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Friday, September 30, 2022
Biden Admin grants ‘targeted’ Jones Act waiver for ship bringing fuel to Puerto Rico
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:14 PM :: 2728 Views :: Jones Act

... The U.S. territory is again facing a humanitarian crisis after being hit by Hurricane Fiona, but the 1920 federal law is hindering outside assistance ....

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Friday, September 30, 2022
Honolulu Ranks 112th for People with Disabilities
By Selected News Articles @ 10:13 PM :: 2033 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

... The average monthly Social Security disability benefit as of August 2022 was only $1,231.80 ....

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Friday, September 30, 2022
Concealed Carry: Blangiardi Proposes New Gun Regulations
By News Release @ 3:14 AM :: 2316 Views :: Hawaii County , Honolulu County, Second Amendment

... it creates a default rule for private businesses and charitable organizations, to make it clear that the property owner gets to decide whether firearms are allowed on the premises ....

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Friday, September 30, 2022
Tourist Spending Up 14%, Tourist Count Down 10%
By News Release @ 2:47 AM :: 1560 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... 13.8% growth without accounting for 3 yrs of inflation which is about 16% ....

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Friday, September 30, 2022
Rape in Turkmenistan: How HPD Rejects Female Police Recruit
By Court House News @ 12:48 AM :: 3019 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Police

... her husband had “sold [her] a few times for [] money in order to buy himself alcohol and pay gambling debts . . . [while] he kept a knife by the throat of [her] 6 month son.” ....

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Friday, September 30, 2022
Is the World Running out of Resources?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:04 AM :: 1447 Views :: Environment

... Superabundance: The Story of Population Growth, Innovation, and Human Flourishing on an Infinitely Bountiful Planet ....

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Thursday, September 29, 2022
State, Counties seek candidates to serve on boards and commissions
By News Release @ 9:26 PM :: 2941 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... City boards, commissions and committees which currently have vacant positions, including openings on the Honolulu Ethics Commission and the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation ....

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Thursday, September 29, 2022
​Department of Defense Submits Additional Supplement to the Red Hill Defueling Plan
By News Release @ 3:30 PM :: 1730 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Military

... As work continues, DoD will provide regular updates of the schedule at least monthly or when significant changes are necessary ....

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Wednesday, September 28, 2022
Coast Guard Busts Illegal Fireworks Shipments at Honolulu Harbor
By News Release @ 11:52 PM :: 2397 Views :: Labor, Law Enforcement, Military

... 13,449 pounds of unpermitted fireworks with an estimated street value of 2.7 million dollars ....

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Wednesday, September 28, 2022
Skin Cancer News: Maui Sunscreen Ban goes into Effect October 1
By News Release @ 9:23 PM :: 1847 Views :: Maui County, Environment, Health Care

... the terms “reef friendly” and “reef safe” are not regulated ....

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Wednesday, September 28, 2022
Biden Hosts Pacific Islands Summit In Washington
By Ed Case @ 4:32 PM :: 1745 Views :: World News, Congressional Delegation, Military

... Rep Ed Case says Hawai‘i will play an increasingly pivotal role in advancing the aims of the Summit ....

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Tuesday, September 27, 2022
Surprise: OHA secretly borrowed $2M to finance Tribal ‘Aha  
By Andrew Walden @ 6:51 PM :: 2448 Views :: Akaka Bill, Ethics, OHA

... CEO Sylvia Hussey described the purpose for paying off the debt was to bring OHA into compliance with better practice as to how it finances operations ....

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Tuesday, September 27, 2022
DOH issues $8.7 million fine, orders Navy to make critical repairs to Pearl Harbor wastewater treatment plan
By News Release @ 6:46 PM :: 1511 Views :: Environment, Military

... at the NAVFAC Hawaii Wastewater Treatment Plant near Pearl Harbor, numerous operation and maintenance issues led to repeated discharges of untreated or partially treated sewage ....

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Tuesday, September 27, 2022
Auditor: HTA oversight lax, internal controls deficient
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 3:01 AM :: 2331 Views :: Ethics, Tourism

... HTA had disregarded its own procurement policies and procedures, awarding sole source contracts based on questionable justifications, paying contractors without executed contracts ....

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Tuesday, September 27, 2022
Aiona/Tupaʻi Calls for the Ige/Green Administration to Convene a Special Session
By Lt Gov Duke Aiona @ 2:34 AM :: 1941 Views :: Law Enforcement, Republican Party

... Special legislative sessions are reserved for specific issues such as court decisions like the Obrero case ....

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Tuesday, September 27, 2022
Getting by with a little help from our friends
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:43 AM :: 1632 Views :: Taxes, Cost of Living

... Grassroot Institute of Hawaii is working with experts around the country to create a better Hawaii ....

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Monday, September 26, 2022
Real Recycling: H-POWER continues to record high landfill diversion rates
By News Release @ 10:07 PM :: 2188 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy, Environment

... H-POWER is one of the largest firm renewable energy sources in the state ....

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Monday, September 26, 2022
DHHL Proposals for 2023 Legislature
By News Release @ 10:03 PM :: 1198 Views :: DHHL

... A summary of the 10 included proposals ....

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Monday, September 26, 2022
CNHA Terrified of COVID Fraud Investigation
By News Release @ 4:20 PM :: 3999 Views :: Ethics, OHA, COVID-19

... You are bringing the Feds in to get us.  Other corrupt officials may go down ....

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Monday, September 26, 2022
WESPAC Rebukes Proposal to Expand Marine National Monument in Pacific
By News Release @ 3:48 PM :: 1675 Views :: Environment, Small Business

... Scientists Concerned with Lack of Data to Support Marine Monument Expansion ....

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Sunday, September 25, 2022
9th Circuit: Religious Services Allowed on Hawaii Ag Land
By Selected News Articles @ 9:57 PM :: 2821 Views :: Maui County, First Amendment, Land Use, Religion

... a Maui county commission denied the Spirit of Aloha Temple’s application for a permit to hold religious services on its ag-zoned property in Hana ....

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Sunday, September 25, 2022
Road Usage Charge Versus Carbon Tax
By Tom Yamachika @ 8:16 PM :: 1823 Views :: Environment, Taxes

... Hawaii Department of Transportation has been studying implementation of a Road Usage Charge ....

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Sunday, September 25, 2022
More homebuilding needed to solve Hawaii housing crisis
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:10 PM :: 1915 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... the primary causes of Hawaii's high housing prices are extensive land-use, zoning and other homebuilding-related regulations ....

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Sunday, September 25, 2022
12,603 Hawaii residents left last year
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:42 PM :: 2205 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Hawaii residents are leaving the state in droves because the cost of living is too high .... 

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Sunday, September 25, 2022
Bill 10: Don’t limit new multi-unit housing to just TOD areas
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:31 PM :: 3010 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Land Use

... Bill 10 would update the county’s land-use regulations for agricultural, residential, commercial, nonprofit, government and other uses ....

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Sunday, September 25, 2022
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted September 24, 2022
By GovTrack .us @ 4:34 PM :: 1438 Views :: Congressional Delegation

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

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Sunday, September 25, 2022
Our Kids Are Going Away
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1943 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Not considering charter schools, enrollment dropped from 168,152 in 2018-19 to 156,518 in 2022-23, and it is projected to decrease further to 148,096 by 2027-28 ....

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Saturday, September 24, 2022
EPA: Navy Red Hill, Hickam 'Not in Compliance'
By News Release @ 1:41 AM :: 1638 Views :: Environment, Military

... Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam SPCC Inspection Report .... BPHH Underground Storage Tank Report  ....

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Friday, September 23, 2022
Three Oahu Judges Appointed
By News Release @ 11:19 PM :: 2756 Views :: Judiciary

... all subject to confirmation hearings before a Senate Special Session ....

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Friday, September 23, 2022
Property Tax Credit Application Deadline September 30
By News Release @ 11:14 PM :: 2115 Views :: Honolulu County, Tax Credits

...The City & County of Honolulu offers a real property tax credit for homeowners who meet certain eligibility requirements. ...

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Friday, September 23, 2022
UHERO: US recession will weigh on Hawaii’s recovery
By UHERO @ 12:23 PM :: 1734 Views :: Economy

... high inflation, higher travel costs, and the Fed’s interest rate hikes will still adversely impact Hawaii households and businesses ....

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Wednesday, September 21, 2022
DLNR: N Shore Homeowners are Doomed, They Should Just Accept It
By News Release @ 10:35 PM :: 2452 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Land Use

... what to do about coastal homes with expired, temporary emergency State permits to “shore” up the land under their foundations ....

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Wednesday, September 21, 2022
​Analysis of religious liberties ranks Hawaii 30th
By Selected News Articles @ 10:18 PM :: 1848 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Religion

... The state received a score of 34% based on 29 items that formed six groups of safeguards ....

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Wednesday, September 21, 2022
Locations Announced: Red Light Cameras Begin in October
By News Release @ 2:46 AM :: 2179 Views :: Honolulu County, Law Enforcement

... Once construction is completed, red-light runners at the Phase 1 intersections will begin to receive warning letters....

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Tuesday, September 20, 2022
4th Extension--COVID Emergency Lingers on in Food Stamps
By News Release @ 2:18 PM :: 1085 Views

... Ige signed a fourth emergency proclamation to allow the continuation of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) emergency allotment benefits in line with the federal COVID emergency ....

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Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Rear Admiral to Oversee Red Hill Defueling
By News Release @ 1:56 AM :: 1839 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Military

... Rear Adm. John Wade as the Commander of the Joint Task Force of the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility ....

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Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Rep Kahele Meets with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen
By News Release @ 1:49 AM :: 1272 Views :: Congressional Delegation

... The meeting with President Tsai reaffirmed the United States’ unwavering commitment to supporting Taiwan’s strong democracy. ...

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Monday, September 19, 2022
Hawaii is the Worst State for Teachers
By Selected News Articles @ 10:25 AM :: 1661 Views

... 2022's Best & Worst States for Teachers -- Hawaii 51st ....

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Sunday, September 18, 2022
​Rolling With a Road Usage Charge
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1873 Views :: Taxes

... support grew when rental cars are charged a higher rate than residents ....

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Saturday, September 17, 2022
Fed up with High Gas Prices and Slow Amazon Deliveries? Blame These 2 Century‐​Old Laws That Need to Be Repealed.
By Cato Foundation @ 9:12 PM :: 2401 Views :: Jones Act, Cost of Living

... To avoid higher costs, many companies are forced to turn to imports ....

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Saturday, September 17, 2022
Auditor: No Need for Regulation of Community Health Workers
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 8:45 PM :: 1867 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Life

... The Hawai‘i Regulatory Licensing Reform Act requires that professions should be regulated only when reasonably necessary to protect the health, safety, or welfare of consumers of their services ....

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Saturday, September 17, 2022
Dawn Takeuchi Apuna named Acting Director of City’s Department of Planning and Permitting
By News Release @ 8:29 PM :: 2495 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Development

"...very difficult and demanding challenge,” said Mayor Rick Blangiardi....

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Saturday, September 17, 2022
Koko Head Shooting Complex closing until completion of berm renovation project
By News Release @ 8:25 PM :: 1985 Views :: Honolulu County, Second Amendment

... The range is scheduled to remain closed until the completion of a berm renovation project, which is expected to begin next month and be completed a month later ....

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Saturday, September 17, 2022
Hawaii Unemployment at 4.1% in August
By News Release @ 8:16 PM :: 1684 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

... Statewide, 651,550 were employed and 27,650 unemployed in August ....

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Saturday, September 17, 2022
​Housing crisis culprit staring us in the face
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:41 PM :: 2250 Views :: Development, Land Use

... many people in Hawaii have for years been blaming the state’s housing crisis on “outsiders” ....

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Saturday, September 17, 2022
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How they Voted September 16, 2022
By GovTrack .us @ 5:13 PM :: 1695 Views :: Congressional Delegation

... Senate votes on nominations ....

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Saturday, September 17, 2022
Public Schools Lose 1.9% of Students--But Charter Schools Continue to Grow
By News Release @ 4:01 AM :: 1892 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics

... families’ leading reason for removing their students from public schools is for relocation to mainland states ....

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Friday, September 16, 2022
SEC Fines Bank of Hawaii in ‘Pay to Play’ Scheme
By Andrew Walden @ 11:10 PM :: 2574 Views :: Ethics, Higher Education

... A Bank of Hawaii officer oversaw major UH investment management contracts after dropping a $1000 contribution into Governor David Ige’s 2018 reelection campaign ....

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Friday, September 16, 2022
​Maui housing bill seriously flawed in July, and even more so now
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:13 PM :: 2188 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... An amendment seeks to subsidize homebuyers, leaving open whom would qualify and how much taxpayers would be in for ....

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Friday, September 16, 2022
Kai Kahele: Josh Green Funders Drive Local Families out of Hawaii
By Video @ 5:07 AM :: 3250 Views :: Democratic Party, Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

"...The same money driving up housing prices, buying up our land, and pushing out local families is the same money [Green] has used and is using to fund his campaign. I will never accept this as being good for Hawaii...."

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