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Thursday, February 29, 2024
Climate Activist And Liberal Billionaire Quietly Gobbles Up Rural Land In Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 1:27 PM :: 35 Views :: Hawaii County , Cost of Living

"...a more fair, equal and sustainable capitalism...."

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Thursday, February 29, 2024
Hawaii Worst State to Be Middle Income from a Tax Perspective
By Selected News Articles @ 1:15 PM :: 26 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... for middle income earners, taxes take 13.62% of income--highest in the USA ....

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Thursday, February 29, 2024
EXTENDED: Applicants Wanted for State Ethics Commission
By News Release @ 1:12 AM :: 1085 Views :: Ethics

... The Judicial Council is seeking applicants to fill a vacancy on the Hawaiʻi State Ethics Commission. The term will be for four years ....

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Wednesday, February 28, 2024
Lahaina: Army Corps of Engineers Transfers Temporary School to DoE
By News Release @ 4:52 PM :: 174 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

... turnover of the temporary King Kamehameha III Elementary School in Lahaina to the Hawai‘i State Department of Education Feb. 27 ....

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Wednesday, February 28, 2024
Not so Smart: Affordable Housing Loss Study Debunked
By News Release @ 4:43 PM :: 183 Views :: Development, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... the study from Washington, D.C.-based Smart Growth America commissioned by AARP Hawai‘i didn’t account for numerous affordable-housing projects ....

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Wednesday, February 28, 2024
Lahaina: State Senators Push for 1,000 Permanent FEMA Units
By News Release @ 3:50 PM :: 171 Views :: Maui County

"... to advocate for the construction of one-thousand permanent FEMA-built housing units to house the wildfire survivors ...."

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Wednesday, February 28, 2024
Bills increasing costs for tourists moving through Hawaii Legislature
By Selected News Articles @ 2:19 PM :: 168 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

... two proposals that would increase the transient accommodation tax, known as TAT ....

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Wednesday, February 28, 2024
Unlicensed Midwives Sue State
By News Release @ 2:13 PM :: 183 Views :: Health Care, Small Business

... there were no professional licenses in Hawaii before Captain Cook arrived, therefore unlicensed midwifery is 'indigenous' ....

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Wednesday, February 28, 2024
Green Launches Compensation Fund for Lahaina Dead, Injured
By News Release @ 2:33 AM :: 219 Views :: Maui County, Hawaii State Government

"...The Fund Will Help Families of Deceased Avoid Lengthy, Uncertain Litigation...."

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Tuesday, February 27, 2024
Hawaiʻi educators urged to take part in presidential selection process
By News Release @ 12:50 PM :: 283 Views :: Democratic Party, Education K-12, Labor, Republican Party

... Democrats hold primary March 6; GOP caucuses will be March 12 ....

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Tuesday, February 27, 2024
The real cost of returning to the office in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 11:57 AM :: 326 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Employees in Hawaii can expect to shell out more than a quarter of the median household income to work from the office ....

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Monday, February 26, 2024
SHOPO & Maui County Reach Agreement on COVID Hazard Pay
By News Release @ 5:24 PM :: 283 Views :: Maui County, Labor, Police, COVID-19

... officers who worked in a patrol function through the pandemic will receive 20% Hazard Pay based on the actual number of hours worked during the pandemic. All other officers will receive 15% Hazard Pay. All officers will receive 15% Hazard Pay for actual overtime hours ....

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Monday, February 26, 2024
Hawaii needs better budgeting for Maui recovery
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:16 PM :: 310 Views :: Maui County, Hawaii State Government

... it was only a year ago that state lawmakers had a healthy budget surplus to work with. But then they went on an ill-advised spending spree ....

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Monday, February 26, 2024
Hawaii Democrats Presidential Caucus Set for March 6
By News Release @ 4:08 PM :: 275 Views :: Democratic Party

... Party-run Presidential Primary from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM. ....

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Monday, February 26, 2024
Reports show assisted suicide continues to grow in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 3:52 PM :: 304 Views :: Health Care, Life

... 197 prescriptions have been written for death-inducing drugs in Hawaii since the passage of the state’s “medical aid in dying” law in 2019 ....

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Sunday, February 25, 2024
Taxes, Housing, Energy: High Costs Driving People out of Hawaii
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:30 PM :: 549 Views :: Cost of Living

... inflation means you’re not making any more money, but you’re being taxed a lot more for the money that you’re making ....

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Sunday, February 25, 2024
Greater usage of cryptocurrency in Hawaii?
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:22 PM :: 291 Views :: Small Business

... After the state Division of Financial Institutions started implementing stringent cryptocurrency regulations in 2014, crypto companies started fleeing the state ....

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Sunday, February 25, 2024
Recreational Marijuana Bills on the Move
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 5:55 PM :: 538 Views :: Drugs

... one ounce will yield "84 cigarette-sized joints" ....

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Sunday, February 25, 2024
How do criminals become foster parents in Hawaii?
By Andrew Walden @ 5:33 PM :: 876 Views :: Family, Hawaii State Government

... The DHS recruits them with offers of money ....

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Sunday, February 25, 2024
The Department’s Quest to Nullify Evidence
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 573 Views :: Taxes

... trampling on taxpayers’ rights ....

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Sunday, February 25, 2024
City Demands Energy Use Data on Apartments and Commercial Buildings
By News Release @ 2:30 AM :: 462 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy, Cost of Living

... Starting in 2023, buildings 100,000 square feet and larger were required to begin annually reporting their utility data to the City. By June 30, 2024, buildings 50,000 square feet and larger must report, followed by buildings 25,000 square feet and larger by June 30, 2025 ....

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Sunday, February 25, 2024
DoTax: State Tax Credits You Can Claim
By News Release @ 2:22 AM :: 572 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes

... Hawaiʻi Department of Taxation Encourages Hawaiʻi Families to Claim Available Tax Credits ....

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Saturday, February 24, 2024
133 Candidates Pull Papers Statewide
By News Release @ 10:23 AM :: 4137 Views :: Office of Elections

... Candidate filing begins on February 1, 2024, and goes through June 4, 2024 ....

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Saturday, February 24, 2024
Green Kills off 'Affordable' Housing Group, Hands Authority to HHFDC
By News Release @ 3:42 AM :: 610 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... Green assigns the BBB’s duties to the Hawai‘i Housing Finance and Development Corporation (HHFDC), which will review developer applications for eligibility and process fee waiver exemptions ....

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Friday, February 23, 2024
HGEA members win substantial hazard pay from the Hawaii Education Department
By News Release @ 6:10 PM :: 610 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, COVID-19

... 7,800 HGEA employees of the state’s public school system will receive 25% of their base salary for the duration of Gov. David Ige’s emergency proclamation from March 4, 2020, to March 25, 2022 ....

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Friday, February 23, 2024
Ninth Circuit to rehear Hawaii butterfly knife ban
By Court House News @ 5:59 PM :: 595 Views :: Second Amendment

... The Ninth Circuit restored Hawaii's 1993 ban on butterfly knives while agreeing to take on an appeal of the decision that the knife is protected under the Second Amendment ....

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Friday, February 23, 2024
UHERO: Hawaii Economy Slowing
By UHERO @ 6:17 AM :: 559 Views :: Maui County, Economy, COVID-19

... disasters from COVID to Lahaina are the only thing holding Hawaii's economy together ....

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Friday, February 23, 2024
Hawaii committee to discuss $25 tourism tax Friday
By Selected News Articles @ 6:07 AM :: 616 Views :: Environment, Taxes, Tourism

... House Bill 2406 would impose a $25 "transient accommodation tax," also known as a TAT, on top of the 10.25% TAT that is already in place ....

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Thursday, February 22, 2024
Kennedy on Hawaii Ballot with 'We The People Party'
By News Release @ 9:06 PM :: 762 Views :: Office of Elections

... Hawaii Office of Elections has confirmed Kennedy supporters have collected the 862 required signatures to establish the “We The People” party in Hawaii ....

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Wednesday, February 21, 2024
SB3381: Stop Lahaina Property Owners from Rebuilding
By Andrew Walden @ 9:07 PM :: 2049 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Development, Labor

... will Lahaina literally be handed over to the HCDA and an appointed ‘Community Board’ comprised of Josh Green’s hand-picked Carpenters Union representatives? ....

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Wednesday, February 21, 2024
Anti-Gun Bills Scheduled for Decision Making Hearings in the Senate Judiciary Committee
By NRA ILA @ 8:03 PM :: 696 Views :: Second Amendment

... Senate Bill 3196 and Senate Bill 2845 will place further restrictions on your Second Amendment Rights by expanding the existing "assault pistol" ban to include certain rifles and shotguns and implementing new age restrictions for ammunition ....

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Wednesday, February 21, 2024
VIDEO: Biological Parents of Ariel Sellers Speak
By Video @ 4:25 PM :: 810 Views :: Family, Judiciary

... February 21, 2024 Kapolei Courthouse Rally with Sen Kurt Fevella demands release of CWS records regarding the foster care torture and murder of Ariel Sellers ....

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Wednesday, February 21, 2024
Trump: Tulsi Gabbard on Short List for Vice President
By Video @ 3:52 PM :: 1021 Views :: Republican Party, Tulsi Gabbard

... Trump confirms names on VP shortlist: ‘They’re all good, they’re all solid’  ....

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Wednesday, February 21, 2024
Feds Obtain More Than $1.9 Million in Forfeitures from Hawaii Illegal Gambling Operations
By News Release @ 2:13 PM :: 607 Views :: Gambling

... Both the Paula Drive forfeiture action and the 2019 action resulted from a joint criminal and civil investigation into an illegal gambling business operating at least nine illegal game rooms ....

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Wednesday, February 21, 2024
Senate Approves Publicly Funded Election Bill
By News Release @ 2:18 AM :: 591 Views :: First Amendment, Office of Elections

... SB2381 SD2 would establish a comprehensive system of public financing for candidates seeking election to state and county public offices, beginning with the 2028 general election ....

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Wednesday, February 21, 2024
FCKBLM? Censorship Leads to 23% Decrease in Personalized License Plate Requests
By News Release @ 2:09 AM :: 716 Views :: Honolulu County, First Amendment

... The city’s Motor Vehicle Registration Branch will reject applications that violate the existing rules, including letter and number combinations that are profane, encourage violence, or make sexual references ....

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Wednesday, February 21, 2024
Rule Forcing Corrupt Project Labor Agreements Will Face Legal Challenges
By News Release @ 1:54 AM :: 715 Views :: Maui County, Labor

... a construction contract that required a PLA would be more expensive ....

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Wednesday, February 21, 2024
More cost, More delay: Green Signs 'PLA' for Lahaina Rebuild
By News Release @ 1:35 AM :: 765 Views :: Maui County, Labor

"...the rebuilding of housing units in Lahaina alone will require at least 2,000 additional construction workers...."

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Wednesday, February 21, 2024
Executive Order: Hawaii is a 'Trauma-Informed' State
By News Release @ 1:25 AM :: 786 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Labor

... first, Green's task force will seek out 'traumatized' State employees ....

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Wednesday, February 21, 2024
DoH: Exposing tobacco marketing to Hawai‘i’s youth
By News Release @ 1:11 AM :: 583 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

... The tobacco industry spends an estimated $22 million on marketing in Hawaiʻi each year costing the state $611 million in annual health care costs, $1.1 billion in lost productivity, and nearly $1,000 per household in state and federal tax burden ....

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Tuesday, February 20, 2024
​Cockfighting fans fight Northern Mariana ban at Ninth Circuit
By Court House News @ 2:14 PM :: 640 Views :: Agriculture, Drugs

... cockfighting was banned in the territory in 2018 ....

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Tuesday, February 20, 2024
Hawaiʻi’s future jobs: 70% require postsecondary education by 2031
By UHERO @ 1:55 PM :: 710 Views :: Economy, Higher Education

“...I think there is a misconception now that there are jobs that are great right here in Hawaiʻi that you can get right after high school with just a high school diploma and that’s just not the case....”

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Monday, February 19, 2024
SB3196 Bans Many Types of Guns
By Selected News Articles @ 6:43 PM :: 1070 Views :: Second Amendment

... Bans all shotguns capable of accepting more than 5 rounds ....

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Monday, February 19, 2024
True housing reform seems a strong possibility
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:32 PM :: 755 Views :: Development

... many small tweaks to Hawaii’s zoning and permitting rules that together could make a big dent ....

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Sunday, February 18, 2024
Hawaii's high cost of living is due to “one little thing after another, just building on each other”
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:22 PM :: 917 Views :: Development, Taxes, Cost of Living

... good housing bills, awful tax bills at Legislature ....

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Sunday, February 18, 2024
City May be Short on Sanitation Trucks for Months to Come
By News Release @ 1:14 PM :: 932 Views :: Honolulu County

... Of the 73 trucks that have been ordered over the past five fiscal years, ENV has only received 17 of them — and no new trucks have been delivered since November 2020 .... 

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Sunday, February 18, 2024
The ConAm Returns Again
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 882 Views :: Education K-12, Taxes

... The Counties all oppose this bill ....

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Saturday, February 17, 2024
Skimming Nuclear Munitions Contract? Lawsuit Alleges Dawson is Fake Hawaiian Company
By Andrew Walden @ 7:54 PM :: 2950 Views :: Ethics, Military, OHA

... "Nuclear Munitions Command and Control" is a $698K per year grift  ....

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Saturday, February 17, 2024
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted February 17, 2024
By GovTrack .us @ 2:00 PM :: 724 Views :: Congressional Delegation

... votes cast and bills introduced to Congress ....

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Saturday, February 17, 2024
Decision on advisory group for UH president’s search postponed
By News Release @ 12:58 PM :: 777 Views :: Higher Education

... The BOR also received an update on the search firm for the president’s search. A firm has been selected and will be announced when the contract is finalized....

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