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Tuesday, August 31, 2021
Rep Okimoto: Vaccine passport will increase spread among unvaccinated
By News Release @ 11:45 PM :: 2966 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, COVID-19

... if you implement a policy that segregates the vaccinated with the unvaccinated, we're inadvertently incentivizing the unvaccinated community to gather and spread COVID within their own communities ....

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Tuesday, August 31, 2021
State Announces End of All Federal Unemployment & Assistance Programs
By News Release @ 11:27 PM :: 2299 Views :: Labor, COVID-19

... This affects individuals receiving Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC), and Mixed Earners Unemployment Compensation (MEUC). ...

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Tuesday, August 31, 2021
New Tax Proposals at the Honolulu Council
By Video @ 5:01 AM :: 3085 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail, Taxes

... Honolulu rail project get a portion of the revenues? ....

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Monday, August 30, 2021
City Launches Vaccine Pass System for Restaurants, Bars, Gyms
By News Release @ 11:43 PM :: 2951 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, COVID-19

... City launches “Safe Access O‘ahu” program to help protect businesses, employees and customers ....

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Monday, August 30, 2021
Tourists Spent $1.58B in July
By News Release @ 8:40 PM :: 1812 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... Visitor spending decreased compared to $1.70 billion (-6.8%) in July 2019....

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Monday, August 30, 2021
Federal Court Decision: Parts of Hawaii Gun Registration Law are Unconstitutional
By Selected News Articles @ 4:40 PM :: 2957 Views :: Second Amendment

... The order of summary judgment will not take effect until 15 September 2021 ....

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Monday, August 30, 2021
Hotel Occupancy Hits 82.4%
By News Release @ 4:36 PM :: 1729 Views :: Tourism

... Compared with July 2019, RevPAR was 16.9 percent higher, driven by increased ADR (+21.0%) which offset slightly lower occupancy (-2.9 percentage points) ....

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Sunday, August 29, 2021
Jenga game illustrates how government budgets go wrong
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:15 PM :: 2291 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... “Yes,” Weinberg said. “You are going to mess up Hawaii’s finances.” ....

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Sunday, August 29, 2021
Can Raising a Tax Lose Money?
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1793 Views :: Taxes

... One fundamental assumption that has been made over the years by our lawmakers is that if you enact a tax, money will be raised.  What if that weren’t true? ....

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Saturday, August 28, 2021
Hawaiʻi graduates among nation's best on student debt
By News Release @ 5:38 PM :: 2617 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Higher Education, Cost of Living

... Hawaiʻi college graduates are among the least likely to leave school with debt. And for those who do graduate with debt, they owe among the least in the country ....

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Saturday, August 28, 2021
Mythbusting 10 Fears & Rumors About COVID Vaccination
By Selected News Articles @ 5:29 PM :: 2867 Views :: COVID-19

... Dr. Keawe Kaholokula of the John A. Burns School of Medicine addresses 10 fears and rumors about the vaccine currently circulating in our community ....

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Saturday, August 28, 2021
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted August 28, 2021
By GovTrack .us @ 5:19 PM :: 1784 Views :: Congressional Delegation

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

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Saturday, August 28, 2021
Supreme Court Rules Against the Revised CDC Eviction Moratorium
By Selected News Articles @ 2:36 PM :: 2227 Views :: Small Business, COVID-19

... Here is the Supreme Court majority's explanation of why the moratorium is illegal ....

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Saturday, August 28, 2021
How Much COVID does your school have?
By News Release @ 2:41 AM :: 3094 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

... Campbell HS is #1 followed by Waipahu, Kapolei, and Farrington ....

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Saturday, August 28, 2021
Senate Votes Sonja M.P. McCullen to ICA
By News Release @ 2:16 AM :: 1879 Views :: Judiciary

... Judge McCullen has served as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney with the Honolulu Department of the Prosecuting Attorney for a combined 11 years in the Appellate Division ....

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Saturday, August 28, 2021
1854: Hawaiian Kingdom Legislature Orders Mandatory Vaccines for Everybody
By Selected News Articles @ 2:08 AM :: 3986 Views :: Hawaii History, Health Care, COVID-19

... Would the Hawaiian Kingdom Compel Everyone to Take the COVID-19 Vaccine? The Answer is “YES” ....

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Friday, August 27, 2021
SCOTUS Strikes Down CDC Eviction Moratorium And Leaves Tantalizing Clues About Takings
By Robert Thomas @ 11:48 PM :: 2685 Views :: Small Business, COVID-19

... The other shoe -- perhaps the most predictable shoe drop in legal history -- dropped yesterday ....

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Friday, August 27, 2021
Sweet Deal for Maui Developer--DHHL Affordable Housing Credits
By Andrew Walden @ 6:49 PM :: 5200 Views :: DHHL, Maui County, Ethics

... the affordable housing credits paid to Dowling are worth $1.4M to $20.6M over and above DHHL’s $10.8M parcel valuation ....

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Friday, August 27, 2021
DBEDT: Delta Drives Down Hawaii Economic Forecast
By News Release @ 4:35 PM :: 2570 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

... DBEDT revised its economic growth projection for 2021 to 2.7 percent, down from  3.5 percent ....

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Friday, August 27, 2021
Poisoning of People
By Joni Kamiya @ 4:11 PM :: 4766 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, GMOs, COVID-19

... I have to laugh because they mocked me as being sheep but, uh, they are the ones taking enough of a toxic substance made for sheep! ....

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Friday, August 27, 2021
Hawaii County's Failed Bus System Cited for ADA Violations
By News Release @ 4:04 PM :: 1854 Views :: Hawaii County

... The county agrees to fix “chronically inoperable” wheelchair lifts and make other changes to avoid getting sued ....

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Friday, August 27, 2021
COVID Quackery: Medical Board Files Complaint Against Pang After Legislators Demand Firing
By News Release @ 6:34 AM :: 3762 Views :: Ethics, Health Care, COVID-19

... Hawaii feed stores seeing spike in Ivermectin sales--One Person Poisoned ....

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Friday, August 27, 2021
Hawaii: Highest Food Costs in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 4:21 AM :: 2547 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Hawaii Households spend the most dollars on food according to a LendingTree study ....

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Friday, August 27, 2021
Maui Council Passes Organic Pesticide and Fertilizer Bill
By News Release @ 2:45 AM :: 3024 Views :: Maui County, Environment, Agriculture

... Bill No. 72, which only allows pesticides and fertilizers that are compatible with organic systems and permitted under the USDA National Organic Program to be used on county property ....

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Thursday, August 26, 2021
Secret Arbitration Revealed: How DPS Official Kept Crooked Cop On The Job After FBI Raid
By Selected News Articles @ 2:42 PM :: 10616 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Labor, Police

... top Corrections Official was Secret Arbitrator keeping mafia-connected HPD officers on the job ....

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Thursday, August 26, 2021
Secretary of the Army appoints Ti Leaf Group President as civilian aide
By News Release @ 12:42 PM :: 1634 Views

... Noe Kalipi is one of two CASAs representing Hawaii, joining Gil Tam, CASA for Hawaii (O'ahu East). She currently serves as the chief strategy officer for Progression Energy and owns a consulting firm specializing in systems planning, food security, energy security and community empowerment ....

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Thursday, August 26, 2021
98.6% of State Employees Comply with COVID Mandate
By News Release @ 2:22 AM :: 2608 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, COVID-19

... 87% fully vaccinated and close to 5% partially vaccinated ....

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Thursday, August 26, 2021
VIDEO: Dalai Lama Gets the Vax--Says You Should Too!
By Video @ 2:13 AM :: 2401 Views :: Religion, COVID-19

... His Holiness the Dalai Lama receiving the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine at Zonal Hospital, Dharamshala, H.P., India ....

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Wednesday, August 25, 2021
Tourist Busted after Lifting Turtle out of Sea and not Eating it
By News Release @ 2:59 AM :: 3540 Views :: Maui County, Law Enforcement, Tourism

... tourist fails to uphold traditional Hawaiian cultural practices ....

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Tuesday, August 24, 2021
Honolulu Rail Critic Pushes for Middle Street Endpoint
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 8:02 PM :: 2882 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail

... Then on August 3 came devastating confirmation from a respected FTA agent ....

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Tuesday, August 24, 2021
Large organized gatherings to be suspended on O‘ahu beginning Aug. 25, 2021
By News Release @ 7:38 PM :: 2889 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, COVID-19

... The modification will be in effect for 28 days ....

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Tuesday, August 24, 2021
Pope Francis: "Getting the vaccine is an act of love"
By Video @ 5:58 PM :: 2463 Views :: Religion, COVID-19

"Getting the vaccines that are authorized by the respective authorities is an act of love. I pray to God that each one of us can make his or her own small gesture of love, no matter how small, love is always grand."

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Tuesday, August 24, 2021
Oahu Workplace Survey: 1 in 3 Already Have Vaccine Mandate
By UHERO @ 4:58 AM :: 2782 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, COVID-19

... The largest businesses of 50 or more employees reported the lowest proportion of vaccinations at their workplaces ....

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Tuesday, August 24, 2021
​City submits revised short-term rental bill to Planning Commission
By News Release @ 1:33 AM :: 3094 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, Tourism

... would not allow any new STRs in residential areas, but allow STRs adjacent to existing resort areas ....

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Monday, August 23, 2021
Beam-in-the-Eye Environmentalism
By Selected News Articles @ 8:35 PM :: 10910 Views :: Energy, Environment

"... States and localities enact symbolic green regulations while embracing land-use regimes that harm the environment ...."

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Monday, August 23, 2021
No Land for TMT on La Palma: Spanish Court Revokes Telescope License (again)
By News Release @ 5:19 PM :: 5162 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

... a judge of the High Court of Justice of the Canary Islands has revoked the concession of public forest land to the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) for the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) ....

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Monday, August 23, 2021
No Longer EUA: FDA Full Approval for COVID Vaccine
By News Release @ 4:59 PM :: 2401 Views :: COVID-19

“While millions of people have already safely received COVID-19 vaccines, we recognize that for some, the FDA approval of a vaccine may now instill additional confidence to get vaccinated."

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Monday, August 23, 2021
Trump Tells Crowd: 'Take the Vaccines'
By Video @ 1:45 PM :: 3272 Views :: Republican Party, COVID-19

"I recommend: Take the vaccines.  I did it." -- Donald J Trump, August 22, 2021

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Monday, August 23, 2021
Lawsuits bring significant changes to Hawaii gun laws
By Selected News Articles @ 1:00 AM :: 3384 Views :: Honolulu County, Second Amendment

... Today's ruling against the State eliminates the ten-day expiration period of pistol permits....and the requirement that an individual physically brings a firearm to the police station to register....

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Monday, August 23, 2021
Union Lawsuit Compares COVID Vaccine to Nazi Experiments
By Andrew Walden @ 12:18 AM :: 6139 Views :: Labor, COVID-19

... Nazi experiments?  Flu is worse?  Livestock deworming pill is the cure?  Hydroxychloroquine?  All of these tired old anti-vaxxer chestnuts are front and center ....

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Sunday, August 22, 2021
Have We Unwittingly Put the Brakes on HART?
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2479 Views :: Rail

...What you might not have seen is the difficulty the HART board is having making decisions....

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Sunday, August 22, 2021
Trustee: Criminal Al Hee Rakes in $15M While on Parole
By Selected News Articles @ 5:51 AM :: 5169 Views :: DHHL, Ethics

... SIC allowed third-party telecommunication carriers to use the Paniolo Cable Network without permission, without compensation to Paniolo and in violation of the Settlement Agreement ....

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Saturday, August 21, 2021
"One step forward, two steps back"
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:10 PM :: 2294 Views :: COVID-19

... Everywhere you look, there are indications that people are losing patience with the current style of governance and the uncertainty of living under executive orders .... 

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Saturday, August 21, 2021
COVID Spying: Saiki, Green Want 'Health Pass' to Enter Stores
By News Release @ 2:10 PM :: 5145 Views :: First Amendment, COVID-19

... Chinese Social Credit System ....

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Saturday, August 21, 2021
Second Amendment: Honolulu Concedes Defeat, Another Win For Beck
By Selected News Articles @ 2:04 AM :: 3364 Views :: Second Amendment

... On August 16th, a fully executed stipulation and order was finalized, delivering a huge victory to attorney Alan Beck and his clients ....

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Friday, August 20, 2021
List: Did Your School Have COVID this week?
By News Release @ 1:46 PM :: 3073 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

... Total cases: 383 (of these, 276 cases had no HIDOE facility impact) ....

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Thursday, August 19, 2021
Hawaii Unemployment Drops to 7.3%
By News Release @ 11:38 PM :: 2450 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, COVID-19

... in comparison with July 2020 nonfarm jobs have risen by 53,000, or 10.0 percent. However, in comparison with March 2020 (last month prior to pandemic effects), nonfarm jobs were down by 72,400, or -11.1 percent. ...

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Wednesday, August 18, 2021
UH Students over 90% Vaxxed
By News Release @ 11:57 PM :: 2939 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Higher Education, COVID-19

... More than 90% of students attending the 10 campuses of the University of Hawaiʻi have been vaccinated for the COVID-19 virus or plan to be ....

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Wednesday, August 18, 2021
UH extramural funding hauls in a near-record $485.5M in FY2021
By News Release @ 11:47 PM :: 2374 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Higher Education

... just $3.1 million shy of UH’s best extramural funding year total of $488.6 million in FY2011 .... 

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Wednesday, August 18, 2021
OHA: Hawaiians Should Get Vaccinated
By News Release @ 10:55 PM :: 2205 Views :: OHA, COVID-19

... During most of this pandemic, the infection rate in the Native Hawaiian community was below the curve. That has changed with the more aggressive Delta variant ....

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