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Wednesday, May 12, 2021
DoH Revokes License of Maui Weed Dealer
By News Release @ 12:00 AM :: 2852 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Drugs

... The NOVO was issued due to the licensee’s ongoing failure to submit annual independent financial audits ....

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Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Bid-Rigging: Hanabusa Chickens out, Blangiardi Appoints her to HART Board Instead
By News Release @ 11:41 PM :: 5434 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Rail

... Blangiardi: “I had nothing to do with that contract” ....

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Tuesday, May 11, 2021
The affordable housing trap - Mandates can't create more housing
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:16 PM :: 2937 Views :: Maui County, Development, Cost of Living

... why housing prices have soared statewide and why affordability mandates won’t have the desired results ....

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Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Will the Colonial Pipeline cyberattack necessitate a Jones Act waiver?
By Michael Hansen @ 6:55 PM :: 1864 Views :: Jones Act

... President Biden may not be as keen as President Trump was to issue Jones act waivers ....

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Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Steven B. Merrill Named Special Agent in Charge of the Honolulu Field Office
By News Release @ 6:45 PM :: 5672 Views :: Law Enforcement

... Mr. Merrill most recently served as a financial crimes section chief in the Criminal Investigative Division at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. ....

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Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Saiki Names Mauna Kea Working Group Members
By News Release @ 5:17 AM :: 3835 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

.... Saiki selected Representative Mark M. Nakashima, Chair of the Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs Committee (District 1 – Hamakua, North Hilo, South Hilo) to serve as Chair of the working group ....

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Monday, May 10, 2021
Hawaii Worst State to Be a Police Officer
By Selected News Articles @ 9:27 PM :: 2900 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Police

... Officers are more likely to be attracted to police departments that steer clear of scandal and corruption and that are transparent with their communities ....

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Monday, May 10, 2021
UHPA: Our Senate’s punch to the gut of UH
By News Release @ 9:03 PM :: 1961 Views :: Higher Education

... UH’s budget got gutted—by our Senate ....

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Monday, May 10, 2021
Behavioral health dashboard: Homelessness and mental health in Hawaiʻi
By News Release @ 8:56 PM :: 2667 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Homelessness

... explore statistics on inpatient stays and drug prescriptions, and review homelessness numbers and mental health emergency calls ....

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Monday, May 10, 2021
Hirono: Lets Use COVID Aid to Blackmail United Airlines
By News Release @ 3:19 AM :: 5335 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Labor, Tourism, COVID-19

"... require any new PSP agreement with United Airlines or any applicant require the airline to refrain from outsourcing jobs ...."

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Sunday, May 9, 2021
DoE Summer School--HSTA Says Members Should not be Assigned to Work
By News Release @ 10:40 AM :: 3077 Views :: Education K-12

... and no in-person summer school on the Big Island, Molokai or Lanai ....

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Sunday, May 9, 2021
State/Federal Changes in Income Tax Coming
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2637 Views :: Taxes

... Income tax is a complicated enough subject already ....

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Saturday, May 8, 2021
Travel Weekly: Grassroot Institute Cruises the Last Frontier
By Selected News Articles @ 10:36 PM :: 2815 Views :: Jones Act, Tourism, COVID-19

... it's been deemed easier to work with Canada rather than those within the U.S. government committed to preserving the status quo ....

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Saturday, May 8, 2021
Notice of Anticipated Judicial Vacancy – District Judge, District Court of the First Circuit
By News Release @ 4:04 PM :: 2430 Views :: Honolulu County, Judiciary

... The Judicial Selection Commission is accepting applications and nominations to fill the following anticipated judicial vacancy ....

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Saturday, May 8, 2021
HS Students Watch Kahuku Windfarm Case Argued Before Supreme Court
By News Release @ 3:54 PM :: 3054 Views :: Education K-12, Energy, Judiciary

... Participating schools included Konawaena High School on Hawaii island, Lahainaluna High School on Maui, and Waipahu High School on Oahu .... 

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Saturday, May 8, 2021
Mayor Victorino Bill 10 Veto Upheld, Saves Affordable Housing
By News Release @ 2:19 PM :: 5698 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

"... In theory, Bill 10 would require more affordable housing to be built, but in reality, history has shown that such additional restrictions have the opposite effect ....”

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Saturday, May 8, 2021
Ige Signs Proclamation--Vaccine Passport Begins May 11
By News Release @ 3:40 AM :: 3040 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

... The state’s Safe Travels platform went online today, allowing travelers to upload their travel information and vaccination data ....

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Saturday, May 8, 2021
Statewide List of Walk-In COVID Vaccination Sites
By News Release @ 1:54 AM :: 2265 Views :: COVID-19

... By getting the vaccine and encouraging your loved ones to do the same, we will be able to return to a comfortable level of normalcy and safety ....

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Saturday, May 8, 2021
HART needs to quit being so secretive
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:24 AM :: 2704 Views :: Ethics, Rail

... Marked “Confidential (Not for Distribution),” the document contains analyses of both the original plan for the rail and 27 alternatives ....

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Friday, May 7, 2021
The U.S. Owes Hawaiians Millions of Dollars Worth of Land. Hawaii Congressional Delegation Helped Make Sure the Debt Wasn’t Paid.
By Selected News Articles @ 5:37 PM :: 5344 Views :: DHHL, Ethics, Congressional Delegation, Hawaii History

... At least six other current and former members of Hawaii’s congressional delegation have supported such legislation one or more times ....

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Friday, May 7, 2021
How the Deals Approved by Congress Bypassed Thousands of Hawaiians Waiting for Homes
By Selected News Articles @ 5:29 PM :: 3913 Views :: DHHL, Ethics, Congressional Delegation, Hawaii History

... They were authorized via special legislation approved by Congress, including members of Hawaii’s own delegation ....

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Friday, May 7, 2021
Blangiardi signs bill to subsidize affordable rental housing
By News Release @ 5:03 PM :: 1597 Views

... Property owners can receive $9,000 or $15,000 per qualified unit based on the number of units rented to households below the area median income (AMI) ....

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Friday, May 7, 2021
Creating Facts on the Ground: Stadium Authority Rushes Decision to Demolish Aloha Stadium
By News Release @ 3:45 AM :: 4368 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Hawaii State Government, Higher Education, Rail, Tourism

... In a special Stadium Authority Board Meeting this morning (Thursday, May 6), the Board confirmed and voted for an early demolition of the existing stadium location ....

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Friday, May 7, 2021
These Tax Bills Got Sent to the Governor - Hold on to your wallets!
By Video @ 3:24 AM :: 2730 Views :: Taxes

... There were significant changes in net income tax, exemptions suspended for the GET, a new 3% bump for the transient accommodations tax, tripling and quadrupling tax rates for conveyances of real property, and more ....

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Friday, May 7, 2021
Ige Approves Kauai's Move to Tier Three
By News Release @ 3:15 AM :: 2619 Views :: Kauai County, COVID-19

... The more cautious tier was activated after the island’s average case count remained elevated for the past two weeks ....

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Thursday, May 6, 2021
O‘ahu to continue in Tier 3 four more weeks
By News Release @ 9:15 PM :: 2893 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, COVID-19

... while the county and the state work together on incorporating vaccination counts on O‘ahu into modified metrics for the Tier system ....

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Thursday, May 6, 2021
UH Mānoa highly ranked for diversity, research, employability of graduates
By News Release @ 8:30 PM :: 2447 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Higher Education

... according to the 2021 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) USA University Rankings, released on May 5 ....

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Thursday, May 6, 2021
44% of small-businesses have job openings they can't fill
By News Release @ 8:15 PM :: 2792 Views :: Small Business, COVID-19

... This number is 22 points higher than the 48-year historical average ....

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Thursday, May 6, 2021
Senate Reorganizes Leadership, Committees
By News Release @ 2:31 PM :: 2269 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... appointment of Senator Dru Kanuha (District 3 – Kona and Kaʻū) as the new Senate Majority Leader ....

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Thursday, May 6, 2021
China plans to revive strategic Kiribati airstrip
By Selected News Articles @ 12:24 AM :: 7014 Views :: Military

"...The island would be a fixed aircraft carrier...."

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Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Hawaii Corporate Tax Costs Compared to 50 States
By Tax Foundation @ 11:42 PM :: 2670 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... Manufacturing faces exceedingly high rates of taxation in Hawaii, but some other firms benefit from generous incentives, reducing tax costs or even yielding negative rates of tax ....

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Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Hawaii Tourism Recovery Slowest in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 11:05 PM :: 2852 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism, COVID-19

... States that are Recovering the Quickest from COVID-19 ....

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Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Best States for Nurses--Hawaii 39th
By Selected News Articles @ 10:53 PM :: 2617 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

... Hawaii ranks 48th for nursing salary when cost of living is factored in ....

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Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Case Reintroduces Blue Pacific Act for Coordinated US Policy
By Ed Case @ 10:31 PM :: 2840 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Military

... BLUE Pacific Act, Establishes a Comprehensive, Long-term U.S. Foreign Policy in the Pacific Islands Amidst Growing International Engagement in the Region ....

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Tuesday, May 4, 2021
HECO Disconnect Moratorium Ends May 31
By News Release @ 11:35 PM :: 2378 Views :: Energy, COVID-19

... Past due customers can avoid collection activity by setting up payment plan ....

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Tuesday, May 4, 2021
UH Announces Graduation Plans
By News Release @ 11:31 PM :: 2402 Views :: Higher Education, COVID-19

... UH spring 2021 commencement ceremonies range from virtual to in-person ....

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Tuesday, May 4, 2021
China a threat to Jones Act lobby, except when it’s not
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:38 PM :: 2401 Views :: Jones Act

... Jones Act carriers claim China is a threat to America’s maritime industry, but when they need cheap repairs, they know where to go ....

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Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Biometric Controls for International Arrivals at Honolulu Airport
By News Release @ 4:47 AM :: 3082 Views :: Law Enforcement, Tourism, COVID-19

... fulfills a Congressional mandate to biometrically record the entry and exit of non-U.S. citizens ....

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Tuesday, May 4, 2021
DoE Seeking ESEA Waiver
By News Release @ 2:47 AM :: 2509 Views :: Education K-12

... Public feedback is sought for HIDOE’s proposed accountability waiver and its assurances ....

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Tuesday, May 4, 2021
2021 HS Graduation Schedule Announced
By News Release @ 12:56 AM :: 3075 Views :: Education K-12, COVID-19

... Alternative ceremony formats will continue for a second year and limit guest access to comply with COVID-19 health and safety guidelines ....

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Monday, May 3, 2021
Special Agents Check 3,200 Hotel Rooms for Quarantine Violators
By News Release @ 10:48 PM :: 2642 Views :: Law Enforcement, COVID-19

... As part of last Friday’s operation, special agents visited 10 hotels ....

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Monday, May 3, 2021
Two Anti-Gun Bills Await Ige Signature
By NRA ILA @ 10:40 PM :: 2511 Views :: Second Amendment

... many anti-gun bills were defeated this session ....

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Monday, May 3, 2021
​City’s Rental and Utility Relief Program closes after just a few minutes -- will reopen June 7
By News Release @ 10:34 PM :: 2319 Views :: Honolulu County, COVID-19

... it will reopen the first working Monday of each month as long as funds are available ....

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Sunday, May 2, 2021
Legislators Sum up 2021 Session
By News Release @ 5:34 PM :: 3252 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... The Governor has until June 21, 2021, to provide the Legislature with notification of his intent to veto ....

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Sunday, May 2, 2021
Counties, the TAT Is Now Your Problem Too!
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2432 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

... For many years, the counties and the State have been bickering about how much support from the State’s transient accommodations tax (TAT) they should get ....

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Saturday, May 1, 2021
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted May 1, 2021
By GovTrack .us @ 11:15 PM :: 2081 Views :: Congressional Delegation

... bills introduced and votes in Congress for week ending May 1, 2021 ....

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Saturday, May 1, 2021
COVID-19 Joint Information Center Ends Daily Summary Reports
By News Release @ 10:49 PM :: 2148 Views :: COVID-19

... At this point, all the information reported in the Daily News Digest (DND) can be viewed on a daily basis via the web links regularly included, and the JIC has produced this final DND today. ...

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Saturday, May 1, 2021
Secret Document Shows HART looking at 27 possible rail changes 
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:40 PM :: 4448 Views :: Rail

... The document, marked “CONFIDENTIAL (NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION),” says that stopping the rail at Middle Street could lower costs, provide long-term flexibility for route changes and fleet expansion, and benefit from future driverless technologies .... 

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Saturday, May 1, 2021
City’s Rental and Utility Relief Program to reopen May 3 at 2 p.m.
By News Release @ 10:23 AM :: 2856 Views :: Honolulu County, Economy, COVID-19

"...fraudulent applications may be referred to law enforcement....”

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Saturday, May 1, 2021
Extended Deadline: Judicial Vacancy – Circuit Judge, Circuit Court of the Second Circuit
By News Release @ 9:57 AM :: 4473 Views :: Maui County, Judiciary

...The Judicial Selection Commission is accepting applications and nominations....

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