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Saturday, September 30, 2023
Before the Disaster: Hawaii Unemployment 3.1%
By News Release @ 10:22 PM :: 1624 Views :: Maui County, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

... Data are collected each month from sample establishments for the single pay period that includes the 12th of the month. ...

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Saturday, September 30, 2023
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted September 30, 2023
By News Release @ 9:31 PM :: 1703 Views :: Congressional Delegation

... Congress approves 45-day extension on Federal spending, temporarily averting shutdown and screwing Ukraine ....

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Saturday, September 30, 2023
EPA Consent Decree: Pollution Violations at Kailua Wastewater Treatment Plant
By News Release @ 6:31 PM :: 1619 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment

“This order ensures that the Kailua Treatment Plant continues to take steps to prevent any further bacteria exceedances in what the plant discharges into the ocean”

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Friday, September 29, 2023
Multiple Murder Counts After Deadly Cockfight
By News Release @ 8:41 PM :: 2239 Views :: Honolulu County, Agriculture, Law Enforcement, Drugs

... two people dead and three others injured ....

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Friday, September 29, 2023
Yes, in God’s Backyard
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:50 AM :: 1802 Views :: Development, Religion

... the 'Yes in God’s Backyard' law — makes it easier for churches and other religious institutions to build housing on their properties ....

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Friday, September 29, 2023
Maui Tourists Shift to Other Islands
By News Release @ 2:05 AM :: 1723 Views :: Maui County, Tourism

... In August 2023, visitor arrivals to Oahu +11.0%, Hawaii Island +4.1% and Kauai +9.0% increased while visitor arrivals to Maui -57.8% dropped significantly ....

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Thursday, September 28, 2023
New dashboard highlights areas of Hawaiʻi housing crisis
By UHERO @ 10:04 PM :: 2013 Views :: Development, Hawaii Statistics, Land Use, Cost of Living

... customize data reports based on location, with information such as property and rental market, demographics, zoning and housing stock ....

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Thursday, September 28, 2023
Real Value of $100 in Honolulu $87.15
By Tax Foundation @ 7:37 PM :: 2385 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living
... REAL VALUE OF $100 in Hawaii -- Honolulu $87.15 ... Maui County $89.25  ... Rest of State $92.46 ....
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Thursday, September 28, 2023
EPA: Civil Beat Publisher Profits from Sale of Illegal Pesticides
By News Release @ 5:47 PM :: 2314 Views :: Environment, Ethics

...EPA alleges that eBay Sold Unlawful Pesticides, Prohibited Products Containing a Restricted Chemical and Illegal Devices that Defeat Pollution Controls on Motor Vehicles....

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Thursday, September 28, 2023
RIP Leinaala Teruya Drummond
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 5:17 PM :: 2019 Views :: Family, Life, Religion

... Leinaala was the very first employee at Hawaii Family Forum ....

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Thursday, September 28, 2023
Lawsuit: Hawaii Breaks Law on Voter Rolls
By Heritage Foundation @ 4:36 PM :: 2216 Views :: Ethics, Office of Elections

... Hawaii’s chief election officer violated the National Voter Registration Act, which requires states to update voter registration rolls regularly ....

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Thursday, September 28, 2023
Will HECO be Saved? JSC Unveils Choices for Two Supreme Court Seats
By News Release @ 6:43 AM :: 1965 Views :: Maui County, Energy, Judiciary

... HECO Suits: Two Vacant Hawaii Supreme Court Seats Loom Large ....

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Thursday, September 28, 2023
Blangiardi statement in opposition to ACLU Lawsuit
By News Release @ 6:29 AM :: 1863 Views :: Honolulu County, Homelessness

"... we cannot ignore the tremendous and ongoing burden being borne by communities who are dealing with those who refuse help ...."

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Wednesday, September 27, 2023
HI-EMA Clarifies Siren-Activation Rules
By News Release @ 7:51 PM :: 1648 Views :: Maui County, Hawaii State Government

“...These protocols haven’t changed....”

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Wednesday, September 27, 2023
FBI Forensics Lending a Hand in Lahaina
By News Release @ 5:35 PM :: 1660 Views :: Maui County, Law Enforcement

... Within days of the fire, FBI resources such as the Evidence Response Team (ERT), forensic identification, and victim services deployed to Lahaina. ...

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Wednesday, September 27, 2023
Time for Action, Mayor Bissen
By News Release @ 3:19 AM :: 1931 Views :: Maui County, Development

... Theoretically, Bissen’s proclamation makes it easier to build housing for displaced families.  But there are a couple problems .…

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Tuesday, September 26, 2023
HECO Postpones Time-of-Use Rate Hikes
By News Release @ 7:30 PM :: 1853 Views :: Maui County, Energy, Cost of Living

... Bissen asked the Commission and Hawaiian Electric for a temporary suspension of the pilot program for the randomly selected customers on Maui due to the recent wildfires ....

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Tuesday, September 26, 2023
Lahaina Fires: Where are the students?
By News Release @ 6:57 PM :: 1938 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

... they continue to re-enroll in other options, including other HIDOE schools or distance learning programs, charter schools, private schools or withdraw to homeschool or relocate out of state ....

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Tuesday, September 26, 2023
Earthjustice Files Lawsuit to Clean Up Kealakehe Wastewater Treatment Plant
By News Release @ 6:08 AM :: 1815 Views :: Hawaii County , Environment

.... treated sewage from the Kealakehe Wastewater Treatment Plant flows into Honokōhau Harbor through groundwater ....

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Tuesday, September 26, 2023
Green Updates Lahaina Emergency Price Controls
By News Release @ 6:02 AM :: 1526 Views :: Maui County, Cost of Living

... including rentals of residential dwellings ....

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Tuesday, September 26, 2023
​India abolishes its ‘Jones Act,’ could be role model for U.S.
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:56 AM :: 2122 Views :: World News, Jones Act

... The idea was to lower transportation costs and carbon emissions by shifting cargo transport along the country’s coastal areas from trucks and trains to ocean vessels ....

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Monday, September 25, 2023
Hawaii Ranks 4th for Homeless per Capita
By Selected News Articles @ 7:37 PM :: 2773 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Homelessness

... must be an undercount ....

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Sunday, September 24, 2023
Governor’s revised housing proclamation caves to NIMBYs
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:46 PM :: 1822 Views :: Development, Land Use

"...the same bureaucracy and NIMBY-ism is happening with that emergency proclamation...."

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Sunday, September 24, 2023
​Lahaina fire lawsuits hamstring release of information
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:26 PM :: 1706 Views :: Maui County

‘...Yes, it’d be nice if we could actually get some healing and apologies out there, but the legal natures of this make that hard to do....’

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Sunday, September 24, 2023
The secret to reaching the next generation
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:52 PM :: 1922 Views :: Education K-12, First Amendment

... He asked his mother if she would help him reach out to the media ....

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Sunday, September 24, 2023
Lahaina Scammers
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1991 Views :: Maui County, Ethics

... there is a darker side ....

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Sunday, September 24, 2023
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted September 23, 2023
By GovTrack .us @ 3:43 AM :: 1389 Views

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

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Saturday, September 23, 2023
Biden Amends Hawaii Disaster Declaration
By News Release @ 2:36 PM :: 1635 Views :: Maui County

... authorizing an increase in the level of Federal funding for debris removal and emergency protective measures ....

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Saturday, September 23, 2023
Applications now open for Kapolei City Lights parade
By News Release @ 12:00 PM :: 1898 Views :: Honolulu County, Religion

... Opening night festivities scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 9, 2023 near Kapolei Hale ....

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Saturday, September 23, 2023
DoE: Charter School Enrollment Up, Non-Charter Enrollment Down (again)
By News Release @ 4:02 AM :: 1522 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics

... charters gain 311 students, non-charters lose 1296 students ....

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Saturday, September 23, 2023
Hawaiian Electric begins restoration work in Lahaina
By News Release @ 3:57 AM :: 1459 Views :: Maui County, Energy

... Temporary equipment to provide safe, reliable power to essential services, surrounding neighborhoods ....

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Friday, September 22, 2023
State Water Commission Holds Marathon 12 Hour Meeting
By News Release @ 9:55 PM :: 1738 Views :: Maui County, Land Use

... Despite some, who testified during Tuesday’s 12-hour-long meeting, claiming the suspension of the water code during the fire emergency set everything back to before 1987, Chang said that is not accurate ....

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Friday, September 22, 2023
Fire Insurance Claims? Senate Field Hearing Set for Lahaina
By News Release @ 9:07 PM :: 1066 Views :: Maui County, Hawaii State Government

... Thursday, September 28, 2023, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Lahaina Civic Center ....

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Friday, September 22, 2023
Wildfires deliver heavy blow to Maui economy
By UHERO @ 4:30 PM :: 1735 Views :: Maui County, Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... Hawaii economists say Lahaina locals could be priced out of rebuilt town without zoning changes  ....

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Friday, September 22, 2023
Senators Push to Restore Official who Denied Firefighting Water for Lahaina
By News Release @ 1:41 AM :: 3592 Views :: Maui County, Greenmail, Land Use

... Yes.  'Your' legislators are supporting Kaleo Manuel ....

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Friday, September 22, 2023
Census Bureau: Detailed Look at Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander Groups
By News Release @ 12:15 AM :: 1778 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

... US Census shows majority of Native Hawaiians now live outside of Hawaii .... 

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Friday, September 22, 2023
Can One Government Official Really Hold Up Necessary Water Uses? The Hawaii Public Water Trust In Action
By Robert Thomas @ 12:05 AM :: 4957 Views :: Maui County, Environment, Greenmail, Land Use, OHA

... this just had some devastating consequences ....

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Thursday, September 21, 2023
Kauai homeowners could save $150 each from higher exemption
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:11 PM :: 1834 Views :: Kauai County, Taxes

... Bill 2901, Draft 1, which would increase the homeowner exemption by $60,000 and repeal miscellaneous property tax exemptions ....

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Thursday, September 21, 2023
RedCross: 78% of Lahaina Staying in Shelters
By Video @ 10:43 PM :: 1890 Views :: Maui County, Tourism

... “Our primary focus at this time is caring for about 78 percent of the pre-disaster population of Lāhainā — who are staying in dozens of non-congregate shelters (NCS)” ....

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Thursday, September 21, 2023
Lahaina Residential Reentry Begins Monday
By News Release @ 3:48 AM :: 1606 Views :: Maui County

... To gain access to a re-opened zone, county-issued vehicle passes will be required ....

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Wednesday, September 20, 2023
New Bill from Guam Delegate to Legalize Cockfighting in U.S. Territories
By News Release @ 11:12 PM :: 1853 Views :: Agriculture, Congressional Delegation, Drugs

... Similar legislation has been introduced by Delegate from Puerto Rico and attracted no support from any sitting U.S. Senator or U.S. Representative from the states ....

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Wednesday, September 20, 2023
EPA deems about 40% of burnt Maui land parcels safe for residents to return
By Selected News Articles @ 11:45 AM :: 1618 Views :: Maui County

... The EPA identified 1,500 parcels that needed to be checked for hazardous materials. Green said about 637 properties are clear ....

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Wednesday, September 20, 2023
Green Backtracks on YIMBY Emergency Order
By Selected News Articles @ 6:00 AM :: 3356 Views :: Development, Greenmail, Land Use

"Now all this is…an abuse of the emergency power that won't fast-track housing."

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Wednesday, September 20, 2023
​UH President Lassner announces plans to retire
By News Release @ 2:40 AM :: 1588 Views :: Higher Education

... University of Hawaiʻi President David Lassner plans to retire at the end of 2024, after what will be more than a decade in the position ....

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Wednesday, September 20, 2023
Lahaina Fires: Chinese Disinformation Circulates at State Capitol
By Rep Gene Ward @ 2:24 AM :: 2177 Views :: Maui County, First Amendment, Hawaii State Government

... China's most recent act of using artificial intelligence to circulate false images and videos worldwide, which purported the Maui wildfire was caused by the U.S. government thru the use of a meteorological weapon ....

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Tuesday, September 19, 2023
Can BJ Penn tap out broken zoning code?
By News Release @ 4:24 PM :: 3383 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use

... the EP didn’t and doesn’t create any permanent change in government.  We need our legislature and county councils to do that ....

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Tuesday, September 19, 2023
Attorney Calls for Three Year Mortgage Deferral and Foreclosure Moratorium for Lahaina Homeowners
By News Release @ 4:17 PM :: 1986 Views :: Maui County, Development

... Federal regulations permit most homeowners a ninety day forbearance on the payment of their mortgages due to natural disaster. After that time, they must begin making payments again and also pay the three months of missed payments ....

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Monday, September 18, 2023
VIDEO: Green Addresses UN About Global Warming or Something
By Video @ 9:23 PM :: 1952 Views :: Maui County, Environment

... We are no longer anticipating the destructive effects of climate hysteria — we are now fully enduring them ....

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Monday, September 18, 2023
Green Orders 24-Hour Bum Patrol at Uncle Billy's Hotel
By News Release @ 9:12 PM :: 2001 Views :: Hawaii County , Homelessness, Drugs

... Vegetation around the property has been cleared and a perimeter fence has been constructed. However, several breaches of the newly installed fence have already occurred ....

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Monday, September 18, 2023
​Hawaii 3rd Worst State for Teachers
By Selected News Articles @ 8:54 PM :: 1979 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Cost of Living

... 51st – Avg. Salary for Teachers (Adjusted for Cost of Living) ....

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