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Saturday, December 17, 2022
Report: Hawaii among five healthiest states
By News Release @ 2:57 AM :: 1834 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

... The healthiest states were New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont, Connecticut and Hawaii ....

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Saturday, December 17, 2022
Five Months Later--Still No Concealed Carry in Honolulu
By News Release @ 2:34 AM :: 2074 Views :: Honolulu County, Second Amendment

... Is this intentional or incompetence? ....

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Saturday, December 17, 2022
UHERO: Severe economic downturn unlikely for Hawaiʻi
By UHERO @ 1:54 AM :: 1815 Views :: Economy, Tourism

... Rising interest rates, dwindling pandemic era savings and the coming U.S. downturn will cause a pause in growth next year. But the belated recovery of the Japanese visitor market and surging public sector construction will prevent a recession in the islands ....

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Saturday, December 17, 2022
EPA takes action to address pollution violations at Kailua Wastewater Treatment Plant
By News Release @ 1:44 AM :: 1820 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment

... In January 2021, the facility experienced a failure at one of two biotower treatment units, causing the plant’s discharge to exceed limits for bacteria ....

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Thursday, December 15, 2022
DoI Announces Avian Malaria Plan for Maui, Big Island
By News Release @ 5:49 PM :: 2069 Views :: Hawaii County , Maui County, Environment

... Haleakalā National Park is the first site where novel mosquito control technologies will be implemented. Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park will follow in subsequent years ....

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Wednesday, December 14, 2022
Native Hawaiian Girls LESS Likely to be 'Missing'
By News Release @ 11:46 PM :: 3936 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Law Enforcement, Military, Drugs

... Obvious bias: The word “military” occurs 20 times in this report.  The word “drug” four times, “methamphetamines” zero times, “pimp", once, "foster" three times ....

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Wednesday, December 14, 2022
Blangiardi names Jiro Sumada DPP Deputy Director
By News Release @ 11:22 PM :: 1879 Views :: Honolulu County

... Sumada will be returning to the same position he held at the DPP from 2010 to 2013. He also served briefly as Acting Director. ...

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Wednesday, December 14, 2022
Gov Green and First Lady Host Traditional Christmas Open House at Washington Place
By News Release @ 11:11 PM :: 2079 Views :: First Amendment, Hawaii State Government, Religion

... Governor Josh Green, M.D., First Lady Jaime Green and the Washington Place Foundation will carry on a 164-year tradition by hosting a Christmas Open House at Washington Place from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, December 16, 2022 ....

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Wednesday, December 14, 2022
​The effects of the pandemic on the economy of Hawaii
By UHERO @ 10:58 PM :: 2012 Views :: Economy, COVID-19

... comparing the actual outcomes during the affected period with the pre-pandemic forecast ....

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Wednesday, December 14, 2022
Increased Fire Risk Surrounds Paeahu Solar Project in Kihei, Maui
By News Release @ 9:11 PM :: 2338 Views :: Maui County, Energy

... live electrical currents, combined with the large lithium-ion batteries that are proposed for this project, could make gaining control of a fire more difficult and dangerous ....

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Wednesday, December 14, 2022
Green's plan to eliminate food and medicine tax may not have a clear path
By Selected News Articles @ 8:34 PM :: 1732 Views :: Taxes

... Lawmakers have not indicated if they back Green's plan ....  

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Wednesday, December 14, 2022
$300 Rebate Checks From Hawaii: You Can Still Claim It
By Selected News Articles @ 3:10 AM :: 1813 Views :: Tax Credits

... Most taxpayers have already received their rebate checks from Hawaii of up to $300. However, those who filed their taxes late and taxpayers whose payment has been withheld by the tax department may still be waiting ....

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Wednesday, December 14, 2022
2023 Real Property Assessments up 12.4%
By News Release @ 2:57 AM :: 3006 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes, Cost of Living

... City to Send 2023 Real Property Notice of Assessments ....

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Tuesday, December 13, 2022
Army Investigating Gay Bondage Pics Taken on Hawaii Base
By Selected News Articles @ 11:11 PM :: 5242 Views :: Military

... wearing dog masks, leather and chains. Some of the photos depict poses of submission and sexual acts ....

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Tuesday, December 13, 2022
Disgraced Bitcoin Billionaire Sent Thousands to Hawaii Democrats
By Andrew Walden @ 10:01 PM :: 2899 Views :: Democratic Party, Ethics

... Indicted for campaign fraud and misappropriation of client deposits, former crypto-billionaire Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF) is now under arrest in the Bahamas facing extradition to the US ....

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Tuesday, December 13, 2022
Green Names 17 More Appointees
By News Release @ 12:05 AM :: 2440 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... With these selections, Gov. Green has now identified a Director for every state department ....

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Monday, December 12, 2022
OHA Announces New Board Leadership
By News Release @ 11:49 PM :: 1997 Views :: OHA

... Trustee Carmen “Hulu” Lindsey unanimously re-elected board chair of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs -- Mililani Trask to be Vice Chair ....

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Monday, December 12, 2022
Kawananakoa Estate: Sex, Drugs, and Inequality
By Andrew Walden @ 1:16 PM :: 48621 Views :: Ethics, Drugs

...If you’re rich, Hawaii is a really lousy place to get sick....

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Sunday, December 11, 2022
New Administration’s Tax Priorities
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2256 Views :: Taxes

... Green's top priorities for his first 100 days in office ....

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Saturday, December 10, 2022
"Very interesting coalition" for Jones Act Reform
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:31 PM :: 2058 Views :: Jones Act

... Ted Cruz and AOC on the same team ....

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Saturday, December 10, 2022
Knowledge is key to Jones Act reform
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 9:52 PM :: 1767 Views :: Jones Act

... American Samoa and the U.S. Virgin Islands are both exempt from the Jones Act — and they like it that way ....

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Saturday, December 10, 2022
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted December 10, 2022
By GovTrack .us @ 3:12 PM :: 1277 Views :: Congressional Delegation

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

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Friday, December 9, 2022
Red Hill funds included in annual defense bill
By Selected News Articles @ 11:43 PM :: 1903 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Military

... The National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2023 includes $1 billion for cleaning up the site of a fuel leak into Hawaii's water supply ....

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Friday, December 9, 2022
Hawaii Proud Boys Founder Gets Four Years Prison for Capitol Riot
By News Release @ 11:02 PM :: 1730 Views :: Republican Party

... In the 23 months since Jan. 6, 2021, approximately 900 individuals have been arrested in nearly all 50 states for crimes related to the breach of the U.S. Capitol ....

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Friday, December 9, 2022
​Guns: Supreme Court shows us the ‘Sensitive Places’
By Selected News Articles @ 10:19 PM :: 1815 Views :: Honolulu County, Second Amendment

... If you look at Bill 57, the Mayor has taken a cut-and-paste list from places such as New York, New Jersey, and D.C. to make a list that is currently failing at every challenge in court in those exact locations....

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Friday, December 9, 2022
Law Of The Lava - Who Owns New "Accreted" Land?
By Robert Thomas @ 10:08 PM :: 1991 Views :: Hawaii County , Land Use

... who owns "accreted" lava ....

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Thursday, December 8, 2022
Kahele Skips out on Final Congressional Session with Another Proxy Letter
By Andrew Walden @ 1:56 PM :: 2398 Views :: Ethics, Congressional Delegation, COVID-19

... HI2 is now represented by Rep Lou Correa .... 

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Thursday, December 8, 2022
City to accept applications for $30 million in relief for non-profits affected by Covid-19
By News Release @ 12:28 PM :: 1915 Views :: Honolulu County, COVID-19

... Non-profits may be eligible to receive up to $100,000. These funds will be awarded to qualifying non-profits on a first-come, first serve basis until the funds are exhausted ....

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Wednesday, December 7, 2022
Jail Assault: Guards, Inmates Sentenced to Spend More Time Together
By News Release @ 11:12 PM :: 1792 Views :: Law Enforcement

... guard gets 96 months, inmate gets 84 months ....

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Wednesday, December 7, 2022
Liberal Talk Radio Founder Gets 82 Month Sentence for Guam Frauds
By News Release @ 11:01 PM :: 2548 Views :: National News

... be sure to read what his ex-wife had to say ....

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Wednesday, December 7, 2022
DHHL Publishes $600 Million Act 279 Plan
By News Release @ 10:42 PM :: 1685 Views :: DHHL

... Act 279 required DHHL to submit a strategic plan, including findings, recommendations, and any proposed legislation, to the legislature by December 10, 2022 ....

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Wednesday, December 7, 2022
Hawaii House and Senate Release Committee Assignments for 2023
By News Release @ 4:06 PM :: 2852 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... finalized committee assignments ahead of the 32nd Legislature ....

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Wednesday, December 7, 2022
With Minutes left on Clock, McCartney rescinds tourism contract with Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement
By News Release @ 4:27 AM :: 2387 Views :: Ethics, Tourism

"...CNHA plans to update its protest against the unlawful actions of DBEDT's former director Mike McCartney...."

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Tuesday, December 6, 2022
Hawaii County Police Chief Finalists Named
By News Release @ 7:02 PM :: 1963 Views :: Hawaii County , Police

... 1 Hawaii Co, 1 Kauai Co, 1 HPD, 1 FBI ....

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Tuesday, December 6, 2022
Ewa Foreclosure Scammer Indicted for Stealing Chief Federal Judge’s Identity
By News Release @ 4:55 PM :: 1896 Views :: Honolulu County, Judiciary

... According to the indictment, Abordo used the forged signature and a federal court seal to create a phony court order, which he then used to prove to the victim that he’d pulled her Ewa Beach, Hawaii, home out of foreclosure ....

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Tuesday, December 6, 2022
Federal Real ID enforcement delayed to May 2025
By News Release @ 4:38 PM :: 1714 Views :: Honolulu County, Law Enforcement, Tourism

...O‘ahu residents now have an additional two years to get the REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses and state identification cards necessary to board domestic flights and enter some federal buildings....

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Tuesday, December 6, 2022
​City’s free COVID-19 testing program to end on December 30, 2022
By News Release @ 4:10 PM :: 1727 Views :: Honolulu County, COVID-19

... dedicated staff from the National Kidney Foundation of Hawai‘i ....

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Tuesday, December 6, 2022
Navy Shares Latest Red Hill Leak Video with EPA, not Public
By News Release @ 12:03 AM :: 1846 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Military

... The Navy’s water supply is unaffected, according to a Dec. 1 Navy release. The Navy’s water comes from the Waiawa shaft, which is approximately 6 miles away from the affected area ....

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Monday, December 5, 2022
Green: My Inauguration Unites State as One
By News Release @ 6:22 PM :: 2437 Views :: DHHL, Hawaii State Government, Homelessness

... Governor Green recently announced the appointments of key cabinet and executive staff leadership roles, signaling the most expeditious assembling of a gubernatorial administration in the state’s history (behind a Carpenters Union chief of Staff) ....

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Monday, December 5, 2022
Ige Announces Completion of over 600,000 Refunds to Hawaii Taxpayers
By News Release @ 3:32 PM :: 1797 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits, Taxes

... A total of 606,674 Act 115 refunds were issued, totaling $307.9 million. That includes 288,590 direct deposits and 318,084 paper checks ....

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Monday, December 5, 2022
Critical Race Theory Programs at UH Med School
By Selected News Articles @ 1:51 AM :: 2278 Views :: Higher Education

... mandatory education in anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion, or some other form of critical race theory-linked program, either through mandatory training or in the curriculum ....

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Monday, December 5, 2022
Ethics Comm Dings Teacher for Accepting $16K
By News Release @ 1:29 AM :: 2238 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics

... making it difficult to ensure that state employees are not accepting cash payments from improper sources  ....

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Sunday, December 4, 2022
Ridicule, Violent Opposition, Acceptance: OHA and DLNR
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:33 PM :: 2608 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... Truth Goes Through Three Stages ....

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Sunday, December 4, 2022
Want to Fight Corruption?  Follow the Money
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2896 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, OHA

... We, as taxpayers who are supplying the money, have the right to see where it goes. In real time, not several years later as seen in one nonprofit’s recent fight with the Department of Education ....

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Saturday, December 3, 2022
How Secure Are Hawaii Public Pensions?
By Selected News Articles @ 6:22 PM :: 2319 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

... Hawaii, pension liabilities totaled an estimated $32.7 billion in 2020. Meanwhile, the state's pension assets totaled $17.4 billion. Considering both assets and liabilities, Hawaii's pension funding ratio is 53.2%, the seventh lowest in the country ....

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Saturday, December 3, 2022
Licensing laws a license to hold back workers
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:12 PM :: 1957 Views :: Labor, Small Business

... “License to Work” study looks at state regulations nationwide ....

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Saturday, December 3, 2022
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted December 3, 2022
By GovTrack .us @ 5:50 PM :: 1522 Views :: Congressional Delegation

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

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Friday, December 2, 2022
31 Proposals to Stop Fraud, Drug Trafficking, and Bribery by Public Officials
By News Release @ 10:39 PM :: 2304 Views :: Ethics

... Submitted to the House of Representatives on December 1, 2022 by Commission to Improve Standards of Conduct ....

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Friday, December 2, 2022
Hilo Housing Cost Half of Statewide Median
By Selected News Articles @ 10:01 PM :: 1794 Views :: Hawaii County , Hawaii Statistics

... in Hilo, the typical home is worth $341,500 - compared to the typical home in Hawaii, which is worth $636,400 ....

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Friday, December 2, 2022
Blangiardi Nominates New DPP Director
By News Release @ 9:48 PM :: 1893 Views :: Honolulu County, Development

... Dawn Takeuchi Apuna appointed director designate of City’s Department of Planning and Permitting ....

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