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Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Hirono, Hanabusa vote to increase National Debt: House rejects 97-318
By News Release @ 8:29 PM :: 9247 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Congresswomen Hirono and Hanabusa are clearly part of the problem in Washington and have offered no solutions other than spending more money. This vote alone is a good reason why Congresswoman Hirono does not deserve or belong in the U.S. Senate.

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Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Horizon Lines may be delisted from NY Stock Exchange
By News Release @ 7:06 PM :: 5984 Views

Stephen H. Fraser, President and Chief Executive Officer-- "We believe our current stock price and market capitalization reflect investor concern over our ability to achieve a long-term refinancing that deleverages the company and preserves equity. We are working to complete a successful refinancing which we hope will alleviate that concern and help us achieve higher market capitalization."

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Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Hawaii Right to Life PAC Congratulates Neighborhood Board Candidates Who Advocate for Life
By News Release @ 6:14 PM :: 6178 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

"We are thrilled that eleven of thirteen candidates endorsed by Hawaii Right to Life PAC won their respective races. We also believe that every person who runs for public office of any kind and vows to uphold the right to life is a winner." said Janet Grace, Executive Director of Hawaii Right to Life.

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Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Hawaii Congressional Delegation: How They Voted May 31
By Selected News Articles @ 5:12 PM :: 6882 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Recent Congressional Votes

  • Senate: FY2012 House Budget Resolution
  • Senate: President’s FY2012 Budget Resolution
  • Senate: Patriot Act Extensions
  • House: National Defense Authorization Act, FY2012
  • House: Patriot Act Extensions
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Tuesday, May 31, 2011
The Unstimulated Economy
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:27 PM :: 5588 Views :: National News, Ethics

...revised data released last week that shows the economy’s growth stuck at 1.8 percent, slow consumer spending, stagnant wages, higher prices for gas and food, the poor housing market, flagging consumer confidence and a recent Labor Department report showing a higher-than-expected rise in claims for jobless benefits.....

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Tuesday, May 31, 2011
HB838: Reapportionment Funds Held up by Abercrombie
By Selected News Articles @ 11:35 AM :: 8033 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

There is upon your desk an emergency appropriation by the legislature (HB838) awaiting your signature to fund the functions of the Reapportionment Commission and its temporary staff positions.

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Monday, May 30, 2011
Molokai Anti-Wind Group Forms
By News Release @ 10:45 AM :: 9218 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Energy, Environment

IAM is fortunate and pleased to announce that on June 2 at 6 p.m. at the Kulana `Oiwi Halau, Robin Kaye from Friends of Lanai (FOL) will be sharing the “Lanai Wind Fall Out” video and their experience with the Big Wind and undersea cable project.

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Monday, May 30, 2011
Abercrombie’s Tough Deal: Penny-pinching Governor demands Control over decision to “Extend Life”
By Andrew Walden @ 12:36 AM :: 8155 Views :: Energy, Environment

Arrogantly, Abercrombie states that “we” –ie the State—have to “deal with” the question: “Are we extending life or are we prolonging death?”

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Sunday, May 29, 2011
Churches Are Helping More Foster Children Find Families
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:46 PM :: 4281 Views :: National News, Ethics

For every child currently waiting to be adopted, there are 500 married households and three religious congregations in America.

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Sunday, May 29, 2011
Ronald Reagan, Memorial Day 1986: “They chose to reject the fashionable skepticism of their time”
By News Release @ 1:36 PM :: 7483 Views :: National News, World News

Here in Arlington rests a sharecropper's son who became a hero to a lonely people. Joe Louis came from nowhere, but he knew how to fight. And he galvanized a nation in the days after Pearl Harbor when he put on the uniform of his country and said, "I know we'll win because we're on God's side."

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Sunday, May 29, 2011
New Normal on Questions of Life
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:51 PM :: 5236 Views :: National News, Ethics

Just six months ago, the settled view was that Americans were putting social issues on the back burner.... As a New York Times headline in March 2010 put it: “Tea Party Avoids Divisive Social Issues."  Some avoidance. Since the beginning of this year, according to a count published by the liberal Alan Guttmacher Institute, state legislatures have introduced nearly 500 pro-life measures. Most alarming to the institute and its allies, an unprecedented number of such measures are being passed, many by wide margins, and made law. 

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Sunday, May 29, 2011
Hawaii Family Forum: Religious Freedom takes a Beating in Legislature
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 12:31 PM :: 7981 Views :: Energy, Environment

...we noticed a very strong change in the legislature this year towards religious entities. Comments directed at Hawaii Family Forum, and other religious organizations, were negative. Pro‐family supporters walked away from several hearings disheartened at the way legislators allowed, and in some cases perpetuated, back‐ended derogatory comments about religious institutions. We have never before seen this type of discrimination at the capitol....

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Saturday, May 28, 2011
Israel Day Hawaii Celebration May 29
By News Release @ 6:11 PM :: 12723 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

This spring, on Sunday, May 29, 2011, we will again create a festive environment to commemorate Yom Ha’atzmaut – Israel's Independence Day....

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Saturday, May 28, 2011
Rep Gene Ward plans for July 4th Maunalua Bay
By Video @ 1:31 PM :: 8151 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Representative Gene Ward, Ph.D. speaks with Dianne Glei Event Chair, for the Independence Day at Maunalua Bay; Kevin Nitta, treasurer of the Independence Day at Maunalua Bay Foundation and Laura Buck, the IDMB Foundation president.

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Friday, May 27, 2011
Berg: Support needed for Community Benefits Bills on Council Agenda
By Tom Berg @ 10:48 PM :: 6922 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12 Friday, June 3rd, we are on schedule to adopting a budget which (though imperfect in many ways) is definitely trying to make up for the shortchanging of taxpayers in years gone by....

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Friday, May 27, 2011
Complete list of Neighborhood Board Election Results
By Andrew Walden @ 4:24 PM :: 7689 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

The Honolulu Neighborhood Commission Office has announced the complete election results for Honolulu Neighborhood Boards. The online voting, which ended Saturday May 21 drew 13,264 voters for an 8.5% turnout.

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Friday, May 27, 2011
Association of Alternative Newsweeklies protests subpoena of Maui Time online Commenters’ IDs
By News Release @ 2:13 PM :: 10458 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Association of Alternative Newsweeklies CONDEMNS the attempt by Maui authorities to force this disclosure, and SUPPORTS the right of Maui Time and Tommy Russo to oppose this subpoena and CALLS ON the district attorney of Maui to immediately withdraw this subpoena and cease all efforts to chill the free speech rights of Maui Time readers.

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Friday, May 27, 2011
189 Properties in Rail’s Path: Myths about Eminent Domain
By Robert Thomas @ 11:51 AM :: 10456 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics issues that the rail project will involve, include eminent domain, environmental questions, and the relationship with the newly-created Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transit (HART), an agency within city government to oversee the project....

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Friday, May 27, 2011
Attorney: Seizure of Molokai Ranch for Windfarm may be illegal
By Robert Thomas @ 11:42 AM :: 10395 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Energy, Environment

When the government chooses a preferred beneficiary before it condemns, the taking looks a lot more like the prohibited "A-to-B" taking that the Court professes to frown upon....

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Friday, May 27, 2011
Abercrombie on CoR: No plans to call for Special Session
By News Release @ 11:20 AM :: 6396 Views :: Energy, Environment

The Council on Revenues forecast today was unchanged for the current and upcoming fiscal years. Governor Neil Abercrombie has no plans to call for a special session.

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Friday, May 27, 2011
DLNR to step up enforcement against Fishermen
By News Release @ 11:18 AM :: 6415 Views :: Energy, Environment

About 26 percent of households fish regularly, and majority of nearshore fishers are non-commercial, according to a 2006 University of Hawai'i Social Sciences Research Institute study. Unsustainable coastal development and pollution, along with a high volume of fishing activity, have (has) led to the decline of 75 percent of Hawai'i’s nearshore fish population.

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Thursday, May 26, 2011
Study: Hawaii Drivers rank 50th in Driving Skills
By News Release @ 11:21 PM :: 11710 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Hawaii is 50th
Average Score 73.0%
32% of Hawaii drivers failed the National Drivers Test

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Thursday, May 26, 2011
$600 million in New Taxes
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:59 PM :: 6574 Views :: Energy, Environment

These $600 million in increased taxes come even while state legislators might be finagling a pay raise for themselves—if House Bill 575 is vetoed on constitutionality grounds, legislators would get 12 percent pay raises, administrators 17 percent, and judges a 28.5 percent increase in salary.

Governor Abercrombie promised “A New Day in Hawaii”. Seems like business is same old, same old.

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Thursday, May 26, 2011
Hawaii Government agencies are tops in DC lobbying
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:56 PM :: 7441 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

in the first quarter of the year, government agencies in Hawaii spent more money lobbying in Washington, D.C. than private business did....  Hawaii state and local government spent about $185,000 on D.C. lobbying, compared to about $122,500 from Hawaii's private businesses over the same period.... the biggest state spenders were the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (which continues to push for the Akaka Bill) and InfraConsult, Inc. (which lobbies on behalf of Honolulu's rapid transit project). 

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Thursday, May 26, 2011
Naming names: Who are the alleged Sovereignty-mortgage scammers?
By Andrew Walden @ 8:00 PM :: 39938 Views :: Akaka Bill, DHHL, Ethics, Law Enforcement, OHA

This scam is tied to several well-known sovereignty activists—which perhaps explains why the Advertiser’s two recent articles have included so little information about the alleged perpetrators.

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Thursday, May 26, 2011
Tulsi Gabbard announces Democratic campaign for CD2
By Video @ 2:17 PM :: 9258 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Having deployed twice to the Middle East, served 2 years in the US Senate with Senator Akaka, assisting him with issues such as energy independence, homeland security, the environment, and veteran affairs, being elected as a State legislator and City Councilmember, as well as my work with my environmental non-profit, I am well-equipped to take on these challenges, and am confident that I will serve you well.

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Thursday, May 26, 2011
PricewaterhouseCoopers Study Shows Higher Health Care Costs under Obamacare
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:13 PM :: 8833 Views :: National News, Ethics

Even steeper rises in the cost of private insurance are possible, due to Obamacare’s reductions in Medicare payment rates and its expansion of the Medicaid program.

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Thursday, May 26, 2011
Heritage Myth Buster: Ryan Budget saves Medicare for those 55 and over
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:09 PM :: 7773 Views :: National News, Ethics

Myth #5: The House budget balances the budget on the backs of seniors.

Fact: Current and near-retirees are exempt from reforms.

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Thursday, May 26, 2011
Akaka, Inouye join in unanimous Senate rejection of Obama Budget
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:00 PM :: 7756 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Instead of offering solutions, the left is resorting to smear tactics. The prime example this week surrounds a special congressional election in western New York, where Democrat Kathy Hochul defeated Republican Jane Corwin, who supported Ryan's budget. Hochul attacked the plan, falsely claiming that it was an attempt to end Medicare.

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Thursday, May 26, 2011
The Heritage Foundation’s “Saving the American Dream” Plan Cuts Most Debt, Taxes & Federal Spending
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:54 PM :: 4043 Views :: Energy, Environment

Of all the plans released today at the Peter G. Peterson Foundation’s 2011 Fiscal Summit, the Heritage Foundation’s proposal reduces the national debt held by the public the most and keeps federal spending and taxes at the lowest levels.

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Thursday, May 26, 2011
UH Hilo to be home to NASA International Lunar Research Park
By News Release @ 12:47 PM :: 8815 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Energy, Environment

The state’s Office of Aerospace Development will be the lead state agency for the project, enhancing dialogue and coordination among the state, private and academic partners to enable growth and diversification of the state’s aerospace economy.

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Thursday, May 26, 2011
After raising taxes on poor, Abercrombie announces $13M Crony Capitalist Giveaway
By News Release @ 12:40 PM :: 8217 Views :: Energy, Small Business, Tax Credits

HSDC is developing a plan to best deploy these funds for worthy businesses.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Brookings: Muslims expel reformer from Manoa mosque, claim Arabs discovered Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 9:25 PM :: 25309 Views :: Hawaii History, Religion

...he showed us the manuscript of Islam: A Religion of Peace? in which he points to the “negative” verses in the Quran and argues for their removal. “We should reject the earlier part of the Quran and use only the end part,” he told us, noting the community calls him a kafir (non-believer)....

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011
VIDEO: Fontaine Factor Discusses Domestic Violence in Hawaii
By Video @ 8:21 PM :: 12517 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Representative George Fontaine discusses domestic violence in Hawaii with Dara Carlin a domestic violence survivor and advocate; and Tiffinie Walters a domestic violence survivor....

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Test of Shield Law? Maui PD subpoenas ID of online commenter who threatened Cop
By Selected News Articles @ 1:35 PM :: 11234 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Energy, Environment

The Maui Police Department has issued a subpoena to obtain the IP addresses of Maui Time web commenters, citing the terroristic threatening of one of its officers. by Maui police officer Nelson Johnson....The comment in question was left in response to an April 14 blog post in which Maui Time publisher Tommy Russo posted a video of himself being assaulted....

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Gallup: Hawaii residents are Least-Stressed in US
By Selected News Articles @ 1:34 PM :: 7969 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Hawaiians were the least likely in the United States in 2010 to say they felt stressed for much of the previous day, at 30.2%. Residents of Utah were the most likely to report experiencing stress, at 45.1%, according to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Abercrombie’s Medical Homes: Global Budget to control your Healthcare
By Selected News Articles @ 1:36 PM :: 9955 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The American Medical Group Association, representing medical groups that provide care for roughly 1 in 3 Americans, said that 90% of its members would not participate in the new Accountable Care Organization (ACO) model the Obama administration wants to impose on Medicare providers.  

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Only 53% of House Seats change hands in 7 years
By News Release @ 11:01 AM :: 8172 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

...the districts in BOLD are ones in which the Representative has changed in the past 7 years. There are 27 changes out of 51 seats, which is indeed more than half.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Hirono launches Campaign by misleading public on education reform, clean energy
By Selected News Articles @ 1:53 AM :: 7181 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The Governor’s Administration played a pivotal role in developing the Race to the Top public education program that was awarded $75 million in Federal funds and won praise from President Obama’s Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan....  Hirono either purposely failed to acknowledge Governor Lingle’s landmark, community-based effort known as the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative (HCEI), or she has been away from Hawaii so long she is out of touch with the progress that has been made in this critical area. President Obama’s Dept. of Energy has lauded the HCEI as a model for other states.

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Monday, May 23, 2011
DoD raises Worldwide Force Protection Condition to Bravo
By News Release @ 9:43 PM :: 12608 Views :: Hawaii County , Maui County, Energy, National News, World News

FPCON BRAVO--This condition applies when an increased and more predictable threat of terrorist activity exists

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Monday, May 23, 2011
Humans Wiped Out Land Crabs 1000 yrs ago In Hawaii (they were delicious)
By Selected News Articles @ 2:58 PM :: 5998 Views :: Energy, Environment

Land before humans came to the Hawaiian Islands around 1,000 years ago, there ruled land crabs which roamed great distance, a new study has claimed.

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Monday, May 23, 2011
Larry Mehau associate John Carroll to run for US Senate as Libertarian
By News Release @ 2:19 PM :: 10461 Views :: Politicians, Republican Party

Long time GOP stalwart and former legislature John Carroll announced that he felt himself more a libertarian than anything else and would seek the LP nomination for the US senate seat being vacated by Dan Akaka....

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Monday, May 23, 2011
Hawaii Congressional Delegation: How They Voted May 23
By News Release @ 12:33 PM :: 5087 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Senate: Motion to Proceed; Close Big Oil Tax Loopholes Act
Senate: Motion to Proceed; Offshore Production and Safety Act of 2011
Senate: Cloture Motion; Nomination of Goodwin Liu to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit

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Monday, May 23, 2011
New Court Rules to Convert Non-Judicial Foreclosures to Judicial Foreclosures
By News Release @ 12:21 PM :: 4137 Views :: Energy, Environment

In accordance with Act 48, which became effective May 5, 2011, the Hawaii Supreme Court May 18 issued temporary rules establishing a process by which an owner-occupant of a residential property subject to a non-judicial foreclosure may convert the action into a judicial foreclosure.

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Monday, May 23, 2011
Gov. Tim Pawlenty announces Presidential Campaign
By Video @ 4:57 AM :: 6910 Views :: National News, Ethics

“We need a President who understands our problems are deep and has the courage to face them. President Obama doesn’t. I do.”

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Sunday, May 22, 2011
Bloody Primary: Hirono vs Case vs Hanabusa for Senate?
By Andrew Walden @ 11:06 PM :: 9655 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Phoning it in from a black-tie event in Washington, DC, Rep Mazie Hirono blessedly informed Hawaii that she will not be a candidate for the 2nd Congressional District in 2012.

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Sunday, May 22, 2011
Aiona vs. Hannemann for CD2?
By Selected News Articles @ 10:24 PM :: 7929 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

POLL Daily Kos March 22: Aiona 42% – Hannemann 42%

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Sunday, May 22, 2011
Federal Law Enforcement Foundation: Hawaii Muslims not sanctioned to use our name
By Andrew Walden @ 8:59 PM :: 16726 Views :: Law Enforcement, Military, Religion

Describing the news as “very disappointing”, Anthony Bergamo, President and Founder of the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation (FLEF) categorically repudiates any connection between his organization and the Muslim Association of Hawaii and Hawaii Islam Day celebrations....

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Sunday, May 22, 2011
DoTax still has no explanation for sudden discovery of $134M
By Andrew Walden @ 6:42 PM :: 9186 Views :: Taxes

After using an alleged “crisis” and so-called “budget shortfalls” to push tax increases through the Legislature, it certainly seemed like fortuitous timing when Neil Abercrombie’s Department of Taxation found a $134M jump in tax revenues shortly after the Legislature adjourned....

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Sunday, May 22, 2011
Hawaii PUC Stats show Windfarms cause Blackouts
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 5:11 PM :: 13732 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Kauai County, DHHL, Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

HELCO reported that 20,660 customer interruptions (16% of all interruptions) were related to Independent Power Producer (non-HELCO Generation) sources. In 2009 Hamakua Energy Partners (HEP) and Pakini Nui Windfarm were the non-HELCO generation sources that caused customer interruptions. 

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