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Thursday, November 16, 2023
Waianae: Feds Arrest Six for Cockfighting, Gamerooms, Meth
By News Release @ 1:39 PM :: 2641 Views :: Gambling, Drugs

... According to the Criminal Complaint, on three occasions in July 2021, Edward Caspino distributed approximately one pound of methamphetamine to an individual working with federal law enforcement ....

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Wednesday, November 15, 2023
Hawaii receives ‘F’ in Shared Hope International’s Report Cards on Child and Youth Sex Trafficking
By News Release @ 7:06 PM :: 1374 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Law Enforcement

... Hawaii is one of 21 states that fail to prohibit the criminalization of minors for prostitution offenses, thus allowing commercially sexually exploited minors to be held criminally accountable for their own victimization ....

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Wednesday, November 15, 2023
Fronting for the Contractors: CNHA Hosting Debris Removal Meeting
By News Release @ 6:19 PM :: 1547 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Military

...  CNHA fronts for the 8a contractors which scored the lucrative no-bid USACE contracts to clean up properties in Kula and Lahaina ....  

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Wednesday, November 15, 2023
Democrats Taking Applications for House Dist 10 Vacancy
By News Release @ 4:29 PM :: 1235 Views :: Democratic Party, Maui County

... Applications will be accepted digitally beginning Wednesday, November 15 through Tuesday, November 28 ....

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Wednesday, November 15, 2023
Predatory Landlord Practices at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam
By News Release @ 3:01 PM :: 1879 Views :: Military, Cost of Living

... For most lessees, the increase is a $1,250 jump in rent per month. ...

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Wednesday, November 15, 2023
Schatz: $20 Million For 'Native Hawaiian Climate Resilience'
By News Release @ 3:20 AM :: 1713 Views :: DHHL, Environment, Congressional Delegation, OHA

... Schatz-Authored Provision Of Inflation Reduction Act Funds New Kapapahuliau Climate Resilience Program ....

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Tuesday, November 14, 2023
Pentagon Plans Transfer of Red Hill Back to Navy
By Selected News Articles @ 10:41 PM :: 1391 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Military

... Joint Task Force – Red Hill was in charge of defueling, while the Navy and the Department of Defense will take on the closure process ....

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Tuesday, November 14, 2023
Hawaii is the fourth most impacted state by retail crime in America
By News Release @ 3:14 PM :: 2464 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Law Enforcement, Small Business

... $288 stolen per resident ....

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Tuesday, November 14, 2023
Felon Watch: Nan buying Grace Pacific from A&B
By Andrew Walden @ 3:41 AM :: 3437 Views :: Ethics, Development, Rail

... convicted felon to gain even more control over Hawaii CIP projects .... 

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Monday, November 13, 2023
Gun Violence: Westside Legislators Push Back Against Grace, Fevella
By News Release @ 5:39 PM :: 2819 Views :: Honolulu County, Gambling, Law Enforcement, Second Amendment

"We are disappointed that one of our colleagues has chosen to align themselves with a group of people promoting hate and bullying."

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Monday, November 13, 2023
While Lahaina Waits, One Business Quickly Allowed to Reopen
By News Release @ 4:59 PM :: 1580 Views :: Maui County, Small Business, Drugs

... its a cannabis dispensary ....

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Sunday, November 12, 2023
Audit Exposes Caldwell’s $175M Slush Fund
By Andrew Walden @ 9:19 PM :: 4680 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, COVID-19

... Could credit union executives go to jail? ....

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Sunday, November 12, 2023
Owning in a Burn Zone
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1940 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use

“... It’s absurd, the socialist mentality, they think they own the land ....”

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Sunday, November 12, 2023
VIDEO: High Cost of Housing Freaks out Gigantic Baritone Cat
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:14 AM :: 1567 Views :: Cost of Living

... Grassroot videos on Instagram rack up more than 1 million views in October ....

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Sunday, November 12, 2023
​Honolulu Council approves self-certification for permits
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:00 AM :: 2926 Views :: Honolulu County, Development

... Bill 6 (2023), CD1 would allow building applications to be reviewed by professionals qualified to self-certify that the plans and other data in the applications are in compliance ....

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Saturday, November 11, 2023
YIGBY law would be "dream situation" for Hawaii housing
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 9:53 PM :: 1711 Views :: Development, Religion

... Hawaii’s churches want to help solve the state’s housing crisis. Why are we making it so difficult for them? ....

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Saturday, November 11, 2023
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted November 11, 2023
By GovTrack .us @ 3:36 PM :: 1399 Views :: Congressional Delegation

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

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Saturday, November 11, 2023
Relax rules on ‘cottage food’ entrepreneurs
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:49 AM :: 1480 Views :: Agriculture, Small Business

... folks who simply want to sell homemade food products must jump through numerous hoops. Considering that one of the state’s official goals is to boost local food production, that just doesn’t seem right ....

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Saturday, November 11, 2023
Streamline permitting process to reduce wait times, favoritism
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:40 AM :: 1470 Views :: Honolulu County, Development

... The Actors Guild, a local acting group, produced a play based on their five-year ordeal of trying to get a permit to renovate their theater at Dole Cannery ....

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Saturday, November 11, 2023
‘CON’ laws hindering access to better Hawaii healthcare
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:31 AM :: 1387 Views :: Health Care

... repealing CON laws in Hawaii could result in “11 more hospitals, including four more rural hospitals [and] two more ambulatory surgical centers” ....

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Saturday, November 11, 2023
Adjusting AMI for Kauai’s affordable rental program could backfire
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:23 AM :: 1479 Views :: Kauai County, Tax Credits, Taxes

... a sweeping reform of Kauai’s property tax system ....

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Friday, November 10, 2023
Audio Reveals HECO Informing Maui PD Lahaina Power is Off
By Audio @ 7:23 PM :: 3198 Views :: Maui County, Energy, Ethics, Police

“The BBC obtained audio of a conversation between Maui police and Hawaiian Electric in which the power company confirms that power has been turned off in the town of Lahaina.”

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Friday, November 10, 2023
Personal Debt Keeps Hawaii up at Night
By Selected News Articles @ 4:30 PM :: 1488 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... 28% of Hawaii respondents — or 410,410 people — said they suffer from insomnia because of concern over their debt ....

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Friday, November 10, 2023
Mililani Fire Video: Native Trees Burn, Albizia Survives
By Video @ 3:09 AM :: 1592 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment

... While flames are no longer visible, the landscape is a mosaic of blackened native trees interspersed with invasive ones, like Albizia ....

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Friday, November 10, 2023
Trap & skeet ranges at Koko Head Shooting Complex reopening this weekend
By News Release @ 2:52 AM :: 1350 Views :: Honolulu County, Second Amendment

... Skeet Range opening Saturday, Nov. 11, Trap Range reopening Sunday, Nov. 12 ....

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Thursday, November 9, 2023
Green Appoints Hashimoto to Senate Dist 5 Maui
By News Release @ 11:12 PM :: 2760 Views :: Democratic Party, Maui County, Hawaii State Government, Politicians

... there is now a vacancy in HD 10 ....

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Thursday, November 9, 2023
17 State Coalition Against Unconstitutional Hawaii Firearm Carry Ban
By News Release @ 2:20 AM :: 1658 Views :: Second Amendment

... 17 state attorneys general oppose Hawaii’s unconstitutional gun ban which prohibits the carry or possession of firearms in designated “sensitive” places ....

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Thursday, November 9, 2023
Inverse Condemnation and Hawaii's Wildfires
By Robert Thomas @ 2:07 AM :: 1488 Views :: Maui County, Land Use

... the role that ‘damaging clauses’ found in more than half of state constitutions across the United States play in inverse condemnation claims related to natural disasters ....

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Thursday, November 9, 2023
DOBOR Proposes Paid Parking at Ala Wai (again)
By News Release @ 1:09 AM :: 1394 Views :: Honolulu County, Tourism

... Ed Underwood said, “The boating program is currently subsidizing free parking in the facility which is not fair to those who are paying the fees" ....

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Thursday, November 9, 2023
2023 Honolulu City Lights opening night set for Saturday, December 2nd
By News Release @ 1:02 AM :: 1727 Views :: Honolulu County, Religion

... tree lighting ceremony, Public Workers’ Electric Light Parade and City Lights block party ....

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Wednesday, November 8, 2023
Lahaina Fires: HECO Drops $75M to Buy Off Plaintiffs
By News Release @ 7:44 PM :: 1652 Views :: Maui County, Energy

... Those who choose to participate will waive their ability to get compensated again through litigation related to associated claims ....

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Wednesday, November 8, 2023
Hawaii Largest Household Debt Increase in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 1:50 PM :: 1498 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Hawaii residents had the largest debt increase in Q3 2023 at $1,093 per household ....

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Wednesday, November 8, 2023
Lahaina Fires: House Working Groups recommend disaster response changes
By Selected News Articles @ 10:35 AM :: 2735 Views :: Maui County, Hawaii State Government

... On September 6, 2023, the House formed six bipartisan working groups to evaluate specific topics related to the Lāhainā wildfire ....

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Tuesday, November 7, 2023
Insurance Division: Nearly $700M Paid on Maui Wildfire Claims
By News Release @ 3:50 AM :: 1476 Views :: Maui County, Hawaii Statistics

... data collected from 200+ insurers ....

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Tuesday, November 7, 2023
Homeowner Politics and Housing Supply
By UHERO @ 12:48 AM :: 1574 Views :: Development, Land Use

... councillors representing a higher number of homeowners are more likely to oppose housing bills ....

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Monday, November 6, 2023
USACE awards $53 million contract to Pono Aina Management for temporary elementary school construction
By News Release @ 3:48 PM :: 1713 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Ethics

... 'Pono Aina' -- another 8a, another no-bid contract ....

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Monday, November 6, 2023
Guam activists urge Ninth Circuit to revive environmental claims against Air Force
By Court House News @ 1:06 PM :: 1445 Views :: Environment, Military

... Represented by David Henkin of Earthjustice, Prutehi Litekyan argued there had to have been a deliberative process prior to the submission, and that decision-making process was a final agency action ....

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Sunday, November 5, 2023
Zoom-ing in on Better Healthcare
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:02 PM :: 1418 Views :: Health Care

... Could broader use of telehealth improve the quality of healthcare in Hawaii? ....

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Sunday, November 5, 2023
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted November 4, 2023
By GovTrack .us @ 5:00 AM :: 1468 Views :: Congressional Delegation

... Tokuda votes Nay on SHIP Act -- sanctions against Iran ....

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Sunday, November 5, 2023
Crossing the Rubicon Again
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1455 Views :: Ethics, Development, Taxes

... Green suspended the General Excise Tax as it related to vendors involved in the design, construction, sale, lease, or financing of housing projects designed to provide rapid relief to the homeless ....

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Sunday, November 5, 2023
Queens to Buy Wahiawa Hospital
By News Release @ 1:57 AM :: 1509 Views :: Honolulu County, Health Care

... Queen’s to formalize the purchase of WGH scheduled for March 31, 2024 ....

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Sunday, November 5, 2023
VIDEO: "Amend the Jones Act to revitalize U.S. waterways"
By Video @ 1:50 AM :: 1430 Views :: Jones Act

... the low-hanging fruit ....

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Sunday, November 5, 2023
VIDEO: Why is Hawaii so Expensive?
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:09 AM :: 1700 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

"...It’s the only state where a six-figure salary is required to live comfortably...."

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Saturday, November 4, 2023
‘Affordable housing’ making housing worse for everyone
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:45 PM :: 2044 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... since 1969, the median home price in Hawaii has surged from being less than three times the median income to nearly 10 times the median income today ....

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Saturday, November 4, 2023
Hawaii Supreme Court Justice Handling Lawsuit Against Oil Companies Calls Climate Change An ‘Existential Threat’
By Video @ 6:24 PM :: 2070 Views :: Energy, Environment, Ethics, Judiciary

... The Hawaii Supreme Court ruled this week that Honolulu’s lawsuit against oil and gas companies can proceed to trial ....

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Saturday, November 4, 2023
Restoring Lahaina’s Economy: Time is of the Essence
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:53 PM :: 1518 Views :: Maui County, Development, OHA

“My family is getting very desperate and deciding whether to leave Hawaiʻi.”

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Saturday, November 4, 2023
HECO Finally Gets Around to Announcing Wildfire Safety Strategy
By News Release @ 1:51 AM :: 1491 Views :: Energy, Environment

... Hawaiian Electric claims it first began developing its Wildfire Safety Strategy in 2019 ....

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Saturday, November 4, 2023
Public Input Sought for City’s First Climate Adaptation Strategy
By News Release @ 1:15 AM :: 1353 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment

... The Resilience Office is engaging in fifteen islandwide programs in the first half of November ....

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Saturday, November 4, 2023
DoH Hosts Healthy Hawaiʻi Strategic Plan 2030 Summit
By News Release @ 1:00 AM :: 1387 Views :: Health Care, COVID-19

... DOH convened more than 250 stakeholders, advocates, and visionaries across the state to discuss the Healthy Hawai‘i Strategic Plan 2030 ....

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Saturday, November 4, 2023
Oahu Judicial Vacancy -- First Circuit Court
By News Release @ 12:00 AM :: 1364 Views :: Honolulu County, Judiciary

... The Judicial Selection Commission is accepting applications and nominations ....

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