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Friday, June 24, 2016
Privatization: 20 Years of UPW Garbage in Hawaii’s Courts
By Selected News Articles @ 10:02 PM :: 8095 Views :: Honolulu County, Health Care, Judiciary, Labor

20 years ago, the Hawaii Supreme Court ruled that an agreement between the County of Hawaii and a private contractor for the operation of a county landfill violated civil service laws....

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Caldwell Buys Iwilei Building: Hub for Homeless to Rival LA Skid Row
By News Release @ 8:18 PM :: 6444 Views :: Honolulu County, Homelessness

...Council members Carol Fukunaga, Ann Kobayashi and Ron Menor on a follow-up trip to review Seattle’s homeless projects, including hygiene centers and government-sanctioned tent cities....

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Monday, June 20, 2016
Star-Adv Hits Caldwell ‘Abject Failure of Leadership’
By Rep Charles Djou @ 1:22 AM :: 7128 Views :: Honolulu County, Politicians, Rail

The newspaper characterized Caldwell's decision-making as "political expediency" driven by his re-election campaign....

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Sunday, June 19, 2016
Pine: Before we rush to decide on a rail route, shouldn't we get numbers first?
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 3:55 AM :: 5468 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail

leaders are making serious decisions on changing the rail route without publicly analyzing facts or figures on how the change will affect the ridership numbers....

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Sunday, June 19, 2016
Mayor Becomes Incoherent
By Rep Charles Djou @ 3:53 AM :: 7280 Views :: Honolulu County, Politicians, Rail

Over the past 48-hours the mayor's policy on rail swung wildly in a display of uneven and poorly constructed leadership....

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Friday, June 17, 2016
Caldwell’s Sad Little Zoo—More at Stake than Money
By Selected News Articles @ 5:54 PM :: 4050 Views :: Honolulu County

"the elephants were recently found playing with a car battery that got in there somehow"

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Friday, June 17, 2016
Full Text: Caldwell statement on rail project
By News Release @ 3:34 AM :: 5597 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail

"...and secure additional funding to complete the last five miles of the project to Ala Moana...."

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Friday, June 17, 2016
Fire Mayor, Not the Ethics Director
By Rep Charles Djou @ 3:08 AM :: 6006 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Politicians

Totto's troubles only started when he started investigating Caldwell's political fundraising practices....

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Frustrated with Caldwell: Ethics Director Resigns after 16 Years
By News Release @ 11:47 PM :: 4873 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics

Totto’s relationship with the city administration was contentious from the beginning with questions about funding by lobbyists for the mayor’s inaugural luau....

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Cayetano, Kobayashi Endorse Djou for Mayor--Heen to Head Campaign
By News Release @ 11:08 PM :: 7332 Views :: Honolulu County, Politicians

"The backing of these trusted community leaders is a reflection of how much we need new leadership at Honolulu Hale."

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016
The Value of Neighborhood Boards
By Rachelle Chang @ 12:48 AM :: 4138 Views :: Honolulu County

...more people than ever want to be on the board – in 2015, 610 people volunteered to run for 437 seats....

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Monday, June 13, 2016
Djou: We should be strengthening our ethics commission, not dismantling it
By Rep Charles Djou @ 10:10 PM :: 5412 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics

...as a councilmember, I fought to give the Ethics Commission the power to issue civil fines for violations of the ethics code and championed stronger ethics rules that have reduced conflicts of interest in Honolulu....

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Duke Aiona Endorses Charles Djou for Mayor
By News Release @ 3:21 PM :: 6331 Views :: Honolulu County, Politicians, Republican Party
"I am pleased to call Charles Djou a friend and look forward to helping elect him mayor."
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Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Full Text: Ben Cayetano Endorses Charles Djou for Mayor
By News Release @ 12:27 PM :: 6752 Views :: Honolulu County, Politicians

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Mayor’s Race: Ernie Martin Chickens Out
By News Release @ 12:24 AM :: 4502 Views :: Honolulu County, Politicians

"I have great respect for the office of the Mayor"

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Monday, June 6, 2016
Ignoring the Science: DLNR Hosts Confab on ‘Sea Level Rise Adaptation’
By News Release @ 6:26 PM :: 4294 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment

... CLUE: Because Oahu is on an extinct volcano, the island is rising faster than the wildest projections of sea-level rise.  Al Gore just can't keep up with Madame Pele .... 

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Monday, June 6, 2016
Auditor: City Computers Remain Vulnerable to Hackers
By News Release @ 4:04 AM :: 3884 Views :: Honolulu County

...more needs to be done to ensure the city is not vulnerable to unauthorized access to its data assets....

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Thursday, June 2, 2016
Caldwell ‘Disappointed’ With Council Budget
By News Release @ 4:45 PM :: 4555 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail

...City Council approves $6.8B cap on rail spending....

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Thursday, June 2, 2016
Deconstructing the Kaka‘ako Makai Parks Master Plan
By Rachelle Chang @ 4:33 PM :: 4598 Views :: Honolulu County

...Earlier this month, HCDA released the Kaka‘ako Makai Parks Active Use Facilities Master, a draft Environmental Impact Statement....

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Charter Commission Proposal: Eliminate Neighborhood Boards
By News Release @ 3:49 AM :: 4118 Views :: Honolulu County

...neighborhood boards represent grassroots democracy in its purest form....

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Friday, May 13, 2016
Mediator Peter Adler appointed to serve on Caldwell’s Ethics Commission
By News Release @ 12:44 AM :: 4820 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics

His appointment is subject to confirmation by the City Council....

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Friday, May 6, 2016
Did Caldwell Illegally Launch Reelection Campaign On County Time?
By News Release @ 4:14 PM :: 6530 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Politicians

...There appeared to be a number of city employees in attendance....

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Monday, April 18, 2016
Pine: Star-Advertiser Wrong on Makaha Realignment
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 3:54 AM :: 4359 Views :: Honolulu County

The article is inaccurate and implies that the Makaha Realignment project is dead.  This is absolutely false....

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Saturday, April 16, 2016
Haseko Bills before Honolulu Council
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 10:43 PM :: 5445 Views :: Honolulu County, Development

Bill 62, Bill 63 and Resolution 15-206 are part of a master planned lagoon concept in Ewa....

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Friday, April 8, 2016
Caldwell, Omidyar Pressure North Carolina, Mississippi to Allow Trannies into Womens’ Bathrooms
By News Release @ 2:17 PM :: 5282 Views :: Honolulu County, Family

... We at Hawai'i Free Press are still looking for women who really, really, want trannies in the ladies room with them .... still looking ....

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Monday, April 4, 2016
Full Text: Honolulu Issues 2016 Citizen-Centric Report
By News Release @ 10:52 PM :: 4083 Views :: Honolulu County

FULL TEXT: 2015 Service Efforts and Accomplishments Report and The National Citizen Survey for the City and County of Honolulu....

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016
City proposes bill to waive most accessory dwelling unit permit fees
By News Release @ 3:44 PM :: 4414 Views :: Honolulu County

Bill 27 could save up to $9,000 to $10,000 in application fees....

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Caldwell’s Zoo Loses Accreditation
By News Release @ 9:49 PM :: 5452 Views :: Honolulu County, Tourism

...the AZA is concerned the city has not provided adequate funding to the zoo on a consistent basis....

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Rail, TheBus and HandiVan Operations – Under HART or the Mayor?
By Natalie Iwasa @ 2:29 PM :: 5014 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail

...“cannibalized” by rail....

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Hawaii County PD Seeks Community Input
By News Release @ 10:00 AM :: 5146 Views :: Honolulu County, Police

The survey includes both multiple-choice questions and an opportunity to make individual comments....

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Sunday, March 13, 2016
Auditor: Handi-Van Not ADA-Compliant
By News Release @ 4:09 AM :: 5085 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail

OTS Handi-Van on-time performance has declined 5% over the past three years; customers experience excessive trip times....

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Friday, February 26, 2016
Court: Kawananakoa Can’t Sue Over Tainted Rail Votes
By News Release @ 4:19 AM :: 5938 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Rail

...An ethics scandal called into question more than 100 votes cast by Honolulu City Council members....

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016
DraftKings Quitting Hawaii After Prosecutor Issues Cease-and-Desist Letter
By News Release @ 5:15 PM :: 8491 Views :: Honolulu County, Gambling, Law Enforcement

...the company was hopeful about the prospects of a bill in the Hawaii legislature....

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Charter Commission Defers Proposal to Repeal Affordable Housing Fund
By Natalie Iwasa @ 1:21 PM :: 3838 Views :: Honolulu County

... commissioners decided to defer Proposal 17, which would have repealed the Affordable Housing Fund, Clean Water and Natural Lands Fund, and Grants in Aid Fund as well as returned authorization for special fund creation back to the mayor with council approval ....

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Thursday, January 21, 2016
List of Neighborhood Board Vacancies
By News Release @ 6:35 PM :: 3896 Views :: Honolulu County

To fill a vacancy, contact your local Neighborhood Board....

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Thursday, January 21, 2016
Breakthrough: ACLU Allows City to Dispose of Homeless People’s Urine, Feces
By News Release @ 6:30 PM :: 4846 Views :: Honolulu County, Homelessness

...the City can immediately dispose of items such as combustible or hazardous items, weapons, illicit drugs, items that contain urine or feces or that are infested with rodents or insects....

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Sunday, January 17, 2016
Honolulu Charter Commission Discusses Ethics, Police, Fire and Salaries
By Natalie Iwasa @ 7:40 PM :: 4670 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics

... more independence with respect to investigation of waste, abuse and fraud? ....

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Sunday, January 10, 2016
Update on Honolulu Charter Commission – Meeting Friday
By Natalie Iwasa @ 8:57 PM :: 4350 Views :: Honolulu County

The commission has been meeting since March 2015 and received over 150 proposals for changes to the charter. Fifteen of those proposals have been deferred....

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Thursday, January 7, 2016
Public Meeting on Honolulu Bikeways January 13
By News Release @ 6:16 PM :: 3647 Views :: Honolulu County

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Neal Blaisdell Center, Hawaii Suite....

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Hawaiian Humane Society restores services under city contract
By News Release @ 4:44 AM :: 5825 Views :: Honolulu County, Law Enforcement

Stray dog pickups and law enforcement work such as dangerous dog investigations and barking dog complaints resume today....

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Sunday, December 13, 2015
Audit: H-Power Contracts Designed to Hide Waste, Fraud, and Abuse
By News Release @ 8:23 PM :: 5312 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics

ENV relied on the contractor, consultants, and external law firms to establish reasonable pricing and did not solicit or obtain open, competitive bids from other contractors....

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Saturday, December 12, 2015
Charter Commission Agenda: Defer all ‘Proposals to Dismantle HART’
By Natalie Iwasa @ 9:09 PM :: 5875 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail

The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday December 17 at 3:30 p.m....

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Monday, November 30, 2015
Revolving Door: KITV Reporter Becomes Caldwell ‘Information Officer’
By News Release @ 9:24 PM :: 5434 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics

...Caldwell announced today that veteran journalist Andrew Pereira will be joining the Managing Director’s Office as an information officer and part of the Mayor’s communications team....

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Monday, November 23, 2015
Honolulu Economic Development Grants Available Now
By News Release @ 6:43 PM :: 4210 Views :: Honolulu County

The deadline to submit proposals is Friday, December 18, 2015 at 4:00 p.m....

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Friday, October 30, 2015
Bill 72: Property Tax Break for Honolulu Home Businesses
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 3:52 AM :: 6105 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, Taxes

...homeowners of flex units face the challenge of having their entire property classified as 'Commercial', which equates to approximately 254% more in taxes....

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Thursday, October 29, 2015
AARP and WHO accept Honolulu’s Age-Friendly City plan
By News Release @ 3:03 AM :: 4458 Views :: Honolulu County

The WHO Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities is an international effort launched in 2006 to help cities prepare for rapid population aging and the parallel trend of urbanization....

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Saturday, October 17, 2015
City now accepting Grants in Aid applications
By News Release @ 11:13 AM :: 3722 Views :: Honolulu County

GIA proposals must be submitted by 2 p.m. on November 16, 2015....

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Thursday, October 15, 2015
Honolulu Repaves 202 Lane-Miles of Roads
By News Release @ 11:45 PM :: 3515 Views :: Honolulu County

...city’s quarterly road repaving progress report....

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Monday, October 12, 2015
City Returning to Kakaako to Remove 'Tremendous Volume of Trash'
By News Release @ 10:20 PM :: 4541 Views :: Honolulu County, Homelessness

...removed 26.84 tons of trash, 52 cubic yards of metals, 9 shopping carts, stored 8 bins of personal property....

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Saturday, October 10, 2015
FBI moving against HPD chief, wife--Special Prosecutor Appointed
By Selected News Articles @ 2:48 PM :: 7419 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Law Enforcement

...subpoenas are going out and an investigative grand jury could hear the case later this year....

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