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US: Hawaii (News/Activism)

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  • 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
    nypost.com ^ | 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...
  • Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Campaign Forms New Parties in Six States to Ease Ballot Access Requirements

    01/18/2024 2:12:44 PM PST · by Angelino97 · 18 replies
    Independent Political Report ^ | January 17, 2024 | Jordan Willow Evans
    On Tuesday afternoon, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. announced that his campaign is actively organizing several new political parties in key states to assist in gaining ballot access for his independent presidential campaign. According to a recent press release from the Kennedy campaign, he is organizing political parties in California, Delaware, Hawaii, Mississippi, North Carolina, and Texas to help with ballot access requirements. In the first five states, Kennedy is pursuing ballot access through a newly formed organization known as the “We the People” party, while in Texas, he is doing so through the recently established “Texas Independent Party.” Kennedy explains...
  • HI Officials Identify the Last of the 100 Known Victims of the Wildfire That Destroyed Lahaina

    01/29/2024 9:03:31 AM PST · by rey · 26 replies
    Wildland Firefighter ^ | 29 Jan 2024 | JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER
    HONOLULU (AP) — The last of the 100 known victims of the wildfire that destroyed Maui’s historic town of Lahaina in August was identified Friday as a 70-year-old woman whose husband, sister and several other relatives also died in the fire. Maui police said they identified the victim as Lydia Coloma based on the context of where the remains were found, rather than through DNA or other positive identification methods. Her husband, along with a sister, brother-in-law, niece and nephew, also died in the fire, said her sister-in-law, Tina Acosta, in Honolulu. Coloma was from the Ilocos Sur province in...
  • Hawaii Democrat introduces bill to ban Trump from ballot Hawaii considers legislation to ban presidential candidates over 14th Amendment's insurrection clause

    01/28/2024 2:24:50 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 48 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 24, 2024 | Danielle Wallace
    A Democrat-sponsored bill in Hawaii that could ban former President Trump from the ballot for allegedly inciting the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol advanced in the state legislature Monday. Hawaii state Sen. Karl Rhoads, a Democrat representing Honolulu who frequently criticizes Trump and Republicans over the Jan. 6 riot online, first introduced SB 2392 last week, which aims to "specify that election ballots issued by the chief election officer or county clerk shall exclude any candidate who is disqualified under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States; article XVI, section 3 of...
  • Where is the best (and worst) state to retire in 2024? Fascinating study looks not just at health care and taxes but quality of golf courses too

    01/24/2024 12:18:25 PM PST · by george76 · 49 replies
    DAILY MAIL ^ | 24 January 2024 | TILLY ARMSTRONG
    Florida earned its reputation as the retirement capital of the US.. A fixed income in retirement can go a lot further in some states than others .. ... To make the most of your retirement savings, you should retire in a state where the cost of living and tax rates are friendly to retirees, if you have the resources to. You should also consider factors like the quality of the state's healthcare system and the abundance of activities that you enjoy.' Colorado, which ranked second for the best state to retire in 2024, offers similarly taxpayer-friendly conditions, with no estate...
  • Three more states allowed to join Texas as plaintiffs in abortion pill lawsuit against FDA

    01/18/2024 10:19:05 AM PST · by Morgana · 1 replies
    Live Action News ^ | January 18, 2024 | Cassy Fiano-Chesser
    In December, the United States Supreme Court agreed to hear the Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine v. U.S. Food and Drug Administration case, in which restrictions surrounding mifepristone will be considered. Originally, the state of Texas was the only one in the country included in the lawsuit, but a judge has ruled that three more will be allowed to join in as well. U.S. District Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk granted a motion allowing Idaho, Missouri, and Kansas to join as plaintiffs in the lawsuit. The states argued that the case will affect them, particularly as “out-of-state organizations are sending thousands of abortion...
  • US says fuel delivery to Subic made via proper channels

    01/14/2024 5:55:05 PM PST · by texas booster · 5 replies
    Philippine News Agency (Philippine Govt) ^ | Jan 11 2024 | Joyce Ann L. Rocamora
    The United States Embassy in Manila confirmed on Thursday that a fuel shipment is being transported from a US military facility in Hawaii to be stored in a “commercial storage facility” at Subic Bay. US Embassy spokesperson Kanishka Gangopadhyay told reporters that the delivery was made through proper channels, using established logistics contracts with Philippine commercial entities. “We can confirm that the Yosemite Trader, a commercial tanker, is currently in the vicinity of Subic Bay, Philippines in order to transfer clean fuel from the US military facility at Red Hill, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, to a commercial storage facility at Subic...
  • Activists: Honolulu Has Cut Off Gun Sales (buyers must be ‘certified’ but HI ‘bungled’ the certification system’s implementation)

    12/29/2023 6:46:15 AM PST · by DoodleBob · 24 replies
    The Reload ^ | December 28, 2023 | Stephen Gutkowski
    Gun sales have been blocked for much of December in Hawaii’s largest city.That’s what the Hawaii Firearms Coalition, a local gun-rights group, claimed in a statement on Wednesday. It said the Honolulu Police Department (HPD) has advised gun purchase or carry permit applicants they won’t process them without a currently-unattainable training certification. And it’s unclear when those permits might become available again.“It has been brought to our attention from multiple sources that the Honolulu Police Department, under the guidance of Police Chief Logan, is no longer processing ANY firearms permit applications or concealed carry applications until after the new year,...