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Friday, May 31, 2024
Green Picks Nominees for Four Oahu Circuit Court Vacancies
By News Release @ 11:47 PM :: 2264 Views :: Judiciary

... The Governor has 30 days from his receipt of these lists today to make his appointments .... 

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Friday, May 31, 2024
Hawaii Family Forum: What's up with legislation on the Governor's Desk?
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 11:20 PM :: 888 Views :: Family, First Amendment

... If the Governor intends to veto a bill, the Governor must inform the Legislature by June 25, 2024 ....

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Friday, May 31, 2024
Senate Committee Changes Announced
By News Release @ 10:10 PM :: 894 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... With the retirement of Senator Maile S.L. Shimabukuro effective today, Senate President Ronald D. Kouchi announced changes to the composition of Senate Standing Committees ....

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Friday, May 31, 2024
Al Hee to Cut Hawaiian Homelands Phone Lines?
By News Release @ 10:01 PM :: 2150 Views :: DHHL, Ethics

... An SIC service outage would also affect DHHL’s phone service...the department has established an interim call center for lessees ....

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Friday, May 31, 2024
Hawaii County Property Tax Cuts for Homeowners and 'Affordable Rentals'
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:51 PM :: 846 Views :: Hawaii County , Small Business, Taxes, Cost of Living

... The County Council actually improved on a tax cut proposed by Mayor Roth, but neither version gives a break to industrial or commercial properties ....

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Friday, May 31, 2024
Tourism-related property tax hike a threat to Kauai economy
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:46 PM :: 841 Views :: Kauai County, Small Business, Taxes, Tourism

... a $3.49 million tax increase on hotels and resorts and a $4.15 million increase on vacation rentals ....

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Friday, May 31, 2024
Red Hill Tanks to be Vented and Cleaned
By News Release @ 4:38 PM :: 712 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Military

... Notification to the public at least 12 hours before the start of venting a tank ....

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Friday, May 31, 2024
April 2024 Tourist Spending and Arrivals Down Sharply
By News Release @ 4:33 PM :: 867 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... There were 753,551 visitors to the Hawaiian Islands in April 2024, down 8.9 percent from the same month last year. Total visitor spending measured in nominal dollars was $1.51 billion, which was a 12.6 percent drop from April 2023 ....

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Friday, May 31, 2024
Green Signs Condo Bills
By News Release @ 4:28 PM :: 725 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

... designed to streamline processes, enhance management practices, and increase accessibility to clean energy programs ....

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Thursday, May 30, 2024
Hawaii Highest Fast Food Prices in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 4:59 PM :: 970 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism, Cost of Living

... Hawaii emerges as the state with the highest average price for a medium cheese pizza, reaching $18.99 ....

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Thursday, May 30, 2024
DLNR: No Evidence Cruise Ships too Close to Na Pali Coast
By News Release @ 3:28 PM :: 731 Views :: Kauai County, Tourism

... The cruise line elected to include Nāpali Coast sailings after being unable to make port calls at Lahaina due to last year’s wildfires ....

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Thursday, May 30, 2024
HECO to Begin Preemptive Blackouts for Fire Risk Areas
By News Release @ 2:05 PM :: 808 Views :: Energy

... Starting July 1, Hawaiian Electric may preemptively shut off power in areas that appear at high risk of wildfire during periods of forecast high winds and dry conditions ....

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Thursday, May 30, 2024
'Sun Bucks' -- $177 per kid Boost on EBT Cards
By News Release @ 2:29 AM :: 801 Views :: Education K-12, Family, Cost of Living

... Most eligible families will get SUN Bucks automatically without the need for an application ....

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Thursday, May 30, 2024
65 Lahaina Fire Victims Opt in to Settlement Fund
By News Release @ 2:20 AM :: 993 Views :: Maui County

... Another Deadline Extension Will Allow Additional Applicants to Begin and Complete the Process ....

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Thursday, May 30, 2024
Mayor signs resolution to create standalone Ocean Safety Department
By News Release @ 2:03 AM :: 722 Views :: Honolulu County

... Blangiardi also signed Resolution 24-50, FD1, allowing voters to decide on November’s ballot whether to establish an Ocean Safety Commission to oversee the new department ....

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Wednesday, May 29, 2024
Governor's Office 'Listening Sessions' on Child Welfare System
By News Release @ 11:59 PM :: 169 Views :: Family, Hawaii State Government

... with a culminating virtual statewide meeting on Tuesday, July 2 ....

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Wednesday, May 29, 2024
Kalua Case Secrecy: Hawaii Department of Human Services Nominated for 'Golden Padlock Award'
By News Release @ 4:10 PM :: 986 Views :: Ethics, Family

... for stonewalling a review of its own actions in the death of a 6-year-old girl ....

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Wednesday, May 29, 2024
In Hawaii, Permission To Use Medical Marijuana Precludes Permission To Own a Gun
By Selected News Articles @ 6:00 AM :: 1095 Views :: Second Amendment, Drugs

... assuming that cannabis consumers are too dangerous to be trusted with firearms ....

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Wednesday, May 29, 2024
UHERO: Hawai‘i gender pay gap largely driven by motherhood
By UHERO @ 3:39 AM :: 816 Views :: Family, Hawaii Statistics

... In Hawaiʻi, mothers earn 74% of what fathers earn, while women without children make 99% of the income of men without children ....

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Wednesday, May 29, 2024
Green Signs Six Housing Bills Into Law
By News Release @ 3:04 AM :: 1214 Views :: Development, Cost of Living

... bills designed to expand the affordable housing inventory and improve the governance of rental laws under the Residential Landlord-Tenant Code ....

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Tuesday, May 28, 2024
Hawaii 2nd Worst State for Renters
By Selected News Articles @ 4:50 PM :: 1096 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... What makes some states better than others for renters? ....

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Monday, May 27, 2024
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted May 24, 2024
By GovTrack .us @ 4:03 AM :: 916 Views :: Congressional Delegation

... votes cast and bills introduced ....

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Sunday, May 26, 2024
‘Deadly Cocktail’: Hawaii Still Reeling From Job Losses Four Years After The Pandemic
By Selected News Articles @ 6:53 PM :: 877 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

... There are still around 27,800 fewer jobs in Hawaii than before the COVID-19 pandemic ....

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Sunday, May 26, 2024
Secret Administrative Directives, Part 2
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 998 Views :: Ethics, Taxes

... secret instructions from the Director of Taxation to his staff ....

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Sunday, May 26, 2024
SB2475 on Governor’s Desk: Creates Database of School Child Molesters
By News Release @ 3:05 AM :: 619 Views :: Education K-12

... If approved by the Governor, SB2475 CD1 would go into effect on July 1, 2024 ....

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Sunday, May 26, 2024
Targeting scapegoats affects us all
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:21 AM :: 638 Views :: Kauai County, Small Business, Taxes, Tourism

... One of the most persistent myths in Hawaii politics is that you can target a single group with a tax hike and not affect anyone else ....

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Saturday, May 25, 2024
Bills that will ‘truly help the people of Hawaii’
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:00 PM :: 783 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Taxes

... huge wins in the areas of taxes, healthcare and housing reform ....

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Saturday, May 25, 2024
DoH Awards Ambulance Contract for Maui, Kauai
By News Release @ 3:41 AM :: 652 Views :: Kauai County, Maui County, Health Care

... Hawai‘i State Department of Health awards ground ambulance contracts to American Medical Response ....

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Saturday, May 25, 2024
HB2404 Tax Cut 'the biggest news of the season'
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:17 AM :: 645 Views :: Taxes

... HB2404 will lower the state income tax burden for average families by almost 70% by 2031 and save taxpayers roughly $5 billion during that same period ....

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Saturday, May 25, 2024
Former CIA Officer Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Commit Espionage
By News Release @ 2:16 AM :: 359 Views :: World News, Law Enforcement

... Both Ma and CC #1 worked for the CIA ­­­­— CC #1 from 1967 until 1983, Ma from 1982 until 1989 ....

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Friday, May 24, 2024
UHPA: Legislators' Retaliation Games Endanger UH Outside Funding
By News Release @ 10:06 PM :: 790 Views :: Ethics, Higher Education, Labor

"These legislators continually criticize, find fault, and introduce legislation intent on diminishing the work carried out at UH."

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Friday, May 24, 2024
Podcast: The Second Amendment Implications of Hawaii Legalizing Butterfly Knives
By Video @ 5:18 AM :: 1288 Views :: Second Amendment

... nobody really expected a blanket reversal on how Hawaii treats bladed weapons ....

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Thursday, May 23, 2024
Green Announces Plan: Fly 3,000 Lahaina Survivors to Mainland
By News Release @ 4:00 PM :: 3248 Views :: Maui County, Tourism, Cost of Living

... To make a buck, CNHA will help move Hawaiians out of Hawaii ....

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Thursday, May 23, 2024
Jones Act beneficiaries schizophrenic about China
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:43 PM :: 854 Views :: Jones Act

... Carriers such as Matson and Pasha say the Jones Act is a “line of defense” against China, yet are happy to do business with China when it suits them ....

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Thursday, May 23, 2024
DoH: No Jet Fuel Found in Navy Water System
By News Release @ 4:26 AM :: 624 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Military

... no petroleum or jet fuel compounds were detected in 15 drinking water samples collected at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH) and Aliamanu Military Reservation (AMR)—12 from homes at JBPHH and AMR and three from source water shafts ....

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Thursday, May 23, 2024
DoE Begins Process of Convincing Lahaina Community to Accept School Relocation Plan
By News Release @ 3:59 AM :: 704 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

... HIDOE presents three possible sites to rebuild permanent campus for King Kamehameha III Elementary ....

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Wednesday, May 22, 2024
At UH Manoa, ASUH Sponsors Anti-Semites
By Selected News Articles @ 2:58 PM :: 902 Views :: Higher Education

... Jamaica Osorio, assistant professor at UHM, who frequently posts and shares anti-Israel posts on her X account, spoke to demonstrators at the “Day of Action Rally” ....

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Wednesday, May 22, 2024
Sue Big Pharma: State Scores $900M Jackpot
By News Release @ 12:16 AM :: 813 Views :: Ethics, Health Care

"they did not update their label”

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Wednesday, May 22, 2024
Green Cuts off Food to Lahaina Survivors
By News Release @ 12:06 AM :: 1902 Views :: Maui County

... FEMA's current extension for the Non-Congregate Sheltering (NCS) Program is now set for June 10, 2024. On May 31, 2024, the state of Hawaiʻi will cease its feeding operations ....

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Tuesday, May 21, 2024
Latest Cockfighting Arrests ‘No Surprise’ after Hawaii Senate Fails on HB 1980
By News Release @ 6:33 PM :: 850 Views :: Hawaii County , Law Enforcement, Drugs

... Five people were arrested over the weekend during what police say was a cockfight raid at a gathering on the Kaloli Drive end of the Hawaiian Paradise Park subdivision in Puna ....

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Tuesday, May 21, 2024
Oahu unsheltered veterans reported in PIT 2024 likely underestimated by more than 100%
By Selected News Articles @ 6:07 PM :: 784 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics, Homelessness

... Count also finds 700+ empty shelter beds on Oahu ....

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Tuesday, May 21, 2024
DHHL: After Hawaiian Tel Auction Buy, Criminal Al Hee's Sandwich Isles Scam Causing 'phone and internet disruptions'
By News Release @ 4:47 PM :: 1739 Views :: DHHL, Ethics

...At a May 20, 2024, US Marshall’s Auction on the steps of the Honolulu Federal Courthouse, Hawaiian Tel won ownership of the former assets of Sandwich Isles Communications....

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Tuesday, May 21, 2024
Derek Turbin Elected Chair of Democratic Party of Hawaiʻi
By News Release @ 3:03 PM :: 906 Views :: Democratic Party

... The Democratic Party of Hawaiʻi’s 2024 Convention concluded on Saturday evening with over 400 delegates ...

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Tuesday, May 21, 2024
GET exemption could be turning point in Hawaii healthcare crisis
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:48 AM :: 854 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

... This year, the Legislature finally listened to their pleas and passed SB1035 ....

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Tuesday, May 21, 2024
UHERO Factbook: 80% of Hawaii Families Cannot Afford Mortgage
By UHERO @ 4:54 AM :: 864 Views :: Development, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Twenty-eight percent of Hawaii residents spend more than 50% of their income on rent, and only 1-in-5 households can afford a median-priced home mortgage ....

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Sunday, May 19, 2024
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted May 18, 2024
By GovTrack .us @ 7:28 PM :: 819 Views :: Congressional Delegation

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

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Sunday, May 19, 2024
Secret Administrative Directives, Part 1
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1053 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment, Taxes

... DoTax claims Administrative Directives are for “Internal Use” and are not to be disclosed to the public ....

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Saturday, May 18, 2024
The Office of Hawaiian Affairs is a slush fund—Where is the money going?
By Andrew Walden @ 9:54 PM :: 3229 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... Ironically, OHA is repeating the error of Hawaiian Kingdom royals who exploited their own people and relied on an alliance with businessmen ....

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Saturday, May 18, 2024
Plan to ban thousands of TVRs on Maui has rocky road ahead
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:16 PM :: 2234 Views :: Maui County, Land Use, Tourism

... The plan will have its first hearing on June 25 before the Maui Planning Commission ....

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Saturday, May 18, 2024
Honolulu cuts budget by $40M; Grassroot says ‘keep going’
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:08 PM :: 933 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes

... Most of the targeted savings would come from the operating budget of the city’s Department of Information Technology ....

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