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Wednesday, January 31, 2024
18 Years Later State Wins Dannenberg EUTF Suit
By News Release @ 2:38 PM :: 1452 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Labor

... contending that the EUTF had unconstitutionally diminished accrued retiree health benefits under Article XVI, Section 2 of the Hawai‘i Constitution ....

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Wednesday, January 31, 2024
Five Straight Months of Tourism Decline Since Lahaina Fire
By News Release @ 2:02 PM :: 1393 Views :: Maui County, Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... Since the August 2023 Maui wildfires, visitor arrivals have decreased in four out of the last five months while visitor spending recorded five straight months of decline compared to 2022 ....

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Wednesday, January 31, 2024
Murder of Ariel Sellers: Motion to Unseal Kalua Family Court Records
By News Release @ 3:15 AM :: 1847 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Judiciary

... Isabella is now declared dead, and the Kaluas are charged with her murder.  Under these extreme facts, the secrecy generally afforded to these types of cases should yield to openness ....

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Tuesday, January 30, 2024
House Democrats Introduce 2024 Legislative Package
By News Release @ 6:42 PM :: 1197 Views :: Democratic Party, Hawaii State Government

... Consisting of nine bills ....

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Tuesday, January 30, 2024
Eco-Lawyers to Sue Hawaiian Electric Because Birds Hit Power Lines?
By News Release @ 6:35 PM :: 1234 Views :: Maui County, Energy, Environment

... possible litigation challenging harm to imperiled Hawaiian seabirds caused by power lines and streetlights on Maui and Lāna‘i ....

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Tuesday, January 30, 2024
FEMA to Build Hawaii's First Mobile Home Park
By News Release @ 4:08 AM :: 1687 Views :: Maui County, Development

"...Draft Environmental Assessment For Alternative Temporary Transportable Housing Unit Group Site Known as the Kaʻanapali Temporary Group Site...."

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Monday, January 29, 2024
Senate Sets Triple Hearing on Vacation Rental Bill
By News Release @ 9:06 PM :: 1611 Views :: Development, Small Business, Tourism

... Senate Bill 2919 establishes State Regulations for short-term vacation rentals, allows the counties to adopt zoning ordinances and regulations for the amortization or phasing out of certain land lands or structures, and applies the TAT to shelters and vehicles with, or advertised as including, sleeping accommodations ....

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Sunday, January 28, 2024
Not Much to Show for Governor's Emergency Housing Proclamations
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:54 PM :: 1473 Views :: Development, Land Use

... the proclamations have only been used once ....

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Sunday, January 28, 2024
Proposed STR regulations pose threat to Hawaii Island economy
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:39 PM :: 1640 Views :: Hawaii County , Economy, 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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Sunday, January 28, 2024
DoTAX Grabs for Restaurants' COVID Relief Money
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:23 PM :: 1420 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, COVID-19

... restaurants hit with surprise tax bill applicable to the financial aid received under federal Restaurant Revitalization Fund .... 

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Sunday, January 28, 2024
Reasons to be optimistic about the 2024 Legislature
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:00 AM :: 1273 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... Will this be the year that we finally start to see positive big changes — or are we going to see more taxes, more spending, more regulations? ....

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Sunday, January 28, 2024
LLC Ownership Secrecy: Oh BOI, More Red Tape for All
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1501 Views :: Ethics, Small Business

... ultra-wealthy oligarchs, bad actors, and others are seeing us—the United States—as a haven where they can park money or assets in entities, like limited liability companies ....

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Sunday, January 28, 2024
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted January 27, 2024
By GovTrack .us @ 4:00 AM :: 1281 Views :: Congressional Delegation

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

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Sunday, January 28, 2024
House Introduces Maui Wildfire Bills
By News Release @ 3:40 AM :: 1234 Views :: Maui County

... Measures stem from proposals in the House Interim Working Groups Final Report ....

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Saturday, January 27, 2024
Audit Exposes Widespread Payroll Cheating at State Hospital
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 7:57 PM :: 1930 Views :: Ethics, Health Care, Labor

"...staff’s intentional attempts to inflate their pay...."

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Saturday, January 27, 2024
Transit: Its growth, decline, and pending demise
By Cliff Slater @ 7:47 PM :: 1393 Views :: Rail

... Cliff Slater’s Tour de Force ....

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Saturday, January 27, 2024
Yet Another Report on How to Improve Hawaii's Competitiveness
By News Release @ 4:59 PM :: 1366 Views :: Economy

... Over the years there have been many reports, plans, and efforts to improve Hawaii’s economy, with mixed success ....

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Friday, January 26, 2024
Hawaii Democrats to Investigate Kim Coco Iwamoto Anti-Vaxxerism?
By News Release @ 2:10 PM :: 2520 Views :: Democratic Party, Politicians

... today we called upon the Democratic Party of Hawai'i to investigate whether Kim Coco Iwamoto's positions on vaccines align with the party's values and duties ....

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Friday, January 26, 2024
Hawaii Bill Would Take Steps Against a Central Bank Digital Currency
By Selected News Articles @ 1:18 PM :: 1752 Views :: First Amendment, Hawaii State Government

“A person who chooses not to participate in a digital currency system shall not be subject to additional surveillance, monitoring, or scrutiny by any government entity."

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Friday, January 26, 2024
Hawaii 2nd Smallest Racial Wealth Gap
By Selected News Articles @ 5:01 AM :: 1350 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

... States with the Biggest and Smallest Wealth Gaps by Race/Ethnicity (2024) ....

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Friday, January 26, 2024
Lung Association: Hawai‘i Earns Mixed Grades for Tobacco Control Policies
By News Release @ 5:00 AM :: 1192 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

... American Lung Association “State of Tobacco Control” report releases Hawai‘i grades for tobacco control policies, outlines steps to reduce burden of tobacco ....

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Friday, January 26, 2024
Christian Club Sues Hawaii Department Of Education After Allegedly Being Barred From School Grounds
By Selected News Articles @ 2:08 AM :: 1979 Views :: Education K-12, First Amendment, Religion

... For nearly two years DoE has blocked elementary school Good News Clubs in facilities that are open to other, similarly situated non-religious organizations ....

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Thursday, January 25, 2024
'FBI' Chain Letter Scheme Entraps Hawaii Republicans and Libertarians
By Andrew Walden @ 6:02 AM :: 4791 Views :: Law Enforcement, Republican Party

... “I am an official informant” ....

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Wednesday, January 24, 2024
Video: Massive Waves Rip thru Kwajalein Base
By Video @ 6:45 PM :: 1467 Views :: Military

... Roi-Namur Island was struck by several substantial waves on Saturday night. It was NOT a tsunami. The powerful waves were driven by cyclonic surges in the open sea ....

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Wednesday, January 24, 2024
Sen Karl Rhoads Closing Barn Door after the Trump Escapes?
By Andrew Walden @ 6:16 PM :: 2235 Views :: First Amendment, Office of Elections, Republican Party

... SB2393 cannot keep Trump off the ballot: But it could have all kinds of unintended consequences in future elections ....

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Wednesday, January 24, 2024
Enviros: Honolulu is Primed for Carbon Pricing
By News Release @ 5:46 PM :: 1357 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Tax Credits, Taxes

... the Carbon Disclosure Project ....

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Wednesday, January 24, 2024
Court: Ethics Rules do Apply to OHA Trustees
By News Release @ 1:12 PM :: 1426 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... The Hawai‘i State Ethics Commission is pleased to announce a significant legal victory in Akana v. Hawai‘i State Ethics Commission ....

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Tuesday, January 23, 2024
Trial begins for Hawaii businessman accused of murder-for-hire, racketeering
By Selected News Articles @ 3:57 PM :: 1556 Views :: Ethics, Law Enforcement

“...The kid’s got to go....”

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Tuesday, January 23, 2024
Money Grab: OHA Sues to Abolish Mauna Kea Authority
By News Release @ 2:14 PM :: 1184 Views :: Higher Education, OHA

... this is all about the master lease negotiations ....

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Tuesday, January 23, 2024
Recovery? Maui County Greets New Year with GE Tax Increase
By News Release @ 1:33 PM :: 1340 Views :: Maui County, Taxes

... Maui County surcharge and GET is 4.5% as of Jan. 1, 2024 ....

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Tuesday, January 23, 2024
Hawaii Bill Would Legalize Raw Milk Sales
By News Release @ 1:23 PM :: 1281 Views :: Health Care, Small Business

... Passage into law would take an important step toward further rejecting a federal prohibition scheme in practice and effect ....

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Monday, January 22, 2024
VIDEO: State of the State Address 2024
By Video @ 4:56 PM :: 1243 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... Green addresses Legislature ....

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Monday, January 22, 2024
Hawaii Bill Would Reform Civil Asset Forfeiture Process, Opt State Out of Federal Program
By Selected News Articles @ 3:22 AM :: 1188 Views :: Law Enforcement

... reform the state’s asset forfeiture process to require a conviction in most cases ....

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Sunday, January 21, 2024
Did you Buy a Gun and a Bible? Feds Sift Thru Bank Transactions Looking for 'Domestic Terrorists'
By Selected News Articles @ 5:15 PM :: 1718 Views :: First Amendment, Second Amendment

... All-American consumerism by a completely peaceful and law-abiding citizen somehow threatens the people running my own country into the ground ....

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Sunday, January 21, 2024
Will Tax Relief be on Agenda for 2024?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1208 Views :: Taxes, Cost of Living

... In the 2023 legislative session, that legislation was amended beyond recognition in both the House and Senate ....

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Saturday, January 20, 2024
Saiki Updates House Committee Assignments
By News Release @ 9:15 PM :: 2196 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... Representatives Mizuno and Evslin ....

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Saturday, January 20, 2024
Changing ideas is the key to improving Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:37 PM :: 1260 Views :: Hawaii State Government

"...a unique, uncensored and raw platform...."

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Saturday, January 20, 2024
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted January 20, 2024
By News Release @ 2:51 PM :: 1167 Views :: Congressional Delegation

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

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Saturday, January 20, 2024
Ways to improve Maui Interim Housing Plan
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:08 AM :: 1136 Views :: Maui County

... $500 million plan is fine but could be improved to more quickly help displaced fire victims ....

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Saturday, January 20, 2024
Hold on to your wallets! The Legislature is back in session
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:56 AM :: 1299 Views :: Development, Land Use, Taxes

... “artificial limiters” imposed on the housing stock via the state’s 5% cap on land zoned for residential ....

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Friday, January 19, 2024
HR6062: Congress Considers Amendments to American Samoa Constitution
By News Release @ 4:43 PM :: 1133 Views :: National News

... to allow for American Samoa to enact constitutional changes as approved by the people without unnecessary additional procedures in Washington ....

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Friday, January 19, 2024
DLNR Transfers 24,200 Acres to Agriculture Department
By News Release @ 4:16 PM :: 1212 Views :: Agriculture, Land Use

... To date, 24,200 acres of agricultural lands have been transferred by DLNR to HDOA. In October 2023, the HBOA approved, accepting 99 more parcels on the list, totaling 21,672 acres, which still requires the review and approval of the BLNR ....

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Friday, January 19, 2024
Hawaii offers a case study on the inadequacies of wind and solar
By Selected News Articles @ 3:51 PM :: 1541 Views :: Energy, Environment

... weather-dependent wind and solar reliability issues are becoming more pronounced ....

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Thursday, January 18, 2024
Settlement Hearing Set for Hawaii DoE Title IX Class Action Suit
By News Release @ 4:54 PM :: 1352 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics

... class action lawsuit on behalf of present and future Campbell High School female students who participate, seek to participate, and/or are or were deterred from participating in athletics ....

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Thursday, January 18, 2024
Legislature Considering Constitutional Amendment to Enact a State Property Tax
By Selected News Articles @ 3:01 PM :: 1590 Views :: Education K-12, Taxes

... a bill calling for a constitutional amendment to enact a tax on residential investment property valued at over $3 million ....

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Thursday, January 18, 2024
Time to ask ‘tough questions’ about state energy policy
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:54 AM :: 1342 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy

... Are rolling blackouts going to be Hawaii’s “new normal”?  ....

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Wednesday, January 17, 2024
Saiki Opening Day Speech: Don’t let Lahaina property owners rebuild
By News Release @ 5:21 PM :: 2383 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use, Tourism

... Turn Lahaina into Wailea v2 surrounding the ‘Venice of the Pacific’ water feature ....

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Wednesday, January 17, 2024
U.S. Supreme Court to hear challenge on homelessness ordinance ban
By Selected News Articles @ 3:25 PM :: 1165 Views :: Homelessness

... The U.S. Supreme Court announced it would hear a landmark challenge to an earlier ruling preventing enforcement of anti-camping ordinances ....

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Wednesday, January 17, 2024
Mizuno News: Green Picks Nepotistic Nominee for HD29 Vacancy
By News Release @ 2:36 PM :: 4255 Views :: Democratic Party

... Mizuno hires wife as office manager, then Green appoints her to Legislature ....

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Tuesday, January 16, 2024
Hawaii fares poorly in ‘economic freedom' ranking
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:13 PM :: 1414 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics

... Hawaii 46th ....

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