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Friday, May 3, 2024
Maui: Enviros File Another Bird Lights Lawsuit
By News Release @ 12:06 AM :: 1299 Views :: Maui County, Environment, Greenmail, Tourism

... over the last 16 years, one bird died ....

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Thursday, May 2, 2024
Green Signs SB582: $385M for Maui Relief -- mostly for 'FEMA Ineligible Persons'
By News Release @ 10:39 PM :: 1298 Views :: Maui County, Homelessness

... $297 million has been designated to aid non-FEMA eligible families ....

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Thursday, May 2, 2024
Tokuda: Make Lahaina Federally Controlled 'National Heritage Area'
By News Release @ 10:20 PM :: 1500 Views :: Maui County, Development

... In establishing a new NHA, Congress designates a local coordinating entity—usually nonfederal—to coordinate and oversee administration of the area ....

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Thursday, May 2, 2024
SB2845: No Right to Keep and Bear Ammunition under Age 21
By NRA ILA @ 8:06 PM :: 1293 Views :: Second Amendment

... Senate and House chambers passed Senate Bill 2845 that prohibits individuals under the age of 21 from purchasing or possessing ammunition ....

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Thursday, May 2, 2024
Maui County to (attempt to) Outlaw 'Minatoya List' Condotels
By News Release @ 5:30 PM :: 7351 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Development, Greenmail, Drugs

... "Too bad Maui didn’t learn from the City getting spanked for unconstitutionally attempting to legislatively phase out vested property rights to STRs" ....

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Thursday, May 2, 2024
Hawaii Worst State for Nurses
By Wallet Hub @ 12:00 PM :: 1498 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Cost of Living

... Hawaii ranks 47th in health care facilities per capita ....

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Thursday, May 2, 2024
Hawaii Least Drug Problem in USA
By Wallet Hub @ 5:24 AM :: 1401 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Law Enforcement, Drugs

... but Hawaii has the 5th-highest proportion of teenagers offered drugs on school grounds ....

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Thursday, May 2, 2024
SB1035: Legislature Passes Bill to Exempt Medical Care from GE Tax
By News Release @ 4:23 AM :: 1684 Views :: Health Care, Military, Taxes

... exempts hospitals, infirmaries, medical clinics, health care facilities, pharmacies, and medical and dental providers from General Excise Tax (GET) on goods or services that are reimbursed through Medicaid, Medicare, or TRICARE ....

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Thursday, May 2, 2024
Bill 85: Update Maui’s ‘circuit breaker’ property tax credit
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:16 AM :: 1301 Views :: Maui County, Tax Credits

... Maui’s circuit breaker offers relief to people who own and live in their homes and have filed for property tax homeowner exemptions ....

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Thursday, May 2, 2024
HB2298 Coffee Labeling Bill Pushes Back on Blenders
By News Release @ 4:00 AM :: 1441 Views :: Agriculture, Small Business

... any coffee labeled or advertised with a Hawaiʻi geographic origin must consist of at least fifty-one percent coffee by weight from that geographic region ....

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Thursday, May 2, 2024
HB2144: Allow Production and Sale of 'Homemade Food Products'
By News Release @ 3:54 AM :: 1181 Views :: Agriculture, Small Business

... By broadening the types of shelf-stable food that can be sold and where producers can sell them, the bill ensures that local entrepreneurs have the chance to thrive while maintaining high standards of food safety ....

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Thursday, May 2, 2024
Maui County files complaint seeking to hold cell carriers responsible for failure to report outages during fires
By News Release @ 3:19 AM :: 1126 Views :: Maui County, Police

... to hold the Cell Carriers responsible for their failure to properly inform the Maui Police Department in a timely manner of widespread cellular service outages on August 8 to 9, 2023 ....

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Wednesday, May 1, 2024
Tourist Spending and Arrivals Down for March
By News Release @ 7:37 PM :: 1086 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... There were 855,537 visitors to the Hawaiian Islands in March 2024, down 5.0 percent from a year ago. Total visitor spending measured in nominal dollars was $1.76 billion, which was a drop of 4.2 percent compared to March 2023 ....

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Wednesday, May 1, 2024
DOH rejects Navy’s Red Hill consolidated groundwater sampling plan
By News Release @ 7:16 PM :: 1463 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Military

... groundwater monitoring to support the Navy’s request to reduce the amount of water being discharged into Halawa Stream from 4.5 million gallons a day to 1.8 million gallons a day ....

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Wednesday, May 1, 2024
Hawaii AG releases firearm registration statistics
By News Release @ 7:08 PM :: 1389 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Second Amendment, Drugs

... 2.2% were denied due to one or more disqualifying factors ....

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Wednesday, May 1, 2024
Nine Months Later: State Finally Begins Building Housing for Lahaina Survivors
By News Release @ 2:36 AM :: 1339 Views :: Maui County, Development

... 450 temporary studios and one-, two-, and three-bedroom housing units across 54 acres ....

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Tuesday, April 30, 2024
OHA Above the Law? One Trustee Says 'No'
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:56 PM :: 1460 Views :: Ethics, OHA

“I am concerned that the amicus brief will be perceived as an attempt by OHA to evade accountability to state ethics laws and oversight. Courts have ruled that the Office of Hawaiian Affairs is a state agency whose leadership and employees are subject to the standards of conduct and behavior expected of all state personnel.” --- OHA Trustee Keli'i Akina

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Tuesday, April 30, 2024
Unclaimed: Over $15 million in Tax Credits for Low Income Households
By UHERO @ 6:01 PM :: 1135 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tax Credits

... over one third—or $15.3 million—went unclaimed ....

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Tuesday, April 30, 2024
Wealth by Association? How Social Networks Drive Inequality in Hawaii
By UHERO @ 6:00 PM :: 1254 Views :: Education K-12, Development

... disparities exist in local schools ....

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Tuesday, April 30, 2024
Largest repatriation in Hawaiian history completed with cultural items long held at UC Berkeley
By News Release @ 12:00 PM :: 1220 Views :: Hawaii History, Higher Education

... Halealoha Ayau and Mana Cáceres admire the craftsmanship of an 'umeke nui ....

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Tuesday, April 30, 2024
Federal judge tosses challenge over recall of 'FCKBLM' vanity license plate
By Court House News @ 2:41 AM :: 1551 Views :: Honolulu County, First Amendment

... Edward Odquina wanted a license plate reading "FCKBLM." The city of Honolulu said no. A number of judges have now agreed ....

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Monday, April 29, 2024
Green Extends Deadline for 'One Ohana Fund' Lahaina Buyouts
By News Release @ 11:58 PM :: 1034 Views :: Maui County

...completed claim forms now due no later than July 1, 2024....

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Monday, April 29, 2024
Maui County's new Recovery Permitting Center Opens in Kahului
By News Release @ 11:48 PM :: 2271 Views :: Maui County, Development

... to assist residents with the process of applying for Disaster Recovery Building Permits for alterations, repairs, reconstruction and new construction of structures in areas affected by the August 2023 Maui wildfires ....

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Monday, April 29, 2024
Lahaina: HIEMA Moves Community Resource Center to Two Expensive Hotels
By News Release @ 11:33 PM :: 1000 Views :: Maui County

...  Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa and the Royal Lahaina Resort ....

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Monday, April 29, 2024
These Are the 10 Worst Places To Retire in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 11:19 PM :: 1930 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... From expensive housing to pricey food and utility costs, you should plan on boosting your budget if you intend to retire in Hawaii ....

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Monday, April 29, 2024
Hawaii 3rd Best State for 'Fiscal Transparency'
By News Release @ 10:58 PM :: 1172 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii Statistics

... but Hawaii gets only 6 of 15 points possible for ‘Include a net position not distorted by misleading and confusing deferred items.’ ....

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Monday, April 29, 2024
Corps of Engineers Maui wildfires recovery update
By News Release @ 5:54 PM :: 1078 Views :: Maui County, Development

... 300 residential lots have been returned to the county of Maui allowing homeowners to begin the rebuilding process ....

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Monday, April 29, 2024
‘Spontaneous order’ hailed as best way for societies to thrive
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:57 PM :: 1150 Views :: Education K-12, Higher Education

... “spontaneous order” — the myriad interactions that occur among individuals who are free to make voluntary decisions ....

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Sunday, April 28, 2024
The Home Stretch at the Legislature
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1161 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... At the end of this month, the Legislature wraps up and we see what gets sent to Gov. Green’s desk for signature or veto ....

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Sunday, April 28, 2024
Legislature ain't over till it's over, so there's still hope for housing bill
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:07 AM :: 1256 Views :: Development

... SB3202 is in conference committee ....

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Saturday, April 27, 2024
CNBC report notes how Jones Act leads to higher Matson shipping prices
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:54 PM :: 1409 Views :: Jones Act

... Higher prices for smaller U.S.-built ships is a losing combination for captive consumers in Hawaii and throughout the nation ....

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Saturday, April 27, 2024
​Legislature on Brink of Advancing Brighter Future
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:24 PM :: 1415 Views :: Development, Health Care, Taxes

... at least five bills strongly supported by my colleagues and I at the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii were passed out of conference committees and now will go for final votes at the House and Senate floor sessions ....

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Saturday, April 27, 2024
BLNR Boosts Honolua Bay Yacht Grounding Fine to $1.8M
By News Release @ 11:00 PM :: 1287 Views :: Maui County, Environment

... after hearing impassioned testimony from members of the community, the tentative proposed fined of more than $117,000 for damage caused to corals and live rock, was increased to $1,818,851.97 to account for “emotional distress to the community” ....

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Saturday, April 27, 2024
Hawaii Family Forum Legislative Week in Review
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 10:27 PM :: 1294 Views :: Family, Life, Drugs


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Saturday, April 27, 2024
Kayak Rental Co fined $35K for Blue Law Violations
By News Release @ 9:52 PM :: 1416 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

... We all know Sundays are holy days set aside for the worship of the Goddess Gaia ....

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Saturday, April 27, 2024
Miske Hitman Criminal Record Secretly Expunged
By Andrew Walden @ 12:32 AM :: 3868 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment, Judiciary, Second Amendment

... You won’t find any record of expungement proceedings on ECourtKokua—they’re secret ....

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Friday, April 26, 2024
The trouble with Tulsi: Why the former Hawaii congresswoman is Trump’s worst choice for vice president
By Selected News Articles @ 4:20 PM :: 3005 Views :: Tulsi Gabbard

... Trump and Biden are the two oldest presidential nominees in history. Given this reality, their understudies may be a factor in 2024 in a way they haven’t in decades ....

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Friday, April 26, 2024
After Wildfire Lawsuits, Soaring PG&E power rates approach Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 3:43 PM :: 1543 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

... Can you guess what’s going to happen as a result of Lahaina? ....

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Friday, April 26, 2024
Bill allowing counties more authority over short-term rentals on Green's desk
By Selected News Articles @ 1:07 PM :: 1357 Views :: Development, Small Business, Tourism

... A conference committee agreed to pass Senate Bill 2919, which would allow counties to create zoning laws regulating short-term rentals .... 

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Friday, April 26, 2024
Hawaii Window Open: Student loan debt repayment for health professionals
By News Release @ 4:33 AM :: 1064 Views :: Health Care

... The application deadline for the second cohort of this groundbreaking program is July 1, 2024 ....

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Friday, April 26, 2024
Bill 152 pre-approved multi-family designs would speed up Hawaii Island housing
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:25 AM :: 954 Views :: Hawaii County , Development

... allow the Hawaii County Department of Public Works to issue pre-approved model plans for multi-family housing — as it already does for single-family dwellings ....

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Friday, April 26, 2024
UH breaks extramural funding record in FY2024, on track for $550M
By News Release @ 3:52 AM :: 1131 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Higher Education

... the third consecutive year that UH has topped half a billion dollars in extramural funding ....

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Friday, April 26, 2024
Bonfire: HART Receives $125M from Feds
By News Release @ 2:38 AM :: 1263 Views :: Rail

... if HART awards the City Center Guideway and Stations contract, expected later this year, an additional $250 million will be burned ....

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Thursday, April 25, 2024
OHA Trustee Keli'i Akina Files for Re-election
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:23 PM :: 1202 Views :: OHA

... All registered voters in Hawaii are eligible to vote for OHA Trustees ....

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Thursday, April 25, 2024
Rolling Blackouts end for Big Island as oil-fired plants come online
By News Release @ 3:36 AM :: 2840 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy

"...Combined, these oil-fired units have up to 53 megawatts of generating capacity. ...."

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Thursday, April 25, 2024
US Space Force Plans 'Space Surveillance' Telescopes for Haleakala
By News Release @ 3:35 AM :: 1329 Views :: Maui County, Military

... Environmental Impact Statement for the Department of the Air Force Maui Optical and Supercomputing Site Small Telescope Advanced Research Facility ....

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Wednesday, April 24, 2024
Maui Property Tax Resolution Full of Blank Numbers
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:26 PM :: 1333 Views :: Maui County, Taxes

... Resolution 24-78 would set property tax rates for the coming year ....

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Wednesday, April 24, 2024
Maui budget full of tax hikes
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:18 PM :: 1115 Views :: Maui County, Taxes

... County officials are seeking significant property tax increases while doing virtually nothing to cut spending or spend wisely ....

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Wednesday, April 24, 2024
Budget Emerges from Conference Committee
By News Release @ 10:35 PM :: 1027 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... House Bill 1800 CD1 will be up for a final vote in both chambers before being transmitted to the governor for consideration ....

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Wednesday, April 24, 2024
Let’s end embarrassing tax on medical services
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:26 PM :: 1253 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

... the GET makes practicing in Hawaii so financially challenging, causing many Hawaii doctors to retire or move away ....

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