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Sunday, October 1, 2023
Make sure to claim additional property tax relief in Honolulu
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:50 AM :: 2403 Views :: Honolulu County, Tax Credits, Taxes

... Honolulu homeowners have until Oct. 2 to file for increased property tax exemptions that Grassroot Institute helped become law ....

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Saturday, September 30, 2023
EPA Consent Decree: Pollution Violations at Kailua Wastewater Treatment Plant
By News Release @ 6:31 PM :: 1595 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 :: 2184 Views :: Honolulu County, Agriculture, Law Enforcement, Drugs

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

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Thursday, September 28, 2023
Blangiardi statement in opposition to ACLU Lawsuit
By News Release @ 6:29 AM :: 1813 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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Saturday, September 23, 2023
Applications now open for Kapolei City Lights parade
By News Release @ 12:00 PM :: 1857 Views :: Honolulu County, Religion

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

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Saturday, September 16, 2023
Building Permit: A Six-Year Odyssey
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:52 PM :: 2567 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Development

... "the 100% lunacy of TAG's six-year odyssey to obtain a building permit to renovate what is now The Brad Powell Theatre." ....

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Monday, September 11, 2023
Bribery: Last DPP Criminal Sentenced
By News Release @ 6:05 PM :: 2466 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Development

... employees of the DPP took bribes in exchange for performing official acts at DPP .... 

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Wednesday, September 6, 2023
County Councils Consider Property Tax Exemptions for Seniors, Homeowners
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:55 PM :: 2291 Views :: Hawaii County , Honolulu County, Kauai County, Tax Credits

... Bills on the move: Honolulu, Hawaii County, Kauai County ....

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Wednesday, September 6, 2023
Resolutions would ease hiring challenges, save city money
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:41 PM :: 1665 Views :: Honolulu County, Labor

... resolutions would assist the city administration in hiring for critical positions, delete unfilled and unnecessary positions and likely contribute to lower budgetary costs ....

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Tuesday, September 5, 2023
CNHA Buys Another Apartment Building--No New Affordable Units Created
By News Release @ 4:28 AM :: 2115 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, COVID-19

... “Our goal is to build equity and acquire more properties"  ....

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Thursday, August 31, 2023
City Code Update: Increase cost of construction to subsidize electric cars, solar industry
By News Release @ 3:12 PM :: 1823 Views :: Honolulu County, Development

... is housing an emergency or not? ....

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Wednesday, August 23, 2023
30 Years later--Varona Village Redevelopment Begins
By News Release @ 4:08 AM :: 2147 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Development

... to offer the homes and lots for purchase by the tenants of record (the original plantation workers) and current Varona Village residents ....

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Tuesday, August 22, 2023
ACLU Demands Injunction to Protect Massive Festering Homeless Tent Cities
By News Release @ 3:21 PM :: 2211 Views :: Honolulu County, Homelessness

... the homeless are sacred cows ....

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Saturday, August 19, 2023
Fossil fuel giants fight for dismissal of climate change liability suit
By Court House News @ 9:36 PM :: 1861 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy, Environment

... C&C of Honolulu and energy giants faced off over where the suit should be taken to trial ....

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Saturday, August 19, 2023
Red Hill: Hawaii Department of Health Conditionally Approves All 253 Repairs
By Selected News Articles @ 9:02 PM :: 1775 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Military

... JTF-RH remains on track to commence gravity defueling by October 16, 2023 ....

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Saturday, August 12, 2023
City to temporarily suspend short-term vacation rental laws in response to Maui wildfires
By News Release @ 3:39 AM :: 2314 Views :: Honolulu County, Maui County, Small Business, Tourism

... Blangiardi directed DPP to suspend the short-term vacation rental 30–day minimum rental period requirement to increase the availability of temporary housing on Oʻahu ....

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Friday, August 11, 2023
Maui, Oahu COVID Hospitalizations Up
By News Release @ 3:06 PM :: 2334 Views :: Honolulu County, Maui County, COVID-19

... the hospital admission rate for Honolulu and Maui counties increased to 10.4 new COVID-19 hospitalizations per 100,000 people ....

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Tuesday, August 8, 2023
Honolulu sued for plans to demolish iconic ‘Stairway to Heaven’
By Court House News @ 11:59 PM :: 1784 Views :: Honolulu County, Tourism

... The Haʻikū Stairs have been slated for removal due to safety concerns, but activists say that there are alternatives to ripping out the popular steps ....

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Saturday, August 5, 2023
"Wouldn’t it be nice to get a permit in 10 days?"
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:14 PM :: 2673 Views :: Honolulu County, Development

... Bill 6 would allow building applications to be reviewed by qualified third-party reviewers ....

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Thursday, August 3, 2023
Chief Justice Appoints Three Oahu District Court Judges
By News Release @ 10:21 PM :: 2860 Views :: Honolulu County, Judiciary

... Recktenwald today appointed three individuals to fill judicial positions in the District Court of the First Circuit ....

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Sunday, July 30, 2023
​Tupola says empowering people is her motivation
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:03 AM :: 2677 Views :: Honolulu County, Development

... Tupola served four years in the state House, starting in 2014, then was elected to the City Council, in 2020 ....

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Thursday, July 27, 2023
ACLU Lawsuit Seeks to Protect Massive Festering Homeless Tent Cities
By News Release @ 3:42 AM :: 2549 Views :: Honolulu County, Homelessness

... asks the court to stop the City’s targeted enforcement actions—including sweeps, citations, and arrests—that disrupt and disenfranchise houseless people, unless and until there is adequate shelter ....

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Wednesday, July 26, 2023
Lack of Drivers: No Buses for 14 Schools on Oahu, Kauai
By News Release @ 3:22 AM :: 2453 Views :: Honolulu County, Kauai County, Education K-12

... The continuing shortage of qualified school bus drivers statewide will suspend bus transportation services at ten of Oʻahu’s 24 high schools and four schools on Kauaʻi when the new school year begins ....

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Monday, July 24, 2023
OIP Issues Four New Opinions
By News Release @ 5:06 PM :: 2592 Views :: Honolulu County, Education K-12, Ethics, OHA

... OIP also found, sua sponte, that the PCSC executive session minutes did not convey a true reflection of the matters discussed at the meeting ....

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Sunday, July 23, 2023
Study the Empty Homes Tax Again?
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2596 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes

... Folks on the Neighbor Islands:  Don’t laugh. You might be next! ....

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Sunday, July 16, 2023
Auditor: Honolulu Human Resources Data Almost 100% Erroneous
By News Release @ 4:47 AM :: 2131 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

... Based on the high error rates, we concluded that DHR’s data was unreliable and insufficient to conduct further analysis .... 

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Saturday, July 15, 2023
Free Money from the Sky: More COVID Cash for Honolulu's Profitable Non-profits
By News Release @ 12:19 AM :: 1882 Views :: Honolulu County, COVID-19

... City to accept applications for a second tranche of relief funding for non-profits affected by Covid-19 ....

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Wednesday, July 12, 2023
Red Hill defueling progresses
By Selected News Articles @ 11:34 PM :: 1512 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Military

... Hawaii Department of Health gave conditional approval to U.S. Navy officials to defuel surge tanks next to the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility ....

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Tuesday, July 11, 2023
​Board of Parks and Recreation relaunching with eight new nominees
By News Release @ 5:56 PM :: 1061 Views :: Honolulu County

... a volunteer board created to advise DPR on recreational, cultural, and public entertainment opportunities at City parks and facilities ....

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Tuesday, July 11, 2023
Red Hill Surge Tanks First to be Drained
By News Release @ 5:46 PM :: 1535 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Military

... Approximately 480,000 gallons of fuel are expected to be removed from the surge tanks. Defueling operations are expected to begin on July 17, 2023, and run through July 30, 2023....

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Friday, July 7, 2023
Homeless Medical Respite Fills up in One Month
By News Release @ 4:52 AM :: 1678 Views :: Honolulu County, Health Care, Homelessness

... 13 total intakes, 3 patient discharges, and a total of 189 unduplicated shower uses from members of the surrounding community during the first month of project operation ....

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Friday, July 7, 2023
Green Seeks Comment on Oahu Judicial Nominees
By News Release @ 4:43 AM :: 1403 Views :: Honolulu County, Judiciary

... Green will nominate a successor to Circuit Judge Christine E. Kuriyama, who retired in June 2023 ....

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Friday, July 7, 2023
Oahu Park water reduction efforts exceed expectations
By News Release @ 3:45 AM :: 1415 Views :: Honolulu County

... BWS called for a voluntary 10% water reduction last summer, park users reduced their use by 15.4% ....

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Sunday, July 2, 2023
Lawmakers Wasting Your Money: Let me count the ways
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:26 PM :: 1743 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii State Government

... Housing, the Honolulu rail, the Aloha Stadium, homelessness and the 64% pay raise for Honolulu City Council members ....

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Thursday, June 29, 2023
Red Hill Repairs Finished, Awaiting DoH Validation and Approval Before Defueling
By Selected News Articles @ 6:45 PM :: 1087 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Military

... All repairs to the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility, mandated by the Hawaii Department of Health, are complete, Joint Task Force – Red Hill announced in a Wednesday night news release ....

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Thursday, June 29, 2023
Report: Honolulu Liquor Commission is Still a Mess
By News Release @ 4:03 PM :: 1520 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics

... how many years has this been going on? ....

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Thursday, June 29, 2023
City Fined $434K for Dumping Sewage into Kaneohe Bay
By News Release @ 3:37 PM :: 981 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment

... Between April 2023 and May 2023, CCH discharged effluent from the wastewater treatment plant in exceedance of daily NPDES permit limits for enterococci on 13 occasions ....

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Wednesday, June 28, 2023
14 Years Later HiDoT Still Trying to get Rid of Falls of Clyde
By News Release @ 11:59 PM :: 1716 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Tourism

... HDOT is working to redevelop Pier 7 at Honolulu Harbor which has been vacant and inactive for the last 14 years, after Bishop Museum closed the Hawaiʻi Maritime Center ....

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Sunday, June 25, 2023
DoH conditionally approves Red Hill defueling plan
By News Release @ 4:00 PM :: 2144 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Military

... setting the framework to begin defueling about 104 million gallons of fuel from the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility ....

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Sunday, June 25, 2023
DoH Publishes Red Hill Exposure Assessment
By News Release @ 3:54 PM :: 2190 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Health Care, Military

... Report summarizes potential chemical exposure to residents from 2021 jet fuel exposure ....

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Wednesday, June 21, 2023
Blangiardi announces leadership changes at two City departments
By News Release @ 3:10 PM :: 2177 Views :: Honolulu County

... Keith Suzuka will serve as Deputy Director of the Department of Land Management and Ben Sullivan will serve as Deputy Director of the Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency ....

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Tuesday, June 20, 2023
Honolulu: Where High Earners Lose 2nd Most To Taxes and Cost of Living
By Selected News Articles @ 12:00 PM :: 2380 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... in Honolulu a $250K salary is worth $82,672.04 ....

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Monday, June 19, 2023
Neighborhood Commission Office Holds Revote in Hawaii Kai Subdistrict 11
By News Release @ 11:07 PM :: 2177 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics

... a computer glitch prevented Sub District 11 voters from being able to electronically submit their votes ....

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Monday, June 19, 2023
Honolulu Credit Card Debt Soars
By Selected News Articles @ 4:45 PM :: 2281 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Honolulu average household credit card debt is $14,927, up by $2,498 ....

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Sunday, June 11, 2023
Want more housing? Why not just cut the red tape?
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:50 PM :: 1938 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Cost of Living

... address the structural problems in the housing market, namely the strict regulatory environment ....

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Saturday, June 10, 2023
Council Raises? Time to work for a living
By Selected News Articles @ 5:19 PM :: 2237 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics

... An open letter to the Honolulu City Council.  RE: The pay raise you are about to get ....

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Friday, June 9, 2023
"FCKBLM" -- Ninth Circuit hears challenge to recall of evocative license plate
By Selected News Articles @ 4:44 AM :: 2070 Views :: Honolulu County, First Amendment

... The city and county of Honolulu tried to walk back a mistakenly-approved vanity plate reading "FCKBLM," but the license plate holder says that violates his free speech rights ....

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Wednesday, June 7, 2023
Want More COVID Cash? Apply June 13
By News Release @ 10:05 PM :: 2009 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, COVID-19

... ask for up to three months of additional support ....

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Wednesday, June 7, 2023
Resolution 33: Tinkering with Property Tax Rates on Rental Units
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:47 PM :: 1896 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, Taxes

... decrease the rates on the first tier of Residential A homes from $4.50 to $4.00 per $1,000 and increase rates on the second tier from $10.50 to $11.40 per $1,000 ....

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Wednesday, June 7, 2023
Bill 56: Increase amount for permit exemptions to ease 209 day backlog
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:31 PM :: 1937 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Small Business

... 209 days spent waiting for a permit often equates to higher costs for labor and materials ....

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