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Thursday, May 20, 2021
Job Search Requirement Reinstated for Unemployed
By News Release @ 8:59 PM :: 2851 Views :: Labor, Small Business

... Hawai‘i residents currently receiving unemployment insurance benefits will again be required to prove they are searching for work starting May 30 ....

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Thursday, May 20, 2021
Ige Seeks BLNR Nominees
By News Release @ 6:23 AM :: 2361 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Land Use

... currently, the designated Maui and O‘ahu land district seats are open ....

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Thursday, May 20, 2021
Bodycam Video Shows Sykap Shooting, Crash into Canal
By Video @ 5:29 AM :: 3234 Views :: Honolulu County, Police

... HNN has obtained the April 5 footage from the officer who fired the first shots-- Just yesterday Prosecutor Alm said he would withhold video from the public during his 'independent investigation' ....

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Thursday, May 20, 2021
UIPA Requests for FY2020
By News Release @ 3:34 AM :: 2062 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... data about Hawaii’s open records law collected by 284 state, county, and independent agencies on their UIPA Record Request Logs for FY 2020 ....

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Thursday, May 20, 2021
How Much Does Your State Collect in Property Taxes Per Capita?
By Tax Foundation @ 3:11 AM :: 2609 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... Hawaii collects $1,258 per capita ....

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Thursday, May 20, 2021
Instream Flows Set for Taro-Growing Areas of Kauai, Maui
By News Release @ 3:01 AM :: 2917 Views :: Kauai County, Maui County, Agriculture

... the Commission approving of natural streamflow conditions to serve as the instream flow standard ....

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Thursday, May 20, 2021
Republican Jones Act reform bills introduced
By Michael Hansen @ 2:50 AM :: 2048 Views :: Jones Act

“...Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA) have introduced the Open America’s Water Act, a bill that would repeal the Jones Act and allow all qualified vessels to engage in domestic trade between U.S. ports....”

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Wednesday, May 19, 2021
Neighborhood Board Election Ends Friday, May 21
By News Release @ 6:45 PM :: 3368 Views :: Honolulu County

... The voting period is from April 26 to May 21, 2021 .... 

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Wednesday, May 19, 2021
Mauna Kea: 'Tell Canada to Stop Being Racist'
By Samuel Wilder King II @ 6:44 PM :: 3974 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

... new requirement to be the imposition of racist, neo-colonial requirements on our society ....

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Wednesday, May 19, 2021
FBI Investigating Navatek Insiders for Illegal Campaign contributions
By Selected News Articles @ 12:41 AM :: 3298 Views :: Ethics, Congressional Delegation, Military

... A recently unsealed search warrant application shows the FBI believes a Hawaii defense contractor illegally funneled $150,000 to a pro-Collins super PAC and reimbursed donations to Collins' campaign ....

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Tuesday, May 18, 2021
EEOC Collects Over $4.8 Million on Judgment in Labor Trafficking Case Against Maui Pineapple
By News Release @ 11:41 PM :: 2991 Views :: Maui County, Agriculture, Labor

... $4.8 million has been recovered to satisfy a judgment in a national origin and race discrimination lawsuit brought by the EEOC against Maui Pineapple ....

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Tuesday, May 18, 2021
HDOT Wins $31.7M by Suing Software Contractor
By News Release @ 10:41 PM :: 1729 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... Ciber was hired in 2008 to design and implement a financial accounting system, on an Oracle software platform ....

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Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Why we need to press ‘pause’ on the Honolulu rail project
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:58 PM :: 2651 Views :: Rail

... the most expensive megaproject per capita in the world ....

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Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Spectators allowed at permitted outdoor sporting events
By News Release @ 4:20 AM :: 1989 Views :: Education K-12, COVID-19

... The rule continues to prohibit socializing and potlucks at the field/court before or after the scheduled sports activity ....

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Monday, May 17, 2021
UHPA Pushes Back Against Mercado Kim
By News Release @ 11:45 PM :: 3147 Views :: Higher Education

... Sen. Donna Mercado Kim, Chair of the Senate Committee on Higher Education, did not hold back this past legislative session pushing for proposed legislation that would negatively impact the nucleus that allowed the University of Hawai‘i to obtain the distinguished Carnegie R1 institution ....

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Monday, May 17, 2021
Results of 2021 HGEA State Board Election
By News Release @ 11:38 PM :: 1832 Views :: Labor

... results of the 2021-2023 HGEA President and Board of Directors Election ....

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Monday, May 17, 2021
Hawaii public schools to resume full, in-person learning for Fall Semester
By News Release @ 10:39 PM :: 1377 Views

... scheduled to begin on August 3, 2021 ....

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Monday, May 17, 2021
Facial Imaging Now Operational at Five Hawaii Airports
By News Release @ 7:56 PM :: 3283 Views :: Law Enforcement, Tourism, COVID-19

... Airports Division announces the operation of Phase III of the thermal temperature screening and facial imaging project at Hawaii’s five major airports that accept trans-Pacific flights ....

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Monday, May 17, 2021
Arrested at Airport: Nigerian Prince Allegedly Defrauded Hawaii Unemployment
By News Release @ 7:34 PM :: 4153 Views :: Law Enforcement, COVID-19

... the arrestee is a senior aide to the Governor of the Nigerian State of Ogun, just outside Lagos ....

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Monday, May 17, 2021
UH to require COVID-19 vaccination for on-campus students this fall
By News Release @ 3:45 PM :: 2255 Views :: Higher Education, COVID-19

... This means that, to be on any UH campus, students must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 ....

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Monday, May 17, 2021
VIDEO: Hawaii Republicans Elect New Party Leadership
By News Release @ 5:12 AM :: 3054 Views :: Republican Party

... results from Hawaii GOP virtual convention May 15, 2021 ....

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Sunday, May 16, 2021
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted May 15, 2021
By GovTrack .us @ 6:43 PM :: 1874 Views :: Congressional Delegation

... votes cast and bills introduced ....

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Sunday, May 16, 2021
General Excise Exemptions to be Shut Off for Two Years? 
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 3801 Views :: Small Business, Tax Credits, Taxes

... “Frankenbill” House Bill 58 has cleared the Legislature and is on the Governor’s desk waiting to become law ....

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Sunday, May 16, 2021
Get Engaged in County Government!
By News Release @ 3:13 AM :: 1805 Views :: OHA

... Did you know that each county is in the middle of its budgeting process? ....

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Saturday, May 15, 2021
Full Text: HGEA Letter to Ige Urging Veto of $29M HSTA Bonus
By News Release @ 11:59 PM :: 4740 Views :: Education K-12, Higher Education, Labor

"...the Legislature disregarded collective bargaining and granted this generous cash bonus to one group of employees while making significant departmental cuts elsewhere, like in higher education, which will likely lead to layoffs...."

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Saturday, May 15, 2021
Maui Democrats Nominate Three for Senate Dist 7 Seat
By News Release @ 11:00 PM :: 4128 Views :: Democratic Party, Maui County

... Walter Ritte not nominated .... 

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Saturday, May 15, 2021
Hawaii Juvenile COVID Cases Surging
By Andrew Walden @ 5:45 AM :: 2601 Views :: Education K-12, COVID-19

... age 0-17 is now at its highest peak since late August, 2020 ....

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Saturday, May 15, 2021
Rep Ward: "It's clearly time to open up the State Capitol"
By Rep Gene Ward @ 2:25 AM :: 2721 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... The State Capitol has been closed since March of 2020 when the pandemic began, and unlike other State and government buildings across our State, the Capitol has remained closed to the public ....

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Saturday, May 15, 2021
Hacking for Defense: Marines Partner with University of Hawaii Students
By News Release @ 1:24 AM :: 2363 Views :: Higher Education, Military

... H4D is a 16-week course that accepts students from business, computer science, engineering and policy majors ....

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Friday, May 14, 2021
Honolulu Rail: 27 Alternatives to Plan A?
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:49 PM :: 2038 Views :: Rail

“...People need to know what the options are and what the costs are, and what the real future of rail looks like....”

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Friday, May 14, 2021
Now is the time to ‘get real’ about Hawaii’s future
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:41 PM :: 2783 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

... losing the state’s best and brightest to opportunities elsewhere ....

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Friday, May 14, 2021
Everyone wants affordable housing
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:38 PM :: 2863 Views :: Maui County, Development, Cost of Living

... We want a Hawaii where everyone who wants to buy a home can buy one in their price range ....

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Friday, May 14, 2021
Test Proves Navy Destroyer Can Shoot Down ICBM
By Selected News Articles @ 3:06 AM :: 2170 Views :: Military

... the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Hawaii, tracked the target. Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS John Finn (DDG-113), positioned hundreds of miles east of Hawaii, launched an SM-3 Block IIA missile ....

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Friday, May 14, 2021
SCOTUS Decision on Hawaii Carry Case will Tell Gun Owners All They Need to Know
By Selected News Articles @ 2:51 AM :: 3133 Views :: Second Amendment

"...unlike the New York scheme, where some permits actually have been issued, Hawaii’s scheme is a permitting system in name only, because the  statute has been used to deny all permit applications during the nine years this case has been in litigation...."

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Thursday, May 13, 2021
U.S. will accept Jones Act waiver applications while Colonial Pipeline begins slow reopening
By Michael Hansen @ 11:44 PM :: 2967 Views :: Jones Act

... DHS issued the first Jones Act waiver to a U.S. oil company to charter a foreign flag tanker to transport a domestic petroleum products cargo from the U.S. Gulf to the East Coast ....

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Thursday, May 13, 2021
Homeless HONU Shelter begins operation in Whitmore Village
By News Release @ 9:27 PM :: 2640 Views :: Honolulu County, Homelessness

... Operation of HONU is done through a joint effort by the Honolulu Police Department, the City’s Department of Community Services, and the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Homelessness. ...

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Thursday, May 13, 2021
Community Meetings set for O‘ahu Storm Water Master Plan
By News Release @ 9:21 PM :: 2623 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Taxes

... Stormwater: $100M Tax Hike After 36 Years of Lawyering and Foot-dragging ....

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Thursday, May 13, 2021
DoT Hosts Public Meetings for 'Statewide Transportation Improvement Program'
By News Release @ 9:15 PM :: 1835 Views :: Hawaii State Government

"... The STIP is a four-year programming implementation document that identifies State and County transportation projects to be funded in part with federal funds ...."

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Thursday, May 13, 2021
Schatz Calls On Ige To Lift Restrictions On Youth Sports
By News Release @ 9:08 PM :: 2483 Views :: Education K-12, Congressional Delegation, COVID-19

... In his letter to the governor, Schatz cites Hawai‘i’s progress on vaccinations and its low case counts, as well as the importance of safely lifting restrictions and returning to a more normal life ....

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Thursday, May 13, 2021
$10M Taxpayer Money in 'High Tech' Giveaways
By News Release @ 8:58 PM :: 2100 Views :: Small Business, COVID-19

"... to 36 small businesses across Hawaii for PPE manufacturing ...."

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Thursday, May 13, 2021
Stung by PUC, HECO Releases 'Customer Energy Resources Strategy'
By News Release @ 4:45 PM :: 2855 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy, Cost of Living

"... to increase rooftop solar and similar customer energy resources to the scale needed to reach the state’s clean energy benchmarks ...."

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Thursday, May 13, 2021
HECO vs PUC on Kapolei Battery Farm
By News Release @ 4:29 PM :: 2597 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy, COVID-19

... Hawaiian Electric is asking the PUC to approve the KES project but without the operational and financial conditions it imposed in its April 29, 2021, decision and order (No. 37754) ....

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Thursday, May 13, 2021
Expanded Marine Protections Benefited Hawaii Tuna Fishery, Study Shows
By Selected News Articles @ 12:22 AM :: 2432 Views :: Environment, Small Business

... Major fleets' catch and revenue rose after enlargement of two marine monuments ....

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Thursday, May 13, 2021
What happens after Pride of America says ‘aloha’ to Hawaii?
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:14 AM :: 4640 Views :: Jones Act, Tourism, COVID-19

... If the 2,186-passenger cruise liner were redeployed or retired today, there would be no comparable ship to replace it under federal law ....

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Thursday, May 13, 2021
The Jones Act Should Be Waived, but More Substantive Changes Are Needed
By Cato Foundation @ 12:03 AM :: 2451 Views :: Energy, Jones Act

... In the wake of the Colonial Pipeline outage that has produced mounting fuel shortages along the East Coast, the Department of Transportation has ​announced that it is taking initial steps ....

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Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Pfizer Vax Now Available for Age 12+
By News Release @ 11:59 PM :: 2055 Views :: Education K-12, COVID-19

... Today the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that 12 to 15-year-olds receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine ....

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Wednesday, May 12, 2021
US House Resolution Backs National Forest in Hawaii
By Ed Case @ 11:57 PM :: 2766 Views :: Environment, Congressional Delegation, Land Use

... The U.S. House has once again passed his National Forest study measure that calls on the United States Forest Service (USFS) to engage communities in the State of Hawai’i in a study to identify suitable parcels to be incorporated into a National Forest ....

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Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Hawaii GE Tax Highest In USA
By Tax Foundation @ 11:39 PM :: 2738 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... In fiscal year (FY) 2018, the highest state sales tax collections per capita were found in Hawaii ($2,694) ....

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Wednesday, May 12, 2021
HR279 Undermines American Samoa Self-Determination
By News Release @ 8:08 PM :: 2757 Views :: National News, Congressional Delegation

... American Samoa is the only territory that selects part of its legislature through customary means and the only territory that prohibits the alienation of most of its lands ....

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Wednesday, May 12, 2021
VIDEO: Molotov Cocktails at Hawaii Supreme Court, Attorney General Office
By Video @ 2:09 AM :: 4641 Views :: Homelessness, Judiciary, Law Enforcement

... Eric Stroeve, arrested for alleged arson of Supreme Court, had been arrested multiple times on Oahu--including for assault on HPD officers in Feb 2020--but not jailed because of COVID sanctions ordered by the very same Supreme Court he allegedly firebombed ....

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