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Sunday, December 31, 2023
It might be called Hawaiian, but it isn’t Hawaii-owned
By Selected News Articles @ 4:04 PM :: 1902 Views :: Hawaii History, Tourism

... Hawaiian Airlines has not been owned by an individual or entity in Hawaii for a long time ....

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Sunday, December 31, 2023
VIDEO: Tulsi Gabbard Slams Maine’s ‘Dangerous’ Removal of Trump from Ballot
By Video @ 4:00 PM :: 1587 Views :: Republican Party

... her guru is stilll dreaming of a position in a Trump administration ....

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Sunday, December 31, 2023
Restaurants Getting Cooked
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2176 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

... A number of restaurants are in a pinch recently.  Here’s what happened to them ....

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Sunday, December 31, 2023
Bissen Picks New Administrator for Maui Emergency Management Agency
By News Release @ 1:39 AM :: 1113 Views :: Maui County

... retired MFD batallion chief Amos Lonokailua-Hewett ....

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Saturday, December 30, 2023
Pinata: Legislature opens GIA application processes
By News Release @ 6:16 PM :: 1308 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... The Legislature will continue to accept GIA applications until Friday, January 19, 2024, at 4:30 p.m. ....

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Saturday, December 30, 2023
Keeping Honolulu Jammed: 2023 Complete Streets Progress Report
By News Release @ 5:57 PM :: 1332 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail

... In previous decades, City streets were planned and designed primarily for vehicular capacity, not any longer! ....

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Friday, December 29, 2023
HPD: No Gun Permits for Next 40 Days
By News Release @ 3:08 PM :: 2014 Views :: Second Amendment

... The recent decision by Police Chief Logan to require people to be certified by nonexistent instructors means that NO ONE can purchase a handgun or rifle until ....

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Friday, December 29, 2023
​Task Force makes another large seizure of illegal fireworks
By News Release @ 2:43 PM :: 1209 Views :: Law Enforcement

... To date, the task force has seized nearly 70,000 pounds of illegal fireworks. ...

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Friday, December 29, 2023
DBEDT: Tourist Count Up--Spending Down
By Selected News Articles @ 2:30 PM :: 1115 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... Spending was down 2.4% in November when compared to the previous year. However, the number of tourists increased by 0.3% to 731,233 ....

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Thursday, December 28, 2023
Minimum wage jumps to $14 January 1st
By News Release @ 2:18 PM :: 992 Views :: Labor, Small Business

... the minimum wage will increase to $14 per hour beginning on Jan. 1, 2024. Act 114 incrementally increases the minimum wage to $16 per hour Jan. 1, 2026, and to $18 per hour Jan. 1, 2028 ....

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Wednesday, December 27, 2023
FBI Illegal Disruption of Hawaii Republicans? 
By Andrew Walden @ 8:56 PM :: 5348 Views :: First Amendment, Republican Party

... the last three years have produced zero arrests since Hawaii Proud Boys leader Nick Ochs was nabbed at Honolulu Airport--but they have produced immense disruption within the Hawaii Republican Party ....

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Tuesday, December 26, 2023
State Senate Announces Leadership, Committee Assignments
By News Release @ 7:17 PM :: 1823 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... Senate Leadership and committee assignments of the 15 standing committees ....

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Tuesday, December 26, 2023
Hawaiʻi State Legislature Announces 2024 Legislative Timetables
By News Release @ 7:03 PM :: 1331 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... the 2024 Legislative Session which will convene on Wednesday, January 17, 2024 ....

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Tuesday, December 26, 2023
Maui: Unemployment drops to 6.5%
By News Release @ 5:01 AM :: 1060 Views :: Maui County, Hawaii Statistics

... In November, 655,600 persons were employed and 19,550 were unemployed statewide ....

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Tuesday, December 26, 2023
​Maui County diverts UIPA requests to 'online portal'
By News Release @ 5:00 AM :: 1197 Views :: Maui County, Ethics

... Starting Jan. 24, 2024 ....

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Tuesday, December 26, 2023
Hawaii slowest to recover pandemic job losses
By Selected News Articles @ 2:08 AM :: 1426 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, COVID-19

... Hawaii has recovered only 81% of lost jobs since COVID ....

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Tuesday, December 26, 2023
EMS lost $33M after failing to bill patients?
By Andrew Walden @ 12:01 AM :: 1624 Views :: Honolulu County, Health Care

... City and County of Honolulu had nearly a year to prepare for the July 1, 2022 handover, but somehow didn’t get the billing contract established ....

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Monday, December 25, 2023
Public Corruption In The Land Of Aloha
By Selected News Articles @ 4:19 PM :: 2963 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii History, Police

... Rather than get personally involved and perhaps step on the wrong toes, people deliberately chose to go along to get along ....

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Sunday, December 24, 2023
How Christmas Came to Hawaii
By Hoku Paoa Stevenson @ 7:50 PM :: 41209 Views :: Hawaii History, Religion

As presented by Hoku Paoa Stevenson at the Summer Palace....

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Sunday, December 24, 2023
Find common ground to foster holiday cheer
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:49 PM :: 2404 Views :: Religion

... Until someone brings up politics ....

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Sunday, December 24, 2023
Hawaii's outward migration confirmed in U.S Census Bureau's report
By Selected News Articles @ 7:26 PM :: 1464 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... 12 people per day ....

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Sunday, December 24, 2023
Debt: Hawaii Ranks #1
By Selected News Articles @ 7:20 PM :: 1385 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

“The total state debt balance of $19.7 billion represents 19.49% of the state’s GDP."

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Sunday, December 24, 2023
Merry Wet Christmas for Honolulu BWS
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 3275 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes, Cost of Living

... Honolulu consumers will be subjected to a double whammy next year ....

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Saturday, December 23, 2023
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted December 23, 2023
By GovTrack .us @ 11:47 PM :: 1082 Views :: Congressional Delegation

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

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Saturday, December 23, 2023
Telescope Removed from Mauna Kea--Will be Shipped to Chile where Science is Appreciated
By News Release @ 1:10 PM :: 1402 Views :: Higher Education

... Caltech has taken the Leighton Telescope out of the Caltech Submillimeter Observatory (CSO) dome and removed it from Maunakea for shipment to Chile for re-use ....

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Friday, December 22, 2023
State Pays Down Student Debt for 492 Medics
By News Release @ 11:42 PM :: 1291 Views :: Health Care

... The first application window opened on September 9, 2023 and closed on October 2, 2023. On Wednesday, just in time for Christmas, 492 awardees received acceptance letters. ....

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Friday, December 22, 2023
Air Tours to be Restricted over Volcanoes National Park
By News Release @ 12:26 PM :: 1244 Views :: Tourism

... National Park Service completes Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park Air Tour Management Plan ....

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Friday, December 22, 2023
Long-term rental tax relief should include mixed-use properties
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:00 PM :: 1390 Views :: Hawaii County , Taxes

... a new real property tax classification specifically for long-term rental properties ....

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Friday, December 22, 2023
Ways to make it easier for private homebuilders to build more homes
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:00 AM :: 1302 Views :: Development, Land Use

... what can Hawaii policymakers do? ....

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Friday, December 22, 2023
Existing short-term Hawaii rentals may remain in operation, judge rules
By Selected News Articles @ 8:04 AM :: 2439 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, Tourism

... The ordinance that levies heavy fines on short-term rentals in Honolulu remains in effect only for new rentals beginning operations after the ordinance was put in place ....

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Thursday, December 21, 2023
Help Maui fire victims, but not by abusing STR owners
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:06 PM :: 1316 Views :: Maui County, Taxes

... Green has acknowledged that an STR ban would probably result in legal challenges, but he shouldn’t ignore the fact that a back-door ban through a tax hike also could result in legal and political headaches ....

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Thursday, December 21, 2023
Could fixing our housing crisis really be so simple?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:39 AM :: 1480 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... a roadmap that can help make it happen ....

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Wednesday, December 20, 2023
Mizuno Quits House to Become Homeless Czar
By News Release @ 11:00 PM :: 1528 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Homelessness, Politicians

... A successor for Mizuno who has served in the House (HD29) since 2006 and has been in public service for more than 32 years will be named within 60 days .... 

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Wednesday, December 20, 2023
Army and HDOT Set to Negotiate 50-Year Lease for Dillingham Airfield
By News Release @ 5:32 PM :: 1305 Views :: Military, Small Business, Tourism

... Typically, local commanders are permitted to approve routine five-year leases, however, with HDOT seeking a longer term (50 years), the Army had to seek approval in Washington, D.C. ....

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Wednesday, December 20, 2023
Hawaii Teacher Certification Wins Praise from Heritage Foundation
By Heritage Foundation @ 3:07 AM :: 1466 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

"... Almost three-fourths (72 percent) of its teachers are alternatively certified ...."

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Tuesday, December 19, 2023
Chinese Illegals: CNMI DMV Chief Convicted of License Fraud
By News Release @ 3:04 PM :: 1718 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News

... As Chief of the BMV, Leon Guerrero knowingly permitted 'Ivan' to submit fraudulent immigration documents, on at least 50 occasions between January 2020 and December 2022 ....

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Monday, December 18, 2023
Green 2025 Budget Adds $1.2B New Spending
By News Release @ 10:51 PM :: 1239 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... The Executive Supplemental Budget request adds $326 million in general funds to the operating budget to continue essential operations and support statewide priorities, and $890 million in general obligation bond funds ....

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Monday, December 18, 2023
Drugs Behind 50% of Traffic Fatalities
By News Release @ 2:45 PM :: 1392 Views :: Hawaii County , Drugs

“...Drugs specifically played a role in 38 of the 76 traffic deaths on island in the past three years....”

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Monday, December 18, 2023
​Public asked to participate in survey on next UH President
By News Release @ 2:03 AM :: 1125 Views :: Higher Education

... should next UH President be more like MRC Greenwood or Evan Dobelle? ... 

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Sunday, December 17, 2023
Cost-free ways Hawaii can increase its housing stock
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:45 PM :: 1574 Views :: Development, Land Use

... The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii urges lawmakers to prioritize zoning and other reforms because residents need homes now ....

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Sunday, December 17, 2023
Voluntary tax incentives could encourage landlords to house displaced Lahaina residents
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:34 PM :: 1326 Views :: Maui County, Tax Credits, Taxes

... provide anyone who rents to Lahaina residents displaced by the August 2023 wildfires a 100% exemption from Maui County’s property tax ....

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Sunday, December 17, 2023
Hawaii AG Fights to Get 'transsexual' Males into Bathroom with your Daughter
By Selected News Articles @ 5:24 PM :: 2117 Views :: Education K-12, Family

... seeking to block an Idaho law that prohibits transgender students from using public school restrooms and locker rooms that align with their so-called 'gender identity' ....

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Sunday, December 17, 2023
Another Sher-Edling Scam: Hawaii AG Sues Makers of Firefighting Foam
By News Release @ 4:58 PM :: 2339 Views :: Environment

... just another scheme to enrich national Democrat lawyers of Sher-Edling ....

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Sunday, December 17, 2023
School Non-Spending
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1458 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government

... the Department of Education approached the Department of Budget and Finance with a list of about $900 million in projects that it didn’t think it could move before the funding for the project ran out of time ....

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Saturday, December 16, 2023
Green announces plan to use short-term rentals to help with Maui housing
By Selected News Articles @ 11:59 PM :: 1177 Views :: Maui County, Small Business, Tourism

... Should the incentives fail to motivate enough STRs to become available, Green may impose a short-term moratorium by mid-January, he said ....

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Saturday, December 16, 2023
Hearing Set for Honolulu PD Concealed Carry Rules
By News Release @ 11:58 PM :: 1628 Views :: Honolulu County, Second Amendment

... at HPD HQ Jan 9, 2024, 10am ....

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Saturday, December 16, 2023
Big Island: Gun License Denial Leads to Lawsuit
By News Release @ 11:50 PM :: 1611 Views :: Hawaii County , Second Amendment

... The lawsuit challenges the constitutionality of Hawaii's firearm permitting scheme, arguing that it grants law enforcement officials too much discretion ....

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Saturday, December 16, 2023
Loss of $192M? Honolulu EMS forgot to bill ambulance patients for over a year
By Andrew Walden @ 10:07 PM :: 2257 Views :: Honolulu County, Health Care

... EMS neglected to bill patients for ambulance rides starting July 1, 2022 ....

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Saturday, December 16, 2023
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted December 16, 2023
By GovTrack .us @ 4:21 PM :: 1144 Views :: Congressional Delegation

... votes cast in Congress ....

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Saturday, December 16, 2023
EIS to Cover Navy Training Exercises off Hawaii, California
By News Release @ 4:38 AM :: 1232 Views :: Environment, Military

... sustain the readiness of the Navy and other participating U.S. military services by supporting current and future training and testing requirements, increasing flexibility in conducting training and testing activities, modernizing and sustaining range capabilities ....

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