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Thursday, November 30, 2023
Up in Smoke? AG's Plan to turn Illegal Drug Dealers into Legal Tax-Paying Entrepreneurs
By Rep Gene Ward @ 10:58 PM :: 1392 Views :: Law Enforcement, Taxes, Drugs

... In nearly every location where recreational marijuana is legal, criminal syndicates, far more than the state government, are cashing in on the "green gold rush" ....

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Thursday, November 30, 2023
Kauai: 8% Electric Rate Hike for KIUC
By News Release @ 5:52 PM :: 1440 Views :: Kauai County, Energy, Cost of Living

... This is only the second time in KIUC’s 20-year history – and the first time in 12 years – that a rate increase was sought ....

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Thursday, November 30, 2023
Tourist Arrivals Down for Third Straight Month
By News Release @ 5:20 PM :: 1312 Views :: Maui County, Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... Maui: 35,526 visitors in October 2023, compared to 59,372 visitors (-40.2%) in October 2022 and 59,620 visitors (-40.4%) in October 2019 ....

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Thursday, November 30, 2023
Education professor hoping alternatives to suspensions work in middle school test
By Selected News Articles @ 2:20 PM :: 1052 Views :: Education K-12

... A new approach to poor classroom behavior that avoids suspensions and expulsions is being put to the test in Hawaii ....

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Thursday, November 30, 2023
Senate Confirms Micah Smith and Shanlyn Park Hawaii Federal Judge
By News Release @ 3:30 AM :: 1358 Views :: Judiciary

... Smith has served since 2018 as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Criminal Division in the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the District of Hawaii -- Park is a current state court judge and former federal public defender ....

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Thursday, November 30, 2023
China Could Play Major Role in Drafting New Regulations for Seabed Mining, Says U.N. Official
By Selected News Articles @ 3:11 AM :: 1186 Views :: Energy, Environment, Military

“...China is the largest financial contributor....”

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Wednesday, November 29, 2023
Hawaii Republicans Improve Party Finances
By News Release @ 4:55 PM :: 1109 Views :: Republican Party

"... the Hawaii Republican Party has been brought current with the debt owed on the headquarters building, and now the lien against us will be removed ...."

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Wednesday, November 29, 2023
Navy Notifies Regulators of Groundwater PFAS Detection
By News Release @ 12:46 AM :: 1249 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Military

... Four of 21 groundwater monitoring wells showed exceedance of perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS), a component of polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) ....

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Tuesday, November 28, 2023
Maui: Another Solar Project Collapses
By News Release @ 11:37 PM :: 320 Views :: Maui County, Energy

... Of 5 solar projects approved on Maui since 2018, only 1 is being built ....

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Tuesday, November 28, 2023
Hawaii demands remediation from Navy following jet fuel leak
By Court House News @ 4:37 PM :: 1798 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Military

... Red Hill fuel-polluted soils could cost $750 million to clean up ....

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Tuesday, November 28, 2023
HECO Evening Rates to Double under 'Shift and Save' Scheme
By News Release @ 2:45 PM :: 1869 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

... when you come home from work, you will be paying 52 cents per kilowatt-hour on Oahu, and 62 cents per kilowatt-hour on the Big Island ....

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Tuesday, November 28, 2023
Special Master: Presiding Judge Had ‘100s of Pages of Disqualifying Information’ in Kalua Case
By Selected News Articles @ 12:31 PM :: 2164 Views :: Family, Judiciary, Law Enforcement

... evidence included the criminal records of the parents for assault and drug use, filed bankruptcy documents, and the absence of a record of children of their own ....

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Tuesday, November 28, 2023
DLNR: Demolition of Uncle Billy's Hotel Begins Today
By News Release @ 12:26 PM :: 1198 Views :: Homelessness, Tourism

... For the last few years, drug addicts had been living in the dilapidated structure ....

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Monday, November 27, 2023
Fire: AG Subpoenas Maui County Officials
By News Release @ 8:52 PM :: 1333 Views :: Maui County, Ethics

... Subpoenas have been served upon the Maui Emergency Management Agency, the County of Maui Department of Public Works, and the County of Maui Department of Water Supply ....

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Monday, November 27, 2023
CBS: Maui County Uncooperative with Fire Investigation
By Video @ 5:15 PM :: 1950 Views :: Maui County, Ethics

“...Multiple sources are telling CBS News that Maui county officials, from Mayor Richard Bissen on down, are not responding to requests for interviews from Hawai`i state officials who are conducting an official investigation about the fire launched by governor Josh Green....”

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Monday, November 27, 2023
How High Are State and Local Tax Collections in Your State?
By Tax Foundation @ 2:50 PM :: 1274 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... Hawaii is 6th at $7,746 per capita ....

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Monday, November 27, 2023
"500 Mines Needed" to Make Green Energy Possible
By News Release @ 3:38 AM :: 2183 Views :: Energy, Environment

... GreenPeace Attacks Mining Research Ship East of Hawaii ....

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Sunday, November 26, 2023
Hawaii’s housing crisis deemed ’eminently solvable’
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:00 PM :: 1525 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz of Hawai'i recently reintroduced bipartisan legislation that would incentivize state and local governments to liberalize housing regulations around transit projects ....

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Sunday, November 26, 2023
'Upzoning' to address need for homes on Maui
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:00 AM :: 1352 Views :: Maui County, Development

...Other ideas presented to legislators in a Shelter Working Group were enacting a 'YIGBY' bill and allowing prefabricated housing....

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Sunday, November 26, 2023
Wholesaling:  What You Don’t Know
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1496 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

... you as a taxpayer can never really know, but you can protect yourself ....

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Sunday, November 26, 2023
Medical certificate-of-need laws have little to do with actual need
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:38 AM :: 1271 Views :: Health Care

... Prospective healthcare providers need state permission before they can build new hospitals or offer other services in Hawaii ....

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Sunday, November 26, 2023
Will history someday record an 'economic miracle' for Lahaina?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:20 AM :: 1446 Views :: Maui County, Development, Economy, Land Use

... how many years will depend on which path is taken ....

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Saturday, November 25, 2023
UH Assessing Hawaiʻi’s Geothermal Potential
By News Release @ 2:16 PM :: 1644 Views :: Energy, Environment, Cost of Living

... the state’s lone geothermal plant on Hawaiʻi Island produces five times the amount of electricity as one of the state’s largest solar farms, while requiring 80% less land area ....

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Saturday, November 25, 2023
Public comment open on Ala Wai Flood Risk Management Study
By News Release @ 2:01 PM :: 1437 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Military

... release of the Ala Wai Flood Risk Management draft General Reevaluation Report and Integrated Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for review and 45-day public comment period ....

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Friday, November 24, 2023
Hawaii receives low marks for economic, personal freedom
By Selected News Articles @ 3:05 PM :: 1575 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... “It has among the strictest restrictions on residential building in the country. And in 2022, the state worsened the problem by enacting a statewide urban growth boundary that limits land development.” ....

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Friday, November 24, 2023
JSC seeks Nominees for Several Judicial Vacancies
By News Release @ 11:00 AM :: 1482 Views :: Hawaii County , Honolulu County, Judiciary

... vacant judgeships on Oahu and Big island ....

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Thursday, November 23, 2023
After FBI Raid, CNHA Demands Hawai'i Free Press 'Cease Operations'
By Andrew Walden @ 8:32 PM :: 5341 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, First Amendment, OHA

... Song’s complaint was filed just weeks after the FBI raid on the offices of key CNHA financial backer Dawson Companies ....

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Thursday, November 23, 2023
Civil Beat Publisher Bankrolls Conservative Group Planning Next Trump Administration
By Selected News Articles @ 4:41 PM :: 2867 Views :: Republican Party, Pierre Omidyar

... Civil Beat Publisher Pierre Omidyar gives $500K to "a controversial right-wing think tank that has been building the policy and personnel firmament for a second Trump administration" ....

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Thursday, November 23, 2023
Laughed out of Court: Libertarians Asked Federal Judge to ‘Disband Hawaii Republican Party’
By Court House News @ 1:31 PM :: 2221 Views :: Office of Elections, Republican Party

... Since 2020, Dicks and a rag-bag of co-plaintiffs have filed 13 ‘pro-se’ state suits and three ‘pro-se’ federal court suits on various complaints.  All have been summarily dismissed ....

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Thursday, November 23, 2023
The hidden story of the third Thanksgiving: 1623--giving thanks for freedom
By Selected News Articles @ 12:01 AM :: 34872 Views :: National News

Plymouth Colony Governor William Bradford called this system "communism", two hundred ninety six years before the Russian revolution....

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Wednesday, November 22, 2023
BWS files $1.2 billion claim over Red Hill damages
By Selected News Articles @ 4:56 PM :: 1455 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Military

... Honolulu's Board of Water Supply is seeking $1.2 billion from the U.S. Navy for costs associated with the fuel leak at the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility ....

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Wednesday, November 22, 2023
Green Socks are Expensive: $40M 'Stormwater Capture System' for Lahaina
By News Release @ 3:19 PM :: 1358 Views :: Maui County

... People may notice the Best Management Practices (BMPs) in the form of green “socks” or fences ....

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Wednesday, November 22, 2023
Hawaii Most Expensive Turkey in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 3:05 PM :: 1432 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... at $52.85, Hawaii has the highest average turkey prices of all the states ....

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Wednesday, November 22, 2023
Confirmed: Union Lawyer Appointed to Supreme Court
By Andrew Walden @ 2:44 PM :: 1570 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary, Labor

... Devens’ legal experiences go beyond corporate practice, having represented several labor unions, including the State of Hawaiʻi Organization of Police Officers, the Hawaiʻi State Teachers Association, and more ....

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Tuesday, November 21, 2023
DOBOR: We Knew Surf School Bidding Was Rigged
By News Release @ 5:35 PM :: 2204 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Small Business

... After 'randomly' choosing four companies it turned out three of them are owned by the same person. ...

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Monday, November 20, 2023
Navy P-8A Poseidon Overshoots Runway Splashes in Kaneohe Bay, Crew Safe
By Selected News Articles @ 9:51 PM :: 1638 Views :: Military

... A Navy P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol airplane is in Hawaii’s Kaneohe Bay after attempting to land on a Marine Corps runway Monday afternoon ....

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Monday, November 20, 2023
VIDEO: Roseanne Barr Running for Governor of Hawaii?
By Video @ 5:03 PM :: 1958 Views :: Maui County, Republican Party

"...They're gonna keep their property, I swear...."

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Monday, November 20, 2023
Maui can take lead in ‘Yes in God’s backyard’ housing
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:00 AM :: 1547 Views :: Maui County, Development, Religion

... Family Life Center and King’s Cathedral in Kahului are partnering to put up 85 modular homes on 10 acres of the church’s land ....

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Sunday, November 19, 2023
VIDEO: Super-weird vigilante vessel known as the "Jones Act Enforcer"
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:03 PM :: 1759 Views :: Jones Act, Law Enforcement

... the "Jones Act Enforcer" tracks down and identifies violators of the 1920 protectionist federal maritime law known as the Jones Act ....

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Sunday, November 19, 2023
Caldwell's COVID Slush Fund: 'Follow the Money'
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:36 PM :: 1695 Views :: Ethics, Taxes, Tourism, COVID-19

... you have to follow the money, especially when there’s a huge surge of funds given to the government to dole out ....

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Sunday, November 19, 2023
Tax relief for properties that house Lahaina residents
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:21 PM :: 1483 Views :: Maui County, Tax Credits, Taxes

... Bill 95 would exempt from the Maui County property tax all residential real property in Lahaina and other residential real property that was damaged or destroyed by the fires ....

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Sunday, November 19, 2023
UH enrollment up, community colleges see first increase since 2010
By News Release @ 5:11 PM :: 1335 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Higher Education

... Enrollment at the 10 campuses of the University of Hawaiʻi is up 1.2% in the fall 2023 semester compared to fall 2022 ....

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Sunday, November 19, 2023
Lassner: Why I'm staying out of Gaza dispute
By Video @ 5:04 PM :: 1573 Views :: Higher Education

... I am not a professional politician or an international political influencer. Rather, I lead a complicated educational institution with an array of internal and external stakeholders who seldom agree about much of anything ....

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Sunday, November 19, 2023
The Lahaina Recovery Fund
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1440 Views :: Maui County, Energy

... Claimants who want a distribution from the fund agree not to sue the fund contributors ....

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Sunday, November 19, 2023
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted November 18, 2023
By GovTrack .us @ 2:50 AM :: 1342 Views :: Congressional Delegation

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

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Sunday, November 19, 2023
Let's not fall for all the Aloha Stadium hype
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:24 AM :: 1677 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Tourism

... even the slimmed down plan is worrisome ....

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Saturday, November 18, 2023
Monsanto court victory in fight over Roundup cancer warnings
By Court House News @ 2:08 PM :: 1649 Views :: Environment, Agriculture

... the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says glyphosate "is not likely to be carcinogenic to humans" ....

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Saturday, November 18, 2023
Enviros Call for Rules to Stop Invasive Bugs
By News Release @ 11:00 AM :: 1236 Views

... the state Department of Agriculture has never adopted rules to prevent the intra-island sale of plants, soil, compost and other plant and garden products ....

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Saturday, November 18, 2023
VIDEO: Bissen open to Seizing Condotels Which Compete with Full-Service ILWU-Controlled Hotels
By News Release @ 12:27 AM :: 2716 Views :: Maui County, Development, Labor, Land Use

... 'Minatoya List' short-term rentals are condotels competing with the ILWU controlled hotels.  That is why they are being targeted ....

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Friday, November 17, 2023
Former Kauai PD Employee gets Jail for Embezzlement
By News Release @ 5:19 PM :: 1686 Views :: Kauai County, Ethics

... Hiranaka repaid the State of Hawaiʻi $75,633.25 in restitution ....

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