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Tuesday, April 30, 2024
OHA Above the Law? One Trustee Says 'No'
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:56 PM :: 1362 Views :: Ethics, OHA

“I am concerned that the amicus brief will be perceived as an attempt by OHA to evade accountability to state ethics laws and oversight. Courts have ruled that the Office of Hawaiian Affairs is a state agency whose leadership and employees are subject to the standards of conduct and behavior expected of all state personnel.” --- OHA Trustee Keli'i Akina

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Tuesday, April 30, 2024
Unclaimed: Over $15 million in Tax Credits for Low Income Households
By UHERO @ 6:01 PM :: 1066 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tax Credits

... over one third—or $15.3 million—went unclaimed ....

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Tuesday, April 30, 2024
Wealth by Association? How Social Networks Drive Inequality in Hawaii
By UHERO @ 6:00 PM :: 1182 Views :: Education K-12, Development

... disparities exist in local schools ....

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Tuesday, April 30, 2024
Largest repatriation in Hawaiian history completed with cultural items long held at UC Berkeley
By News Release @ 12:00 PM :: 1150 Views :: Hawaii History, Higher Education

... Halealoha Ayau and Mana Cáceres admire the craftsmanship of an 'umeke nui ....

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Tuesday, April 30, 2024
Federal judge tosses challenge over recall of 'FCKBLM' vanity license plate
By Court House News @ 2:41 AM :: 1481 Views :: Honolulu County, First Amendment

... Edward Odquina wanted a license plate reading "FCKBLM." The city of Honolulu said no. A number of judges have now agreed ....

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Monday, April 29, 2024
Green Extends Deadline for 'One Ohana Fund' Lahaina Buyouts
By News Release @ 11:58 PM :: 978 Views :: Maui County

...completed claim forms now due no later than July 1, 2024....

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Monday, April 29, 2024
Maui County's new Recovery Permitting Center Opens in Kahului
By News Release @ 11:48 PM :: 2133 Views :: Maui County, Development

... to assist residents with the process of applying for Disaster Recovery Building Permits for alterations, repairs, reconstruction and new construction of structures in areas affected by the August 2023 Maui wildfires ....

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Monday, April 29, 2024
Lahaina: HIEMA Moves Community Resource Center to Two Expensive Hotels
By News Release @ 11:33 PM :: 951 Views :: Maui County

...  Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa and the Royal Lahaina Resort ....

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Monday, April 29, 2024
These Are the 10 Worst Places To Retire in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 11:19 PM :: 1858 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... From expensive housing to pricey food and utility costs, you should plan on boosting your budget if you intend to retire in Hawaii ....

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Monday, April 29, 2024
Hawaii 3rd Best State for 'Fiscal Transparency'
By News Release @ 10:58 PM :: 1100 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii Statistics

... but Hawaii gets only 6 of 15 points possible for ‘Include a net position not distorted by misleading and confusing deferred items.’ ....

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Monday, April 29, 2024
Corps of Engineers Maui wildfires recovery update
By News Release @ 5:54 PM :: 1015 Views :: Maui County, Development

... 300 residential lots have been returned to the county of Maui allowing homeowners to begin the rebuilding process ....

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Monday, April 29, 2024
‘Spontaneous order’ hailed as best way for societies to thrive
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:57 PM :: 1068 Views :: Education K-12, Higher Education

... “spontaneous order” — the myriad interactions that occur among individuals who are free to make voluntary decisions ....

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Sunday, April 28, 2024
The Home Stretch at the Legislature
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1098 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... At the end of this month, the Legislature wraps up and we see what gets sent to Gov. Green’s desk for signature or veto ....

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Sunday, April 28, 2024
Legislature ain't over till it's over, so there's still hope for housing bill
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:07 AM :: 1205 Views :: Development

... SB3202 is in conference committee ....

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Saturday, April 27, 2024
CNBC report notes how Jones Act leads to higher Matson shipping prices
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:54 PM :: 1359 Views :: Jones Act

... Higher prices for smaller U.S.-built ships is a losing combination for captive consumers in Hawaii and throughout the nation ....

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Saturday, April 27, 2024
​Legislature on Brink of Advancing Brighter Future
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:24 PM :: 1345 Views :: Development, Health Care, Taxes

... at least five bills strongly supported by my colleagues and I at the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii were passed out of conference committees and now will go for final votes at the House and Senate floor sessions ....

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Saturday, April 27, 2024
BLNR Boosts Honolua Bay Yacht Grounding Fine to $1.8M
By News Release @ 11:00 PM :: 1219 Views :: Maui County, Environment

... after hearing impassioned testimony from members of the community, the tentative proposed fined of more than $117,000 for damage caused to corals and live rock, was increased to $1,818,851.97 to account for “emotional distress to the community” ....

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Saturday, April 27, 2024
Hawaii Family Forum Legislative Week in Review
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 10:27 PM :: 1210 Views :: Family, Life, Drugs

... MAY 3 ADJOURNMENT SINE DIE ....

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Saturday, April 27, 2024
Kayak Rental Co fined $35K for Blue Law Violations
By News Release @ 9:52 PM :: 1337 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

... We all know Sundays are holy days set aside for the worship of the Goddess Gaia ....

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Saturday, April 27, 2024
Miske Hitman Criminal Record Secretly Expunged
By Andrew Walden @ 12:32 AM :: 3712 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment, Judiciary

... You won’t find any record of expungement proceedings on ECourtKokua—they’re secret ....

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Friday, April 26, 2024
The trouble with Tulsi: Why the former Hawaii congresswoman is Trump’s worst choice for vice president
By Selected News Articles @ 4:20 PM :: 2955 Views :: Tulsi Gabbard

... Trump and Biden are the two oldest presidential nominees in history. Given this reality, their understudies may be a factor in 2024 in a way they haven’t in decades ....

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Friday, April 26, 2024
After Wildfire Lawsuits, Soaring PG&E power rates approach Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 3:43 PM :: 1474 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

... Can you guess what’s going to happen as a result of Lahaina? ....

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Friday, April 26, 2024
Bill allowing counties more authority over short-term rentals on Green's desk
By Selected News Articles @ 1:07 PM :: 1264 Views :: Development, Small Business, Tourism

... A conference committee agreed to pass Senate Bill 2919, which would allow counties to create zoning laws regulating short-term rentals .... 

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Friday, April 26, 2024
Hawaii Window Open: Student loan debt repayment for health professionals
By News Release @ 4:33 AM :: 1015 Views :: Health Care

... The application deadline for the second cohort of this groundbreaking program is July 1, 2024 ....

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Friday, April 26, 2024
Bill 152 pre-approved multi-family designs would speed up Hawaii Island housing
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:25 AM :: 890 Views :: Hawaii County , Development

... allow the Hawaii County Department of Public Works to issue pre-approved model plans for multi-family housing — as it already does for single-family dwellings ....

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Friday, April 26, 2024
UH breaks extramural funding record in FY2024, on track for $550M
By News Release @ 3:52 AM :: 1034 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Higher Education

... the third consecutive year that UH has topped half a billion dollars in extramural funding ....

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Friday, April 26, 2024
Bonfire: HART Receives $125M from Feds
By News Release @ 2:38 AM :: 1200 Views :: Rail

... if HART awards the City Center Guideway and Stations contract, expected later this year, an additional $250 million will be burned ....

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Thursday, April 25, 2024
OHA Trustee Keli'i Akina Files for Re-election
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:23 PM :: 1146 Views :: OHA

... All registered voters in Hawaii are eligible to vote for OHA Trustees ....

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Thursday, April 25, 2024
Rolling Blackouts end for Big Island as oil-fired plants come online
By News Release @ 3:36 AM :: 2693 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy

"...Combined, these oil-fired units have up to 53 megawatts of generating capacity. ...."

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Thursday, April 25, 2024
US Space Force Plans 'Space Surveillance' Telescopes for Haleakala
By News Release @ 3:35 AM :: 1257 Views :: Maui County, Military

... Environmental Impact Statement for the Department of the Air Force Maui Optical and Supercomputing Site Small Telescope Advanced Research Facility ....

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Wednesday, April 24, 2024
Maui Property Tax Resolution Full of Blank Numbers
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:26 PM :: 1249 Views :: Maui County, Taxes

... Resolution 24-78 would set property tax rates for the coming year ....

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Wednesday, April 24, 2024
Maui budget full of tax hikes
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:18 PM :: 1061 Views :: Maui County, Taxes

... County officials are seeking significant property tax increases while doing virtually nothing to cut spending or spend wisely ....

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Wednesday, April 24, 2024
Budget Emerges from Conference Committee
By News Release @ 10:35 PM :: 971 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... House Bill 1800 CD1 will be up for a final vote in both chambers before being transmitted to the governor for consideration ....

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Wednesday, April 24, 2024
Let’s end embarrassing tax on medical services
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:26 PM :: 1189 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

... the GET makes practicing in Hawaii so financially challenging, causing many Hawaii doctors to retire or move away ....

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Wednesday, April 24, 2024
Notice of Anticipated Judicial Vacancy – Circuit Judge, Circuit Court of the First Circuit (island of Oʻahu)
By News Release @ 12:08 AM :: 889 Views :: Honolulu County, Judiciary

... The Judicial Selection Commission is accepting applications and nominations to fill the following anticipated judicial vacancy ....

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Tuesday, April 23, 2024
Green: 450 units to be built for 'FEMA Ineligible' Lahaina Survivors
By News Release @ 6:03 PM :: 1203 Views :: Maui County, Homelessness

... 'Not eligible' = Illegals and homeless.  Mixing them together is unfair to the illegals ....

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Tuesday, April 23, 2024
Hawaii's Best Cities to Start a Business
By Selected News Articles @ 12:00 PM :: 1034 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

... Hilo is #1 ....

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Tuesday, April 23, 2024
Another Foster Care Fail: Kids Sleep in Attic of Home Full of Lunatics, Perverts, and Drug Addicts
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 4:01 AM :: 3444 Views :: Ethics, Family

... The State Auditor studied 30 foster homes picked at random.  Here is one of the 30 ....

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Tuesday, April 23, 2024
Here’s the Salary a Person Needs To Be Considered Middle Class in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 2:56 AM :: 1760 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

“...housing is the biggest income-eater....”

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Tuesday, April 23, 2024
Small Business Economic Trends: How does Hawaii Compare?
By Selected News Articles @ 2:48 AM :: 853 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

... the gold standard measurement of the Main Street economy ....

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Monday, April 22, 2024
City Points to Empty Rail System as Example of 'Sustainability'
By News Release @ 11:15 PM :: 1403 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Rail

... and an interactive Skyline tour, showcasing that Earth Day is for everyone ....

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Monday, April 22, 2024
How does Hawai‘i’s economic geography affect its healthcare industry?
By UHERO @ 9:42 PM :: 868 Views :: Health Care, Cost of Living

... The state’s high cost of living likely compounds these problems by hindering the recruitment of healthcare professionals ....

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Monday, April 22, 2024
Four House Bills up for Final Reading
By News Release @ 9:18 PM :: 952 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... The final vote is set for 11:30 a.m. during the Floor Session. Upon approval, these bills will advance to the governor's desk for his signature ....

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Monday, April 22, 2024
SB 2487 Marijuana Decriminalization Fails to Pass Final Reading in the Senate
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 8:02 PM :: 957 Views :: Drugs

... Watch the discussion here ....

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Monday, April 22, 2024
National Republicans scrutinize Hawaii voting rolls
By Selected News Articles @ 3:50 PM :: 1075 Views :: Office of Elections, Republican Party

... the state is violating federal law by not having what are known as “clean” voter rolls ....

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Monday, April 22, 2024
Crichton: Environmentalism is a religion
By Selected News Articles @ 12:02 AM :: 136304 Views :: Environment, Religion

There's an initial Eden, a paradise, a state of grace and unity with nature, there's a fall from grace into a state of pollution as a result of eating from the tree of knowledge....

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Monday, April 22, 2024
Ira Einhorn, Earth Day's Dirty Secret
By Selected News Articles @ 12:01 AM :: 76502 Views :: Environment

Ira Einhorn, Master of Ceremonies, Earth Day Rally on Belmont Plateau in Fairmount Park, Phila, PA, Apr. 22, 1970.

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Sunday, April 21, 2024
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted April 20, 2024
By GovTrack .us @ 5:23 PM :: 893 Views :: Congressional Delegation

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

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Sunday, April 21, 2024
And Now the Big Guns Come Out
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1762 Views :: Ethics, Small Business, Taxes

... I became convinced that the proceedings, or at least this part of them, were prearranged ....

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Saturday, April 20, 2024
Hawaii Family Forum Legislative Week in Review
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 10:35 PM :: 1030 Views :: Education K-12, Family, First Amendment, Drugs

... Hawaii's Legislature Seeks to Change Constitution to Lock In Same-Sex Marriage ....

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