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Tuesday, November 30, 2021
One Year After $4M Insider Cacao Loss--KS to 'Invest' in More Food-Related Schemes
By News Release @ 11:10 PM :: 2337 Views :: Ethics, Agriculture

... 2020: Insider Cacao Scheme: KSBE out $4M -- but OHA Dodges Bullet ....

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Tuesday, November 30, 2021
Slightly Lower Vaccination Numbers After State DOH Tech Upgrade
By News Release @ 2:43 AM :: 1599 Views :: COVID-19

... While this slightly lowers Hawai‘i’s percentage of completed vaccinations from 72.5% to 71.1%, it provides a more accurate picture of the state’s vaccination effort ....

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Tuesday, November 30, 2021
October, 2021 Visitor Spending Down 15.3% from 2019
By News Release @ 1:17 AM :: 2418 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism, COVID-19

... A total of 550,781 visitors arrived by air service to the Hawaiian Islands in October 2021, mainly from the U.S. West and U.S. East. ...

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Tuesday, November 30, 2021
State Completes implementation of new electronic time and leave system
By News Release @ 1:05 AM :: 2355 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

... 13,000 employees in the Executive and Legislative branches, and the Office of the Hawaiian Affairs produce 90,000 electronic leave records each month ....

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Sunday, November 28, 2021
Tax Isn’t a Peanut Butter Cup
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2996 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy, Land Use, Taxes

... Once upon a time there were some property developers on Oahu ....

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Saturday, November 27, 2021
Conservative Rankings of Hawaii State Legislators --2020 Session
By News Release @ 12:55 AM :: 2418 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

... How Does Your Legislator Rank? ....

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Friday, November 26, 2021
Study Estimates 870 Vegans Live in Hawaii
By News Release @ 9:21 PM :: 1828 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

... Hawaii is the 4th most Vegan state ....

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Friday, November 26, 2021
Safest States During COVID: Hawaii Ranks 10th
By Selected News Articles @ 6:41 PM :: 2390 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

... but Hawaii has the highest transmission rate in USA ....

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Friday, November 26, 2021
How Much Does the Jones Act Cost Hawaii Consumers?
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:39 PM :: 2966 Views :: Jones Act, Cost of Living

... Honolulu Walmart prices were on average 14% higher than in LA ....

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Wednesday, November 24, 2021
Reapportionment: Statewide Public Hearings Begin November 30
By News Release @ 4:19 PM :: 1996 Views :: Office of Elections

... the Reapportionment Commission will be conducting its public hearings remotely using interactive conference technology ....

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Wednesday, November 24, 2021
Blangiardi Eases COVID Restrictions
By News Release @ 5:31 AM :: 2266 Views :: Honolulu County, COVID-19

... Honolulu is improving the Safe O‘ahu Response Plan to allow more flexible operations for businesses, while still requiring Safe Access O‘ahu for higher risk activities ....

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Wednesday, November 24, 2021
COVID: Ige allows counties to go their own way
By News Release @ 5:19 AM :: 1724 Views :: COVID-19

... As of Dec. 1, the counties will no longer be required to obtain the approval of the governor or the director of the Hawaiʻi Emergency Management Agency (HIEMA) prior to issuing county emergency orders ....

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Wednesday, November 24, 2021
Lost Opportunity: Schatz Secures Extension Of $493 Million Honolulu Rail Funding Grant In Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal
By News Release @ 5:08 AM :: 3231 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Rail

... in yet another failure of leadership, Schatz misses an opportunity to put the rail nightmare behind us ....

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Tuesday, November 23, 2021
Is This the End for Gut and Replace?
By Video @ 3:44 AM :: 2263 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... Court Strikes Down ‘Gut and Replace’ -- Legal Expert Robert Thomas Weighs in ....

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Monday, November 22, 2021
Hawaii Top Ten Hospitals Ranked for Outcomes, Efficiency
By News Release @ 10:10 PM :: 3167 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

... NOTE: Hospitals ranking best for outcomes and efficiency rank lowest for equity ....

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Monday, November 22, 2021
HSTA encourages teachers to apply for sabbatical leave
By News Release @ 9:31 PM :: 3258 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

... Teachers may apply for one semester or for the entire school year ....

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Monday, November 22, 2021
Report: Hawaii third-worst millennial homeownership rate in USA
By News Release @ 9:11 PM :: 2678 Views :: Family, Hawaii Statistics

... the millennial homeownership rate in Hawaii is 32.7% ....

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Monday, November 22, 2021
Ethics: UH Administrator Finds $9,592.53 in a Forgotten Bank Account
By News Release @ 8:46 PM :: 2974 Views :: Ethics, Higher Education

... guess what happens next .... 

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Monday, November 22, 2021
Hawaii Ranks 47th in the Nation in Highway Performance and Cost-Effectiveness
By News Release @ 5:36 PM :: 2184 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

... The state’s pavement quality is very poor, among the worst in the country and the primary driver for the state’s low ranking ....

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Sunday, November 21, 2021
Harbors Division Accepts Preservationist Bid to Return Falls of Clyde to Scotland
By News Release @ 5:50 PM :: 2191 Views :: Hawaii History

... After years rotting in Hawaii, a 19th century Clyde-built ship is finally coming home ....

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Sunday, November 21, 2021
Tax Workers’ “Get Out of Jail Free” Card
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2414 Views :: Law Enforcement, Taxes

... In more recent years, the Hawaii Supreme Court has been giving the tax office even more help and protection ....

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Sunday, November 21, 2021
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted November 20, 2021
By GovTrack .us @ 3:27 AM :: 1587 Views :: Congressional Delegation

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

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Sunday, November 21, 2021
Hawaii Republicans Elect New Chair
By News Release @ 3:09 AM :: 2283 Views :: Republican Party

... Vote totals are as follow: Lynn Finnegan 33, Jose Uson 12, Gil Logan 8, and 6 abstain votes ....

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Sunday, November 21, 2021
City and County of Honolulu to ring in holiday season Dec. 4
By News Release @ 3:01 AM :: 2234 Views :: Honolulu County, Religion

... the Honolulu City Lights tree lighting ceremony is back ....

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Sunday, November 21, 2021
After Decade, City, State Finally Eliminate Turtle Beach Traffic Jam
By News Release @ 2:55 AM :: 2117 Views :: Honolulu County, Tourism

... For many years various solutions have been discussed ....

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Saturday, November 20, 2021
'Certificate of Need' stands in way of improving healthcare in Hawaii
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:45 PM :: 1929 Views :: Health Care

...  Since 2006, state officials have rejected over $200 million worth of certificate-of-need requests, which would have added more than 200 hospital beds to meet Hawaii’s medical needs ....

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Saturday, November 20, 2021
Maui County Will Not Appeal Injection Well Ruling
By News Release @ 4:28 PM :: 1916 Views :: Maui County, Environment

... When the case was returned to Judge Mollway, she determined that the County needs a Clean Water Act NPDES permit ....

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Saturday, November 20, 2021
Mindless Hysteria: Maui County Council Passes Anti-Sunscreen Bill
By News Release @ 4:03 PM :: 2631 Views :: Maui County, Environment

... Chemical Company Behind Anti-Sunscreen Campaign ....

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Friday, November 19, 2021
COVID-19 regulations aren’t cost-free
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:16 PM :: 2245 Views :: Labor, Small Business, COVID-19

... ignoring the full cost is tantamount to malpractice ....

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Friday, November 19, 2021
NOAA considers new marine sanctuary off Hawaiian Islands
By News Release @ 6:59 PM :: 1577 Views :: Environment

... Agency seeks public comment through Jan. 31, 2022 ....

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Friday, November 19, 2021
Ala Wai: Corps of Engineers, City Attempt to Bamboozle Public Again
By News Release @ 4:23 AM :: 2546 Views :: Honolulu County, Military

... Approximately 110 community members participated during the Nov. 10 workshop and 45 participated on Nov. 13 ....

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Friday, November 19, 2021
Sex Trafficking: Federal Grand Jury Issues New Indictment Against Leaders of Philippines-Based Church
By News Release @ 4:15 AM :: 2502 Views :: Religion

...adding six new defendants, including the KOJC’s leader, Apollo Carreon Quiboloy, who was referred to as “The Appointed Son of God.”....

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Friday, November 19, 2021
Unemployment Drops to 6.3% for October
By News Release @ 3:06 AM :: 1941 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

... DBEDT today announced that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for October was 6.3 percent compared to 6.6 percent in September ....

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Friday, November 19, 2021
Extreme Stinginess? A look at Accused Waimanalo Child Killers’ Bankruptcy Case
By Andrew Walden @ 12:49 AM :: 6571 Views :: Family, Law Enforcement

... the Kalua’s bankruptcy submissions reveal $111K annual income -- but they are alleged to have duct-taped their adopted children's mouths shut to keep them from sneaking food ....

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Thursday, November 18, 2021
How is Maui Saving Hawaiian Lands?
By Video @ 11:42 PM :: 2136 Views :: Maui County, Taxes

... ʻĀina kupuna bill to help long-time Maui families keep ancestral lands passes first council reading ....

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Wednesday, November 17, 2021
Legislative Agenda: Bills to Ban Gasoline, Diesel Vehicles by 2030
By News Release @ 6:09 PM :: 2245 Views :: Energy, Environment

... Enviros deploy push-poll which claims that 66% of public want gasoline and diesel cars banned.  If this is true, why are electric cars only 1% of the fleet right now? ....

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Wednesday, November 17, 2021
2021’s Most Obese States--Hawaii 47th
By Selected News Articles @ 6:00 PM :: 2118 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

... more than seven in 10 U.S. adults aged 20 and older are either overweight or obese ....

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Wednesday, November 17, 2021
Alaska: The Jones Act's original victim
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:43 PM :: 2230 Views :: Hawaii History, Jones Act

... New report details how Jones Act targeted Alaska from the start ....

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Wednesday, November 17, 2021
State Democratic Party Chair Announces Plan to Avert Anti-Vaxxer Takeover of Party
By Andrew Walden @ 4:42 AM :: 3735 Views :: Honolulu County, Democratic Party, COVID-19

... Tyler Dos Santos Tam wants to have his candidacy and keep his Chairmanship too ....

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Wednesday, November 17, 2021
Ige Announces $365M in CIP
By News Release @ 3:05 AM :: 2710 Views :: DHHL, Education K-12, Hawaii State Government

... These funds were released in October 2021 ....

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Tuesday, November 16, 2021
State Financial Reports 84% Transparent
By News Release @ 3:13 PM :: 1797 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

... Twenty-two states earned distinction this year for providing the public with candid and transparent information about their government’s fiscal health ....

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Tuesday, November 16, 2021
Government regulations get thumbs down in Hawaii survey
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:26 PM :: 2059 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

... Solid majorities agree there are too many regulations and they hurt small businesses ....

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Tuesday, November 16, 2021
Pirate Law
By Video @ 5:24 AM :: 2267 Views :: Jones Act

"This might be the dumbest law on the book"

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Monday, November 15, 2021
Kauai: Dude Allegedly Freaks out After Trailer Refused at Transfer Station
By News Release @ 11:08 PM :: 2725 Views :: Kauai County, Environment

... After being handcuffed and while on the ground, DOCARE reports Hoffman slipped the handcuffs under his legs and to the front of his body. He then jumped up and continued unloading green waste from the trailer ....

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Sunday, November 14, 2021
NOT the End of Gut-n-Replace
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2410 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... A person challenging a bill still needs to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the bill is unconstitutional.  And remember, it took a 3-2 vote to hold that recidivism and hurricane shelters are unrelated ....

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Sunday, November 14, 2021
Most Charitable States -- Hawaii 41st
By Selected News Articles @ 1:40 AM :: 2020 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

... U.S. donors in 2020 still gave more than $471 billion to charity, with 69% of the funds coming directly from individuals ....

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Saturday, November 13, 2021
Strike Halted, Tentative Agreement Reached Between Alliance Unions and Kaiser Permanente
By News Release @ 3:35 PM :: 2147 Views :: Health Care, Labor

... On Saturday, November 13, 2021, Kaiser Permanente and the Alliance of Health Care Unions reached tentative agreement on a four-year contract ....

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Friday, November 12, 2021
Police Allege Isabella Kalua Duct-Taped and Locked in Dog Cage Before Death
By Andrew Walden @ 11:03 PM :: 12443 Views :: Honolulu County, Family, Law Enforcement

... criminal complaint reveals many previously unreported allegations regarding the death of Isabella Kalua ....

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Friday, November 12, 2021
‘Community Based Energy’: $27.5M in GEMS for Hawaii Democratic Party Officials, Maui Councilmember
By Andrew Walden @ 8:20 PM :: 5116 Views :: Democratic Party, Maui County, Energy, Ethics

... To fund this insider giveaway, the HGIA board voted to take away $2.5M set aside for low and middle income households and $5M set aside for multi-family projects ....

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Thursday, November 11, 2021
Hawaii Supreme Court Guts-And-Replaces The Legislature's "Gut-And-Replace" Switcheroo
By Robert Thomas @ 8:01 PM :: 2283 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... a well-functioning republic presumes that those tasked with vigilance -- the public -- have the opportunity to understand the substance of what those whom we elect to represent us are actually doing ....

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