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Saturday, December 31, 2022
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted December 31, 2022
By GovTrack .us @ 10:37 PM :: 1562 Views :: Congressional Delegation

... Hawaii-sponsored bills on the move as Congressional session nears end ....

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Saturday, December 31, 2022
Paranoia Will Destroy Ya: Maui Police CIU 'Kidnaps' one of its own officers
By Andrew Walden @ 7:12 PM :: 3177 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Police

... a lawsuit filed in 2nd Circuit Court November 4 by former MPD Officer Manuel Sorcy shows CIU investigators intensely focused on Chief Faaumu’s internal rivals both real and imagined ....

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Saturday, December 31, 2022
A National Forest for Hawaii?
By Ed Case @ 5:37 PM :: 1805 Views :: Environment, Land Use

... Case Secures Passage Of Hawai‘i National Forest Study Bill ....

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Saturday, December 31, 2022
Bill Would Ban TikTok on Government Phones and Computers
By Rep Gene Ward @ 3:33 PM :: 1583 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... TikTok is known to be mining and storing in China the identities and private information of up to 200 million Americans ....

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Friday, December 30, 2022
The trend continues: Hawaii's population declines — again
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:14 PM :: 2132 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Hawaii’s population dropped by almost 7,000 people, or 0.5%, between July 2021 and July 2022 ....

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Friday, December 30, 2022
KIUC Seeks 9.42% Electric Rate Hike
By News Release @ 7:57 PM :: 1945 Views :: Kauai County, Energy, Cost of Living

... The rate increase is subject to approval by the PUC and any increase is not expected to impact member bills until the second half of 2023 ....

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Friday, December 30, 2022
November 2022 Tourist Count 90.9% of November 2019
By News Release @ 2:06 AM :: 1640 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... Inflation is 17% from 2019 to 2022 so a 13.7% 'nominal' increase means 'real dollar' spending is down, not up ....

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Friday, December 30, 2022
Green Announces Seven New Appointees--Pulls Tokioka and Yamane from House
By News Release @ 1:52 AM :: 3333 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... Reps. James Tokioka of Kauai and Ryan Yamane of Mililani will resign their seats in the Legislature and start in their new positions next week ....

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Friday, December 30, 2022
Department of Agriculture Awards 579 Microgrants
By News Release @ 1:40 AM :: 1772 Views :: Agriculture

... 579 grants, totaling $2,684,350, for small-scale agriculture; including home gardening, herding and livestock operations ....

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Thursday, December 29, 2022
Hawaii:  Long, expensive road for government permission to work
By Selected News Articles @ 5:31 PM :: 2224 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Small Business

... spend nearly three times as long on educational requirements and be faced with shelling out twice as much in associated fees ....

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Thursday, December 29, 2022
Chief Logan Signs First Concealed Carry Permit
By Selected News Articles @ 12:11 AM :: 2501 Views :: Honolulu County, Police, Second Amendment

... the first permit issued in modern history for Honolulu ....

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Wednesday, December 28, 2022
Applicants Sought for District Family and/or District Court of the Third Circuit (Hawaii Island) Per Diem Judges
By News Release @ 11:52 PM :: 1920 Views :: Hawaii County , Judiciary

... Applications for consideration should be submitted by February 01, 2023 .... 

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Wednesday, December 28, 2022
New Hawaii Laws taking effect January 1, 2023
By News Release @ 5:52 PM :: 2647 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... fireworks auditing, cigarette tax stamps, ranked choice voting ....

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Wednesday, December 28, 2022
Sue and Settle: Enviros gain Control over 275,000 acres in Hawaii
By News Release @ 3:53 PM :: 1863 Views :: Environment, Land Use

... The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today it plans to designate more than 275,000 acres as protected critical habitat for the threatened ‘i‘iwi, the best known of Hawai‘i’s imperiled honeycreepers ....

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Wednesday, December 28, 2022
Five Red Light Camera Sites Now Active
By News Release @ 12:24 AM :: 4681 Views :: Honolulu County, Law Enforcement

... five cameras now active along Vineyard Boulevard and Nuuanu Avenue ....

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Tuesday, December 27, 2022
Hawaiʻi Senate Ways and Means Committee releases public briefings schedule for state budget
By News Release @ 2:23 AM :: 1618 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... more than 20 briefings to be held between Jan. 10 and 24 ....  

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Tuesday, December 27, 2022
Legislature will be awarding Grants-in-Aid for 2023
By News Release @ 2:14 AM :: 2192 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 20, 2023 ....

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Monday, December 26, 2022
Convicted Meth Dealer Asks Federal Court Permission to Take Over Laborer’s Union
By Andrew Walden @ 10:48 PM :: 6687 Views :: Ethics, Labor, Rail, Drugs

... “If my name sounds familiar it's because my dad was President of the Hawaii AFL-CIO and the Business Manager/ Financial Secretary for the Hawaii Carpenters Union Local 745 for over 20 years.”….

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Sunday, December 25, 2022
Reforming Hawaii Professional Licensing Laws
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:06 PM :: 2199 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

... Hawaii is the fourth-worst state in the country when it comes to requiring occupational licenses ....

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Sunday, December 25, 2022
Emergency Rule Extends Licensure Waiver for Nurses to Temporarily Practice in Hawaii
By News Release @ 2:00 PM :: 1868 Views :: Health Care, COVID-19

... The emergency rule is effective for 120 days (eff. 12/5/2022 – 4/4/2023) ....

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Sunday, December 25, 2022
Earning a Procurement Exemption
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1836 Views :: Ethics, Tourism

“...You’re going to have to earn something like that....”

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Saturday, December 24, 2022
When the Communications Director is Away
By Selected News Articles @ 8:03 PM :: 1946 Views :: Congressional Delegation

... if you don't go where you aren't invited, it's fine ....

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Saturday, December 24, 2022
FBI: 2022 Busy in Honolulu, Expect More of the Same for 2023
By News Release @ 4:06 PM :: 2487 Views :: Law Enforcement

"...Public corruption is a top priority for the FBI and this office, and we will continue aggressively pursuing these allegations at every level...."

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Saturday, December 24, 2022
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted December 23, 2022
By GovTrack .us @ 3:55 PM :: 1647 Views :: Congressional Delegation

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

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Saturday, December 24, 2022
HTH Releases Visitor Satisfaction and Activity Survey
By News Release @ 3:38 PM :: 1597 Views :: Tourism

... Visitor Satisfaction and Activity Survey Includes Data from Six Major Market Areas for the First Time in Two Years ....

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Friday, December 23, 2022
Red Hill: Navy Requests 'Closure in Place'
By News Release @ 4:04 AM :: 1880 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Military

... Department of Navy Delivers Third-Party Analysis of Alternatives for Closure of Red Hill Tanks, Formally Requests Permanent ‘Closure in Place’ ....

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Friday, December 23, 2022
Free Money from the Sky: Schatz Touts $500M Earmarks in Latest Pork Bill
By News Release @ 3:51 AM :: 1707 Views :: Congressional Delegation

... Bill Includes More Than Half A Billion Dollars In New Earmark Funding Secured By Schatz; Also Includes New And Increased Funding To Shut Down Red Hill, Strengthen Housing, Health Care, Education Programs In Hawai‘i ....

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Friday, December 23, 2022
Hawaii 'Proud Boy' Leader Shows up in January 6 Report
By News Release @ 2:31 AM :: 2032 Views :: Republican Party

... After breaking through the police line in the Crypt, the mob pursued USCP officers as they retreated ....

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Thursday, December 22, 2022
EPA Proposes Red Hill Consent Decree
By News Release @ 12:45 PM :: 1820 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Military

... EPA is asking for comments on the proposed order and will host a public meeting the week of January 16, 2023, to go over details of the order and answer questions ....

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Thursday, December 22, 2022
Paroled Pimp Defrauds Hawaii Unemployment
By News Release @ 12:25 PM :: 2052 Views :: COVID-19

... Wire Fraud Conspiracy, Identity Theft While on Federal Supervised Release for Sex Trafficking ....

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Thursday, December 22, 2022
American Dream? Hawaii Business Environment Worst in USA
By News Release @ 11:52 AM :: 1956 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics

... According to the Index, Hawaii’s areas for improvement include business environment (ranked 51st), economic quality (ranked 51st), infrastructure (ranked 35th) and education (ranked 28th) ....

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Wednesday, December 21, 2022
Senate Appropriations Bill: Pork for Rail, Red Hill, Housing
By News Release @ 3:20 PM :: 2055 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Military, Rail

... “We had no idea this was in the works,” said Lori Kahikina, HART’s CEO and executive director ....

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Tuesday, December 20, 2022
Hawaii Gender Gap #2 in USA--Failing Boys Account for All of DoE Shortfall
By Selected News Articles @ 8:47 PM :: 3292 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics

... Hawaii English test scores relative to US average: Female: 0.07 grades above US average -- Male: 1.04 grades below US average ....

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Tuesday, December 20, 2022
Families in Debt: Latest Study Analyzes Hawaii Debt Predicament
By News Release @ 8:02 PM :: 1904 Views :: Family, Hawaii Statistics

... From credit card debt and student loans, to mortgages and medical bills ....

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Tuesday, December 20, 2022
Hawaii November Unemployment 3.3%
By News Release @ 7:36 PM :: 2091 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Small Business

... Jobs increased by 25,800 over-the-year ....

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Tuesday, December 20, 2022
Hawaii Worst Roads in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 7:23 PM :: 1633 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

... More than a quarter of Hawaii’s urban roads come in at more than 170 inches per mile on the International Roughness Index (IRI), a measure of how much a vehicle vibrates based on the roughness of the road and how the wheel hits it ....

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Tuesday, December 20, 2022
Artificial Shortage: 74% of Oahu Land is Vacant
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:08 PM :: 2230 Views :: Development, Hawaii Statistics, Land Use

... Since the state Land Use Commission was created in 1976, “there’s just been a massive falloff on development,” Akina said. Indeed, only 2% of Hawaii island’s land is committed to urban housing and development. Statewide, that percentage is 4% for Kauai and Maui and 26% for Oahu. ...

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Tuesday, December 20, 2022
Hawaii Among Nine States Running Long-Term Structural Deficits
By Selected News Articles @ 1:48 PM :: 1896 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... revenue will continue to fall short of spending absent policy changes ....

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Tuesday, December 20, 2022
Hawaii Joins Bipartisan group of 37 AGs urging stronger protections for airline customers
By Selected News Articles @ 1:40 PM :: 1628 Views :: Tourism, Cost of Living

... The attorneys general warned about possible abuse of a proposed rule requiring refunds when there’s a significant change in flight itinerary ....

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Tuesday, December 20, 2022
Congressional Delegation Calls For Independent Investigation Into Toxic AFFF Leaks At Red Hill
By News Release @ 4:10 AM :: 2015 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Congressional Delegation, Military

... Lawmakers Demand Answers On Report That Information On Previous Leak Was Withheld From Regulators; Delegation: Investigation Should Not Delay Defueling ....

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Tuesday, December 20, 2022
Green Submits Budget, Releases Grants-in-Aid
By News Release @ 3:44 AM :: 1392 Views

... Green submits the Executive Budget for Fiscal Biennium to the Legislature and announces the release of nearly $50 million in grants to non-profit communities ....

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Monday, December 19, 2022
​Counties should not profit from Hawaii's housing crisis
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:00 AM :: 2082 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes, Cost of Living

... assessments of all real property on Oahu went up by 12.4% compared with the previous year. And that’s just the average ....

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Sunday, December 18, 2022
Hawaii: Burn Thru $1M Retirement Fund in 10 Years
By Selected News Articles @ 11:00 AM :: 2358 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... retirees can expect to burn money fastest in Hawaii ....

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Sunday, December 18, 2022
What It Takes to Spend $600M on Housing in Three Years
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1935 Views :: DHHL, Development

... Otherwise, the money goes back to the general fund ....

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Saturday, December 17, 2022
Why We Left Hawaii: Police Misconduct Threatens My Wife and Daughter
By Andrew Walden @ 9:37 PM :: 8008 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Police

... building contractor Chris Kagawa lived on the Big Island his entire life until he was forced to relocate to the mainland in June, 2022 due to the actions of the Hawaii County PD ....

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Saturday, December 17, 2022
BoE Approves Three New Assistant Superintendents
By News Release @ 5:44 PM :: 2153 Views :: Education K-12

... three to get top three just in time for Christmas ....

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Saturday, December 17, 2022
​How Jones Act reform can work for everyone
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:14 PM :: 1729 Views :: Jones Act

... Has the Jones Act finally run its course? ....

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Saturday, December 17, 2022
Report: Inflation is easing in Honolulu
By Selected News Articles @ 4:50 PM :: 1829 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics

... Honolulu showed a Consumer Price Index change of -0.6% over the last two months ....

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Saturday, December 17, 2022
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted December 17, 2022
By GovTrack .us @ 4:28 PM :: 1687 Views :: Congressional Delegation

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

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Saturday, December 17, 2022
DLNR Pushes Back Against Shark Attack Conspiracy Theories
By News Release @ 3:18 PM :: 1821 Views :: Maui County

... The department has noted this kind of behavior over and over online ....

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