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Tuesday, January 31, 2023
New report makes case for exempting medical services from Hawaii's GET
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:57 AM :: 1517 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

... removing the tax would lower medical costs and help alleviate the state's doctor shortage ....

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Tuesday, January 31, 2023
December Tourist Count 91.5% of 2019 Level
By News Release @ 3:12 AM :: 1288 Views :: Tourism

... visitor arrivals from Japan (36,988) and Canada (58,361) were at the highest monthly levels since the start of the pandemic ....

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Monday, January 30, 2023
​Lee Elected Chair of Maui Council after Epic 18 Hour Meeting
By Selected News Articles @ 6:48 PM :: 1154 Views :: Maui County

... Who needs telenovelas when there's the Maui County Council? ....

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Monday, January 30, 2023
Judge Lifts West Hawaii Fishing Injunction
By News Release @ 6:16 PM :: 1640 Views :: Hawaii County , Small Business, Tourism

... the lifting of the injunction in the WHRFMA does not permit the immediate resumption of commercial aquarium fishing ....

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Monday, January 30, 2023
SB19: Allow Dead People to Vote
By Selected News Articles @ 3:35 PM :: 1649 Views :: Office of Elections

... The Senate Judiciary Committee heard comments for and against the bill on Friday. Ultimately, the committee deferred the bill ....

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Monday, January 30, 2023
Hawaii may become the first U.S. state with climate change warnings on all gas pumps
By News Release @ 2:59 AM :: 6100 Views :: Energy, Environment

... Bills have been introduced in the state of Hawaii Senate and House requiring warning labels on all gas pumps ....

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Sunday, January 29, 2023
Are Zoning Laws the Cause of Hawaii's Housing Crisis?
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:49 PM :: 1849 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... Arbitrary Lines: How Zoning Broke the American City and How to Fix It ....

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Sunday, January 29, 2023
Don't let emergency orders become the norm
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:33 PM :: 989 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Homelessness

... bureaucracy and red tape have become a major barrier to affordable housing in Hawaii ....

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Sunday, January 29, 2023
High cost of living drives family, friends out of Hawaii
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:20 PM :: 1842 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... More than 15,000 people left Hawaii for the mainland last year ....

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Sunday, January 29, 2023
Hold off on Maui County executive pay raises?
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:12 PM :: 1587 Views :: Maui County

... salaries for the Mayor, County Council members, Directors, Deputy Directors and County Auditor ....

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Sunday, January 29, 2023
What’s In the Governor’s Bill Package
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1494 Views :: Taxes

... SB 1347 / HB 1049, designated GOV-01, aims to give broad tax relief to pretty much everyone in Hawaii. It does this by juicing up several credits already on the books, giving a significant boost to the standard deduction, and doubling the personal exemption amount. ...

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Sunday, January 29, 2023
SB1: Abortion Expansion Bill Scheduled for Hearing
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 12:52 AM :: 1781 Views :: Family, Life

... Hawaii's Senate has decided that abortion expansion bills should take front and center ....

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Saturday, January 28, 2023
Evidence says offshore wind development is killing lots of whales
By Selected News Articles @ 11:34 PM :: 2470 Views :: Energy, Environment

... the humpback death rate roughly tripled starting in 2016 and continued high thereafter ....

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Saturday, January 28, 2023
Green Signs Homeless Emergency Proclamation--Amends it Three Days Later
By News Release @ 8:00 PM :: 2580 Views :: Homelessness

"...We amended our homelessness emergency proclamation to reflect guardrails that will ensure we don’t have to choose between our kuleana to culture and land...."

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Saturday, January 28, 2023
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted January 28, 2023
By GovTrack .us @ 7:45 PM :: 1523 Views :: Congressional Delegation

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

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Saturday, January 28, 2023
​I Caught COVID
By Joni Kamiya @ 2:53 PM :: 2325 Views :: COVID-19

... 3 out of 5 of my household turned positive in a matter of a few days ....

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Saturday, January 28, 2023
Navy: No Groundwater Pollution from AFFF Spill
By News Release @ 2:45 PM :: 2004 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Military

... Today the Navy published its first two weeks of validated groundwater PFAS test results, which show no exceedances of DOH’s EALs for groundwater ....

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Saturday, January 28, 2023
Maui Airport Mini-Rail to be Shutdown for Repairs--Replaced by Golf Carts
By News Release @ 2:40 PM :: 1698 Views :: Maui County, Rail

...  A contractor will provide golf carts to take anyone needing assistance between the CONRAC and the airport lobby. ...

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Saturday, January 28, 2023
Former Prison Guard Arrested for Sexual Abuse of Inmates
By News Release @ 4:09 AM :: 1911 Views :: Ethics, Law Enforcement

... a correctional officer at the Federal Detention Center in Honolulu from approximately 2014 to 2018 ....

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Friday, January 27, 2023
Maui Sovereignty Squatters Interfere with MEO Affordable Housing Project
By News Release @ 2:10 PM :: 1801 Views :: Maui County, Development

"The only reason we are pursuing a development at Ke Kahua in Waiehu is to bring affordable rental units to struggling Maui families.

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Thursday, January 26, 2023
BIA Commission on Native Children to Hold Hawaii Hearing
By News Release @ 5:00 PM :: 1424 Views

... The Commission on Native Children will hold its Hawaii Regional Hearing in Honolulu, HI, February 15–16, 2023 at the Moana Surfrider, and virtually. ...

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Thursday, January 26, 2023
Full Text: 2023 State of the Judiciary Address
By News Release @ 2:46 AM :: 1801 Views :: Homelessness, Judiciary, Drugs

"We implement programs to address the root causes of recidivism . . . such as drug use and mental illness . . . and to respond to other urgent community needs. We embrace this expanded role.”

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Wednesday, January 25, 2023
​There’s still time to counter higher property taxes
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:00 PM :: 1545 Views :: Taxes, Cost of Living

“They should look for ways to make government cost less and run more efficiently and operate on a leaner budget."

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Wednesday, January 25, 2023
US Department of Justice Orders Handi-Van to Answer Phones, Book Rides
By News Release @ 10:57 AM :: 1305 Views :: Honolulu County

... TheHandi-Van, who called to make or change reservations for rides, had very long telephone hold times or did not have their calls answered. Under the agreement, Honolulu will take immediate steps to lessen hold times ....

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Wednesday, January 25, 2023
Preventing the Next Foster Care Disaster--Bills Mandate Court-Appointed Attorneys for Biological Parents
By Andrew Walden @ 3:36 AM :: 2250 Views :: Hawaii County , Family

... Could Fabian’s death have been prevented if the biological parents had an attorney to investigate the fitness of these foster parents prior to Fabian’s placement? ....

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Wednesday, January 25, 2023
Schweitzer Exonerated of Dana Ireland Murder After 25 Years
By News Release @ 12:34 AM :: 2048 Views :: Hawaii County , Law Enforcement, Police

... REALLY OBVIOUS QUESTION: Will Hawaii County Police or Prosecutor now search federal databases for a match to the DNA from 'Unknown Male #1'? ....

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Tuesday, January 24, 2023
Could this be a good year at the Hawaii Legislature?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 10:54 PM :: 1963 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government, Land Use, Small Business, Cost of Living

... we have high hopes for a few ideas that could make a real difference for our state ....

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Tuesday, January 24, 2023
30 Years Later: Will Court Toss Out $150M Grift Against Bank of America?
By Court House News @ 10:35 PM :: 1896 Views :: DHHL, Hawaii History

... a Maui-based 'nonprofit' filed a complaint seeking the funds ....

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Tuesday, January 24, 2023
Hawaiian Electric issues call for projects to significantly expand renewable energy generation on Oahu, Maui
By News Release @ 9:17 PM :: 1907 Views :: Honolulu County, Maui County, Energy

... Latest procurement includes request for firm renewable capacity ....

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Tuesday, January 24, 2023
Hawaii ranked as most expensive state to buy eggs
By Selected News Articles @ 3:36 AM :: 2181 Views :: Agriculture, Small Business, Cost of Living

... the average cost for a dozen eggs in Hawaii is about $9.73. That's 51% higher than a year earlier and 53% higher than #2 Florida ....

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Tuesday, January 24, 2023
Proposed Hawaii State Privacy Laws
By Selected News Articles @ 1:49 AM :: 1896 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Small Business

... Hawaii lawmakers introducing consumer privacy bills and biometric privacy bills ....

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Tuesday, January 24, 2023
Green's State of the State: What's to like? 
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:38 AM :: 1534 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... Most compelling was the governor's proposal to increase tax deductions and support open records, but all the talk about spending was worrisome ....

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Tuesday, January 24, 2023
December Unemployment 3.2%
By News Release @ 1:31 AM :: 1438 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

... in comparison with March 2020 (last month prior to pandemic effects), nonfarm jobs were down by 36,200, or -5.5 percent ....

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Monday, January 23, 2023
VIDEO: State of the State Address
By Video @ 3:18 PM :: 1690 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... Gov Josh Green, State of the State address, January 23, 2023 ....

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Monday, January 23, 2023
U.S. Marine runs toward gunfire, applies lifesaving aid in Waikiki shooting
By Selected News Articles @ 2:08 PM :: 3056 Views :: Honolulu County, Law Enforcement, Military

... The man fell to the ground as the first of the two shooters sprinted to a waiting vehicle. The wounded man was lying on the sidewalk to Issa’s left as the second shooter, located to Issa’s right, began firing frantically at the downed man ....

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Sunday, January 22, 2023
Supreme Court: Election Officials moved office furniture instead of ‘curing’ hundreds of invalidated ballots
By Andrew Walden @ 9:40 PM :: 2551 Views :: Office of Elections

... Thousands of absentee voters are disenfranchised every election due to rejection of their ballots by the four county election offices ....

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Sunday, January 22, 2023
Should We Lower Taxes?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1437 Views :: Taxes

... convince me that tax cuts are not advisable ....

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Saturday, January 21, 2023
Hawaii #1 for multigenerational households
By Selected News Articles @ 6:57 PM :: 2193 Views :: Family, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Areas with high living costs, large immigrant populations, and housing shortages are abundant with multigenerational homes ....

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Saturday, January 21, 2023
Counties with the most emergency shelters in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 6:35 PM :: 1342 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

... Stacker compiled a list of counties with the highest number of emergency shelters per capita in Hawaii using data from the National Shelter System Facilities database .... 

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Saturday, January 21, 2023
2023 Hawaii Gun Law Tracker
By Selected News Articles @ 6:10 PM :: 2075 Views :: Second Amendment

... we already have 12 Anti-Second Amendment bills ....

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Saturday, January 21, 2023
Hawaii has the most honest guns in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 5:53 PM :: 1845 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Second Amendment

... the Average ‘Time-to-Crime’ for Firearms in Hawaii is 3x other states ....

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Saturday, January 21, 2023
​Feds award Hawaii $15.8 million to offset COFA costs
By Selected News Articles @ 5:38 PM :: 1696 Views :: World News, Hawaii State Government

... About 16,300 members of the COFA lived in Hawaii, according to numbers from fiscal year 2022 ....

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Saturday, January 21, 2023
Hawaii AG Backs NY Gun Control Laws
By Selected News Articles @ 5:30 PM :: 1519 Views :: Second Amendment

... AGs voice support for New York gun-industry liability law and concealed carry law ....

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Saturday, January 21, 2023
Elderly Tourists Forced off Road to Hana, Stranded for Hours
By News Release @ 5:03 AM :: 1893 Views :: Maui County, Tourism

... another driver, who they say was in a big hurry, forced them off the side of the road. One of the tires on their rented convertible was sliced by a rock ....

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Friday, January 20, 2023
National coalition including Hawaii legislators urges states to enact 'wealth' taxes
By Selected News Articles @ 2:05 AM :: 1719 Views :: Taxes

... Rep Jeanne Kapela and Hawai'i Tax Fairness Coalition protest at State Capitol in favor of new tax ....

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Friday, January 20, 2023
BLS: Hawaii Most Unionized State in USA
By News Release @ 1:53 AM :: 1576 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

... Two states had union membership rates over 20.0 percent in 2022: Hawaii (21.9 percent) and New York (20.7 percent) ....

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Friday, January 20, 2023
DoE Names Four New Complex Superintendents
By News Release @ 1:42 AM :: 1682 Views :: Education K-12

... to oversee the schools in the Baldwin-Kekaulike-Kūlanihāko‘i-Maui, Castle-Kahuku, Ka‘ū-Kea‘au-Pāhoa, and Pearl City-Waipahu complex areas ....

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Friday, January 20, 2023
John Waihee’s Favorite Trump-era influence peddler sentenced to prison
By News Release @ 1:19 AM :: 3632 Views :: Democratic Party, Ethics, Hawaii History, Republican Party

... Nickie Lum of the Infamous Lum Crime Family Sentenced for Facilitating Unregistered Lobbying Campaign in Exchange for Approximately $3 Million ....

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Thursday, January 19, 2023
​Slashing tax rates best way to offset higher property assessments
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:10 PM :: 1407 Views :: Taxes, Cost of Living

... Residential A properties went up 39.9% ....

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Thursday, January 19, 2023
Sister Isles Among Worst Doctor Shortage in USA
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:01 PM :: 1712 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Taxes

... a recent national study of 3,000 counties in America found the Big Island has the third-worst shortage of healthcare providers in primary care, Maui has the fifth-worst shortage of healthcare providers in America, and Kauai has the 13th worst shortage ....

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