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Sunday, February 28, 2021
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted February 27, 2021
By News Release @ 7:36 PM :: 2255 Views :: Congressional Delegation

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

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Sunday, February 28, 2021
More Taxes for Movies and TV
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:25 AM :: 2771 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

... “I am altering the deal.  Pray I don’t alter it any further.” ....

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Saturday, February 27, 2021
ALOHA Homes: Unintended Consequences
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:17 PM :: 3300 Views :: Development, Cost of Living

... the ALOHA homes program as currently envisioned in SB1 likely would result in an expensive, non-sustainable government project that would fail ....

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Saturday, February 27, 2021
Seven Tax Hike Bills on the Move
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:06 PM :: 2694 Views :: Taxes

... many tax increases, fees, and surcharges that have been proposed this legislative session. Hawaii residents are already among the most taxed in the country; the state has the second highest overall tax burden in the U.S. ....

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Saturday, February 27, 2021
VIDEO: Second Amendment Bills on the Move in Hawaii Legislature
By Video @ 7:54 PM :: 2667 Views :: Second Amendment

... HIFICO rundown on Second Amendment related bills before Hawaii Legislature ....

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Saturday, February 27, 2021
Hawaii Among States Taxing Forgiven PPP Loans
By Tax Foundation @ 7:36 PM :: 5800 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, COVID-19

... If policymakers wish to avoid imposing taxes on these small business lifelines  they need to act quickly, as tax deadlines are fast approaching ....

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Saturday, February 27, 2021
Tax Hike Plan: Hawaii Carbon Pricing Study Released
By News Release @ 7:20 PM :: 3617 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits, Taxes

... to cost the State at least $19,000,000,000 ....

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Saturday, February 27, 2021
Hawaii Family Forum Legislative Week in Review
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 6:54 PM :: 3463 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Life

... SB839 Assisted Suicide Expansion Bill NARROWLY Passes Senate Judiciary ....

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Saturday, February 27, 2021
Hawaii Most Unionized State
By News Release @ 6:36 PM :: 2957 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

... Only two states had union membership rates over 20.0 percent in 2020: Hawaii (23.7 percent) and New York (22.0 percent) ....

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Saturday, February 27, 2021
Maui Nurses Tentative Contract
By News Release @ 6:21 PM :: 3089 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

... The registered nurses and other health care workers of Maui Health System reached a tentative contract agreement with MHS management just past 1:00 am HST Friday morning ....

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Saturday, February 27, 2021
Rep Har DUI Arrest: Smelled of Alcohol, Yelled 'Black Lives Matter'
By News Release @ 12:01 AM :: 11383 Views :: Ethics, Politicians

... “Sharon then related that she was going to be the next governor but ‘this’ will mess up her plans.” ....

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Friday, February 26, 2021
Good intentions not a great foundation for building houses
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:22 PM :: 2892 Views :: Maui County, Cost of Living

... Instead of creating more affordable homes, they reduce development and cause prices to go up ....

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Friday, February 26, 2021
CNHA Approved as Small Business Microlender
By News Release @ 11:09 PM :: 3534 Views :: DHHL, OHA, Small Business

... delivering loan capital to small businesses having difficulty with access to financing ....

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Friday, February 26, 2021
$272K Fine for Aquarium Fishing
By News Release @ 10:53 PM :: 3138 Views :: Hawaii County , Small Business

... This case achieved a lot of notoriety ....

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Friday, February 26, 2021
DHHL General Plan Beneficiary Consultation
By News Release @ 10:43 PM :: 2236 Views :: DHHL

... The General Plan is updated every 20 years ....

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Friday, February 26, 2021
January 2021 visitor arrivals drop 80.1%
By News Release @ 12:04 AM :: 3280 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism, COVID-19

... In January, a total of 171,976 visitors traveled to Hawaii by air service, compared to 862,574 ....

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Thursday, February 25, 2021
HIDOE Allows In-person School Graduation Ceremonies
By News Release @ 11:06 PM :: 2761 Views :: Education K-12, COVID-19

"...allow additional flexibility for our schools beyond virtual options in bringing our graduates together for this momentous occasion...."

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Thursday, February 25, 2021
Good grief, do our lawmakers not know we're in a depression?
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:34 PM :: 3152 Views :: Taxes

... every proposal in the 2021 Legislature that would increase Hawaii's tax burden ....

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Thursday, February 25, 2021
Indian Affairs: OHA Chair calls for 'Parity' among all 'Native Americans'
By News Release @ 5:10 AM :: 3894 Views :: Akaka Bill, DHHL, OHA

... Sen. Schatz opened today’s hearing by stating that one of his goals as chairman is to bring Native Hawaiian issues and priorities to the forefront ....

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Thursday, February 25, 2021
Hawaii Unemployment Tops in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 4:02 AM :: 3878 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Tourism, COVID-19

... In December, Hawaii had the highest unemployment rate among the states at 9.3%, followed by Nevada at an unemployment rate of 9.2%. Both of these rates are higher than the national unemployment rate of 6.7%....

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Thursday, February 25, 2021
Auditor Releases Community Survey of Honolulu Residents
By News Release @ 3:23 AM :: 2613 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

... Only a little more than half of Honolulu residents surveyed consider the city and county’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic to be effective ....

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Thursday, February 25, 2021
HTA: January Vacation Rental Demand Down 74%
By News Release @ 3:12 AM :: 2520 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... monthly demand was 167,500 unit nights ....

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Thursday, February 25, 2021
Will OHA Make This Same Mistake Again?
By Video @ 2:48 AM :: 3208 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

... If So, Millions More Hawaiian Beneficiary Dollars Will Be Squandered ....

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Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Congress Considers Adding Judges in 9th Circuit
By Selected News Articles @ 2:29 PM :: 2175 Views :: Judiciary

“...The Ninth Circuit… decides over 11,000 appeals each year....”

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Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Get eReminders for State Court Hearings 
By News Release @ 1:56 PM :: 2453 Views :: Judiciary

... an enhanced service providing text and email notifications for upcoming court hearings or event dates ....

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021
For some beneficiaries, the Hawaiian Homelands ‘waiting list’ does not exist
By Andrew Walden @ 8:44 PM :: 3228 Views :: DHHL

“...Sovereignty is already happening now. We are educating our children. What we have in front of us doesn’t work....”

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021
UHERO: History of Gambling Bills Since Statehood
By UHERO @ 7:22 PM :: 3123 Views :: DHHL, Gambling

... The number of gambling measures introduced in the legislature rose whenever the state government encountered money problems ....

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021
HB534: Self Defense Bill Up in Committee
By NRA ILA @ 5:51 AM :: 2689 Views :: Second Amendment

... February 22nd, the House Committee on Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs is hearing House Bill 534 House Draft 1, to improve the ability of law-abiding citizens to defend themselves and their loved ones ....

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021
COVID Closes Canadian Ports, Alaska Seeks Passenger Vessel Services Act Waiver
By News Release @ 5:23 AM :: 3101 Views :: Jones Act, Tourism, COVID-19

... Archaic Protectionism Is Set to Sink Alaska Cruises ....

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Now is the Worst Time for Minimum Wage Hike
By Heartland Foundation @ 5:13 AM :: 1864 Views

... minimum wage hikes result in some workers seeing their wages rise, while many more lose gainful employment ....

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021
HTA: January Hotel Occupancy 23.3%
By News Release @ 5:05 AM :: 3042 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism, COVID-19

... statewide RevPAR decreased to $58 ....

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Monday, February 22, 2021
SCOTUS Refuses to Hear Bridge Aina Lea Case
By Robert Thomas @ 4:00 PM :: 3990 Views :: Hawaii County , Development, Land Use

"... If there is no such thing as a regulatory taking, we should say so ...."

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Monday, February 22, 2021
How Minimum Wage Worker Makes $72K
By News Release @ 3:35 PM :: 3450 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

... in Full-Service Restaurants, most workers who earn minimum wage receive significantly more compensation in tips ....

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Monday, February 22, 2021
Hawaii: 4,619 residents moved out between 2018 and 2019
By Selected News Articles @ 1:22 PM :: 2862 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Where They Moved To: California, Texas and Washington ....

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Monday, February 22, 2021
Hawaii Republican Legislative Update
By Brett Kulbis @ 3:41 AM :: 2874 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

... upcoming hearings ....

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Monday, February 22, 2021
COVID-19 Vaccines Now Available for 18+ in Micronesia
By News Release @ 3:15 AM :: 2386 Views :: COVID-19

... Federated States of Micronesia is one of the most advanced countries on Earth ....

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Sunday, February 21, 2021
Maintenance of Effort
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2857 Views :: Education K-12, Taxes

... We need to start recognizing that this “dedicated funding source” rhetoric is taking us down the wrong path ....

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Saturday, February 20, 2021
Hawaii Family Forum Legislative Week in Review
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 5:10 PM :: 3987 Views :: Gambling, Life, Drugs

... drugs, gambling, abortion ....

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Saturday, February 20, 2021
COVID Vax to be Available for Age 70+
By News Release @ 4:23 AM :: 2616 Views :: COVID-19

... The Department of Health will announce when sites are prepared to accept registration for this new age group ....

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Saturday, February 20, 2021
Stop playing with the numbers
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:36 AM :: 2809 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... When it comes to budgets and accounting, politicians have successfully convinced voters that the ordinary rules of fiscal accountability shouldn’t apply to government ....

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Saturday, February 20, 2021
How to prevent abuse of Hawaii’s emergency law
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:56 AM :: 2854 Views :: Law Enforcement, COVID-19

... The governor’s continued exercise of extended unilateral power also has called into question the legality of the state’s emergency powers law ....

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Friday, February 19, 2021
Sand Island Disclosure After BRAT Threatens Blangiardi with ‘Citizens Arrest’
By Andrew Walden @ 10:20 PM :: 5139 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics

... The parcel is one of several not included on Blangiardi’s, June 8, 2020, Candidate Financial Disclosure form ....

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Friday, February 19, 2021
Bill to Dissolve Agribusiness Development Corporation Passed Out of House Committee
By News Release @ 6:45 PM :: 3069 Views :: Ethics, Agriculture

...HB1271 dissolves the Agribusiness Development Corporation (ADC) and transfers all its resource except the director to the Department of Agriculture....

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Friday, February 19, 2021
Hawaii Towns Ranked by Ethnic Diversity
By Selected News Articles @ 11:00 AM :: 2488 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

... Waipahu ranks 256th in USA for 'ethnoracial diversity' ....

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Friday, February 19, 2021
Salaries Restored for 216 top UH Executives
By News Release @ 4:10 AM :: 2927 Views :: Higher Education, COVID-19

... Laissez les bon temps rouler! ....

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Thursday, February 18, 2021
Friday Deadline for Neighborhood Board Candidates
By News Release @ 11:49 PM :: 2105 Views :: Honolulu County

... Walk-In Closing: Friday, February 19, 2021, 4:30 p.m. ....

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Thursday, February 18, 2021
Sugar Tax Drives People to Drink
By Tax Foundation @ 11:38 PM :: 2289 Views :: Taxes

... A 2012 study at Cornell University found that, when faced with a new soda tax, many households reduced their soda consumption while purchasing an increased amount of beer ....

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Thursday, February 18, 2021
SB1321: DHHL Mourns Death of Casino Bill
By News Release @ 11:28 PM :: 3076 Views :: DHHL, Gambling

... Last week we saw a glimmer of hope ....

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Thursday, February 18, 2021
9/11 Conspiracy Theorist to Rewrite Maui County Charter?
By Andrew Walden @ 4:19 AM :: 4462 Views :: Maui County, Ethics

... One of the nation’s leading 911 conspiracy theorists has been nominated to serve on the Maui County Charter Commission ....

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Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Laura Thielen confirmed as Director of Honolulu Parks and Recreation
By News Release @ 11:21 PM :: 2422 Views :: Honolulu County

... oversee more than 800 regular employees and a multi-million dollar budget used to maintain and improve the facilities of 304 designated park and garden locations on nearly 5,000 acres of land ....

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