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Sunday, March 10, 2024
Water agency ID’d as major Lahaina recovery roadblock
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:09 PM :: 1743 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use

... “We’ve got this long line of developers who have been trying for decades to get a permit at the Water Commission” ....

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Sunday, March 10, 2024
Bill 21: Reform emergency permitting to quicken Lahaina recovery
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:01 PM :: 1496 Views :: Maui County, Development

“...amend the County’s emergency permitting statute to speed up approval times, waive building permit fees and expand the types of structures to which the statute applies....”

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Sunday, March 10, 2024
The Worst State to be Rich, Poor, or In Between
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 3319 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... One state made the top five on all lists ....

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Sunday, March 10, 2024
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted March 9, 2024
By GovTrack .us @ 4:59 AM :: 1424 Views :: Congressional Delegation

... votes cast and bills introduced ....

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Sunday, March 10, 2024
Listening to naysayers in the housing debate
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:51 AM :: 1945 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... monsters lurk behind every corner ....

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Sunday, March 10, 2024
Hawaii Family Forum Legislative Week in Review
By News Release @ 3:21 AM :: 1608 Views :: Family, Health Care, Religion, Drugs

... Final House Vote on Minor Access to Gender Affirmation Care ....

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Saturday, March 9, 2024
DHS: Green Appoints Political Hack to Oversee Department Overflowing with Dead Babies
By News Release @ 4:05 PM :: 2236 Views :: Ethics, Family, Hawaii State Government

... As a state Representative from 2004 to 2023, Yamane chaired various committees including Health, Human Services, and Homelessness ....

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Friday, March 8, 2024
Soft on Crime: After 41-year Crime Spree, Child Molesting Meth Dealer Gets Something Besides Probation
By News Release @ 3:07 PM :: 2171 Views :: Hawaii County , Judiciary, Law Enforcement, Drugs

... (he got probation after being) found with methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and an unconscious minor who had no pants and displayed physical indications of sexual assault. At that time, Kinoshita was out on bail for two state felony cases ....

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Friday, March 8, 2024
Fake Minutes and Fire Secrecy: OIP Posts Three New Opinions
By News Release @ 3:06 AM :: 1737 Views :: Honolulu County, Education K-12, Ethics

"... the executive session minutes did not convey a true reflection of the matters discussed at the meeting ..."

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Friday, March 8, 2024
OIP: Sunshine and UIPA Bills on the Move
By News Release @ 2:57 AM :: 1501 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... we are halfway through the 2024 legislative session, the State Office of Information Practices (OIP) is providing this update of Sunshine Law and UIPA bills that have survived and crossed over ....

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Friday, March 8, 2024
Study: DoE Pandemic Failure will Cost Hawaii $31B
By Selected News Articles @ 2:41 AM :: 1793 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

... Hawaii students in the COVID cohort can expect on average 3.7 percent lower lifetime earnings ....

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Friday, March 8, 2024
Audit: 100% FEMA Fail on Kauai Disaster Procurement
By News Release @ 2:14 AM :: 1765 Views :: Kauai County, Ethics

... projects seeking FEMA reimbursement could be subject to an Office of the Inspector General’s (“OIG”) audit ....

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Friday, March 8, 2024
TAT Audit: Maui County fails to Collect Millions from Vacation Rentals
By News Release @ 1:50 AM :: 1646 Views :: Maui County, Taxes

... the County recognized over $56.9 million of MCTAT revenue on its financial statements. However, as of June 30, 2022, only $40 million (1) was actually deposited ....

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Thursday, March 7, 2024
Anti-Israel 'Uncommitteds' Take 29% in Hawaii Democratic Primary
By Andrew Walden @ 4:54 AM :: 1671 Views :: Democratic Party

... A total of 1,563 votes were cast statewide, with Biden receiving 1,032, or 66%, while uncommitted took 455 votes, or 29% ....

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Thursday, March 7, 2024
Kouchi in Danger After Nahale-a Debacle?
By Selected News Articles @ 4:11 AM :: 3663 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Higher Education, Politicians

... if a person who voted for Nahale-a gets ticked off enough to try and flip at least one of the votes that voted against, then they could have a shot at reorganizing the Senate ....

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Thursday, March 7, 2024
HB1675: No GE Tax on Medical Services
By Video @ 3:40 AM :: 1649 Views :: Health Care, Small Business, Taxes

... supporting HB 1675 as the first step in getting rid of GET for medical services ....

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Thursday, March 7, 2024
Ways to Maximize Hawaii's Current Zoning Laws
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:09 AM :: 1467 Views :: Development

... CPRs and accessory dwellings units, and how the state’s housing regulations have evolved ....

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Thursday, March 7, 2024
DBEDT Forecast: 1.5% Economic Growth for 2024
By Selected News Articles @ 2:31 AM :: 1451 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics

... Though visitor spending decreased by 4.5 percent in January 2024, state general excise tax (GET) collections were up by 2.4 percent during the same month, an increase which can be attributed to household spending ....

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Wednesday, March 6, 2024
Hawaii Anti-Gun Bills Pass Senate
By NRA ILA @ 7:05 PM :: 2359 Views :: Second Amendment

... Senate Bill 3196 and Senate Bill 2845 were passed in the Senate and now have been transmitted to the House for further consideration ....

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Wednesday, March 6, 2024
"A move by Senator Donna Mercado Kim to reshape the Board of Regents into her name, image, and likeness"
By News Release @ 6:53 PM :: 2341 Views :: Ethics, Higher Education, Labor

"This vote is about abuse of power."

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Wednesday, March 6, 2024
Hawaii Senate Passes Bill to Legalize Marijuana Despite Ongoing Federal Prohibition
By Selected News Articles @ 6:41 PM :: 1476 Views :: Drugs

... SB3335 will move to the House for further consideration ....

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Wednesday, March 6, 2024
Feds Collect $6.6M in Hawaii Forfeitures
By News Release @ 6:14 PM :: 1508 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Law Enforcement

... $6,360,465.69 was collected in criminal actions and $278,322.42 was collected in civil actions ....

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Wednesday, March 6, 2024
'My Vote is for Sale' -- How Biden Lost the American Samoa Democratic Caucus
By Selected News Articles @ 5:57 PM :: 1997 Views :: Democratic Party, Ethics

... "My Vote Is For Sale" ....

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Wednesday, March 6, 2024
Blangiardi announces dates for annual town hall meeting tour
By News Release @ 1:51 AM :: 1346 Views :: Honolulu County

... Beginning Thursday, March 21 ....

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Wednesday, March 6, 2024
HB2802: Write Gay Marriage into State Constitution
By News Release @ 1:44 AM :: 1414 Views :: Family

... HB2802 HD1 proposes a constitutional amendment to repeal the Legislature's authority to limit marriage to opposite-sex couples ....

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Tuesday, March 5, 2024
Your cost of living just went up
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:31 AM :: 1753 Views :: Maui County, Labor, Cost of Living

... a new “administrative directive” that requires all state construction projects worth more than $1.5 million to be performed under so-called project labor agreements ....

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Tuesday, March 5, 2024
Case: COFA Renewal on Verge of Approval
By Ed Case @ 12:01 AM :: 2412 Views :: World News, Congressional Delegation

... “Congress must approve the recently renegotiated Compacts of Free Association as soon as possible,” said Case ....

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Monday, March 4, 2024
Short-term Rental Crackdown: State, County Bills Threaten Residents
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:58 PM :: 1662 Views :: Maui County, Small Business, Tourism

... to phase out short-term rentals and impose higher taxes on them ....

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Monday, March 4, 2024
No Money for Mauna Kea? Science Foundation Funds only one Giant Telescope
By News Release @ 5:39 PM :: 1764 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

... NSF discuss with the Board during the May 2024 meeting its plan to select which of the two candidate telescopes the Agency plans to continue to support ....

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Monday, March 4, 2024
UHERO: Regulations Double Cost of New Condos in Hawaii
By UHERO @ 4:22 PM :: 3200 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... regulatory costs $387,000 per unit ....

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Monday, March 4, 2024
Unanimous Supreme Court: Trump Stays on Ballot
By Court House News @ 3:12 PM :: 1442 Views :: Office of Elections, Republican Party

... “Because the Constitution makes Congress, rather than the States, responsible for enforcing Section 3 against federal officeholders and candidates, we reverse,” the court wrote in a per curiam opinion ....

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Monday, March 4, 2024
Change in Law Makes 8% of 'Renewables' Disappear
By News Release @ 2:22 PM :: 1433 Views :: Energy

... Figures don't lie, but liars figure ....

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Monday, March 4, 2024
Rate Hikes Coming: Hawaiian Electric Tinkers with Solar Subsidies
By News Release @ 1:57 PM :: 1554 Views :: Energy

... The new programs, originally scheduled to launch March 1, will now be available to customers starting April 1 ....

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Monday, March 4, 2024
Rate Hike News: Comments Sought on next round of renewable energy procurements
By News Release @ 1:31 PM :: 1364 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

... clean energy procurements aimed at stabilizing rates and advancing energy equity ....

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Monday, March 4, 2024
State Hospital pretends to make changes in wake of slaying of staffer
By News Release @ 12:59 PM :: 1403 Views :: Health Care, Law Enforcement

... DOH conducted a full safety and security review of the State Operated Specialized Residential Program (SOSRP) and Hawai‘i State Hospital (HSH) facilities ....

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Sunday, March 3, 2024
The Hawaii Republican Presidential Caucus is shrinking again
By Andrew Walden @ 9:49 PM :: 2527 Views :: Republican Party

... Republicans cancel four Oahu caucus locations due to their inability to find anybody to staff them ....

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Sunday, March 3, 2024
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted March 2, 2024
By GovTrack .us @ 6:53 PM :: 1356 Views :: Congressional Delegation

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

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Sunday, March 3, 2024
Amended Return Equals Guilty Plea
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1691 Views :: Ethics, Taxes

... Here’s how the strategy works ....

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Saturday, March 2, 2024
Lawsuit Against Honolulu City and County for Infringing on Concealed Carry Rights
By News Release @ 9:11 PM :: 1544 Views :: Second Amendment

... Honolulu's procedures for issuing CCW permits unduly delay and obstruct law-abiding citizens' ability to obtain them ....

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Saturday, March 2, 2024
Lahaina aid should be about quality, not quantity
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:46 PM :: 1551 Views :: Maui County, Ethics

... “There’s not been a lot of transparency” regarding how wildfire relief funds are being spent ....

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Saturday, March 2, 2024
Short-term rental owners stand firm for their rights
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:35 PM :: 2080 Views :: Hawaii County , Small Business, Tourism

... Short-term rental owners in Hawaii could hardly find a better spokesperson for their cause ....

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Saturday, March 2, 2024
There is Room on Mauna Kea for Both Culture and Science
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:11 PM :: 1724 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

... what we need is “the collective will to share the Mauna” ....

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Saturday, March 2, 2024
Blangiardi submits FY2025 budget proposals to Honolulu City Council
By News Release @ 1:21 AM :: 1386 Views :: Honolulu County

... proposed $3.63 billion Operating and $919 million Capital Improvement Program (CIP) budgets for the 2025 fiscal year ....

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Friday, March 1, 2024
City Council adopts Climate Ready Oʻahu, the City’s first climate adaptation strategy, as guiding policy document for the City
By News Release @ 10:59 PM :: 1464 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment

... DPR planted a new Monkeypod tree ....

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Friday, March 1, 2024
Rep Bert Kobayashi to Retire from Legislature
By News Release @ 5:00 PM :: 1787 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Politicians

... to retire on November 5, 2024, at the end of his present term ....

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Friday, March 1, 2024
Rebuilding Nonconforming Structures After Lahaina Fire
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:11 PM :: 1706 Views :: Maui County, Development

... After Hurricane Iniki struck Kauai in 1992, the Kauai County Council adopted an ordinance similar to this bill to foster the reconstruction of old, nonconforming structures ....

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Friday, March 1, 2024
Waive permitting fees to help Maui residents rebuild faster
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:53 PM :: 1444 Views :: Maui County, Development

... reform the County’s emergency housing permitting policies to help facilitate a quicker recovery for the residents of Lahaina ....

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Friday, March 1, 2024
January Tourist Count Down 3.6%
By News Release @ 3:13 PM :: 1413 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... January 2024, total visitor arrivals to the Hawaiian Islands (763,480 visitors, -3.6%) and total visitor spending measured in nominal dollars ($1.81 billion, -4.5%) declined compared to January 2023 ....

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Friday, March 1, 2024
2nd Maunakea telescope decommissioning to begin
By News Release @ 12:43 PM :: 1550 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

... UH is working with MKSOA to transfer its leases, conservation district use permits, and an easement for lands on Maunakea to the new authority ....

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Thursday, February 29, 2024
NOAA proposes national marine sanctuary in Papahānaumokuākea
By News Release @ 7:43 PM :: 1377 Views :: Environment

... Public comment on Sanctuary draft proposal requested through May 7, 2024 ....

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