearly Quadruple
By Selected News Articles @ 4:54 PM :: 301 Views :: Cost of Living

... insurance costs for condominiums have risen by 100 percent to 1,000 percent ....

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Thursday, April 18, 2024
City’s DMV employees gearing up for LGBTQ+ sensitivity training
By News Release @ 4:37 PM :: 178 Views :: Homelessness, Law Enforcement

... employees will be trained to use an individual’s chosen names and preferred gender pronouns when renewing a Hawaiʻi driver’s license or motor vehicle registration ....

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Thursday, April 18, 2024
Six public forums scheduled for UH president’s search
By News Release @ 4:18 PM :: 172 Views :: Higher Education

... Each forum will be ninety minutes long and available in-person and virtually via Zoom ....

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Thursday, April 18, 2024
After Failing to destroy Faa Samoa, Insular Case Activists Try Again
By Court House News @ 1:55 PM :: 222 Views :: National News

... American Samoa Citizenship Question Not So Simple ....

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Wednesday, April 17, 2024
Full Text: Hawaii Attorney General Maui Wildfire Report
By News Release @ 5:53 PM :: 314 Views :: Maui County, Energy, Land Use

... AG Lopez structured the FSRI contract to focus entirely on the role of public agencies, thus avoiding any liability borne by Hawaiian Electric or private landowners such as KSBE ....

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Wednesday, April 17, 2024
Naming Names: Airports Division Ran Late-Night Parties Where Hawaii Politicians Raked In Money
By Selected News Articles @ 4:04 PM :: 511 Views :: Honolulu County, Maui County, Ethics, Hawaii State Government, OHA, COVID-19

... late-night parties in a cramped second-floor office where lobbyists and executives seeking government contracts lined up to drop cash and checks into a metal lockbox ....

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Wednesday, April 17, 2024
Attorneys Blocking JetBlue/Spirit Merger Now Targeting Hawaiian/Alaska Airlines Deal
By Selected News Articles @ 1:15 PM :: 276 Views :: Judiciary, Tourism

... this law firm also filed a similar suit wherein JetBlue was subsequently blocked in its attempt to acquire Spirit Airlines ....

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Tuesday, April 16, 2024
No Surprise: Waipiʻo Peninsula eliminated from consideration as potential future landfill site
By News Release @ 11:52 PM :: 158 Views :: Honolulu County

... based on concerns regarding the site’s proximity to near-shore waters ....

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Tuesday, April 16, 2024
Rolling Blackouts: Senators Demand PUC Investigation
By News Release @ 11:08 PM :: 330 Views :: Energy

"The lack of reliability due to insufficient energy generation, HECO’s aging equipment, unreliable oil-fired power generation, and immediate and long term solutions should be investigated."

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Tuesday, April 16, 2024
10 'Good Government' Bills up for Final House Vote
By News Release @ 10:53 PM :: 267 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... A final vote is scheduled for Wednesday, April 17, and upon approval, the bills proceed to the governor's desk for his signature....

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Tuesday, April 16, 2024
FULL TEXT: Maui Fire After Action Report
By Video @ 3:02 PM :: 419 Views :: Maui County

... Maui County Fire Department presents After Action Report covering Lahaina and Kula Fires ...

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Tuesday, April 16, 2024
Victim of bribery scheme testifies in Hawaii prosecutor corruption case
By Court House News @ 5:31 AM :: 530 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Law Enforcement

... A former Honolulu prosecutor is accused of accepting nearly $50,000 from a local engineering firm to go after a former employee with criminal charges ....

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Monday, April 15, 2024
Rolling Blackouts for Big Island--'due to lower wind, solar output'
By News Release @ 4:01 PM :: 417 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy

"...due to a generation shortfall and lower than normal wind and solar resources...."

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Monday, April 15, 2024
Got your Top Three? Secret Staffing Agency Helps State Retirees get Contract Work
By News Release @ 5:21 AM :: 494 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Labor

... and the State Ethics Commission says it's all good ....  

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Monday, April 15, 2024
Homicide up 175% in Honolulu
By Selected News Articles @ 4:59 AM :: 638 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics, Police

... 11 homicides in Honolulu as of March 31 ....

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Sunday, April 14, 2024
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted April 13, 2024
By GovTrack .us @ 10:53 PM :: 386 Views :: Congressional Delegation

... bills introduced and votes cast in Congress ....

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Sunday, April 14, 2024
Aloha ThinkTech
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 573 Views :: First Amendment, Taxes

... ThinkTech has fallen victim to a phenomenon that has plagued many nonprofits including the Tax Foundation of Hawaii:  a drop in donor funding ....

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Saturday, April 13, 2024
A tax proposal I actually like
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:33 PM :: 804 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

... the state’s estate or “death” tax can force their heirs of local businesses to sell off the assets of their companies ....

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Saturday, April 13, 2024
"How it feels to move to Las Vegas" Grassroot Hawaii Instagram posts attract 2.2 million views in March
By News Release @ 11:14 PM :: 991 Views :: Taxes, Cost of Living

... Here are the top videos that were posted in March ....

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Saturday, April 13, 2024
Hawaii Family Forum Legislative Week in Review
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 11:09 PM :: 453 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Religion, Drugs

... protecting parental rights, safeguarding religious freedoms, implementing effective suicide prevention measures, and preparing for the upcoming elections ....

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Saturday, April 13, 2024
E Maui Water Diversion: Sierra Club Loses at ICA
By News Release @ 10:50 PM :: 871 Views :: Maui County, Development

... Sierra Club requested a contested case hearing on the issuance of any revocable permits for calendar year 2021. The BLNR denied the request and voted to continue the permits ....

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Saturday, April 13, 2024
DOH announces new RFPs for ground ambulance services for Kaua‘i and Maui Counties
By News Release @ 10:40 PM :: 431 Views :: Kauai County, Maui County

... replacing the RFPs that were canceled on Oct. 23, 2023, after concerns were raised ....

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Saturday, April 13, 2024
City Closing Ulehawa Beach Park to Clean Tons of Homeless Tent City Garbage
By News Release @ 10:19 PM :: 541 Views :: Honolulu County, Homelessness

... beaches along the Waianae Coast have been taken over by a 20-mile-long homeless camp.  This is just one mile ....

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Saturday, April 13, 2024
2nd Crossover: Senate Moves 182 Bills
By News Release @ 5:49 PM :: 536 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... the Senate passed 182 House Bills out on third reading this week ....

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Saturday, April 13, 2024
Affordable Housing?  HB2328 Bethel Block Bill Secretly a Sweet Deal for Fullard-Leo Family
By Andrew Walden @ 3:37 AM :: 1414 Views :: Ethics, Development

... secretly to give $8,480,800 over the tax assessment to one specific family at the request of Neil Abercrombie ....

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Friday, April 12, 2024
Rape and Death: HB2340 pays $2.5M to Coverup Foster Care Disasters
By Andrew Walden @ 11:19 PM :: 1403 Views :: Ethics, Family, Judiciary

... rape, sodomy, forced oral copulation and fondling, physical beatings, starvation, theft and destruction of personal property, and failure to provide medical care, clothing, and medicine ....

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Friday, April 12, 2024
Health Department: Lahaina Ocean Waters Safe for Recreation
By News Release @ 3:07 PM :: 487 Views :: Maui County, Tourism

... 'Toxic' hysteria has been used to keep property owners away from their lots in the Lahaina burn zone--but the DoH just can't find any toxins ....

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Thursday, April 11, 2024
Legislators “stripped out pretty much everything that made it work.”
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:58 PM :: 793 Views :: Development, Health Care, Small Business, Taxes

... highlights, frustrations at 2024 Legislature ....

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Thursday, April 11, 2024
‘Surprise’ state tax last straw for veteran Hawaii bar owner?
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:42 PM :: 749 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, COVID-19

... Comerford said his 45 years of living in Hawaii and 25 years of being a business owner are likely to end due to a recent state decision to collect taxes on federal Restaurant Revitalization Funds received during the COVID-19 lockdowns ....

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Thursday, April 11, 2024
Study STR economic impact before banning them
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:34 PM :: 903 Views :: Hawaii County , Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Tourism

“...30% respondents reported that if there was not a home and vacation rental option during their recent stay in Hawaii, they would not have made the trip....”

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Thursday, April 11, 2024
SB2706: 'Expungement' will help sex offenders find work in Hawaii schools
By Andrew Walden @ 8:44 PM :: 980 Views :: Education K-12, Judiciary, Law Enforcement

... Examples of offenses which may be eligible for automatic expungement include domestic abuse, harassment by stalking, certain sex offenses, sexual exploitation, promoting pornography for minors, and habitual intoxicated driving ....

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Thursday, April 11, 2024
Study: Honolulu Is the City with the Highest Inflation Problem
By Selected News Articles @ 5:39 PM :: 635 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... inflation 4.8% year over year for urban Honolulu ....

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Thursday, April 11, 2024
Waipahu High students, Hawai‘i Pacific Health doctors and nurses to work side by side in new Academic Health Center
By News Release @ 5:16 PM :: 522 Views :: Education K-12, Health Care

... more than 500 health academy students who will receive hands-on training from Hawai‘i Pacific Health physicians and medical professionals to support the community clinic ....

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Wednesday, April 10, 2024
Case: FEMA should build housing on Maui
By Ed Case @ 6:58 PM :: 671 Views :: Maui County, Development

... Case said relying only on rehousing is extremely difficult given the severe shortage of homes on Maui ....

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Wednesday, April 10, 2024
SB2553: Hawaii 'opt out' retirement scam
By Selected News Articles @ 5:31 PM :: 2848 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

...a scam designed to shunt the least attentive investors -- those who do not 'opt out' -- into low return, high fee accounts run by whichever financial institution makes the most campaign contributions....

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Wednesday, April 10, 2024
Prices in Hawaii are Ridiculous: 7 Things that Cost Way More
By Selected News Articles @ 5:30 PM :: 1265 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Groceries, Gas, Electricity, Housing, Taxes, and more ....

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Wednesday, April 10, 2024
Rich States, Poor States: Hawaii Ranks 41st--Will Legislature Send Tax Cuts to Governor?
By Selected News Articles @ 3:02 PM :: 1259 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

... Gov. Josh Green addressed the tax and migration issues in his policy brief issued last month. One of his solutions is indexing the state's income tax for inflation, he said ....

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Monday, April 8, 2024
Lahaina: 43.8% of businesses “critical, on life support"
By News Release @ 9:53 PM :: 783 Views :: Maui County, Small Business

...43.8% of businesses described themselves as “critical, on life support,” with only 3.1% reporting “doing great, feeling great.”....

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Monday, April 8, 2024
Hours extended for re-entry access into Lahaina Wildfire Disaster Area
By News Release @ 9:50 PM :: 577 Views :: Maui County, Development

... Re-entry activities, such as sifting, may be restricted ....

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