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  • Amid mounting legal challenges, Hawaii allows open carry of formerly banned blades

    05/17/2024 1:04:47 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 10 replies
    Hawaii News Now ^ | May 16, 2024 | Daryl Huff
    As of Monday, it is no longer illegal in Hawaii to carry a dangerous weapon in public, and switchblade and butterfly knives are no longer banned. HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -- As of Monday, it is no longer illegal in Hawaii to carry a dangerous weapon in public -- and switchblade and butterfly knives are no longer banned. That change led to an alarming sight in Waikiki at sunset Tuesday. The governor signed HB 2342 into law Monday without fanfare, making it immediately legal to openly carry weapons that were banned in public until now. Gun rights activist Andrew Namiki Roberts, leader...
  • Hawaii Justice Eddins scorches SCOTUS

    05/15/2024 7:52:35 AM PDT · by Macoozie · 26 replies
    Trendy Digests ^ | 03/15/2024 | Story by Jacob Miller
    Hawaii Supreme Court Justice Todd Eddins delivered a scathing critique of the U.S. Supreme Court, denouncing its conservative justices for what he views as an “incredibly dishonest” application of the legal philosophy of originalism
  • ‘A dangerous precedent’: Hawaii property owner left stunned after $500K home was mistakenly built on her Paradise Park lot. Now she’s being sued

    05/15/2024 5:32:40 AM PDT · by where's_the_Outrage? · 84 replies
    moneywise ^ | May 15, 2024 | Serah Louis
    Annaleine “Anne” Reynolds snapped up some vacant land in Hawaii for about $22,500 at an auction back in 2018. Reynolds planned to create a picturesque oceanview home using sustainable materials on Puna's Hawaiian Paradise Park lot to host her meditative healing women’s retreats. “There’s a sacredness to it and the one that I chose to buy had all the right qualities,” Reynolds told Hawaii News Now. But while she waited out the COVID-19 pandemic in California before getting started on construction, a real estate broker mistakenly sold the property to a developer, who bulldozed the lot and built a three-bedroom,...
  • Mayor Blangiardi signs bill declaring Honolulu a 'Purple Heart City'

    05/05/2024 5:06:34 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 11 replies
    KHON2 News ^ | May 3, 2024 | Emily Cervantes
    HONOLULU (KHON2) -- Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi signed Bill 7, declaring the City and County of Honolulu a “Purple Heart City” to honor recipients of the Purple Heart. The bill was passed on April 17 and was signed on Friday. According to the City and County of Honolulu, those who were injured, wounded, or died in the line of duty receive the Purple Heart for their bravery and sacrifice. “I’m just really grateful to all of you, not only for your service and what you represent but for having the opportunity to become a Purple Heart City and all that...
  • "Still a threat": Victim decries decision to release one of Hawaii's most notorious serial rapists

    05/02/2024 6:44:20 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 11 replies
    Hawaii News Now ^ | May 1, 2024 | Lynn Kawano
    HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -- One of Hawaii’s most notorious serial rapists is set to be released Thursday, prompting concern about whether the so-called “Manoa rapist” is still a danger to the community. John Freudenberg was flown back to Oahu on a charter flight last week from Hilo’s minimum security prison. The transport was in preparation for his release on Thursday. [Image] Sheriff's deputies, corrections officers waiting for "Manoa rapist" to arrive in Honolulu (Kawano, Lynn) One of his victims told HNN Investigates that she believes he should remain behind bars. “John Freudenberg is still a threat to public safety,” said the...
  • Vaccinations urged amid spread of whooping cough on Hawaii Island

    04/25/2024 3:08:29 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 15 replies
    Hawaii News Now ^ | April 24, 2024 | HNN Staff
    The state has confirmed an additional case of pertussis — or whooping cough — on Hawaii Island amid an outbreak that has so far sickened 11 since March. HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The state has confirmed an additional case of pertussis — or whooping cough — on Hawaii Island amid an outbreak that has so far sickened 11 since March. Several of the recent cases have been in infants too young to be fully vaccinated. Officials said the cases indicate “community spread” of pertussis on Hawaii Island. Because of that, the state Health Department is strongly recommending that parents stay up...
  • Lahaina wildfire survivors are homeless and living in beach encampments eight months after Hawaii's deadliest blaze ripped through the Maui town and displaced thousands

    04/24/2024 9:24:28 AM PDT · by george76 · 29 replies
    DAILY MAIL ^ | 21 April 2024 | RUTH STYLES
    Many of the Lahaina wildfire survivors who were placed in temporary housing at hotels are now living in tents on local parks, beaches, and parking lots, eight months after the deadly blaze .. Locals complained .. that little is being done to help displaced residents find rental homes, while 70% of the town's rental units are operating as Airbnbs for tourists.. Lahaina resident Benny Reinicke, 30, .. it's 'insulting' that FEMA is offering families cash to relocate elsewhere and says the agency should focus on rebuilding homes in the town itself.. It's an incongruous sight. On one side, there's glorious...
  • Waste of the Day: Report Shows Major Cities In Debt

    04/06/2024 5:57:11 AM PDT · by george76 · 24 replies
    Real Clear Investigations ^ | April 05, 2024 | Adam Andrzejewsk
    The 75 largest cities in America were collectively $288 billion in debt at the end of fiscal year 2022... 53 major cities that do not have enough money to pay their bills. Yet all of them claimed their budgets were balanced, as is required by law. That means lawmakers understated each city’s debt by not including future costs like employee pensions and healthcare ... New York City has a taxpayer burden of $61,800, the largest by far despite being the most populous. The city has only six cents saved up for every dollar it will need to spend on retiree...
  • Hawaii is not covered by the NATO treaty. Some experts say that needs to change. I say, let’s get the other 49 states out.

    04/01/2024 7:57:38 PM PDT · by hardspunned · 25 replies
    X ^ | 4/1/24 | Thomas Massie
    Sweden became the newest member of NATO earlier this month, joining 31 nations in the security alliance, including the United States. Well, make that 49 of the 50 United States. Because in a quirk of geography and history, Hawaii is not technically covered by the NATO pact.
  • Lou Conter, last living USS Arizona survivor after Pearl Harbor attack, dies at 102

    04/01/2024 1:13:28 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 32 replies
    CBS News ^ | April 1, 2024 | Cecilio Padilla
    The sole living survivor from the sinking of the USS Arizona during the Pearl Harbor attack that brought the US into World War II has now died. Lou Conter, who lived in Grass Valley, was 20 years old at the time of the attack on Dec. 7, 1941. There were 2,403 Americans killed in the attack – including 1,177 of Arizona's crew. Conter was one of the only 335 officers and crewmen who survived. Over the years, Conter shared his experiences and visited Hawaii for remembrance ceremonies. "Minute it happened, we sounded general quarters and they were in there and...
  • California woman left stunned after a $500K Hawaii house is mistakenly built on a dream plot of land she'd bought to launch new business - and now the developers are suing HER

    03/29/2024 8:50:10 AM PDT · by gitmo · 43 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | March 28, 2024 | MARTHA WILLIAMS
    Anne Reynolds bought a plot of land in Hawaii's Paradise Park to start a women's wellness retreat for $22,500 in 2018 While she was in California during the pandemic she got a call from a realtor saying that he had sold a $500k home that was mistakenly built on her land The brand new empty house is now attracting squatters while the developer and Reynolds are in a legal battle A woman who purchased a plot of land to set-up a dream business was shocked to discover a $500,000 house was mistakenly built on her lot. Annaleine 'Anne' Reynolds purchased...
  • A tech billionaire is quietly buying up land in Hawaii. No one knows why

    02/28/2024 12:23:49 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 54 replies
    npr ^ | FEBRUARY 28, 2024
    Waimea is primarily an agricultural town with just three stoplights and around 10,000 residents. It has lush forests filled with guava trees and torch ginger, and it's known for being the birthplace of the Hawaiian cowboy, or paniolo. It sits thousands of feet above sea level, where misty winds often blow sideways and, on clear days, give way to expansive views of the island's three towering volcanoes. Over the last couple of years, a mystery has been brewing in this small mountain town. Someone has been quietly buying hundreds of acres of land... He's the CEO and co-founder of San...
  • Atttorney investigated in contract killer probe claims she was actually a victim of extortion

    02/24/2024 3:57:45 PM PST · by Jyotishi
    Hawaii News Now ^ | February 23, 2024 | Lynn Kawano
    [Video] The FBI is investigating an alleged murder-for-hire plot targeting a federal judge and the special prosecutor involved in an upcoming public corruption trial. HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -- The attorney under federal investigation in a shocking contract killer case claimed in court on Friday that she was actually the victim of extortion. It’s yet another twist in a sprawling public corruption trial. Defendant Sheri Tanaka remains free on bail after a magistrate judge Friday declined to modify conditions of her pretrial release. She’s one of six people facing trial for bribery-related charges in the corruption case. Pretrial services filed a motion...
  • Hawaii governor proposes $25 'climate tax' on tourists to protect the state's beaches and prevent wildfires

    02/19/2024 1:24:58 PM PST · by DallasBiff · 51 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2/19/24 | Keith Griffin
    Hawaii's governor wants to impose a $25 'climate fee' on tourists, saying the funds collected would be used to protect the state's beaches and prevent wildfires. Governor Josh Green, a Democrat, last month introduced a bill that would impose the flat fee upon check-in at hotels or vacation rentals, projecting it will raise about $68 million annually. 'It's a very small price to pay to preserve paradise,' Green told the Wall Street Journal, saying the new tax would fund a state fire marshal, new fire breaks to protect vulnerable communities, and disaster insurance.
  • Hawaii poised to slap tourists with $25 climate tax: ‘Small price to pay to preserve paradise’

    02/19/2024 1:21:30 PM PST · by lowbridge · 57 replies ^ | February 19, 2024 | Ariel Zilber
    Lawmakers in Hawaii are poised to approve a $25 climate tax on tourists who visit the Aloha State in an effort to combat what they claim is an assault on the area’s natural resources. The state, which saw 9.5 million people visit last year, is recovering from the devastating wildfires in Lahaina, Maui, which killed at least 100 people and caused damages worth around $6 billion. The proposed tax will pay to protect beaches and prevent wildfires, state officials said. “It’s a very small price to pay to preserve paradise,” Hawaii Gov. Josh Green, a Democrat, told The Wall Street...
  • Criminals in Black Robes

    02/16/2024 2:45:12 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 19 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 16, 2024 | Joe Fried
    Jack Smith wants to put Donald Trump in jail because Trump aggressively interpreted aspects of the Electoral Count Act. However, other people (not connected to Trump) were far more aggressive. They decided to completely ignore a constitutional requirement that had been firmly settled by the U.S. Supreme Court.Who were those lawbreakers? They were revered justices of the Supreme Court of Hawaii. Will Jack Smith or Merrick Garland put those justices in jail? Will the Hawaii bar association suspend their licenses? Will anyone even comment on their defiance? Don’t hold your breath. The Spirit of Aloha Legal StandardIn Hawaii, a man...
  • Fireball blazes across Hawaii as object falls to Earth

    02/11/2024 3:56:10 AM PST · by Jyotishi · 23 replies
    BBC ^ | February 10, 2024 | BBC
    [Video] A camera at the Mauna Kea Observatory in Hawaii has captured an object as it burned up on re-entering Earth's atmosphere on 8 February. The Subaru-Asahi Star Camera, owned by the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, recorded a time-lapse of the fireball blazing across the night sky, followed by smaller glowing streaks.
  • M 5.7 - 2 km SW of Pāhala, Hawaii

    02/09/2024 12:38:25 PM PST · by VanShuyten · 19 replies
    USGS ^ | 2/9/2024 | USGS
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  • Hawaii court says 'spirit of Aloha' supersedes Constitution, Second Amendment

    02/08/2024 12:51:53 PM PST · by Tench_Coxe · 128 replies
    Hawaii's highest court ruled Wednesday that Second Amendment rights as interpreted by the U.S. Supreme Court do not extend to Hawaii citizens, citing the "spirit of Aloha."In the ruling, which was penned by Hawaii Supreme Court Justice Todd Eddins, the court determined that states "retain the authority to require" individuals to hold proper permits before carrying firearms in public. The decision also concluded that the Hawaii Constitution broadly "does not afford a right to carry firearms in public places for self defense," further pointing to the "spirit of Aloha" and even quoting HBO's TV drama "The Wire.""Article I, section 17...
  • Hawaii Supreme Court Rejects Major Second Amendment Rulings in New Gun-Carry Decision

    02/08/2024 12:26:52 AM PST · by CFW · 66 replies
    The Reload ^ | 2/7/24 | Stephen Gutowski
    The Aloha State’s highest court upheld a man’s gun-carry conviction on Wednesday after rejecting landmark decisions from the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS). Hawaii’s Supreme Court reversed a lower court decision that found charges leveled against Christopher Wilson for carrying a gun without a permit violated his rights. Instead, the court ruled its state constitution provides no gun-rights protections whatsoever. That’s despite it including a provision protecting the right of the people to keep and bear arms identical to the one in the federal Constitution. “Article I, section 17 of the Hawaiʻi Constitution mirrors the Second Amendment to...