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Sunday, July 31, 2022
We Need an Emergency Declaration for Health Care
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1796 Views :: Health Care, COVID-19

... with the current licensing requirements in place the workers won’t be able to work here until they get through a bunch of bureaucratic red tape.  The state of emergency could be used to bypass the licensing requirements ....

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Saturday, July 30, 2022
Emergency orders our newest emergency
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:23 PM :: 1624 Views :: COVID-19

... The right way requires the involvement of the Legislature. It might be slower, but it is constitutional, democratic and results in real, lasting change ....

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Saturday, July 30, 2022
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted July 30, 2022
By GovTrack .us @ 6:16 PM :: 1341 Views :: Congressional Delegation

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

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Saturday, July 30, 2022
Maui: 'Yes In My Backyard'
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:16 PM :: 2027 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use

... how do we work with the state and counties to move in this direction ....

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Friday, July 29, 2022
27 Candidates Fail to File Financial Disclosures
By News Release @ 11:53 PM :: 2718 Views :: Ethics, Office of Elections, Politicians

... information about a candidate’s sources of income; business ownership interests; officer or director positions in businesses; debts; real property interests; clients represented before state agencies; and creditor interests in an insolvent business ....

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Friday, July 29, 2022
Bill to Address Disparities in Data Collection for U.S. Territories
By News Release @ 5:34 PM :: 1437 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Hawaii Statistics

... H.R. 8593, the Territories Statistics Collection Equity Act ....

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Friday, July 29, 2022
Industrial toilet paper supply issues resulting in park bathroom modifications
By News Release @ 5:31 PM :: 1299 Views :: Honolulu County

... If possible, we ask park users to please bring in their own toilet paper for use in park bathrooms until DPR can secure a steadier supply of the industrial rolls ....

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Friday, July 29, 2022
Kiddie Porn: Federal Court Hands Down 10 Year Sentence
By News Release @ 2:25 PM :: 2034 Views :: Police, Drugs

... he also supplied her with drugs and alcohol ....

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Friday, July 29, 2022
Tourist Count 89% of Pre-Pandemic, Spending hits 112.3%
By News Release @ 12:22 AM :: 1735 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism, COVID-19

... 842,927 visitors came to the Hawaiian Islands in June, 2022 ....

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Thursday, July 28, 2022
State Extends Deadline for Applicants for Mauna Kea Stewardship and Oversight Authority
By News Release @ 11:54 PM :: 3119 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

... Applicant deadline extended to August 8, 2022 ....

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Thursday, July 28, 2022
Hawaii -- Fewest Guns Per Capita Traced to Crimes
By Selected News Articles @ 10:13 PM :: 1618 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Second Amendment

... In Hawaii, the ATF traced a total of 145 firearms in 2021 - or 10.2 for every 100,000 people, the fewest among states ....

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Thursday, July 28, 2022
Confucius Institutes Rebrand to Circumvent U.S. Policy, Report Finds
By News Release @ 8:08 PM :: 3713 Views :: Ethics, World News, First Amendment, Higher Education

... The University of Hawaii Manoa invited at least two CI staff to remain on campus ....

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Thursday, July 28, 2022
Hawaii 2nd Highest HOA Fees in USA
By News Release @ 5:38 AM :: 2376 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... On average, HOA monthly fees in Hawaii are about $762 a month ....

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Thursday, July 28, 2022
VIDEO: Cayetano, Kahele Hold Joint Press Conference to Question Green Finances
By Video @ 4:35 AM :: 2553 Views :: Democratic Party, Ethics, Politicians, COVID-19

... Where did this money come from? ....

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Wednesday, July 27, 2022
VIDEO: Why Hawaii should consider the ‘Tokyo model’ for housing
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:48 PM :: 2238 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... Hawaii’s zoning, land-use and other homebuilding restrictions have led to Hawaii having “one of the worst housing markets in the country, and even internationally.” ....

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Wednesday, July 27, 2022
Poll: To Know the Jones Act is to Oppose It
By Michael Hansen @ 12:22 PM :: 1787 Views :: Jones Act

... 87% of those who are familiar with the Jones Act want reform ....

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Wednesday, July 27, 2022
DoH Disapproves Red Hill Defueling Plan
By News Release @ 12:24 AM :: 1704 Views :: Environment, Military

...This determination is consistent with the DOD’s own assessment that “it will not receive DOH approval of this defueling plan until it is able to provide this supplemental information.”....

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Tuesday, July 26, 2022
Tulsi Gabbard Placed on List of Russian Propagandists by Ukraine
By Selected News Articles @ 11:53 PM :: 3058 Views :: World News, Congressional Delegation, Tulsi Gabbard

... Gabbard said that the U.S. had provoked Putin for many years ....

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Tuesday, July 26, 2022
Russian Spies at Barber's Point for 28 years?
By Selected News Articles @ 11:17 PM :: 2394 Views :: Military

... prosecutors introduced photos of the two spies wearing KGB uniforms ....

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Monday, July 25, 2022
Applicants Sought for Hawaii Elections Commission
By News Release @ 9:57 PM :: 1419 Views :: Office of Elections

... need to appoint two members to the Commission -- Big Island and Kauai ....

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Monday, July 25, 2022
Four Charged in Big Island Affordable Housing Corruption Scheme
By News Release @ 9:31 PM :: 2832 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Development

... the indictment alleges Rudo solicited and accepted multiple bribes and kickbacks from Sulla, Zamber and Budhabhatti ....

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Monday, July 25, 2022
Report: Hawaii Housing Deficit Increases 98% Since 2012
By News Release @ 7:54 PM :: 2389 Views :: Development, Hawaii Statistics, Land Use, Cost of Living

... First-of-its kind report quantifies housing shortage by metropolitan and county levels, finds underproduction in state reached more than 7,600 homes in 2019, up from 3,900 in 2012 ....

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Sunday, July 24, 2022
Affordable? Maui Price Fixing Bill 'Recommitted'
By Joe Kent @ 9:19 PM :: 1974 Views :: Maui County, Development, Cost of Living

... there ain’t no such thing as a free lunch ....

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Sunday, July 24, 2022
How to take politics out of housing
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:39 PM :: 1856 Views :: Maui County, Development, Cost of Living

... The most recent example of this comes from Maui, where just this week the County Council killed a housing project that would have created 28 affordable units in Kihei ....

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Sunday, July 24, 2022
With Long COVID Comes Long Emergency Powers
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1521 Views :: COVID-19

... In a case named For Our Rights vs. Ige, the Intermediate Court of Appeals held that there was nothing wrong with what the Administration did ....

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Sunday, July 24, 2022
Picking apart the $50 fee
By Selected News Articles @ 4:29 AM :: 2800 Views :: Politicians, Tourism

... Josh Green had to be schooled as to what Hawaii is ....

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Saturday, July 23, 2022
COVID Unemployment Recovery -- Hawaii 48th
By Selected News Articles @ 9:08 PM :: 1844 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

... Changes in Unemployment Rate by State ....

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Saturday, July 23, 2022
Hawaii: Pain in Paradise
By Selected News Articles @ 4:34 PM :: 2332 Views :: Homelessness, Cost of Living

... There is no clearer example of left-wing policies turning paradise into a nightmare ....

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Friday, July 22, 2022
Biden misses opportunity to cut fuel costs via Jones Act waiver
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:49 PM :: 1872 Views :: Energy, Jones Act

... Even supporters of the 102-year-old federal shipping law admit that its restrictions on competition add to the cost of our fuels ....

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Friday, July 22, 2022
Ige Renews COVID Emergency Declaration for Food Stamps
By News Release @ 10:38 PM :: 1542 Views :: COVID-19

... the disaster emergency relief period shall continue through September 20, 2022, or until terminated by a separate proclamation, or until the national public health emergency period related to the COVID-19 pandemic terminates ....

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Friday, July 22, 2022
Hawaii Unemployment Rate Increases to 4.3%
By News Release @ 6:09 AM :: 1843 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Small Business

... the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for June was 4.3 percent, compared to the revised rate of 4.1 percent in May ....

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Friday, July 22, 2022
Bill 22 Better Buildings Benchmarking
By News Release @ 5:33 AM :: 1671 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy

... Better Buildings Benchmarking Program requires commercial and multi-family buildings larger than 25,000 square feet to track and report annual aggregate utility data to the City and County of Honolulu ....

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Friday, July 22, 2022
Affordable Housing: $2940 for 2br Apartment
By News Release @ 5:22 AM :: 2072 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Cost of Living

... The maximum monthly rent for this household is $2,940 for a two-bedroom unit, according to DPP calculations, up from last year’s maximum rent of $2,720 ....

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Friday, July 22, 2022
Ala Moana Satellite City Hall temporarily halts HOLO card service Because they Have too Many Customers
By News Release @ 5:11 AM :: 2126 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail

... Walk-in customers make up the majority of the 5,790 HOLO card transactions processed in the past fiscal year at the Ala Moana Satellite City Hall ....

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Thursday, July 21, 2022
While Patients Wait, Hawaii Plays Favorites in Health Care
By Selected News Articles @ 3:57 PM :: 2291 Views :: Health Care, Small Business

... Launching any type of business involves risk, but health care providers face an extra hurdle in Hawaii ....

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Wednesday, July 20, 2022
Hawaii’s NASED -- Another sports venue that fails to generate promised revenue
By Selected News Articles @ 10:51 PM :: 2386 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government, Higher Education, Tourism

... Decades of studies have shown that publicly financed stadiums, even those that include housing and retail projects, do not bring in enough money to offset public investments ....

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Wednesday, July 20, 2022
ERS Hides $96.75M of So-Called ‘Tech’ Investments--Losses Begin to Mount
By Andrew Walden @ 9:30 PM :: 3777 Views :: Ethics, Labor, Tax Credits

... Taxpayer losses are in the billions.  Now they are grabbing for public employees’ retirement fund.  How much will retirees lose? ....

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Tuesday, July 19, 2022
Army Conducts Review of Facility Use by Political Entities
By News Release @ 11:51 PM :: 1987 Views :: Ethics, Military, Politicians

... District 21 incumbent state Sen. Maile Shimabukuro, District 44 incumbent state Rep. Cedric Gates and District 44 challenger Darius Kila ....

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Tuesday, July 19, 2022
National Science Foundation to Launch EIS Process for Mauna Kea Telescope
By News Release @ 6:02 PM :: 2484 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

... We invite you to review this Draft CEP and provide any comments you may have by the end of the day on September 17, 2022 ....

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Tuesday, July 19, 2022
Maui Council on verge of worsening housing crisis
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:58 AM :: 2143 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... The assumption is that they would simply have to take that additional loss ....

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Monday, July 18, 2022
​SHOPO Endorsing Duke Aiona for Governor
By News Release @ 11:30 PM :: 2201 Views :: Labor, Police, Republican Party

... SHOPO cites Aiona's experience prosecuting criminals and keeping neighborhoods safe ....

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Monday, July 18, 2022
Kaiser Hawaii Mental Health Accreditation Threatened
By News Release @ 7:47 PM :: 2187 Views :: Health Care, Labor

... Citing “shortcomings in its behavioral health services,” the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), which accredits all health insurers in the United States, has called for “corrective action” at Kaiser Permanente’s mental health clinics in Hawai’i ....

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Monday, July 18, 2022
CNBC: America’s Top States for Business--Hawaii 46th
By Selected News Articles @ 5:03 PM :: 1864 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

... To rank America’s Top States for Business in 2022, CNBC scored all 50 states on 88 metrics in 10 broad categories of competitiveness ....

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Sunday, July 17, 2022
It’s Tourism, Mooooo
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1845 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

... folks who seem to rank high on the milking list:  tourists....

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Saturday, July 16, 2022
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted July 16, 2022
By GovTrack .us @ 11:23 PM :: 1785 Views :: Congressional Delegation

... Votes cast and bills introduced in Congress ....

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Saturday, July 16, 2022
Bishop Museum Board: "Frustration, stress, and fear"
By News Release @ 3:32 PM :: 3318 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii History

... A number of talented staff have left the museum in recent months, many citing a toxic work environment ....

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Saturday, July 16, 2022
Maui’s sky-high home prices a ‘self-inflicted wound’
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:47 AM :: 2933 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... Maui Council Bill 107 could cause homebuilders to stop building affordable homes ....

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Friday, July 15, 2022
We are one step closer to TMT!
By Samuel Wilder King II @ 9:57 PM :: 2878 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

... The National Science Foundation will be starting the environmental review process for TMT on Mauna Kea on Tuesday next week ....

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Friday, July 15, 2022
Convicted Felon Sentenced to 80 Months in Prison for Firearm Possession During Drug Crime
By News Release @ 4:29 PM :: 2178 Views :: Honolulu County, Police, Drugs

... on August 21, 2018, HPD officers approached Schwab—a convicted felon with an outstanding state parole retake warrant—at a gas station ....

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Friday, July 15, 2022
Governor comes through on ‘gut and replace’ but disappoints on emergency powers reform
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:18 AM :: 1716 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... Gov. Ige vetoed HB1147, which the Legislature approved via an illegal practice, but also vetoed SB3089, which was a setback for liberty ....

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